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When Biden called Russian President a soulless “killer” on ABC News, Putin responded with the most deft bit of diplomacy I’ve seen in quite a while, openly challenging Fungal Joe to a publicly broadcast debate of substantive issues, which Biden, of course, declined.
For those that don’t remember the context, here’s the article from Zerohedge on the subject.
There can be no question now that all the disparate interests within The Davos Crowd are aligned at this point (see this month’s Newsletter for more discussion on this). All guns point at Russia.
Putin tried to defuse the situation with an offer that was at once an epic troll of Biden, who is clearly no match for his Russian counterpart cognitively, and a warning to Americans that this situation has gotten far more dangerous than they are being told.
And sometimes you win simply by taking the high road. Make no mistake the fact that Putin went here this early in Biden’s presidency is a bad sign. It tells us things are horrific between the world’s most prominent nuclear powers and that there’s been zero diplomatic effort put forth by the Biden administration since the election.
The problem is rapidly becoming that indiscriminate use of all weapons all the time — diplomatic, economic, military, propaganda — creates a kind of dopamine addiction. In order to keep the public interest in the threat they have to keep raising the stakes and the rhetoric to eventually absurd levels.
As I like to say all the time, it’s the first rule of screenwriting : Be forever raising the stakes lest the audience gets bored.
But there comes a point where people begin to realize that they are being asked to back a war where the existential threat to the elite’s power is transferred onto them. Remember folks, governments fight and spend billions propagandizing you into believing their wars are for your own good.
It’s rarely the case, if ever. More often than not the war being ginned up in the media and by government officials is one that either feathers their own nest directly, supports the goals of other powerful folks indirectly, or covers up past corruption.
The brewing conflict in Ukraine is all of these and more. The project to add Ukraine to NATO and the EU is a long-held dream of neocons like Victoria Nuland and neoliberals like Biden. It’s an important cog in the World Economic Forum’s desire to expand the EU to both encircle Russia and disrupt any dreams of Eurasian integration which could form a bulwark against their brave new world.
What’s got Biden’s Depends in a bunch is that he’s neck-deep in the corruption in Ukraine. In Obama’s own words, Ukraine is Joe’s project. And Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky is now fully subsumed into the morass of Biden’s (and the rest of the usual suspects’) problems.
Putin’s deft and cordial handling of Biden’s indiscriminate use of language was masterful here. Biden’s initial remarks are, at best, him trying to hold onto the Amy Poehler demographic (see reruns of Parks and Recreation for her slavish obsession with him as Vice-President) as a vibrant, macho man, while he implements every bad idea that that same demographic rejected from all the other Democrats during primary season.
But we can all see he’s nothing of the sort. He’s a barely coherent, rapidly fading bully with no discernible achievements in life other than being available to be a placeholder for someone else’s plans.
So, it was never a question as to whether Biden would ever talk to Putin under those conditions. They can’t even get him to talk with reporters for real, having to green screen him into backgrounds to make it look like he’s out in the world, doing stuff.
And don’t get me started on that embarrassment of a press conference held the other day. Running for re-election in 2024? This guy’s not going to be alive in 2024. Then again, since he didn’t run in 2020, what does it actually matter?
Elections are just Hollywood productions anymore anyway.
Biden’s counter is to now invite Putin and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping the big Climate Summit in late April where the WEF controls the agenda and Biden’s anti-diplomatic corps led by the completely over-matched Secretary of State Antony Blinken can further embarrass the U.S. on the world stage.
Since both Putin and Xi told the WEF to go scratch on Climate Change, Agenda 2030 and, most notably from Putin, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, I don’t see how this summit ends any better than virtual Davos did earlier this year.
In fact, with Biden’s approach to both China and Russia so far, this summit is shaping up to be a colossal waste of time while also threatening everyone the world over with what they can expect policy-wise from the West until someone finally puts these insane people out of our misery.
With each day that passes the U.K., for example, under tyrant Boris Johnson sinks further into a complete totalitarian nightmare (see here, here, here, and here… from the last 24 hours) thanks to COVID-19, while ramping up the anti-Russian rhetoric to eleven.
But, back to Ukraine, because it’s tied directly to all this climate change nonsense. Putin understands as well that Biden will allow every escalation in Ukraine because he’s shackled by it and they need to complete the job started with the overthrow of Viktor Yanukovich in 2014.
That means we’ll see something far worse than Victoria Nuland’s latest Cookie Campaign for freedom. We’re going to see a war for the Donbass soon, likely right after Orthodox Easter and the end of the snow melt.
Putin tried to go directly to the people to end this destructive spiral to the bottom, because he knows where this ends.
