Turning on Russia

In this first of a two-part series, Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould trace the origins of the neoconservative targeting of Russia.

By Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould

The German newsmagazine Der Spiegel last September reported that, “Stanley Fischer, the 73–year-old vice chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, is familiar with the decline of the world’s rich. He spent his childhood and youth in the British protectorate of Rhodesia… before going to London in the early 1960s for his university studies. There, he experienced first-hand the unravelling of the British Empire… Now an American citizen, Fischer is currently witnessing another major power taking its leave of the world stage… the United States is losing its status as a global hegemonic power, he said recently… The U.S. political system could take the world in a very dangerous direction…”

With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the creation of the so called Wolfowitz Doctrine in 1992 during the administration of George Herbert Walker Bush, the United States claimed the mantle of the world’s first and only Unipower with the intention of crushing any nation or system that would oppose it in the future. The New World Order, foreseen just a few short years ago, becomes more disorderly by the day, made worse by varying degrees of incompetence and greed emanating from Berlin, London, Paris and Washington.

As a further sign of the ongoing seismic shocks rocking America’s claim to leadership, by the time Fischer’s interview appeared in the online version of the Der Spiegel, he had already announced his resignation as vice chair of the Federal Reserve—eight months ahead of schedule. If anyone knows about the decline and fall of empires it is the “globalist” and former Bank of Israel president, Stanley Fischer. Not only did he experience the unravelling of the British Empire as a young student in London, he directly assisted in the wholesale dismantling of the Soviet Empire during the 1990s.

As an admitted product of the British Empire and point man for its long term imperial aims, that makes Fischer not just empire’s Angel of Death, but its rag and bone man.

Alongside a handful of Harvard economists led by Jonathan Hay, Larry Summers, Andrei Shleifer, and Jeffry Sachs, in the “Harvard Project,” plus Anatoly Chubais, the chief Russian economic adviser, Fischer helped throw 100 million Russians into poverty overnight – privatizing, or as some would say piratizing – the Russian economy. Yet, Americans never got the real story because a slanted anti-Russia narrative covered the true nature of the robbery from beginning to end.

As described by public policy scholar and anthropologist Janine R. Wedel in her 2009 book Shadow Elite: “Presented in the West as a fight between enlightenment Reformers trying to move the economy forward through privatization, and retrograde Luddites who opposed them, this story misrepresented the facts. The idea or goal of privatization was not controversial, even among communists… the Russian Supreme Soviet, a communist body, passed two laws laying the groundwork for privatization. Opposition to privatization was rooted not in the idea itself but in the particular privatization program that was implemented, the opaque way in which it was put into place, and the use of executive authority to bypass the parliament.”

Intentionally set up to fail for Russia and the Russian people under the cover of a false narrative, she continues “The outcome rendered privatization ‘a de facto fraud,’ as one economist put it, and the parliamentary committee that had judged the Chubais scheme to ‘offer fertile ground for criminal activity’ was proven right.”

Fischer: Product of British Empire.

If Fischer, a man who helped bring about a de facto criminal-privatization-fraud to post-empire Russia says the U.S. is on a dangerous course, the time has arrived for post-empire Americans to ask what role he played in putting the U.S. on that dangerous course. Little known to Americans is the blunt force trauma Fischer and the “prestigious” Harvard Project delivered to Russia under the leadership of Boris Yeltsin during the 1990s. According to The American Conservative’s James Carden “As the Center for Economic and Policy Research noted back in 2011… ‘the IMF’s intervention in Russia during Fischer’s tenure led to one of the worst losses in output in history, in the absence of war or natural disaster.’ Indeed, one Russian observer compared the economic and social consequences of the IMF’s intervention to what one would see in the aftermath of a medium-level nuclear attack.”

