"It's The 'Russia', Stupid!"

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by James George Jatras via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

It’s another week in Washington and another horror show. This time it was Attorney General Jeff Sessions being grilled by Senators on whether, when, and how he might have met with certain Russians, or any Russian, or someone who might actually know a Russian. In addition to fishing for any inconsistency that could be used to support an accusation of obstruction of justice or perjury – the usual sleazy methodology of politically motivated investigations here – the transparent aim was to further poison the well on any possible initiative to improve ties with Moscow.

The strategy appears to be working. The Russian Embassy in Washington confirms that for the first time since the Russian Federation’s founding the State Department did not send pro forma national day greetings. Perhaps the bureaucrats were afraid they would be tainted and themselves become targets of multiple investigations into «collusion» with the Kremlin. (Luckily, this intrepid Washington analyst has no qualms about such associations.)

Or more likely, they themselves are part of the Russophobic mob undermining the White House. It has been reported that soon after the inauguration Trump sought to open dialogue with the Kremlin and set an early summit with President Vladimir Putin. This produced a hysterical counteraction from the Deep State. As reported by conservative columnist and former presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan:

«The State Department was tasked with working out the details.


«Instead, says Daniel Fried, the coordinator for sanctions policy, he received ‘panicky’ calls of ‘Please, my God, can you stop this?’.


«Operatives at State, disloyal to the president and hostile to the Russia policy on which he had been elected, collaborated with elements in Congress to sabotage any detente. They succeeded.


«‘It would have been a win-win for Moscow,’ said Tom Malinowski of State, who boasted last week of his role in blocking a rapprochement with Russia. State employees sabotaged one of the principal policies for which Americans had voted, and they substituted their own».

So much for constitutional government and the rule of law...

But now it gets even worse. This week Congress moved legislation designed to codify in statute sanctions imposed on Russia by Barack Obama over Ukraine and evidence-free charges of Russian election interference. Provisions for a presidential waiver, which are standard in any sanctions legislation, are unusually narrow. Congressional proponents are clear that their aim is to take the matter out of the president’s hands. Democrats, seemingly devoid of any other policy agenda or ideas, vow to keep banging the Russia drum through the 2018 Congressional elections.

When all is said and done, there are lots of reasons the political class hates Trump. His heresies on immigration and trade are near the top of the list. But make no mistake: for the Deep State and its mainstream media arm, demonizing Russia and Vladimir Putin personally is a dangerous obsession. (There is reason to suspect «Russian collusion» figured in the thinking of a fanatical Leftist’s shooting attack on Republican Congressmen: «The shooter also signed a petition calling for an investigation into Trump-Russia ties, confirming he was radicalized by the mainstream media’s obsession with conspiracy theories about Russia interfering with the election».)

It remains to be seen whether Oliver Stone’s extended interview with Putin on the Showtime network will have any impact. So far the commentary seems to be divided between descriptions of the substance of the discussion and attacks on Stone for talking with such a bad, bad man«Speaking after the interview, Stone refuted allegations that he became an unwitting messenger of pro-Putin propaganda or of dishonest information given by the president».

With regard to substance, relatively little attention has been accorded in American media to Putin’s flat accusation that U.S. «special services» have supported terrorists, including in Chechnya. Of course anyone paying attention would know that arming jihadists is a standard part of U.S. policy, going back at least to Afghanistan in the 1980s and repeated in Bosnia, Kosovo, Libya, and today in Syria. Indeed, as early as the 1950s the U.S. had established a very close relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood and its terrorist elements as a weapon against Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser and Baathists in Syria and Iraq, who Washington thought were a little too cozy with the Soviet Union and far too socialist and secular for the taste of our pals in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.

