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L’ARTE DELLA GUERRA

Nato, offensiva globale

Manlio Dinucci *


Niente ferie, ma superlavoro estivo alla Nato. È in preparazione il
Summit dei capi di stato e di governo che, il 4-5 settembre a Newport
nel Galles, fisserà le linee dell’«adattamento strategico» in funzione
anti-Russia. Come già annunciato dal generale Usa Philip Breedlove (cfr. articolo successivo),
Comandante supremo alleato in Europa, esso «costerà denaro, tempo e
sforzo». I lavori sono già iniziati.

In Ucraina, mentre la Nato intensifica l’addestramento delle forze
armate di Kiev, finanziate da Washington con 33 milioni di dollari, si
stanno riattivando tre aeroporti militari nella regione meridionale,
utilizzabili dai cacciabombardieri dell’Alleanza. In Polonia si è appena
svolta una esercitazione di parà statunitensi, polacchi ed estoni,
lanciati da C-130J arrivati dalla base tedesca di Ramstein. In Ungheria,
Romania, Bulgaria e Lituania sono in corso varie operazioni militari
Nato, con aerei radar AWACs, caccia F-16e navi da guerra nel Mar Nero.

In Georgia, dove si è recata una delegazione dell’Assemblea parlamentare
Nato per accelerare il suo ingresso nell’Alleanza, le truppe rientrate
dall’Afghanistan vengono riaddestrate da istruttori Usa per operare nel
Caucaso. In Azerbaigian, Tagikistan e Armenia vengono addestrate forze
scelte perché operino sotto comando Nato, nel cui quartier generale sono
già presenti ufficiali di questi paesi. In Afghanistan la Nato sta
riconvertendo la guerra, trasformandola in una serie di «operazioni
coperte».

L’«Organizzazione del Trattato del Nord-Atlantico», dopo essersi estesa
all’Europa orientale (fin dentro il territorio dell’ex Urss) e all’Asia
centrale, punta ora su altre regioni.

In Medio Oriente la Nato, senza apparire ufficialmente, conduce
attraverso forze infiltrate una operazione militare coperta contro la
Siria e si prepara ad altre operazioni, come dimostra lo spostamento a
Izmir (Turchia) del Landcom, il comando di tutte le forze terrestri
dell’Alleanza.

In Africa, dopo aver demolito con la guerra la Libia nel 2011, la Nato
ha stipulato nel maggio scorso ad Addis Abeba un accordo che potenzia
l’assistenza militare fornita all’Unione africana, in particolare  per
la formazione e l’addestramendo delle brigate della African Standby
Force, cui fornisce anche «pianificazione e trasporto aeronavale». Ha
così voce determinante sulle decisioni relative a dove e come
impiegarle. Un altro suo strumento è l’operazione «anti-pirateria» Ocean
Shield,nelle acque dell’Oceano Indiano e del Golfo di Aden
strategicamente importanti.

All’operazione, condotta di concerto col Comando Africa degli Stati
uniti, partecipano navi da guerra italiane anche con il compito di
stringere relazioni con le forze armate dei paesi rivieraschi: a tale
scopo il cacciatorpediniere lanciamissili Mimbelli ha fatto scalo a Dar
Es Salaam in Tanzania dal 13 al 17 luglio.

In America Latina, la Nato ha stipulato nel 2013 un «Accordo sulla
sicurezza» con la Colombia che, già impegnata in programmi militari
dell’Alleanza, ne può divenire presto partner. In tale quadro il Comando
meridionale Usa sta tenendo in Colombia una esercitazione di forze
speciali sud e nord-americane, con la partecipazione di 700 commandos.

Nel Pacifico è in corso la Rimpac 2014, la maggiore esercitazione
marittima del mondo, in funzione anti-Cina e anti-Russia: vi
partecipano, sotto comando Usa, 25000 militari di 22 paesi con 55 navi e
200 aerei da guerra. La Nato è presente con le marine di Usa, Canada,
Gran Bretagna, Francia, Olanda e Norvegia, più Italia, Germania e
Danimarca come osservatori. L’«Organizzazione del Trattato del
Nord-Atlantico» si è estesa al Pacifico.

(il manifesto, 29 luglio 2014)


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There are 4 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. UN: Over 4,600 Killed, Wounded, 100,000 Displaced In Ukraine War
    From: Rick Rozoff

2. Ukraine To Impose Military Tax For Ongoing 105-Day War
    From: Rick Rozoff

3. PCR: NATO's General Breedlove hell bent on nuclear war?
    From: Tony Gosling

4. Ukraine War: Britain To Join NATO War Games In Baltic
    From: Rick Rozoff


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1. UN: Over 4,600 Killed, Wounded, 100,000 Displaced In Ukraine War
    Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff at yahoo.com rwrozoff
    Date: Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:00 am ((PDT))

http://en.apa.az/xeber_un_says_over_1_100_killed__nearly_3_500__214480.html





Azeri Press Agency
July 28, 2014




UN says over 1,100 killed, nearly 3,500 wounded in Ukraine since mid-April






Baku: 1,129 people have been killed and 3,442 wounded in eastern Ukraine since the start of the Kiev's military operation in April, according to UN estimates, APA reports quoting RT news.