Neither do most Americans know that it was President Jimmy Carter’s national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski’s 1970s grand plan for the conquest of the Eurasian heartland that boomeranged to terrorize Europe and America in the 21st century. Brzezinski spent much of his life undermining the Communist Soviet Union and then spent the rest of it worrying about its resurgence as a Czarist empire under Vladimir Putin. It might be unfair to say that hating Russia was his only obsession. But a common inside joke during his tenure as the President’s top national security officer was that he couldn’t find Nicaragua on a map.

Brzezinski: Blueprint for U.S. dominance

If anyone provided the blueprint for the United States to rule in a unipolar world following the Soviet Union’s collapse it was Brzezinski. And if anyone could be said to represent the debt driven financial system that fueled America’s post-Vietnam Imperialism, it’s Fischer. His departure should have sent a chill down every neoconservative’s spine. Their dream of a New World Order has once again ground to a halt at the gates of Moscow.

Whenever the epitaph for the abbreviated American century is written it will be sure to feature the iconic role the neoconservatives played in hastening its demise. From the chaos created by Vietnam they set to work restructuring American politics, finance and foreign policy to their own purposes. Dominated at the beginning by Zionists and Trotskyists, but directed by the Anglo/American establishment and their intelligence elites, the neoconservatives’ goal, working with their Chicago School neoliberal partners, was to deconstruct the nation-state through cultural co-optation and financial subversion and to project American power abroad. So far they have been overwhelmingly successful to the detriment of much of the world.

From the end of the Second World War through the 1980s the focus of this pursuit was on the Soviet Union, but since the Soviet collapse in 1991, their focus has been on dismantling any and all opposition to their global dominion.

Pentagon Capitalism

Shady finance, imperial misadventures and neoconservatism go hand in hand. The CIA’s founders saw themselves as partners in this enterprise and the defense industry welcomed them with open arms. McGill University economist R.T. Naylor, author of 1987’s Hot Money and the Politics of Debt, described how “Pentagon Capitalism” had made the Vietnam War possible by selling the Pentagon’s debt to the rest of the world.

In effect, the US Marines had replaced Meyer Lansky’s couriers, and the European central banks arranged the ‘loan-back,’” Naylor writes. “When the mechanism was explained to the late [neoconservative] Herman Kahn – lifeguard of the era’s chief ‘think tank’ and a man who popularized the notion it was possible to emerge smiling from a global conflagration – he reacted with visible delight. Kahn exclaimed excitedly, ‘We’ve pulled off the biggest ripoff in history! We’ve run rings around the British Empire.’” In addition to their core of ex-Trotskyist intellectuals early neoconservatives could count among their ranks such establishment figures as James Burnham, father of the Cold War Paul Nitze, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson, Jeane Kirkpatrick and Brzezinski himself.

From the beginning of their entry into the American political mainstream in the 1970s it was known that their emergence could imperil democracy in America and yet Washington’s more moderate gatekeepers allowed them in without much of a fight.

Peter Steinfels’ 1979 classic The Neoconservatives: The men who are changing America’s politics begins with these fateful words. “THE PREMISES OF THIS BOOK are simple. First, that a distinct and powerful political outlook has recently emerged in the United States. Second, that this outlook, preoccupied with certain aspects of American life and blind or complacent towards others, justifies a politics which, should it prevail, threatens to attenuate and diminish the promise of American democracy.”

But long before Steinfels’ 1979 account, the neoconservative’s agenda of inserting their own interests ahead of America’s was well underway, attenuating U.S. democracy, undermining détente and angering America’s NATO partners that supported it. According to the distinguished State Department Soviet specialist Raymond Garthoff, détente had been under attack by right-wing and military-industrial forces (led by Senator “Scoop” Jackson) from its inception. But America’s ownership of that policy underwent a shift following U.S. intervention on behalf of Israel during the 1973 October war. Garthoff writes in his detailed volume on American-Soviet relations Détente and Confrontation, “To the allies the threat [to Israel] did not come from the Soviet Union, but from unwise actions by the United States, taken unilaterally and without consultation. The airlift [of arms] had been bad enough. The U.S. military alert of its forces in Europe was too much.”

