"The whole purpose of propaganda is to make the obvious seem obscure, or offensive” - Stefan Molyneux "War: first, one hopes to win; then one expects the enemy to lose; then, one is satisfied that he too is suffering; in the end, one is surprised that everyone has lost." - Karl Kraus Die Fackel October 19, 1917
The CIA's charges at the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) are at it again. As the Ukrainian economy continues to collapse along with the teens-level polling numbers of Washington's puppets President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, SBU has come up with another ridiculous propaganda meme about the dastardly separatists and their Russian backers helping them to build a 'dirty bomb' out of cesium remnants stored in an underground radioactive storage bunker near Donetsk.
Nevermind that if you read the story carefully, there's no hard evidence the bunker was breached, only the say-so of known Ukrainian SBU liars (the same ultra-nationalist or Nazi freaks who got caught by the German magazine Der Spiegel taking photos of Ukrainian BUK SAM launchers including one numbered 312 and claiming they were the 'separatist/Russian' BUK 3x2 system that allegedly brought down MH17). Nevermind that Kiev is only getting around to mentioning now that it has been firing heavy artillery shells near a nuclear waste depository FOR OVER A YEAR. Don't worry though, heavy shelling can't breach the reinforced concrete containment walls the Soviets buried around this storage bunker, according to the article's author Maxim Tucker (pictured left). In his bizarre and shoddy article, Tucker makes no mention of the fact that the Ukrainian military has fired OTR-21 Tochka tactical ballistic missiles, each one carrying over a thousand pound warhead capable of creating craters 25 feet deep, at targets not far from the chemical plant beneath whose grounds the nuclear waste storage sits. The task of pointing out these obvious facts was left to the Donetsk People's Republic spokesman who responded to Tucker's silly SBU dictated article, while other MSM ignored this latest SBU clown show in order to make the Kiev regime look less stupid.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ukraine?src=hash">#Ukraine</a> rebels initially denied knowledge of radioactive bunker but now know what's inside. Yet it 'remains sealed' <a href="http://t.co/REJ8XGEfO9">pic.twitter.com/REJ8XGEfO9</a></p>— Maxim Tucker (@MaxRTucker) <a href="https://twitter.com/MaxRTucker/status/627916278632738816">August 2, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Crater left behind by the explosion of a Ukrainian Tochka ballistic missile warhead near the nuclear waste storage site of the Donetsk chemical plant
Nor does Tucker discuss the likelihood that at least some of the Tochkas fired at targets in Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics that 'broke up in flight' or that were 'shot down by the people's republics' were destroyed by highly advanced surface to air missile batteries (most likely S-400 systems) operating on Russian soil.
These omissions serve at least two purposes:
1) Spare Kiev embarrassment over the massive amount of shelling and Tochka missile targeting it has done near this nuclear waste storage site, as well as the DNR's denials that there is any nuclear waste there besides contaminated clothing and trash that could actually be 'weaponized'
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">TALES FROM THE RUINS “Dirty Bombs” & Filthy Hacks <a href="https://twitter.com/MaxRTucker">@MaxRTucker</a> gets his heart’s desire by the next morning’s post. <a href="http://t.co/onwKScr63n">pic.twitter.com/onwKScr63n</a></p>— John Delacour (@JohnDelacour) <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnDelacour/status/627792722699677696">August 2, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
2) Admitting that the Russian SAM envelope (at least for targets above 5,000 feet) extends well over a hundred miles into the Donbass from inside Russia's borders would of course, jeopardize the fraudulent, NATO-backed Eliot Higgins' Bellingcat Narrative that Moscow had any need to send a BUK SAM and crew to defend the DNR's air space prior to the shootdown of MH17.
Hopefully this trailer popping up on my YouTube feed is just a coincidence, and not predictive programming for future radioactive leak in Ukraine...