The report also states that these are the minimum casualty toll estimates by the UN monitoring mission and WHO.

The report says that the cause of the rising death toll is intensified artillery shelling of the civilian residential areas and the so-called “collateral damage” of the armed actions in the heavily-populated areas.

Also, 100,000 people were forcibly displaced in eastern Ukraine.
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2. Ukraine To Impose Military Tax For Ongoing 105-Day War
    Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff at yahoo.com rwrozoff
    Date: Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:00 am ((PDT))

http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/215751.html




Interfax-Ukraine
July 28, 2014




Ukraine plans to introduce temporary 1.5% military law - Yatseniuk



The Ukrainian government intends to introduce a temporary 1.5% military duty, which will be an addition to the personal income tax.


Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk told a briefing on Monday the duty, if introduced, will stay in effect until the end of this year.


"There will be another temporary tax, a 1.5% military duty, which will be an addition to the personal income tax. It will only be until the end of this year. This 1.5% will go directly to the Armed Forces," he said.


The Ukrainian Finance Ministry estimates that the introduction of this military duty will help accumulate UAH 2.9 billion, which will be used for financing the defense sector.


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http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/215762.html




Interfax-Ukraine
July 28, 2014




Government proposes allocating UAH 9.1 bln to finance army and UAH 3.3 bln to rebuild Donbas



The proposed government amendments to Ukraine's state budget for 2014 envisage the allocation of UAH 9.1 billion as additional funding for Ukrainian security forces engaged in the anti-terrorist operation, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has said.


"In the draft amendments to the state budget we offer additional funding for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the National Guard and all those engaged in the anti-terrorist operation in the amount of UAH 9.1 billion," he said at a briefing at the Cabinet of Ministers on Monday.


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3. PCR: NATO's General Breedlove hell bent on nuclear war?
    Posted by: "Tony Gosling" tony at cultureshop.org.uk zardos777
    Date: Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:02 am ((PDT))

NATO's General Breedlove hell bent on nuclear war?
http://www.911forum.org.uk/board/viewtopic.php?p=167729#167729


Does Russia (And Humanity) Have A Future? ­ Paul Craig Roberts


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The Russian government and Europe need to look
beyond Washington’s propaganda, because the reality is much worse.


NATO commander General Breedlove and Senate bill
2277 clearly indicate that Washington is
organizing itself and Europe for war against
Russia (see my previously posted column).


by Paul Craig Roberts


The Russian government has finally realized that
it has no Western “partners,” and is complaining
bitterly about the propagandistic lies and
disinformation issued without any evidence
whatsoever against the Russian government by
Washington, its European vassals, and presstitute media.


Russia and Europe relations


Perhaps the Russian government thought that only
Iraq, Libya, Syria, China, and Edward Snowden
would be subjected to Washington’s lies and
demonization. It was obvious enough that Russia would be next.
The Russian government and Europe need to look
beyond Washington’s propaganda, because the reality is much worse.
NATO commander General Breedlove and Senate bill
2277 clearly indicate that Washington is
organizing itself and Europe for war against
Russia (see my previously posted column: US war
against Russia is already underway).
Europe is reluctant to agree with Washington to
put Ukraine in NATO. Europeans understand that if
Washington or its stooges in Kiev cause a war
with Russia Europe will be the first casualty.
Washington finds its vassals’ noncompliance
tiresome. Remember Assistant Secretary of State
Victoria Nuland’s “* the EU.” And that is just what Washington is about to do.


The US Senate’s Russian Aggression Prevention
Act, about which I reported in my previous
column, does even more mischief than I reported.
If the bill passes, which it likely will,
Washington becomes empowered to bypass NATO and
to grant the status of “allied nation” to Ukraine
independently of NATO membership. By so doing,
Washington can send troops to Ukraine and thereby
commit NATO to a war with Russia.
Notice how quickly Washington escalated the
orchestrated Ukrainian “crisis” without any
evidence into “Russian aggression.” Overnight we
have the NATO commander and US senators taking
actions against “Russian aggression” of which no one has seen any evidence.


With Iraq, Libya, and Syria, Washington learned
that Washington could act on the basis of
baldfaced lies. No one, not Great Britain, not
France, not Germany, not Italy, not the
Netherlands, not Canada, not Australia, not
Mexico, not New Zealand, not Israel, nor Japan,
nor S. Korea, nor Taiwan, nor (substitute your
selection) stepped forward to hold Washington
accountable for its blatant lies and war crimes.
The UN even accepted the package of blatant and
obviously transparent lies that Colin Powell
delivered to the UN. Everything Powell said had
already been refuted by the UN’s own weapons
inspectors. Yet the UN p****** gave the go-ahead for a devastating war.
The only conclusion is that all the whores were
paid off. The whores can always count on
Washington paying them off. For money the whores
are selling out civilization to Washington’s war,
which likely will be nuclear and terminate life
on earth. The whores’ money will incinerate with them.


