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THE CORKER-MCCAIN “RUSSIAN AGGRESSION PREVENTION ACT OF ...

The craziness and out-of-control nature of the corruption evident in foreign policy lately has taken yet  another turn for the worse. But this one boggles the mind folks. It seems that the aptly named US Senator from Tennessee, Mr. Bob Corker, with the considerable political weight of US Senator John McCain behind it, has come up with a bill that is...well...a corker:

“Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014″: Another U.S. Style Violent Regime Change?

I hope you caught all of that... but in case you didn't, here are the highlights:

"Corker and fellow Republican Party senators have shepherded to full U.S. Senate passage the «Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014». The law, if enacted, would subject Russia to the same level of draconian sanctions currently employed by the United States against Iran, Syria, and Sudan. There is no doubt that such sanctions have one intention: U.S.-style violent regime change as previously directed against Libya and Iraq.

"Corker’s Senate co-sponsors include the typical neo-conservative riff-raff associated with other Cold War-era foreign adventures of the United States. Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, the Cuban-American Republican wunderkind who is a right-wing favorite for the presidency in 2016, weighed in with his support for Corker’s bill. Rubio is pushing for similar sanctions against Venezuela and Nicaragua.

"Also supporting the Corker bill is Corker’s Republican colleague from Tennessee, Lamar Alexander.

"The chief supporter of the sanctions bill is Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, a longtime Russophobe who has never passed up a chance to confront Russia militarily, whether it be in Syria, Afghanistan, or Ukraine.

"The Corker bill would impose travel bans and asset freezes on Russian government and Russian corporation officials. Targets include President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and deputy prime ministers and government ministers. Several Russian firms are targeted in the legislation, including Sberbank, VTB Bank, Vnesheconombank, Gazprombank, Gazprom, Novatek, Rosneft, and Rosoboronexport. Corporate targets include «senior executives» of institutions, defined by the law as «a member of the board, chief executive officer, chief operating officer, chief financial officer, secretary, treasurer, general counsel, or chief information officer, or the functional equivalent thereof, of an entity».

OK...we get it: the bill is to make the Ukraine safe for plundering by the West, with the USA being plunderer in chief, but something tells me that the sanctions regime will not put any brakes on the Russian energy companies, the Russian banks, or Mr. Putin's travel plans, although, if I were him, I'd invest in a stealth aircraft for his presidential airplane, and take along a flight of the latest Russian fighters when traveling. Airplanes seem to be falling out of the sky over there.

But hey, look! there's more!

"But there may be more than «drugstore cowboy» politics involved with the Republican sanctions bill. Corker, a former mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is known to have engaged in a number of illicit real estate and other financial schemes while serving as mayor. Tennessee political sources report that businessmen associated with Ukrainian steel and pipeline billionaire oligarch Victor Pinchuk had business dealings in the Tennessee city while Corker served as mayor. Pinchuk, the son-in-law of former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, is also closely linked to neo-conservative U.S. politicians, including McCain; former George W. Bush political adviser Karl Rove; and Rick Davis, McCain’s presidential campaign manager in 2000 and 2008. Pinchuk is also the only Ukrainian member of the powerful New York-based Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Pinchuk’s annual Yalta European Strategy (YES) conference, held in the czarist-era Livadia Palace on the Black Sea, draws various Western politicians, many with political and financial interests in Ukraine. Past attendees have included Rove, Soros, McCain’s foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann, and such corporatist politicians as Bill and Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, John Kerry’s 2004 campaign manager Bob Shrum, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Viktor Yushchenko, Mikheil Saakashvili, Newt Gingrich, CFR President Richard Haass, Shimon Peres, and Ukraine’s «acting» Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk."

Ok, like I said, we get it: the bill is to make the Ukraine safe for plunder.