It will be a confrontation that one side will have to commit to completely or allow its bluff to be called. The game Biden’s handlers have played to this point has been a massive escalation of rhetoric while continually moving real pieces into position for a real conflict. I just don’t see cooler heads prevailing here because there is no upside for the U.S., the EU and the WEF if China and Russia stand their ground and Biden et.al. back down.
Russia has to be destroyed or subjugated if the Great Reset is to happen and Europe is to remain a relevant global player. That means control of the Black Sea, which means taking back Crimea. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently reiterated publicly that Russia has had zero diplomatic contact with the European Union since the 2014 vote by Crimea to rejoin Russia.
Diplomacy is nearly over between the major powers. Biden’s simple refusal to talk to Putin publicly is a major event.
In the end everything we’ve lived through since COVID-19 began boils down to the need to destroy the global economy built on oil and coal, otherwise all major energy production stays under Eurasian control as Eurasia strengthens and not Atlanticist control as it peaks in global power and their grand dreams wither.
Time is getting short for this to happen. Public opposition to this program is rising. It happens now or not at all.
If there is a war in the Donbass this spring it won’t be a happy ending which extends U.S. primacy into the future but the moment when we realized its acceleration into irrelevancy.
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The West has become the land of the desperate despots. It seems from all appearances that in the west there are no adults at the helm. Russia watches with cautious, curious amazement, fingers on the trigger. We, the little people, huddle in our corners trying to survive singing “The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum”.
Moribund Joe should be careful of what his ear prompter wishes for.
One feels as though the end could be very sudden and unforeseen for these
agents of global chaos.
An insightful and disturbing article.
The third paragraph from the end is a key point but I can’t quite parse “otherwise all major energy production stays under Eurasian control as it strengthens not Atlanticist as it peaks in global power and their grand dreams wither.”
I need to do a light edit on this one. A couple of bad typos. Give me five minutes
Unless they have some miraculous alien “point-zero” like energy tech, I don’t see how.
Now that the White House has officially become an old peoples home, shouldn’t slow hand Joe be officially known as Resident Biden.
Bielorussia Foreign Ministry Statement, 3/26/2021
“We express our sincere gratitude to the Government of the United States for its warm words (…) In a spirit of reciprocity, we support the aspirations of millions of Americans for a better future. We believe that only inclusive dialogue will enable the American nation to unite in these difficult times. In a gesture of goodwill, the government of Belarus is ready to offer its assistance and will provide all necessary help.
Despite the two centuries of independence of the United States, recent events show that the struggle for freedom persists in this country. Currently, millions of Americans of all ages stand to determine the destiny of their country. In their attempt to be heard, many pay a high price, with the administration using violence and electoral irregularities to silence them (…)
We admire the courage and determination of heroes like J. Assange, E. Snowden and Ch. Manning who sacrificed everything by ideal of freedom and harmony within American society (…)
Belarus has the hope that one day the citizens of the United States will be able to walk around the Capitol without being arrested (…)
We cannot ignore the generous assistance of the United States in organizing our elections. We will carefully study the undeniable successes of the American electoral system, such as postal voting.”
The actual words are much harsher.
STOP WISHING US, UKRAINIANS, DEATH!!!!!!!!!
Why do you hate our country SO badly? WHY!?
I don’t. I think I just replied to your email to me on this… and I will repost it here so maybe, just maybe you’ll understand the situation.
“I don’t hate any ‘country’ certainly not Ukraine. If anything, I’m ashamed of how the U.S. and European governments have torn your country to shreds and destroyed the lives of millions of people on both sides of the contact line in the Donbass. And if you don’t see that then I can’t help you see clearly.
That said, your government in Kiev is a horror show and a kleptocracy which ultimately serves the very worst people in Washington D.C. and Brussels.
I analyze the situation as I see it, given that perspective, as dispassionately as I can. Lastly, from that perspective, the best friend you have is Vladimir Putin who has tried for years now to defuse this situation while minimizing bloodshed but political realities in Kiev, Brussels and D.C. won’t allow that.
I would brace for a new war and for the Russians to finally stop NATO’s eastward expansion. Good luck and be safe.”
If you want my raw opinion, you are getting what you deserve for allowing Right Sector and the U.S. to determine your government’s policies.
FYI, I fully expect, when this is all said and done that we Americans will get what we deserve for our adventurism in running a global empire when it finally falls.
Putin responded to the Donbass challenge like Pavlov’s dog. Russians think tanks are the be all end all of war. One thousand, two thousand, ten thousand tanks are rolling toward Donbass. Tanks were obsolete twenty years ago. Inexpensive weapons have twice the range and first round kill shots every time. More expensive weapons can acquire and dispose of targets in milliseconds. Ten thousand tanks all rolling full speed 40 mph are thirty minutes work. If Putin has another ten thousand tanks I think he will try it again. Putin is a vicious chihuahua fighting for a Crimea chicken bone. Who will mourn him?
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