Well known government mouthpiece, The China Global Times, published an op-ed overnight that was shockingly frank about the state of America (in their eyes) and did little to confirm President Trump’s opinion that he and Premier Xi are best-buddies…
President Trump’s Troubles Are Not Going Away
US President Donald Trump appears to be in big trouble. A memo by former FBI director James Comey exposed by The New York Times shows Trump had asked Comey to end an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn in a meeting on February 14. US mainstream media and the Democratic Party accused Trump of obstruction of justice.
Earlier, US media had reported that Trump leaked highly classified intelligence on the Islamic State to visiting Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, yet Washington failed to share the same information with its allies to protect the source.
As the attacks on Trump ramp up, many are now calling for him to be impeached. According to one poll, 48 percent supported impeachment, while 41 percent opposed. The numbers don’t bode well for Trump.
The American elite still refuse to accept Trump after his 100 days in the Oval Office. He is at odds with the mainstream media; insiders have constantly leaked information to the media. Now some commentators have compared the exposure of the Comey memo to the Watergate scandal. As Congress is under Republican control, few believe there will be a move to impeach the president, but these latest revelations will certainly further erode Trump’s presidential authority.
At the beginning of the corruption scandal, few believed that South Korean president Park Geun-hye would be impeached either. Could this be a reference for Trump’s case? But evidence of Park’s illegal activities was solid, while it will be more complicated to make determinations over whether Trump obstructed justice and leaked classified intelligence.
To impeach Trump will need more evidence from further investigation. To completely discredit Trump among voters, the present scandal is not enough as it does not add to the negative image of Trump. Many just think Trump often speaks off the cuff, which ends up in silly blunders.
If there is a major substantive scandal over and above him speaking out of turn then that will be another thing. But this is not the case at the moment.
Every country has its own troubles. The US model represents Western democracy, but it is crumbling, and the resulting social division has become more and more serious. The US Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to oversee the investigation into link between Russia and the 2016 US presidential election and related matters on Wednesday. More juicy details will continue to appear and the rifts may become wider. Trump will become one of the most frequently accused Americans.
The US won’t be engulfed by chaos if its president is caught in a lawsuit. Someone has pointed out that no matter how chaotic the White House and Capitol Hill are, the overall operation of the US will not be a major problem as long as the enterprises and social organizations in the country are stable. This is seen as an advantage of the American system.
Although American society is relatively stable, the political tumult can’t be taken as an advantage of the US system. The fact is that US politics is in trouble, and the benefits brought by its system are being squandered.
With friends like that, who needs North Korean enemies?
“The United States is a power, a second-rate one that happens to possess a first-rate nuclear arsenal.”
“The one clear message the Beijing meeting sent out to the world is that America’s «unipolar» vision of the world was dead and buried. Even among Washington’s longtime friends and allies, one will not hear Donald Trump referred to as the «leader of the Free World.”
While vaudevillian comedy-like shouting matches broke out in the West Wing of the White House between President Donald Trump and his senior advisers and between the White House press secretary and various presidential aides, world leaders gathered in Beijing to discuss the creation of modern-day land and maritime «silk roads» to improve the economic conditions of nations around the world. Nothing more could have illustrated the massive divide between the concerns of many of the nations of the world and those of the United States, which is rapidly descending into second-rate power status, along with its NATO allies Britain, France, and Germany.
While Mr. Trump was threatening to fire his senior White House staff, reprising his one-time role in his reality television show «The Apprentice», China’s President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and presidents and prime ministers from around the world sat down to discuss the creation of new international and intercontinental highways, railways, and maritime routes under China’s proposed Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.
Even countries that are cool on the Chinese initiative, including India and Japan, sent representatives to the summit that carried a bit more clout than the pathetic representation of the United States, Matt Pottinger, a little-known special assistant to Trump and the senior director for East Asia of National Security Council. In fact, the only reason Trump sent anyone to represent the United States at the Beijing gathering was because of a special request made by President Xi during his recent meeting with Trump at the president’s private Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
South Korea, which saw relations with China sour over America’s placement of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system in South Korea, sent a delegation to Beijing after a phone call between South Korea’s new liberal president, Moon Jae-in, and President Xi. Moon responded to the phone call by sending a delegation led by his Democratic Party’s veteran legislator to Beijing.