But there's a catch, and it's a huge one:

"The Republicans seem intent on punishing former officials of its NATO allies, including Germany and the Netherlands. For example, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder would be subject to a travel ban and asset freeze by the United States because of his chairmanship of the board of Nordstream AG, which is 51 percent owned by Gazprom. Other Germans who face asset freezes and travel bans include Nordstream board members Eggert Voscherau, the deputy board chairman of BASF AG, Reiner Zwitserloot, chairman of the board of the German gas company Wintershall AG, Burckhard Bergmann, chairman of the board of E. ON AG, and Hans-Peter Floren, chairman of the board of E. ON Ruhrgas AG. Dutch chairman of the board of Gasunie of the Netherlands, a member of Gazprom’s Nordstream board and chairman of its Southstream board would also be slapped with American sanctions. Southstream corporate officials who would also be subject to travel bans and asset freezes include corporate officials of Italy, France, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Greece, Germany, Bulgaria, and Hungary, all NATO members, as well as Austria, Serbia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina."

So there you have it: make the Ukraine safe for plunder, by throwing over Germany, Italy, France, and the rest of Europe. Perhaps the Senators in their infinite wisdom might want to consider a rider to the bill, something to the effect of "but this doesn't apply to our good friends in Europe," and then go on to list the exempted parties in the paragraph above.

One begins to wonder if there's LSD in the water supply of Washington, because the only end result of the cumulative policies of Washington's oligarchs - the punishment of BNP Paribas, Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, the spying on European leaders including Chancellorin Merkel, the recruiting of spies within Germany's intelligence services, the imposition of austerity measures on the Ukraine, and on and on we could go - can only have the long term result in the dissolution of the careful alliances and goodwill built between the USA and western Europe since the end of the last World War, and that, ultimately, cannot be good either for America or Europe.

The last time we saw such incomprehensible and counter-intuitive geopolitical lunacy and war lust was with Sazonov, von Berchthold, Delcasse, Poincare, Grey, and von Bethmann-Hollweg, one hundred years and two days ago, when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. The Dual-Monarchy, a "multi-cultural" polyglot entity of several ethnic groups held together by the iron hand of the Hapsburg oligarchy, as we all know, dissolved and disappeared into the dustbin of history in 1918.

See you on the flip side...

 

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  1. If my memory has not gone bonkers on me, I remember it was Senator John McLame in 2008 who wanted to start a war with Russia over a crisis in Georgia. McLame has now enlisted the help of Senator Boob Corker to “make things worse” and to try and start a war with Russia over Ukraine. Obama of course will sign the legislation being sponsored by the senators.

    Now, let me take you to January 30, 2012:
    US President Barack Obama meets with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in the Oval Office for an unprecedented private meeting, a tête-à-tête if you will, to discuss an American attack on Iran. While shaking hands with Saakashvili, Obama holds a bright, shiny object in his other hand and says, “I need your cooperation to wallop Iran if they don’t play ball with me. Now, you are the president of a little nation, and Georgia is the 3rd largest recipient of American foreign aid, and you’re running for re-election. So, I can use to use your country as a staging ground for an air strike on Iran. Right?” Obama begins to bob the bright, shiny object up and down while Saakashvili’s head begins nodding up and down in rhythm to the object.

    Obama continues, “Now there’s nothing for you to worry about because if anything goes wrong, I’ll blame it all on ‘Killary. That’s an inside joke here in the White House and it’s our pet name for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after she had Muammar Gaddafi murdered.”, Obama said with a chuckle. Besides, I got me this here Nobel Peace Prize that I use sort of like a “Get Out of Jail Free” thingy.” Obama’s chuckle begins to turn into maniacal laughter, “So, I can’t be blamed for anything, no matter what I do.”

    Obama soberly continues, “Of course I’ll deny we ever discussed any of these arrangements, and you won’t tell anybody what we’ve spoken about, will you?” Saakashvili’s head begins to rhythmically sway back and forth as Obama swings the bright, shiny object back and forth.

    “Good boy!” says Obama. “Now scuttle on over to meet Sec. Clinton and Senator McLame who are with the NSA and CIA guys and the usual suspects over at the Pentagon.”

    http://www.presstv.com/detail/226491.html

    1. Except Obama never seems to have bought into the starting a war with Iran, so doesn’t make a lot of sense. A US war with Iran leads to much bigger things, and Obama himself understands that.

