Guest Post: "The Road To War With Russia", by Chris Martenson

Regular visitors to Turdville know that we've been falling Ukraine Crisis very closely for nearly a year. To that end, please take the time to read this excellent summary from Chris Martenson at Peak Prosperity.

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by Chris Martenson

For several weeks now the anti-Russian stance in the US press has quieted down. Presumably because the political leadership has moved its attention on to other things, and the media flock has followed suit. 

Have you read much about Ukraine and Russia recently?

I thought not, despite the fact that there's plenty of serious action -- both there as well as related activity in the US -- going on that deserves our careful attention.

As I recently wrote, the plunging oil price is a potential catalyst for stock market turmoil and sovereign instability. Venezuela is already circling the drain, and numerous other oil exporters are in deep trouble as they foolishly expanded their national budgets and social programs to match the price of oil; something that is easy to do on the way up and devilishly tricky on the way down.

But consider the impact on Russia. From the Russian point of view, everything from their plunging ruble to bitter sanctions to the falling price of oil are the fault of the US, either directly or indirectly. Whether that is fair or not is irrelevant; that's the view of the Russians right now. So no surprise,  it doesn't dispose them towards much in the way of good-will towards the West generally, and the US specifically.

The fall in the price of oil is creating serious difficulties economically and financially for Russia. We'll get to those facets in a minute. But right now, I want to focus on the continued belligerence of the US towards Russia -- some of which is overt and some of which, you can be certain, is covert -- which could very well end up provoking a more kinetic and dangerous response than the West is prepared for.

Russia Forced To Act

Before anyone jumps in to say "Why are you defending Putin? He's a bad man", let me just say that I have been closely analyzing each move by Russia and the West since then President of Ukraine Yanukovych declined to sign the European Association Agreement back in November of 2013. 

Based on the preponderance of evidence, its' clear to me that the West/US deserve the lion's share of the blame for the conflict that now rages with Ukraine and between Russia and the western world.

It was the West that supported the unsavory assortment of thugs, neo-Nazis, and ultra-nationalists that seized power in a coup from the democratically-elected Yanukovych.  We can argue all we want about whether he was a good boy or not, but that's irrelevant and plays into the hands of those at the US State Department who would like to deflect attention away from the very non-democratic events (shaped behind the scenes by our influence) that led to his overthrow.

The US did the same thing with Saddam, if you recall. It's a simple deflection: away from the actions of the US, and towards the character of the person standing in the line of fire from those actions.

In my view, if Yanukovych had not been violently deposed, Ukraine would be peaceful right now, Russia would not have had to intervene, and there would be no civil war in Ukraine and far reduced tensions between the West and Russia.

So ham-handed were those efforts to intervene in Ukraine on the part of the Obama State department that no less an historically loathsome creature than Henry Kissinger even called the US's actions a 'fatal mistake':

Kissinger warns of West’s ‘fatal mistake’ that may lead to new Cold War

Nov 10, 2014

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has given a chilling assessment of a new geopolitical situation taking shape amid the Ukrainian crisis, warning of a possible new Cold War and calling the West’s approach to the crisis a “fatal mistake.”

The 91-year-old diplomat characterized the tense relations as exhibiting the danger of “another Cold War.”

“This danger does exist and we can't ignore it,” Kissinger said. He warned that ignoring this danger any further may result in a tragedy,” he told Germany’s Der Spiegel.


When even Henry Kissinger thinks you've been too reckless in the application of raw power, you've over done it.

So given the timeline of the events that have led to the frostiest US-Russian relations since the depths of the cold war, I am of the view that Russia has been actually quite restrained and has not over reacted to any of the numerous provocations.

Despite the lull in front page reporting of the Russian situation, there remains a careful program of steady anti-Russian propaganda running through the western press.

It Takes Two To Tango



Noun  - derogatory

Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

For propaganda to work well, there needs to be tight coordination between the State and the press.  The role of the press is to first publish the propaganda, and second, to neglect to look into it or report on anything that might call it into question. Sins of omission and commission are both required.

The good news is that the internet is a great equalizing force and we can readily unearth inconvenient facts with a little digging that blunt the propaganda. The bad news is that a lot of people still get all their news from so-called 'official' sources.

