"Crazy US 'Group Think' on Russia," by Robert Parry

A False Narrative

putin_wallOfficial Washington’s “group think” on the crisis has been driven by a completely phony narrative of what has happened in Ukraine over the past year. It has become the near-monolithic view of insiders that the crisis was instigated by Putin as part of some diabolical scheme to recreate the Russian Empire by seizing Ukraine, the Baltic states and maybe Poland.

But the reality is that the crisis was initiated by the West, particularly by Official Washington’s neocons, to pry Ukraine away from the Russian sphere of influence and into Europe’s, a ploy that was outlined by a leading neocon paymaster, Carl Gershman, the longtime president of the U.S.-funded National Endowment for Democracy.

On Sept. 26, 2013, Gershman took to the op-ed page of the Washington Post and pronounced Ukraine “the biggest prize” and an important interim step toward toppling Putin and putting down the resurgent and willful Russia that he represents.

Gershman, whose NED is financed by the U.S. Congress to the tune of about $100 million a year, wrote: “Ukraine’s choice to join Europe will accelerate the demise of the ideology of Russian imperialism that Putin represents. … Russians, too, face a choice, and Putin may find himself on the losing end not just in the near abroad but within Russia itself.”

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That narrative was always fake but it became Official Washington’s conventional wisdom, much like the existence of Iraq’s WMD became what “everyone knew to be true.” The “group think” was again so strong that not even someone as important to the establishment as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger could shake it.

In an interview last month with Der Spiegel magazine, Kissinger said that “The annexation of Crimea was not a move toward global conquest. It was not Hitler moving into Czechoslovakia.”

The 91-year-old Kissinger added that President Putin had no intention of instigating a crisis in Ukraine: “Putin spent tens of billions of dollars on the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The theme of the Olympics was that Russia is a progressive state tied to the West through its culture and, therefore, it presumably wants to be part of it. So it doesn’t make any sense that a week after the close of the Olympics, Putin would take Crimea and start a war over Ukraine.”

Instead Kissinger argued that the West – with its strategy of pulling Ukraine into the orbit of the European Union – was responsible for the crisis by failing to understand Russian sensitivity over Ukraine and making the grave mistake of quickly pushing the confrontation beyond dialogue.

Kissinger’s remarks – though undeniably true – were largely ignored by the mainstream U.S. media and had little or no impact on the U.S. Congress which pressed ahead with its legislation to expand the anti-Russia sanctions, which – along with declining energy prices – were contributing to a severe economic downturn in Russia.

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“The sensible thing for Mr. Putin to do would be to withdraw from Ukraine. This would bring immediate relief from sanctions, and that would ease the current crisis and give officials room to start fixing the country’s economic problems. The question is whether this reckless leader has been sufficiently chastened to change course.”

But the reality has been that Putin has tried to keep his distance from the ethnic Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, even urging them to postpone a referendum that revealed strong support for the region’s secession from Ukraine. But he has faced a hard choice because the Kiev regime launched an “anti-terrorist operation” against the eastern region, an offensive that took on the look of ethnic cleansing.

The Ukrainian government’s strategy was to pound eastern cities and towns with artillery fire and then dispatch neo-Nazi and other extremist “volunteer battalions” to do the dirty work of street-to-street fighting. Amnesty International and other human rights groups took note of the brutality inflicted by these anti-Russian extremists. [See Consortiumnews com’s “Seeing No Neo-Nazi Militias in Ukraine.”]

Source: The Crazy US ‘Group Think’ on Russia | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community.

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Tom Usher

I nearly totally agree with Robert Parry's analysis. I'll add that the jetliner downing was very likely a NATO false-flag operation and that claims that Russia "invaded" Ukraine have been completely unsubstantiated.

Furthermore, it was the fascists (not the "liberals") who fought hardest on the front line during the street revolution that overthrew the government of Ukraine.

I know that anti-Russian snipers were shooting protesters to make it look as if the Ukrainian government was doing it.