      Almost happened, when the Turks sponsored that sarin gas attack in Syria–was seized upon by the likes of John Kerry to push for strikes on Syria by the US, which would have quickly involved Iran.

      If you want a point where the US nearly started a war with Iran, look at early 2007 “reporting” by major US newspapers. The Cheney faction was clearly selling a war with Iran.

      1. So, who was ‘beating the drums for war’ against Iran in January – February 2012?

        From the Link provided above, notice Obama’s use of the personal pronoun “I”:

        In an address in January, President Obama said that “America is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and “I will take no options off the table to achieve that goal.”

        Fast Forward to August – September 2013

        Obama said, ““After careful consideration, I have decided the United States should take action against Syrian regime targets,” Obama said in Rose Garden address Saturday.”

        Another quote from Obama’s address to the nation (America) in August, 2013. “Over the last several days, we’ve heard from members of Congress who want their voices to be heard. I absolutely agree. So this morning, I spoke with all four congressional leaders, and they’ve agreed to schedule a debate and then a vote as soon as Congress comes back into session.

        In the coming days, my administration stands ready to provide every member with the information they need to understand what happened in Syria and why it has such profound implications for America’s national security. And all of us should be accountable as we move forward, and that can only be accomplished with a vote.

        I’m confident in the case our government has made without waiting for U.N. inspectors. I’m comfortable going forward without the approval of a United Nations Security Council that, so far, has been completely paralyzed and unwilling to hold Assad accountable. As a consequence, many people have advised against taking this decision to Congress, and undoubtedly, they were impacted by what we saw happen in the United Kingdom this week when the Parliament of our closest ally failed to pass a resolution with a similar goal, even as the Prime Minister supported taking action.

        Yet, while I believe I have the authority to carry out this military action without specific congressional authorization, I know that the country will be stronger if we take this course, and our actions will be even more effective. We should have this debate, because the issues are too big for business as usual. And this morning, John Boehner, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell agreed that this is the right thing to do for our democracy.”

        Again, note the repeated use of the personal pronoun “I” throughout his address, such as when he stated… “I believe I have the authority to take military action without specific Congressional authorization.” Video of Obama’s “Address on Syria” is available on youtube.

        Who was ‘beating the drums for war against Syria then? Was it Bush, Cheney, Colon Powell, the New York Times?

        It can be painful to a person’s psyche to ‘take off the blinders’ and realize not everything one has believed in the past was in fact the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. The Social Engineering being employed against the American people, and also others around the world, you know, that “right versus left” thingy is in full force and affects all of us.

        It’s also the Hegelian Dialectic thing being used by the Elitists that fosters fierce opposition against our brothers and sisters. We should, and can rise above that sort of Social Engineering by being aware of its use by the Establishment on an unrelenting and daily basis.

  2. “[T]he bill is to make the Ukraine safe for plunder.”

    Plus there’s a dastardly World Bank and IMF plan to utilize all that good topsoil in Ukraine, sometimes referred to as the Breadbasket of Europe, to grow grains, as in GMO grains.

    At the present time Ukraine does not allow the use of GMO crops, but Article 404 of the European Union agreement conveniently commits all parties to cooperate in the use of biotechnologies. And, what are the odds that the Corporatocracy will start fricking and fracking for hydrocarbons just for fun and profits?

    1. As of the year 2014, wheat really isn’t a GM crop. Soy and corn (maize) are the big GM crops.

      Also news that the Ukraine was going to become part of the EU.

      As for western banks plundering Ukraine, that’s sure possible. Right fracking seems like a dumb idea, getting worse, not better.

      Release the ingredients of frack chemicals.

      Turns out the natural gas is within bubbles actually within the stone itself–seems odd. I guess limestone has some fossils.

  3. When the Nazi’s took over the NSA in the fifties they programmed the computers that run america now. Although the computers have updated their programs periodically it is still the same agenda. Like the mafia,germany will bleed america dry(foriegn debt,selling off of assets,markets included) then force it to abandon its basic moral policies and replace them with war attenuation biased agenda’s. Remember the president is actually a salesman and he must sell war to the american people,thats how he gets political backing financially from the war materials suppliers. Remember , Keizer sheizers family still runs germany,always has ,as they own most of its industry to this day,silent partner style. Good luck peasants.