Even North Korea, which rankled South Korea, Japan, and the United States by firing a ballistic missile into waters near Russia, sent a delegation to the Beijing meeting headed by Kim Yong Jae, the North’s Minister of External Economic Relations. The Trump administration, which sent a virtual unknown to Beijing, complained loudly about North Korea’s representation at the Silk Road summit. But Washington’s complaint was conveyed by someone as unknown as Mr. Pottinger, Anna Richey-Allen, a low-level spokesperson for the U.S. State Department’s East Asia Bureau. The reason why the United States is being spoken for by middle-grade bureaucrats is that the nation that still believes it is the world’s only remaining «superpower» is now governed by an administration rife with top-level vacancies, inter-agency squabbling, and amateur league players.
Even though major European Union member states were not represented in Beijing by their heads of government, Germany sent its Economy Minister, Brigitte Zypries. She warned, however, that the EU would not sign a Silk Road agreement with China unless certain EU demands on free trade and labor conditions were guaranteed. Germany’s reticence did not seem to faze other EU nations, which were represented in Beijing by their heads of government and appeared to be more avid in their support of the Chinese initiative. These EU member state leaders included Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Czech President Milos Zeman, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Moreover, had British Prime Minister Theresa May not been in the middle of a general election campaign, she would have been in Beijing. Nevertheless, she sent British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond in her place.
If the Trump administration hoped to convince world leaders to stay away from Beijing, it was sorely disappointed. The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, was there, along with the President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde. Also present in Beijing were the presidents of Turkey, Philippines, Argentina, Chile, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Kenya, Uzbekistan, and Laos, as well as the prime ministers of Vietnam, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Serbia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Fiji, Ethiopia, Cambodia, and Myanmar.
Ministerial delegations from Afghanistan, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, Finland, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Maldives, Romania, Nepal, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, and the United Arab Emirates were at the Beijing summit. Japan was represented by the senior adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party, Toshihiro Nikai. France, which was experiencing a change of presidents, sent former Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin.
The Silk Road initiative has projects planned in all the nations whose governments were represented in Beijing, except for the United States and Israel. In addition to the nations represented by their government heads of state and ministers, Silk Road agreements were signed between China and Palestine, Georgia, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Tajikistan, Brunei, Croatia, and East Timor.
The one clear message the Beijing meeting sent out to the world is that America’s «unipolar» vision of the world was dead and buried. Even among Washington’s longtime friends and allies, one will not hear Donald Trump referred to as the «leader of the Free World.» That phrase has been discarded into the waste bin of history along with America’s insistence that it is the world’s only «superpower.» The United States is a power, a second-rate one that happens to possess a first-rate nuclear arsenal. But nuclear weapons were not being discussed in Beijing. Major projects were on the agenda, projects that when completed will leave the United States at sea in the propeller wash.
President Xi, in his keynote address to the conference, said that the «One Belt and One Road» initiative is «a project of the century» and that will benefit everybody across the world. And to put his money where his mouth is, Xi said China will contribute 80 billion yuan (US$113 billion) as added financial impetus to create a global network of highway, railway, and maritime links in a recreation of the ancient Silk Road that linked China to the West. Meanwhile, in Washington, Trump spoke of having recorded «taped» conversations with his fired director of the FBI James Comey, setting off a political firestorm. A new global infrastructure being spoken about in Beijing and political hijinks the major topic of conversation in Washington. The United States has fallen into second-rate global status and is seriously ill as a cohesive nation-state but does not even realize it.
China and Russia used the Beijing summit to showcase several Eurasian initiatives, including the Russia-inspired Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and the China-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Both the Chinese and Russian heads of state let it be known that the BRICS alliance of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa was still a potent world entity, even though South Africa was not represented in Beijing by its president and India chose not to send any representative to Beijing.
