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America's Rogue Agenda - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 23:51
America's Rogue Agenda
by Stephen Lendman
Cold-blooded ruthlessness defines US policy. Giving pure evil new meaning. Tyrannical. Merciless. Brutal. Barbaric. Lawless. Stopping at nothing to achieve imperial aims. 
Instituting homeland police state state rule. Spurning fundamental rule of law of law principles. Mocking human and civil rights. Making democracy pure fantasy.
Sponsoring state terrorism. Intimidating, threatening, and otherwise pressuring other nations to comply with its will. Obey or else is policy.
Waging war on humanity. Targeting all sovereign independent states for regime change. Wanting pro-Western stooge governance replacing them.
Wanting control of world resources. Wanting ordinary people exploited as serfs. Waging wars without mercy to achieve aims. 
Lunatics in America run things. Neocon fanatics. Demanding unipolar/New World Order dominance. 
Targeting Russia to eliminate a rival power. Risking world peace in the process.
Russian MP Roman Roman Khudyakov wants Obama stripped of his Nobel Peace Prize. Blood on his hands demands it.
Waging  one dirty war after another. Without mercy. Lawlessly. Ruthlessly.
"More and more international experts are calling Obama's presidency dark times," said Khudyakov. 
"The reason for that is the brutal policy that he is conducting all over the world, like Napoleon or Hitler had done before." 
"But I want to warn Obama so that he pays more attention to history and understands that he can end up like Hitler."
He wants Obama's prize given to Putin. He's a deserving recipient. He's polar opposite his US counterpart.
"He stopped the war in Iran, in Syria and he is still saving a lot of people from major bloodshed," said Khudyakov. 
"He is a vivid example of a politician who preserves peace and love in the world."
In 2013, the International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation Among Nations of the World (IASUCANW) nominated him for this year's award.
Its President Georgiy Trapeznikov said "he proved his adherence to the cause of peace."
"We know very well what peacemaking role our president played in conflict regions, especially Beslan and South Ossetia."
He's very much involved in resolving Syria's conflict peacefully. Ukrainian crisis conditions.
Putin's press secretary Dmitry Pekov said:
"The primary criterion for the president is satisfaction from a job well done." He seeks no special recognition or awards.
At the time, State Duma MP Iosif Kobzon said Putin deserves next year's prize. He's polar opposite Obama.
America's president "initiated and approved…aggressive actions in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Kobzon. Against Libya.
"Now he is preparing for an invasion into Syria. He bears this title nevertheless." 
"Our president, who tries to stop the bloodshed and who tries to help the conflict situation with political dialogue, is in my view more worthy of this high title."
Last summer, Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky said Obama wasn't worthy of Nobel honors.
Awarding him the Peace Prize did "huge damage," he said. It's time to correct things. 
In March, Russian upper house Federal Council Senator Lyudmila Bokova asked Nobel Committee members to annul Obama's award.
In November 2013, Officers of Russian Mothers made the same request. So have activists worldwide. Awarding peace prizes to war-makers is longstanding Nobel practice.
They deplore peace. They represent wealth, power and privilege. They believe war is peace. It shows in their annual selections.
Obama gives rogue governance new meaning. According to Sergey Lavrov, he "send(s) emissaries all over the world (to) persuad(e) everybody to be against us."
He wants Russia marginalized, weakened, isolated, and contained. En route to eliminating its sovereign independence altogether. "A democratic world" runs counter to its objectives.
At the same time, they "persuade(d) practically no one except for the EU and some of its closest allies outside NATO and the European Union."
"I cannot agree that everybody is against us, that everybody is trying to steer clear of us, that we have no partners with whom we can develop a constructive and decent agenda."
"The geographic scope of international contacts in Russia and outside it is a confirmation of that. And not just the geographic scope, but the content of the agreements we conclude.”
Washington uses the Ukrainian crisis it created to isolate Russia from Europe, said Lavrov.
"These efforts have been stepped up lately, including through attempts to impose American liquefied gas supplies upon Europe at prices that cannot compete with Russian gas prices." 
"There are undoubtedly economic interests behind this. But geopolitical calculations are playing a big and even key role."
"The fact that that EU countries, not even the major or leading ones, are beginning to openly say that the policy of sanctions leads nowhere and is counterproductive speaks volumes."
"It is Europe that produced the thinkers who said that economics determines politics, but the EU is declaring the opposite of that now." 
"It is ready to sacrifice the economy for the sake of politics. This is an extreme degree of ideologisation." 
"This cannot last long and one can already hear reasonable voices in the European Union which have noted an absolutely paradoxical situation where the EU instructed the Committee of Permanent Representatives in Brussels to prepare new sanctions on the very same day the peace agreement was signed in Minsk; on the very day things got off the ground, primarily owing to the initiative put forth by Russian President Vladimir Putin."
Lavrov barely stopped short calling America the world's greatest evil force. Operating lawlessly. Threatening world peace.
In contrast, Russia "consistently" supports international law, he said. "We have never deviated from this policy just an inch." 
"We have urged compliance with the achieved agreements and creation of new instruments facilitating proper response to the modern challenges."
