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Group think hits Ameican policy on Russia

Robert Parry, Consortium News - Has anyone in Official Washington thought through the latest foreign policy “group think,” the plan to destabilize nuclear-armed Russia? All the “smart” people, including the New York Times editors, are rubbing their hands with glee over the financial crisis being imposed on Russia because of the Ukraine crisis, but no one, it seems, is looking down the road.

This reckless strategy appears to be another neocon-driven “regime change” scheme, this time focused on Moscow with the goal to take down Russian President Vladimir Putin and presumably replace him with some U.S. puppet, a Russian-speaking Ahmed Chalabi perhaps. Since the neocons have never faced accountability for the Iraq disaster – when the conniving Chalabi was their man – they are still free to dream about a replay in Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin laying a wreath at Russia's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on May 8, 2014, as part of the observance of the World War II Victory over Germany.

However, as catastrophic as the Iraq War was especially for Iraqis, the new neocon goal of Russian “regime change” is far more dangerous. If one looks at the chaos that has followed neocon (and “liberal interventionist”) schemes to overthrow governments in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Ukraine and elsewhere, what might the risks be if such political disorder was created in Russia?

Since the neocon plans don’t always work out precisely as they dream them up at Washington think tanks or at the Washington Post’s editorial board, what are the chances that some radical Russian nationalist might emerge from the chaos and take command of the nuclear launch codes? As much fun as the Washington tough guys and gals are having today, the prospects for thermo-nuclear war might not be as pleasing.

And, does anyone really think that cooler heads in Official Washington would prevail in such a crisis? From what we have seen over the past year regarding Ukraine – not to mention other international hot spots – it seems that the only game in town is to swagger around, as pumped up as Hans and Franz, just not as amusing.

You see, the Russians have already experienced what it is like to comply with U.S. economic edicts. That was tried during the 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union when experts from Harvard University descended on Moscow with “shock therapy” for the post-communist society. What happened was that a handful of well-connected thieves plundered the nation’s resources, making themselves into billionaire oligarchs while President Boris Yeltsin stayed drunk much of the time and many average Russians faced starvation.

A key reason why Putin and his autocratic style have such a strong political base is that he took on some of the oligarchs and restructured the economy to improve the lives of many Russians. The neocons may think that they can oust Putin through a combination of economic pain and information warfare but there is a deep understanding among many Russians what a repeat of the Yeltsin years would mean.

So, even a “successful regime change” could end up with a more radical figure in charge of Russia and its nuclear arsenal than Putin. But that is the course that Official Washington has chosen to take, with Congress almost unanimously approving a package of harsher sanctions and $350 million in arms and military equipment for Ukraine to wage its “anti-terrorism operation” against ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine.

How not to reduce violence

Independent, UK - Pakistan is to execute 500 militants after lifting a moratorium on the death penalty in the wake of the Peshawar school massacre.

Last week, 133 children were killed by gunmen wearing suicide vests at the Army Public School in Peshawar, sparking international outrage and demands in Pakistan for a tougher response to the Taliban.

The day after the attack, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted the moratorium on executions in terror cases.

America finally talking with Cuba

Why the Ukraine crisis is the west's fault

Wall Street seeking to take over public pension funds

By 2050, two thirds of world's population will live in cities

Global longevity improves

Global ife expectancy improving

Americans tired of wars on this and that

USAID bribes foreign officls

Wikileaks tells of US plans for war against Russia

NSA, CIA, FBI hiding info on imprisonment of Mandela

Around the world, US is considered biggest threat to peace. . .followed by Pakistan and China

35 countries where the U.S. Has supported fascists, drug lords and terrorists

Obama's street coups

2013

Global childhood deaths halved since 1990

What protests in Turkey, Egypt and Brazil have in common

No fly zone is an act of war

2012..