There is a real symbiosis between the anti-Russian imperative in American foreign policy and support for radical Islamic elements. It did not end when the Soviet Union and communism collapsed but rather was intensified. This is why Moscow’s constant calls for a common front against terrorism are always rebuffed. Such cooperation doesn’t make any sense for anomenklatura whose number one goal is hostility to Moscow and for whom jihadists are at worst «frienemies» – people who may be troublesome but useful.

We can only imagine how completely different the world would be if the U.S. were to recognize that Russia is a country that in many respects is not that different from the United States or Europe and that we had common interests. But for the U.S. Deep State, that would amount to switching sides in a global conflict, where we see jihadists essentially as «freedom fighters» against a geopolitical adversary. These same clueless «elites» are then puzzled when their carefully nurtured, cuddly, «moderate» jihad terrorists attack us back here at home.

This irrational pattern is at the root of the hostility of American policymakers toward Russia and any prospect of normalizing bilateral ties. In large part, it’s what underlies the «soft coup» being directed against Trump, of which the Sessions pillorying was an episode. (A late report based on unreliable, unverified sources suggests that Special Counsel on the Russia probe, Robert Mueller, is expanding his investigation to include potential obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump. Mueller, a close personal friend of ousted FBI Director James Comey, has already packed his team with partisan Democrats.)

Those behind this attempted coup think we can continue to treat Russia as though it were a minor power of the magnitude of Serbia, Iraq, Libya, or Syria, or even Iran. They think if we just keep pushing, pushing, pushing, either the Russians will collapse or back down. They will do everything possible to box Trump in and prevent him from pursuing any path other than the disastrous course laid out by Bill Clinton, George Bush, and Barack Obama. They can see no other outcome than removing Putin and returning Russia to the condition of a Yeltsin-era vassal state – a term Putin used in the Stone interview – or, better yet, its territorial breakup along the lines suggested by the late Zbigniew Brzezinski.

Will the Oliver Stone interview change any minds? It’s too soon to tell. But if the soft coup against Trump succeeds, it might not matter, since then America could not be considered a self-governing constitutional republic even in a residual sense. We may have already passed our own Rubicon and just don’t know it yet.

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Schmuck Raker's picture

Article title of the year!

luky luke's picture

"the State Department did not send pro forma national day greetings."

Because TRUMP is on World War 3 with Russia.


macki mack's picture

I love all these "attempted coup" articles. They tickle me to no end.

AllOfGood's picture

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greenskeeper carl's picture

I would be really embarrassed if I was one of these people. Apparently, despite the fact that we spend orders of magnitude more on everything related to defense, intelligence gathering, and diplomacy, we have been deftly outplayed by the super genius putin and the rest of the dastardly russians. This is what our govt is admitting to, no matter how they say it. Either this whole 'muh russians' thing is bullshit, or despite our huge budgetary advantage, we are simply unable to beat them, and they are crushing us despite spending less than 1/10th of the money. Either way, these agencies are not deserving of any further funding.

peddling-fiction's picture

I only respect leaders that also try their best to help their people and countries.

Putin, Evo Morales, and Rafael Correa come to mind.

There are others.

These guys are not being caught saying lies, and have improved conditions in their countries.

Keyser's picture

The Rubicon has already been crushed under the boot of the MIC and Deep State, or did someone not get the memo about the JFK assassination? Wake up people, there's a big club and you and I ain't in it... Prepare accordingly... 

GracchusBrothers's picture


How do you "crush" a river?

Cruel Joke's picture

He probably meant "Crossing the Rubicon*" - don't you think? Let's hope the Rubicon has not been crossed, but if has  - 'alea iacta est' (the die is cast).

*which was considered an act of insurrection, treason and a declaration of war upon the Roman Senate.

HowdyDoody's picture

Crossing the Rubicon?

There are reports that Suadi naval vessels have opened fire on Iranian fishing boats, resulting in fatalities.


Slack Jack's picture

Does anyone know who the Rabbi sitting next to Mikhail Gorbachev at the May day parade was?