It is hardly surprising that Washington now
targets Russia. The world has given Washington
carte blanche to do as it pleases. We have now
had three administrations of US war criminals
welcomed and honored wherever the war criminals
go. The other governments in the world continue
to desire invitations to the White House as
indications of their worth. To be received by war
criminals has become the highest honor.
Even the president of China comes to Washington
to receive acceptance by the Evil Empire.
The world did not notice Washington’s war crimes
against Serbia and didn’t puke when Washington
then put the Serbian president, who had tried to
prevent his country from being torn apart by
Washington, on trial as a war criminal.


U.S. Senate unanimously approves resolution
giving full support of Israel on Gaza.
U.S. Senate unanimously approves resolution
giving full support of Israel on Gaza.
The world has made no effort to hold Washington
responsible for its destruction of Iraq,
Afghanistan, Libya, and now Syria and Gaza. The
world has not demanded that Washington stop
murdering people in Pakistan and Yemen, countries
with which Washington is not at war. The world
looks the other way as Washington creates the US
Africa Command. The world looks the other way as
Washington sends deadly weapons to Israel with
which to murder women and children in the Gaza
Ghetto. Washington passes Senate and House
Resolutions cheering on the Israeli murder of Palestinians.
Washington is accustomed to its free pass,
granted by the world, to murder and to lie, and
now is using it against Russia.
"There's a triple-lock in Europe: Germany doesn't
want to do energy, France doesn't want to do
defense, and the U.K. doesn't want to do
finance," said Mujtaba Rahman, Europe director
for the Eurasia Group consultancy.
“There’s a triple-lock in Europe: Germany doesn’t
want to do energy, France doesn’t want to do
defense, and the U.K. doesn’t want to do
finance,” said Mujtaba Rahman, Europe director
for the Eurasia Group consultancy.
Russian President Putin’s bet that by responding
to Washington’s aggression in Ukraine in a
unprovocative and reasonable manner would
demonstrate to Europe that Russia was not the
source of the problem has not payed off. European
countries are captive nations. They are incapable
of thinking and acting for themselves. They bend
to Washington’s will. Essentially, Europe is a
nonentity that follows Washington’s orders.
If the Russian government hopes to prevent war
with Washington, which is likely to be the final
war for life on earth, the Russian government
needs to act now and end the problem in Ukraine
by accepting the separatist provinces’ request to
be reunited with Russia. Once
(russian-aggression-prevention-act-of-2014)
S.2277 passes, Russia cannot retrieve the
situation without confronting militarily the US,
because Ukraine will have been declared an American ally.
Putin’s bet was reasonable and responsible, but
Europe has failed him. If Putin does not use
Russian power to bring an end to the problem with
which Washington has presented him in Ukraine
while he still can, Washington’s next step will
be to unleash its hundreds of NGOs inside Russia
to denounce Putin as a traitor for abandoning the
Russian populations in the former Russian
provinces that Soviet leaders thoughtlessly attached to Ukraine.
The problem with being a leader is that you
inherit festering problems left by previous
leaders. Putin has the problems bequeathed by
Yeltsin. Yeltsin was a disaster for Russia.
Yeltsin was Washington’s puppet. It is not
certain that Russia will survive Yeltsin’s mistakes.
If Washington has its way, Russia will survive
only as an American puppet state.
In a previous column I described the article in
Foreign Affairs, the journal of the Washington
foreign policy community, that makes a case that
the US has such strategic advantage over Russia
at this time that a “window of opportunity”

exists for the US to remove Russia as a restraint
on US hegemony with a preemptive nuclear attack.
It is almost certain that Obama is being told
that President John F. Kennedy had this window of
opportunity and did not use it, and that Obama
must not let the opportunity pass a second time.
As Stephen Starr explained in a guest column,
there are no winners of nuclear war. Even if the
US escapes retaliatory strikes, everyone will die regardless.
The view in Washington of the neoconservatives,
who control the Obama regime, is that nuclear war
is winnable. No expert opinion supports their
assumption, but the neocons, not the experts, are in power,
Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs
Victoria Nuland, who pushed for the Ukraine coup
and helped pick the post-coup leaders.
Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs
Victoria Nuland, who pushed for the Ukraine coup
and helped pick the post-coup leaders.
The American people are out to lunch. They have
no comprehension of their likely fate. Americans
are an uninformed people distracted by their
mounting personal and financial problems. If
Europeans are aware, they have decided to live
for the moment on Washington’s money.
What life is faced with is a drive for hegemony
on the part of Washington and ignorant unconcern
on the part of the rest of the world.
Americans, worked into a lather about
Washington’s unfunded liabilities and the
viability of their future Social Security
pension, won’t be alive to collect it.
Source: Paul Craig Roberts










US War Against Russia Is Already Underway ­ PCR Interviewed by Voice of Russia



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PCR Interviewed by the Voice of Russia, June 27, 2014
US war against Russia is already underway


How true is the spreading belief that President
Obama has ruined US foreign policy, and how does
it actually work? The Voice of Russia is
discussing it with Paul Craig Roberts, former
assistant secretary of the US Treasury, currently
the chairman of The Institute for Political Economy.


