@FinancialTimes: On Susan Glasser’s essay ‘Putin profits politically from wars and western apologists': a comment by Political Observer

Not at all surprised that your Susan Glasser essay is absent a comments section:
‘Putin profits politically from wars and western apologists’

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/6512d3c8-2955-11e4-8b81-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3BM3PdBtC

Even the Edward Luce essay of August 17, 2014:’Obama’s Hippocratic oath enfeebles his diplomacy’ was a more convincing and better written piece of propaganda, although it was in it’s own way quite a feeble effort to harness the power of political conformity.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/6b415dfc-23ae-11e4-be13-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3AgHAme80

Ms. Glasser has excellent credentials: once editor in chief of Foreign Policy and now at Politico where she heads the Long Form Journalism and Opinions Division. Should we credit Ms. Glasser as the party responsible for the recent Strobe Talbott essay The Making of Vladimir Putin?

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/08/putin-the-backstory-110151.html#.U_p4NGOzLVI

An eight page essay, as it printed out, completely devoid of footnotes, and mysteriously unattributed quotes. Perhaps Politico is above such mundane considerations and practices? Mr. Talbott’s essay was an exercise in historical revisionism, the self-exculpatory and hysteria mongering. He is better at that hysteria mongering than Ms. Glasser, she points simply to those ‘Left Wing coddlers’ of Mr. Putin, a category of unnamed persons, i.e. Stephen F. Cohen and Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation Magazine, but true to form, as an incurious political conformist ignores Mr. Paul Craig Roberts and his regular reporting/opinionating on the Ukrainian Coup and it’s aftermath.

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/

Ms. Glasser’s essay seems not quite up to the standard that Luce and Talbott set, even as that standard is low, to say the least. She repeats this bit of American/E.U. approved history without  a hint of irony: she and Ms. Clinton both continue to use the accusation that MH17 was shot down by ‘rebels’ i.e. Russian agents.  Again  the incurious Ms. Glasser and Ms. Clinton have both missed an important component of the shooting down of MH17, or are willfully ignorant of information that refutes their own belief:

A Thursday article in the New Straits Times, Malaysia’s flagship English-language newspaper, charged the US- and European-backed Ukrainian regime in Kiev with shooting down Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 in east Ukraine last month. Given the tightly controlled character of the Malaysian media, it appears that the accusation that Kiev shot down MH17 has the imprimatur of the Malaysian state.

The US and European media have buried this remarkable report, which refutes the wave of allegations planted by the CIA in international media claiming that Russian president Vladimir Putin was responsible for the destruction of MH17, without presenting any evidence to back up this charge.

The New Straits Times article, titled “US analysts conclude MH17 downed by aircraft,” lays out evidence that Ukrainian fighter aircraft attacked the jetliner with first a missile, then with bursts of 30-millimeter machine gun fire from both sides of MH17. The Russian army has already presented detailed radar and satellite data showing a Ukrainian Sukhoi-25 fighter jet tailing MH17 shortly before the jetliner crashed. The Kiev regime denied that its fighters were airborne in the area, however.

The New Straits Times article began, “Intelligence analysts in the United States have already concluded that Malaysia flight MH17 was shot down by an air-to-air missile, and that the Ukrainian government had had something to do with it. This corroborates an emerging theory postulated by local investigators that the Boeing 777-200 was crippled by an air-to-air missile and finished off with cannon fire from a jet that had been shadowing it as it plummeted to earth.”

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Malaysian-press-charges-Uk-by-Alex-Lantier-Government-Corruption_Malaysia-Airlines-Flight-17_Putin_Russia-140809-576.html

The MH17 story has disappeared from the respectable bourgeois press: one can speculate that the reality didn’t conform to that of the American/E.U. narrative of a Russian/Putin manufactured culpability. But Ms. Clinton and Ms. Glasser repeat it as if it were an historical fact. The guilt of the rebels, and by extension Mr. Putin and his American ‘Left political allies’ attain the status of self-serving myth, that echos in a real way the McCarthyite Myth of  the traitors among us, as essential to a rationale for The New Cold War. And as a political correlate the fusion of Neo-Conservatives,Neo-Liberals  and their R2P fellow travelers, into a conformist centrism located to right of anything we have ever known in American/E.U. politics.