  4. johnycomelately

    Seems like it is more about Europe than Russia, applying the principle of cui bono, who benefited most from the destruction of Europe in two world wars?

    Interestingly the Greek crisis was caused by American banks providing secret loans through currency swaps in contravention of EU mandated debt limits, obviously to tank the Euro.

    Also the Cyprus banking crisis was an under the table deal between the Germans and Russians to force ‘black money’ (from US allies) into Russian and European banks.

    Seems like the Europeans are closing off the avenues to US black budget slush funds (forcing the Vatican bank to meet international standards, closing off Cyprus, European crackdown on offshore tax havens etc.) and the Ukraine might be the perfect US foothold (potential EU and NATO member) to maintain a black ops presence in Europe.

  5. Once again the American people are at the mercy of a bunch of dingbats in Washington. To quote a phrase “You Cant Make This Stuff UP” is just about spot on in this madness. Seems like there is an agenda being fulfilled by some kind of secret government with it’s hands up the backs of shills like McCain.

    The world has never known peace, and I think this agenda has been the “rule book” going back for centuries, and it will continue until they get what they want.

    1. There are many problems with McCain’s favorite solution to whatever problem–bombing.

      But he did get shot down very likely by Russian gear, perhaps operated by Russians.

      It’s not helpful to pretend that McCain hasn’t experienced war.

      John McCain can’t let go of the idea that war in Vietnam was a good idea and part of the solution to imperial over reach by the French, Japanese, and USA.

  6. The Confederate States of America is checking it’s kill list Russia, China, Mexico to Argentina-Chile, Africa, Western-Central Asia. The only good mud people are dead or two legged beast of burden to be worked to death. And their homes plundered as for the CSA those whom the gods would destroy they first make stupid not mad. Ignorance is Strength.

    1. Gaia Mars-hall

      Very Good!

      Yes you are right the Confederacy is in charge….and who was behind the Confederacy, but the British.

      I can tell you it certainly was not Germany.

      1. This is also all about currencies, and whose currency is going to rule over all the rest. You can’t blame the Mafia Oligarchs, wherever they reside, to pull out their Playbook and try yet again to either stay on top, or reach the top of the ‘food chain’.

        I give Vladimir Putin credit for being more of a Capitalist than the rest of the crowd, and since he is so much more ruthless than the others he earns a bit of admiration from UKIP leader Nigel Farage, and me.

        Although Mr. Putin doesn’t read, or listen to the ‘little’ people, it does make sense to “invest in a stealth aircraft for his presidential airplane, and take along a [squadron] of the latest Russian fighters when traveling”.

        1. “‘Although Mr. Putin doesn’t read, or listen to the ‘little’ people, it does make sense to “invest in a stealth aircraft for his presidential airplane, and take along a [squadron] of the latest Russian fighters when traveling’.”

          Got a link? And yes I think it’s probably possible to make conventional a jetliner invisible, but I don’t think any one would ever tip his hand about having such gear.

          A squadron of the latest Russian fighters? That’s hard without lots of bases and refueling around the world. Unless the planes use a different energy source, but then no one would use that publicly.

          I’ll bet there’s a big, long range, Russian electronic warfare plane flying in the vicinity of Putin’s plane all of the time though.

    1. Although I did not check out that link, I betcha he’s a puppet for the Banksters. Am I right?

  7. `Tis amazing how much importance foreign borders have over our own. Where MS-13 types are pouring across and being distributed everywhere. It is my own, humble, paranoid and ignorant opinion. That those same MS-13 members, that have a long standing relationship with CIA drug smuggling, will get their hands on the 223 and 40 cal rounds that FedGov.Inc purchased. Becuz if they can’t start a war outside the country. They’ll start one here. Remember FedGov.Inc’s motto “War w/o End Amen.” My guess is they need to kill off Boomers and Vets. Who they do not want to care for.. Let’s not forget, that this destruction of the Middle Class was begun with Emperor Bush I’s NWO / Globalization edicts.. This is just the NWO dream coming to fruition.