VOR: The US media is pointing to a growing
dissatisfaction with President Obama’s foreign
policy, both among Republicans and
Democrats.  Speaking at the Faith and Freedom
Coalition’s conference in Washington Sen. Ted
Cruz said “Abroad, we see our foreign policy
collapsing and every region in the world is
getting more and more dangerous”. According to
the latest New York Times/CBS News poll has
registered an increasing lack of faith in the
president and his leadership, with 58 per cent of
Americans disapproving of the way Obama is

handling foreign policy. What is it that makes Americans unhappy?


Paul Craig Roberts: Well, I think, perhaps,
Americans are catching on to all of the lies.
There are now other sources of information, other
than the English-speaking Western media. And the
account that the US gives, for example, of
Ukraine is clearly a lie. And it takes a while
before people catch on to the lies. I don’t think
the majority will ever catch on, but enough will.


And then many Americans who are dissatisfied
would be dissatisfied for domestic economic
reasons. They would want the resources wasted on

wars to be allocated to domestic needs and not
used to pay for more wars. For example, the Iraq
crisis has come back and there is so much talk
about sending troops to the Baltics, eastern
Europe in order to guard against the “Russian threat.”


So, this alarms people who’ve had no income
growth, who can’t find a job, suffer from heavy
debts from borrowed money to attend the
universities, cut backs of unemployment
compensation, the threats to the social security
system, the threats to the public medical system
(which is not much of a system, but still some
people rely on it). So, most Americans, when they
see more trouble abroad involving more wars,
understand that the wars mean more economic
hardship for them. The US has been in war for 13
years. It’s wasted trillions of dollars and
achieved no result. And so, this is probably the
main reason that people are dissatisfied, because
they are suffering here for the sake of wars in which they no longer believe.


VOR: But what exactly is the rationale behind the never-ending wars?


There are several reasons that are mutually
supportive. One is that the neoconservative
ideology came to full power with the collapse of
the Soviet Union. And this ideology says that
history has chosen the US to prevail all over the
world, that there is no alternative to the
American political and economic system, and that
this choice by history gives the US the
responsibility to exercise hegemony over the entire world.


So, this is a very powerful ideology, a more
powerful ideology than the US has ever before
had. And it comes at a time when other ideologies
are gone. The communist ideology is gone, the
Marxist revolutionary movements are gone. And so,
it leaves the US dominating on the ideological level.


Another reason is the military-security complex.
It is an amazingly large and powerful private
interest group with government elements, such as
all the security agencies – the CIA, Homeland
Security, FBI, the Pentagon. And it absorbs
hundreds of billions of dollars, probably close
to one trillion dollars annually.


And this money is very important to this interest
group. Some of the taxpayers’ money is recycled,
it comes back to Congress, it comes back to
presidential candidates, as political campaign
contributions, thus ensuring their elections and
reelections. So, this is a second very strong
force – a material interest that is very much
benefited by wars and a threat of wars.


And the third very powerful interest group is the
Israel lobby. Most of the neoconservatives are
Jewish ethnics. Many of them are Israeli-US
citizens. Almost all of them are closely tied to
Israel. And so, the neoconservative ideology of
American hegemony fits in very well with the 13
years of wars in the ME, because these wars also
serve a subsidiary interest of disposing of the
Arab states that are not aligned with the US and
Israel, and that could serve as a check on
Israeli policy or Israeli expansion in the ME.


So, these three come together, they are all
mutually supportive and in many ways it is the
same people. The neoconservatives are the same as
the Israel lobby. The officials in the Pentagon,
in the State Department, they are also
neoconservatives. So, it is a very strong
three-part foundation that holds together.


VOR: So, you are saying that the policy is
largely defined by an Israeli lobby. But the US
policies in the ME actually endanger Israel.


Yes, this is an unintended consequence of the
policy. Some analysts tried to warn the
neoconservatives that the borders in the ME are
artificial, like the ones in Africa that were
drawn up by the European colonists, principally the English and the French.


So, you have countries in which you have Shia
majorities and Sunni minorities, and then you
have countries in which there is a reverse, Sunni
majorities and Shia minorities. And this is like
the African boundaries that were drawn bringing
into the same country two warring tribes, who
traditionally were enemies. So, the boundaries of
the states don’t make a lot of sense. The
boundaries could only have been drawn by ignorant Westerners.