President Putin’s words to the conference about the new geopolitical status in the world were noteworthy: «the greater Eurasia is not an abstract geopolitical arrangement but, without exaggeration, a truly civilization-wide project looking toward the future.» In other words, the European Union, which is losing the United Kingdom as a member and will never see membership for Turkey, is a dying international organism. Other international initiatives, like the EEU, BRICS, AIIB, and the One Belt, One Road (OBOR), are leaving the EU and the United States in the dust. That was evident by the fact that the United States was represented in Beijing by an overrated desk clerk and the EU by a Brussels «Eurocrat,» the European Commission vice president Jyrki Katainen.
What a joke. There is no democracy in the USA. When did the USA have democracy anyway? It’s all a game of smoke and mirrors created by the corporatocracy and dark forces behind the scene which is propagated by the useless US mainstream media. Go home stupid bloody Yankees and fix your own country!
The Western Deep State wants to introduce “democracy” in Venezuela through political sanctions, financial system hacking, and religious war due to the country’s refusal to surrender control of its vast energy resources to the Wall Street bankers.
These multi-pronged Deep State attacks on Venezuela has been very persistent in the last decade.
As always, the Western media continue to be a critical tool in demonizing Latin American leaders who continue to exercise Bolivarian principles of defiance.
The allegations against Venezuela’s vice-president could not have been more serious. Announcing sanctions against Tareck El Aissami this week, the US Treasury Department described him as a “prominent drug trafficker” who had overseen and even partially owned narcotics shipments from Venezuela to the US.
As governor of Aragua state and minister of the interior, he allegedly oversaw or partially owned drug shipments of more than one tonne from Venezuela, and dealt directly with Mexico’s Zetas cartel and Colombian narco-boss Daniel El Loco Barrera. In January he was promoted to vice-president.
But as bad as that sounds, El Aissami is only the latest – if the most highly placed – in a long list of Venezuelan officials or people close to power who have been tied to drug trafficking.
The consequence of what the media is trying to say is that the people of Venezuela are immature to put in power these druglords and charlatans, and the West is morally right to introduce another Libya-like democracy into the region.
What lies behind the attacks on Venezuela?
April 10, 2017 03:23 by ThePrisma
The destabilizing plan being pursued is not new. Why is there this insistence on thwarting the Bolivarian Revolution? The Venezuelan Foreign Minister has said that “never before in the history of international organizations have we seen unlawful, deviant, arbitrary, biased behaviour.”
Caracas (PL) Venezuela was victorious once again in the Organization of American States (OAS) after it managed to thwart the interventionist and meddling efforts driven by its Secretary General, Luis Almagro.
Bolivarian diplomacy successfully dealt with the plans of a powerful alliance led by the United States Department of State and supported by some right-wing governments in the region, with dignity and integrity. For this, Almagro acted as the right hand of the alliance by aligning himself with the most reactionary groups in the country.
The destabilizing plan being pursued against Venezuela is not new. In June of last year, the head of the so-called “ministry of colonies” – as Cuba’s Eminent Foreign Minister, Raúl Roa García, described the OAS – tried to unsuccessfully activate the Inter-American Democratic Charter, as an instrument of coercion and blackmail, against the Bolivarian government.
On March 14, Almagro presented a report on Venezuela funded by the so-named International Crisis Group NGO which is supported by US oil company Exxon Mobil; and is sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute which has clear interests in Venezuelan energy resources.
This same step had been taken a year earlier, in June 2016, and the results were the same: it did not work despite Washington’s political backing. But some wonder why there is this insistence in thwarting the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela.
According to reports issued by the powers that be in Caracas, the secretary general of the OAS maintains close ties with the most reactionary factions of Venezuela’s extreme right, and between 2016 and 2017 met 26 times with representatives of these opposition groups.
It is striking that more than 70% of his messages on Twitter”s social network are aimed at attacking Venezuela, its government and its officials.
Undoubtedly, Almagro took sides with the right-wing groups that are fighting for power against the government presided over by Nicolás Maduro, despite the latter’s victory at the ballot box and the fact that these groups are not inclined towards dialogue as a means of reaching national agreements .
Hence Almagro’s continual “reports”, which were described by the Venezuelan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Delcy Rodríguez, as “a complex strategy of intervention in the medium and short term.”
