Obama Ratchets-Up to Invade Russia

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org

An article published May 7th by Andrei Akulov brings together mainly Western news sources, all solid, to make the case that U.S. President Barack Obama is pushing even highly reluctant European populations to join America’s increasingly overt hostile military stance targeting Russia as the world’s chief source of alleged “aggression” that must be stopped. One of those sources is a Reuters article that states: “Only 22 percent of Finns support joining NATO, while 55 percent are opposed, a recent poll by public broadcaster YLE showed. Finnish membership of NATO would double the length of the border between the alliance and Russia and increase the NATO presence in the Baltic Sea.” Yet, still, according to that Reuters article, Finland will probably join NATO, regardless of what the Finnish population want. This is supposedly how ‘democracy’ functions nowadays.

America is installing in Europe a new system that’s designed to block Russia’s ability to retaliate against a nuclear attack, but Obama sold it to European nations saying it will protect them against a nuclear attack from Iran. Now that Obama’s own agreement with Iran will assure that, for at least a decade, there won’t be any nuclear weapons in Iran, he continues this deception as if the public are mere fools — and he’s not being called to task for it (except by Russia’s President).

In U.S. President Obama’s definitive statement on U.S. military policy, his National Security Strategy 2015, he cited Russia on 17 of the 18 occasions where he used the term “aggression” or its equivalents. He even played upon the old Cold-War-era anti-communist, and sometimes even anti-Semitic, charges that the Soviet Union characteristically lied, when Obama strung together there a statement about Russia that sounded just the same as such “red-scare” literature, except only using this time the term “Russia,” where American far-rightists back in the 1950s had referred to the USSR or Soviet Union. He said:

“And we will continue to impose significant costs on Russia through sanctions and other means while countering Moscow’s deceptive propaganda with the unvarnished truth. We will deter Russian aggression, remain alert to its strategic capabilities, and help our allies and partners resist Russian coercion over the long term, if necessary.”

If that’s not multiply hostile, then what is? It’s certainly not the type of thing one would allege if one is attempting to negotiate with a competitor, instead of to coerce an enemy — which is by now the second-term Obama Administration’s clear position regarding Russia. He had simply deceived the American public when he claimed during his re-election campaign to disagree with Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s statement about Russia, “This is without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe.” His alleged disagreement with Romney about that was one of the reasons Americans re-elected Obama. But then, Obama promptly turned to planning the coup against Ukraine, which started to be activated on 1 March 2013 and wasn’t completed until 27 February 2014. (And the top officials at the EU were then shocked to learn that it had been a coup. But nonetheless, they participate in the sanctions against Russia, for, essentially, defending itself against them, and against the U.S.)

In the lying-department, Obama — despite his claiming that he’s “countering Moscow’s deceptive propaganda with the unvarnished truth” — vastly beats-out Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin there. As I had previously documented, “The Entire Case for Sanctions Against Russia Is Pure Lies”. What that article documents is: before Russia ‘seized’ Crimea (which until 1954 had been part of Russia, and which had had Russia’s main naval base since 1783, and where the population were overwhelmingly opposed to having been transferred to Ukraine in 1954 by the Soviet dictator Nikita Khrushchev), Obama had violently overthrown the democratically elected President of Ukraine, for whom 75% of Crimeans had voted, and then Obama’s goons started directly attacking Crimeans, virtually terrorizing them to flee from the newly installed Kiev government. But as you’ll see in that article exposing the entire case for sanctions against Russia, Obama’s lies about Crimea are even broader than that, and he needs these lies as his ‘justification’ for what he’s now doing along Russia’s borders: installing U.S. nuclear weapons against Russia.

Obama now is going beyond mere “sanctions,” to real military preparation for an invasion of Russia. And that’s what Akulov’s frightening, but well-documented, article reports about.

On May 12th, Stuart Hooper at 21st Century Wire headlined, “New Arms Race Begins: US Launches European Missile Shield in Romania”. So: not only is the U.S. placing nuclear missiles on Russia’s borders, but it’s also placing there anti-missile missiles, to destroy outgoing Russian missiles that could be flying in retaliation against America’s attack.

And, then, when Russian President Vladimir Putin responds to that type of aggressive move, by his moving Russian forces to Russia’s own borders to deter NATO’s aggression, Obama and his propagandists blame Putin for threatening ‘aggression against a NATO member’.