At any rate, here's a first-rate piece of unadulterated propaganda courtesy of Bloomberg.  Note that it was printed on Dec 31, one of several very quiet news days where little debate is likely to happen:

Inside Obama’s Secret Outreach to Russia

Dec 31, 2014

President Barack Obama's administration has been working behind the scenes for months to forge a new working relationship with Russia, despite the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown little interest in repairing relations with Washington or halting his aggression in neighboring Ukraine.

In several conversations with Lavrov, Kerry has floated an offer to Russia that would pave the way for a partial release of some of the most onerous economic sanctions. Kerry’s conditions included Russia adhering to September's Minsk agreement and ceasing direct military support for the Ukrainian separatists. 


The tenor of this piece is set. It's the US that is trying to be reasonable, but Russia has shown little interest in repairing relations. That's one assertion.

Another is that Russia has been providing direct military support for the separatists in neighboring Ukraine. And yet another that Putin himself has shown little interest in halting his aggression. 

That's the main narrative that the US wants to put forward. Putin is a bad guy. Like Saddam...remember him?  The US is the one being reasonable here, according to this piece, and it'is Russia that has been fomenting the troubles.

The US narrative goes further, repeatedly claiming that Russia has been supplying major arms to the separatists, as we see here from early December 2014:

U.S. Says Russia Arms Ukraine Rebels, OSCE Wary on Truce

Dec 2, 2014

North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg accused Russia of sending tanks, advanced air-defense systems and other heavy weapons across the border to Ukrainian rebels.

Russia denies involvement in the conflict.

“Since the Sept. 5 Minsk cease-fire agreement, Russia has funneled several hundred” tanks, armed personnel carriers, and other military vehicles directly to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, Kerry said.

Russian military forces still operate inside eastern Ukraine where they provide “command and control” for the separatists they back, he added.


The charge from the Secretary General of NATO and from John Kerry of the US State department is that Russia has military forces inside Ukraine, and that they've funneled hundreds of tanks, APCs, and other military vehicles numbering in the hundreds.

As with the MH-17 disaster, we have to call this another case of the dog that did not bark.

Where are the pictures? 

The sorts of weaponry being claimed here are impossible to conceal from the air.

Snapping high resolution photos of such things is child's play for today's military satellites, and even civilian ones, too.

Accusing a major world power of action this brash should require at least some demonstration of proof. Especially after the WMD warning fiasco that played out at the UN leading up to the Bush II Iraq invasion. The least you could do is provide a few pictures of said military vehicles and heavy weaponry.

But there are none.  And the reason none have been offered is because none exist.  If they did, you can be 100% certain they'd be released and replayed over and over again on CNN until everybody and their uncle could distinguish a T-72 tank outline from a Russian made APC.

About Those 'Unwilling' Russians

Let's look more closely at the reasons why Russia may not exactly be in a conciliatory mood towards the US at this moment in time.

With just our short-term memories, we can recall that the US Congress passed a serious piece of anti-Russian resolution last month that can easily be seen as a declaration of war by a reasonable person.

This unfortunate piece of legislation, H.Res. 758, was passed on December 4, 2014 and is titled "Strongly condemning the actions of the Russian Federation, under President Vladimir Putin, which has carried out a policy of aggression against neighboring countries aimed at political and economic domination."

Ron Paul expressed the problems with this resolution very well:

Reckless Congress 'Declares War' on Russia

Dec 4, 2014

These are the kinds of resolutions I have always watched closely in Congress, as what are billed as “harmless” statements of opinion often lead to sanctions and war. I remember in 1998 arguing strongly against the Iraq Liberation Act because, as I said at the time, I knew it would lead to war. I did not oppose the Act because I was an admirer of Saddam Hussein – just as now I am not an admirer of Putin or any foreign political leader – but rather because I knew then that another war against Iraq would not solve the problems and would probably make things worse. We all know what happened next.

That is why I can hardly believe they are getting away with it again, and this time with even higher stakes: provoking a war with Russia that could result in total destruction!

If anyone thinks I am exaggerating about how bad this resolution really is, let me just offer a few examples from the legislation itself:

The resolution (paragraph 3) accuses Russia of an invasion of Ukraine and condemns Russia’s violation of Ukrainian sovereignty. The statement is offered without any proof of such a thing. Surely with our sophisticated satellites that can read a license plate from space we should have video and pictures of this Russian invasion. None have been offered.