Is a Radioactive False Flag Coming in Ukraine? We Doubt It
Reading this latest pack of lies from the Kiev propagandastaffel, we can't decide if we should laugh or cry. We could laugh because this shows how desperate the Kiev regime is getting, knowing that the economic situation is deteriorating with no military victory in sight to console people suffering from growling stomachs and mass unemployment, while returning veterans of the 'Anti-Terrorist Operation' are turning to organized crime or directly confronting the authorities. We could cry, because IF Kiev really is contemplating a false flag operation involving the use of radioactive materials it has in abundance leftover from the Soviet era stored in the Chernobyl zone in order to finally force the U.S. and NATO to intervene on its behalf (with nuclear-chemical-biological NBC trained troops), then the world is truly on the precipice of something terrifying.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Am speaking on <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCNewshour">@BBCNewshour</a> in 30m about threat of a rebel radioactive weapon in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ukraine?src=hash">#Ukraine</a> Listen live or later here: <a href="http://t.co/gsHCW530Pk">http://t.co/gsHCW530Pk</a></p>— Maxim Tucker (@MaxRTucker) <a href="https://twitter.com/MaxRTucker/status/627444443315089408">August 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/MaxRTucker">@MaxRTucker</a> Damn, you guys are fast. Already on <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCNewshour">@BBCNewshour</a> spreading SBU/CIA disinfo? Is this why US's PSYOP specialists are now in Kiev?</p>— Veli P.A. (@Veli_PA) <a href="https://twitter.com/Veli_PA/status/627485816173002752">August 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
For now, we'll settle for the optimistic view that the Washington-backed Kiev regime is simply pulling out all of the desperate propaganda stops it can, using State Department-run and Kyiv Post vetted pressitute Maxim Tucker to spread the story via Newsweek and the UK Times (we don't quite understand why neither outlet demanded an exclusive, perhaps their Pentagon/CIA or Whitehall handlers told them to 'share' the 'scoop').
If some of 'the freaks in Kiev' as my White Russian Floridian friend The Saker calls them were really planning a dirty bomb false flag to pin on the Donetsk People's Republic, and thereby demand the introduction of U.S./NATO 'peacekeepers' in the Donbass or billions in 'humanitarian aid', we'd have to assume not only Washington but also Moscow Center would be aware of such plans. Particularly when the SBU are so clumsily and openly setting the stage for such an insane scheme, much like in hindsight the Ukrainian Army deliberately left behind a 'disabled' BUK surface to air missile launcher at a military base outside Donetsk in June 2014 less than three weeks before MH17 would be shot down by what the global news media instantly described as a separatist or Russian-manned BUK. Moscow Center also still has agents or leakers to the CyberBerkut embedded in the SBU and the Ukrainian defense ministries, judging by the spate of recent defections from both to the DNR/LNR/Novorossiya side.
When the Empire's Propaganda Minions Start Believing their Own Bulls--t About Ukraine -- Especially their Notions of 'Victory' Over Russia and 'the Separatists' Without NATO Shedding Blood
The facts remain that:
NATO countries -- including the most gung hoBaltic states and Poland -- have shown no stomach for sending troops directly to the Donbass and seeing some of them come home in body bags. Instead Western governments prefer to train the Ukrainians hundreds of miles from the front lines, avoiding the spectre of direct confrontation with Russia or being forced to acknowledge losses in combat with Moscow-backed Novorossiya forces. Even the most fanatically anti-Russian neocon hacks, like The Daily Beast's James Kirchick, deny that any Americans will be put in harm's way by the re-arming and re-training of Kiev's forces with American tactics and weaponry:
Eugene Rumer, director of Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia program,warned, “Arm Ukraine and you risk another Black Hawk Down,” an allusion to the 1993 attack on U.S. Marines in Mogadishu that killed 18 servicemen. Reasonable people can surely argue against sending arms to Ukraine without resorting to casuistry: As Rumer no doubt knows, there is no proposal currently on offer to send American soldiers into harm’s way against Moscow-backed separatists or undeclared Russian troops. [yeah right Jamie, keep telling the world and yourself that only Russia has sent 'undeclared troops' to Donbass - JWS]
Instead Kiev's advocates like Afghanistan Army veteran A.H. Bonenberger prefer fairy tales about how the Ukrainians can 'defeat the separatists AND Russia' without a single Westerner bleeding or dying or alongside them.