Those commies imitating U.S. again

International commission sees U.S. democracy fading

NAFTA on steroids being negotiated in secret

Afghanistan

Afghanistan

Africa

Africa's new private city

2013

The deadly migration from Africa to Europe

Africa Lost 1.6 Trillion in Capital Flight and Odious Debt Over Forty Years

American empire expands in Africa

Why Kony 2012 isn't what it seems

HOW ORGANIC FARMING COULD HELP AFRICA

RIDING THROUGH LAGOS: This bike rider has clipped his handlebars to get through Labos' traffic. From an interesting 14 minute video on the city

TRACKING INCIDENTS IN KENYA

WORLD BANK INTERNAL REPORT SAYS IT NEGLECTS AFRICA'S FARMS

Asia

ASIAN COUNTRIES COULD FACE MASSIVE WATER CRISIS

Australia

ANOTHER MEMBER OF BUSH'S CONSPIRACY OF THE WILLING GETS KICKED OUT

Balkans

BALKAN ARCHIVES

Bilderberg

Bilderbums even hurting the town where they meet

Bilderberg Saturday

American perps at Bilderberg this year

Notes on the Bilderberg meeting

More notes

Bilderberg wrap

Bilderberg: Where Richard Perle, Henry Kissinger, Charlie Rose, Robert Rubin, David Rockefeller and Robert Gates get to cut secret deals in the name of America

Bilderberg and the decline of western democracy

Brazil

Brazilian protesters' demands not a bad list for U,S,

Britain

If Britain were a US state, it would be the second poorest

Britain moves closer to dictatorship with threat to treat reporters as terrorists

2013 & earlier

Homosexuality illegal in 41 out of 53 British Commonwealth countries

British police state lumps terrorist, investigative reporters together

British government: Terrorism is what we say it is

British government strikes another blow against its citizens

Britain outdoes Obama in war on free press

Britain joins Obama regime's war on a free press

Was Diana victim of palace plot?

Welsh language is disappearing

British Conservative Party hires Obama's campaign manager

Recovered history: Preparing the queen to declare war on Soviet Union

Infrequently asked questions: About three quarters of Brits believe in the monarchy, but less than half believe in climate change. What will the new royal baby rule a half century from now?

Why David Cameron in wrong about porn

Guardian offers readers chance to avoid reading royal baby BS

A good reason not to go to Britain

The real Thatcher record
More evidence of Tony Blair's Iraq deceit

Major changes in Britain

Orwellandia: British doctors to be forced to give over private information

Historic British anarchist bookshop bombed

British economy in the dumps

Former Goldman Sachs exec named to head Bank of England

The UK's Student Movement at a Crossroads

Brits reject aid to US for illegal attack on Iran

Royalty keeps English media under its thumb

David Cameron promotes prison slavery

Oldest and biggest British black paper denied press passes

British home secretary can't figure out why citizens want any privacy

48% of Brits say they want to get out of UK

British pollice plan to monitor online messages

British arrest youth for Facebook comment criticizing Afghan policy

The Oxford city council has ruled that every taxi must be outfitted with a CCTV for the express purpose of recording passenger conversations that are to be held for 28 days in case the police wanted to conduct an investigation in which the footage might prove useful.

Brits to do random stops of baby strollers?

British police have big new tool for big time spying on mobile phones and users

British police back fingerprinting for clubbers

BRITS PLAN TO KEEP EMAILS, INTERNET USE, AND PHONE CALLS ON FILE

Britain’s great anti-democratic celebration

In the Loop: An excellent antidote to Tony Blair's memoirs and a extremely funny film about how two big countries can get into a war with places like Iraq.