Jackson: Neocon founding father.

In addition to the crippling Arab oil embargo that followed, the crisis of confidence in U.S. decision-making nearly produced a mutiny within NATO. Garthoff continues, “The United States had used the alert to convert an Arab-Israeli conflict, into which the United States had plunged, into a matter of East-West confrontation. Then it had used that tension as an excuse to demand that Europe subordinate its own policies to a manipulative American diplomatic gamble over which they had no control and to which they had not even been privy, all in the name of alliance unity.”

In the end the U.S. found common cause with its Cold War Soviet enemy by imposing a cease-fire accepted by both Egypt and Israel thereby confirming the usefulness of détente. But as related by Garthoff this success triggered an even greater effort by Israel’s “politically significant supporters” in the U.S. to begin opposing any cooperation with the Soviet Union, at all.

Garthoff writes, “The United States had pressed Israel into doing precisely what the Soviet Union (as well as the United States) had wanted: to halt its advance short of complete encirclement of the Egyptian Third Army east of Suez… Thus they [Israel’s politically significant supporters] saw the convergence of American-Soviet interests and effective cooperation in imposing a cease-fire as a harbinger of greater future cooperation by the two superpowers in working toward a resolution of the Israeli-Arab-Palestinian problem.”

Copyright © 2018 Fitzgerald & Gould All rights reserved. This article first appeared on Invisible History.

Coming Next, Part 2: The post WWII global strategy of the neocons has been shaped chiefly by Russo phobia against the Soviet Union and now Russia

Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould are the authors of Invisible History: Afghanistan’s Untold Story, Crossing Zero The AfPak War at the Turning Point of American Empire and The Voice. Visit their websites at invisiblehistory and grailwerk.com

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40 comments for “Turning on Russia

  1. eric
    May 4, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Putin asked if maybe Russia could join the NWO ? The answer was yes .Putin said when are we going to discuss what the orders should be ? The answer was never the orders have already been decided . What the American people don’t know is the orders have been decided by the devil himself . There is no longer such a thing as marriage being between a man and a women .

  2. T.M. Scruggs
    May 4, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    “…Dominated at the beginning by Zionists and Trotskyists, but directed by the Anglo/American establishment and their intelligence elites, the neoconservatives’ goal, ….”

    This is one crazy statement. No follower of Trotsky advocated or advocates for hyper-capitalism. If one or more advisors et al. claimed once to be Trotskyists, they clearly abandoned any shred of leftist ideology. David Horowitz called himself a leftist, but he sure changed his stripes — if he had belonged to some Maoist group that doesn’t mean that his later right wing politics came from “Maoists”!

  3. Patrick
    May 3, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Horrible article. Sounds like an emotional reaction from a frustrated man who sees spies behind every corner and who lives in a world where everything and everybody is against him. (Am sure there is a medical term for this) My advice for these kind of people: switch off your TV, go on holiday to another country, learn to listen to other people and think for yourselves instead of repeating what somebody else says. The way that things are going now in Russia are leading to a breakup of the country in a few years. What will trigger this is currently not known yet,…could be the Telegram app, could be the death of Putin,…but in 10-15 years, the borders of Russia will have changed. And the country who would like to see this scenario the most is likely to be China. Not sure if the US is so eager to see Russia disintegrate. Contained behind a bunch of sactions, yes. But disintegrated,…not so sure.

  4. May 1, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Mark, that is a great post! Russia does need to cease trying to placate the bully US. Putin’s March speech about Russia’s development of aircraft and antimissile weapons stated clearly that Russia put the money into R&D development precisely due to the 2002 Bush II admin unilateral withdrawal from the ABM Treaty. Putin said he warned against that to the US at the time but “You didn’t listen then. Listen now.” An article on Paul Craig Roberts mentioned the Al Capone approach for dealing with a drunken bully trying to start a brawl in a bar, you can’t back down that bully with words, it’s necessary to pull out a gun. Russia, seems to me, is getting that message and also has allies against the bully West, China being the most important one.

