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Why Are Obama/NATO Stoking a Thermo-Nuclear War With Russia?

So what on earth would be the payoff of a thermo-nuclear war with Russia? It would end all life on the planet.

Are Obama and the crazed neocons and crazed neo-liberal interventionists so obsessed with geo-political and military gamesmanship they just can’t resist raising the ante to F*CKING THERMO-NUCLEAR WAR?

Why does Russian involvement with Ukraine have anything to do with US national security for one thing?

What on earth are the NATO leaders thinking, as well?

With the latest extraordinary threat from the barbaric forces of the Islamist State one would think any remotely mature world leader and world power would want to promote cooperation and partnership among fellow world leaders and powers?

So much of the war-mongering propaganda against Russia is framed on the lame and usual pretext of "bringing democracy" to needy and deserving global citizens -- this time in Ukraine.

Robert Parry in “The Whys Behind the Ukraine Crisis”:

As I wrote last April, “There is a ‘little-old-lady-who-swallowed-the-fly’ quality to neocon thinking. When one of their schemes goes bad, they simply move to a bigger, more dangerous scheme. If the Palestinians and Lebanon’s Hezbollah persist in annoying you and troubling Israel, you target their sponsors with ‘regime change’ – in Iraq, Syria and Iran. If your ‘regime change’ in Iraq goes badly, you escalate the subversion of Syria and the bankrupting of Iran.

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... It has become more like a global version of Israel’s “Samson Option,” the readiness to use nuclear weapons in a self-destructive commitment to eliminate your enemies whatever the cost to yourself.

But what is particularly shocking in this case is how virtually everyone in U.S. officialdom – and across the mainstream media spectrum – has bought into this madness.

Robert Parry speculates as to why Obama and those insistent war-mongering politicians and advisers are so very gung-ho over punishing and agitating Russia to the point of thermo-nuclear war. Why are they willing to risk so much? Parry acknowledges that Putin deserves disdain for “retrograde policies on gay rights” for example. “But he is no Stalin and surely no Hitler,” insists Parry.

Parry reflects back on the real motives behind the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Among them were Cheney’s obsession with oil, George W. Bush’s “psychological rivalry with his father”, profiteering of the military industrial complex and “the neocons’ interest in orchestrating ‘regime change’ in countries considered hostile to Israel.”

Parry sees Israel’s influence and interests in the Middle East as a big part of this current US and NATO recklessness.

Israel???

We know that American politicians are totally enthralled to the will of Israel, as opposed to their own citizens! Look at the willful and enormous sums of money and amount of weaponry as well as unconditional political support provided to Israel during this latest slaughter war of Israel against the Palestinians in Gaza.

War addict neocons like Sen. John McCain and Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland became directly active in the coup in Ukraine last winter. They and other neocons were very much against the Obama-Putin agreement with the Syrian government regarding chemical weapons which averted a US bombing campaign against Syria. Russia was also promoting US negotiations with Iran over limiting its nuclear program.

You would think that kind of Russian-US diplomacy to avoid more murderous militarism would be considered laudable. But not to the war-mongerers with too much power for too long in Washington along with a President with no respect for international law.

The “regime change” of Syria and Iran are obsessions with the Israeli government. Regime change in Syria and Iran are consequently priority goals for those crazed and obsequious to Israel neocons and pols.

Parry writes:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu even believed that bombing Iran’s nuclear plants was an “existential” necessity.

We’ve all had a 50-day horrifying taste of Netanyahu’s lack of respect for non-Israeli human life. We've witnessed a long history of US politicians' lack of respect for human lives globally.

Parry on Assistant Secretary Nuland's push for military provocation against Russia and gas company interests:

... regarding this energy motive, it shouldn’t be forgotten that on Dec. 13, 2013, when neocon Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland reminded Ukrainian business leaders that the United States had invested $5 billion in their “European aspirations,” she was at a conference sponsored by Chevron. She even stood next to the company’s logo.