    1. Aridzonan_13

      Sorry, but the destruction of the US middle class started long before Bush I, with the repeal of Eisenhower tax rates–the securities transaction tax also went away in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

      Then Ronny Reagan, with plenty of help, really accelerated things with tax policies favoring the very wealthy and other forms of “deregulation”. Ronny really contributed to the mess in central America, including CIA drug running to fund right wing thugs with guns.

      Clinton helped impoverish Mexican small farmers with NAFTA and Obama sided with a coup and now violent regime in Honduras.

      Let central American be, and let the small farmers (natives/indians) make a living and the US/Mex border goes back to the peaceful place it was for most of the 20th century. And that means not supporting oligarches in Central America.

      Vets and Boomers are no better or worse than any other party in the US. And the worship of either is a problem.

      There sure would be fewer of the former without the policies of Bush II.

      1. Robert Barricklow

        Jonathan Swift was satirizing the elitist of yesterday. Those writings are classic; they pertain to today, as much as they did when he inked them. Only the stakes have only gotten higher.
        The middle class was in the crosshairs before it even took its first breath. Those who pull the puppet strings, absolutely detest living wages, wherever they spring up. They are weeds to be pulled out by their very roots.

      2. Gaia Mars-hall

        No America started to go down the hill with the depression after World War I that hurt farmers.

        Coolidge would not sign the McNary-Hagin legislation which would have helped bring parity to farmers in balance with the manufacturing sector of the economy.

        The fact that the price crisis for Agriculture was not
        addressed gave us the Depression.

        Eventually Parity Pricing was established, best with the 1942 Steagall Amendment that monetized major storable commodities at 90% of Parity, Parity being based upon the price balance that the nation enjoyed from 1909-1914.

        Parity worked: We did not force farmers to farm at the point of a gun during world war II nor did we destroy surplus for the benefit of the insanity of supply and demand. As such earned income was created in the economy based upon what is real “essential” wealth.

        It would be warmonger FDR that put a limit on Parity which was eventually destroyed in 1949, as auto industrialists wanted to push credit and debt merry go round for the 1950’s onward American car orgy and housing bubbles.

        Of course what you forget in your analysis which I do not disagree with, it just is not the real story, is that we had the tax that the Korean and Vietnam war had on the economy, including the cold war.

        Also concerning drug running, that was not Reagan but Bush. That is the Bush game. They got rid of Ronnie when they freaked out about his adoption of LaRouche’s SDI, as a shared program of scientific development with the Soviets.

        1. Gaia Mars-hall:

          News to me that Ronny Reagan wasn’t president in the 1980s.

          News to me that the cause of the US part of the great depression had much to do with agricultural prices not keeping up with industrial pricing. Sorry but the Fed, and various, banks cut off credit, and there’d been huge speculation on/with unregulated bonds–now called derivatives.

          Reagan supported the drug running Contras, so even if Bush was running that drug show it’s certainly still Reagan policy related.

          Yes, late in his presidency Reagan gave up on the idea of bombing the USSR, and that angered Bircher types who’d supported him since his days as California governor.

          1. Hey, guys. America was always deemed to be the Great Experiment and force humanity into the New World (order). It was all scripted going back several centuries. We just have to figure out how to stop the Ruling Regime from full implementation of “The Plan”.

          2. Nid:

            200 years ago it was planned that the US would impose a materialist new world order on the entire world?

            Bit of stretch, and frankly just reads like Ronny’s claims trying to vindicate “manifest destiny”.

            There is no particular reason the US had to behave so badly in central America over the last 100 years and could simply have changed course 40 years go–oh wait Jimmy Carter said enough with one dictator in Nicaragua.

            See the US makes choices, like invading Iraq in 2003. Or not pursuing solar energy in the 1950s, or in the later 1940s bringing the French colonialists back into Vietnam. All choices, and all wrong. There are other wrong choices that the US has made.

          3. I hope no one around these parts suffers from the illusion that the POTUS actually runs things in this world without first consulting their ‘Advisors’and/or “Handlers’.