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Further Thoughts on Mr. Strobe Talbott, by Political Cynic

I posted this on August 21, 2014:

Political Cynic on Strobe Talbott


Mr. Strobe Talbott is an historian who writes history made to self-serving ideological
measure. His long paraphrases of the war mongering William Safire, in his opening paragraph serves two purposes, one the appeal to the more conservative readership at Politico and to rhetorically frame his casting of Putin as the New Stalin, in the New Cold War. Identifying Putin’s rapprochement with China and protecting his borders from American political adventurism, just like that of Black Widow Victoria Nuland and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Ukraine, allied with Right Sector and Svoboda! Mr, Talbott confects out of this ‘Putin’s Evil Plan': nothing sells like fear mongering and political melodrama, after all Mr. Talbott is an experienced Cold Warrior.
On the question of ‘spheres of influence’ American can take no backseat to any other country in our ruthless exercise of our self-given permission of hemispheric hegemony i.e. The Monroe Doctrine, forgive the alliteration!
‘Putin’s aggression’ is a mirror of that exercised by America in this hemisphere, but that fact escapes Mr. Talbott’s attention due to a pressing ideological agenda, again that New Cold War set the standard for his historical revisionism: the twin virtues of concision and brevity are cast aside in favor of an historical re-write that challenges the readers patience and if you are old enough your own memory of the ‘historical facts/examples’ he very carefully cites as corroboration of his fear mongering propaganda/historical revisionism. And I’m only at the first two words of the third paragraph: so much more to say, yet I fear I’ll commit the same error that Mr. Talbott commits, although I don’t need to rescue my lost credibility as a one time Kremlinologist by a self-serving re-write of history.
Political Cynic
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/08/putin-the-backstory-110151.html?hp=pm_1#.U_U5kGOzLIU

Having finally reached the end of Mr. Talbott’s essay. It took some time and a great deal of patience to read through this ‘history’ of Putin and the end of the first Cold War: Gorbachev and the ill fated transition of the former Soviet Union’s command economy to the ‘Free Market’ Neo-Liberal model, the rise of Yeltsin and of the evil doer Putin: Mr. Talbott is enamored of political melodrama, with a penchant for repeating the propaganda of the American National Security State,  as if it were true/actual. No wonder Mr. Talbott has managed to assume the leadership of a major America think tank, the prerequisite being a slavish conformity to that ever shifting party line.

A good deal of time is spent tracing the implosion of the Soviet state, the rise of Putin and a self-laudatory description of the part Mr. Talbott played in various negotiations with the Soviets. Under the title, not exactly a title but typeface in bold letters, of The backstory begins in the late 1980’s which takes up almost two full pages. One gets the distinct impression that this essay was destined for Foreign Policy or Foreign Affairs  or another specialist periodical but was adapted to fit the looser standards of Politico.A glaring example of this is this long quote, unattributed, on page 5(page 4 of internet post) of my printed copy of the essay:

Just before flying back to Washington, Clinton paid a call on Yeltsin at his retirement dacha. “Boris,” Clinton said, “you’ve got democracy in your heart. You’ve got the trust of the people in your bones. You’ve got the fire in your belly of a real democrat and a real reformer.  I’m not sure Putin has that. Maybe he does. I don’t know. You’ll have to keep an eye on him and use your influence to make sure that he stays on the right path. Putin needs you. Whether he knows it or not, he really needs you, Boris. Russia needs you. You really changed this country, Boris. Not every leader can say that about the country he’s led. You changed Russia. Russia was lucky to have you. The world was lucky you were where you were. I was lucky to have you.  We did a lot of stuff together, you and I. We got through some tough times. We never let it all come apart. We did some good things. They’ll last. It took guts on your part. A lot of that stuff was harder for you than it was for me. I know that.”

Yeltsin was now clutching Clinton by the hand, leaning into him. “Thank you, Bill,” he said. “I understand.”

The re-working of the essay is glaringly obvious, at least to these eyes. Also Mr. Talbott mentions but two American political intellectuals in his essay, William Safire, a Neo-Conservative in all but name, and Richard Pipes a rather notorious member of that political coterie. In the ever shifting American political landscape, one is tempted to view Neo-Conservatism, Neo-Liberalism and it’s R2P ‘humanitarian’ allies as part of a political whole rather than as separate, they all share core beliefs, the points of contention are about means and methodology, not about a debate on the core principles of American hegemony, and it’s moral rightness.
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Aaron David Miller : Failed Policy Intellectual Opines on Gaza Blitzkrieg, a comment by Political Realist

The failure of America’s policy intellectuals that inhabit both government and various ‘think tanks’ and front organizations is surly a phenomenon that defies….