So, clearly energy resources and the billions of dollars that go with them should be factored in when trying to solve the mystery of why Official Washington has gone so berserk about a confrontation with Russia that boils down to whether ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine should be allowed some measure of autonomy or be put firmly under the thumb of U.S.-friendly authorities in Kiev.

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In the Ukraine case, the temptation has been to think that Moscow – hit with escalating economic sanctions – will back down even as the EU and U.S. energy interests seize control of eastern Ukraine’s energy reserves. The fracking could mean both a financial bonanza to investors and an end to Russia’s dominance of the natural gas supplies feeding central and eastern Europe. So the economic and geopolitical payoff could be substantial.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Ukraine has Europe’s third-largest shale gas reserves at 42 trillion cubic feet, an inviting target especially since other European nations, such as Britain, Poland, France and Bulgaria, have resisted fracking technology because of environmental concerns. An economically supine Ukraine would presumably be less able to say no. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Beneath the Ukraine Crisis: Shale Gas.”]

Further supporting the “natural gas motive” is the fact that it was Vice President Joe Biden who demanded that President Yanukovych pull back his police on Feb. 21, a move that opened the way for the neo-Nazi militias and the U.S.-backed coup.

Then, just three months later, Ukraine’s largest private gas firm, Burisma Holdings, appointed Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, to its board of directors.

While that might strike some of you as a serious conflict of interest, even vocal advocates for ethics in government lost their voices amid Washington’s near-universal applause for the ouster of Yanukovych and warm affection for the coup regime in Kiev.

For instance, Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, dismissed the idea that Hunter Biden’s new job should raise eyebrows, telling Reuters: “It can’t be that because your dad is the vice president, you can’t do anything,”

Soon, Burisma – a shadowy Cyprus-based company – was lining up well-connected lobbyists, some with ties to Secretary of State John Kerry, including Kerry’s former Senate chief of staff David Leiter, according to lobbying disclosures.

As Time magazine reported, “Leiter’s involvement in the firm rounds out a power-packed team of politically-connected Americans that also includes a second new board member, Devon Archer, a Democratic bundler and former adviser to John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. Both Archer and Hunter Biden have worked as business partners with Kerry’s son-in-law, Christopher Heinz, the founding partner of Rosemont Capital, a private-equity company.”

According to investigative journalism in Ukraine, the ownership of Burisma has been traced to Privat Bank, which is controlled by the thuggish billionaire oligarch Ihor Kolomoysky, who was appointed by the coup regime to be governor of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, a south-central province of Ukraine. Kolomoysky also has been associated with the financing of brutal paramilitary forces killing ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine.

Parry adds the motive of monetary contractual bonanzas of war once again to the mighty and rapacious military industrial complex. The amoral profits uber human lives and even the life of the planet capitalism code.

Finally, there is a serious economic threat to the U.S. from Russia and China in their experimenting with a non-dollar currency for global trade.

Still believe the US only wants to bring “democracy” to those poor eastern Ukrainians (of course, to the hell with any protesting western Ukrainians who happen to be Russian and who thus can easily be labeled "terrorists" and exterminated per craven US leaders and mainstream media).

Parry calls out this manipulative media propaganda of Washington's supposed “democracy-bringing” and that Russian President Vladimir Putin is hungrily and imperialistically trying to reclaim Russian territory lost to the Soviet Union in 1991. It is Russia that is exercising tremendous patience and restraint to relentlessly insistent provocations from the US and NATO countries insists Parry.

Parry does a good job summing up the recent history of US/EU illegitimate regime changing in Ukraine:

The Ukraine crisis was provoked not by Putin but by a combination of the European Union’s reckless move to expand its influence eastward and the machinations of U.S. neoconservatives who were angered by Putin’s collaboration with President Barack Obama to tamp down confrontations in Syria and Iran, two neocon targets for “regime change.”

