MORE RUSSIA SANCTIONS FROM THE U.S. = DETERIORATING RELATIONS WITH ...

A few days ago I blogged (finally!) about my long-held suspicions that the USA was waging some sort of quiet economic warfare against Germany. It's a suspicion I've had for some time, and even on occasion discussed it in private with various colleagues. Certainly there is something going on, given the strange "German" presence on the fringes of some well-known and tragic events. Consider only the presence of Andreas Strassmeir in the Oklahoma City Bombing, or the strange German connections in the 9/11 event(notice I'm carefully avoiding JFK). Since then, we've seen various fines levied against Germany's, and Europe's, largest bank, Deutsche Bank, in an almost steady stream, to the point one almost begins to ask "How much will Deutsche Bank be fined by the USA this week?" Then, of course, we've also seen various fines imposed against German automakers, and so on.

Then came the Ukrainian mess, the US-sponsored-and-led coup, the Russian reaction, and a strange set of behavior from Chancellorin Merkel, who seemed initially to be all for the Ukrainian adventure of the USA, until it became apparent that Germany wasn't going to profit very much from the results. Then she "took charge" and attempted to negotiate directly with Mr. Putin, taking her vice-chancellor, Monsieur Hollande, in two to make it look all "trans-European" and "international".

While all that was going on, Frau Merkel was publicly all aboard with the sanctions against Russia, notwithstanding it hurt Germany's economy, and in the meantime, she continued to press ahead with energy pipelines with Russia, while German Laender politicians made their way to Moscow, defying Berlin, to reassure the Russians that they wanted to return to "normal"(meaning, no sanctions), and this was followed by similar assurances from German big business.

But more recently, things seem to be breaking out into the open in a much more blatant fashion, for Germany at least, seems unwilling to soft-peddle the matter anymore: Frau Merkel has come out recently and stated that the UK and USA are no longer "reliable allies" and, never one to let slip an opportunity to call for more "Europeanism", has called for more effort on defense, not only from EU members (like her own country) but from the EU itself.

The US Senate last week passed a new bill, imposing more sanctions on Russia and hand-tying the Trump administration from relaxing any sanction without Senate approval; only senators Rand Paul(R-Kentucky) and Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) voted against the measure.

But sanctions against Russia are also impositions on Germany, and something tells me that Germany will not act to impose similar measures as the U.S. Senate. The following article from Zero Hedge, shared by Mr. H.B., says why:

Germany, Austria Slam US Sanctions Against Russia, Warn Of Collapse In Relations

The first four paragraphs are worth pondering carefully:

Less than a day after the Senate overwhelmingly voted to impose new sanctions against the Kremlin, on Thursday Germany and Austria - two of Russia's biggest energy clients in Europe - slammed the latest U.S. sanctions against Moscow, saying they could affect European businesses involved in piping in Russian natural gas.

Shortly after the Senate voted Wednesday to slap new sanctions on key sectors of Russia's economy over "interference in the 2016 U.S. elections" and aggression in Syria and Ukraine, in a joint statement Austria's Chancellor Christian Kern and Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said it appeared that the Senate bill was aimed at securing US energy jobs and pushing out Russian gas deliveries to Europe.

Gabriel and Kern also accused the U.S. of having ulterior motives in seeking to enforce the energy blockade, which they said is trying to help American natural gas suppliers at the expense of their Russian rivals. And they warned the threat of fining European companies participating in the Nord Stream 2 project "introduces a completely new, very negative dimension into European-American relations."

In their forceful appeal, the two officials urged the United States to back off from linking the situation in Ukraine to the question of who can sell gas to Europe. "Europe's energy supply is a matter for Europe, and not for the United States of America," Kern and Gabriel said. The reason why Europe is angry Some Eastern European countries, including Poland and Ukraine, fear the loss of transit revenue if Russian gas supplies don't pass through their territory anymore once the new pipeline is built.

While the diplomats said that it was important for Europe and the US to form a united front on the issue of Ukraine, "we can't accept the threat of illegal and extraterritorial sanctions against European companies," the two officials warned citing a section of the bill that calls for the United States to continue to oppose the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would pump Russian gas to Germany beneath the Baltic Sea.

Looked at from the context of my hypothesis that some sort of covert war has been taking place between the USA and Germany, the Senate measure is as much as a levying on sanctions on Germany as it is on Russia, and can be viewed - from a much longer historical perspective - as the continuation of British policy, first enunciated by Halford MacKinder, to prevent any alliance of German industry with Russian resources, the "nightmare scenario" of the late nineteenth early-twentieth century geopoliticians. Indeed, I am not the only one thinking and seeing things this way, for the Austrian Chancellor and German Foreign Minister have said as much when they stated "We can't accept the threat of illegal and extraterritorial sanctions against European companies."

In other words, Europe may have just signaled that the days of Washington imposing economic policies on everyone else are over.