  5. May 1, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Scoop jackson…in a sense, he was killed by the very people he was most afraid of: “Jackson died suddenly at the age of 71 in Everett of an aortic aneurysm, shortly after giving a news conference condemning the Soviet attack on Korean Air Lines Flight 007.News reports showed video of Jackson in which he was seen reflexively massaging the left side of his chest while talking and speculated that it was his reaction to an early symptom of the fatal attack.”

  6. Taras 77
    April 30, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Brezinski=evil! As John Helmer stated, he is dead but his evil lives on.

    Good article.

  7. GMC
    April 30, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    The Neocons aren’t the only ones getting a jump on Looting the Americas, as in what happened in the CCCP. The ” rip off ” of the US has been ongoing for decades and the looting is becoming more and more visible. From social securities to search and seizure laws, all the Governments and too many employees { opportunists } have had a field day taking everything they can get their hands on. The End game is called Greed with No Conscience for your fellow American much less the health of the republic. Between the Fed, Neocons, International Corporations and Bankers, MIC, and the rest of the USG , there won’t be that much left to steal. The West got a Hold of the CCCP after it broke apart – the same West got a Hold of the Americas – long ago- before the US break up.Will the people { the sleepwalkers } ever wake up ?

    • May 1, 2018 at 9:07 am

      Neo cons,sure but more specifically, the Chicago School Boys set the stage for the looting of Russia
      .

  8. mark
    April 30, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Russia urgently needs to recognise reality and stop behaving reactively to the endless threats, insults, provocations and false flags.
    It needs to act proactively in its own interests and impose very significant and substantial costs on those targeting it with aggression.
    Russia needs to understand that the US and its satraps have declared war on it – military encirclement and encroachment, economic strangulation, endless, virulent, hate filled vitrilolic propaganda, attacks on Russian diplomats, sport, media, and now individual Russian citizens.
    Russia needs to call a spade a spade and confront its own people with this stark reality.
    Stop calling rabid hate filled neocon warmongers “partners” and “colleagues,” This is a vital first step. Call them out for what they are – the time for moderation and diplomatic restraint is long gone. So far as the neocons are concerned, civilised behaviour is not something they understand. It is just taken for weakness.
    The attacks on Russian diplomats and sport went largely unanswered and unpunished. This just emboldened them to carry out further false flags with Skripal and Douma. More provocations are certainly in the pipeline.
    Russia should have broken off diplomatic relations completely when its diplomatic premises and the homes of its diplomats were invaded. (Britain broke off diplomatic relations with Iran when students damaged a picture of the Queen at the Tehran embassy.)
    Close down the US supply route through Russia to Afghanistan.
    End the joint space programme with the US. Substitute it for one with China.
    End cooperation with the US on terrorism, drugs, and other issues. Most terrorist groups are created and sponsored by the US and its satellites, and the CIA has run the global drugs trade for decades.
    End exports of titanium, rare earth, nuclear fuel and rocket engines to the US.
    Hit US satellites hard by greatly expanding the scope of counter sanctions. Nothing should be imported from the EU/ Norway/ Japan/ Australia if it can be produced domestically or obtained from friends like China, India, Iran, South America. Banned goods would include cars/ motorcycles/ alcohol/ tobacco/ clothing/ footwear/ jewellery/ watches/ perfume/ cosmetics/ electrical goods. This would hurt western business interests and impose costs and unemployment on a scale not before experienced. There is no need to put money in the pockets of enemies. Russia itself produces Mercedes and VW cars. This would hurt US satellites at little cost to Russia.
    Freeze all loan repayments to western banks for the duration of sanctions. Put the money in a blocked account in a Moscow bank. If this precipitates another western banking crisis, so be it.
    Greatly expand financial and economic ties with China. Expand this into something approaching a formal alliance. A separate financial system with its own banking sector, ratings agencies, credit card and payment systems, independent of the US and its satellites. Ban the use of the dollar. Make this system available to all countries targeted by the US like Iran, Venezuela, DPRK (these represent 40% of humanity now subject to US economic warfare.)
    If necessary, sever all political, diplomatic, economic and cultural ties to the US. Create an alternative bloc representing most of the rest of the world.
    Abrogate all treaties that have been concluded with the US – strategic weapons, medium range missiles, conventional arms. Make it clear that henceforth Russia will not seek to negotiate agreements with the US on any subject whatsoever. The US has broken every agreement it has freely entered into = its word is completely worthless.
    Treat the US for what it is – an utterly vile, implacable, hate filled enemy. And deal with it accordingly.