Why is he insisting on the Democratic Charter?
The Inter-American Democratic Charter, adopted on September 11, 2001, in a special session of the OAS Assembly, held in Lima, Peru, is a mechanism that would be applied in case of a rupture in the democratic institutional political process or the legitimate exercise of power by an elected government, in any of the member states of the organization.
By triggering this, a temporary suspension of the right to participate of an OAS member state can be approved, although to realise this a two thirds majority vote is required.
Exclusion from this inter-American regional process limits the sanctioned government’s ability to take action and it would also be isolated and sanctioned internationally.
Application of the Inter-American Democratic Charter to Venezuela – according to the above thinking and as part of the plan orchestrated by Almagro – could have consequences for other regional organizations, such as the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of America, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, The Union of South American Nations, Petrocaribe, among others – which promote social integration in the region.
Obviously, that was the task entrusted to Almagro by the US State Department, which, if carried out, could lead to a dangerous destabilization of Latin America comparable with what has already been experienced in the Middle East and in some areas of Eastern Europe.
Venezuela continues to struggle
In a recent press conference, the Venezuelan Foreign Minister stated that “never before in the history of international organizations have we seen unlawful, deviant, arbitrary, biased behaviour. The behaviour shown towards Venezuela really has been unprecedented and unusual, marked by attacks which articulate a plan of intervention. ”
For Rodríguez, with its new interventionist attitude, “the OAS is returning to the darkest pages in its history,” with a shameful record of silence in the face of coup d’états, systematic violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms; and always at the service of the oligarchies and the most reactionary power groups.
The high ranking official explained that the plans that were being plotted against Bolívar’s homeland “via vile blackmail, pressure and extortion” by Washington were known about.
He added that two US congressmen threatened “in a crude, vulgar and brutal way member states of the organisation, sister states that remained standing with their heads held high, their morals to the fore, defending the dignity and also the sovereignty and independence of the Great Homeland.” (PL) *Journalist in Venezuela
Late last year, the banking system of Venezuela was sabotaged when its electronic payment system collapsed.
President Maduro branded the attack an act of international aggression against Venezuela, orchestrated to hurt the people in the country.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Saturday the arrest of those responsible for the banking system sabotage that saw the nation’s electronic payments system collapse in the country on Friday.
Five employees from Credicar, a company in charge of credit and debit card operations in the country, were arrested Friday night. “It was a deliberate action what happened in Credicar, it’s confirmed, and those responsible have been detained,” said Maduro.
While this formula of hybrid geopolitical interventions is familiar to all of the advanced readers of this site, most of the people in the Americas have yet to understand the hidden agenda which motivated the leaders behind the mass actions, which complements the power of Western propaganda which fueled color revolutions in many parts of the world, and within the United States, too.
As typical in any religious countries, Vatican embedded agents has also tried to do their part in instigating rift right at the core of the Venezuelan society. The Catholic priests unleashed their anti-Maduro propaganda to solicit an aggressive response from his die hard supporters.
Collectives are pro-government groups that organize community events and social projects, but they also have been accused of intimidation and violence against those who oppose the government.
“They started to shout insults, then would be calm, and then they would shout again,” said Maria Cisneros, who has attended the church for 20 years. She requested her name be changed for this story out of fear of retaliation.
“These were aggressive people, with aggressive vocabulary, using profanity, and they said all kinds of vulgarities; we felt very attacked,” she said.
The Deep State is also insulated from a possible coordinated retaliation of its sanctions against targeted country because it is only the people of US that will suffer from it, and not the Deep State crowd themselves.
‘Get your dirty hands out of Venezuela’ – Maduro to Trump
Published time: 20 May, 2017 17:23
The United States should “get out of Venezuela,” the country’s leader, Nicolas Maduro, said after Washington slapped Venezuelan top judiciary officials with sanctions to “support” the Venezuelan people.
The new sanctions package, targeting the chief judge and seven other members of Venezuela’s Supreme Court, was imposed by the US Treasury to “advance democratic governance” in the country.
“Enough meddling … Go home, Donald Trump. Get out of Venezuela,” Maduro said in a speech broadcasted live on TV, as cited by Reuters. “Get your dirty hands out of here.”
