Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Vineyard of the Saker: September 4th 23:53 UTC/ZULU Ukraine SITREP: Maybe, just maybe?

The Vineyard of the Saker: September 4th 23:53 UTC/ZULU Ukraine SITREP: Maybe, just maybe?: An important thing about this plan is that it contains only immediate to short-term elements. There is nothing at all in it about any final status for Novorussia or, for that matter, of the rest of the Ukraine. And this exact how this should be. Why? Because what is important in this plan is not what it says, but what it implies: "you have lost and we can restart this one anytime we want". Yes, I know, neither the Novorussians nor the Russians have said any such thing, but remember that making threats is not the Russian way. Russians do not promise, they do not threaten - they just act. And if Obama, Cameron or Hollande are too stupid to understand this, Poroshenko (being, as any other Ukie "oligarch", a Mafia boss) knows that very well. I promise you that there is a deep level of mutual understanding between Putin and Poroshenko which no western leader will ever imagine.

Article: Falsehoods in the NYT's Editorial, 'Mr. Putin Tests the West in Ukraine' | OpEdNews

Article: Falsehoods in the NYT's Editorial, 'Mr. Putin Tests the West in Ukraine' | OpEdNews: The Times editorial opens with a falsehood: "There is no longer any doubt: Russian troops are in Ukraine, not as volunteers, as the rebel commander in Donetsk would have the world believe, but in units equipped with mobile artillery and heavy military equipment." Their only cited source for that statement is "a senior NATO officer." But should anyone take as a source, on that type of matter, either an anonymous U.S.-NATO official, or an anonymous Russian official? That's hardly an unprejudiced "source," in either case -- and it's their only source on this.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Article: Warning to the World: Washington and its NATO & EU Vassals are Insane | OpEdNews

Article: Warning to the World: Washington and its NATO & EU Vassals are Insane | OpEdNews: Herbert E. Meyer, a nutcase who was a special assistant to the CIA director for a period during the Reagan administration, has penned an article calling for Russian President Putin's assassination. If we have "to get him out of the Kremlin feet-first with a bullet hole in the back of his head, that would be okay with us."

As the crazed Meyer illiustrates, the insanity that Washington has released upon the world knows no restraint. Jose Manual Barroso, installed as Washington's puppet European Commission President, misrepresented his recent confidential telephone conversation with Russia's President Putin by telling the media that Putin issued a threat: "If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks."

Clearly, Putin did not issue a threat. A threat would be inconsistent with Putin's entire unprovocative approach to the strategic threat that Washington and its NATO puppets have brought to Russia in Ukraine. Russia's permanent representative to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, said that if Barroso's lie stands, Russia will make public the full recording of the conversation

Article: The Whys Behind the Ukraine Crisis | OpEdNews

Article: The Whys Behind the Ukraine Crisis | OpEdNews: A senior U.S. diplomat told me recently that if Russia were to occupy all of Ukraine and even neighboring Belarus that there would be zero impact on U.S. national interests. The diplomat wasn't advocating that, of course, but was noting the curious reality that Official Washington's current war hysteria over Ukraine doesn't connect to genuine security concerns.

So why has so much of the Washington Establishment -- from prominent government officials to all the major media pundits -- devoted so much time this past year to pounding their chests over the need to confront Russia regarding Ukraine? Who is benefiting from this eminently avoidable -- yet extremely dangerous -- crisis? What's driving the madness?

Article: Hoaxes, Hype, and Hysteria | OpEdNews

Article: Hoaxes, Hype, and Hysteria | OpEdNews: While Americans were barbecuing over the Labor Day weekend, the Usual Suspects were busy cooking up new wars, from Iraq to Ukraine. While this is nothing new -- after all, evil never sleeps -- one thing I did notice: the stunning lack of imagination on their part. It was, in effect, the equivalent of a bunch of summer reruns: tired formulaic retreads that weren't all that convincing in the first place.

How Can You Tell Whether Russia has Invaded Ukraine?    : Information Clearing House - ICH

How Can You Tell Whether Russia has Invaded Ukraine?    : Information Clearing House - ICH: Last Thursday the Ukrainian government, echoed by NATO spokesmen, declared that the the Russian military is now operating within Ukraine's borders. Well, maybe it is and maybe it isn't; what do you know? They said the same thing before, most recently on August 13, and then on August 17, each time with either no evidence or fake evidence. But let's give them the benefit of the doubt.

You be the judge. I put together this helpful list of top ten telltale signs that will allow you to determine whether indeed Russia invaded Ukraine last Thursday, or whether Thursday's announcement is yet another confabulation. (Credit to Roman Kretsul).

Because if Russia invaded on Thursday morning, this is what the situation on the ground would look like by Saturday afternoon.

Article: Who's Telling the "Big Lie" on Ukraine? | OpEdNews

Article: Who's Telling the "Big Lie" on Ukraine? | OpEdNews: If you wonder how the world could stumble into World War III -- much as it did into World War I a century ago -- all you need to do is look at the madness that has enveloped virtually the entire U.S. political/media structure over Ukraine where a false narrative of white hats vs. black hats took hold early and has proved impervious to facts or reason.

The original lie behind Official Washington's latest "group think" was that Russian President Vladimir Putin instigated the crisis in Ukraine as part of some diabolical scheme to reclaim the territory of the defunct Soviet Union, including Estonia and other Baltic states. Though not a shred of U.S. intelligence supported this scenario, all the "smart people" of Washington just "knew" it to be true.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Article: Labor's Demise Is America's Demise | OpEdNews

Article: Labor's Demise Is America's Demise | OpEdNews: Labor Day is a holiday that has outlived its time. Like Christmas, Labor Day has become a time-out period. As Christmas has become a shopping spree, Labor Day has become the last summer holiday.

The holiday originated in 1887 to celebrate the contribution made by American workers to the strength and prosperity of the United States. The first Monday in September was chosen by President Grover Cleveland to avoid a May date that would keep alive the memory of the previous year's Haymarket Massacre in which workers striking for an eight-hour day suffered casualties from the Chicago police.