    • backwardsevolution
      May 1, 2018 at 7:08 am

      mark – great post!

    • May 1, 2018 at 9:10 am

      t would be silly to think the Russians themselves aren’t corrupted by the Afghani heroin trade, or that they aren’t a source for at least some of the cheap fentanyl that enters this country.

    • Abby
      May 2, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      I agree wholeheartedly with this comment. If Russia keeps rolling over when they are threatened they will just look weak and this country will attack them.

      I was so hoping that Russia would follow through on its threat to bomb the ships that bombed Syria so we could get the message that our bullying days were over. I understand why Putin refrained from doing that, but it sets up the next attacks. This country, its allies and Israel have to understand that one day they will not get away with their BS!

    • Valera
      May 4, 2018 at 12:13 pm

      Mark – you are right, but unfortunately it is very difficult to pull out.

  9. April 30, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Good article, i look forward to Part 2, concise and well written. Interesting that the economic “shock therapy” used on Russia described here has been used by the US on its very own people, but the people are fed so much propaganda they don’t see it.

  10. April 30, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Good article. It is important to emphasize the looting of post-Soviet Russia here as being the key underlying issue of anti-Russian feeling in Washington that is not limited to neocons. In fact, Brzezinski, Moynihan, and Jackson were not neocons but liberals. Brzezinski was, for example, opposed to the neocon attempt at spreading chaos in the MENA region. These liberal Cold Warriors shared the part of the ideology of the neocons in that they all felt that “somebody” was going to rule the world and it was best that it would be the U.S. rather than China or Russia both liberals and conservatives in the Cold War era shared this idea but differed in two ways; 1) tactics–the conservatives wanted brinksmanship and confrontation, liberals wanted more “soft-power” backed up by military threats; 2) goals–liberals wanted U.S. style regimes with a strong oligarch class to suppress the left but avoid the most vicious sort of repression and the conservatives favored raw oligarchy and dictatorship based on the fist to maintain “stability” that would gradually evolve to aristocracies with democratic institutions keeping them in check. On the fringes of the left were those who opposed Empire and supported international law and a multi-polar world–those of us who believe in that are still on the fringes only most of the left has abandoned that and anti-imperialism is mainly on the right now.

    Otherwise, excellent article.

  11. mike k
    April 30, 2018 at 10:01 am

    The civilized peoples of the world, epitomized by the United States of America, have known for a long time that the backward inhabitants of the region known as Russia are enemies of everything true and good in our world. It is the duty of the God fearing and righteous people of the world led by the white western populations to rid the Earth of this Satanic presence. Anyone who questions this sacred mission is obviously a tool of the evil Russian conspiracy, and needs to be destroyed, after being unmasked and subjected to ridicule. Legislation must be enacted to guard against the inner enemies of the One True Empire Under God. May we triumph over the Russian threat to mankind, and live to rule the Earth in the name of it’s only true inhabitants, the Great White Western Hope of the World!

    • mike k
      April 30, 2018 at 10:03 am

      PS – All Hail to Donald Trump, Our Savior!

    • May 1, 2018 at 9:16 am

      actually, polls have shown that most americans really have not been interested in or cared about Russia for decades. obviously their is a great seal of propaganda right now that is attempting to change that, but when i last checked, it wasn’t proving as successful as hoped.

