I’ve been rather busy this week, so once again I’ve decided to aggregate the most interesting news stories I’ve seen this week and add my commentary.
But what about the Russian side of the story?
One of the biggest arguments against RT is their propensity for conveying expertise on people who lack it, as well as being extremely relaxed when it comes to who they let on the air. RT hands out titles like “political analyst” as though they were giving out candy on Halloween. This time they’ve given cred to a genuine Illuminati “expert,” who pontificates on the secret machinations of Freemasons and Zionists. This is hardly…the first…time RT has put people with weird backgrounds on the air.
And this goes to the root of something that’s been bothering me lately. I keep hearing some people claim that the “mainstream Western media” totally shuts out “the Russian side.” Really? Which Russian side are you talking about? On almost every issue Russia has so many sides of the story you could play D&D with them. MH17 was simultaneously shot down by a Ukrainian Buk SAM and a Su-25 ground attack aircraft. Russia is a bastion of conservative traditional values and a progressive quasi-socialist resistance leader against neoliberal capitalism and neo-fascism. Please tell me how the “mainstream media” is supposed to deal with this.
And more to the point, how is the “mainstream media” supposed to react to the analysis of someone who believes in the Illuminati conspiracy? Are they supposed to treat this as a valid viewpoint? Is it really bias to dismiss this tin-foil hat wearer? Why should anyone take this network seriously with “experts” like that?
RT is run by adults, not children. If they want to be taken seriously, they can refuse to air the bullshit of people like Mr. Mason-hunter here. If they don’t want to be accused of being a propaganda bullhorn, they can introduce some actual objectivity to their coverage and invite guests who challenge the Kremlin’s narrative of events. There’s bias and then there’s propaganda. The Western media definitely has the former, but RT is the latter.
On a side note, rest assured that my Illuminati superiors are well aware of this “truthseeker” and have scheduled repeated chemtrail flights over his neighborhood.
Warmongering neocons in the US to cut army by 40,000 people.
This piece comes from a loyal reader in the Baltic region. Apparently the US army intends to cut its ranks by 40,000 personnel within two years. Keep in mind that this is after numerous base closures in Europe over the past few years. Prior to Putin’s little adventure in Ukraine, the US had about 30,000 military personnel in all of Europe, none of which were stationed in the new NATO members that border Russia. Many of those people were logistical personnel dealing with missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Remember how recently US leaders were talking about returning heavy armor units to Europe? Yeah, “returning” because they haven’t been there for some time.
Remember folks, this is the neoconservative war machine that is supposedly escalating its threatening presence in Eastern Europe and encircling Russia for the final blow, and yet it’s still looking at a rapid reduction of its army even after Putin started throwing his weight around in the region. All Putin’s flailing and flopping around has apparently provoked one big “meh” from some folks at the Pentagon.
Not everyone’s happy, of course. Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan for example:
“One person who’s going to be very pleased with this is Vladimir Putin,” Sullivan said.
Oh don’t worry, Dan. While the troop numbers are reduced, Putin’s media machine will be finding all kinds of “evidence” of a massive military buildup in Alaska, poised at seizing Siberia. Putin and many Russians know that America wants to do this because one time some KGB mindreaders gleaned this plan from the brain of Madeline Albright.
Anyway, just another example of how the US actually reduces its presence and military size and gets labeled a warmongerer while Russia significantly increases its military budget, its military size, and actually starts a war, and yet it’s all fine and dandy because Russia’s “threatened” by “NATO encirclement.”
Why the Russia-China Axis is Bullshit Article No. 3,427
Again and again, when you point out Russia’s economic weakness and growing stagnation, the geopolitical expert’s go-to answer is “But CHINA!” No, silly vatnik, China is not going to save Russia. China has its own interests, many of which are contradictory to the wacky fantasies of Russia’s leadership, and it is not running a charity. If this Russia-China relationship continues, it’s the latter who will be wearing the pants in that family.
Virtually every time Putin visits a country, or its foreign minister or head of state comes to Moscow, the Russian press beams with the same claims:
1. Country X is turning away from the West and embracing the Russian “alternative.”
2. Country X has expressed interest in trading in local currencies.
3. This represents a new strategic alliance between Russia and Country X!
Almost every time you can look at the details and see how idiotic this is. Take Turkey, an example of one of Russia’s latest BFF’s since last December, when Putin visited the country and announced the construction of a new gas pipeline whose construction may in fact be physically possible. Turkey is a NATO member. It does not recognize the annexation of the Crimea, nor does it recognize the the DNR or LNR in Ukraine. More importantly, in Syria Turkey is anti-Assad while Russia is enthusiastically pro-Assad. This isn’t just rhetoric; Turkey has been providing material support to the rebels, including those associated with the Islamic State. On that note, I know from personal experience that Turkey’s government has a soft-spot for Islamic fighters in the North Caucasus. Turkey is also against the Al-Sisi regime in Egypt, which Russia supports in spite of this little incident.
Getting back to China, Russia’s biggest BFF doesn’t recognize the Crimea as part of Russia, and has extended friendly overtures toward Ukraine’s new government almost from the very beginning. And contrary to Russian fantasies, China isn’t chomping at the bit to fuck over the USA, since it has a crucial, mutually beneficial economic relationship with that country. In fact, the relationship China has with the US, however strained it might appear at times, is no doubt far more important to Chinese leaders than the relationship with Russia.
As one friend pointed out, the idiocy of Putin’s little adventure is that he’s burning bridges with countries that have no territorial claims on Russia and running straight into the embrace of a country that has such claims. China has every incentive to watch quietly while Russia increasingly alienates all the nations which could potentially help it in the event that it has any sort of conflict with China. Eventually, China will be able to dictate terms to Moscow more and more brazenly, and should the latter balk, they will have nobody to turn to.