Plus, if “democracy promotion” were the real motive, there were obviously better ways to achieve it. Democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych pledged on Feb. 21 – in an agreement guaranteed by three European nations – to surrender much of his power and hold early elections so he could be voted out of office if the people wanted.

However, on Feb. 22, the agreement was brushed aside as neo-Nazi militias stormed presidential buildings and forced Yanukovych and other officials to flee for their lives. Rather than stand behind the Feb. 21 arrangement, the U.S. State Department quickly endorsed the coup regime that emerged as “legitimate” and the mainstream U.S. press dutifully demonized Yanukovych by noting, for instance, that a house being built for him had a pricy sauna.

The key role of the neo-Nazis, who were given several ministries in recognition of their importance to the putsch, was studiously ignored or immediately forgotten by all the big U.S. news outlets.

We have a say-anything President and an obediently parroting corporate mainstream media willing to manufacture citizen consent to risk war with Russia.

Will we really follow them down this particular garden path to war -- this time and this path to a probable, thermo-nuclear one?

[cross-posted on open salon]

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Submitted by jo6pac on

Well I know that I'm to big to hide under my desk and they are bat-shit-crazy so my hope is Putin isn't which seems to be true since he is the only adult in the room of crazies.

I like Robert Perry and he has done great work but he gives 0 way to much space. 0 is just as big of a cycle-0-path as his crew. He's only goal is to follow orders of his puppet masters then go on to make all the money can like big dog and hillabilly.

Submitted by libbyliberal on

Thanks, jo6, for commenting. I agree, Parry keeps blaming the neocons for pushing Obama, and God knows the neocons deserve censure. But so do the neolib interventionists and both war-mongering parties. Rasmussen did a poll recently and among other questions asked how many Americans thought Congress was doing an "excellent" job. Only 2% think so. What, had they been drinking? best, libby

This is from Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report just posted:

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/07/23/obamas-hot-war

"The United States has set the world on fire. It is nonsense to talk of a “new” Cold War, when what the world is witnessing is multiple conflagrations as intense and horrifically destructive as at any period since World War Two. Virtually every one of these armed conflicts has been methodically set in motion by the only power capable of perpetrating such massive, simultaneous mayhem: the United States, along with its underlings in London, Paris and Tel Aviv – the true Axis of Evil.

"Washington is embarked on a mad, scorched earth policy to terrorize the planet into submission through relentless escalation into a global state of war. Unable to maintain its dominance through trade and competition, the U.S. goes beyond the brink to plunge the whole planet into a cauldron of death. As Russia is learning, it is extremely difficult to avoid war when a great power insists on imposing it. That was a lesson inflicted on the world 75 years ago, by Nazi Germany.

"Whoever coined the phrase “No Drama Obama” should be sentenced to a lifetime of silence. The First Black U.S. President systematically brought swastika-wearing fascists to power in Ukraine to start a war on Russia’s borders. The passengers of the Malaysian airliner are victims of Obama’s carefully crafted apocalypse, a pre-fabricated conflict that could consume us all. Obama methodically and without provocation laid waste to Libya and Syria, and now the jihadists unleashed by the United States and its allies are destroying Iraq all over again and threatening to erase Lebanon and Jordan and even the oil kingdoms of the Gulf. Obama has signed yet another blank check for Israel’s ghastly war of ethnic annihilation in Gaza – a crime against humanity for which the U.S. is fully as culpable as the apartheid Jewish State, which could not exist if it were not part of the U.S. superpower’s global war machine.

"Wars “R” Us

"Those who say the United States is adrift or has no coherent foreign policy are colossally wrong. Washington’s policy is the constant fomenting of war for the subjugation of the planet – or the world’s destruction, if the U.S. cannot remain Number One.