The Venezuelan president’s tirade echoed a statement issued by the government, accusing the US of intervening into country’s internal affairs and seeking to further destabilize it.
“President Trump’s aggressions against the Venezuelan people, its government and its institutions have surpassed all limits,” the statement said.
It urged the US to focus on sorting out its own internal problems, instead of meddling in Venezuela’s affairs.
“The extreme positions of a government just starting off only confirmed the discriminatory, racist, xenophobic, and genocidal nature of US elites against humanity and its own people, which has now been heightened by this new administration which asserts white Anglo-Saxon supremacy,” the statement read, as cited by Reuters.
The sanctions imposed by the US Treasury include freeze of any assets the eight judges might have in the US, deny them entering the country, and prohibit US citizens to do any business with them. The situation in Venezuela “is a disgrace to humanity” and the country “has been unbelievably poorly run,” Donald Trump said Thursday.
“We haven’t really seen a problem like that, I would say, in decades,” Trump added.
Thousands of anti-government protesters hit the streets Saturday with large crowds marching down the streets of the capital, Caracas, and the city of Christobal in the western Tachira state, which has grown into one of the main centers of the ongoing unrest.
In light of the worsening food shortage in Venezuela, Putin decided to send “several thousand tons of wheat each month to the struggling South American country.”
Russia’s Putin pledges to send food to starving Venezuela
May 19, 2017 Associated Press
The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry announced Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin had promised to start delivering food after speaking on the phone with President Nicolas Maduro.
Flour is one of the hardest goods to come by in shortage-hit Venezuela. It is rarely available in regular grocery stores. Instead, people find it on the black market or wait in line for hours to buy two packages each at state-run stores.
The gesture of support for the Maduro administration comes at a key moment. Regional governments have been distancing themselves from the embattled socialist president and calling on him to respect democratic norms.
One by one, these Latin American countries, e.g. Brazil and Argentina, succumbed to the will of the Deep State due in part to the ignorance of the middle class to the above methods that are being used in the region.
At present, only a combined Russia and China intervention might deter a complete Deep State usurpation of Latin America, unless some form of miracle will one day wake up the American “Patriots” to rise up in arms against the latter.
Schadenfreude is pleasure derived from the misfortune of others.
Vladimir Putin is probably laughing his head off.
The current Russian-centred imbroglio in the United States involving its Congress, its President and the hidden state, replete with ill-tempered verbal jousting and backdoor scheming has gathered a level of momentum many would suggest amounts to a state of impeachment fever.
Why might the president of the Russian Federation feel disposed to privately allow himself a chuckle at the present state of affairs in the United States? The answer lies in the not uncommon human capacity for schadenfreude.
Schadenfreude is pleasure derived from the misfortune of others.
The United States has consistently created mischief in countries bordering the Russian Federation and within Russia itself in order to put pressure on a state which unlike the one headed by Boris Yeltsin has not been inclined to bow to the foreign policy dictates of the United States which finds it intolerable for other nations to pursue an independent course in foreign relations.
The United States has sought to intimidate Russia by expanding the Nato military alliance close to its borders as well as by fomenting a so-called ‘Color Revolution’ in Ukraine between 2004 and 2005, a war with Georgia in 2008 and a coup d’etat in Ukraine in 2014. These were covert operations involving the use of proxies which included NGO fronts and neo-Nazi militias.
While Russia has been reactive rather than proactive in the various crisis around its borders, it is nonetheless clear that it has a national policy objective geared towards weakening American influence in Europe. It has provided varying degrees of support and encouragement for nationalist political parties in countries such as France and Hungary. This is widely believed to include financial support.
Parties such as the Front National and Jobbik are strongly anti-European Union. Russian animus towards the EU is hardly surprising given its view that the EU has been used as a tool by Washington as cover for United States aggression including the anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the EU over the Crimean Crisis; a crisis caused by the American-backed overthrow of the Yanukovych government which threatened Russia’s vital national security interests in regard to its Baltic Fleet based in Crimea.