The Islamic confrontation between the different
sects was prevented by very strong secular
rulers, such as Saddam Hussein, who had a secular
government, and Assad in Syria. These were
secular, non-Islamic governments that kept the
conflict suppressed. So, when you overthrow those
governments , you release the conflict.


So, what we see happening on the part of what
they are calling ISIS or ISIL is a reforming of
borders. Parts of Syria and Iraq are becoming, if
the Islamists succeed, a new state. Now, we don’t
know whether they will be successful or not, but
you can see that there is an impetus to create a
life separate from the artificial one created for
them by colonial imperialistic powers.


One of the reasons that the breakup of Iraq and
Syria was not seen as a threat to Israel, was the
Israeli and the neoconservative strategists, who
reasoned – oh, this is good, if we break up these
states and they are fighting internally, there
won’t be any organized government to get in Israel’s way.


In place of Iraq, there will be these warring
factions. In place of Syria – warring factions,
just like in Libya today. And a state that has no
central government is no threat to Israel. And,
therefore, we favor this destruction of the
political entities of these countries, because it
releases us from any sort of organized
government’s opposition to Israel’s theft of
Palestine. Iraq no longer has a government, it
has warring parties, like in Libya, like Washington is establishing in Syria.


So, this is the way the Israelis and the
neoconservatives see it. They do not see the
destruction of secular Muslim states as a threat,
the fools see it as a destruction of a unified
country, which would reduce the ability of that
country to employ any sort of opposition to Israeli or American purposes.


VOR: But in that case, wouldn’t the government
and governmental institutions be replaced by
something like political and paramilitary
organizations, which we now term as extremist
groups with which we are dealing now? And
wouldn’t those entities pose more threat, than
individual governments? Or do those people
believe that they would be able to control them somehow?


No, I don’t think they think they can control
them. And yes, they do pose a threat, because

they are not secular. That’s what I said. Some of
us warned that this would be the outcome. But we
were ignored and primarily ignored because the
Israelis and the neoconservatives regarded the
breakup of these countries as less threatening.


VOR: When you have been describing that neocon
ideology with an idea of a global mission,
doesn’t it seem strikingly similar to something
like the Marxist ideology, to the communist ideology?


Yes, that’s exactly what it is. The US is chosen
by history. In Marxism history chooses the
proletariat. In the neoconservative ideology history chose Washington.


VOR: Does that imply that, perhaps, those two
ideologies could have a common root?


No, I don’t think they have a common root, but
their effect on the world is the same, because it
gives the country that expresses that ideology an
impetus to run over other countries and to
establish itself, because it sees itself as the
sole legitimate system. And in that sense, the
Marxist and the neoconservative ideologies are
the same, but the roots are quite different.


And I think as well, you know, the whole notion
of the unipolar world, the American sole
superpower, this fits the financial interests
very well. I left them out of my three-part
foundation that I spoke to you about, but in a
way it is a four-part, because of the American
financial hegemony that now exists. This
financial hegemony is the reason Washington can put sanctions on countries.


If your currency is not the world currency and
you don’t operate the world payment system, you
can’t impose sanctions. And so, the power to
impose sanctions is also a power for your
financial institutions to prevail over the
institutions of other countries. So, this
ideology that I’m talking about also appeals to
Wall Street, to the big banks, because it ensures their hegemony as well.


VOR: But in that case, I start wondering – was it
an intended implication or, perhaps, unintended,
again, that whatever the US has been doing for
the past ten years or even more has been
strengthening China, which the US seems to be
identifying as its primary adversary. Now, you’ve
been mentioning the financial system. The Chinese
start talking about bringing their own currency
into the world market as a new reserve currency.
And this has been largely thanks to all those
crises, which have been triggered off by the US.


What the US did that gave China its economic
beginning, was to offshore the American
manufacturing jobs. Industry and American
manufacturing was moved offshore by the
capitalists under the pressure of Wall Street in
order to lower labor costs, in order to achieve
higher earnings for shareholders, for Wall Street
and for the managers through bonuses. And so, it
was a very shortsighted policy from the
standpoint of national interests, but it was in
the interest of Wall Street and in the individual
interests of the chief executive officers of the corporations.


Once China had the American technology and the
American business knowhow, it was free of
American economic predominance. And now,
actually, China has a much more powerful economy,
certainly in manufacturing, than the US has.


Another factor that contributed to weakening the
American economic system was the rise of the
high-speed Internet, because now it is possible
for professional service jobs, such as
engineering, software engineering, computers, any
type of engineering, any type of work that does
not have to be done on site, this work can be
done anywhere in the world and sent in on the high-speed Internet.


This has given countries like India and China the
ability to put their people into jobs that used
to be filled by American university graduates.
Again, it is a cost saving for the corporations,
Wall Street likes it, it increases profits.


