Putin Has No Problem With Nuclear War Against The West And Was Ready To Push The Button Over Crimea

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The Crimean Peninsula, or Krim as the Russians call it, is sacred to the Russian people. In a strategic sense, it is their historical warm water port and access to the Black Sea, the Mediterranean, and the oceans beyond. Russia had already secured Crimea with prior treaties in Ukraine which allowed them to station an overwhelming number of soldiers and sailors to service their Black Sea Fleet.

So to me, it was not surprising that Russia decided to take the territory by force when Ukraine showed signs of becoming a nation beholden to the West when Ukrainian President Yanukovych was ousted from power in the Maidan revolution over a year ago now.

Russia is now celebrating the one year anniversary of their conquest of Krim and produced a documentary which showed a lengthy interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The video gives fascinating insight (and most importantly Kremlin propaganda for the West to ponder) into Putin’s thoughts and decisions regarding the military operation that annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine.

The Washington Post reports on the documentary:

“You know what our advantage was? The fact that I was doing this personally,” (Putin) said. “Not because I did everything correctly, but because when it is done by the top person in government, it’s much easier for those who fulfill orders to work.” Ukrainian forces in Crimea were ill-organized after the collapse of the government in Kiev, he said.

“We were ready” to raise Russia’s nuclear forces to a high state of readiness, Putin said. “But I proceeded from the belief that it would not go so far.”

Obviously, this piece of news about their readiness to use nuclear weapons is calculated to scare the West into not confronting Russia on any further adventures it decides to take in Eastern Europe. Putin also says in the video that he was surprised the invasion went so easily. I guess he thought the West would put up more of a fight.

Unfortunately, our current leadership has no stomach to stand up to aggression in any form. The next American president needs to make it very clear that the Eastern European nations which form the barrier of NATO to Russia also have the nuclear protection of the United States. It would be nice to hear a president say that, but I’m going to hold my breath for two years.

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What Is Going On In Russia?

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Vladimir Putin has done a very good job of removing adversarial coverage from the airways in the Russian Federation. Apparently, Russia wants to shut down the U.S. independent media as well, and some things that have been said at the State Department and on Fox News have angered Russian lawmakers who are not used to having their actions questioned.

The Moscow Times reports:

 A Russian lawmaker has penned a letter to U.S. Ambassador John Tefft recommending that the U.S. State Department and other federal agencies conduct psychological analyses and drugs tests on their employees.

Oleg Mikheyev, a deputy with the party A Just Russia, said he acted after U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki “ignorantly” suggested that the presence of Russian aircraft in Vietnam could destabilize the region, the RIA Novosti news agency reported Tuesday.

Mikheyev also took issue with comments made by former U.S. Army Major General Robert Scales, who told Fox Business News in an on-air interview last week that the only way the United States could “turn the tide in Ukraine” was to start “killing so many Russians that even [President Vladimir] Putin’s media can’t hide the fact that Russians are returning to the Motherland in body bags.” The Investigative Committee announced Thursday it had launched a criminal case against Scales in connection with his remarks.

“In order to improve the international dialogue between Russia and the U.S., we consider it necessary for U.S. bodies to analyze civil servants for the presence of mental disorders (including disorders of perception, obsessions), alcohol and substance abuse,” Mikheyev was cited as writing.

The political atmosphere in Moscow is toxic after the murder of Putin opponent Boris Nemtsov. The disappearance of Vladimir Putin for over ten days recently with no explanation has heightened this feeling of uncertainty in the Russian capital.

Many think he is being pushed out by more nationalistic, anti-Western forces who could present an even more diabolical Russia to NATO. So it seems natural that a member of this group of hardliners would like to influence, or threaten, the media in the West as well.

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Putin Puts 45,000 Troops On Alert; Conducts Nationwide Military Exercises

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Russian President Vladimir Putin reappeared in public Monday for the first time in nearly two weeks and ordered snap military drills throughout the country.

The largest of the military exercises will take place near Russia’s northern border with Norway. The Scandinavian nation is currently conducting its “Joint Viking” military exercise in the resource-rich arctic region, involving 5,000 troops. Russia plans to dwarf that exercise in sending in 40,000 servicemen, 41 warships, and 15 submarines (from the country’s Northern Fleet), according to the RIA news agency.