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Mr. Aaron David Miller is a man and Policy Intellectual who represents American failure in the pressing matter of Israel/Palestine. Or should intellectual honesty demand the exercise of more accurate appraisal of  his dismal record, of a very particular kind of Zionist apologetics, allied and anchored in the hegemonic claims of the American National Security State? His record of twenty years of government service is very impressive, yet as we approach the Third Intifada, pending the cessation of Israel’s blitzkrieg on the open-air prison of Gaza, are we at all bothered that Mr. Miller hardly mentions the carnage that Israel has wrought on a civilian population, with nowhere to go. A vicious, bloody re-enactment of the Warsaw Ghetto? Here is his mention of that human cost:

I understand the US determination to do it all – the death toll is rising, a crisis is escalating-…

But the rest of the paragraph is utterly revealing:

but Kerry is out of sync, both in trying (and failing) for ceasefire after ceasefire and in trying (and flailing) to make peace between Binyamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas. “It’s crazy just to be sitting around,” he said on a hot mic Sunday. But is it?

Out of sync with what? The imperatives of the Netnayahu government, a supine American President and a Senate that redefines the obsequious? Continue reading

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Douthat on Ryan’s Poverty Proposal: a comment by Political Cynic

Let’s file this Ryan poverty proposal with his infamous Budget Proposals, that Mr. Douthat dubbed ‘policy entrepreneurship’, a grotesque euphemism for propaganda! The White Male Ethos, a la Mitt Romney, that currently rules the Modern Republican Party, asks in the person of Rep. Ryan, that the ‘poor’ write a business plan/proposal to receive their pittance. Predicated,proposed as a block grant to the states. The question arises: how will the states evaluate these business plans/proposals, except by means of a bureaucracy who will read and evaluate each of these documents? The block grant is the way that Free Marketeers shift the burden of evaluation to the states: this is utterly transparent manipulation, as described by Mr. Douthat.

The desperation of the Republican Party, to somehow appear as if they cared about the ‘poor’ is amply demonstrated, in another failed attempt to demonstrate a non-existent concern for the ‘poor’. What happened to all those savvy propaganda specialist from the Reagan era? Or even the master manipulator Karl Rove, who could produce at the least a plausible alternative to this very weak sauce. It’s very hard to think of Rep. Ryan as the new Jack Kemp, he lacks that glad handing bonhomie.

Political Cynic

http://douthat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/29/the-right-the-rich-and-reciprocity/?module=BlogPost-ReadMore&version=Blog%20Main&action=Click&contentCollection=Opinion&pgtype=Blogs&region=Body#more-20211

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Mr. Rogin, General Dempsey and The New Cold War: a comment by Almost Marx

Neo-Con scribbler Mr. Rogin reports on General Dempsey utterly hypocritical, mendacious assertion:

It does change the situation. You’ve got a Russian government that has made a conscious decision to use its military force inside another sovereign nation to achieve its objectives. It’s the first time since 1939 or so that that’s been the case,” Dempsey said. “They clearly are on a path to assert themselves differently not just in Eastern Europe, but Europe in the main, and towards the United States.

Inside this paragraph you have this tawdry, self-exculpatory fiction , call it what it is a lie:

‘You’ve got a Russian government that has made a conscious decision to use its military force inside another sovereign nation to achieve its objectives.’

This, the purest expression of self-serving political myopia. An American, of any kind, making this assertion is utterly grotesque! What about just our immediate history of Afghanistan and Iraq, or all the countries that America subjects to drone attack. Or the collection of NGO’s used to undermine/subvert governments we don’t like i.e. The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Nor the inconvenient fact that Americans Victoria Nuland and Geoffrey Pyatt acted as midwives to the Ukrainian Coup, the leaders of which have resigned. See these web sites for further information:
http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/07/24/government-ukraine-collapses/
http://www.globalresearch.ca/collapse-of-ukraine-government-prime-minister-yatsenyuk-resigns-amidst-pressures-exerted-by-the-imf/5393168
The New Cold War is in full swing, if you doubt this assertion, see this essay from the usually staid Economist for confirmation of that reality:
http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21608645-vladimir-putins-epic-deceits-have-grave-consequences-his-people-and-outside-world-web
Mr. Rogin can’t resist, in fact he nearly salivates over the quotable General Dempsey, especially when it confirms his propaganda needs:

This is very clearly Putin, the man himself, with a vision for Europe as he sees it, what he considers to be an effort to redress grievances that we burdened upon Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union and also to appeal to ethnic Russian enclaves across Eastern Europe,” he said. “He’s very aggressive about it, he’s got a playbook he’s been successful with two or three times, and he will continue.