Only a few could fail to understand if the Russian response to this catalogue of aggression was to back an American presidential candidate who was promising to improve relations between both countries. The question which has consistently exercised many in the United States is whether such support went to the extent of the provision of finance, cyber-hacking and even blackmail.
It is an issue often presented by the American media with an affectation of moral integrity that camouflages the unsavoury history of United States interventions in foreign nations using such means as electoral fraud, economic blackmail, political assassinations and the violent overthrow of governments.
The post-Soviet Russian state has been on the receiving end of electoral manipulation directed by the United States. An American-directed IMF “emergency infusion” of over ten billion dollars into the Russian economy re-routed a substantial amount of this sum into the coffers of the Western-backed lackey Boris Yeltsin who had been languishing with a single-digit approval rating in the run-up to the Russian presidential elections of 1996.
Yeltsin would win a disputed election during which the pro-Yeltsin team engineered a dirty tricks campaign that included the use of disinformation and disruption tactics against the opposition.
The American media which is quick to chase the scent of any form of difficulties faced by the Kremlin and of dissent within Russian civil society is now contending with a daily news deluge of chaos in the White House intensified after the recent dismissal of FBI head James Comey by President Donald Trump.
Comey’s sacking, the resignation of Michael Flynn as national security advisor, open bickering between the president and the intelligence community as well as calls in congress for the appointment of a special prosecutor have at their root the question of supposed Russian meddling in the last American presidential campaign.
Observing the United States in turmoil over the Trump presidency, Putin could not prevent himself from making the following barbed comment over the recent allegation that Trump had revealed classified intelligence to visiting Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov:
We see that the United States has been developing political schizophrenia, this is the only thing I can think of when I hear allegations saying that the president has revealed some secrets to Lavrov.
The still unproven allegations of Russian hacking during the American presidential elections as well as that related to Trump being compromised by a blackmail operation conducted by Russian intelligence only serve to confirm that the United States has plunged itself into a self-inflicted state of tumult.
The baleful westward gaze of the Russian sphinx described by Aleksandr Blok in his poem The Scythians might for a short time at least be replaced by a softer, wrinkly countenance suggestive of a smile.
It is a smile that reeks of schadenfreude.
Adeyinka Makinde is a writer based in London, England.
“The US military/security complex sits on a budget extracted from very hard-pressed American taxpayers of $1,000 billion dollars annually. By threatening to normalize relations with the enemy which was created in order to justify this vast budget, Trump presented as the major threat to the American National Security State’s power and profit.”
We are witnessing an assault by the national security state and its liberal media on a President of the United States that is unprecedented.
Wild and unsupported accusations of treasonous or illegal Russian connections have been the mainstay of the news since Trump’s campaign for president. These accusations have reached the point that there is an impeachment movement driven by the national security state and its liberal media and endorsed by Democrats, the American leftwing which has turned against the working class as “Trump deplorables,” and luminaries such as Harvard Law Professor Larry Tribe. The Washington Post, which was not present at the meeting of President Trump with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, purports to know that Trump gave Lavrov US national security information.
The Russian government has offered the presstitute media a transcript of the meeting, but, of course, the pressitutes are not interested.
The latest story is that Trump tried to bribe FBI Director Comey, before he fired him, not to investigate Trump as part of the “Russian investigation.” Clearly there is no intelligence left in the American media. The President doesn’t need to bribe someone he can fire.
What we are witnessing is the determination of the national security state to keep their prized “Russian Threat” in its assigned role as the Number One Threat to the US. The liberal media, owned by the CIA since the 1950s is in accord with this goal.
The American media is so accustomed to its enslavement by the national security state that it does not think of the consequences. But Professor Stephen Cohen does. I agree with him that the greatest threat to national security “is this assault on President Trump.” http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47076.htm
Cohen said that there is a 4th branch of government, the intelligence community, which obstruts the management of American foreign affairs by the executive branch and Congress.
As an example, he reminded us that “In 2016, President Obama worked out a deal with Russian President Putin for military cooperation in Syria. He said he was going to share intelligence with Russia, just like Trump and the Russians were supposed to do the other day. Our department of defense said it wouldn’t share intelligence. And a few days later, they killed Syrian soldiers, violating the agreement, and that was the end of that. So, we can ask, who is making our foreign policy in Washington today?”