And so, this is where China’s rise came from. It
was an unintended consequence of globalism.
Again, some of us warned, I warned, I’ve been
warning for ten or fifteen years, but they don’t
listen. They say – oh, it is just free trade, we
will benefit. Clearly, they were wrong, it is not
free trade and we haven’t benefited.


VOR: But in that sense, does that imply that,
perhaps, when we are talking about the interests
of large corporations VS national interests,
national interests are increasingly losing to the corporate?


In the real sense, there is no longer an American
national interest. There is the interest of these
powerful interest groups. And we’ve had these
recent studies from scholars who have found that
the American public has no input whatsoever into
government decisions or into policy decisions.
The conclusion of the recent study, which looked
at thousands of government decisions, was that
the American people have zero input into the formation of policy.


So, in terms of anything being done for the
benefit of the people or the national interests
in that sense, nothing is done. What is done is
for the benefit of about 6 powerful interest
groups. And I’ve told you about the four, which I
think are the most powerful in terms of the
foreign policy – the question that you raised.


So, in that sense, the US is sort of making
itself vulnerable in many ways. For example, look
at the economic policy. For years now, in order
to support a handful of large banks the Federal
Reserve is creating trillions of dollars, new dollars.


This creation of dollars devalues the existing
dollars that are held by people around the world.

They look and say – what are my dollar assets
going to be worth, when the Federal Reserve is
creating so many new dollars every year?


So, this has caused some thought about leaving
the dollar as the world reserve system. When the
threat to the real value of dollar denominated
financial instruments comes on top of the
suffering from Washington’s financial bullying of
sovereign countries, the momentum grows for
finding some other mechanism than the dollar as a
way of settling international transactions.


And of course, the Chinese have said that it is
time to de-americanize the world. And the
Russians said recently that we need to
de-dollarize the payment system. And so, we have
this agreement with Russia and China on the large
energy deal which is going to be outside the dollar payment system.


We see the BRICS, the five countries – India,
China, Russia, Brazil and South Africa – and they
are talking about settling their trade imbalances
in their own currencies. And they are even
talking about creating a bank between themselves, like an IMF or a World Bank.


So, those are the developments that come from
America’s misuse of the dollar as world reserve
currency. Washington uses the dollar to bully,
they use it to sanction, they use it give their
financial institutions hegemony over others. And
over time, all of this creates animosity,
worries. And then, when you add, on top of that,
all the new dollars that the Federal Reserve has
created since 2008, it creates a real financial
worry. And so, I think, in that sense, the US has weakened its position.


VOR: But how far do you think the US might be
prepared to go to protect the dollar? Or,
perhaps, those interest groups are no longer
interested to protect that particular currency.
Perhaps, they have already taken some kind of precautions.


 From the standpoint of Washington’s power,
losing the world currency role would be
devastating, because that’s the main basis for
Washington’s power. That’s why Washington has
financial hegemony, that’s why iWashington can
impose sanctions on sovereign countries. So, if
Washington loses this role, if the dollar ceases
to be the world reserve currency, we’ll see a
dramatic reduction in Washington’s power.


All of the interest groups that benefit from
Washington’s power would find that a
disadvantage. Of course, most of these
corporations are now global or transnational. And
they may have bank balances in many countries.


VOR: But still, how far is Washington prepared to
go? Could it afford another war? When Saddam
Hussein attempted to challenge the US Dollar back
in 2000, he had to pay a price. And we all know
what kind of price he did pay. Now, when China
and Russia, and other countries are starting to
mull the idea, what kind of risk are they running?


They are running a risk. We already know that the
US has announced a pivot to Asia, reallocating

60% of the American navy to the South China Sea
to control the flow of resources on which China
depends. The US is contracting to build a series
of new air and naval bases running from the
Philippines to Vietnam in order to block China.


We have witnessed this century the US withdraw
from the ABM treaty with Russia. We witnessed the
US construct an ABM system and began deploying it
on Russia’s borders. The purpose of an ABM is to
neutralize the strategic deterrent of the other country.


We’ve seen the US change its war doctrine,
nuclear weapons are no longer to be used only in
retaliation to an attack. They are now a
preemptive first-strike force. This is clearly
directed at Russia. The Ukraine is directed at
Russia. So, the war is already started, it is
underway. That’s what the Ukraine is about. It is the war against Russia.


And the war against China is in preparation. The
US takes the side of every country that gets into
a dispute with China, even over small things that
have nothing whatsoever to do with the US.


The US is surrounding both countries with
military bases. The US wants to put Georgia, the
birthplace of Joseph Stalin that was part of
Russia for two or three hundred years, they want
to put that into NATO. They are going to put Ukraine into NATO.


Washington broke all the agreements that Reagan
and Gorbachev had about not taking NATO into
eastern Europe. NATO is now in the Baltics. It is
all across eastern Europe. The former members of
the Warsaw pact are now members of NATO.


