mammamia wrote: JoshuS wrote:
Russia, another example, is now under attack by the Anglo North American imperial coalition, Putin is all over Western media demonized as the new Hitler, dictator, crook, aggressor, blah, blah, does it sound familiar?
Do you seriously believe that Putin is a good guy, defender of the suppressed, fighter for the new and better world where no superpower (unless it's a sacred orthodox Russia) could dictate its will to smaller nations?
If it is so, then you know nothing about the guy and the Russia he's building. Try to google Beslan slaughter, Musical Nordost hostage crisis, the Chechen wars atrocities, the Eastern Ukraine crisis. Maybe it'll help you see things more clearly.
Please, don’t project your own insecurities and biases against Russia on me. I never praised Putin or said he is a either a good or bad guy. I was talking about the only clear and present danger in the world today, and that is the Anglo-North American empire, the most corrup alliance in the world today. Unlike you, I don’t believe in top down authority, especially in the need to have a “lesser of all evils” superpower, that’s just the mentality of an indoctrinated and well trained Pavlovian slave, if you ask me.
Russia is not USSR, and as far as I know based of what I’ve been closely observing Russia has no desire to “revive the old USSR” as spewed out loud by the press-titutes in Westerm nedia propaganda and parroted by the nescient. This is a long winded subject that I could write pages and pages but I just don’t have the time. BTW, all the aggression in the Ukraine crisis started from the US/NATO side as they funded and sponsored at all levels the coup against the democratically elected Ukranian president back in February 2014, this is well documented and overtly acknowledge by Obama now. Victoria “F…k the EU” Nuland (she admitted that 5 billion dollars have been invested in Ukraine groups to bring about a coup)and team saw to it that Bandera’s Nazis were installed as their puppets, they were their best option. Russia naturally reacted defensively, reclaimed Crimea (historically Russia’s) and is trying now to manage the damage since Ukraine is Russia’s buffer zone and space of influence. Of course you won’t hear the true story in the BBC, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, etc, you’ll hear the exact opposite. On another note, the so called rebellion in Chechnya was funded and sponsored by the CIA, again to destabilize Russia. So it was with Georgia, the US used his puppet Saakashvili to invade South Ossetia to provoke Russia, Russia naturally reacted regaining control of that Russian territory, and so on. We are at the cusp of a possible WWIII, all caused by the neocon aggressive foreign policy of the US.
Here’s an interview with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (born April 3, 1939), which puts pretty much what’s going in the world today in perspective.
He is an American economist and a columnist for Creators Syndicate. He served as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration and was noted as a co-founder of Reaganomics. He is a former editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Scripps Howard News Service. He has testified before congressional committees on 30 occasions on issues of economic policy.He has written extensively on the effects of the neo-liberal economic policies pursued since the 1990s and about jobs-offshoring which he has strongly criticised. He has argued that these policies, favouring the financial services "industry" at the expense of other sectors of the economy, has eroded America's industrial capacity, its workers' skills and has sharply decreased upward social mobility. He has stated that these policies which condemned American workers to low-paying unskilled jobs, as the only jobs available, caused them to increase their net personal debt to maintain living standards, significantly contributed to the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. These positions are covered in greater detail in his book The Failure of Laissez-Faire Capitalism and the Economic Erosion of the West (2012).
“The Saker: It has become rather obvious to many, if not most, people that the USA is not a democracy or a republic, but rather a plutocracy run by a small elite which some call “the 1%”. Others speak of the “deep state”. So my first question to you is the following. Could you please take the time to assess the influence and power of each of the following entities one by one. In particular, can you specify for each of the following whether it has a decision-making “top” position, or a decision-implementing “middle” position in the real structure of power (listed in no specific order)
• Federal Reserve
• Big Banking
• Council on Foreign Relations
• Skull & Bones
• Goldman Sachs and top banks
• “Top 100 families” (Rothschild, Rockefeller, Dutch Royal Family, British Royal Family, etc.)
• Israel Lobby
• Freemasons and their lodges
• Big Business: Big Oil, Military Industrial Complex, etc.
• Other people or organizations not listed above?
Who, which group, what entity would you consider is really at the apex of power in the current US polity?
Paul Craig Roberts: The US is ruled by private interest groups and by the neoconservative ideology that History has chosen the US as the “exceptional and indispensable” country with the right and responsibility to impose its will on the world.”
“In the 21st century, the Federal Reserve and Treasury have served only the interests of the large banks. This has been at the expense of the economy and the population. For example, retired people have had no interest income for eight years in order that the financial institutions can borrow at zero costs and make money.
No matter how rich some families are, they cannot compete with powerful interest groups such as the military/security complex or Wall Street and the banks. Long established wealth can look after its interests, and some, such as the Rockefellers, have activist foundations that most likely work hand in hand with the National Endowment for Democracy to fund and encourage various pro-American non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in countries that the US wants to influence or overthrow, such as occurred in Ukraine. The NGOs are essentially US Fifth Columns and operate under such names as “human rights,” “democracy,” etc. A Chinese professor told me that the Rockefeller Foundation had created an American University in China and is used to organize various anti-regime Chinese. At one time, and perhaps still, there were hundreds of US and German financed NGOs in Russia, possibly as many as 1,000.”
“The Saker: I have always believed that in international terms, organizations such as NATO, the EU or all the others are only a front, and that the real alliance which controls the planet are the ECHELON countries: US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand aka “AUSCANNZUKUS” (they are also referred to as the “Anglosphere” or the “Five Eyes”) with the US and the UK are the senior partners while Canada, Australia and New Zealand are the junior partners here. Is this model correct?
Paul Craig Roberts: NATO was a US creation allegedly to protect Europe from a Soviet invasion. Its purpose expired in 1991. Today NATO provides cover for US aggression and provides mercenary forces for the American Empire. Britain, Canada, Australia, are simply US vassal states just as are Germany, France, Italy, Japan and the rest. There are no partners; just vassals. It is Washington’s empire, no one else’s.
The US favors the EU, because it is easier to control than the individual countries.”
“Paul Craig Roberts: The US military is a creature of the armaments industries. The whole purpose of making general is to be qualified to be a consultant to the “defense” industry, or to become an executive or on the board of a “defense” contractor. The military serves as the source of retirement careers when the generals make the big money. The US military is totally corrupt. Read Andrew Cockburn’s book, Kill Chain.
The Saker: If the USA is really deliberately going down the path towards war with Russia – what should Russia do? Should Russia back down and accept to be subjugated as a preferable option to a thermonuclear war, or should Russia resist and thereby accept the possibility of a thermonuclear war? Do you believe that a very deliberate and strong show of strength on the part of Russia could deter a US attack?
Paul Craig Roberts: I have often wondered about this. I can’t say that I know. I think Putin is humane enough to surrender rather than to be part of the destruction of the world, but Putin has to answer to others inside Russia and I doubt the nationalists would stand for surrender.
In my opinion, I think Putin should focus on Europe and make Europe aware that Russia expects an American attack and will have no choice except to wipe out Europe in response. Putin should encourage Europe to break off from NATO in order to prevent World War 3.
Putin should also make sure China understands that China represents the same perceived threat to the US as Russia and that the two countries need to stand together. Perhaps if Russia and China were to maintain their forces on a nuclear alert, not the top one, but an elevated one that conveyed recognition of the American threat and conveyed this threat to the world, the US could be isolated.”
Read more:http://thesaker.is/the-saker-interviews ... g-roberts/