So…looks like Mark Ames has hit a new low recently.
First of all, let me just say that I don’t follow the news about the subject of the article, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. I don’t doubt that the guy is an asshole- billionaires tend to be that way. I’m bringing this article up for something else. While he somehow managed to avoid another rant about the “Wild 90’s,” which he clearly enjoyed very much and made a career off of, yet try to read this passage and not want to put your first through your screen.
In the 18 months since we broke the story, Ukraine has collapsed into war and despair, with up to 10,000 people killed and one and a half million internally-displaced refugees — and top US brass talk openly of a new Cold War with nuclear-armed Russia, while US military advisors train and arm Ukrainians to wage war on Russian-backed separatists.
Here that? Ukraine just “collapsed” into war and despair. That’s weird because to me and most of the sane world, it looks more like Russia invaded and annexed part of a sovereign nation, and then financed, armed, and supported an armed insurgency to potentially partition the country further.
But to Ames, the aggressor is the US, which after about a year of war and concrete proof of Russian involvement, finally decided to send a modest contingent of airborne troops to train the Ukrainian army and national guard. This is unbridled neocon aggression, whereas sending tanks, weapons, ammunition, UAVs, money, and soldiers to actually fight and take or attempt to take territory is apparently just fine- so long as it’s Russia that’s doing it.
Meanwhile the US government still isn’t sending offensive weapons to Ukraine, and most of the punditry I’ve seen on the topic seems dead set against the prospect. But you know how clever those lying neocons are. I’m sure their mantras about “no military solution” that they’ve been repeating since the conflict’s beginning are nothing but a clever ruse, just like their continued downsizing of the US military and reduction of deployments and bases in Europe. Who knows- maybe Ames will don a Fedora with a little “PRESS” card stuck in the band, and go off to locate the secret NATO bases circling Russia, thus revealing that the supposedly downsized or demobilized forces are in fact merely waiting in their secret underground staging areas for Operation Barbarossa II: The Revenge.
And what’s this about people talking about a Cold War with nuclear armed Russia? Bullshit. If anyone is constantly talking about nuclear war, relishing the thought with glee, it’s Russia’s leaders and media personalities. Let’s start with Putin, who made the claim that he’d put his nuclear forces on alert during the Crimean operation.
As Russian Avos points out, this was probably a lie, but even worse because it was said just to appeal to the vatnik demographic- those who, knowing full well they can never achieve the standards of living of the hated US, instead masturbate furiously to the thought of ruining it with nukes.
Need more examples? How about Dmitry Kiselyov’s famous TV moment, during which he assured the vatnik demographic that Russia can reduce America to “radioactive ash.”
And here’s an “advertisement” from a comely young
future victim of human trafficking Novorossiya supporter, in which she reassures viewers that “If we lose, we will destroy the whole world.”
Add to this the fact that VK is full of pro-government groups circulating all kinds of nuking DC/New York porn.
Putin started this war, Putin wants this “Cold War” (which is destined to be as short and sad as the president himself) , he straight up needs it to stay in power- and yet according to Ames, Ukraine just “collapsed” into war and it’s the US that deserves scorn. Neocons! Neocons everywhere!
Honestly I have no idea just what the hell he’s trying to do. It almost looks as if he’s groveling out of some futile hope of being allowed to return to Russia.
Jesus, dude- go after Omidyar all you want but maybe it’s time to stop talking about Russia and Ukraine. You’ve really lost touch with reality on this side of the world.