"Let us not forget that the US National Security Doctrine adopted in 2010 states very clearly that the US respects international law but reserves the right to resort to any action to protect its interests, including the use of force without the UN authorisation," said Lavrov.
Rogue states operate this way. None match America's ruthlessness. It does whatever it damn pleases. Anywhere for any reason or none at all.
Putin is polar opposite. In mid-October, he addressed the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit. He spokesman Dmitry Peskov said:
"He emphasized that the format of regional cooperation is the sole alternative to negative trends and the desire of some countries to determine the destiny of other states and whole regions on their own."
Eurasian conflicts bode ill, Putin stressed. They risk "collapse of whole regions and deplorable consequences for a whole number of countries."
It's up to responsible ones to reverse things. Prioritizing peace and stability is a good way to start. So is rejecting war-making for any reason besides self-defense.
Russophobia threatens world peace. It's headquartered in Washington. 
Former Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov said US-led sanctions and other anti-Russian policies constitute "color revolution" aggression.
Their aim "is to weaken Russia, corner us, put into practice the idea of a 'color revolution' in our country."
Imposing them without Security Council authorization contradicts what Primakov calls "global processes." Economic and political ones.
Creating real threats to world security. Doing it recklessly without just cause.
Russia won't accept "a course for self-isolation," said Primakov.
"Those who don’t turn a blind eye to that see that the overwhelming majority of the Russian population support the head of state and do not accept threats addressed to Putin, whose policy is justly assessed as one serving Russia’s interests and at the same time not slamming the door for cooperation with all countries, including the US and the EU, to neutralize real threats and challenges to the international community."
It bears repeating. Obama represents rogue governance. He threatens world peace. 
Putin is polar opposite. Paul Craig Roberts calls him the world's moral leader for good reason.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
Visit his blog site at 
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Irresponsibly Targeting Russia - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 20:34
Irresponsibly Targeting Russia
by Stephen Lendman
Russia is geopolitical enemy No. 1. Not for wrongdoing. Or posing an existential threat. Or acting irresponsibly in any way. 
For defending its sovereign independence responsibly. Lawfully. Wanting other nations respecting it. Believing rule of law principles are inviolable.
For Vladimir Putin, Sergey Lavrov and other officials telling it like it is. Expressing important views candidly, forthrightly and unambiguously.
Polar opposite duplicitous Western politicians. Especially Obama. A caricature of a leader. 
Arguably America's worst ever. A serial liar. A moral coward. A war criminal multiple times over.
A shameless head of state. A deplorable one. A dangerous one. A lawless one. A ruthless one. 
Neoliberal, reactionary, belligerent, pro-war, pro-monied interests, anti-democratic, anti-progressive, anti-populist, anti-labor and anti-social justice.
A world-class thug. A threat to global peace at the most perilous time in world history. Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Dmitry Rogozin commented.
He explained Moscow's response to real existential threats. It's proud independence. Able to defend its interests effectively.
Not about to roll over for Washington or other rogue Western partners. More on his remarks below.
Welcome to Cold War 2.0. The first one never ended. Since Soviet Russia's 1991 dissolution, Western policy remained hard-wired in place. 
Russia bashing persists. Intensely. Raging daily. Exceeding the worst of Soviet era levels. 
Daily vilifying a maliciously reinvented Evil Empire. It's back to the future. Unsurprisingly. 
Neocons infest Washington. Other Western capitals. Business as usual continues. At stake is world peace.
Numerous incidents occur. Contrived ones. Invented to vilify Moscow recklessly.
Sweden's so-called search for "foreign underwater activity" heghtened regional tensions irresponsibly.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said:
"Such unfounded actions of the Swedish Defense Department, fueled by the Cold War-style rhetoric, are only leading today to escalation of tension in the region."
He referred to "never-ceasing speculations" about Sweden claiming a Russian submarine's presence in Stockholm archipelago region waters.Moscow denied the accusation. Sweden announced readiness to use force. 
It ludicrously claimed Russian Baltic Sea area challenging activity. With no corroborating evidence whatever.
Acting provocatively without cause. Suspending defense cooperation with Moscow. Perhaps on orders from Washington. 
Willingly serving as a convenient US stooge. Sacrificing its sovereign independence in the process.
The latest incident involved UK Royal Air Force warplanes intercepting a Latvian cargo plane. Threatening to down it. 
Claiming it failed to respond to air traffic control over Kent in Southern England. UK media irresponsibly broadcast a British pilot saying:
"I am instructed by Her Majesty's government of the United Kingdom to warn you that, if you do not respond immediately to my orders, you will be shot down."
Doing so heightened fear without just cause. Communications with civilian pilots were restored. Everything was in order. Things were resolved without force.
Media scoundrels wrongfully reported a Russian cargo plane. Then switching to "Russian-made."
It was a Latvian-owned Ukrainian one. It didn't matter. Frenzied reporting claimed Russian military aircraft in Atlantic and Black Sea waters.
US-led NATO said it intercepted four groups of Russian planes since Tuesday. According to an Alliance statement:
"These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace."
Media reports left unexplained what was most important. Russian planes were legally in international airspace. They crossed no territorial borders. They threatened no one.