I also know that the fascists were responsible for the atrocity in Odessa (burning trade unionists alive).

Don't forget that the Crimean separation was fully democratic.

Lastly, the West invaded the East, not the other way around.

The US has declared economic war on Russia. The Saudis are hugely involved. The US is not playing by its own market rules. It is attempting to regain market share for oligarchs in Russia and doing so by openly cheating under the pretext of Russian imperial aggression (nonexistent).

There are things Putin could be doing that would bring the US to its knees, but I can't state them openly. Besides, those things would be worldly and not Christian. Russia, however is a Christian Orthodox nation, which means it doesn't hold that their worldly government is not also a spiritual one, a truly Christian one.

I, on the other hand, believe that when the true spiritual government comes to the earth, there won't be any militaries or any capitalism. Jesus said that those who live by the sword will die by the sword and to turn the other cheek.

Nevertheless, Putin is sincerely genuflecting over in Russia while Obama is consistently and clearly trashing Jesus. I know who is committing the lesser sins in all of this. So do you if you'll admit it to yourself. Perhaps you already agree with me on it. I hope so. If you don't, I hope you'll wake up.

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Eric Holder Misreads Act: Gender Identity, Sex Not Same

Eric HolderEricHolder is trying to claim that gender identity and gender dysphoria or gender identity disorder are protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because he says that "sex" in the Act means "gender identity." However, if gender identity under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 means "sex," why has "gender identity" been added to so many laws that also already said "sex"? In addition, the Act defines "sex" thusly:

(k) The terms “because of sex” or “on the basis of sex” include, but are not limited to, because of or on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions; and women affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions shall be treated the same for all employment-related purposes, including receipt of benefits under fringe benefit programs, as other persons not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work, and nothing in section 2000e-2(h) of this title [section 703(h)] shall be interpreted to permit otherwise. This subsection shall not require an employer to pay for health insurance benefits for abortion, except where the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term, or except where medical complications have arisen from an abortion: Provided, That nothing herein shall preclude an employer from providing abortion benefits or otherwise affect bargaining agreements in regard to abortion.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Where does gender identity enter in there? It doesn't.

If the government of the US wants to make gender identity a nationally protected classification, then it needs to make a law that does that while keeping in mind that freedom of religion is already protected and some of the cultural so-called "liberal" things that are being pushed by people such as Eric Holder are unacceptable under many religions.

So, unless the US government wants things that constitute sexual anarchy to trump all religions and takes the necessary legislative steps to mandate that (meaning amend the US Constitution to strike out the free-exercise clause), it will face internal hypocrisy forever.

This post in no way should be taken as an indication that I lack compassion for those who are, or have been, troubled by personal, internal gender-identity issues.

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Tom Usher

The issue I have is with normalizing it rather than keeping the understanding that there's something wrong, something went wrong, the way we treat other problems, whether mental or physical or both. We don't discriminate on account of certain "disabilities" (or whatever the politically correct term is now) and rightfully so. We do discriminate on account of others, such as criminal behaviors, which are also usually mental problems depending upon the particular law. Some laws are wrong.

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Put Blair & Straw on Trial for Torture, Says Diplomat Fired for Warning Labour Gov. of UK Collusion

Jack Straw and Tony Blair

Jack Straw and Tony Blair

In the summer of 2004, I warned Tony Blair’s Foreign Office that Britain was using intelligence material which had been obtained by the CIA under torture. Two months later I was sacked as the British Ambassador to Uzbekistan on the orders of Downing Street, bringing to an end my 20-year diplomatic career.

Source: Now put Blair and Straw on trial for torture, says diplomat who was fired when he warned Labour Government of UK collusion with US abuse | Daily Mail Online.

I remember Craig Murray. I remember that I liked him. He's the kind of man who needs to be in charge, not sacked by evil ones.

If the evil ones can't be brought to justice, then it's time for a global revolution.

I'm not speaking of violence. There are other ways, better ways.

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