Fri Sep 9th, 2022 at 11:53:08 AM EST
So the US has been in a hot hybrid war with Russia ... waiting for accidents to happen. In the sixties studying at a university in de States, I was taught the Cold War was actually an economic war between the West and the Soviet Bloc ... it still is today for supremacy of fossil fuels and hegemony to lay out a global "New World Order" with leadership by Washington DC. Exceptionalism. Empires often deteriorated from within ... most hopeful to create a more peaceful world where priority is not economic growth and stash of wealth, but care for people, nature and the habitat needed for human survival.
The United States will fail to censor the world community ... in the digital age the US has most levers and assets to exhibit a 1984 full control of thought. Yet the US is not that mighty as it might believe. Their world is not that of the Europeans, South America, Africa or Eurasia or the Far East.
I came across an article written by Alistair Crooke ...
America's Wars Take on a Divisive Edge
As I am customed to do, I dig a bit into the origin of the author and website ... oh horror ... both he and his website Strategic Culture Foundation. Both banned by US Treasury as assets of Putin's disinformation warfare against the Democratic West. Indeed, strategic-culture.org is registered in Moscow. Perhaps like so many on both sides, writers live in exile.
A moment in history ...
Endorsement of Hillary Clinton by Bernie Sanders today ... a betrayal | by Democrats Ramshield - July 25th, 2016 |
excellent discussion on "progressives" in the Democratic Party and foreign policy.
Putin's Asymmetric Assault On Democracy In Russia and Europe: Implications for U.S. National Security
United States Senate,
Committee on Foreign Relations,
Washington, DC, January 10, 2018
Dear Colleagues: For years, Vladimir Putin's government has engaged in a relentless assault to undermine democracy and the rule of law in Europe and the United States. Mr. Putin's Kremlin employs an asymmetric arsenal that includes military invasions, cyberattacks, disinformation, support for fringe political groups, and the weaponization of energy resources, organized crime, and corruption. The Kremlin has refined the use of these tools over time and these attacks have intensified in scale and complexity across Europe. If the United States fails to work with urgency to address this complex and growing threat, the regime in Moscow will become further emboldened. It will continue to develop and refine its arsenal to use on democracies around the world, including against U.S. elections in 2018 and 2020.
Following attacks like Pearl Harbor and 9/11, U.S. presidents have rallied the country and the world to address the challenges facing the nation. Yet the current President of the United States has barely acknowledged the threat posed by Mr. Putin's repeated attacks on democratic governments and institutions, let alone exercised the kind of leadership history has shown is necessary to effectively counter this kind of aggression. Never before in American history has so clear a threat to national security been so clearly ignored by a U.S. president.
The threat posed by Mr. Putin's meddling existed before the current U.S. Administration, and may well extend beyond it. Yet, as this report will demonstrate, the Russian government's malign influence operations can be deterred. Several countries in Europe took notice of the Kremlin's efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election and realized the danger posed to their democracies. They have taken steps to build resilience against Mr. Putin's aggression and interference, and the range of
effective measures implemented by European countries provide valuable lessons for the United States.
To that end, this report recommends a series of actions that the United States should take across government, civil society, and the private sector--and in cooperation with our allies--to push back against the Kremlin's aggression and establish a set of long-term norms that can neutralize such efforts to undermine democracy. Yet it must be noted that without leadership from the President, any attempt to marshal such a response will be inherently weakened at the outset.
In addition, it is important to draw a distinction between Mr. Putin's corrupt regime and the people of Russia. Many Russian citizens strive for a transparent, accountable government that operates under the democratic rule of law, and we hold hope for better relations in the future with a Russian government that reflects these demands. In the meantime, the United States must work with our allies to build defenses against Mr. Putin's asymmetric arsenal, and strengthen international norms and values to deter such behavior by Russia or any other country.