The snap military exercises will last for much of the week and, in addition to the Arctic region, include exercises in the Far East with 5,000 military personnel, and in the unstable North Caucasus region of Chechnya with 500 personnel. The exercises in Chechnya are aimed at Islamic insurgents who seek to create an independent state in the North Caucasus.

Russia’s snap military exercises come at the one year anniversary of the nation’s annexation of the Crimean region of the Ukraine. Putin’s actions have caused the greatest tension between East and West since the Cold War. The West responded to Russia’s aggression in the Ukraine region by imposing stiff economic sanctions last year.

Putin, in turn, has indicated he is willing to put Russia’s largest-in-the-world nuclear forces on alert in order to secure the gains made through the Crimean Crisis against interference from the Ukraine or the Western powers.

“New challenges and threats to military security require the armed forces to further boost their military capabilities. Special attention must be paid to newly created strategic formations in the north,” Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said, quoted by the RIA news agency.

Shoigu said the order for the snap exercises came from Putin, who has promised to spend more than 21 trillion rubles ($340 billion) by the end of the decade to overhaul Russia’s fighting forces.

h/t: Business Insider

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Kremlin Tells Journalists To Not Leave Moscow For The Weekend And To Expect A Major Announcement

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I travel to Moscow and the territories of the former Soviet Union frequently to report for several major news outlets. From my viewpoint, there is definitely something going on in the Kremlin regarding Putin. It is very difficult to figure out what this is.

It could be he is out of the city to be with his mistress as they have their baby. It could be he has a health problem.

It could be that he has died. It could be a change in power or an attempt at such.

I have no reason to say the following translation is fake, nor can I confirm it.

What I can say is that the Russians are following the Soviet script regarding drama at the Kremlin–meaning you need the CIA to try and figure out what is going on.

Stay tuned – this could get interesting!

 

Translation:

The Kremlin is preparing a major announcement; journalists are asked not to depart for the weekend.

A  source in the press service of the President of Russia says he is preparing a major announcement in the near future; and for this reason, heads of relevant media are asked to be ready in the next few days for a possible press conference.

This was indirectly confirmed by the CEO of the Center for Political Information polit-info, Alexei Mukhin.

Mukhin also denied reports that President Putin is currently incapacitated.

h/t: Vlasti.net

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The U.S. And Israel’s Common Enemies

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As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Washington and speaks to Congress, bypassing the Obama administration, the stakes could not be higher. But President Obama is not the only, and certainly not the most significant, opponent of Israel. The important new book, “The USA and The New World Order,” features a debate in which one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s key advisers, Alexander Dugin, criticizes Israel’s “imperialist” role in the Middle East and America’s role in the world as a whole.

A careful reading of this important debate, which occurred in 2011 and has recently been published in book form, demonstrates that it is Russia which is the main threat to Israel and the United States.

Dugin’s debate opponent, the anti-communist Brazilian writer and philosopher Olavo de Carvalho, sees Dugin as the brains behind Putin’s geopolitical strategy that embraces “genocidal violence.” He notes that Dugin has “advocated the systematic killing of Ukrainians—a people who, according to him, do not belong to the human species.”

As for Israel, the debate transcript shows that Dugin regards the Jewish state as “a modern capitalist and Atlantist entity and an ally of American imperialism.” This is a rather straightforward view of how the Moscow regime views Israel today, and why it backs the government of Iran with weapons, nuclear technology, and diplomatic support.

The term “Atlantist” or “Atlanticist” is meant to refer to trans-Atlantic cooperation between Europe, the United States, and Canada in defense and other areas.

Iran is a key part of the anti-American alliance. Dugin has explained in the article, “Eurasianism, Iran, and Russia’s Foreign Policy,” that a “strategic alliance” exists between Iran and Russia, and Russia “will not cease its efforts to reduce sanctions against Iran” over its support for terrorism and pursuit of nuclear weapons.

In the debate with de Carvalho, Dugin proclaims, “I have nothing against Israel,” then quickly added, “but its cruelty in repressing the Palestinians is evident.”