As to Russia’s violation of Ukrainian sovereignty, why isn’t it a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty for the US to participate in the overthrow of that country’s elected government as it did in February? We have all heard the tapes of State Department officials plotting with the US Ambassador in Ukraine to overthrow the government. We heard US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland bragging that the US spent $5 billion on regime change in Ukraine. Why is that OK? 

The resolution (paragraph 11) accuses the people in east Ukraine of holding “fraudulent and illegal elections” in November. Why is it that every time elections do not produce the results desired by the US government they are called “illegal” and “fraudulent”? Aren’t the people of eastern Ukraine allowed self-determination? Isn’t that a basic human right?

The resolution (paragraph 13) demands a withdrawal of Russia forces from Ukraine even though the US government has provided no evidence the Russian army was ever in Ukraine. This paragraph also urges the government in Kiev to resume military operations against the eastern regions seeking independence.


If the tables were turned, and it was the Russian lawmakers passing a resolution condemning the US for a variety of illegal activities for which exactly zero proof was offered, I think we all know just how ablaze with indignity the US political leadership would be.

Think of this from Russia's perspective.  They know perfectly well all of the things the Honorable Ron Paul speaks of are true.  There was an illegal coup followed by legal elections.  The US recognizes the former as legitimate but the latter as illegal, and then speaks loudly about the importance of spreading democracy.

Worse, the US keeps mandating that a key condition of lifting its anti-Russian sanctions is for Russia to leave Ukraine militarily and to stop shipping lots of heavy armaments there. But it has, as of today, provided exactly zero pieces of hard evidence to support those accusations.

As bad as this legislation was, the US Senate upped the ante just one week later on Dec 11, 2014 with Act, S.2828 The Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014:

US-NATO Delivering Arms to Ukraine. The Planning of Aggression against Russia

Dec 15, 2014

The Ukraine Freedom Support Act (UFSA) of 2014 authorizes lethal and non-lethal aid. Besides what’s already being supplied.

Including communications equipment. Body armor. Night vision goggles. Humvees. Radar. Counter-mortar detection units. Binoculars. Small boats. Various other gear.

Sniper and assault rifles. Hand grenade launchers. Mortars and shells. Stingers. Anti-tank missiles. What’s known may be the tip of the iceberg.

UFSA legislation “authoriz(ing) (Obama) to provide defense articles, defense services, and training to the Government of Ukraine for the purpose of countering offensive weapons and reestablishing the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine…”

“(I)ncluding anti-tank and anti-armor weapons, crew weapons and ammunition, counter-artillery radars to identify and target artillery batteries, fire control, range finder, and optical and guidance and control equipment, tactical troop-operated surveillance drones, and secure command and communications equipment.”


After chiding Russia for supplying military aid, for which the US has provided no solid evidence in support of that claim, the US has passed an Act designed to funnel all sorts of military aid to the ruling powers in Kiev. 

This could just as easily have been labeled the "Do As We Say, Not As We Do" Act.  For some reason, the Russians are not too impressed with that approach.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in response:

“Both houses of the US Congress have approved the Ukraine Freedom Support Act bypassing debates and proper voting. The overtly confrontational message of the new law cannot but evoke profound regret.”

“Once again Washington is leveling baseless sweeping accusations against Russia and threatening more sanctions. At the same time it is muddling together the Ukrainian and Syrian conflicts, which the United States has been instrumental in inflating. It even refers to the INF Treaty although American compliance with it is questionable, to put it mildly.

At the same time, it promises to Kiev to arm its military operation in Donbass and openly admits that it intends to use NGOs for an impact on Russia’s domestic processes.”

“Though it appears that major challenges to international security demand pooled Russian and American efforts, US legislators follow President Obama’s administration destroying the very foundation of partnership. Bilateral relations are being torpedoed no less powerfully than by the notorious Jackson-Vanik amendment, endorsed in 1974 to obstruct cooperation for several decades. We cannot but conclude that, blinded by outdated phobias, the United States is anxious to reverse time. As the US Congress instigates anti-Russian sanctions, it should part with the illusion of their effect. Russia will not be intimidated into giving up its interests and tolerating interference in its internal affairs.


The really bizarre part of this story is that I cannot yet find any credible analysis or commentary explaining exactly what the US's compelling interests are in Ukraine, nor what the end goal might be. It's all something of a mystery, compounded substantially by the fact that Russia can be a very powerful ally or enemy to have.  Why not choose ally? Why choose enemy?

