Posts Tagged ‘Ron Paul’

LA Times:

Ron Paul, the Texas congressman who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for president, has been said to resemble Gandalf, the magician from the movie version of “The Lord of the Rings.”

Republican officials seemed to make Paul’s supporters magically disappear during Wednesday night’s roll call vote, in which the GOP convention officially nominated John McCain as the party’s presidential candidate.

During the hour-and-a-half voting procedure, convention Secretary Jean Inman recorded each state’s votes. Even though several states cast a portion of their votes for Ron Paul (among them Alaska, Oregon, Washington and West Virginia), none of those votes were repeated aloud by the secretary, and therefore they were not confirmed by the chair.

According to the Oklahoman newspaper, two delegates from Oklahoma also cast their ballots for Paul, but the microphone was cut off before their votes could be recorded.

The result of the roll call vote — before it was made unanimous by acclamation — recorded five votes for Paul, while a news reporter counted at least 15.

“There were several discrepancies,” said Drew Ivers, Paul’s delegate coordinator. “The RNC was roughshod, a little careless. They weren’t as respectful as they could have been. I don’t think that’s very professional, and it’s not a good reflection.

“They had five ladies keeping the score, plus the chairman, so they had six people and still couldn’t get the numbers right.”

The convention did not reject all dissenters to McCain’s nomination. Two votes that the Utah delegation cast for Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, were promptly repeated and recorded in the final tally.

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Here goes most of the Ron Paul vs. GOP specific posts of that period from my old blog. This list is in no way complete in terms of the Media propaganda campaign against him etc:

Ron Paul on ‘Real Time’ with Bill Maher: “Disband the CIA will reduce terrorism”

Ron Paul supporters turned away at the Texas straw poll

*One Simple Yet Powerful Argument

>Giuliani’s $9.11 Entry-Fee Campaign Fundraiser House Parties?!!

!!Party Affiliation DEADLINES FRIDAY OCTOBER 12TH!!

Smear Campaign Against Ron Paul Goes Into Overdrive

*Today Ron Paul Made History

*RE: The Ron Paul vs. Dennis Kucinich ‘hitpiece’ that’s circulating Myspace

*Dear Kucinich Supporters

*Breaking: Ron Paul is now Officially Top-Tier

*RE: Ron Paul is an Isolationist

>Giuliani’s foreign policy advisor says bomb Iran over 9/11 + Giuliani MEGAMIX!

Congressman Paul Introduces “The Tax Free Tips Act”

The American Freedom Agenda Act of 2007 — Both Conservatives and Liberals Endorse Ron Paul’s Bill to Uphold the Constitution

Remember the 5th of November!

‘Longtime Friend,’ Thompson Adviser Has Rap Sheet

>November 5th on CNN / Situation Room Wolf Blitzer

Fox News + RNC trying (again) to block Ron Paul from the Iowa Debate

Ron Paul Beats Rudy Giuliani in New York Straw Poll

>Giuliani Time (Full Documentary)

>State of the U.S. Economy Explained

Statement Regarding Impeachment of Vice President Cheney

Glenn Beck Deems Ron Paul “Domestic Threat” / “Domestic Enemy”

U.S. Raids Issuer of Ron Paul Coins

Rudy’s Ties to a Terror Sheikh

Romney LITERALLY Bought Last Nights Straw Poll Victory

The Pentagon’s Carbon Footprint

Guiliani had taxpayers foot bill for security during affair

Rudy Giuliani Benefits From Sale Of U.S. Highways To Foreign Companies; Q&A With Pat Choate On Privatizing U.S. Highways & The NAFTA Superhighway

Delegation or DEFEAT

MSNBC: Giuliani’s Ties to 9/11 Mastermind K.S.M.

Citing Statistics, Giuliani Misses Time and Again

Ron Paul Remarks on HR 1955

Kucinich EXCLUDED! Act NOW!

Supporter Driven Ron Paul BLIMP Takes to the Skies

The TeaParty07.com donation day is here!