      • Patrick
        May 3, 2018 at 4:53 pm

        Most americans don’t know details about the Russian issues. They know that Russia is a country, just like Nepal and Nigeria, but with the big difference that Russia has nuclear weapons, it cheats and lies and it’s very cold in Russia. That’s it! They don’t know the details of who, why and how Russia shot down MH17, they don’t know how Russia cheated with doping, they don’t know how often the FSB has poisoned people in other countries, they don’t know the internal criminal structure that is controlled by the government,…and if they see Crimea they probably think that Russians need this place to get warm because their own country is covered with snow. The average Joe doesn’t care about Russia or the poor state of the Russian economy. It’s the intellectual part of the society that is well informed and that knows about their internet trolls and the KGB paranoia that is currently ruling Russia.

        • Steve
          May 4, 2018 at 1:14 am

          Patrick, it’s apparent you are the one who is on some serious dope. Get help.

          • May 4, 2018 at 2:14 pm

            Steve , Patrick(if it is his name) is well beyond help. Best thing to do is ignore his comments.

          • Patrick
            May 4, 2018 at 8:12 pm

            Oops, I thought that this forum was open for discussion between free-minded people. Sorry, didn’t know that only internet postings are allowed against american neocons, ukrainian fascists and the likes. Guess I should be happy that I wasn’t occused yet of being a nazi.

  12. elmerfudzie
    April 29, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    My response is a rather eclectic mix of ideas, with the intention to peer into deeper motivations and agendas and to connect up some seemingly obscure dots.

    Michael Bloomberg, Andrew Bailey, Mark Carney, Andrew Tyrie, Sir John Vickers., Et AL… ASIDE: both Sir John and President Carter shall not enter the sulfur pit; I overheard this tidbit from an angel, LOL…These men are at the very top of the world’s power elite, to name just a few…They most likely answer to (and no one knows the true corporate architecture here) an ultimate “board chairman” such as David René de Rothschild and the Rothschild group-of Switzerland. Frankly, It’s still a mystery to me if this multi-trillion-aire family is of Jewish or even Zionist persuasion…In any case, these CEO’s, their organization, business HQ’s, are situated in the Central Business Districts of London. A heavily guarded location, where even the House of Windsor must obtain permission, in advance, to enter that one square mile enclave. This small, inner city’s topography is proof positive that the British empire does not rely on nor require, large and global naval projections (a truism of the past) nor be in “possession” of any number of third world countries to remain, a formidable and hidden Empire,… hidden from all the rest of us proles-that is.

    Again, in terms of noting other very important corollary corporate centers of “global” power we have, also, well hidden from the MSM audience, The World Bank In China hosting over seventy of the USA’s most prestigious corporate R & D’ centers and it’s important to note, their scientifiy brain trusts, now in China as well…. A gradual migratory transition away from, and abandonment of, the soil of the USA, gives me the eeriest feeling-of doom.

    CONSORTIUMNEWS readers should take note and give great pause, mull it over, readers…why have our greatest R & D minds been gleaned from the very top of U.S.A.’s fortune 500 companies, relocated their brain trust to a communist run country? Could the reason be that the British Empire, the two CB districts of London and the Rothschild group have arrived at the conclusion that it’s now America’s turn, in historical terms, to take on wholesale destruction of life and property, as Europe witnessed in the last two world wars? Perhaps, Russia is the alternate possibility here. We’ve all heard of and witnessed this nihilistic philos. before: burn down (destroy) then to build… keep in mind, that our globalist Neocons have been endlessly riding the UN and NATO to modify (reword) article 5 to include cyber attacks against any member nation, this action, as somehow now equivalent to a bombing run! Posturing for future military action will be coupled with, a new US defense policy SOP, that reclassify s the use of mini nukes (merged with conventional weapons) as an option for field commanders- Not at the discretion of our POTUS or by consensus at NATO HQ.