On the flip side, we have lots of compelling evidence that the US has a serious plan in place to weaken and destabilize Russia. The tactics we're using would certainly be considered acts of war by the US were the circumstances reversed.

As one Russian observer put it:

Both US Assistant-Secretary of State Victoria Nuland — the wife of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) co-founder and neo-conservative advocate for empire Robert Kagan — and US Assistant-Secretary of the Treasury Daniel Glaser told the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives in May 2014 that the objectives of the US economic sanctions strategy against the Russian Federation was not only to damage the trade ties and business between Russia and the EU, but to also bring about economic instability in Russia and to create currency instability and inflation. [5] In other words, the US government was targeting the Russian ruble for devaluation and the Russian economy for inflation since at least May 2014.

The United States is waging a fully fledged economic war against the Russian Federations and its national economy. Ultimately, all Russians are collectively the target. The economic sanctions are nothing more than economic warfare. If the crisis in Ukraine did not happen, another pretext would have been found for assaulting Russia.

Both US Assistant-Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and US Assistant-Secretary of the Treasury Daniel Glaser even told the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives in May 2014 that the ultimate objectives of the US economic sanctions against Russia are to make the Russian population so miserable and desperate that they would eventually demand that the Kremlin surrender to the US and bring about "political change". "Political change" can mean many things, but what it most probably implies here is regime change in Moscow.

In fact, the aims of the US do not even appear to be geared at coercing the Russian government to change its foreign policy, but to incite regime change in Moscow and to cripple the Russian Federation entirely through the instigation of internal divisions.

This is why maps of a divided Russia are being circulated by Radio Free Europe. [17]


We Not On A Road To War, We've Already Arrived

If it looks like a war, acts like a war and smells like a war, it may just be a war.  The US has been waging economic, financial, trade, political and even kinetic war-by-proxy against Russia.  The only question is why?

From the perspective of Russians it seems clear that neocons are driving the US ship of state, and that they are simply not the sort of people with whom you negotiate in good faith or whom you trust.  The neocons believe they have the upper hand, they are part of the most powerful country on earth, and they never negotiate preferring to dictate.

The only problem is, the US is rapidly losing allies and friends the world over and it's not nearly as powerful as it used to be, thanks to a profound failure to invest in itself (education, infrastructure, etc)

In Part 2: Why No One Should Want This To Devolve Further, we analyze the most likely responses the West's bear-baiting will generate from Russia. The short story is this: in none of the outcomes will there be clear victors.

There is simply no good rationale for the geo-political risks being taken right now. Leaving us with the critical question: Why are we willing to let our leaders play nuclear "Russian roulette", for stakes we don't agree with?

Click here to access Part 2 of this report (free executive summary; enrollment required for full access)


ivars's picture

Its correct statement, could

Its correct statement, could have been said in one sentence though: Russia will be provoked into military  aggression by attacking it with all means it can not respond symmetrically, e.g. financial war or economic sanctions.

What I have been saying all along, but people get nervous here when I mention that Russia is new Germany which was also forced the same way to become an aggressor nation in WWII. Ain't no difference. WWI analogue was the Cold War, Russia lost,  WWII analogue is ongoing. 

abguy4's picture

historically loathsome creature... Henry Kissinger

He had me at " less an historically loathsome creature than Henry Kissinger " That living breathing reptoid has made my skin crawl for 50 years now. He could walk under whale shit, and still have head-room.

But, it puzzles me that the possible motive for the US designs on Ukraine escapes Chris. WTF? The major pipelines for Russian gas an oil go thru Ukraine. Any more questions? We are stealing/disrupting their oil industry. Duh..................

SilveryBlue's picture


Putin is no Hitler. Everything I have read about the man indicates that he will out maneuver the clumsy Americans.

He is vulnerable to the 5th column inside Russia, but I hope he prevails. He may just hold the safety of the world in his hands.

ivars's picture


Putin is just a man in his time and place; he can not outmaneuver history. As could not Hitler; after loss in WWI Germany had to accept its no more imperial power; it could it lost sovereignty totally in WWII. 

Same goes for Russia and it will not be 5th column that will put Russia on ruinous war road against history, but nationalists, the ones who can not accept loss in the Cold War and the consequences it has brought- Russia is not anymore imperial power and shall quit trying to be. 

