June 30, 2018 (EIRNS)—Holman Jenkins of the Wall Street Journal editorial board posted a signed editorial under the above title. Although he expresses anti-Russia opinions, he strongly expresses the truth that Obama’s CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper are at least equally as guilty as Comey, Mueller and their team at the DOJ and FBI of peddling lies to prevent Trump from becoming President, and their continuing effort to drive him out of office.Read More
Former East German Stasi informant Angela Merkel’s Atlanticist hailed political career appears to be on its last legs. Leading members of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) led by her Interior Minister and the former Bavarian President Horst Seehofer are threatening to break up their decades-old coalition with Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU). Seehofer is openly undermining Merkel by working with the conservative Austrian government to tighten restrictions on asylum seekers and with Italy’s new 5 Star-Lega Nord governing coalition, which is determined to turn back migrant boats in the Mediterranean.
Merkel’s reported downfall is coming after Trump defied her and the (post)Western G7 consensus, allegedly tossing Starburst candies at the ‘Chancellor of the World’ and mockingly telling Mutti with a jerkboy smile, “Don’t say I didn’t give you anything Angela”. The Starburst tossing story from Ian Bremmer could be #fakenews — much like the images Americans have been bombarded with in the last few days of mainstream media fanned outrage over children who, in all too many cases, were shipped by their parents across the U.S.-Mexico border with people smuggling coyotes rather than being cruelly ripped from their mothers arms to be placed in cages. But it makes the point to polarized Trump haters and #MAGA men alike, that it’s a new day.
The President appears to believe, with the glaring exception of Israel, the United States no longer has permanent allies, only (to paraphrase the late Lord Palmerston of the 19th century British Empire) abiding interests. Like red-pilled “men going their own way” in response to the long term decline in solid employment and the perceived raw deal of modern marriage, Uncle Sam led by Donald John Trump is going his own way. And that journey begins with, as many Russian observers have figured out inspired by the American alternative media, taking steps to shore up the dollar at the other nations’ expense, including through cannibalizing the greenback’s younger sister in the global reserve currency family, the euro.Read More
Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin conducted an over four hour marathon call in question and answer session on Thursday. As (post)Western journalists never tire of pointing out, the annual affair is mostly scripted, with the questions reviewed in advance.
There are however, some public comments that appear on screen during the telecast which are not pre-screened, and Putin often uses the forum to make new statements about important policy issues, even on topics where the Russian President’s thoughts are well known. One of these is the subject of the U.S./NATO supported war, now dragging into its fourth year, in which Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed Donbass fighters remain locked in a stalemate. A conflict that in recent weeks has heated up, with the UAF determined to seize high ground around the city of Gorlovka and the Svitlodarsk bulge in the front lines, but failing to achieve a decisive breakthrough. With Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko facing the prospect of new elections as his approval rating shrinks to almost zero, the risk of escalation designed to draw in Russian forces during an international sports showcase for Moscow seems high.Read More
Yulia Skripal, age 33, the daughter of former GRU agent and exchanged MI6 asset Sergey Skripal is said to have improved from critical to stable condition in a hospital. This miraculous (and for HMG narrative, highly inconvenient) recovery is occurring after British authorities settled on nerve agent smeared on their front door as an alleged method of poisoning her and Sergey on March 4, 2018. The latest (already posted to Wikipedia) version of how the Skripals were allegedly poisoned with Novichok, a Soviet developed nerve toxin ten times more deadly than VX, was produced after the British government came under well deserved criticism for failing to explain where and how the poisoning happened with dozens of people said to have been exposed to the chemical agent (but only one policeman from the scene, and not the doctor who initially treated the Skripals, showing any signs of illness).
Anonymous British government sources had offered multiple versions ranging from the toxin coming in Yulia's luggage while visiting from Moscow to the poison being introduced through the vents of Sergey's BMW -- while accusing the Russians of presenting ridiculous theories to deny their involvement. Which is classic projection on the part of those accustomed to instantly assigning guilt to Russia, and being the judges, jurors and cheerleaders for the executioners of the post-Western world.