Putin is The New Stalin!
The next quote is from State Dept. spokeswoman Marie Harf:

‘State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters Thursday that U.S. intelligence showed that the Russian military had now fired artillery from Russia into Ukraine, but she declined to provide any details about the source of the intelligence.’

Here is the exchange between Ms. Harf and AP reporter Matt Lee on the ‘settled question’ of Russian guilt:

‘In a testy exchange between AP reporter Matt Lee and U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf, Lee virtually corners Harf into admitting that the “evidence” presented by the U.S. to blame Russian-backed rebels for the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 amounts to nothing more than YouTube videos and social media posts.
Lee begins by asking Harf how the U.S. plans to produce “forensic evidence” proving Russian-backed rebels were behind the attack, to which Hard responds by reeling off talking points before stating, “we know, we saw in social media afterwards….of the pro-Russian separatists bragging about shooting down an aircraft.” ‘

See the video of the exchange here:
http://www.infowars.com/u-s-admits-its-mh17-evidence-is-based-on-youtube-clips-social-media-posts/
My apologies for the length of my comment but Mr. Rogin’s propagandizing needs an empirically based reply.
Almost Marx
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/24/u-s-military-chief-compares-putin-s-ukraine-move-to-stalin-s-invasion-of-poland.html

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Where have you been? A comment by Political Realist

One needs to ask the only real pertinent question of Mr Rumer: where have you been? This essay is the captive of the propaganda frame of the American National Security State i.e. that the Ukrainian Coup was ‘spontaneous uprising’. The co-conspirators/financial enablers of the Ukrainian Coup, Victoria Nuland and Geoffrey Pyatt are completely missing, indeed absent from Mr Rumer’s laudable plea for diplomatic engagement with Putin and Russia, on the pressing question of Ukraine.

Mr. Rumer, in pursuit of political respectability, leaves the American propaganda narrative alone: to question it is to set himself apart from the other respectable conformist opinionators.

Ms. Nuland’s notorious leaked phone call:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26079957

On Ms. Nuland this from The American Conservative, hardly a publication with any unseemly radical associations:

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-senates-bipartisan-ukraine-mistake/

An informative quote from this essay seems appropriate:

‘Ms. Nuland’s testimony was notable for her prediction that Russian citizens will one day ask with regard to their country’s incursion into Ukraine:

What have we really achieved? Instead of funding schools, hospitals, science, and prosperity at home in Russia, we have squandered our national wealth on adventurism, interventionism, and the ambitions of a leader who cares more about empire then his own citizens.

Well, whatever the Russian people think of Putin’s adventurism—and if recent poll numbers are anything to go by, they think pretty well of it—it’s the American people who are sorely tired of American adventures abroad.’

This from Global Research titled, The Neoliberal Neo-Nazi Coup in Ukraine. The World is at a Dangerous Crossroads:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-neoliberal-neo-nazi-coup-in-ukraine/5373232

From Global Research on MH-17:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/mh17-versus-iran-air-655-malaysian-airlines-boeing-777-downed-over-ukraine-kiev-regime-accuses-putin-of-sponsoring-terrorists/5391859

This from Paul Craig Roberts:

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/03/16/washington-set-world-path-war-paul-craig-roberts/

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Mr. Walt’s No Contest redux: as background to the current Ukranian Crisis, a comment by Political Observer

Mr. Walt, in his essay of March 3,2014 titled No Contest wants to reassure his readers of his bourgeois political respectability, although at some points in his essay, the truth will out over that reassurance:

‘Mind you: I’m not defending Putin’s action or relishing Obama’s discomfiture. No one should take pleasure from this unilateral violation of international law or the likelihood that Ukraine faces more years of political instability and economic hardship.’

That is not the most pressing issue here, besides demonstrating Mr. Walt’s tough guy ‘political realism’ bs! Victoria Nuland wasn’t just passing out ‘pastries’ to protesters, she funneled six billion dollars of American money to the Ukrainian opposition, with political ally The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies a Neo-Con front group , that spent an estimated 100 million of it’s own. All this very inconsistent with the narrative supplied by the bourgeois politically respectable policy intellectual, of the hard headed realist variety. See this little meditation on the difference between ‘power’ and ‘interests': Continue reading

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