Near the end of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1Uf6yMa1dg (the Oliver Stone-Putin interview; Part 1)

Slack Jack's picture

Does anyone know why zerohedges comment system is so **ed-up in Linux?

Slack Jack's picture

Does anyone know who the Rabbi sitting next to Mikhail Gorbachev at the May day parade was?

Near the end of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1Uf6yMa1dg (the Oliver Stone-Putin interview; Part 1)

Bernardo Gui's picture

Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant. (Hail emporer, we who are about to die salute you)

earleflorida's picture

let me get this straight[?], it's all about getting rid of Trump, the 'Russian Puppet via Putin' and how it was Putin that won the election for Trump... so he owes putin 'ONE'?

now the entire comgress wants to 'Crush' Trumps presidency regarding close ties (heresay) with Putin, supposedly Trumps, trump card?

let's step back from here and talk about the $330 Billion (Total) weapons deal with SA and the $115 Billion down payment for immediate weapons, technical, infrastructure strategic planning transfer,... eventually seeding SA home grown mini`kingdom MIC?!?

but[t] that's OK[?] with Congress, for it was SA responsibility regarding [OUR] '911', with alittle help from the 'Deep State', which is so obvious, that I find myself actually living in a different universe[!] with the denial????

again, back to Russophobia USSA MSM/Deep State as if going back in tyme to the 'Red Scare' of Truman's presidency, but[t] rather amp`d `up with todays MSMs hi-tech communication`Global Sounding-Board Hubblesque`loop'd Parabolical Newspeak', making it the subject on every dinnner table frame by frame in real-tyme.

How nice it must be that the 'Deep State' has our tin'd ears '24/7/365' !

in conclusion... Trump is a phoney! But, all POTUS are phoney mouth pieces to say the least for 'Big Brother' that's gotten so big, it's kinda hard to keep em in the shadows anymoar. Trump is no martyr by a long shot, and his son-in-law will certainly cause his downfall.

perhaps this is all by design from the getgo, with Pence and the angelenic bannon blessings!

Remember, trump has done the deep-states bidding big`tyme to date regarding 'Qatar', Afghanistan, Serbia (perhaps next week will blow up as Kosovo for WJC/ Lewinsky release pressure valve), and IRAN the big kahuna anyday now!

afterall, it's all about money,... and having absolutely nothing to do with the proletariet/plebs/serfs/ and all being just plain peasants betterment!  

Tarzan's picture

"Wake up people, there's a big club and you and I ain't in it"


I have a little different take on our situation.  I suspect, their club is tiny compared to the rest of us, and that they live by deception, by real power yes, but wield it by fraud, and fear mongering. 

We are the big club, and they hope, if we awake, we'll kill each other, rather then focus on the worms who live behind castle walls.  They hold nukes over our head, while they fear pitchforks and lamp posts.....

What they fear the most is that the real giant in the room awakes from it's slumber, that we go John Galt on them, shun their bread and circuses, and collapse their fragile party...

Oldwood's picture

They say you can fool all of the people some of the time and some of them all the time.

Our more despicable leaders are well studied in the humanities and psychology and know full well how to best manipulate us...most of us most of the time.

Every aspect of our society is dominated by this, by marketing. The fact that they are "selling" us is unavoidable. They will tell us the tobacco can't be advertised or even shown in programming in the belief that it could influence young people to smoke. Antifa tells us it is simply too dagerous to allow conservatives to speak publicly as it could influence weak minds into the ideology. YET.  They can openly program us daily with their hate and violence, they can openly call for insurrection, "resistance", the continual disparagement of all things "Trump", and suggest he is the epitome of evil, and yet recoil violently when accused of inciting a ideological extremists to shoot Republicans. Mentally deranged they say. NOT THEIR FAULT. Trump's, if anyone, given his conservative notions are the primary incitement.