Bonenberger (what an apt name, like John Boehner Boner the Speaker of the House) in particular strikes us as nothing more than a guy who was willing to write some truths about the Ukraine conflict as an independent journalist (adventurer) coming to Kiev for the action, but who quickly realized acknowledging that the Ukrainian nationalists have lost the war in humiliating fashion, or that Germans and other Europeans have no interest in Ukraine's 'struggle', would never 'sell' to the likes of Forbes, Fox News or the Weekly (War Whore) Standard.
Consider for example, whether this passage would fit in with the cheery propaganda the State Department likes to put out about 'Ukraine being open for business' or the Ukro-techie hipster packaging of Hromadske TV, funded by the U.S. and Dutch taxpayers:
Everyone’s trying to f--- Ukraine right now. America and Europe want good defense contracts [presumably paid for by American and European taxpayers, since Kiev is broke - JWS]. Russia wants what it perceives as its technology, the factories and components of their defense industry which were built and maintained in Ukraine for decades [not for any longer, the defense industry technicians if not the equipment have moved to Russia - JWS],and to continue what it perceives as its traditional sphere of cultural influence. The Turks and Middle Easterners and old, fat Western men (Frenchmen, Germans, British, Americans, Israeli) want to f--- Ukraine’s women, who are, one must admit, incredibly pretty. At a restaurant, a woman, close to tears, tells me that she knows of intelligent, fashionable, sophisticated Ukrainian women who go with someone for 200 Hryvnia per hour (about $10 US). I believe her. Is it a conspiracy? Have people realized that things can be had cheap in Ukraine – pretty women, clothes, food, transportation – and now every external country has made this tacit agreement to maintain the status quo? This is my boldest conspiracy theory yet.
Since ugly truths like the above passage were not popular or couldn't be sold to the likes of Forbes or The Wall Street Journal, AH Bonenberger decided to sell out. He declared on his Twitter account that anyone who disputed his claim that 'Ukraine can beat the separatists or the Russian army' a 'Kremlin troll'. Instantly accusing anyone on social media who disagrees with the Washington/NATO party line on Ukraine of being a paid shill for the Kremlin being the fastest, easiest way to end debate before it starts in our increasingly authoritarian and stupefied Western world these days. NATO governments, and not just individuals do this, producing the odd situation that a Canadian or American taxpayer can find themselves blocked on Twitter despite paying taxes that fund the government propagandists or military public affairs officers running the Twitter feeds.
Bonenberger's channeling of the greater Galician ubermensch, Banderastancult of his Ukrainian Right Sector buddies would be hilarious if it wasn't being used to convince more Congressmen and pundits that all Ukraine needs is more American weapons and training and victory will be theirs -- as opposed to yet another humiliating 'cauldron' with thousands of dead or captured Ukrainian troops. The cherry on top of Bonenberger's bullcrap sundae is that he is trying to save the Russian Army (98.9% of which has almost certainly NOT engaged in Donbass, along with the Russian Air Force) from a serious defeat.
Oh, and did we mention that the gullible Bonenberger tells the world Mikael Skillt has given up his Nazi ways? Of course he has, if he's secretly on the Dept. of Defense payroll now in violation of the recently passed law sponsored by Rep. John Conyers to ban all aid to the Azov Battalion. This is how low NATO's anti-Russian/Donbass propaganda stoops, using U.S. veterans like AH Bonenberger or the Heritage Foundation sponsored correspondent Nolan Peterson to shill for a Ukrainian Nazi battalion whose flag uses the lightning bolts of the SS 2nd Das Reich division (a unit that killed lots of Americans during the Normandy fighting of WWII, BTW).