CO-OP BUSINESS SOARS IN BRITAIN

ORWELLANDIA: MASSIVE SNOOPING, MINOR RESULTS

PARLIAMENT COMMITTEE SAYS US-BRIT 'SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP' IS OVER

BRITAIN DUMPS MANDATORY ID CARDS

BRITISH GOVERNMENT WANTS RIGHT TO SEARCH STUDENTS ANY TIME AT SCHOOLS

BRITAIN PROPOSES HYPER HARSH LAWS AGAINST MEN WHO USE PROSTITUTES

BRITS USING ANTI-TERROR SPY CAMS TO CATCH PEOPLE WHO PUT TRASH OUT EARLY

BRITISH PUBS CLOSING AT FASTEST RATE EVER

BRITISH TROOPS USING BRUTAL MISSILES

TONY BLAIR HEAPS PRAISE ON BUSH

BRITS PLAN TO USE EMBEDDED SPY CHIPS ON PRISONERS

WHAT LABOR PARTY LEADERS DO WHEN THEY RETIRE

ANOTHER REASON NOT TO VISIT BRITAIN: BLASPHEMY CARRIES A LIFE SENTENCE

BRITAIN TO TREAT NORTHERN IRELAND AS A FOREIGN LAND; ESTABLISHING INTERNAL BORDER

FIRST ATTEMPTED BLACKMAIL OF BRITISH ROYAL IN A CENTURY

AMERICA'S PESSIMISM THROUGH BRITISH EYES

Canada

Nearly 14% of Canadian troops that served in Afghanistan have mental problems

Ottawa airport to record passengers' private conversations

So much for emigrating to Canada

Canadian charter replacing Bill of Rights as global guide to freedom

Canada takes advantage of US immigration policy

SEX WORKERS PLAN CO-OP BROTHEL FOR CANADIAN OLYMPICS

China

China taking more power space from U.S

2013

China overtakes US as world's largest trading nation

Millions short of water in China

Chart: How China and America compare

Nicaragua gives Chinese firm contract to build alternative to Panama Canal

China running out of water

China moves into Boston

Study: India & China to have nearly half of world's middle class population by 2030

CHINA EYES BAN ON RARE METAL EXPORTS

CHINA CONNED U.S. INTELLIGENCE TO TAP INTO SPY NETWORK

CHINA TAKES AIM AT U.S. GPS SIGNALS

CHINA NOTES

Cuba

56% favor normal relations with Cuba

2013

Over the past twenty years, only four members of the UN, at most, have voted in favor the US' Cuba embargo. This year it's down to two: US and Israel.

How the Cuban story might have been different

THE CASTROPEDIA

FIDEL & ME

Ecuador

Hidden microphone found in Ecuador's London embassy

Ecuador scraps trade deal over threats from U.S.

Ecuador says Britain threatened to raid embassy to arrest Assange

Europe

European Union support dropping

Crisis signs from Europe

Europe's problems came from capitalist excess, not socialism

THE ENTIRE EUROPEAN DEBT CRISIS SUCCINCTLY EXPLAINED

SOCIALISM MAKES BIG COMEBACK IN EUROPE

BRITAIN'S MUSLIMS FEEL LIKE 'JEWS OF EUROPE'

ITALIANS SHIRKING PIZZA BECAUSE OF HIGH COST

EUROPEAN SPY SYSTEM WOULD KEEP CAMERAS ON PASSENGERS ALL FLIGHTS

MAYOR TRIES TO TAKE THE PEE OUT OF PARIS

PAPER REVEALS PLAN FOR EUROPEAN SUPER STATE

Food

FOOD AID AT 20-YEAR LOW AS NUMBER OF HUNGRY HITS RECORD

Foreign policy

From invasion to occupation: America's real foreign policy

France

FRANCE ARGUES OVER THE SEMICOLON

G8

G8 summit flees to hiding at Camp David

Georgia conflict

MOSCOW WARNS THAT NATO MILITARY AID TO GEORGIA WOULD BE DECLARATION OF WAR

BUSH REGIME SPENT SIX YEARS ARMING & TRAINING GEORGIA; LOST IT ALL IN SIX DAYS

ISRAEL HAS HAD MAJOR ROLE IN GEORGIA

US, ISRAEL & BIG OIL INVOLVED IN GEORGIAN DISPUTE

Germany

Germany cancels Cold War surveillance pact with U.S. over Spygate scandal

How the absence of a copyright law helped Germany grow

Global

MORE SLAVES TODAY THAN AT ANY TIME IN HISTORY

GLOBAL SUMMITS: WHO NEEDS THEM?