            Now wait and watch because someone is going to raise the presidency of JFK.

          4. Nidster:

            It’s not so much that who ever the president of the US is can make all of the choices, but POTUS can make some.

            And it was choice to take on a French war in Vietnam, and then insist on staying after Ho Chi Min won the presidency of the whole country.

            It was a choice to invade Iraq in 2003.

            Reagan, and I’m not a supporter, chose to put troops into Lebanon and then chose to leave–the latter rightly.

            It’s more that these are choices made by the US, not so much the president.

          5. “It’s more that these are choices made by the US, not so much the president.”

            So, where on the voting ballot is the choice for “Let’s go to war with (fill-in-the-blank-here).

          6. Nidster:

            I should say US establishment chooses, not so much the US voter.

            Except given the people surrounding GWBush voting for him was voting of some undefined (well invading Iraq was a popular option) war.

  8. Robert Barricklow

    Looks like Jonathan Swift’s cracking of the egg (right side or left side) philosophy of war is alive and well in DC. Of course the cracking would be updated between the xtreme right versus the far and beyond xtreme right. Where to crack that egg?
    The left has, well…, it’s gone beyond its sell-by-date,
    & been left out in the cold.

    1. Sorry, but the destruction of the US middle class started long before Bush I, with the repeal of Eisenhower tax rates–the securities transaction tax also went away in the late 1950s and early 1960s..

      Then Ronny Reagan, with plenty of help, really accelerated things with tax policies favoring the very wealthy and other forms of “deregulation”. Then Ronny really contributed to the mess in central America, including CIA drug running.

      Clinton helped impoverish Mexican farmers with NAFTA and Obama sided with a coup and now violent regime in Honduras.

      Let central American be, and let the small farmers (natives/indians) make a living and the US/Mex border goes back to the peaceful place it was for most of the 20th century. And that means not supporting oligarches in Central America.

      Vets and Boomers are no better or worse than any other party in the US. And the worship of either is a problem

      1. no mention of parasites, and the destruction they cause

        like nutenyahoo said…let us squeeze the last drop of america wealth and let it rot..

        lost…is your nose oversized?

        1. jedi:

          Really now? Why distract from the issue by posting an antisemitic screed?

          Sorry but Israel does not have much to do with US misbehavior in central America.

          And Ronny Reagan, and bubba Clinton, did all sorts of favors to enrich bankers of lots of ethnic varieties.

          1. anti, in my language means chamber, room

            semen, is a people that live on the sea,
            or… the life giving genetic source contained in fluid from the pen is.

            and ic is latin for indoctrinated, or programmed.

            I just dont stand under your world view point, are you some sort of supremest, representing a collective viewpoint that can never be question??

            so the question is…how big is your nose?

          2. jedi:

            “anti” does not mean chamber.

            semen is not the same as semitic.

            “ic” is not latin for indoctrinated.

            You can certainly question me, but I can challenge you, for example by pointing the confused understanding of terms.

            And your antisemitism.

          3. are you a people that view people as cattle , sheep?

            do you feed off of people?

            are you a cannibal, as in cain and abel>

            and yes ….those are the meanings of the words before axioms were applied…and many others by a “peculiar” people….who consider themselves…not human….lol, so how big is your nose?

            enter the god…eh…the exit deuce…

            hidden in plain view.

          4. jedi—

            I am who I am.

            Why this insistence on the existence of vampires?

            No, you’ve misused terms to suit your claims.

          5. in my language that is the definition…and my language is not your language…lost in translation.

            and at least you have admitted you am what you am….of course you will forget it and will be oblivious to any further intellectual conversation regarding it.

        2. jedi:

          You may want to reread what I wrote for meaning.

          Changing language to suit an end is a weak refuge.

  9. Enlil's a Dog

    I think it’s time for another revolution in your country – before it’s too late for you all and for the rest of us as well!

    This isnsanity is going to lead us to armageddon!!

  10. This one is right up there with Thorium for a “whitening ingredient” for toothpaste.
    Aren’t we over due for some bolide lobbing?…

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