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/azov?src=hash">#azov</a> member Mikael Skillt brags abt celeb.4th of July n <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ukraine?src=hash">#Ukraine</a> w/<a href="https://twitter.com/USArmy">@USArmy</a> rangers <a href="https://t.co/Wkgf1z8myL">https://t.co/Wkgf1z8myL</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/DanaRohrabacher">@DanaRohrabacher</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/repjohnconyers">@repjohnconyers</a></p>— Thomas Paine (@17ThomasPaine76) <a href="https://twitter.com/17ThomasPaine76/status/624219704245243904">July 23, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Swedish Army veteran sniper and neo-Nazi Mikael Skillt brags about 'hanging out' with Army Rangers somewhere in Kiev...but America and NATO have no involvement in the Ukraine war, the only foreign troops in the Donbass are Russian according to Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges
What mercenaries or 'volunteers' EU and NATO countries have been willing to deploy alongside U.S. mercs and 'Canuck Banderite' volunteers from Canada's Ukrainian diaspora have been vigorously disavowed, despite plenty of video evidence that Poles, Italians, Swedish neo-Nazis, and North American native English speakers (either American or Canadian) have been embedded or deployed with Ukrainian units for some time
Why Kiev Can't Decisively Defeat Russian-Backed Donbass Forces -- But is Still Capable of Dragging Out the Killing
In a previous RogueMoney article on July 11, we discussed all of the problems hindering Kiev from resuming a general offensive, and in fact making the Ukrainian Army vulnerable to a crushing defeat should it try to advance as the ultra-nationalists demand. These include:
- lack of armor after Kiev lost hundreds of infantry and armored fighting vehicles last summer and in the wintertime defeat at Debaltsevo
- not enough troops motivated to go on the attack without overwhelming superiority in tanks, artillery, and airpower that Kiev had last July
- mistrust between the so-called 'volunteer battalions' like Aidar, Donbass and Azov that have recently been pulled off the front lines and the army's high command, which lacks confidence in their ability to avoid another humiliating encirclement like what happened in Ilovaisk almost a year ago
- a significantly more confident, better trained and professional enemy in the Novorossiya Armed Forces (NAF) waiting for the Ukrainians that has had months to practice for defense in depth and combined arms counterattack with tanks and artillery
- battlespace intelligence from pro-Novorossiya locals behind Ukrainian lines and Russian spy satellites/SIGINT capabilities continues to give NAF commanders the edge over their Ukrainian counterparts in terms of knowing the enemy's plans and dispositions
An army drilling for battle -- Novorossiya Armed Forces (NAF) 'Republican Guards' of the Spartak battalion train to repulse Ukrainian attacks
Not enough modern materiel: Ukrainian Army has started using Soviet ammunition manufactured for WWII vintage 85 millimeter guns in the 1960s...
...confirmation of ammunition and equipment shortages on the Ukrainian side: the most commonly used shells in violation of the ceasefire agreement from the Ukrainian side are tank rounds. It appears that the Ukrainian Army won't be needing those rounds for tanks no longer on the battlefield
A Cossack soldier for the Donbass militia says many Ukrainian conscripts don't want to fight but are being forced to by fiercely nationalistic volunteers embedded in their conscript battalions or SBU officers who could report them for disloyalty if they don't fire their artillery at Donetsk, Gorlovka
When Mainstream Media Are Forced to Acknowledge Reality in Ukraine
Fortunately, while the likes of A.H. Bonenberger and James Kirchick spin fairy tales of Ukrainians killing bazillions of secretly buried or mobile crematoria incinerated Russian soldiers while 'only' suffering 2,500 KIA of their own, there are a few Western media outlets more inclined towards reality. If for no other reason than their basis in financial news reporting, and their acknowledgement that Kiev is unable to pay its private debts as well as a $3 billion sovereign bond owed to Russia makes it unlikely that Ukraine can afford more war. Or in the case of Der Spiegel or the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, journalists' skepticism receives a greenlight from above, with a German government not 100% subservient to Washington's aim of keeping the Ukraine war going at all costs to hurt Russia. Especially since the brunt of the conflict's price tag is falling on the Ukrainian and European economies led by Germany.