How sad that history will have to repeat, not to say dangerous for us living close by a crumbling Empire. 

erewenguy's picture

The money quote

"The really bizarre part of this story is that I cannot yet find any credible analysis or commentary explaining exactly what the US's compelling interests are in Ukraine, nor what the end goal might be. "

Follow the money.

gold slut's picture

Russian gold

After each of the West's/US's regime change plays (Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, the list goes on), the victim nations wealth (gold) has a habit of ending up in the clutches of the western bankster-reptiles.  This gives them more fuel for them to keep killing the gold price.  Any goldbug out there should pray that they don't get their hands on the Russian reserves, because with that huge amount of Au they could keep the price dead into the next generation or more.

My hope is that China sees Russia as their shield against the western bank mafia coming for them next.  I think they know this as I have read that they have stated publicly that they are willing to support Russia financially.  Geeze, I would even chip in myself with an ounce!

Safety Dan's picture

Alan Greenspan on Gold

Alan Greenspan on Gold Standard & Central banks will always cause a financial meltdown.

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Morgan, Macleod, Murphy Round

Morgan, Macleod, Murphy Round Table- Most Historic Mania Stampede in History By 2016?

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sengfarmer's picture

no comments?

This must be a sign of a bottom, lack of interest. Less than 10 entries in 18+hours.

edit: almost 20 hours

erewenguy's picture

Completely off topic

Safety Dan's picture

Venezuela demonstrates what

Venezuela demonstrates what happens when governments run economies...

My first "viral" Tweet ... seems worth sharing here:</p> <p>Venezuela demonstrates what happens when governments run economies...</p> <p>

Turd Ferguson's picture

This fits in here


It also includes some discussion of Woody's NPR interview that we discussed last week:

Orange's picture

Interesting video

on food being genetically modified and the higher levels of cancer (and other diseases) in the US vs the rest of the world.

​well, I guess I will avoid skimping and buying non organic. just pay the higher price.

BTW, my daughter sent me this, so perhaps she will finally wake up to the "scary" information I send her regarding the cabal. 

Silver Sooner's picture


Why comment when it's so clear that Ivars has correctly analyzed the situation and forecasted who will do what next and when?  The victor has already been predicted.  Although I admit that as a dumb kid from Oklahoma, I get confused if Russia/Putin/Hitler is the aggressor or if now they are being "provoked" to aggression (but the aggressor nonetheless).  I also get confused that the "nationalists" "can not accept loss in the Cold War" when the Russian nationalist movement is relatively new and certainly wasn't the center of power during the cold war.  And I get REALLY confused when it's the Russian empire that's falling apart and not the Anglo-American empire.

But hey, WDIK?  Good thing Ivars has it all figured out for us. 

goldcom's picture

Re: This fits here - ZH

Thanks for that article TF. I didn't know the change now that allows export of crude. Though it hurts the oil companies now it will be good for them long term, but it is perplexing why now after 4 decades of limitations? ZH's reasons are about all that fits. 

I don't always agree with Martenson but I think he got this one right about Russia and his Ukraine comments. I'm also surprised how soon this Eurasian play has come to the forefront.

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Silver Sooner

Good point.

Mr. Fix's picture

It's the same game for a new century…


thank you for the article,  I think Chris describes what's going on quite well, but as for the big question as to why, I have a few ideas…

It's the same game that's been going on for centuries, and what's happening now is being perpetrated by the exact same crowd that instigated both World War I, World War II, and every little skirmish in between and since.

On one of your websites back room forums that we refer to as "DOTS", there has been a lot of discussion over this particular video, and I know it is long, but it does explain a lot:

The basic premise is that war is and always has been good for business especially if you own a central bank and a military-industrial complex. 

It pretty much tells how the game has been played since prior to World War I, up to present day. Although we may be at a different point in history, (it's different this time), there is still immense profit to be made by destroying countries.

The current US administration is nothing but a cabal of gangsters, and the entire government was hijacked long ago. The United States has been instigating wars for over a century, we've been arming both sides in the past, the video presents a compelling case for this.

For the banksters pulling the strings now, it's always been about increasing their power, usually by destroying  the lives of as many as possible. This is also well explained. 

I suspect that with the impending “financial crisis”, they have long envisioned a global conflict for a finale to their endgame, but things may not be going according to their plans.

Vladimir Putin fully realizes that the greatest enemy to humanity is the Rothschild central banking cartel, and this is as much an  Economic war against them, Washington DC, Wall Street, and the City of London as anything else.