Ron Paul vs. the Dirty Tricksters

McCain: “Make it 100!” (YEARS in Iraq)

One Soldier’s Thoughts on Ron Paul

Vote for Change? Atrocity-Linked U.S. Officials Advising Democratic, GOP Presidential Frontrunners

Breaking: Fox busted using actors in their post-debate ‘focus-groups’

$10+ Money Bomb TODAY

PRECINCTS

RP calls for ‘Million Patriot March’; Newt Gingrich: GOP commited suicide

Once again: Military Donations Prove that the Troops want to come Home

Ron Paul signs Robert Pape as Foreign Policy Advisor

*[Ron Paul] Operation FREEDOM STATION

“McCain Says OK if US Stays in Iraq for 10,000 Years”

NEOCON WARS on Google Video

NEOCON WARS Torrent is now fully seeded for fast downloads

*NEOCON WARS: More than just a Ron Paul video / Star Wars parody

[NEOCON WARS] – back up on Google Video

Paul & Kucinich hold their congressional seats

Politicians who preach about Global Warming, but don’t address the DOD’s rampant CO2 emissions, are frauds.

http://www.youtube.com/IgnoranceIsntBliss

Kurt Nimmo
http://www.truthnews.us/?p=824

Hired propagandist and corporate media shill, Glenn Beck, had Jonathan Sandys, great-grandson of Winston Churchill, and the neocon and former Marxist David Horowitz on his show to attack Ron Paul, or more accurately the “fringe elements” that support Paul.

Horowitz, typically mired in the 1960s, completely mischaracterizes the underlying dynamic of the movement, drawing anachronous comparisons between antiwar radicals of the so-called “New Left” back in the day with Muslims and the diversified antiwar movement of today. Horowitz, with his Marxist conditioning, insists on lumping these two elements together and for obvious reasons — demonizing Paul supporters becomes an easier, albeit intellectually lazy and disingenuous effort.

Beck fine tuned Horowitz’s mischaracterization. “Let me take it back the other way, David,” he averred, “it’s not just the Left this time, it’s also the Right. Ron Paul’s supporters are also on the Right.” Horowitz agreed and specifically attacked Lew Rockwell, declaring the Libertarians as “indistinguishable from the anti-American Left these days” and insisting they are “totally in bed with the Islamo-fascists,” in other words they are terrorists.

Jonathan Sandys lamented the loss of “traditional values,” that is to say it is no longer quite so easy to bamboozle the public and march them off to war, as our rulers are accustomed.

Beck concluded his segment by declaring the “Ron Paul Revolution” is “meant as a catchy slogan, but I fear some of his fringe supporters are taking the word ‘revolution’ to literally,” sort of like the founders took the word literally and acted upon it. Beck and his corporate handlers are concerned because, indeed, the Ron Paul Revolution is far more than a simple slogan and Paul supporters fully intend to clean out the corporate infested whorehouse in the District of Criminals and return America to a nation based on constitutional principles.

“As the Ron Paul movement grew, it was inevitable that the neocons would turn from demeaning to smearing,” writes Lew Rockwell on the LRC blog. “One clownish and sinister example was Glenn Beck’s CNN show last night.”

Beck actually said that the US military may have to be used against the growing threat of domestic terrorism: Ron Paul donors. Why? Because there is a “rising tide of disenfranchisement” (sic) and Ron’s volunteers raised $4.3 million in one day “to commemorate Guy Fawkes” in a “money bomb.” Of course, no American knows anything about the English Catholic rebel of four centuries ago. The donors were referencing the movie and graphic novel, V for Vendetta.

Then Beck says he [is] a libertarian in his heart and it’s OK to raise money anyway you want, so long as you are not “blowing people up.” This from a guy who advocates blowing people up every day, so long as they’re Arabs.

Then comes a plummy Brit who I think is one of Bertie Wooster’s friends from the Drones Club. Then Beck gets to the real point: we are a right-wing peace movement. And being for peace means you want to kill people, whereas being for war means you want peace, if I may distill the agitprop.

It should be obvious by now that there is indeed a concerted effort to go after the “fringe element,” that is to say patriotic Americans who want to put an end to endless neocon wars advocated by the likes of washed-up Marxists and former Trotskyites—or as the patriotic American, Paul Craig Roberts, calls them, “the Jacobins in the Bush administration”—and return America to a constitutional republic.

In the weeks ahead, we should expect more such scurrilous attacks.

http://www.house.gov/paul/tst/tst2007/tst012907.htm
January 29,  2007

The Pentagon recently reported that it now spends roughly $8.4 billion per month waging the war in Iraq, while the additional cost of our engagement in Afghanistan brings the monthly total to a staggering $10 billion. Since 2001, Congress has spent more than $500 billion on specific appropriations for Iraq. This sum is not reflected in official budget and deficit figures. Congress has funded the war by passing a series of so-called “supplemental” spending bills, which are passed outside of the normal appropriations process and thus deemed off-budget.