All this is to say what we all know. These lying manipulative cock suckers are pissing all over us while telling us it is only spring showers. We are not just damp with it, we are fully soaked and the piss is getting way deep. If we are going to survive as anything more than livestock, we MUST call them on this . We must be able to discern real threats (progressivism) from false (Russia). 

If nothing else we must openly challenge their lies. We have been lulled into complacency but their openness and transparent arrogance peresents opportunity to show them for what they are. Deliberate manipulative liars.

chunga's picture

We are absolutely at a watershed moment right now. There is so much blatant, obvious, criminal fraud sitting right there on the tee, just waiting to be smacked. Who will do it? I've lost all hope in the red team and never had any in the blue team.

Trump could use his bully pulpit in non-traditional ways to skip by the frauds in the media and the frauds in politics and frauds in this deep state. They all understand the natives are getting restless over their constant lies. The natives will rally hard around anybody that fights back and they have to be worried about this because arresting everyone who isn't stupid will be a tall task.

Pull the plug Trump, do a fireside chat on a few key topics that are being ignored. Announce rallies at key locations. There is the only source of support, a very large one, too big to contain and that's the deplorables.

The idea of watching the 97-2 senators all covered in Russian toothpaste while the Imperial City is being stormed is fantastic.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

Trump correctly tweets that he is a victim of a "witch hunt." This is a witch hunt because there is no disclosed evidence even showing that the Russians "hacked" or somehow "stole" the U.S. presidential election.

Despite this lack of evidence, the senate votes 97-2 to impose harsh sanctions on Russia. If Trump really thinks this is a "witch hunt" and that the core allegations have no substance, he should of course veto these sanctions. If he does not, is he not accepting the premise the senate is working from (Russia stole the election) and saying in effect that this is NOT  a "witch hunt?"

There seems to be a major logical inconsistency here.

Oldwood's picture

They have created a paradigm that only provides a select few scenarios that offer public "satisfaction". This is the glorious result of decades of indoctrination.

Is it not odd that they can claim the only patriotic stance is one that rejects patriotism?

The only true American "value" is one that rejects nationality or even borders?

It appears our only salvation is in our own demise. Socially induced suicide is our only "nationalistic" theme. WAR WITH RUSSIA is just one more opportunity for self destruction.

847328_3527's picture

Tarzan makes a good point. After all, over 63 million people, black, white, hispanic, Asian Americans, voted for Trump for a Change we really can believe in; namely, for American middle class workers. Sad The Swamp Establishment refuses to acknowledge the will of the American people.

turnoffthewater's picture


"Wake up people, there's a big club and you and I ain't in it"

I have a little different take on our situation.



adanata's picture

+10 Absolutely... the globalists want civil war not a revolution against them. Meanwhile they're trying to maintain the narrative ... but have failed. The loons are the only ones listening to them. They are not and never were the majority... and they can't shoot straight on any level. These are not clever people and they are just talking to each other.

GlobalMapper's picture

My Rubicon has not been crushed.  It is sitting out in the shop full of gas, ammo, and bug out gear.

Northern Flicker's picture

or perhaps a relatively small club and a bunch of dumbed-down democrats who think they are part of it

Bay of Pigs's picture

We all know they are lying through their teeth carl.

Operation Mockingbird is alive and well.

nmewn's picture

Its really a fascinating thing to watch.

They've literally formed a circular firing squad and are desperately trying to convince everyone the circle is facing outwards.

All I can say is...ready...aim...FIRE!!! ;-)

eclectic syncretist's picture

They are all terrified that Russia may share the truth about them, and the documentable proof of their corruption and traitorism, with the American people.

el buitre's picture

Putin is a genius.  I listened to his 3 hour annual Q&A last night.  The two things that impressed me were Putin's encyclopediac knowledge and how poor the average Russian outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg is.  And how harsh the climate is.  People were calling in for help when the temperature drops below 50 degrees C (thats about -45 F).  What is truly amazing about Russia is that the neoliberals and neocons had the whole country by the nuts in the mid to late 90's under the drunkard and corrupt traitor Yeltsen and their dual citizen Zionist oligarchs, and how Putin transformed it back into a (at least military) superpower below the waterline until a few years ago when he was ready to confront the NWO in Syria and display some of their now amazing military hardware.  One of the great mysteries is why Yeltsin fast tracked Putin to succeed him.  Maybe the final act of a dying guilt stricken patriot.  Of course, Putin's intentions and abilities were essentially unknown at the time.  He was just a former KGB aparatchik.