Today's news of Yulia Skripal's potential ability to speak as a witness comes too late to stop the deterioration of relations between Russia and the mostly NATO countries that followed the Anglo-Americans lead in expelling dozens of diplomats, with Moscow announcing the closure of the U.S. consulate in Russia's second city of St. Petersburg and the expulsion of 60 accredited American diplomats/CIA agents under diplomatic cover. However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's complaint that HMG is in violation of its obligations under the 1963 Vienna Convention (specifically article 36) to grant consular access to a Russian citizen in distress were finally reported by mainstream media outlet the Associated Press -- now that Yulia may start talking in ways inconvenient to the farcical British version of events. A British court claim that no one in Russia of any relation or from the Russian Embassy had sought to speak with Yulia or obtain precise details about her and Sergey's medical condition has also been revised after reporter John Helmer exposed the lie.
Last week saw a major doubling down in London and Washington on Cold War 2, despite President Donald Trump defying his advisers with a phone call to Vladimir Putin congratulating the Russian President on his reelection to a fourth and likely final term in office.
The British government is maintaining in the first court hearing regarding the Sergei Skripal poisoning case that the Russian Foreign Ministry if not relatives of Russian citizen Yulia Skripal are lying, and not seeking details about the Skripals medical conditions. The implication of the UK judge and barristers' arguments is that Her Majesty's Government is therefore not in violation of its international legal obligations under the 1963 Vienna Conventions, by withholding medical details and consular access to a citizen in distress, as Moscow has complained of in recent days.
After booting his leaky Russia-bashing National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, President Trump named John Bolton as the new chief of his national security team. Bolton's record of hawkishness on Russia and support for the US/NATO propped up Kiev government is only exceeded by his belligerence towards Iran and North Korea. The former UN Ambassador and neocon lunatic is on record advocating preemptive strikes on Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile program sites, and also vowing to celebrate with the international terrorist group MEK their victory over the mullahs in Tehran sometime in 2019(!). Of course, even if Bolton weren't on record with so many anti-Russian and Putin bashing statements, his stated goal if implemented of regime changes in Iran and North Korea would put him and any White House national security team he leads on a collision course with the Iranians' allies in Moscow and Beijing.Read More
The Syrian Arab Army has completed its breakthrough to Deir Ez Zor, lifting a siege by Al-Qaeda and ISIS that had lasted almost continuously over three and a half years. Russian air power and advisors on the ground were pivotal to this success, which pro-jihadist neocons like CNN's Michael D. Weiss said would never happen. The opened desert corridor is likely to be reinforced with more SAA troops and possibly friendly Iraqi forces advancing from the east and west on Daesh held oil fields beyond the Euphrates. However, the exultation at starting the final chapter for ISIS' pseudo caliphate was tempered by a reminder that not everyone is pleased with the Syria war's approaching end.
On the same day a United Nations report blamed the Assad government for a series of chemical weapons attacks in jihadist held areas where the terrorists controlled the chain of evidence (and in the case of Khan Sheikhoun, places where UN personnel or international forensics experts never went), the Israeli Air Force (IAF) struck a facility in northwest Hama province near the city of Masyaf. Pro-Syria jihadist pundits like Charles Lister proclaimed that the struck area contained a chemical weapons plant, though no evidence has been produced by the U.S. or Israel to support this allegation. It seems just as likely, given recent Israeli news reports about Iran setting up rocket factories on Syrian territory, that the IAF struck facility was being set up to produce medium range ballistic or cruise missiles for Syria's armed forces.
One of the fallacies of modern warfare is that weapons, not fighting men, win wars. The motivation of Donbass native volunteers to defend their homes and home towns remains higher than that of Ukrainian conscripts to bleed and die for the idea of a 'united Ukraine' or 'repulsing Russian aggression'. This is a problem Washington's politicians, the CIA and the Pentagon have not been able to solve in three years, after humiliating Ukrainian Army defeats in Ilovaisk outside Donetsk, the still unacknowledged by Kiev late July/early August 2014 slaughter of UAF personnel in the 'southern cauldron' along the Russian border, and the rout in the crossroads town of Debaltsevo. But that doesn't mean the neocons have given up trying.
On August 1, the neocon mouthpiece Wall Street Journal editorial board admitted the objective of supplying the Kiev government with new Javelin missiles isn't victory over the 'separatists', but killing Russia's proxies and Russian advisers in the Donbass. One problem with that, and the very good reason the Obama Administration hesitated to take a step the supposed Putin-installed Trump White House is now considering, is that attrition can go both ways. Russia is more than capable of upping the ante -- including via proxy targeting of NATO advisers who 'aren't' officially observing just behind the front lines of the conflict. Moscow could also tear up gentlemen's agreements it maintains with Israel against arming the likes of Hezbollah or arm the Yemenis capable of killing America's Saudi/UAE allies in the Mideast...