This is fundamentally dishonest: if we’re going to have a war, let’s face the costs– both human and economic– squarely. Congress has no business hiding the costs of war through accounting tricks…:NAMESPACE PREFIX = O />

As the war in Iraq surges forward, and the administration ponders military action against Iran, it’s important to ask ourselves an overlooked question: Can we really afford it? If every American taxpayer had to submit an extra five or ten thousand dollars to the IRS this April to pay for the war, I’m quite certain it would end very quickly. The problem is that government finances war by borrowing and printing money, rather than presenting a bill directly in the form of higher taxes. When the costs are obscured, the question of whether any war is worth it becomes distorted.

Congress and the Federal Reserve Bank have a cozy, unspoken arrangement that makes war easier to finance. Congress has an insatiable appetite for new spending, but raising taxes is politically unpopular. The Federal Reserve, however, is happy to accommodate deficit spending by creating new money through the Treasury Department. In exchange, Congress leaves the Fed alone to operate free of pesky oversight and free of political scrutiny. Monetary policy is utterly ignored in Washington, even though the Federal Reserve system is a creation of Congress.

The result of this arrangement is inflation. And inflation finances war.

Economist Lawrence Parks has explained how the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank in 1913 made possible our involvement in World War I. Without the ability to create new money, the federal government never could have afforded the enormous mobilization of men and material. Prior to that, American wars were financed through taxes and borrowing, both of which have limits. But government printing presses, at least in theory, have no limits. That’s why the money supply has nearly tripled just since 1990.

For perspective, consider our ongoing military commitment in Korea. In Korea alone, U.S. taxpayers have spent $1 trillion in today’s dollars over 55 years. What do we have to show for it? North Korea is a belligerent adversary armed with nuclear weapons, while South Korea is at best ambivalent about our role as their protector. The stalemate stretches on with no end in sight, as the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the men who fought in Korea give little thought to what was gained or lost. The Korean conflict should serve as a cautionary tale against the open-ended military occupation of any region.

The $500 billion we’ve officially spent in Iraq is an enormous sum, but the real total is much higher, hidden within the Defense Department and foreign aid budgets. As we build permanent military bases and a $1 billion embassy in Iraq, we need to keep asking whether it’s really worth it. Congress should at least fund the war in an honest way so the American people can judge for themselves.

The Federal Reserve is the ultimate example of how the notion of ‘democracy’ in this nation is disgustingly absurd. The Fed is a privately owned cartel central banking system. It enables runaway spending by Congress (think of the $9+ trillion in national debt), and said loans incur interest. But at the same the notion of congressional oversight is laughable at best. When the time to pick a new chairman comes around, the secretive Federal Reserve board selects the handful of men that the US President gets to choose from. That’s not choice, that’s coercion in the subtle sense.

Since its sucker-punch inception in 1913, the central planners have devalued the dollar down to roughly $0.04 (“inflation” actually means the devaluation of the dollar). It also serves as the engine of the American Imperialism perpetual war machine, which is currently devouring roughly $1 trillion per year. As a result, you can thank “the Fed” for the rest of societies woes such as poverty and the crime that spawns from it, the recent housing bubble, much of the current economic woes and criminal gas price gouging, and so on.

That’s all I have time to say about the issue here, but there’s plenty of other sites out there that deeply focus on the matter. Below I’ll repost a video from my old blog space with the original comments I posted with ot, and then list most of the films after that.

“End of Dollar Hegemony” by Congressman Ron Paul

Dollar Hegemony is not only the financial vehicle for American Imperialism, but it’s also a primary reason that we must maintain our stance as an imperial driven “superpower”.

The fact that we’re currently a “permanent war economy” should raise red flags, but it usually doesn’t occur to most people. This goes hand in hand with the American Empire concept that has to be the most overlooked truth about this nation by its inhabitants. Well it doesn’t stop with US being a “super” empire, nor with it being a “war economy” nor the fact that weapons are our primary export but it goes even deeper to the point that the financial system itself is imperialistic and requires control of other nations resources and economies to even survive. Because there isn’t any gold backing the Dollar (worthless), its survival depends on the entire world taking it in trade of valuable things and it is accepted for this worldwide for the most part. Furthermore, it’s even used as the primary currency, in many nations, despite it being worthless (a historical first / phenomenon).

Please allow Congressman Ron Paul (who may be running for US President on 2008) to teach you the full history and the potential catastrophic dangers of this unprecedented (broken) financial system, from the floor of Congress.

Here’s the transcript for those without broadband.

