The Cold War Redux, Episode XXI: Mr. Eli Lake on ‘Open Skies’ An Essay by Political Cynic

‘The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military and American intelligence agencies have quietly pushed the White House in recent weeks to deny a new Russian surveillance plane the right to fly over U.S. territory. This week, the White House finally began consideration of the decision whether to certify the new Russian aircraft under the so-called “Open Skies Treaty.” And now the question becomes: Will the spies and generals get their way? ‘

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My comments at Left, Right and Center: Week ending April 13, 2014

As much as I respect Chrystia Freeland, I must say that she totally ignores American and E.U. meddling in Ukrainian political affairs. The exact same thing she condemns the Dictator Putin for! According to reliable sources America spent 5 billion dollars to subvert a duly elected government, aided by 100 million from the E.U. The American front group was the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy an utterly notorious Neo-Conservative organization. A mention of fellow traveler Victoria Nuland and her husband Robert Kagan seems completely appropriate as the meddlers who aided, birthed this ‘revolution’. Continue reading

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David Brooks on McCutcheon, an essay by Political Observer

One approaches the David Brooks essay of April 3, 2014 titled Party all the Time with a certain amusement at the ludicrous assertion that somehow campaign finance reform should be abandoned, for a strategy of increasing the power of Parties and therefore weakening the power of PACs. As Mr. Brooks argues it, this, the important, indeed, the salient lesson of McCutcheon: Mr. Brooks is a master at changing the uncomfortable political subject, by injecting this kind of self-serving red herring into the debate. A illustrative quote:

In their book “Better Parties, Better Government,” Peter J. Wallison and Joel M. Gora propose the best way to reform campaign finance: eliminate the restrictions on political parties to finance the campaigns of their candidates; loosen the limitations on giving to parties; keep the limits on giving to PACs.

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Eli Lake headline argues: ‘Exclusive: U.S. Won’t Share Invasion Intel With Ukraine.’ A comment by Political Observer

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‘The Daily Beast has learned., U.S. officials and members of Congress briefed on the crisis in Ukraine tell The Daily Beast, Congressional staffers briefed on the matter say U.S. intelligence agencies have, A senior U.S. intelligence official confirmed to The Daily Beast that, This official said,’ : with this collection of anonymous sources Mr. Lake confirms his status as the J.J. Hunsecker of ‘foreign policy reporters’. Add to this mix of quotations, the speculations of friendly sources, Michael Turner, Stephen Blank, Olexander Motsyk,Vice Admiral Frank Pandolfe, and even Secretary of State John Kerry, and we have the Lake Method. Call it the shopworn chatter of a Neo-Conservative ideologue. And note the provocative, even inflammatory title: Exclusive: U.S. Won’t Share Invasion Intel With Ukraine.

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Mr. Leslie Gelb advises President Obama on Ukraine: An essay by Political Cynic

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Mr. Gelb, in his essay titled Obama Must Show He’ll use Military Means to Deter Russia in Ukraine,proves without doubt that he is a Neo-Liberal jingo, although this side of his foreign policy thought is usually muted. It also demonstrates that the difference between the Neo-Liberals and the Neo-Conservatives is completely imaginary, and that Wilsonian Idealism is the continuing malady of American Policy Thinkers, even in their dotage!

Mr. Gelb all but calls President Obama a coward, and then offers the president strategic advice on deployment of F-22′s, as if he were clueless as to the escalation that represents.We should give this advice the scorn it deserves! Mr. Gelb has no military experience, whatever.

The Daily Beast has become a nest of War Mongers, featuring the work of Eli Lake, a notorious manufacturer of propaganda, added to this is the voice of Mr. Gelb, beating the war drum.

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P.S. Please read Mr. Dettmer’s essay and look at the ‘incriminating picture gallery’ that is utterly pathetic, in terms of effective propaganda. For the full effect read Mr.D’s melodramatic hysteria mongering, or should it be dubbed a excerpt from his forthcoming non-fiction novel The Battle for Hearts and Minds:The Revolution in Ukraine co-authored by Victoria Nuland with advice from Robert Kagan?

 

 

 

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Mr. Robert Kagan on ‘President Obama’s foreign policy paradox’: a comment by Political Cynic

Mr. Kagan is here Calabazas the Court Jester of Phillip the IV, made eternal by Velazquez. Mr. Kagan/Calabazas is the dissatisfied, the disgruntled , aspiring to be, longing to be Count Olivares. Not exactly a man of action, but a man who made policy and was the king’s favorite, whose passion for war was long lived, accompanied by disasters abroad and rebellion at home. But then there is Victoria Nuland, and the elaborate story I have built falls apart!
Mr. Kagan’s essay is replete with self-serving statistical data, in fact it’s main body is made up of this statistical garnish, and also  a somewhat muted call for a return to the notion and practice of American Greatness, American Exceptionalism. Wilsonian Idealism is a long lived American delusion, not to speak of an utter misnomer.

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On ‘Putin’s Arrow’: A comment by Political Realist

The New Cold War and the New Containment were trumpeted by Mr. Ross Douthat in the New York Times of last weekend, Russia Without Illusions, but only as minor players in his weekly column, and then only as a declaration of their potential political unreality, Douthat irony? Little did he realize that The Economist would prove him right/wrong with it’s Russian revanchism cartoon and it’s undisguised hysteria mongering narration:
http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2014/03/russian-revanchism
Putin’s Arrow takes the hysteria mongering to a new level as the IMF is poised to ‘lend’ how many billions to Ukraine, as prelude to looting that country, posing as a necessary ‘Austerity Program’. And please don’t forget that that mortgage includes the basing of NATO missiles at Russia’s back door. How can one expect Putin to countenance that. The Russian Bear is back, indeed. In response to the active subversion of Neo-Con Victoria Nuland and her R2P Neo-Liberal allies: Samantha Power and her sidekick Michael Ignatieff. What 5 billion dollars can buy these days is a warmed over Cold War, although it’s decaying corpse reeks of Neo-Con bellicose nostalgia.
Even readers like Courtjester is his biting polemic makes clear that the propaganda just won’t wash. The new American Party Line is the same shopworn exceptionalism, aided and abetted in this instance by The Economist.

And please notice the Putin’s Arrow,  Mars and Venus mentions are the rhetorical frame that dovetail with this utterly convenient anonymous quote: ‘Europeans are not from Venus. They are from Pluto—as in plutocrats who are only interested in making money from Russia,” was the scathing comment of one hawk.’

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