The Weekly Watch
Warmongering, Wealth, and World Wide Deception
BoJo and Brandon are in political hot water. What to do? Better stoke another war, and make the war machine puppet masters happy. After all the CIA controlled main stream news will create public support. It's the empires last gasp (I hope). I find it interesting how few, even in alternative media, delve into Brandon's role in the Ukrainian coup. I mean how did his son (and Kerry's nephew) end up with a $50,000/month gig on an Ukrainian oil board? More recently US incompetence was on display in the failed coup in Kazakhstan. With Ukraine, seems we're in a Cuban missile crisis in reverse.
(43 min) Excellent recounting of US wars. More here:
And here we go again... Double down on dumb.
(worth a full read or at least scan)
As tensions mount along the Ukraine-Russia border, critics have questioned why some of the same U.S. officials who contributed to regional instability during the Obama administration are again in charge of America’s response to the crisis, although some top Republicans support the Biden administration’s position.
Last week, U.S. Undersecretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland briefed members of the Senate on the situation between Ukraine and Russia—warning that Russian president Vladimir Putin has amassed some 100,000 soldiers along the border in a possible plan to invade.
If the name Nuland sounds familiar, it might be from her role in the previous Ukrainian crisis during the Obama administration—one that critics say is the reason the two countries are again on verge of war today.
As an assistant secretary of state in 2013 and 2014, Nuland participated in the overthrow of Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine’s then-democratically elected president. The pro-Russia Yanukovych was facing political controversies at the time, and Nuland and others in the State Department saw his rising unpopularity as an opportunity to unseat him in favor of a more Western-friendly leader.
Nuland and the State Department were found to have supported the armed coup against Yanukovych. Most damningly, a leaked February 2014 phone call between Nuland and U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt revealed the two officials handpicking Ukraine’s next government in the wake of Yanukovych’s downfall.
“Yats is the guy,” Nuland said at the time, referring to Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who was designated as the new prime minister of Ukraine following Yanukovych’s removal in February 2014.
Months later, Hunter Biden joined the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings in May 2014. More consequentially for the people of the region, the coup is widely seen to have contributed to regional instability that persists to this day.
Another view of the story...
More evidence of US backed coup...
Incontrovertible proofs will be presented here not only that it was a coup, but that this coup was organized by the US Government — that the US Government initiated the ‘new Cold War’; Russia’s Government reacted to America’s aggression, which aims to place nuclear missiles in Ukraine, less than ten minutes flight-time from Moscow. During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, America had reason to fear Soviet nuclear missiles 103 miles from America’s border. But, after America’s Ukrainian coup in 2014, Russia has reason to fear NATO nuclear missiles not just near, but on, Russia’s border. That would be catastrophic.
New story same as the old story...
Biden’s backing of Ukraine’s “sovereignty” is particularly telling as it directly contradicts the 2015 Minsk protocols, which call for Ukraine to grant special federated status to the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk.
Zelensky also stressed to Biden that he would only enter further discussions on the Minsk protocols once Kiev was back in control of the separatist-controlled regions, essentially negating any possibility that the Minsk protocols could ever lead to a negotiated peace and end the over seven-year-long civil war that has killed over 14,000.
Despite initially coming to power over widespread popular disillusionment with the nationalist, militaristic politics of former President Petro Poroshenko, Zelensky, with the backing of NATO, has made a series of aggressive, reckless decisions that have now led his country to the brink of a full-scale war with Russia.
Earlier this year, the Ukrainian government issued a new national security strategy, announcing its intention to “recover” Crimea, the peninsula in the Black Sea that was annexed by Russia after the US-backed 2014 coup that overthrew a pro-Russian government in Kiev and threatened to deprive the Russian navy of its only major warm water port. The strategy was a clear declaration that Ukraine was preparing for war against Russia and had no intentions to peacefully resolve the civil war in the Donbass.
In September, the Biden administration explicitly expressed its support for Ukraine’s “Crimean Platform.”
Zelensky’s government has also entered into an increasingly close military alliance with Turkey, earlier purchasing armed drones that Ukraine first used against separatist forces in October.
As Russia has gathered its forces across the border in response to a massive NATO build-up in the Black Sea, Zelensky, rather than even attempting to abide by the Minsk protocols, has continued to undertake measures that are not only intended to antagonize Moscow and sabotage peace negotiations, but also directly attack the basic democratic rights of the Ukrainian population.