"The Americans have made Africa into a killing field. Somalia and its people have been smashed and dispersed, setting the whole Horn of Africa ablaze. Ethiopia commits multiple genocides under U.S. sponsorship, while Washington’s mercenaries in Rwanda and Uganda grow fat on the bones of six million Congolese. South Sudan thrashes in agony, the result of dismemberment by American, European and Israeli ghouls. The sounds of chaos and mass murder reverberate from the Magreb in the North, through the vast Sahel region, and now deep into West Africa, a direct result of criminal U.S. aggressive war and regime change in Libya.

"Obama “pivots” to East Asia with the goal of turning Japan into a militaristic state with an invitation to rejoin, after all these years, the game of global conquest. Poor Afghanistan and Pakistan have no future at all, unless the U.S. leaves their region and allows them to develop an organic partnership with China. But a world based on mutually beneficial relations among peoples has no room for empire – which is why the empire wages war against the world."

Submitted by libbyliberal on

Another Quote from vox:

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/3/6101507/obama-just-committed-the-us-to-war-a...

"Here is Obama's dilemma, and Europe's: They want to prove to Putin that they will definitely defend Estonia and Latvia and other eastern European NATO members as if they were American or British or German soil, so that Putin will not invade those countries as he did in Ukraine. But the entire world, including Putin, is suspicious as to whether or not this threat is a bluff. And the worst possible thing that could happen, the thing that could legitimately lead to World War Three and global nuclear war, is for Putin to call Obama's bluff, invade Estonia, and have Obama's bluff turn out to not be a bluff.

"(Just in case you thought I was exaggerating about the threat of nuclear war: Russia announced on Wednesday, shortly after Obama's speech, that its strategic nuclear forces would conduct "major exercises" later this month.)

"This all started when NATO invited a bunch of former Soviet states, such as Estonia, to join in the 1990s and 2000s because it wanted to keep them safe from Russian aggression, and wanted to isolate Russia. The entire point of NATO is as a military alliance, and mostly an anti-Russian one, in which declaring war against one member means you are at war with all of them. So the idea is that this will prevent Russia from invading Estonia, because this would trigger war with the US, UK, Germany, France, and many others, which Russia would lose.

"But no one is really sure whether the US and other Western European countries would be willing to go to war against Russia should Putin invade a peripheral NATO member such as Estonia or Latvia. Western analysts are legitimately divided on how this would play out, and it is not hard to find former — or current — US officials who worry that, if the moment came for NATO to launch World War III in defense of Estonia, they would decide that it was not worth the trouble.

"That's why Obama went to the Estonian capital of Tallinn this week, and why he stood up with the Estonian prime minister to pledge as clearly as possible that he would definitely go to war against Russia if it came to it — precisely so that it never will come to that."

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Submitted by jo6pac on

They want to prove to Putin that they will definitely defend Estonia and Latvia and other eastern European NATO members as if they were American or British or German soil, so that Putin will not invade those countries as he did in Ukraine

This is the same thinking as RP, Russia didn't invade the Ukraine they are allowed under agreement with region to have 20,000 navy/arm in Crimea. Yes they did remove all Ukraine navy/army troops from Crimea.

I'm sure the bat-shit-crazy neo-cons including 0 are working stop the cease fire as they have done in spots in the world.

Submitted by lambert on

Since nukes would destroy the planet if used in any significant way, you'd have to be crazy to use them (or have a very good bunker (or perhaps a rocket to Mars)).

Hence, to have credibility, you have to be crazy, or pretend you're crazy yet actually be sane enough to stop going crazy, as Kissinger explained to Nixon; that's the whole Mutual Assured Destruction thing.

All of which shows how demonizing Putin strengthens our own crazies, among other things.

This is a consequence of having grasped the nuclear firebrand since 1945. On the one hand, we didn't actually blow up the world, which is a pretty amazing achievement, given the givens. On the other hand, one wonders whether MAD works as well for a power on the decline, as opposed to a power on the rise. I'm guessing no.

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Submitted by jo6pac on

isn't it.

On the other hand, one wonders whether MAD works as well for a power on the decline, as opposed to a power on the rise. I'm guessing no.