Wikipedia article’s worth noting:
Dollarization
Dollar Hegemony
Hegemony
American_Monetary_hegemony
Petrodollar Warfare
Dollar Diplomacy
American Empire
History of American Military Intervention

See Also:

Videos of Ron Paul tearing Fed Chairman Bernake a new one
Inflation and War Finance by Congressman Ron Paul (R -TX)
More videos of Ron Paul discussing the Fed

Money As Debt

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-9050474362583451279

Paul Grignon’s 47-minute animated presentation of “Money as Debt” tells in very simple and effective graphic terms what money is and how it is being created. It is an entertaining way to get the message out. The Cowichan Citizens Coalition and its “Duncan Initiative” received high praise from those who previewed it. I recommend it as a painless but hard-hitting educational tool and encourage the widest distribution and use by all groups concerned with the present unsustainable monetary system in Canada and the United States.

America: Freedom to Fascism

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1656880303867390173

America: Freedom to Fascism is a compelling and troubling account of how the wealth of our nation was silently passed from its citizens to a handful of powerful bankers in 1913. That’s the year the Federal Reserve Act and the 16th Amendment were introduced, giving a privately held corporation the means to control our finances while ensuring its interest payments through the strong arms of the newly-formed Internal Revenue Service. Ever since then, Russo suggests, Americans have been gradually conditioned to accept fewer freedoms and a lower standard of living… all the while considering debt and servitude as distinctly American values.

Russo’s first and most cogent point is simple: Americans are not required to pay a federal income tax. That’s a bold statement to make, as few people believe that such a fraud could be perpetrated for so long. My father, himself an accountant, insists that the income tax is a very real thing. Russo takes that same belief to IRS employees and simply asks them to cite where it says an unapportioned income tax is required of us all. Guess what? They can’t. In a telling segment Sheldon Cohen, former commissioner of the IRS, goes so far as to reject Supreme Court rulings and the Constitution as benchmarks over what is legal with regards to taxation. Russo also interviews members of the tax honesty movement as well as disenfranchised IRS agents who agree that no law on the books conjures up a requirement to send the government part of one’s hard-earned paycheck. Russo then showcases court cases where those accused of tax evasion have won precisely because the prosecution cannot provide evidence of a legal federal income tax law.

It’s shocking to have it hammered into your head over and over that you’ve thrown your money away for nothing, but repetition is good; it helps knock loose the deeply entrenched belief that we owe a portion of our livelihood to our government.

http://www.freedomtofascism.com/

Fiat Empire

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5232639329002339531

Find out why some feel the Federal Reserve’s practices are a violation of the U.S. Constitution and others feel it’s simply “a bunch of organized crooks.” Discover why experts agree the Fed is a banking cartel that benefits mainly bankers and their corporate clients as well as a Congress that would rather increase the National Debt to $9 trillion than raise taxes. Find out how the corporate media facilitates the partnership between the Fed and Congress and why it fails to disclose what’s going on. Lastly, find out how the Federal Reserve Member Banks are owned and controlled by an elite group of insiders.

http://www.fiatempire.com/

Reality of America: A History of Money Changers & The Federal Reserve

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6069580813076072381

“Reality of America” details the history of money changers and international bankers… starting from the Romans’ use of money all the way to today’s international banking system and most of all, the FEDERAL RESERVE.

Michael Badnarik on the Federal Reserve System

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpOhWvOoraw

From Badnarik‘s online Constitution Class series.

Money, Banking and the Federal Reserve

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-466210540567002553

Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson understood “The Monster”. But to most Americans today, Federal Reserve is just a name on the dollar bill. They have no idea of what the central bank does to the economy, or to their own economic lives; of how and why it was founded and operates; or of the sound money and banking that could end the statism, inflation, and business cycles that the Fed generates.

Dedicated to Murray N. Rothbard, steeped in American history and Austrian economics, and featuring Ron Paul, Joseph Salerno, Hans Hoppe, and Lew Rockwell, this extraordinary new film is the clearest, most compelling explanation ever offered of the Fed, and why curbing it must be our first priority.

Alan Greenspan is not, we’re told, happy about this 42-minute blockbuster. Watch it, and you’ll understand why. This is economics and history as they are meant to be: fascinating, informative, and motivating. This movie could change America.

Official Site

Monopoly Men

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7065177340464808778

The Federal Reserve, or the Fed as it is lovingly called, may be one of the most mysterious entities in modern American government. Created during Wilson’s presidency to protect the economy in times of financial turmoil, its real business remains to be discovered. During the Wilson presidency, the U.S. government sanctions the creation of the Federal Reserve. Thought by many to be a government organization maintained to provide financial accountability in the event of a domestic depression, the actual business of the Fed is shrouded in secrecy. Many Americans will be shocked to discover that the principle business of the Fed is to print money from nothing, lend it to the U.S. government and charge interest on these loans. Who keeps the interest? Good question. Find out as the connective tissue between this and other top-secret international organizations is explored and exposed.