The following pretend scenario, putting those exact events inside Canada, instead of Ukraine, and exchanging the Russian and U.S. roles, may help Westerners better understand what happened then and the roots of the crisis today. What if what is happening on Russia’s borders was instead happening on America’s?
I must admit that I couldn’t help but smile when I read that Putin was threatening to send Russian troops to Cuba and Venezuela in response to U.S. attempts to absorb Ukraine into NATO, which would enable the Pentagon and the CIA to send U.S. troops, missiles, and tanks to Russia’s border.
When I read Putin’s statement, I knew immediately what the U.S. response would be … and that it would not be a principled one. Not surprisingly, U.S. officials didn’t like Putin’s idea at all, as reflected by U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan exclaiming, “If Russia were to move in that direction, we would deal with it decisively.”
Whoa! Now just wait a minute. We keep hearing U.S. officials saying that Ukraine is an independent, sovereign country (despite the fact that the U.S. government helped foment the regime-change operation that installed a pro-U.S. puppet regime in the country). As such, U.S. officials maintain that Ukraine has the rightful authority to join NATO, that old Cold War dinosaur that should have gone out of existence decades ago.
Ben Norton: US journalists complicit in coverup of NATO lies (5 min)
Ben Norton of the Gray Zone weighs in US media narratives about turmoil in Ukraine. He argues that "spy agencies" actively feed disinformation to US reporters, who in turn "obediently reiterate" Washington's viewpoints. He also says US journalists work to "coverup" the proven dishonesty of NATO's diplomats, who swore to their counterparts from the collapsing Soviet bloc that NATO wouldn't expand eastward.
The date February 9, 1990 will be forever remembered among historians as a ‘day of infamy’ as far as NATO-Russia relations are concerned. That was the date when U.S. Secretary of State James Baker famously assured Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, during glasnost-era talks on German unification that the Western military bloc would not advance “one inch eastward” towards Russia’s borders.
The level of deception contained in that empty pledge is easily discernible today as NATO membership has exploded since the Cold War times to 30 member states. In 2004, the former Soviet states of Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia joined NATO at the 2004 Istanbul summit; Albania and Croatia became members in 2009, while North Macedonia joined in 2020.
John Pilger on Ukraine, US tensions with Russia & China: An Enemy is Essential for US & Its Vassals! (28 min)
John Pilger discusses the scandal surrounding Boris Johnson over Downing Street parties during Coronavirus lockdowns, growing US tension with Russia over Ukraine amid the backdrop of NATO enlargement to Russia’s borders, tensions with China and the West’s need for a perpetual enemy, aswell as the continuing persecution of Julian Assange
Now, I find it obvious to see the aggressor, and it ain't Russia...
- An undisclosed number of US special operators has been training Ukrainian forces inside Ukraine for several years under a mission led by US Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR). https://news.antiwar.com/2022/01/19/us-special-operations-forces-continu...
- The CIA is overseeing a secret intensive training program in the U.S. for elite Ukrainian special operations forces and other intelligence personnel, according to five former intelligence and national security officials familiar with the initiative. The program, which started in 2015, is based at an undisclosed facility in the Southern U.S., according to some of those officials.
- US Giving Ukraine Extra $200 Million in Military Aid
The additional aid was confirmed while Blinken was in Kyiv
All as we lie about Russian aggression...
Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Ukraine on Wednesday and hyped up the threat of a potential Russian invasion, warning Russia could attack on “very short notice.”
“We know that there are plans in place to increase that force even more on very short notice, and that gives President Putin the capacity, also on very short notice, to take further aggressive action against Ukraine,” Blinken told the staff of the US Embassy in Kyiv.
Biden said something rather weird yesterday. He said:
Quote: “Russia will be held accountable if it invades and it depends on what it does – it’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and then we end up having to fight about what to do and what not to do, but if they actually do what they’re capable of doing with the force amassed on the border it is going to be a disaster for Russia if they further invade Ukraine,” Biden said, adding that Russia has overwhelming superiority over Ukraine”
- Russia has no need or desire for ANY type of incursion
- Russia can totally defang the Ukronazis without moving a single solider across the border (according to specialists, this would take less than a week)
- The Empire has waged a total but “short of kinetic” war against Russia since at least 2013 and that all happened while Russia did not move into the Ukraine. If no incursion results in such a sustained campaign by the West against Russia, how would a “minor incursion” make things better and placate the crazies?