    On the West Coast of America, the only new developments we see are the legalization and hand outs of, THC and associated marijuana products. The same holds true for that alternate to Washington DC, established in Denver, Colorado. NOTE: Some portion of our retired Intel have found it necessary to converge there in Denver, constructing state-of-the art, basement bomb shelter bunkers. Well, all you “survivalists” will be stoned on pot and probably be turned into jelly (bunkers notwithstanding) just like the rest of us here on the West coast. Don’t ya get it yet? high radiation exposure requires strong anti- nauseates like pot. It will inebriate the proles just long enough to sit in one spot, and die quietly. No last minute riots please!

    • WC
      April 29, 2018 at 8:24 pm

      Well done Elmer. This is called thinking outside the box. :)

  13. F. G. Sanford
    April 29, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    The story’s convoluted, with unwieldy narratives,
    The intricate depiction warrants ardent scholarship.
    Without circumlocutious text and sesquipedal terms,
    False academics, pharisees would launch pejoratives.

    Captured with precision and the detail of a lens,
    A treatise less elaborate, like blood would draw the sharks.
    The truth bare-knuckled sparks self-righteous indignation,
    Hypocrisy in virtue cloaked upon the truth descends.

    Invectives of the mother tongue, an ethos steeped in time,
    A parallel tradition mocking doctrine civilized,
    Accumulated principles of sophistry rehearsed,
    A culture made of subterfuge that redefines its crime.

    When accused, a ready stone awaits the just accuser.
    With shameless ingenuity, the thief red handed caught,
    Decries with caustic arrogance the accusation brought.
    Humility betrays the truth and favors the abuser.

    The tale well told requires circumspection.
    The prudent course is not to land upon the truest words.
    Without resort to nomination, swindlers and thieves-
    Are best indicted by their deeds avoiding misaffection.

    • mike k
      April 30, 2018 at 10:09 am

      Most truly and involvedly perorationized!

  14. Bob Van Noy
    April 29, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    I’ve been recommending F. William Engdahl’s new book “Manifest Destiny” Democracy as Cognative Dissonance, where much of this is thoroughly documented. It’s vitally important that Americans understand what has happened here; how members of our government interfered in another sovereign nations affairs without consulting anybody other than a few think tank types who had unusual credence among TPTB.
    I’ll include a You Tube video from The Saker site that is incredibly enlightening. Remember that it will be us (the people) that will be held responsible for our leadership, in time. Truly a tragedy.

    http://thesaker.is/the-rape-of-russia-saker-blog-exclusive-interview/

    • jose
      April 29, 2018 at 6:30 pm

      According to this article, it is very clear that certain members of a group called the neocons have been pulling the strings within the US government into the furtherance of their own political ambitions. US global dominance is the primary objective and all other considerations are secondary; we do not have a democracy but a very powerful corrupt and criminal neocons thwarting the will of the country and its people. Fascism anyone?

      • CitizenOne
        April 29, 2018 at 8:17 pm

        The Project for the New American Century or PNAC was the playbook the US under Bush to wage war with Iraq and Syria and what has yet to become manifest but is burgeoning; war with Iran. North Korea was also on the manifest but their nuclear program was accelerated and now they are on the “armed and dangerous” list of nations we cannot overtly strike like Pakistan. PNAC held that the US was the new British Empire in the new century and that global hegemony was the Manifest Destiny of the USA.

  15. April 29, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    A well articulated U.S.-Israeli connection to the pilferation of post-Soviet Russia. Most privatization has indeed been”de facto fraud”, in Russia, as well as the in U.S..

    • Bob Van Noy
      April 29, 2018 at 3:12 pm

      Bob H, I hope to meet you in Berkeley at Robert Parry’s Tribute, will you be there?

      • April 30, 2018 at 10:26 am

        Bob V,…it’s a possibility. Next week I have some medical to take care of. You can reach me at my e-mail if you float the cursor over my name. It would be a pleasure to attend the memorial and meet you, Bob.