This bizarreness extends even beyond that, however, to NATO’s mocking Putin for being concerned at all about America’s antimissile system, which is also called “Ballistic Missile Defense” or BMD. A NATO Web-posting in October 2015 was headlined, “How Putin uses missile defence in Europe to distract Russian voters”, and it said:

The logic behind one of Russia’s classic grievances against the West – the deployment of ballistic missile defence (BMD) in Europe – has remained largely unexplained. …

Since the United States officially announced the deployment of BMD in Europe in 2004, Russia has persistently referred to the project, run by NATO, as a demonstration of anti-Russian intent. …

Moscow’s confrontational position on missile defence has proven politically expedient for a Russian government that has built its legitimacy on the necessity to defend Russia from external enemies. Now, when Russia is entering [due to Obama’s economic sanctions etc.] a full-fledged economic crisis that could affect the political allegiances of the Russian population [oh, sure: perhaps turn those ‘allegiances’ toward America instead?], the Kremlin needs to revive the issue of BMD – a welcome enemy that contributes to the justification for government survival. …

The justification that Russia has to protect itself from the external threat strengthens the need to maintain a strong, centralised government.

To extend this fantasyland even farther into the bizarre, that presentation went on to allege that the Russian population were simply being deceived by Putin into thinking that America’s anti-missile system would endanger their security:

The strategy to portray BMD as a threat to the Russian population seems effective. A survey conducted by the Russian polling organisation Levada centre in 2007 and again in 2010 revealed that the majority of the Russian constituency believed that the US construction of BMD in Europe presents a larger threat to Russia than the acquisition of offensive military capabilities by Iran or North Korea.

The 2010 Levada poll showed that 55 per cent of the respondents believed that the number one threat to Russian security was the deployment of US BMD in neighbouring states. Only 13 per cent of the respondents stated that Iran’s nuclear programme represented the main threat to Russia and 13 per cent indicated that the main threat was North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons.

The 2010 Levada survey could be analysed together with another 2010 Levada poll that confirmed the deeply engrained perception of America’s hostile intentions among Russians. Some 73 per cent of the polled Russians indicated that the United States was an aggressor that sought to establish control over all states. …

Reconstructing the image of the United States as a Cold War type aggressor facilitated this perception and justified running again on the basis of the need to protect the Russian people from external enemies.

Hence, castigating the United States and NATO again became an effective strategy to win votes. …

BMD has become a political, rather than military, tool for distraction that helps to convince the Russian population of the need to focus on protecting the Russian state, rather than their economic livelihoods.

Then, the U.S. National Public Radio network, NPR — the most trusted news-source by the American public — served up, on its Morning Edition program, 13 May 2016, a segment, “To Defend NATO, U.S. Sets Up Missile Defense Systems In Eastern Europe”, which pushed the line that, “The U.S. is trying to reassure the Russians that the defense systems are not a threat” (so as to fool the U.S. public into thinking that the U.S. government really cares about what the Russian people think, and would be reluctant to turn Russians into nuclear char if it ‘has to’ do so). This segment closed with NPR’s Moscow correspondent saying, “You know, most of people I’ve talked to so far say they’re not worried about it, and some … say that it’s because they trust that President Putin will take whatever steps are needed to make sure that Russia’s safe. A few of the younger people I spoke with though said that they don’t feel any particular danger from NATO and that they don’t believe that NATO is out to start a war.” No mention was made there of the polling, by Levada and others, which showed that the attitudes that NPR’s Moscow propagandist says “they’re not worried about it,” run overwhelmingly in the opposite direction. But, after all, isn’t this inevitable: for example, how did the American people feel about Soviet dictator Nikita Khrushchev’s plan to place Soviet missiles in Cuba, 90 miles from America’s border, in 1962? And what Obama-NATO are doing here to Russians is vastly bigger and vastly worse than that. But NPR miraculously reports that Russians are “not worried about it.” Americans are being fed lies like this all the time — it’s like “Saddam’s WMD” were in 2002; it’s the lying by government and media, that has become routine in America.

It’s a 1984-type world, where aggression by one’s own nation doesn’t exist, and where defense by the ultimately targeted nation, against that aggression, is itself called ‘aggression’ (or even attacked as being promoted in order to “strengthen the need to maintain a strong centralised government”: i.e, as some shading of that deceased ideological ogre, communism) — and European nations go along with this cockeyed reasoning, in order to participate not only in economic sanctions against that ultimately-targeted nation, but to participate in NATO’s Operation Atlantic Resolve, joining in this rabidly lying aggression against Russia, after having already participated in the lying economic sanctions against that same target.

What does this say about today’s United States government? And what does it say about Europe?

It says a lot. That’s for sure.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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    Revelation 22:13
    I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
    —————————————————————-
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    “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.”

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    John 13:13
    “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.”

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    Surely it is you who love the people;
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    STORY OF ADAM AND EVE
    “Adam(the body), being interrogated by the Divine
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  • kimyo

    shisheki said we’d need 300,000 troops to secure iraq.

    imagine how many we’d need to invade russia. not happening.

    • Nexusfast123

      Hitler had 4m or so and did not do very well. Iraq was not really secured. No go zones and the continued trickle of deaths and serious injuries.

  • ClubToTheHead

    Stupid European pinheads can’t wait to turn their countries into East-West battlefields.