The events discussed in this report are illustrative, not exhaustive, and cover a period ending on December 31, 2017. There are several important geographic areas that remain beyond the scope of this report, including the Russian government's role in the Syria conflict, its complicated relationship with Turkey, or its involvement in places like Central Asia and Latin America. The Russian government's use of corruption and money laundering also merit additional examination by relevant committees in Congress, as well as the Executive Branch. Given the ongoing investigations by the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, this report does not delve into Russia's
interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Furthermore, U.S. election infrastructure, electrical grids, and information systems are outside the jurisdiction of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and therefore beyond the scope of the recommendations in this report, but certainly warrant further study.
Finally, there must be a bipartisan sense of urgency so the United States immediately begins taking the steps necessary to fortify and protect our democracy from Mr. Putin's malicious meddling. There is a long bipartisan tradition in Congress in support of firm policies to counter Russian government aggression and abuse against its own citizens, our allies, and universal values. This report seeks to continue that tradition.
Benjamin L. Cardin,
The aggression coming from within leadership institutions of the United States since the attacks on America on 9/11 has caused a sickening paranoia. Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, GH Bush, Clinton, GW Bush, Obama, Trump and today Joe Biden have all flaunted United Nations agreements, treaties and its Charter repeatedly. In fact, many deeds can be alleged as war crimes and crimes against humanity. These senators and representatives bring harm and disaster on the global community and should clean house first. A Civil War is pending.
My diary on this topic ...
Counterinsurgency Cyberwarfare NATO vs. Russia - Part 3 | Jan. 30, 2018 |
In the diary I linked to article ...
Russian Actions and Methods against the United States and NATO | By Maj. Collins Devon Cockrell, U.S. Army - published on: 22 Sept. 2017 |
Today I dug a bit deeper into the author and found his thesis ... the chosen timeline made it interesting as disinformation and war propaganda is from all ages and not from adversaries only.
Gray Zone Warfare: German and Russian Political Warfare, 1935-1939, and 2014
Nation states face heightened threats from methods of warfare from other nation states traditionally viewed as unconventional or irregular. Understanding these methods is important to the study of warfare. "Gray Zone Warfare: German and Russian Political Warfare 1935-1939, and 2014" examines efforts by pre-World War Two Germany and the current Russian state to apply Political Warfare to achieve strategic foreign policy goals, short of Conventional Warfare. Political Warfare undermined institutions, influenced foreign and domestic populations and weakened and disrupted alliances. Using structured, focused comparison case study method, this thesis examines Political Warfare between these two widely separated periods.
Additional reading ...
US Army Special Warfare. Its Origins: Psychological and Unconventional Warfare, 1941-1952
By Alfred H. Paddock, Jr. - 1982
Thus NATO allies have been in a coordinated state of hybrid warfare with the 🇷🇺 Russian Federation for decades. The war machine of propaganda indoctrinating citizens of the Western World have been targeted by an unrelenting barrage of the same narrative ... Putin did it ‼️
NATO Ivo Daalder and John Kerry: "We'll make Russia a pariah state."
PropOrNot [November 2016]
The 'Washington Post' 'Blacklist' Story Is Shameful and Disgusting | RollingStone - Nov. 18, 2016 |
A technology reporter for the Washington Post named Craig Timberg ran an incredible story. It has no analog that I can think of in modern times. Headlined "Russian propaganda effort helped spread `fake news' during election, experts say," the piece promotes the work of a shadowy group that smears some 200 alternative news outlets as either knowing or unwitting agents of a foreign power, including popular sites like Truthdig and Naked Capitalism.
The thrust of Timberg's astonishingly lazy report is that a Russian intelligence operation of some kind was behind the publication of a "hurricane" of false news reports during the election season, in particular stories harmful to Hillary Clinton. The piece referenced those 200 websites as "routine peddlers of Russian propaganda."
The piece relied on what it claimed were "two teams of independent researchers," but the citing of a report by the longtime anticommunist Foreign Policy Research Institute was really window dressing.
The meat of the story relied on a report by unnamed analysts from a single mysterious "organization" called PropOrNot - we don't know if it's one person or, as it claims, over 30 - a "group" that seems to have been in existence for just a few months.
