Saturday, May 14, 2022

Best of luck to you

"The Bizarre, Unanimous Dem Support for the $40b War Package to Raytheon and CIA: "For Ukraine"" (Greenwald).  All hands on deck as the Empire is on the ropes.  They are not trying to explain themselves as there is no other rationalization, but they can't come out and say they are defending the Empire, mainly because even stating the Empire is at risk greatly damages the status of the Empire.  I believe Pelosi has ordered them not to explain themselves.

At least Sanders, thanks to Paul, didn't have to vote for it (yet)!:

"Nazis Are Actually Fine Now, According to the Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League" (Tracey).  Ha, ha, ha, the Nazi hunters at the SPLC have gone to ground.  What we must do is ensure that neither the SPLC nor the ADL can ever again use the 'Nazi' excuse to drive whatever crackpot political theory they are peddling.

"Mariupol - War and Peace" (Phillips).  The Euro-trash have decided to turn these happy people back over to the Nazis, all the while immiserating their own peoples and sentencing millions of people in poorer countries to starvation.  All for the worthy goals of what, exactly?  Prolonging a war that Russia is going to win, thus getting more people unnecessarily killed, including Ukrainian civilians?  Allowing the Nazis to continue to bomb and mistreat the people of eastern Ukraine?  Promoting National Socialism all across Europe?  Causing millions of new refugees in Europe?  Starting nuclear WWIII?  I literally can't get my head around what they must be thinking, unless they are purely motivated by imperial blackmail and bribery. If you don't think the Euro-trash are worthy of our hatred and disdain, there is something deeply, deeply wrong with you.  I know Europeans didn't pick the lousy government systems they have - no proper first-past-the-post voting, and no responsible government, but rather dictatorial rule by obscure layers upon layers of bureaucracy - but if they don't take direct action to fix the problem now, the moral weight of these appalling decisions rests entirely on the peoples of Europe.  There can be no political debate here, the only possible decision is a peace agreement now, with de-Nazification, neutrality, and protection for Russian speakers, on Russia's terms (as those are the only terms available).  This is a once in a four- or five-generation moment, eerily similar to the terrible decisions that were made in Europe which led to WWI, decisions based on the same kind of xenophobia and jingoism we are seeing now, and decisions which everybody claims to have regretted ever since they were made.

"Scott Ritter - Ukraine & Russia, is one side winning?" (Napoliano).  Note the prediction that Russia will go to war against Finland, and it won't be the genteel 'special operation' against Ukraine, but an old-fashioned mass artillery bombardment,  with nukes, with appalling casualty counts of both soldiers and civilians.

"Does This National Leader Look Ill?" and "Statement For Ukie and Other Trolls. Read Attentively." (Martyanov).

"2022.05.13 Ukraine and The Gell Mann Effect" (Lira). 

"Empire of Bioweapon Lies" (Escobar).

"Why is Israel Helping the US against Russia now?" (Sheikh):
"What happened that has brought both countries to the point of a diplomatic spat that could very well escalate into an Israeli war effort against Russia?

The immediate background to Jerusalem’s change of heart is a recent phone call between Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. Apparently, the Biden administration has offered Jerusalem something highly valuable that it cannot refuse. As details show, Washington has decided to ditch Tehran, yet again, to appease Jerusalem and enlist its support against Russia. The evidence for this has been supplied by none other than Bennet himself.

As the Israeli readout of the Biden-Bennet call shows, Bennet received an assurance from Biden that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards will continue to be listed as a ‘terrorist’ outfit – an assurance that could only be a prelude to the eventual failure of the ongoing US-Tehran talks to revive the 2015 nuclear-deal: Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). According to the readout, Bennet said that,
“I am sure that President Biden, who is a true friend of Israel and cares about its security, will not allow the IRGC to be removed from the list of terrorist organizations. Israel has clarified its position on the issue: The IRGC is the largest terrorist organization in the world.”
Previously, the US had shown its willingness to drop the IRGC’s status as a terrorist organisation to facilitate the ongoing process and elicit some guarantees from Iran about its regional activity. Now that Washington has decided to appease Israel to strengthen its anti-Russia bloc, Iran had once again become a casualty of Washington’s expansionist geopolitics.

Israeli officials are already confident that the US will soon announce the failure of talks with Iran. According to an unnamed Israeli official quoted in Israeli media, “The possibility that the parties will sign an agreement in the foreseeable future is dwindling at an exponential rate.”

It is ironic to see that, while the US has been engaged in talks with Iran for many months now, it is only now that top officials from within the Biden administration have started voicing their opposition to the possibility of changing the IRGC’s current status. The US Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley told a congressional hearing that, “In my personal opinion, I believe the IRGC Quds Force to be a terrorist organisation and I do not support them being delisted from the foreign terrorist organisation list.”

If talks fail to revive the JCPOA, it would mean that the US superimposed the issue of the IRGC deliberately to scuttle the whole process. Let’s not forget that the issue of the IRGC’s status as a terrorist outfit has nothing to do with the deal that was signed by the Obama administration in 2015. Therefore, by highlighting that the US will not take any steps to de-list the IRGC, it has also signalled to Iran that it can either accept a deal on the US terms or walk away empty-handed.

While we are yet to see how Iran responds to this shift, it remains that any deal offered now will have a visible Israeli imprint on it, making it difficult for Tehran to accept it. By extension, it also means that West Asia’s most powerful military force will now be aiding NATO against Russia. This makes perfect sense for the Biden administration which has been seeking ways for the past two months to expand its support for Kyiv.

The US Secretary of Defence is actively lobbying with officials from many other countries to increase support for Kyiv on a long-term basis. Israel is one of the 40 countries that participated in the summit recently held in Germany. The core objective of this summit is, according to Mark Milley, to coordinate security assistance to Kyiv, including heavy weapons, to help it, in the words of Austin, “defeat” Russia.
Israel has, thus, traded its neutrality for a deal with the US to keep Tehran in check. But the crucial question is how good is this trade-off actually? Israel’s help for Ukraine today could easily change into Moscow turning a blind eye to Iran’s activity in Syria, Lebanon and other parts of West Asia against Israel. This, in other words, means that Iran could seek to settle scores with Israel for the latter’s deliberate sabotage of the nuclear deal."
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