Become More Knowledgeable: "GET SMART (Ft. Joseph Nye, ex US Assistant Secretary of Defense) - YouTube"

I posted a comment on a YouTube video, which comment seems to be appreciated there. So here's the video's description followed by the video and then my comment:

The world’s powers have become accustomed to dealing with each other in terms of hard power, using economic, political and military means to promote their interests. But it risks undercutting their ability to co-opt rather than coerce. How can nations be smart about leveraging their soft and hard power, and how can these power dynamics be managed as global power diffuses from West to East? Oksana is joined by Joseph Nye, a former US assistant secretary of defense and pioneer of the concept of soft power, to address these issues.


Tom Usher

Russian soldiers fighting in foreign war zones under Russian command do not carry passports into battle.

The Crimeans are predominately ethnic Russians who were calling for joining Russia before any "men in green uniforms" even showed up, which men, both the Crimeans and Russians say were Crimeans, though Russian military was certainly in Crimea, as Russia had military installations there all along.

Actually, Russia is even more popular now with much of the world that has been seeing the US as striving for world domination. Russia and China have grown closer, and the European nations, starting with the UK, have flocked to China's new banking plan for Asian development and done so directly against US requests that they not do that.

Furthermore, Germany and France have gone out of their way to cut a ceasefire deal between Kiev and Donbass, which US neocons have been trying to sabotage.

Where's the discussion about the unconstitutional, violent coup in Ukraine where the muscle came primarily from fascists? Where's the discussion about removing Russian as one of the official languages of the nation? Where's the discussion about outlawing the Communists in Ukraine? What kind of democracy is that? Where's the reminder that the Bandera worshipers burned alive anti-Maidan people in Odessa? Where's the discussion about the Ukrainian Prime Minister calling Russians "subhumans"? What about his referring to the Russian invasion of Germany, as if Germany hadn't been responsible for invading Russia in direct violation of the agreement between Germany and Russia at the time? What about Kiev shelling the cities and towns in Donbass? What about NATO expansion after the Reagan administration had assured Gorbachev that such expansion would never happen? What about the US sending Georgia into South Ossetia, etc.? What about the US violating the Anti-ABM Treaty? What about the US trying to deflect attention away from the global mass-surveillance system the US has aimed in every direction, including directly at Angela Merkel, a close NATO ally? What about the neoliberal economics spearheaded via US dominated institutions, such as the World Bank, which has literally economically raped nations for the sake of the ultra-rich of the US? What about the lies and false pretexts used by the US to invade Iraq? Who's more credible, Putin or Obama?

Obama lied to the world that the US wasn't spying the way it has been, including lying directly to the American people about that the NSA dragnet spies on all of them and retains the content for later searching.

Right now, Poroshenko is violating the ceasefire. Rather than hearing that in the Western media, we hear that Putin is breaking the ceasefire.

Russian soldiers fighting in foreign war zones under Russian command do not…


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