Washington Post Distances Itself From Anti-Russian Propaganda Group That Called Out Fake News Peddlers | The Wrap |
RussiaGate was actually IntelliGate ... the intelligence community of Nine Eyes running amok. The Dutch with Mark Rutte have played a pivotal role in this devious scheme. He got an embarrassment from the Dutch voters in 2016 when they voted AGAINST the Ukraine joining the European Union.
Dutch Media Take EU Disinfo Watchdog to Court | March 9, 2018 |
NATO's open door policy stipulated that a nation can only join the EU by committing to NATO membership. Economic blackmail ... Brussels funding NATO expansion. Twenty years ago, Putin's Russia expressed the intention to expand its role in the Friendship treaty with NATO ... Washington refused and reset the relationship to an adversary and later as the number ONE enemy state.
"We didn't finish our revolution, we didn't remove Lukashenko, we didn't prevent Russians from crossing our border to attack Ukraine--all of these are reasons to fight in Ukraine."
@AnneApplebaum meets Belarus freedom fighters on their way to @BelWarriors
'Lukashenko Is Easier to Unseat Than Putin' | Atlantic Council by Anne Applebaum |
A band of Belarusians is resisting the threat of a neo-Soviet empire by taking up arms in Ukraine.
Anne Applebaum and husband Radek Sikorski were at the frontline to harass everything about Russia, warmongering and spreading lies. For policy of regime change as American policy these two can join hands with the likes of John Bolton ... in and in EVIL.
EuroTrib search for diaries ...
Anne Applebaum - https:/www.eurotrib.com?op=search&offset=0&old_count=50&type=diary&topic=§
Radek Sikorski - https:/www.eurotrib.com?op=search&offset=0&old_count=50&type=diary&topic=§
Trump's Revival of anti-EU Sentiment in Warsaw | July 6th, 2017 |
What America stands for ...
Rumsfeld Visits Baghdad's Abu Ghraib Prison | Haaretz - May 12, 2004 |
Members of Congress after viewing fresh photos and videos said the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. military personnel included torture, humiliation and forced sex beyond what has been seen in public.
Lawmakers said they saw disturbing images that included military dogs snarling at cowering prisoners, Iraqi women commanded to expose their breasts and photos of sex acts, including forced homosexual sex.
In addition, lawmakers said there were images of hooded Iraqi prisoners being forced to masturbate while cameras captured the scene.
Most lawmakers said they opposed public release of the Iraqi prison pictures, which everyone agreed were stomach-turning.
Sen. John Warner said making the images public could "possibly endanger the men and women of the armed forces."
Birth of Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) or the Islamic State of the Levant (ISIL)
The abuse was cited in a grisly execution video posted on the Web site of an Islamic militant group. The video showed the beheading of an American civilian who had been seized in Iraq, and included the claim that his death was revenge for the mistreatment of Iraqis at Abu Ghraib.
Bush denounced the "brutal execution" and said those responsible hoped to "shake our confidence." They will fail, he said, adding, "We will complete our mission."
"The prayers of the entire world are with the people of
Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and
unjustified attack by Russian military forces.
President Putin has chosen a premeditated war
that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human
suffering. Russia alone is responsible for the death
and destruction this attack will bring, and the United
States and its Allies and partners will respond in a
united and decisive way.
The world will hold Russia accountable."
- President Joe Biden
Joe Biden was fully aware he and NATO has crossed the red lines of Russia's vital national security. Only he as the global leader of the most powerful armed forces could have prevented war in Europe. He refused.
Successive American administrations post 9/11 have terrorized the Middle East, AfPak region and Iraq. Terror has exploded in greater numbers, attacks, deaths and destroyed the fabric of society in the Western world. Invitation to Islamophobia, xenophobia and in the end Russophobia led to a strong movement advancing rightwing extremism and populist political parties.
The European project has been destroyed.
A warning gone unheeded ...
Europe, don't let Biden clip your wings | Politico Opinion - Nov. 2020 |
Related reading ...
Democracy, Demography and the East-West Divide in Europe
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