While The Wall (War) Street Journal and (Rothschild owned?) Reuters double down on Ukrainian propaganda, The (UK) Financial Times recently ran a story admitting that morale among Kiev's soldiers manning the lines outside Donetsk is low:
On the road into Avdiivka in eastern Ukraine, Vasyl, a Ukrainian army soldier, gestures at fresh roadside craters — the result of shelling by Russian-backed separatists the night before. His men face attacks almost nightly as they guard a checkpoint in this front line suburb of rebel-held Donetsk, he says.
Their only defences from the barrages are machine guns, a small concrete shelter and a decrepit, Soviet-era armoured personnel carrier.
“Why doesn’t the president come here?” spits Vasyl. “Then he’ll see first-hand how poorly supplied we are — although we’re dodging artillery almost every day under this ceasefire he himself brokered.”
Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s president, seems to prefer visiting training grounds far from the war zone, testing advanced weapons that have yet to make it to the front line, he says, adding: “Our morale is burning out due to their actions.”
Vasyl asks not to be identified. But his comments are both typical of those heard among Ukrainian soldiers in the east these days, and significant. They reflect an anger and mistrust towards commanders and the country’s political leaders that has grown sharply in the past 12 months.
This time last year, Ukrainian forces were advancing and retaking territory from the rebels, before an invasion by regular Russian forces last August reversed their progress and led to a morale-sapping defeat at the battle of Ilovaisk [in truth, very few active duty Russian soldiers were involved in crushing the Ukrainians at Ilovaisk -- the fighting was mostly done by volunteers and Donbass natives who'd been training in Russia for a counteroffensive over the summer - JWS]. Today, they man Ukraine’s borders with two rebel-held regions amid a ceasefire that is constantly breached [mostly by the Ukrainians firing at civilian neighborhoods in Donetsk and especially Gorlovka were over a hundred people have been killed by Ukrainian Army shelling in 2015 - JWS].
They complain they are exhausted, under-equipped and feel like cannon fodder in an increasingly forgotten but still smouldering war.
The mood change among the military rank-and-file echoes a broader ebbing of support in society for Ukraine’s post-revolutionary leaders, seen — despite praise from international observers — as slow to deliver on pledges to reform governance and curb corruption.
FT goes on to admit the 'ceasefire' campaign of attrition along the front lines where Ukrainian forces stubbornly refuse to pull back or stop shooting their artillery has sapped Ukrainian troops' enthusiasm for the war some still think they could win if allowed to attack (nevermind all of the evidence to the contrary).
The FT also admits that Washington's installed puppets President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister 'Yats is the guy' Arseniy Yatsenyuk are wildly unpopular due to the collapsing economy and failed war effort:
Though fighting is far less intense than during last year’s heated battles, which claimed thousands of lives, more than 150 Ukrainian soldiers have died since February’s Minsk ceasefire accord. Scores of civilians have also perished, including five in Avdiivka last week when rebels allegedly shelled a residential building.
The country is meanwhile struggling with a double-digit economic contraction, plummeting currency and spiralling inflation — including a fourfold increase in utility prices that was a condition of securing a $17.5bn IMF bailout.
The IMF’s executive board on Friday approved the disbursement of the next installment of those funds, a $1.7bn tranche, after its first review of the programme.
“They call all this reform, but a retiree living with a pension of just over $50 per month can’t cover such bills and have enough left over to feed themselves” said Yuriy Lozytsky, a retired serviceman of 26 years now working as a car mechanic near Dnepropetrovsk.
Lingering war, economic despair and slow reforms are eroding trust in the leadership dramatically propelled to power by the pro-democracy revolution of February 2014.