28 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DRIVEN FROM THEIR HOMES

THE PLAN TO REPLACE THE UNITED NATIONS WITH A GLOBAL NATO

CREATING YOUR OWN NATION ON A FLOATING PLATFORM

WORLD MILITARY SPENDING GREW 45% IN PAST DECADE

Greece

Greek workers storm shipyard

Greece and the end of social democracy

Guatemala

Marines move into Guatemala

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@Harpers - Number of private U.S. citizens killed in terrorist attacks in 2010: 15 . . . .Number killed by falling televisions: 16

2012

Survey finds global distrust of US intentions

2009

Reuters - The world population is projected to top nine billion in 2050, up from 6.8 billion this year and seven billion early in 2012, according to UN estimates. Most of the additional 2.3 billion people will swell the population of the developing world, estimated to soar from 5.6 billion this year to 7.9 billion in 2050. . . The 2008 Revision of the official UN populations projections forecast minimal change in the population of the more developed nations, which should rise from 1.23 billion to 1.28 billion during the same period. That population would have in fact dipped to 1.15 billion without the projected net migration from developing to developed countries, expected to average 2.4 million persons annually from 2009 to 2050, it noted.

2008

BBC - Denmark is the happiest country in the world, according to the latest World Values Survey published by the United States National Science Foundation. The annual study surveyed people in 97 countries to discover who is happiest. The survey asked people two simple questions about their happiness and their level of satisfaction with life. Puerto Rico and Colombia completed the top three happiest nations [sic]. Zimbabwe was found to be the least happy, with Russia and Iraq also in the bottom ten. . . The world's wealthiest nation, the United States, was found to be the world's 16th happiest country, behind Switzerland, Canada and Sweden.

AGENCE FRANCE PRESS World military spending grew 45 percent in the past decade, with the United States accounting for nearly half of all expenditures, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said. Military spending grew six percent last year alone, according to SIPRI's annual report.

In 2007, 1,339 billion dollars was spent on arms and other military expenditures, corresponding to 2.5 percent of global gross domestic product, or GDP, and 202 dollars for each of the world's 6.6 billion people.

The United States spends by far the most towards military aims, dishing out 547 billion dollars last year, or 45 percent of global expenditure. Britain, China, France and Japan - the next in line of big spenders - lag far behind, accounting for just four to five percent of world military costs each.

Global childhood deaths halved since 1990

ESSAYS

TIME TO STOP BEING AFRAID OF ISRAEL

A SPEECH C-SPAN DIDN'T LIKE

WHY WE LOST THE WAR ON TERROR

HOW TO TELL IF YOU'VE WON

AN ALTERNATIVE 911 REPORT

THE REAL WAR: BETWEEN MYTH & REALITY

Health

Global child deaths plummet

Honduras

American corporation to privatize three Honduran cities

Hungary

The new Hungary isn't pretty

Iceland

Iceland's quiet revolution

Hip Iceland lets FBI as well as banks fail

ICELAND MAKES ITSELF A FREE MEDIA SELF HAVEN

ICELAND, THE NICE LAND

India

Study: India & China to have nearly half of world's middle class population by 2030

1,500 FARMERS COMMIT SUICIDE IN INDIA

WHAT DIDN'T GET COVERED IN MUMBAI

Iraq

IRAQ NEWS & ARTICLES

Iran

IRAN NEWS & ARTICLES

Ireland

Mark Ward, president of Tallaght's student union, says that 1,250 students are leaving Ireland every month. One in five graduates is seeking work outside the country. The Union of Students in Ireland believes that 150,000 students will emigrate in the next five years

20 PERCENT OF IRISH LOOKING TO EMIGRATE

EUROPEAN UNION SEEKING WAYS TO ISOLATE IRELAND FOR STANDING UP FOR ITS SOVEREIGNTY

IRISH STRIKE BLOW FOR DEMOCRACY & INDEPENDENCE

Italy

Italian Mafia brings in more income than Deutsche Bank & MCdoanld's combined

Italian lawyers strike for better pay, job security

Latin America

Kissinger tried to stop Allende from coming to power

BRAZIL'S NEW ROLE IN THE WORLD

THE AMAZING SURGE OF A GREEN CANDIDATE

HILLARY CLINTON BOMBS IN LATIN AMERICA

BOLIVIA PLANNING REAL COCA IN COLA

AMAZON WATER BEING STOLEN

AMERICA'S QUIET OCCUPATION OF COLOMBIA

OIL'S HIDDEN ROLE IN LATIN AMERICA

WHY IS COSTA RICA SO DAMN HAPPY?