Reuters quoted a Norwegian military spokesman saying:
"We see Russian aircraft near our airspace on a regular basis but what was unusual is that it was a large number of aircraft and pushed further south than we normally see."
Unexplained was they posed no threat whatever. Nor violated air space rules. Had they been US or other Western planes, nothing whatever would have been reported.
Cold, calculated Russia bashing changed things. Expect lots more ahead. Intense. Irresponsible. Malicious. Uncalled for.
Washington's dirty hands bear full responsibility. Rogue EU partners share it. Dark side geopolitics continues. No end in sight looms.
Dmitry Rogozin commented on Russia's response. It's militarily modernizing to meet potential threats. With the "most ultra-modern weapons."
By 2015, to be 30% equipped. By 2020, 70%. Perhaps 100% or close to it. "In fact, our Army and Navy will be the best armed and equipped in the world," Rogozin believes.
In terms of "efficiency, quality and price," he thinks Russia "will be able to realize (its) goal."
"We have to make weapons that will be more straightforward and cheaper than" America's. In terms of efficiency, they must equal or surpass its capability.
Washington relies on military power, said Rogozin. "It's an old formula, known since old mafia times. A gun lying on the table makes negotiations more effective."
"That is to say, a kind word can solve a lot, but a kind word with a gun can solve a lot more."
Washington operates this way. With help from NATO partners. "(H)aving evaluated the military threat, (we) understand that our weapons must be able to reflect not only an attack from one aggressor, but from an aggregate number of countries (with) a high level of technology and can use force against us."
At the same time, "(w)e have to create a compact army, so it can be mobile and transferred" wherever a threat of war exists.
Russia has the largest territorial country in the world by far. With a population of only 135 million. 
Adequate protection requires 600 million, Rogozin believes. "Therefore, out task is to create a weapon that will allow each soldier and officer to replace five people."
"So we must have lots of weapons. Military personnel at all levels should be trained as "universal soldier(s)." Able to operate complex weapons.
Since people are few compared to territorial expanse to protect, every soldier's life is important. "(M)ov(ing) (them) as far away as possible from the actual line of fire" is essential.
Doing so requires "funding for the advancing (of) cutting-edge area(s) of science. (W)e need to stay ahead of the world. If we lag behind, we will lose."
"Will we have types of weapons (Putin says) will surprise our Western colleagues?"
"I can only say one thing. The formation of the technical basis for strategic nuclear forces is going at a surprising pace."
Russia is ahead of earlier plans. A nuclear submarine fleet is being created. 
With strategic nuclear weapons "capable of reaching any country on any continent, if it suddenly becomes the aggressor and our topmost national interests come under threat."
"(M)ulti-purpose vessels (will be) capable of autonomous navigation to deal with any obstacles and that can compete in an armed confrontation with (an) entire enemy fleet."
"With regard to the Strategic Missile Forces, the President has already adopted and is implementing strategies."
"(W)e updated almost the entire fleet of strategic bombers. We have restored the capability of unique engines" lost earlier.
"(F)ramework has been laid for the creation of an advanced aviation complex for a long-range aircraft."
"Design works have been initiated to create a heavy bomber, which will be a powerful replacement for the strategic aviation which we inherited from the Soviet era."
Efforts began "to create a new missile complex, which will replace the current one." Everything is being produced in Russia.
Including electronics, engines, nuclear warheads, special part and other device management systems, Rogozin explained.
Ukraine's disintegration began when Soviet Russia dissolved, he said. The country was "up for grabs." Competing elements "gnawing each other's throats."
Reliance on Ukrainian military imports is ending. "In 2.5 years at most, we will fully replace everything" Kiev supplied.
"For Ukraine, it is the end. (A) complete demise of (its) state as an an industrial country." Their products and technology are outdated.
"What they are doing right now is suicide." Its science and industry are incompetent. Putin months earlier tried "wretch(ing) Ukraine from a tailspin."
To no avail once putschists usurped power. Ukraine is "finished. It is a personal tragedy" for its people. They can either accept mediocracy or move to Russia. 
They're coming, said Rogozin. Those doing so know where their future lies. Able to continue working as scientists, experts, engineers, "but now in Russia as Russians," Rogozin explained.
They'll help Moscow's defense/industrial complex. Added competence against Washington's threat.
Rogozin calls its behavior "amusing, quite selective. They're saying (they) want to create problems for the Russian space, for the Russian rocket-space industry."
"They are trying to squeeze us out of the market where Russian companies gained opportunities to launch foreign satellites."
They're "attempting to cause as much damage as possible to the development of Russian space."
At the same time, they're dependent on Russia to transport astronauts and supplies to the International Space Station.
Until 2018, they have no other way. They're "completely dependent on our goodwill." They're biting the hand feeding it.
Moscow is up to the challenges it faces, Rogozin stressed. It understands them. It's acting accordingly. Responsibly.
It bears repeating. It's not rolling over for Washington. Or rogue European partners. It's preparing to address future challenges successfully.
Rogozin believes its state-of-the-art technology, competent professionals and commitment to achieve goals shows it's able to confront potential adversaries effectively.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
Visit his blog site at 
Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 



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