Mr Poroshenko mustered 54 per cent support in presidential elections in May last year but would today garner only 14.6 per cent, according to a June survey by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology. Arseniy Yatseniuk, the prime minister, would get only 1.3 per cent in a presidential poll.
That Moscow is slowly exhausting the will of even many Ukrainian nationalists to hang on to the Donbass by force, and letting nature run its course now that Ukraine has mostly cut off trade with its main market Russia, is increasingly evident to all intelligent observers of the conflict. That is, all observers who aren't in the tank for a fraudulent State Department or Kiev regime Narrative that time is on Kiev's side rather than Moscow's. Particularly with the disruption in trade caused by the 'bandit' Ukrainian army and hopelessly traffic-jammed checkpoints forcing the peoples of Donetsk and Lugansk to use rubles and transact with Russia in order to survive. As exiled, pro-Russian Ukrainian political scientist Rostislav Ishchenko says:
Economic activity on the Donbass is being revived, some industrial enterprises are resuming work, banks are working, the budget has money to pay salaries and pensions and, as odd as it might seem, 80% of the currency are Russian rubles. Students are getting scorecards which allow them to enter not only local but also Russian universities. Students are being awarded diplomas which also allow them to enter Russian universities. Even a year ago this was a major problem. The shelling of Donetsk has not even started at that time, and the kids already were not able to receive necessary documents certifying their education--they didn't have their own, and Ukraine wasn't issuing any. Right now that issue is resolved, and so are many others.
The leadership of the republics has been legitimized not only through elections but also, in part, in the eyes of international law. Regardless of all our "friends' and partners'" ideas, during Minsk 2 [Igor] Plotnitskiy and [Alexander] Zakharchenko were recognized as political authorities not only by Kiev, but also by Berlin and Paris, since they guaranteed their signatures on the documents regulating the situation. OSCE is making official contacts with both Donetsk and Lugansk authorities. They are gradually establishing themselves as international actors.
Once again, it's almost embarrassing to ask, because if Putin gives orders to Surkov who in turn gives orders to Zakharchenko and Plotnitskiy, then why are Putin and Surkov arming and training an army and establishing government institutions, and even facilitating the growth of economic contacts with Russia on territories they are planning to surrender> And if Putin doesn't give orders to Surkov, and Surkov has no influence over Zakharchenko and Plotnitskiy and everything that right now exists on the Donbass appeared there thanks to the militia's acquaintance with the elderly Khottabych, then it's Khottabych that should be asked all the questions related to Minsk, offensives, shelling, and everything else.
Video footage sent to dissident, exiled Ukrainian journalist Anatoly Sharii of horribly clogged checkpoints between Ukrainian-held Donbass territory and the people's republics -- because Ukrainian soldiers are busy 'inspecting' read shaking down the truck and car drivers for bribes
Itschenko says that the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republic armies do not have the manpower to take back more ground from Kiev's forces, beyond parts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions still occupied by Ukrainian troops. However, Itschenko declares the Russian strategy is clear: make the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics stones upon which the U.S.-sponsored Kiev regime will be ground into dust, first militarily, then economically, and soon politically.
For Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk, the handwriting is on the wall. There have been rumors flying since February's humiliating defeat at Debaltsevo and signing of the Minsk 2 accords under German and French supervision that Poroshenko and Yats have both maintained private jets or other means of rapid escape from Kiev. The regime's 'power guys' in the security services, led by Interior Minister Arseniy Avakov, claim that Ukraine can still recover the lost territories after years of U.S training and rearmament, using Croatia's Operation Storm of 1995 as a model. But Avakov himself faces calls for his resignation from the Right Sector militants that Poroshenko is too weak to move against, even when they openly defy the authorities by setting up their own checkpoints or threatening the Ukrainian President's life.