By teaming up with China and the rest of the globe to circumvent the almighty dollar, Vladimir Putin knows he can win this war without firing a shot.

The actions of our current United States administration reeks of pure desperation, the parasitical elite overlords that have run this nation into the ground are literally trying to use a scorched earth policy to clean up the mess they have made.

If the rest of the world unites against the central banking cartel, it will be game over for them, and humanity can literally be freed from enslavement, an enslavement that most Americans don't even know they've been living under for the past hundred years.

Outside of the United States, most countries are already aware of the game being played. It's become a global war against those with a printing press for the global reserve currency.

I personally think that this bunch have only succeeded in the past through extreme secrecy, diversion, and blatant criminality. They are still acting like it's business as usual, but with the advent of the Internet, their ability to deceive us has been greatly diminished.

You will also find in the video, that even their best laid plans have very often gone amazingly  off script, and again, they've only been able to maintain their power due to their ability to manipulate perceptions.

I think Vladimir Putin is fully aware of the responsibility he has, in the past couple of years  he has acted in defense of Russia, and humanity against this band of criminals.

He appears to have a viable strategy that the criminals will not be able to overcome unless they can create a mass destruction scenario.

In order to free planet Earth  from the pure evil that is Fiat currency, they must all collapse. This is coming, and although the repercussions may be the most difficult for America,  once the dollar is gone, we will be able to rebuild.

This will only work if people learn to recognize who the real enemy is, because  they are attempting to repeat the World War II scenario, where contrary to popular belief, the Nazis actually won, and have since been controlling America, its banks, and its military. The  Nazis intentionally destroyed their own country, and created the illusion of a US victory while they covertly took it over. I think they are attempting to do the same thing now, only they will intentionally destroy the United States, and then wield their global domination from an Eastern homebase. I realize this sounds like a far-fetched theory, but they've done it before, and they've laid all the groundwork to do it again.  At least this time, Vladimir Putin offers some genuine opposition.

I think this is Obama's strategy in 4 min.:

My biggest fear is that  Vladimir Putin gets assassinated. You can be darn sure that the Rothschilds and their criminal cohorts are probably trying to work out the details of another JFK styled overthrow. If this happens, there will not be a lot stopping them. It's just a theory, but if you watch the video, you will know how it all adds up.

Just in case  you missed it, there was a new Golden Jackass podcast released yesterday, and apparently, Russia is doing far better than we are being told, and the Western banks are in a state of collapse. It all ties together very nicely. 

Keep stacking. 

benque's picture

Woody's agenda

is straightforward, but in two parts.

Economically and politically squeeze Russia until Woody's no 2 master has extracted all the Russian gold.

Afterwards, escalate until violent confrontation between Russia and NATO leaves the west critically vulnerable to multiple strikes by his no 1 masters...ISIS.

So folks, get ready to convert or die, some 3 or 4 years from now.  Better get yer koran now, before the demand is too great.

edit:  Almost forgot to elections in 2016.  Conflict with Russia will be hot enough to declare martial law, and "temporary" suspension of elections.

ivars's picture

Russian Empire is in a state

Russian Empire is in a state of a suckers rally in bear market, so, yes, it seems its scoring some points but its temporary. Trend of collapse of Russian Empire-bear market for it- that started latest in 1905- is too long term and powerful to change it now by whatever actions. 70 years from today it may bottom and reverse but not now, not with current post soviet generation of people. 

On the contrary, USA is still in bull market zone with temporary setback; it is still aiming at expansion.

Why is one Empire better than other in opinions here I can not figure out though. Only explanation is that since most here is from the West they just do not know how life is under other Empires/regimes.

When Russia will begin termination of Muslims in conquered Eastern territories (e.g. Kazakhstan, Chinese Uyghur part) potential difference will get even smaller. Also internal totalitarianism of oligarchic state will increase, making Russia a clear fascist state. 

ivars's picture

Hitler (Germany)  was

Hitler (Germany)  was provoked into military aggression by economic and financial humiliation after WWI defeat as it tried to defend its former imperial status; but was and is called aggressor nevertheless. History is written by victors.

Why shall we call Putin differently when he adds/will add  territories by modern military force? Of course it depends who will write the history later.

sengfarmer's picture


You keep talking about what Russia is GOING to do, why not talk about what the US IS DOING and has already DONE?

edit: From here it appears your hatred is clouding your judgment, or maybe even obliterating your rationality.