The Money Masters

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7757684583209015812

The powers of financial capitalism had a far-reaching plan, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole…Their secret is that they have annexed from governments, monarchies, and republics the power to create the world’s money…” THE MONEY MASTERS is a 3 1/2 hour non-fiction, historical documentary that traces the origins of the political power structure that rules our nation and the world today. The modern political power structure has its roots in the hidden manipulation and accumulation of gold and other forms of money. The development of fractional reserve banking practices in the 17th century brought to a cunning sophistication the secret techniques initially used by goldsmiths fraudulently to accumulate wealth. With the formation of the privately-owned Bank of England in 1694, the yoke of economic slavery to a privately-owned “central” bank was first forced upon the backs of an entire nation, not removed but only made heavier with the passing of the three centuries to our day. Nation after nation, including America, has fallen prey to this cabal of international central bankers.

Creature From Jekyll Island

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8484911570371055528

By G Edward Griffin.   Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magician’s secrets are unveiled. Here is a close look at their mirrors and smoke machines, the pulleys, cogs, and wheels that create the grand illusion called money. A boring subject? Just wait. You’ll be hooked in five minutes. It sounds like a detective story, which it really is, but it’s all true. Based on Mr. Griffin’s book of the same title, this address will shatter your old ideas about money and change the way you view the world.

The Founding of The Federal Reserve

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7713878078021403586

Murray N. Rothbard presented this lecture in 1984 at the Mises Institute Seminar on Money and Government, in Houston, Texas.

*Obama’s “New Cold War” Ambitions

Here Obama agrees with Missile Defense in Poland as long as it works:

“The Bush Administration has been developing plans to deploy interceptors and radar systems in Poland and the Czech Republic as part of a missile defense system designed to protect against the potential threat of Iranian nuclear armed missiles. If we can responsibly deploy missile defenses that would protect us and our allies we should – but only when the system works.”

What we have here is, according to Russian President Putin, akin to a Cuban Missile Crisis, and apparently our savior Obama is in favor of setting that new precident. But then again so is the rest of the Establishment and their stooges, so it’s not fair to say that it’s “Obama’s Ambition”, but he still shares it despite being the agent of “Change We Can Believe In”.

Check out the McCain/Giuliani “New Cold War” segment from NEOCON WARS:


Scene from NEOCON WARS. Download it in full quality on Bitorrent.

Although you’ll never hear Obama give the same Missile Defense speech as McCain and Giuliani would, how is it any different? In my view its actually worse, because at least the Neocons are being more ‘up-front and honest’ about the reality being heralded here by every single one of the candidates annointed by the Establishment Media, including Neoliberals Obama and Hillary:

Clinton was one of six Democrats in 2004 to oppose blocking the national missile defense system, USA Today reported.
http://www.cfr.org/bios/8211/hillary_rodham_clinton.html

Despite knowing the science that debunked the assertions of missile defense advocates, and that missile defense was prohibited by the ABM Treaty, Clinton kept the program alive, laying the groundwork for President Bush’s deployment last year. The weaponizing of space has begun, as have arms-race responses in Russia and China. All for an unworkable fantasy.
Boston Globe: Questions for Hillary Clinton

With Insane McCain and the other GOP Rhinos the Missile Defense issue goes without saying. With Hillary it seems more than obvious, but when you consider Obama’s foreign policy advisor this issue is set in stone:

Zbigniew Brzezinski, Obama’s foreign policy advisor


http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/february2007/060207falseflag.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zbigniew_Brzezinski

1977-1981: The Nationalities Working Group Advocates Using Militant Islam Against Soviet Union

November 1978-February 1979: Some US Officials Want to Support Radical Muslims to Contain Soviet Union

July 3, 1979: President Carter Approves Covert Aid to Anti-Soviet Forces in Afghanistan

December 8, 1979: Soviet Forces, Lured in by the CIA, Invade Afghanistan

October 1997: Brzezinski Highlights the Importance of Central Asia to Achieving World Domination

GRAND CHESSBOARD QUOTES:
“…To put it in a terminology that harkens back to the more brutal age of ancient empires, the three grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy are to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals, to keep tributaries pliant and protected, and to keep the barbarians from coming together.”
“Moreover, as America becomes an increasingly multi-cultural society, it may find it more difficult to fashion a consensus on foreign policy issues, except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat.”
“We also need education for citizens to be more efficient in their democracies, in addition to education for politicians that will create a new network of elites based upon character and social intelligence.”