BRAZIL GIVES TENS OF THOUSANDS OF IMMIGRANTS LEGAL STATUS

LATIN AMERICA REBELS AGAINST U.S. DRUG WAR MESSING WITH THEIR COUNTRIES

LATIN AMERICA'S NEW POLITICS & ECONOMICS

EVEN FIDEL CASTRO HAS A BLOG

U.S. POWER IN LATIN AMERICA WANING

EX-BISHOP TAKES OVER PARAGUAY AFTER 61 YEARS OF ONE PARTY RULE

HAVANA OFFICALS DECLARE HEADPHONES ANTI-REVOLUTIONARY'

GREG PALAST ON ECUADOR'S PRESIDENT

CASTRO DEBATES OBAMA IN OP ED

LATINO IMMIGRANTS SENDING LESS MONEY BACK HOME

LATINOS STILL THE FASTEST GROWING GROUP IN U.S.

THE CASTROPEDIA

FIDEL & ME

THE CONTRAS AND DRUGS

HAITI

Mexico

Zapatistas celebrate 20th anniversary

Mid East

MID EAST STORIES

AMA

Muslim

Anti-Islam film maker was federal snitch

Nigeria

Nigeria on way to becoming fourth largest country

North America

BUSH ABOUT TO SURRENDER MORE OF AMERICA

North Koirea

How Kim Jong II got the bomb in the first place

Mishandling North Korea

Norway

Norwegians get to watch endless hours of knitting on TV

UN RATES NORWAY THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE

Olympics

British police arrest man for not being excited enough about Olympic event

The only Olympic strike: At the National Gallery

Drugs at the Olympics

The Orwellian Olympics

Security firm fails to provide enough guards

Anti-terror supercomputer collapses

The off the field Olympic struggle

British police to steal data from people's cellphones

Orwellandia orders no photos of huge Heathrow customs lines

England treats Olympics as though it were the MPAA

Britain to station surface to air missiles on citizens' homes for Olympics

Pakistan

Panetta threatens invasion of Pakistan

MORE PAKISTAN STORIES

Romania

Austerity measures, mass protests, bring down Romanian government

Russia

On the cusp of another Cold War

If you think Obama is weak


2001
VIA WARD MORROW

Obama threatens war against Russia

They don't make communists like they used to

Russian punk prayer protesters face seven years in prison

LETTER TO MOSCOW

Saudi Arabia

Saudis have nukes on order from Pakistan

Saudi king grants women right to vote, run for office

Southeast Asia

INTERVIEW WITH ON CAMBODIA'S HIMMLER; OVERSAW TORTURE & DEATH OF 17,000

Spain

Spanish unemployment hits 25%

Sweden

Why are Swedes so quiet?

Tunisia

Tunisia's radical new constitution

Ukraine

Why the Ukraine crisis is the west's fault

Obama and Cameron playing dangerous games next to the other guy's turf

Word: Ukraine

Does the US have mercenaries in Ukraine?

Why we should keep out of Ukraine

A brief history of Ukraine that we didn't worry about

Neo cons have had their eyes on Ukraine for more than a decade

The scary side of the Ukraine troika

The case for Crimea leaving Ukraine

Americans overwhelmingly oppose getting involved in Ukrainian crisis

Word: America's role in the Ukraine

Ukraine: One regime change too many?

Ukraine story just beginning

Obamadmin helping to fund the Ukrainian rebelion

Vatican

Vatican whistleblower says there are more like him

Venezuela

Word: Handling Venezuela

True facts about Venezuela

A couple of things the mass media doesn't tell you about Venezuela

Sneaky Venezuelans use democracy to reelect Chavez

Why the US demonizes Venezuela

Hugo Chavez

World Bank

Nigerian finance minister challenges Kim for World Bank presidency

WORLD BANK COVERED UP FAULTY HIV TEST KITS IN INDIA

GROUPS

ACLU: NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES
ASSN OF FORMER INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS
BLACK VOICES FOR PEACE
CULTURES ON THE EDGE

EQUALITY NOW
FOREIGN POLICY IN FOCUS

GLOBALIZATION COALITION
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
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