Washington's heavy-handedness with Russia, coupling the sanctions to the Ukraine, is having diametrically the opposite geopolitical effect than what is needed: it is driving Germany, and hence Europe, away, and this is geopolitical folly of a very high order: if the current BRICSA Bloc - India, China, Russia in particular - is a bloc we need to be cautious about, adding Germany and Europe to that mix is geopolitical and economic suicide, for it's the creation of a unipolar bloc that the USA simply cannot oppose. Then, for good measure, add Japan to that mix, and one sees that current American foreign policy is living in a world of Brezinskian folly, which we may define as geopolitical make believe.  We are driving our most powerful allies away, and replacing them with...

...well, no one.

On this one, the Trump Administration's stance makes much more long term geopolitical sense; it's time to quit demonizing Russia, because whether we like it or not, Russia is a key pivot point in the current geopolitical situation. We may never be friends, but to keep slamming the door in Russia's face serves no one, and the Germans are well aware of it

See you on the flip side...

 

18 thoughts on “ MORE RUSSIA SANCTIONS FROM THE U.S. = DETERIORATING RELATIONS WITH ...”

  1. Refreshingly truthful commentary from Benjamin Fulford: (yeah, I know…)
    http://www.kaleidoscop.com/fulford.htm
    June 19, 2017
    “The crisis in Qatar marks a major turning point in the battle against the Khazarian mafia. Ostensibly, Saudi Arabia and other oil exporting states decided to try to blockade Qatar ‘because it was supporting terrorism’. In reaction to this move, US President Donald Trump showed the world he was not in charge of the US by first supporting the blockade and then being forced by the Pentagon to change his stance 180 degrees the next day. What is really going on here is that Qatar reached a deal with Iran to export gas from its massive gas fields – not West, in exchange for worthless Euros or US dollars, but rather East to places like India and China in exchange for their currencies.

    The US House of Whores, oops!, I mean House of Representatives. reacted to this development by passing new sanctions against Russia that basically amounted to telling Europe to buy expensive American gas instead of cheap Russian gas. The Germans and Austrian reacted by telling the Americans to buzz off.”

  2. gosh, your outline seals the deal on my thoughts as macron being the same as may the same as the old boss meets the new boss….

    interesting, that’s the first i heard bout the 2 strikes and your out on unemployment. the ussa just takes them out of the unemployment reports after a convenient time. macron’s measures gotta hurt a lot more in a socialist state.

  3. Gosh, apparently you missed some of what congress didn’t miss on the congressional baseball field? the one congressman shot most was seriously working to legislate against human (and child) traffickers among other thinks not so nice. the discrepancies surrounding a left wing shooter are fairly rife. has js got any points made. my yt sources are resounding about it. truthstreammedia, titusfrost, …

    anakeph, anyone,..
    i met someone just back from a horseback tour of iceland last month. they loved it. under 600usd each way per person, 12 hr flight and under 2000usd for the tour. she compared it to hawaii for people who like 4 seasons. she said everyone there speaks english and is recruiting potential expats. hmmm. anyone got any anecdotal evidence on such matters?

    basta,
    dju gotta problemwiddat?

    1. ZDB, I’ve been following Scalise over at JS (82.221.129.208), as I commented earlier. JS’s page-layout is the ultimate run-on, so here are some snippets from the last few days:

      “Proof Positive; here is why Scalise was shot: He was going after the pedophiles and human traffickers. This VERY recent youtube video with him talking about this PROVES IT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLZG5o73MS4

      Here is a report confirming near the top of it that Scalise is at the Washington Hospital Center: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/14/politics/trump-hospital-visit-scalise/index.html
      And here is the doctor’s testimony that Seth Rich was murdered at the Same Washington Hospital Center: http://82.221.129.208/pages/sethrichdoc.jpeg
      This cinches it; the Washington Hospital Center appears to be where people go when they are supposed to die.

      Scalise showed up at the hospital in fair condition. This was reported so widely that even Politico reported that he was in good spirits and called his wife before the surgery. Suddenly, after the surgery, he skipped right over serious condition straight to critical condition and the hospital started lying, saying he was in shock and delirious and in critical condition before he went into surgery even after liberal crap outlets like Politico reported he was fine. This is the biggest key indicator that he was sent to a particular hospital to die. They need their cover story for his death, and can’t say he was cheerful when he went into surgery after they intentionally botched it. Calling the wife in a cheerful mood simply won’t do, even if the worst liberal rags reported that.

      I am having SEVERE interference issues. Someone is accomplishing a man in the middle attack on this web site that is so persistent the absolute only way I can post anything is in combat mode. This started after I questioned how Scalise could go from fair condition to critical condition, and posted proof that Scalise is in the same hospital where Seth Rich was murdered.”

  4. You can appreciate the copyrighted iconic DC Comics all the more, as it turns dark. Superman is killed; democracy left the stage long, long, ago.
    Just before WW11 the U.S. cut oil energy access from Japan, forcing her Pearl Harbor Play. Flash Forward, and the next Pearl Harbor was contracted in-house[w/some outside contractors].
    So this game is being played w/old cards and relying on an expensive program of programmed ingnorance for the citizen turned customer turned commodity.
    Whereas Europe finds its cultures being crosshaired in the latest edition of DC Comic villains, expecting Germany’s WW1/11 ball n chain to remain firmly in place.
    But whose buying?
    Can’t see DC Comics being bought except thru stock buybacks and/or assets being supersized by FED keyboard strokes. The West’s product line is bombs away fraud. Destruction of economies, cultures, living beings, education, justice, health, welfare, sanity, u-name-it.
    Isn’t there any heroes in these latest DC Comic editions?
    The DC Comic Senate all in sync. Two abstaining for political show only. Nothing heartfelt in these Dc Comic villains.