January 15, 1998: Former National Security Adviser Has No Regrets Giving ‘Arms and Advice to Future Terrorists’


“I encouraged the Chinese to support
Pol Pot…. Pol Pot was an abomination. We could never support him, but China could.” –Zbigniew Brzezinski

YouTube – Barack Obama Endorsed by Zbigniew Brzezinski
Foreign Policy expert Brzezinski discusses his support of
HOSTED BY THE OFFICIAL OBAMA CAMPAIGN YOUTUBE PAGE

The article below details current U.S. vs. Russia relations. It speaks maybe a little too highly of Putin, however it shares its focus on Zbigniew Brzezinski. Brzezinski was a key architect of the global “War on Terror” back long before 9/11, and he is Barack Hussein Obama’s foreign policy advisor:

Putin Agonistes: Missile Defense will not be Deployed

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18926.htm

It’s been a lot of hard work, but Russian President Vladimir Putin has finally achieved his goal. He’s cleaned up the mess left behind by Yeltsin, put together a strong and thriving economy, and restored Russia to a place of honor among the community of nations. His legacy has already been written. He’s the man who rebuilt Russia. The last thing he wants now, is a pointless confrontation with the United States. But how can it be avoided? He understands Washington’s long-range plans for Russia and he is taking necessary steps to preempt them. He is familiar with the heavyweights of US foreign policy, like Zbigniew Brzezinski, and has undoubtedly read his master-plan for Central Asia, “The Grand Chessboard”. Brzezinski’s recent article in Foreign Affairs, (A publication of the Council on Foreign Relations) “A Geostrategy for Eurasia” summarizes his views on America’s future involvement in the region:

“America’s emergence as the sole global superpower now makes an integrated and comprehensive strategy for Eurasia imperative.

Eurasia is home to most of the world’s politically assertive and dynamic states. All the historical pretenders to global power originated in Eurasia. The world’s most populous aspirants to regional hegemony, China and India, are in Eurasia, as are all the potential political or economic challengers to American primacy. … Eurasia accounts for 75 percent of the world’s population, 60 percent of its GNP, and 75 percent of its energy resources. Collectively, Eurasia’s potential power overshadows even America’s.

Eurasia is the world’s axial supercontinent. A power that dominated Eurasia would exercise decisive influence over two of the world’s three most economically productive regions, Western Europe and East Asia. A glance at the map also suggests that a country dominant in Eurasia would almost automatically control the Middle East and Africa. With Eurasia now serving as the decisive geopolitical chessboard, it no longer suffices to fashion one policy for Europe and another for Asia. What happens with the distribution of power on the Eurasian landmass will be of decisive importance to America’s global primacy and historical legacy.”

So, there it is. The US is moving into the neighborhood and has no intention of leaving. The war on terror is a fraud; it merely conceals the fact that Bush is sprinkling military bases throughout Central Asia and surrounding Russia in the process. Brzezinski sees this as a “strategic imperative”. It doesn’t matter what Putin thinks. According to Brzezinski “NATO enlargement should move forward in deliberate stages” . The US must make sure “that no state or combination of states gains the ability to expel the United States or even diminish its decisive role”.

This isn’t new. Putin has known for some time what Bush is up to and he’s been as accommodating as possible. After all, his real passion is putting Russia back on its feet and improving the lives of its citizens. That will have to change now that Bush has decided to install a “Missile Defense” system in Eastern Europe. Putin will have to devote more time to blocking America’s plans. The new system will upset the basic balance of power between the nuclear rivals and force Putin to raise the stakes. A confrontation is brewing whether Putin wants it or not. The system cannot be deployed. Period. Putin must now do whatever he is necessary to remove a direct threat to Russia’s national security. That is the primary obligation of every leader and he will not shirk his responsibility.

Putin is an elusive character; neither boastful nor arrogant. It’s clear now that western pundits mistook his reserved, quiet manner as a sign of superficiality or lack of resolve. They were wrong. They underestimated the former-KGB Colonel. Putin is bright and tenacious and he has a vision for his country. He sees Russia as a key player in the new century; an energy powerhouse that can control its own destiny. He doesn’t plan to get bogged down in avoidable conflicts if possible. He’s focused on development not war; plowshares not swords. He’s also fiercely nationalistic; a Russian who puts Russia first.

But Putin is a realist and he knows that the US will not leave Eurasia without a fight. He’s read the US National Security Strategy and he understands the ideological foundation for America’s “unipolar” world model. The NSS is an unambiguous declaration of war against any nation that claims the right to to control its own resources or defend its own sovereignty against US interests. The NSS implies that nations’ are required to open their markets to western multinationals and follow directives from Washington or accept a place on Bush’s “enemies list”. There’s no middle ground. You are with us or with the terrorists. The NSS also entitles the United States to unilaterally wage aggressive warfare against any state or group that is perceived to be a potential threat to Washington’s imperial ambitions. These so-called “preemptive” wars are carried out under the rubric of the “war on terror” which provides the justification for torture, abduction, ethnic cleansing and massive civilian casualties.