In the 1960s, President John F. Kennedy thought he was in charge, and he was assassinated for his belief. JFK blocked an invasion of Cuba, the Northwoods project, a preemptive nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, and spoke of ending the Cold War.
In the 1970s President Nixon was driven from office, because he thought he was in charge of foreign policy. Like Kennedy, Nixon was a threat to the national security state. Nixon pushed through SALT 1 and the anti-ABM Treaty, and he opened to China, defusing those tensions as well. The military/security complex saw its budget dwindling as the threat dwindled. Nixon also determined to withdraw from Vietnam, but was constrained by the national security state. Nixon, the most knowledgeable president about foreign affairs, was forced from office, because his efforts in behalf of peace constituted a threat to the power and profit of the military/security complex.
It is important to understand that there is no evidence whatsoever against Nixon in the Washington Post “investigation.” The Post’s reporters simply put together a collection of inuendoes that cast aspersion on Nixon, whose “crime” was to say that he learned of the Watergate buglary at a later date than he actually did. Nixon kept the burglary quiet until after his reelection, because he knew that the CIA’s Washington Post would use it in an effort to prevent his reelection.
The “crime” for which Nixon was really removed was his success in establishing more peaceful and stable relations with Russia and China.
Trump, being in real estate and entertainment, was unaware of the landmines on which he was stepping when he said it was time to normalize relations with Russia and to rethink the purpose of NATO.
The US military/security complex sits on a budget extracted from very hard-pressed American taxpayers of $1,000 billion dollars annually. By threatening to normalize relations with the enemy which was created in order to justify this vast budget, Trump presented as the major threat to the American National Security State’s power and profit.
This is why Trump will be broken and/or removed as President of the United States.
Once again democracy in American is proving to be powerless. There is no one in Washington who can help Trump. Those who could help him, such as myself, cannot be confirmed by the US Senate, which is owned lock, stock, and barrel by the military/security complex, Wall Street, and the Israel Lobby.
Trump tried to connect the suffering American people to their government, an act of treason against the oligarchy, who are making an example of Trump that will dissuade politicians in the future from making populist appeals to the people.
In an extraordinary moment this week, Russian leader Vladimir Putin offered Washington a challenge to discover the truth over sensational US media claims that President Trump had leaked top-secret information to Russia. Washington rebuffed Putin’s offer.
Finian Cunningham (born 1963) has written extensively on international affairs, with articles published in several languages. Originally from Belfast, Ireland, he is a Master’s graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing a career in newspaper journalism. For over 20 years he worked as an editor and writer in major news media organizations, including The Mirror, Irish Times and Independent. Now a freelance journalist based in East Africa, his columns appear on RT, Sputnik, Strategic Culture Foundation and Press TV.
In an extraordinary moment this week, Russian leader Vladimir Putin offered Washington a challenge to discover the truth over sensational US media claims that President Trump had leaked top-secret information to Russia. Washington rebuffed Putin’s offer.
It was akin to the iconic scene in the sci-fi movie, The Matrix, in which protagonists are offered a red or blue pill. Consuming the former leads them to awaken to the truth, however painful that awakening might be from shattering erstwhile illusions. Ingesting the alternative blue pill allows one to continue in a state of illusion, albeit in the form of slavery to The Matrix.
The US media this week went into overdrive with claims that President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information during his meeting last week in the White House with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Those claims of Trump talking about highly sensitive intelligence on the Islamic State terror group in Syria were rejected by the White House and separately by the Kremlin.
Trump’s top National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster has since repeatedly denied US media reports of Trump’s alleged indiscretion in front of his Russian guests. McMaster called them “false.”
The next day another US media bombshell report claimed Trump had pressed former FBI chief James Comey into dropping his investigation into alleged Russian links to Trump’s previous National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Combined, the stories – all based on anonymous claims – tend to lend credence to the long-running narrative that Trump is in some way compromised by Russia. The Kremlin is alleged to have “leverage” over the US Commander-in-Chief.