The Ft. Russ blog is full of articles hinting at Washington's 'Plan C', now that 'Plan B' of drawing Russia into a bloody occupation of Ukraine has failed miserably and 'Plan A' of capturing the whole country with Crimea's naval base is a distant pipe dream. There are rumors that the old discredited Party of Regions deputies owned by the industrial oligarchs like Rinat Ahkmetov (now substantially poorer than they were in February 2014) are being groomed for a comeback, with Ambassador Geoff Pyatt and the U.S. Embassy in Kiev's blessing. Yanukovych's former Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov meanwhile, has announced from Russia a Ukrainian 'government in exile' awaiting the downfall of the current Kiev regime.
The Chaos Club of Cornered Rats, Running to Failure: One Big Stinking Turd of a Lost Campaign of Washington-Waged Proxy Warfare from Damascus to Donetsk
Back in Washington the neoconservatives and Bzrezinskites are plotting their moves under the next Administration, or perhaps scheming to corral lame duck Obama into more direct and casualty-risking combat in Syria and Iraq, nominally against the Islamic State. The real objective of toppling Russia's ally Bashir al-Assad, and getting the wily Turks and long-abused Kurds to absorb many of the casualties to do it, remains as elusive as ever. Thanks to the fighting resilience of the Syrian Arab Army, backed by Hezbollah and Iran, using weapons, money and fuel provided by Russia.
Now that Obama has sold out the Kurds to Ankara's bombing campaign and Ankara is plagued with infighting, neither Turks nor Kurds are likely to be willing to die in large numbers for Washington's goal of fighting Assad while pretending to be fighting ISIS. If Erdogan pushes for a general ground offensive deep into Syria, casualties will mount both from Hezbollah and Kurdish fighters using anti-tank weapons to grind down his armored fists and Russian or Iranian SAMs shooting down Turkish F-16s. If Erdogan hesitates to use force against the Kurds, bowing to European and U.S. pressure, his old enemies in the Turkish 'Deep State' and military hierarchy that the AKP tried to purge to establish loyalists throughout the ranks will smell blood in the water. If Erdogan bows or his enemies bow to pressure from Washington to scuttle the Turkstream pipeline deal with Russia, they will also find that Tehran isn't willing to entrust Ankara with transit of its gas to Europe, and the existing Iranian gas pipes into Turkey will come under Kurdish attack. In short, everywhere one looks no matter what proxy strategies Washington deploys, the only possible outcome is chaos, not victory. And chaos is the best the Empire can hope for with the petrodollar's time running out.
Amidst this general gloom in the strategically central Middle East, Ukraine has become a costly sideshow, an albatross around the necks of Washington's foreign policy and Pentagon planners who see far more sequester defying military industrial complex 'gravy' from challenging China than Russia. The incompetent globalist puppets of the Obama Administration and their minions in Aleppo and Kiev have spectacularly failed at proxy war, as surely as the preceding 'Dubya' Administration failed to subdue Afghanistan or Iraq through the direct application of American firepower. The consequences for the petro-dollar, which all these wars were intended to preserve, and which has only been propped up by America's military superpower status, will be dire. If the 'magicians' of the New World Order as 'W the Intelligence Insider' calls them hope to achieve their goals, they are going to have to 'self-immolate' and then use the post dollar collapse conditions to further their agenda. The present 'world order' simply cannot stand.
Joaquin Flores: Russia, China and most importantly Iran have stalemated the U.S., Israel and the Sunni Persian Gulf petrostates (primarily Saudi Arabia and Qatar) in Syria. The proof is in the pudding of Saudi princes coming to Putin, rather than the other way around. The Washington-Tehran nuclear deal is a reflection of the fact that the Iranians and their Eurasian axis partners have won by Assad surviving and now counterattacking with new Kurdish allies who formerly were aligned firmly with Washington. The military stalemate in eastern Ukraine/Donbass also costs Washington enormous prestige and resources spent propping up an unpopular Kiev regime that now looks like a bunch of losers both economically and on the battlefield, for little foreseeable gain in terms of 'bleeding' Russia. Flores' larger point that the 'New World Order' (NWO) is not all powerful and is losing on proxy battlefields as well as economic and informational fights is well worth a listen.