US National Security Strategy articulates in black and white what many critics had been saying for years; the United States owns the world and everyone else is just a guest.

Putin knows that there’s no way to reconcile this doctrine with his own aspirations for an independent Russia but, so far, a clash has been averted.

He also knows that Bush is flanked by a band of fanatics and militarists who plan to weaken Russia, install an American stooge (like Georgia and Afghanistan) and divide the country into four regions. This strategy is clearly presented in forward-planning documents that have been drawn up in Washington think tanks that chart the course for US world domination. Brzezinski is quite candid about this in his article in Foreign Affairs:

“Given (Russia’s) size and diversity, a decentralized political system and free-market economics would be most likely to unleash the creative potential of the Russian people and Russia’s vast natural resources. A loosely confederated Russia — composed of a European Russia, a Siberian Republic, and a Far Eastern Republic — would also find it easier to cultivate closer economic relations with its neighbors. Each of the confederated entitles would be able to tap its local creative potential, stifled for centuries by Moscow’s heavy bureaucratic hand. In turn, a decentralized Russia would be less susceptible to imperial mobilization.” (Zbigniew Brzezinski,”A Geostrategy for Eurasia”)

Partition is a common theme in imperial planning whether its called apartheid in Israel, federalizing in Iraq, “limited independence” in Kosovo, or “loose confederation” in Russia. It’s all the same. Divide and rule; undermine nationalism by destroying the underlying culture and balkanizing the territory. This isn’t new. What is amazing, is that Bush’s plan is going forward despite 7 years of uninterrupted foreign policy failures. Hubris and self-delusion have a longer shelf-life than anyone could have imagined.

Putin is surrounded by ex-KGB hardliners who have warned him that America cannot be trusted. They have watched while the US has steadily moved into the former-Soviet satellites, pushed NATO to Russia’s borders, and precipitated regime change via “color coded” revolutions. They point to Chechen war where US intelligence services trained Chechen insurgents through their ISI surrogates in Pakistan—teaching them how to conduct guerrilla operations in a critical region that provides Russia with access to the western shores of the resource-rich Caspian Basin.

Michel Chossudovsky has done some excellent research on this little-known period of Russian history. In his article “The Anglo-American Military Axis”, he says:

“U.S. covert support to the two main Chechen rebel groups (through Pakistan’s ISI) was known to the Russian government and military. However, it had previously never been made public or raised at the diplomatic level. In November 1999, the Russian Defense Minister, Igor Sergueyev, formally accused Washington of supporting the Chechen rebels. Following a meeting held behind closed doors with Russia’s military high command, Sergueyev declared that:

‘The national interests of the United States require that the military conflict in the Caucasus [Chechnya] be a fire, provoked as a result of outside forces”, while adding that “the West’s policy constitutes a challenge launched to Russia with the ultimate aim of weakening her international position and of excluding her from geo-strategic areas.‘”

In the wake of the 1999 Chechen war, a new “National Security Doctrine” was formulated and signed into law by Acting President Vladimir Putin, in early 2000. Barely acknowledged by the international media, a critical shift in East-West relations had occurred. The document reasserted the building of a strong Russian State, the concurrent growth of the Military, as well as the reintroduction of State controls over foreign capital….The document carefully spelled out what it described as ” fundamental threats” to Russia’s national security and sovereignty. More specifically, it referred to “the strengthening of military-political blocs and alliances” [namely GUUAM], as well as to “NATO’s eastward expansion” while underscoring “the possible emergence of foreign military bases and major military presences in the immediate proximity of Russian borders.” (Michel Chossudovsky, “The Anglo-American Military Axis”, Global Research)

That’s right; there’s been a low-grade secret war going on between Russia and the US for over a decade although it is rarely discussed in diplomatic circles. The war in Chechnya is probably less about “succession” and independence, than it is about foreign intervention and imperial overreach.

The same rule applies to the controversy surrounding Kosovo. The Bush administration and its EU clients are trying to fragment Serbia by supporting an initiative for Kosovo “limited independence”.

But why “limited”?

It’s because Bush knows that the resolution has no chance of passing the UN Security Council, so the only way to circumvent international law is by issuing a unilateral edict that is promoted in the media as “independence”. By this same standard, Abraham Lincoln should have granted Jefferson Davis “limited independence” and avoided the Civil War altogether.

Author Irina Lebedeva reveals the real motives behind the administration’s actions on Kosovo in her article “USA-Russia: Hitting the same Gate, or playing the same game?”

