Obama White House Announces Expulsion of 35 Russian Diplomats, Closure of 'Spy Center' House That's Been Russians Dacha Outside Washington D.C. Since 1972

Obama White House Announces Expulsion of 35 Russian Diplomats, Closure of 'Spy Center' House That's Been Russians Dacha Outside Washington D.C. Since 1972

The Russia Analyst doesn't have much to add to this farcical story about the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomatic personnel (whether official cover spies or not) from the U.S., or the expected persona non grata'ing of 35 Americans from the Russian Federation this weekend. Other than sending our U.S. passport to the Embassy via FedEx, we've had no interactions with anyone at 2650 Wisconsin Avenue, NW in the over a decade we've been visiting Russia.

Nonetheless, we do want to say the following: we think President Donald J. Trump's low key response, agreeing to see any actual classified evidence in a briefing next week while calling on the U.S. to move on from (re-litigating and trying to cast doubt on the legitimacy of) the election, is the right one. With barely three weeks left to engage in what others agree with us is a preemptive soft coup against Trump's promised foreign policy before he takes office, we expect Russian retaliation to be limited to tit for tat expulsions and complaining. Going beyond that, into actively sanctioning Langley employees and naming CIA agents involved in either the overthrow of the legitimate Ukrainian government in February 2014, or more nefarious operations involving those American-made TOW missiles that 'accidentally' wound up in ISIS hands may only deepen the chill of Cold War 2.0. Which is precisely what Obama's handlers apparently wanted from these eleventh hour executive orders...

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Battle of Syraq, 2016 Year End SITREP (11): After Turkish Army Bloodied by ISIS at al-Bab, Erdogan Accuses Washington of Supporting Islamic State

Battle of Syraq, 2016 Year End SITREP (11): After Turkish Army Bloodied by ISIS at al-Bab, Erdogan Accuses Washington of Supporting Islamic State

The year opened with Russia and Turkey as enemies, exchanging economic blows and locked in proxy warfare across Syria in the aftermath of Turkey's treacherous shoot down of a Russian SU-24 bomber in November 2015. 2016 closes with Turkish president turned despotic strongman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accusing Washington and its allies of supporting not only the Kurdish militants of the PKK but also the Islamic State terrorists, plus rumors of Russian air strikes in support of Turkey's troops struggling to make gains against Daesh at al-Bab.

As the Russia Analyst predicted as far back as August 7, 2015, the Obama Administration would eventually try to make Erdogan the fall guy for the spectacular rise of ISIS, only to have the Sultan blame Washington in reply. We also predicted along with the rest of team RogueMoney and some friends of RM such as Dr. Jim Willie and Joseph P. Farrell, that Turkey would pivot East -- as the alternative would be winding up 'on the menu' with its own territorial integrity in question due to the Kurdish issue. We just did not envision it occurring in this way, with the Russian-Turkish-Iranian troika talking about a nationwide ceasefire across Syria in 2017, and the U.S. State Department and EUnuchs pointedly NOT invited to the peace table...

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Lame Ducks Sabotaging Detente: Obama and the CIA Trying to Screw Up Washington, U.S.-Russia Relations As Much as Possible Before Trump Takes Office

Twas the Wednesday before the electoral college convened on December 19th, and all through the White House, not a creature was stirring, except for the click of a mouse. Still stinging from the humiliation of his former Secretary of State and legacy being rejected by an electoral majority on November 8th, Barack Hussein Obama decided the least he and his CIA handlers could do is try to screw up Donald Trump's promised detente with Russia. Whether they will succeed in this effort, or like so many things Obama's anti-Midas touch has applied to, it'll turn to crap is the question on the mind of the Russia Analyst.

While the legacy media express howls of outrage that the president elect of the United States would dare express open skepticism if not contempt for Langley's assessment that the Russian Federation hacked the election in favor of Trump, it's fair to ask what would happen if The Donald accepted the unnamed CIA analysts' assessment. What president elect in his right mind would accept the argument that he was only taking office due to the intervention of a foreign power, particularly when the impact of the alleged rather than conclusively proven hacking by this foreign government is admitted by Trump's fiercest critics like former CIA agent Evan McMullin to be un-quantifiable?

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More Bad News for the (Out)House of Saud: Peace Talks Break Off With Houthis

More Bad News for the (Out)House of Saud: Peace Talks Break Off With Houthis

If the nearly fifteen year old skeletons of 9/11 were the only thing the Saudis had to worry about, that would be one thing. But as V the Guerrilla Economist reported in one of two short podcasts this week, the Saudis are now paying construction firms including the extended bin Ladin clan of supposed 9/11 plotter Osama bin Laden in IOUs. The liquidity crisis in terms of rising Saudi bond yields and higher costs to defend the riyal that many suspected would arrive in 2017 is already here, and the recent modest rebound in oil prices to about $50 a barrel from their late 2015 lows isn't helping much, primarily because Saudi cash burn remains so high...

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Military Times Survey: Plurality of Active Duty Service Members Back Trump or Bernie Over Neocon Warmonger Hillary

Military Times Survey: Plurality of Active Duty Service Members Back Trump or Bernie Over Neocon Warmonger Hillary

Don't tell the neocons or U.S. Naval War College #NeverTrump-ers, but presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump and Democratic socialist challenger Bernie Sanders are the choice of a reluctant plurality of America's surveyed men and women in military uniform...

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UK Daily Mail, Express Hail BBC2 Documentary That Discusses Possibility Ukrainian Jet/s Shot Down MH17; @Bellingcat, Kiev and NATO's 24/7 #MH17 Twitter Trolls Hardest Hit

Something is stirring in the (dis)United Kingdom and the rest of Europe as Great Britain approaches a vote on whether to stay in or leave the European Union on Thursday, June 23. And we don't just mean the various moves both political and financial leading up to a potential #Brexit of the UK from the European Union...several long fuse truth-bombs appear to be about to go off, with real consquences for what Pepe Escobar and the Guerrilla Economist have dubbed the Empire of Chaos aka Exceptionalistan...

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Russia Partially Withdraws from Syria -- Now What? Give the SAA and Co the Tools, and They'll Finish the Job

Last September Russia's direct intervention in the Syria conflict stunned the world. Coming on the heels of Russian President Vladimir V. Putin's condemnation of the regional powers and fading superpower that had jointly schemed to overthrow the legitimate Syrian government through a massive jihadist proxy war, the Russian air campaign demonstrated that after two decades of post-Soviet decay, Moscow's military is back and capable of projecting devastating combat power hundreds if not thousands of miles from Russia's shores.

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