  16. WC
    April 29, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Good article. Looking forward to part 2.

    Conversely, these activities of the so-called Elite have been going on since the beginning of time. For them, this is the only activity that is better than sex. So, don’t expect it to stop anytime soon. :)

    • jose
      April 29, 2018 at 6:48 pm

      I think it would be foolhardy to expect theses kleptocrats to stop and repent for their crimes against many countries. These criminal neocons know that they do not have too much time left thus no punishment will be forthcoming on time for them. They fantasize that US reigns supreme like in the 50’s and the rest of the countries in the stone age. Their way of thinking is both illogical and dangerous.

      • Anon
        April 29, 2018 at 7:05 pm

        Don’t reply to WC: this is the troll’s “give up everyone and go home” message for today.

  17. Jeff
    April 29, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    He who fails to heed the lessons of history is doomed to repeat them – George Santayana.

    We might want to start by paying attention to the fate of Sparta. There’s all kinds of clichés that one can call upon and the frustrating thing about it is that for all the reaction to clichés as hoary, they are clichés precisely because they describe how things usually work out. The one that comes to mind is he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.

    We are currently in a war of perceptions. The US and EU aren’t actually doing all that well in this war anymore. “The West” (read, all the old colonial powers plus the US) has controlled the narrative of just about everything news related. That control is beginning to slip. The US and the EU accuse RT and Sputnik of being propaganda sources because they don’t put out the kind of propaganda that we get from the likes of the NYT, WaPo, the Guardian, etc etc., because they’re not actually publishing propaganda. The old colonial powers suck up to the US because by doing so they get to feel a sense of the glorious days of yesteryear when they could say “our attack on Syria was justified” and nobody would question it. The whole Skripal hit job by the British government is struggling to stay on talking point as is the attack on Douma. There are too many other voices and “The West” forgets that after someone lies to you, you are less likely to take their word for something the next time.

    This could come very unglued very fast if the US continues to assert its primacy and one sided narrative. China didn’t respond to our “freedom of navigation” bullshit by cruising around the South China Sea; they went cruising and practicing around Taiwan.

    • jose
      April 29, 2018 at 6:42 pm

      Your post is very incise and accurate. I would add the following: According to this article, “Shady finance, imperial misadventures and neoconservatism go hand in hand”, this means that the end is irreversible if these criminal neocons are allowed to continue their nefarious influence over the US political and economical affairs. Nemesis, greek goddess of retribution and indignation will pay us a visit very soon.( She, Nemesis, was a personification of the resentment aroused in men by those who committed crimes with apparent impunity, or who had inordinate good fortune.) This is about to get worse.

      • May 1, 2018 at 9:31 am

        All this ignoes that other team of Americans who wish to join hands with the Russians to rule the world. This gang is manifested by Trumpkin and his people. It’s amazing that people here don’t want to understand the current struggle (which, admittedly is not going so well for Trumpkin’, his friends or the Russians,even as the Russians seem to have “got our goat” in Syria).

    • Anon
      April 29, 2018 at 7:20 pm

      Yes, to the extent that the neoziocons destroy the US for personal or short-term gain, as they can hardly resist, they will have less and less power to abuse by corruption.

      The US dictatorship of the rich controls the mass media so tightly that most will not hear enough alternative news to give it a second thought, until it is too late. Nearly all believe whatever lies are put before them with suitable preparation. The rest do not dare speak out for fear of losing jobs and friends, until their own security is badly damaged by government. There are many stages of decay and loss of credibility, before a majority opposes both DemRep parties of the dictatorship of the rich. There are many new fake parties to be formed by the rich, and gradually discredited after new plundering and new wars for Israel.

      What may well come unglued sooner is US economic domination of the EU and UN, due to its gross incompetence as well as extreme ignorance, selfishness, hypocrisy and malice. The sad thing is that the abject corruption of US government can actually be hidden, so that the people know almost nothing, and that elections have no effect, all due to the corruption of former democratic institutions by money, the dictatorship of the rich.

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