• I don’t mean to diss you, but how did you let yourself get fooled? I voted for Obama the first time around, although I was under no illusions about him. (But nobody expected him to be as horrendous as he has turned out to be.) The two tip-offs for me were that he wrote in his book that he admires Reagan, and that he was clear about being against single payer health insurance.

    There were people who knew that Obama is a neoliberal stooge even before he ran for president:

    Naked Capitalism: Obama at the Hamilton Project, 2006: “This is not a bloodless process.”

    There’s been a sort of contest among the skeptics and hippies for the “Who Called Their Shot on Obama First” title, which I believe Adolph Reed holds (Village Voice, 1996), with Bruce Dixon (2007) also holding an honored place; both writers knew Obama in Chicago, which helped. However, along with Ken Silverstein from Harpers, left blogger A Tiny Revolution called his shot in 2006 (hat tip, Gaius Publius (hat tip jawbone)), based on Obama’s appearance at the first meeting of Bob Rubin’s The Hamilton Project, where he was the only Senator to appear.

  • Demian commented on the diary post Stalker: Obama’s obsessive harassment of Syria & Ukraine by Jane Stillwater.

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    Obama is stalking Russia, not the former Ukraine. The latter is now a colony of the US, having no other purpose as far as the US is concerned than as a tool for destroying Russia.

  • DSWright,

    Thanks for giving a cogent summary of the speech so I don’t have to watch/read it. I’ll just add Sergei Lavrov’s take on it, courtesy of the Saker:

    As for the U.S. President’s speech, we earned the second place among the threats to international peace and stability: number one is the Ebola virus, number two is the so-called Russian aggression in Europe and ISIL and other terrorists who are now taking hold of the Middle East and primarily of the countries, which have evidenced U.S. interventions, are ranked as number three.

  • Demian commented on the diary post US/UK media coverup of Nazis in Ukraine continues unraveling and MH-17 falls apart… by operationmindcrime.

    2014-09-17 21:17:15View | Delete

    I realized that VICE is a CIA news outlet for hipsters when I saw that it has endless videos about Russian homophobia, and then happened to be on hand when Pussy Riot got roughed up at the Sochi Olympics.

  • Demian commented on the diary post Independence Yea or Nay? by Elliott.

    2014-09-16 00:04:37View | Delete

    I have to defend the American general Breedlove. He is not as crazy as Fogh of war Rasmussen. This is how the article you link to ends:

    Breedlove said that allies had to be prepared to “characterize, understand, and survive” hybrid warfare where the aggressor was unknown. “What I think we all understand is that this [...]

  • Demian commented on the diary post Independence Yea or Nay? by Elliott.

    2014-09-15 23:19:03View | Delete

    I have given up on Merkel. Also, I have always hated her party. I was thinking more about what Germany might do when Merkel is gone (in 2017). That time frame is coextensive with a period of uncertainty that is hanging over the Ukraine. Poroshenko introduced legislation today that would give the Donetsk and Lugansk [...]

  • Demian commented on the diary post Independence Yea or Nay? by Elliott.

    2014-09-15 22:14:53View | Delete

    The Germans are not crazy. Sooner or later, they will have to reject austerity. It is possible that financial interests dominating manufacturing interests at present in Germany is a consequence of the unipolar regime the world has had since the end of the Cold War. If the world becomes multipolar, Germany could well go back [...]

  • Demian commented on the diary post Independence Yea or Nay? by Elliott.

    2014-09-15 21:35:12View | Delete

    I wasn’t going to say this until the vote because I don’t want to jinx things, but the US and England want to break Russia up. So if what happens instead is that the UK breaks up, that would be a psychological victory for Russia, and hence the multipolar agenda. A breakup of the UK [...]

  • Demian commented on the diary post Independence Yea or Nay? by Elliott.

    2014-09-15 20:52:53View | Delete

    All freedom loving people have a dog in this fight. The US empire is a continuation of the British empire, so the breakup of the UK would strike a blow against the US empire, and thus bring us closer to a multipolar world, one in which the US is not in the position to launch [...]

  • OK, maybe I was too soft on McGovern. (I certainly don’t want to watch that video a second time.)

    As for Parry: if you don’t want to consider him to be a gatekeeper, I don’t think you can deny that he is an Obama apologist. He has taken the line that the responsibility for the Kiev coup lies with neocons in the State Department, and that Obama had nothing to do with it.