“The North Atlantic alliance (The US and its EU allies) documents indicate that the bloc aims at the “Balkanization” of the post-Soviet space by way of overtaking influence in the territories of the currently frozen conflicts and their follow-up internalization along the Yugoslavian lines are set down in black and white. For example, a special report titled “The New North Atlantic Strategy for the Black Sea Region”, prepared by the German Marshall Fund of the United States on the occasion of the NATO summit, already refers to Black Sea and South Caucasus (Transcaucasia) as a “new Euro-Atlantic borderland plagued by Soviet-legacy conflicts.” And the “region of frozen conflicts is evolving into a functional aggregate on the new border of an enlarging West.” Azerbaijan and Georgia in tandem, the report notes, provide a unique transit corridor for Caspian energy to Europe, as well as an irreplaceable corridor for American-led and NATO to bases and operation theatres in Central Asia and the Greater Middle East.”

Once again, divide and rule; this time writ large for an entire region that is being arbitrarily redrawn to meet the needs of mega-corporations that want to secure “transit corridors for Caspian energy to Europe”. The new Great Game. Brzezinski has called this area a critical “land-bridge” to Eurasia. Others refer to it as a “new Euro-Atlantic borderland”. Whatever one calls it; it is a good illustration of how bloodthirsty Washington mandarins carve up the world to suit their own geopolitical objectives.

Putin has seen enough and he’s now moving swiftly to counter US incursions in the region. He’s not going to wait until the neocon fantasists affix a bullseye to his back and take aim. In the last few weeks he has withdrawn Russia from the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty (CFE) and is threatening to redeploy his troops and heavy weaponry to Russia’s western-most borders. The move does nothing to enhance Russian security, but it will arouse public concern in Europe and perhaps ignite a backlash against Bush’s Missile Defense system.

Russian Navy Admiral Vladimir Masorin also announced this week that Russia will move part of its fleet to Syrian ports where “it will maintain a permanent presence in the Mediterranean. Israeli leaders are in a panic over the announcement claiming that the move will disrupt their “electronic surveillance and air defense centers” thus threatening their national security. Putin intends to go ahead with the plan regardless. Dredging has already begun in the port of Tartus and a dock is being built in the Syrian port of Latakia.

Also, Russian officials are investigating the possibility of building military bases in Serbia and have been invited to discuss the issue with leaders in the Serbian Nationalist Radical Party (SRS) The prospective dialogue is clearly designed to dissuade the US from pursuing its present policy towards Kosovo.

Russia also delivered its first shipment of nuclear fuel to Iran this week which means that the controversial 1,000 watt nuclear plant at Bushehr could be fully operational within three months. Adding insult to injury, Iranian officials announced on Monday their plans to build a second plant in defiance of US orders to halt its nuclear activities.

Also, on Monday, “Russia test-launched a new intercontinental ballistic missile part of a system that can outperform any anti-missile system likely to be deployed” according to Reuters. “The missile was launched from the Tula nuclear-powered submarine in the Barents Sea in the Arctic.”

“The military hardware now on our weapons, and those that will appear in the next few years, will enable our missiles to outperform any anti-missile system, including future systems,” Col.-Gen Nikolai Solovtsov was quoted as telling journalists.” (Reuters)

Bush’s Missile Defense system has restarted the nuclear arms race. Welcome to the new Cold War.

Finally, Russia Chief of Staff, General Yuri Balyevsky warned:

“A possible launch of a US interceptor missile from Central Europe may provoke a counterattack from intercontinental ballistic missiles….If we suppose that Iran wants to strike the United States , then interceptor missiles which would be launched from Poland will fly towards Russia and the shape and flight trajectory are very similar to ICBMs” (Novosti Russian News Agency)

Balyevsky’s scenario of an “accidental” World War 3 is more likely than ever now that Bush is pressing ahead with his plans for Missile Defense. Russia’s automated missile warning systems can be triggered automatically when foreign missiles enter Russian air space. Its a dangerous game and potentially fatal every living thing on the planet.

To great extent, the American people have no idea of the reckless policy that is being carried out in their name. The gravity of the proposed Missile Defense system has been virtually ignored by the media and Russia’s protests have been dismissed as trivial. But hostilities are steadily growing, military forces and weaponry are being put into place, and the stage is set for a major conflagration. This is every bit as serious as the Cuban Missile Crisis, only this time Russia cannot afford to stand down.

Putin will not allow the system to be deployed even if he has to remove it through force of arms. It is a direct threat to Russia’s national security. We would expect no different from our own leaders.

See Also:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?c..region®i..6

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