So, the war is already underway, it is clear. The
US has been preparing for years. And the

Russians, they must be aware of this. If they are
not, they are in really deep trouble.


VOR: Can the US afford it?


Of course! Sure! The reserve currency can pay its
bills by printing money. And that’s what
Washington does. Washington prints the money.


VOR: But like you said, that creates a lot of risks.


Until the reserve currency role is lost, there is
no limit. Recently I read that one of the
advisors to Putin said that Russia needs to form
some kind of alliance with other countries and
bring down the dollar as the world reserve
currency, that this is the only way to stop
Washington’s military aggression. Of course, he
is completely right. But the question is – can
they organize something that quick enough that
succeeds – because Europe is an American puppet
state. Those European governments are not
independent. They are no more independent than
Hungary and Czechoslovakia and Poland were of the
Soviet Communist Party. And Japan is a puppet
state, it is not an independent country.


So, if you have the euro backing the dollar and
you have the yen backing the dollar, that’s a
fairly strong position to be in. And so, it is
going to be difficult for Russia and China or
whoever is interested to make inroads in any sort of a rapid way.


And yet, we can see… look what happened in

Ukraine. Russia was focused on the Olympics and
the US stole Ukraine. Russia was paying no
attention, somehow the Sochi Olympics were more
important. So, what happened – Washington reached
in, stole Ukraine. Now, this is a tremendous
problem for the Russian Government, for Putin, for his leadership.


Putin has asked the Russia Duma to rescind the
permission to use the Russian troops in Ukraine.
So, clearly, he is acting in a very restrained
way. He is trying to avoid conflict. He probably
realizes that the conflict will be much more
dangerous to everybody than the neoconservatives in Washington think.


But the question is – will Putin be able to avoid
conflict? What will Washington think? Will they
think – oh, this is a very reasonable man, we can
make a deal. Or will they think – look, he is
scared, Russia is weak, lets’ push forward.


VOR: It is interesting! I remember that George W.
Bush in an interview to the Wall Street Journal
towards the end of his second term said something
about Putin, which was rather surprising to hear
from him. He said that Putin never failed him on
any of his promises. So, the assessment was rather positive than negative.


I think that’s true. But you see, Washington’s
propaganda has nothing to do with facts. There is
no propaganda like Washington propaganda.
Washington can control the explanation of
anything. Putin can’t. Americans believe that all
the trouble in Ukraine was caused by Putin, that
he invaded, that he annexed, that he is behind
all the trouble in southeastern Ukraine today and
that it is all Russia’s fault, and that Russia is
a threat, and that we have to arm ourselves
against “the Russian threat.” Washington is
recreating the Cold War that it had with the Soviet Union.


This is a very profitable way to supply the US
military-security complex with the taxpayers’
money. And in some ways it is safer than a war,
because the war in Afghanistan didn’t go well,
the war in Iraq didn’t go well. But if you can
have a Cold War and you don’t actually fight, you
can keep it going for years, just like the Cold
War with the Soviet Union. And the Cold War built
the military-security complex in the US.


So, that’s at least the backup line for
Washington. I’m not sure that we can rely on
Washington to have the judgment not to push
Washington’s takeover of Ukraine into a hot war.
It seems preposterous to think that Washington
would be in a hot war with China and Russia.
These are two large powerful countries. They have nuclear weapons.


But a lot of preposterous things have happened.
And governments often fall under the sway of
their own propaganda. And clearly, somebody in
Washington thinks that a nuclear war can be won,
because otherwise, why would they change the war
doctrine so that nuclear weapons cease to be a
retaliatory force and become a first-strike
weapon? Why would they build antiballistic
missiles and put them on Russia’s border and on
ships in the Black Sea and South China Sea.


It is clear that some people in Washington
believe that the US can win a nuclear war. In
fact, there was an article published several
years ago in Foreign Affairs, which is the
principle journal of the Council on Foreign
Relations – an influential collection of
strategic analysts and former government
officials. And they said the US is so far ahead
of Russia in nuclear weaponry, that we can very
easily attack Russia and suffer no retaliation.
So, you have people that think that way.


VOR: But that experiment could cost us a planet.



That’s exactly it! But look at WW I. Look how
many empires it cost. It cost the Tsar ­ Russia
and its empire. It cost the Austrian-Hungarians,
it destroyed them. It destroyed the German ruling
family. The war left Great Britain dependent on US financial support.


VOR: Yes, true. But there were no nuclear weapons at that time.


There is big propaganda that you can actually use
nuclear weapons. I’m trying to combat that. I had
recently on my site articles by various
scientists pointing out that nobody wins.


VOR: I’m absolutely amazed at how the Department
of State is handling its own propaganda, there is
no real argumentation whatsoever. Why? Is it that
they no longer care to look credible?