Further to the Kremlin rejecting claims of Trump sharing classified information with Lavrov, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who described the media frenzy gripping the US over Trump and his alleged Russian collusion as “political schizophrenia,” went one step further and offered to provide transcripts of the meeting in the Oval Office, which took place on May 10.
Putin said the internecine politics was far from amusing and actually portended a dangerous development. If political opponents of Trump can make up such false claims to discredit the president, calling for his impeachment, then such delusional thinking represents a real risk to global security matters in the future, said Putin.
On the Oval Office meeting between Trump and Lavrov, the US media and its anonymous sources are saying one thing; while the White House, Trump’s national security adviser and the Kremlin are saying the opposite. So, who is telling the truth? One way to get to the bottom of the fog is to read a transcript of the discussion, which is what Putin just offered. He added, with due courtesy, the proviso, “if the White House considered it appropriate,” to provide the transcript.
In other words, Putin was offering a red pill moment.
The US media and congressional opponents of Trump scoffed at the idea of Russia interjecting to resolve the growing scandal surrounding the president. Republican Senator Susan Collins, who sits on the intelligence committee investigating allegations of collusion with Russia, told news outlet CNN that Russia was an adversary of the US and to accept the Kremlin’s word was “absurd.”
But is such an idea really absurd? Consider what is at stake. The President of the United States is being harangued by his opponents on Capitol Hill and in the media who are, in effect, accusing him of traitorous conduct, consorting with an enemy state, and lying through his teeth to the American people. There is a sense that Trump’s opponents can smell blood and think it is within their grasp to impeach him from office. Senator John McCain claims the crisis is reaching “Watergate” proportions, which led to President Richard Nixon’s downfall in 1974.
But just as the “Russia-gate” scandal seems to be reaching a climax, there is also this underlying moment of weakness in the whole alleged affair. Did Trump disclose top-secret information to Russia’s Lavrov last week or not? Trump and his colleagues, H.R. McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell, reject this, as does Russia.
If the transcript supplied by Russia – and it would be easy to verify it as bona fide – did indeed show Trump is telling the truth, then that would exonerate him. More importantly, the “moment of truth” would expose the US media reports of Trump being some Russian stooge as nothing but a giant fabrication.
It would also confirm what Putin has decried as the “political schizophrenia” gripping large sections of the US corporate-controlled news media and politicians in Washington.
The US political establishment – mainly the Democratic party and their media surrogates – have never accepted the will of the American people in electing Donald Trump last November. Instead, they have sought to discredit the sovereign right of the people and the electoral mandate they gave to Trump with the tall-story of Trump being a Russian stooge.
This delusional story is a cover for a de facto coup against an elected president. And such is the intensity to make this subversion of democracy succeed, the US political and media have whipped themselves into a collective frenzy of Russophobia, paranoia, and schizophrenia.
This week the frenzy peaked with claims that Trump has “loose lips in front of his Russian handlers.”
What has it come to when Russia is now in a position to offer the Americans a red pill for sanity?
But evidently, Washington is balking and wants to take the blue pill instead.
Go on Trump and Putin, publish the Oval Office transcript, and let’s snap out of this dangerous mind-game eroding democracy and international relations.
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday called the CIA the world’s most “dangerously incompetent” spy agency.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Assange accused the CIA of arming terrorists and destroying democracies.
“The CIA is the world’s most dangerously incompetent spy agency. It has armed terrorists, destroyed democracies and installed and maintained dictatorships the world over. There are good men and women at the CIA but if our publications are any guide they work for WikiLeaks,” Assange told RT commenting on Heather’s claims.
Earlier in the day, CIA spokeswoman Heather Fritz Horniak told RT that “dictators and terrorists” had no better friend in the world than Assange as “theirs is the only privacy he protects” and that the alleged involvement of Russian intelligence services in hacking related to the US elections was an “established fact.”Russia has repeatedly denied US claims it meddled in the US election process, calling them absurd. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow did not have official contacts with Trump’s team during the presidential campaign.
The comments come amid Wikileaks’ release of an unprecedentedly large archive of CIA-related classified documents dubbed ‘Vault-7‘.