    Again.

    • Nexusfast123

      You think if the degenerates in Washington start something profoundly stupid its not going to impact the US. I think that will be the first place the Russians will plant their big nukes if attacked. Down goes the Internet, power, gas grids, etc. and chaos ensues.

  • tom

    ‘This is supposedly how ‘democracy’ functions nowadays’.

    Putin: There’s less and less democracy in the US.

    Lukashenko: Of course. They keep exporting it.

    https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Q8kIR_ALrB4/Vr0Vdlj33II/AAAAAAAACDc/riQmMdLDMLM/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2016-02-11%2Bat%2B17.06.55.png

  • tom

    ‘In the lying-department, Obama… vastly beats-out Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin there’.

    This is damning Mr Putin with faint praise. The wording clearly suggests that both Obama and Putin lie, although Obama lies more.

    In fact, I think you will find that Mr Putin does not lie. If you disagree, please cite any case in which he has been shown to lie. (Whereas, of course, this would be trivially easy for any US president or, indeed, almost any US politician).

    • cettel

      Tom, I agree with you that Putin is remarkably honest, but the statement was correct as I said it there. That was a comparative statement, not a statement referring to anything absolute, neither that Obama always lies, nor that Putin never does. Furthermore, I cannot allege that Putin never lies, because his allegation that the Russian apartment-bombings that started the second Chechen war in 1999 ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_apartment_bombings ) might have been a Putin false-flag event, and I even am inclined to think that they were.

  • tom

    It is natural for the well-educated and well-intentioned to marvel at the placidity with which the masses in every Western country so easily accept the bellicose propaganda fed to them by their leaders. Yet, horrible as it may be to believe, that is the nature of homo sapiens. The German people were not just misled and lied to by the Nazis – they quite liked the idea that they were the master race, destined to rule over all others. Just like the Assyrians, the Egyptians, the Chinese, the Greeks, the Jews, the Romans, the Aztec, the Christians, the Muslims, the Spanish, the French and the British before them. Just as Greeks believed all non-speakers of Greek were barbarians, fit only for slavery, so did most white people up to a century or so ago believe black people were earmarked for slavery by God. And today, of course, it is the masses in “the West” who are hoodwinked – but hoodwinked most willingly – into thinking that they are the legitimate lords of all creation.

    “The masses, in any nation, are ready to sacrifice their lives, their goods and chattels, their consciences and their virtue, to obtain that highest of pleasures: the feeling that they rule, either in reality or in imagination, over others. On these occasions they make virtues of their instinctive yearnings, and so they enable an ambitious or wisely provident prince to rush into a war with the good conscience of his people as his excuse”.

    – Friedrich Nietzsche, “Morgenröte,” § 189.

    • Baby_Jesus

      Obama is doing this because it expands capitalism. That is the main reason. The entire planet is enslaved to it and this is why they sit back and allow the capitalist system to spread and infect everything, not because they want to be the master race or rule over others. There are only a few pulling all the important strings, the rest simply do not see the big picture and are trained/indoctrinated to not want to see it.

  • anon88

    Nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles do NOT exist:

    http://www.big-lies.org

    Wake up people.

  • Sally Striffler

    This is one area in which Hillary has every intention to follow Obama’s (her own?) policy. In the last debate, I saw her references to Russia & Iran as a clear signal that she intended to start WWIII with them.

  • unheilig

    America is what it is, and pretty much always has been. What’s the greatest disappointment in all this is the Euros. If one, just one nation would pull its head out of America’s butt, the whole rotten stinking edifice that is NATO would collapse, and with it any possibility of going to war with Russia. This is the single hope that I allow myself to cling to, otherwise my retirement’s going to be a very short and highly unpleasant one.

  • This just might be the very reason why here.

    April 28th, 2016 Decade-Old Dream Realized as Russia to Price Its Own Oil

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is on the verge of realizing a decade-old dream: Russian oil priced in Russia. The nation’s largest commodity exchange, whose chairman is Putin ally Igor Sechin, is courting international oil traders to join its emerging futures market. The goal is to increase revenue from Urals crude by disconnecting the price-setting mechanism from the world’s most-used Brent oil benchmark. Another aim is to move away from quoting petroleum in U.S. dollars.

    http://russia-insider.com/en/business/decade-old-dream-realized-russia-price-its-own-oil/ri14109

    • March 24th, 2016 Russian Gov’t Protected Public From Oil Price Fall by Devaluing Ruble

      Moody’s Investors Services said that the impact of the decline in global oil prices on regions in Russia has been cushioned by an accompanying decline in the value of the ruble versus the US dollar. Conservative fiscal policies of the Russian government have given it the gold and foreign currency reserves it needs to practice financial flexibility through the recent drop in oil prices.

      http://sputniknews.com/business/20160323/1036788757/russia-protected-public-with-ruble.html