- And if Russia decides that the united West is already maxed out on its anti-Russian policies, why limit yourself to a minor incursion? If, say, Russia liberated the LDNR, the rest of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, and all the Ukrainian coastline on the Black Sea, something the West would surely describe as a “major invasion”, would the consequences for Russia by the same as those following a “minor invasion”? The point is that the US has expanded all of its sanction options, any further escalation would threaten the entire international economic system and strongly increase the risks of a fullscale war.
What most observers are missing is this: the current tensions are not at all about the Ukraine, or even about NATO. They are about a new, different, new world order. The US wants to hear nothing about it. Neither does the EU. The West is absolutely and categorically opposed to any new international order.
We openly admit it...from 1992
I thought we couldn't have a worse Secretary of State that old pudgy pompus, but Blinky is giving him a run for the money.
Anthony Blinken and the intellectual bankruptcy of the Biden Administration
George Galloway said Blinky thinks he is ivy league, but he's really just little league.
Ray McGovern is hopeful...
Take heart, most of you who fear war rather than profit from it. You would not know it amid the gloom and doom about "another Russian invasion" of Ukraine, but diplomacy – not war – is about to break out this month.
Ray returns after successful open heart surgery. We discussed the bilateral negotiations that begin tomorrow, January 9-0 in Geneva between high ranking people from both countries. We also discussed the 8 articles of the Mutual Security Agreement. As usual, Ray provides important historical context with expert analysis about what we can expect. (1.1 hour)
I hope he is correct.
Ray isn't alone in his hope for diplomacy...
Head of Russian delegation in Vienna on Arms Control, Konstantin Gavrilov, says Russia is hoping for a breakthrough in security talks with US amid rising tensions with Ukraine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f9SjiXj_U8 (14 min)
It isn't just Ukraine. Consider the recent coup attempt in Kazakhstan
Prime Minister of Armenia, framed it: Tokayev invoked a “threat to national security” and the “sovereignty” of Kazakhstan, “caused, inter alia, by outside interference.” So the CSTO “decided to send peacekeeping forces” to normalize the situation, “for a limited period of time”.
And then it all gets down to the level of ridiculous farce, as the EU starts calling on Kazakh authorities to “respect the right to peaceful protests.” As in allowing total anarchy, robbery, looting, hundreds of vehicles destroyed, attacks with assault rifles, ATMs and even the Duty Free at Almaty airport completely plundered.
Now compare it to what I learned from two different, high-ranking intel sources.
The first source was explicit: the whole Kazakh adventure is being sponsored by MI6 to create a new Maidan right before the Russia/US-NATO talks in Geneva and Brussels next week, to prevent any kind of agreement. Significantly, the “rebels” maintained their national coordination even after the internet was disconnected.
The second source is more nuanced: the usual suspects are trying to force Russia to back down against the collective West by creating a major distraction in their Eastern front, as part of a rolling strategy of chaos all along Russia’s borders. That may be a clever diversionary tactic, but Russian military intel is watching. Closely. And for the sake of the usual suspects, this better may not be interpreted – ominously – was a war provocation.
Putin, Xi running circles around Biden’s hybrid war
Washington hawks float expelling Russia from SWIFT but Moscow’s budding geo-economic alliance with Beijing will keep the money flowing
Bypassing a SWIFT mechanism “influenced by third counties” then becomes a must. Ushakov diplomatically put it as “the need to intensify efforts to form an independent financial infrastructure to service trade operations between Russia and China.”
Russian energy businesses, from Gazprom to Rosneft, know all there is to know not only about US threats but also about the negative effects of the tsunami of US dollars flooding the global economy via the Fed’s quantitative easing.
This Russia-China drive is yet another dimension of geoeconomic, geostrategic and demographic power rapidly shifting towards Eurasia and possibly foreshadowing the advent of a new world system related to other matters Putin-Xi certainly discussed: the interconnection of Belt and Road with the Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU), the expanded reach of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the coming Chinese presidency of BRICS in 2022.
The US – with US$30 trillion in debt, 236% of its militarized GDP – is virtually bankrupt. Russia-China have already experimented with their alternative payment systems, which will inevitably integrate.
The most important banks in both countries will adopt the system – as well as banks across Eurasia doing business with them, and then vast swaths of the Global South. SWIFT, in the long run, will be used only in exceptional cases if China and Russia have their way.
Can Humanity Survive Washington’s Delusional Belief in its Omnipotence? Hat tip Azazello
"If we experience Armageddon, it will be only because Washington refused a security guarantee to Russia."
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