Posts Tagged ‘West Point’

William Blum on American Preparations for Nuclear War with Russia

November 9, 2016

William Blum in his Anti-Empire Report 146, posted a few days ago, has put up various thoughts on American foreign policy. Blum’s a veteran critic of American imperialism, and his observations on it in the latest Report cover a wide range of issues including Cuba, the bogus rationale for the Iraq invasion, Syria, China, Iran, the different countries America has attacked and whose governments it has tried to overthrow, the perilous position of Christians in the Middle East, thanks to America foreign policy, and democratisation as the pretext for invading and looting foreign nations. Along with his own comments, Blum also provides a series of very telling, pertinent quotes.

One of the issues Blum discusses is America’s confrontational stance towards Russia, and the very real danger that this will lead to a nuclear conflict between the two. This is shown in the following quotes.

“I don’t believe anyone will consciously launch World War III. The situation now is more like the eve of World War I, when great powers were armed and ready to go when an incident set things off. Ever since Gorbachev naively ended the Cold War, the hugely over-armed United States has been actively surrounding Russia with weapons systems, aggressive military exercises, NATO expansion. At the same time, in recent years the demonization of Vladimir Putin has reached war propaganda levels. Russians have every reason to believe that the United States is preparing for war against them, and are certain to take defensive measures. This mixture of excessive military preparations and propaganda against an “evil enemy” make it very easy for some trivial incident to blow it all up.” – Diana Johnstone, author of “Queen of Chaos: The Misadventures of Hillary Clinton”

“War with Russia will be nuclear. Washington has prepared for it. Washington has abandoned the ABM treaty, created what it thinks is an ABM shield, and changed its war doctrine to permit US nuclear first strike. All of this is obviously directed at Russia, and the Russian government knows it. How long will Russia sit there waiting for Washington’s first strike?” – Paul Craig Roberts, 2014

On supposed Russian plans to invade Ukraine and seize Crimea, Blum makes the following observations

Crimea had never voluntarily left Russia. The USSR’s leader Nikita Khrushchev, a native of the region, had donated Crimea to Ukraine in 1954. Crimeans were always strongly opposed to that change and voted overwhelmingly to rejoin Russia after the US-induced Ukrainian coup in 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin refers to the Ukrainian army as “NATO’s foreign legion”, which does not pursue Ukraine’s national interests. The United States, however, insists on labeling the Russian action in Crimea as an invasion.

Putin re Crimea/Ukraine: “Our western partners created the ‘Kosovo precedent’ with their own hands. In a situation absolutely the same as the one in Crimea they recognized Kosovo’s secession from Serbia legitimate while arguing that no permission from a country’s central authority for a unilateral declaration of independence is necessary… And the UN International Court of Justice agreed with those arguments. That’s what they said; that’s what they trumpeted all over the world and coerced everyone to accept – and now they are complaining about Crimea. Why is that?”

Paul Craig Roberts: “The absurdity of it all! Even a moron knows that if Russia is going to put tanks and troops into Ukraine, Russia will put in enough to do the job. The war would be over in a few days if not in a few hours. As Putin himself said some months ago, if the Russian military enters Ukraine, the news will not be the fate of Donetsk or Mauriupol, but the fall of Kiev and Lviv.”

Blum also states that the plans for regime change in Syria involve damaging Russian interests in the Middle East and its natural gas combine in favour of the Qatari gas pipeline:

A successful American regime change operation in Syria would cut across definite interests of the Russian state. These include the likely use of Syria as a new pipeline route to bring gas from Qatar to the European market, thereby undercutting Gazprom, Russia’s largest corporation and biggest exporter. Assad’s refusal to consider such a route played no small role in Qatar’s pouring billions of dollars in arms and funds into the Syrian civil war on behalf of anti-Assad forces.

He also quote Dick Cheney to show that absolutely all of this is based on American plans for world domination. Not humanitarianism, not democracy, but the simple goal of extending American power across the globe until it dominates the world completely.

“The Plan is for the United States to rule the world. The overt theme is unilateralism, but it is ultimately a story of domination. It calls for the United States to maintain its overwhelming superiority and prevent new rivals from rising up to challenge it on the world stage. It calls for dominion over friends and enemies alike. It says not that the United States must be more powerful, or most powerful, but that it must be absolutely powerful.” Vice-President Dick Cheney – West Point lecture, June 2002

Oh yes, and in many regards Obama is no better. In 2014 he told the UN that Russia was one of the three greatest threats to the world. The others were ISIS and the Ebola virus.

For more, go to https://williamblum.org/aer/read/146.

It’s clear from this that America’s leader are colossal warmongers, who are threatening to tip us all into nuclear Armageddon just purely from their own selfish nationalism and drive for power.

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Malingering ISIS Forge Sick Notes So Don’t Have To Fight

April 28, 2016

This is hilarious. In this piece from The Young Turks, Ana Kasparian and Brett Erlich from Pop Trigger discuss a report from the American army’s West Point Combatting Terrorism Centre that Daesh is now having serious problems retaining staff. Coalition airstrikes have taken their toll, and the zealous ghazis for al-Baghdadi are having to make cutbacks. They’ve been told not to use so much electricity, and that they can no longer use official vehicles for personal use. They’ve also had to take a pay cut of 50%. As a result, some of the fighters are obtaining dodgy doctor’s notes saying that they’re too sick to fight in the front line.

Kasparian and Erlich note that, although there is this image of ISIS fighters as mature, ruthless men, some of them are only in their 20s, and others are just children. They’ve grown up with ISIS. Some of them may even have joined because they have no choice if they are to survive and make a living after the terrorists captured their part of Iraq or Syria. Some are alienated, but for others they probably joined it because it was the only game in town.

And now that it’s no longer paying, they’re forging sick notes to get out of it. Kasparian points out that the consequences for being obtaining such a fraudulent is probably beheading, if they get found out.

Erlich states that he a bit cautious about it, because it sounds like some of the propaganda they release about Americans being so opposed to their government, that they’re forging sick notes to get out of working for it. He also says that it’s close to an episode of Family Guy, where Osama bin Laden is shown haranguing one of his troopers, who has presented a sick note so he doesn’t have to go on a suicide bombing. Bin Laden states that this isn’t a valid reason for not going, as it’s a suicide mission, and so the bomber’s health really isn’t a factor.

This too much like all the stories about school kids forging sick notes from their mothers, so they don’t have to do school sports or PE. You can just imagine it: Dear Emir, please could you let Ahmed off the zealous murder, torture and rape of infidels, and people who just looked at you funny in the street today, as he has a cold/tummy ache/verucca (strike out which doesn’t apply). Yours faithfully, his mum/dad/Dr MadeupName.