To which de Carvalho counters, “The rockets that the Palestinians fire practically every day at non-military areas of Israel are never reported by the international big media, whereas any raid by Israel against Palestinian military installations always provokes the greatest outcry all over the world.”

He tells Dugin, “I know the facts, my friend. I know the dose of violence on both sides. I know, for instance, that the Israelis never use human shields, while the Palestinians almost always do it. I know that, in Israel, Muslims have civil rights and are protected by the police, while, in countries under Islamic rule, non-Muslims are treated as dogs and often stoned to death.”

This exchange is only part of a debate that puts Israel in the context of a global conflict that Dugin sees as “The West against the rest.” The world is going through a “global transition,” away from dominance by the U.S. and its allies, he asserts.

De Carvalho commented that Dugin, himself the son of a KGB officer, is “the political mentor of a man [Vladimir Putin] who is the very incarnation of the KGB.” He said that Dugin has emerged as “the creator and guide of one of the widest and most ambitious geopolitical plans of all time—a plan adopted and followed as closely as possible by a nation which has the largest army in the world, the most efficient and daring secret service and a network of alliances that stretches itself through four continents.”

De Carvalho describes Eurasianism as “a synthesis of the defunct USSR and the Tzarist Empire” that includes philosophical elements of Marxism-Leninism, Russian Messianism, Nazism, and esotericism. The last element is a reference to certain occult influences in Russia.

“In order to fulfill his plans,” de Carvalho explains, “he counts on Vladimir Putin’s strong arm, the armies of Russia and China and every terrorist organization of the Middle East, not to mention practically every leftist, fascist and neo-Nazi movements which today place themselves under the banner of his ‘Eurasian’ project.”

He says the historical roles played by Russia and China in sponsoring and arming terrorist groups help explain why global Islam has targeted the United States and Israel. “Some theoreticians of the Caliphate allege that socialism, once triumphant in the world, will need a soul, and Islam will provide it with one,” he notes.

In this global war for domination, however, he also identifies a “globalist elite,” including in the U.S. government and society, which wants to destroy traditional Christianity and share in “the spoils” from the decaying West.

What we are witnessing, he writes, is an “alliance of Russia with China and the Islamic countries, as well as with part of Western Europe,” that has come together in a “total war against the United States and Israel,” which is to be followed by “the establishment of a worldwide dictatorship.” It is the replacement of an “Atlanticist Order” by the “Eurasian Order.”

For those who doubt such global schemes could come to pass, de Carvalho says that Dugin “is not a dreamer, a macabre poet creating imaginary hecatombs in a dark dungeon infested with rats.” Rather, he is “the mentor of the Putin government and the brains behind Russian foreign policy,” whose ideas “have long ceased to be mere speculations.”

De Carvalho identifies among these “material incarnations” of the Dugin vision the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a group founded by Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, which “intends to be the center of a restructuring of military power in the world.” Iran has been an observer state at the SCO since 2005. He also cites the Paris-Berlin-Moscow axis, a geopolitical term for countries which are seen as developing a mechanism to replace NATO, the one-time anti-communist alliance.

Another such international organization is the BRICS alliance of nations, incorporating Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Iran is also discussing joining BRICS.

On January 20, Iran and Russia signed an agreement expanding their military ties. Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow wants to develop a “long-term and multifaceted” military relationship with Iran. Just a few days ago, Russia offered to sell the Antey-2500 anti-aircraft and ballistic missile system to Iran. “The United States and Israel lobbied Russia to block the missile sale, saying it could be used to shield Iran’s nuclear facilities from possible future air strikes,” Reuters reported.

For its part, the government of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has been warning about Iran while simultaneously conducting cordial relations with Russia and refusing to condemn Putin for invading Ukraine. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says Israel will maintain “neutrality” in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. “Maintenance of good relations with Russia is a priority moment for Israel and its principal stance,” Lieberman said.

It has been estimated that more than 6,000 people have died in eastern Ukraine since Russia’s invasion of the country. The Obama administration has refused to supply Ukraine with weapons for its own self-defense.

This article originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission.

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