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UK, Denmark back EU counter-propaganda plan

Four EU states have backed plans on how to combat Russian propaganda, including a regulatory crackdown on media which “incite hatred”.  The two-page informal paper - endorsed by Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, and the UK and seen by EUobserver - was circulated to EU capitals on Friday (9 January).

It describes Russia’s media campaign as “an asymmetric response to Western economic power” which poses “a real threat to security on the eastern edges of the EU”.  It says “the objectives are to discredit EU narratives, erode support for legitimate governments in the region, demoralise local populations [and] disorient Western policymakers” in order to “widen the scope for its [Russia’s] military and political options”.  It also says promoting the EU “as an idea” is important in eastern Europe because it “raise[s] public support for economic and political reforms, which in the long-term are the most effective guarantees of stability”.  But it complains the EU “punches below its weight” by relying on “antiquated delivery channels such as one-off events or physical information centres” and by sending out messages which are “too technical, failing to connect emotionally”.

The non-paper calls on EU states’ media regulators to hold Russian broadcasters accountable if they “manipulate, deceive, incite hatred, or propagate war”.  RT, which has offices in several EU cities, has run anti-Ukrainian stories which were proven to be fake.  Russia's Channel One ran a fake story that Ukrainian fighters crucified a Russian-speaking child in east Ukraine.

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Interpol says Ukraine's Yanukovich now wanted person

  • Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich makes a statement during a news conference in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

    KIEV (Reuters) - Interpol has put ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on the international wanted list on Ukrainian charges of embezzlement and financial wrong-doing, according to a notice on the international police organization's website on Monday.

Ukrainian authorities said Interpol's publication of a so-called red notice against the 64-year-old Yanukovich, who has been living in Russia since being ousted by street protests almost a year ago, empowered any police force to hand him over to Ukraine if he was detained.  "Today, several months after Ukraine sent a request to Interpol in March 2014 with the arguments and explanations prepared by the Interior Ministry, the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Security Service of Ukraine, an Interpol special commission has come to a decision," Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on his Facebook page.

Yanukovich fled across the border into Russia in February last year after months of street protests in Kiev against his decision to back away from a deal that would take Ukraine towards integration with Europe and tighten economic ties with Russia, Ukraine's old Soviet master.

The pro-western authorities who took over have accused him and a coterie of relatives and close allies known as The Family, of accumulating huge wealth by robbing state coffers and plundering national assets through corrupt deals.  Yanukovich has denied that he or members of his family were involved in corruption schemes.

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Does Snowden living in Russia (along with his documents) have any part to play in the cool US/Russia relations?

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I think Chris Martenson just

I think Chris Martenson just pegged all of my jumbled thoughts in one cohesive article.  I almost wish you could meld Martenson's article with the recent piece from Jim Rickards on the damage $50 can do to our economy and international economies.  I have been trying to figure out the ultimate end game in this reckless manipulation of oil prices, anti-Russia rhetoric, a simmering Ukraine conflict that is still a very real possibility but has disappeared from new reports in the US mainstream media.  Nothing seems to make sense.  The USA certainly looks like the aggressor here.  I wonder how long it will be before we are blamed for the worsening economic climate in Europe, Russia and nation states dependent on oil revenues to survive.  At some point Putin is going to hit back - and Russia will not the the isolated bad guy they once were during the cold war years.

I also question how Obama got so smart as to foment this type of economic warfare.  Based on his previous actions (which have done nothing but help seize up our economy, trash the constitution, create significant racial divides and create huge political chasms), I just cannot understand how he would have been part of engineering something like this as it seems well beyond his capabilities.  I have always scoffed at the idea that maybe somebody else was pulling the strings, but now I am not so sure.

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USA has won the cold war and

USA has won the cold war and is moving forward to next expanasion. What's the point of mulling over and over what has already happened? It is kind of clear.

It might be Your hatred that is clouding judgement. Russia in its time has been doing exactly the same and worse as any Empire that has existed.

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USA has won the cold war and

USA has won the cold war and is moving forward to next expanasion. What's the point of mulling over and over what has already happened? It is kind of clear.

It might be Your hatred that is clouding judgement. Russia in its time has been doing exactly the same and worse as any Empire that has existed.

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I know you are, but what am

I know you are, but what am I?

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