  • Sure, once a CIA agent, always a CIA agent. It is a given in the left blogosphere that Ray McGovern and his buddy Robert Parry are gatekeepers.

    But I just watched this CrossTalk with Ray McGovern. I didn’t notice him doing any gatekeeping. That is one of the better CrossTalks I’ve seen, btw; three good American Russia specialists were in Moscow at the same time because there was a conference on how to improve Russia/US relations.

  • Wikipedia: Federal State of Novorossiya

    You are clearly an artificial intelligence program written by the NSA. But not a very good one. Your inability to make an argument or understand what other people write amounts to a failure of the Turing test.

  • Here’s a really good short documentary about Crimea by an American filmmaker. (It’s his first film.) It has interviews with the locals and goes a little into the history. Everyone inside the Beltway and in Kiev should watch this.

    A lady is interviewed who says that when Crimea was under the Ukraine, children were forced to learn and speak Ukrainian in schools, and Crimeans were forced to use Ukrainian for local purposes. I didn’t know that. I thought that Russian had an official status as a regional language.

    Crimea for Dummies

  • I haven’t seen this rumor mentioned on any Russophone Web site. The idea of Strelkov killing himself is ridiculous, and I’m surprised that the Saker didn’t mention this. Strelkov is presented as being a devout Russian Orthodox believer, and I think that he is. In Russian Orthodoxy, suicide is a grave sin, perhaps the gravest sin.

    The only thing the Novorossian news agency has about Strelkov today is a second interview (in Russian).

    I don’t think the junta cares about Strelkov any more; it’s got enough on its mind. Gotta build that wall! So this rumor was probably started by the Russian fifth column.

    In other news, the second Russian humanitarian aid convoy has begun entering into the former Ukraine.

  • Reuters has removed the passage that DSWright quoted from the article. The article no longer reports that Poroshenko said that “There is no military solution for this crisis.”

    It’s hard to tell what Kiev is “thinking”. Novorossians were under the impression that the junta would start an offensive today, but it hasn’t.

    The EU imposing new sanctions on Russia even though the ceasefire is holding is a new low for it.

  • Demian commented on the blog post New Russia Sanctions May Finally Target ExxonMobil And BP

    2014-09-11 17:48:25View | Delete

    An English language text of Strelkov’s speech is now available:

    We Will Not Allow for Russia to be Ripped Asunder and Ruined

  • Demian commented on the blog post New Russia Sanctions May Finally Target ExxonMobil And BP

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    I am pleasantly surprised that what Strelkov says resonates with Americans. In the West, he is portrayed as a right-wing Russian nationalist.

    His sympathies do lie with White Russians, as opposed to the Reds (Bolsheviks). That comes out when he compares the Kiev coup to the Bolshevik Revolution. But of course, like most Russians, Strelkov views the breakup of the USSR is a disaster. I think the mainstream Russian view is that both the Bolshevik Revolution (which led to the breakup of the Russian Empire) and the collapse of the USSR

  • Demian commented on the blog post New Russia Sanctions May Finally Target ExxonMobil And BP

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    If you liked that, you should watch this press conference that Igor Strelkov held today, also at the Saker:

    Strelkov press conference translated and subtitled

    He talks about the traitorous Russian fifth column, which from the very beginning has sought to stop the emergence of a free Novorossia.

    @sapphirebulletsofpurelove #31:

    Yeah, I know. But sometimes it’s hard not to reply, if I’ve accidentally read one of his comments.

  • Demian commented on the blog post New Russia Sanctions May Finally Target ExxonMobil And BP

    2014-09-11 13:28:59View | Delete

    Your reading comprehension leaves something to be desired. The Saker did not write that.

    Also, your wasting your time if you think ad homenems will work on FdL members.

  • Demian commented on the blog post New Russia Sanctions May Finally Target ExxonMobil And BP

    2014-09-11 12:40:49View | Delete

    Over at the Saker

    Stephen Karganovic: Analogies between Yugoslavia and the Ukraine

    Similarities in the way the Western coalition is handling the Ukrainian crisis that it engendered and brought to the point of savage conflict and the strategies that the same actors pursued in the nineties to lay the foundations for a brutal civil war and stoke the conflict resulting in the destruction of the Former Yugoslavia are being closely analyzed by Russian experts. Reasons for such close attention abound. For one thing, whenever your unimaginative (or excessively arrogant) opponent repeatedly acts by following a set matrix that gives you a significant strategic advantage. It enables you, within broad limits, to anticipate his moves and to devise effective countermeasures.

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