It is just the power. American foreign policy,
how does it work? It is always based on coercion
or threats, bribes. If a bribe doesn’t work, you
use a threat. I mean, one of the main purposes of
the NSA spying on the world is to be able to
blackmail all the government leaders. And they do
that very effectively. Everybody has got
something they don’t want known. So, they use
bribes, bags full of money. First of all,
Washington buys the foreign leaders. If there is
any holdout, they topple them, like Saddam
Hussein, Gaddafi. There have been several in
South America that they’ve simply just
assassinated, because they wouldn’t obey. So, the
foreign policy of the US is a policy based on
force. It is not based on diplomacy or persuasion. It is based on brutal force.


What does the State Department tell people – do
what we say or we will bomb you into the Stone
Age. Remember? They told that to the Pakistani leader. Do what we say. Now!


So, if you have that type of attitude, it doesn’t
matter whether you tell the truth or tell lies,
because you are the ruler, you are the one, you
are the Caesar. And what you say goes, true or
false. And so, it is not important to you that it
is true, because you are not working on a diplomatic level.


This is something that Putin and Lavrov – the
Foreign Minister – don’t seem to understand. They
keep thinking that they can work something out
with Washington, if the Russian government is
just reasonable enough and shows enough good will.


This is a Russian delusion. Washington has no good will.


VOR: Are there any unintended consequences to
that strategy, the way you see it?


Only if people catch on and see at some point the
reality–and this is what Putin is relying on. At
some point, what happens in Germany and France?
Will they realize and say – hey, look, the
Americans are driving us into a mess. What do we
gain from the American hegemony over the world?
How do we gain from a conflict with Russia or
China? Let’s stop this. Let’s pull out.


If some country were to pull out of NATO or pull
out of the EU, then the cover up of Washington’s
war crimes by “the coalition of the willing”
would have dissenters. Washington has actually
told the Congress that if the White House has
NATO’s backing, the president doesn’t need the
permission of Congress to go to war. The old
quote – ‘absolute power corrupts absolutely’ is
attributed to Lord Acton. It is safe to conclude
that Washington has been corrupted by power.


I think one unintended consequence of
Washington’s brutal use of power is that it
causes the NATO countries to realize that they
are being driven towards a conflict by a
government that is essentially insane and taking
a fantastic risk with everyone’s life and with the planet.


So, perhaps, the realization by others of
Washington’s danger to life is what Putin is
hoping for. He is hoping that the more Russia is
reasonable and not provocative, and doesn’t take
provocative actions, the greater the chance that
the German Government or the French Government
will realize that Washington’s agenda does not
serve mankind, and that Europe will take some
steps to extract themselves and their countries,
and their people from Washington’s control, in
which case the American empire falls apart.


So, I think that’s what Putin is betting on. He
is not a fool, certainly not, and he realizes the
threat of a war, he can see it. And so, this is
probably why he’s asked the Russian Duma to
rescind the permission to use the Russian forces
in Ukraine. He is trying to show the Germans, the
French – look, it is not me, it is not us.


I hope he succeeds. The future of the world
really depends on whether Putin’s use of
diplomacy can prevail over Washington’s use of force.




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4. Ukraine War: Britain To Join NATO War Games In Baltic
    Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff at yahoo.com rwrozoff
    Date: Mon Jul 28, 2014 3:44 pm ((PDT))

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2014-07/29/c_126807053.htm




Xinhua News Agency
July 29, 2014




Britain to join NATO military exercise to "reassure" eastern European allies


LONDON: Britain will send a battle group to take part in a major military training in October as part of a NATO package to reassure its allies in eastern Europe, the British Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced Monday.


The new deployment is Britain’s largest to the region since 2008 and is one of a planned series of NATO maneuvers due to take place throughout the autumn in support of allies in eastern Europe and the Baltic states, the MoD said in a statement.


The full battle group to be sent to the NATO exercise, dubbed Exercise Black Eagle, will comprise of 1,350 personnel and more than 350 armored and other vehicles.


Britain has deployed RAF Typhoon jets to the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission, as well as participating in smaller scale army exercises across Europe, as part of a sustained commitment since Russia’s "illegal annexation" of Crimea, the ministry said.


At the end of August, light infantry troops from 1st Battalion of The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment will take part in Exercise Sabre Junction, a U.S.-led exercise involving 16 NATO and partner nations which will take place in Poland.


"It is right that NATO members and partners demonstrate our commitment to the collective security of our allies in Eastern Europe, so I am pleased to confirm our participation in these exercises," British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said.


"In particular, the commitment of a battle group to Exercise Black Eagle shows our sustained and substantial support to NATO’s eastern border," he added.


Britain is to hold a NATO summit in Wales scheduled for Sept. 4-5 to discuss "how to equip the alliance to respond to future threats and agree more reassurance measures."


"The summit will be one of the most important in NATO’s history, coming at a significant moment for the Alliance as the combat mission in Afghanistan draws to a close and, as events in Ukraine and Iraq have shown, the world faces more complex threats than ever before," the MoD noted in the statement.


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