  5. I am more interested in the Senate vote – almost unanimous – and what it Really means. To me, it means that (barring any true Russia haters) the entire Senate is compromised.

    Plus, the fact that this sanction occurred just a few weeks after the latest Bilderberger meeting in Chantilly, Virginia, seems suspicious. Someone high-up may have said “do this” to the outer circle, and various handlers and chain-pullers got to work on the Senate. The entire Senate. Democracy in action.

    (If Russia is being sanctioned for interfering with the Presidential election, then Israel – really, the closet forces controlling Israel – should have SANCTIONS imposed…)

    1. In line with the above, since Macron is a Rothschild and bankster puppet:
      http://thesaker.is/macron-wins-parliament-in-landslide-total-failure-inevitable/

      “This president is being portrayed as having some sort of massive mandate in the press of the French elite and the foreign press, but that is false and everyone here knows the emperor has no clothes: Abstention absolutely soared by some 20% since 2012 to reach a stunning 58% overall. This is already well-short of the necessary basis of any democracy which deserves to even be classified as ‘functioning’: a majority. (Of course, France has been in a state of emergency since November 2015, so it is not a democracy. It is a police state dictatorship.)

      But Macron’s failure to win a democratic majority is even worse: His centrist alliance won 32% of the total 2nd round vote, and that translates into just 15% of the total electorate. Wow, win over just 15% of the electorate in the legislative elections, after just 24% of the presidential elections, and the covers read, ‘Jupiter in Elysée Palace’. That’s one way of looking at it…which is a way Americans politely say, ‘That’s incredibly stupid.’”

      1. Same article:
        “The line in France and Europe has been two-fold: ‘Reforms’ (i.e. right-wing economics) are needed. Once that is done, then it becomes: ‘Time is needed to create success.’

        Here in France, the most glaring problem with this is: How will record high unemployment be essentially halved to ‘normal’ by allowing bosses a freer hand to whip, I mean fire, workers? A boss cannot whip physically, so the modern whip is psychological: the threat of being fired (with no social safety set to cushion the fall, capitalists hope).

        One of Macron’s most hated but least-discussed measures … is this: If you turn down a job twice at the unemployment office, the unemployment office crosses you off their list. It is no matter if you do not want this job; if you are qualified for the job but it is not in your desired field; if this job does not suit your family’s needs; if this job requires a lengthy commute of 30 kilometers even though you can’t afford a car much less highly-taxed gas.

        And this is what the 2nd or 3rd ‘most advanced’ socio-cultural country in the world says ‘modernity’ is.”

  6. Getting their energy supplies via the USSA makes no economic sense to Europe. As I have said before the UK should be seen as the equivalent of Japan to continental Asia same with Norway, Sweden, Finland cultural ties but they are not important politically. Russia on the other hand is vital to Europe future who is the real puppet master of the UK-USSA is anyone guess though there are theories galore.

  7. Who said it was easy bullying the world? Shaking down allies, throwing sanctions on competitors — sorry, I meant strategic threats– ginning up “coalitions” to bomb your terrorist cutouts so your corporations can make more money selling you the bombs to do so… all this stuff is hard work. The US just can’t get no respect.

  8. Europe and Germany are literally in the same boat, and Old Europe is not EU. In Europe there is a growing resistance against EU. But not against Germany. Europeans do no buy into vilification of Germany anymore. Instead Europeans are beginning to see “Americanism” as bad apple pie, and Russia as a voice of reason.

    More and more people are starting to conclude, that America is deliberately throwing Europe under the bus. Christian Zionists are at the center, because their worldview is rivalry. If the “greatest generation” is to become the “stone of promise”, then Europe must be reduced to a “stepping stone”. That is betrayal and abuse of trust.

    Icelanders told Yankee to go home, and he eventually went. But he sent banksters instead. Now Icelanders are weaponizing volcanoes, to spew ash clouds on Wall Street. I guess the message is, that geology in nature has the final word in geopolitics. The rape of Iceland is neither forgotten nor forgiven. In hubris there is Nemesis.

    https://www.lpthe.jussieu.fr/~roehner/oci.pdf

  9. So when Merkel and Obama were obeying orders from the “unseen hand” to impose sanctions against Russia to support the Kiev Nazis, it was all fine and dandy. Harmful to producers in countries from Italy to Finland inhibited from selling their goods to Russia. Now that German, or mostly German interests are at stake in the North Stream project, Berlin is lashing out. Maybe justifiably so, although the “Europeanist” rhetoric is convincing to no-one.
    Would anybody like a few Deutsche Bank bonds?

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