Of course, there are some things about Putin's positions that bother me.  He has given support, though rather luke warm, to the Paris accords.  Of course Russia would not have to restrict their CO2 emission at all under that agreement.  The other thing that bothers me even more is that there have been chemtrails over Russia.  Who are flying those jets?  Are they drones?  The certain answer outside of Russia and China is the USA air force.  Could Putin be the controlled opposition to the satanic globalist cabal as was Lenin?  Maybe. OTOH, he has banned GMO food from Russia and vowed that Russia would become the healthy food basket for the planet.  His response to the food sanction against Russia.  Guess we just have to stay tuned.

goober's picture

Kind of obvious now what we used to call intelligence gathering is actually creating more illusions to save our own skins and gain more power to control the masses and their tax dollars as we please.

Kidbuck's picture

Biblic is another word for shit eating faggot. But you all knew that.

Freddie's picture

The Ukraine is run by Soros and his ZATO ilk.  So is the USA govt.  Congress and the US govt is a bigger threat to Americans than Outin and RUssia.

They hate Putin because he threw Soros and the oligarchs out of Russia.,   Also Putin is Christian.

land_of_the_few's picture

Wouldn't it terrible if some Dem officials turned out to be actual foreign Fascists? Who expected Hillary to win and then they would be given influential US Govt posts to do the bidding of their paramilitary extremist pals and relatives back in the old country?

Cassandra.Hermes's picture

You just gave too much? credit to Soros. The Ukraine always has two parts, one that was part of Austrian Empire and one that was part of the Russian empire. Soros was not even born when the two parts formed.

Got The Wrong No's picture

The US, NATO and Soros took that situation and used it to their advantage then used it against Russia. NATO expansion was the game. Soros was a big player. 

poeg's picture

Russian Empire? You're talking ethnic Russians able to go back in that region further than the US has existed. If they're part of a Russian expansion, then start refering to the US as part of the Commonwealth.

FoggyWorld's picture

Frankly it sounds much more like a slight from Tillerson who started out - at least for a week - wanting to actually work with the Russians on mutually shared situations.   Then one day he did a 180.

equity_momo's picture

Tillerson is another appointment that proves Trump is NOT going to MAGA. He is a phony.

Rex is there to push the agenda of big oil. He is a slicker version of Bush/Cheney.

He will give Putin a choice : open up your oil and gas further to accomodate Exxon (the Yelstin option) or prepare to be Iraqd (the Saddam option)

I am fairly sure Putin is the real deal , he has walked the talk.   In which case , he isnt going to blink and Russia will mark the end of another empire that didnt learn from history. Lavrov and Putin told Tillerson no deal in April and to GTFO.


First the MIC are going to do Iran. 

See where this troop build up in Afghanistan goes.  Its going to take a pretty big false flag to get away with that though.


turnoffthewater's picture

Rex will push big oil and already signed with rosneft a jv to explore the artic while w xom before he was sec of state

Anarchyteez's picture

It's the Seth Rich, stupid.

WernerHeisenberg's picture

Before Seth Rich, and much greater, his name was Michael Craig Ruppert (February 3, 1951 – April 13, 2014).  He wrote the book "Crossing the Rubicon" in 2004.  The massive attack on NYC in 2001 was the Deep State/MIC/Banksters spreading death and destruction into what they later taught us to call the homeland.  When the black ops imperial forces are used against the home population, THAT was crossing the rubicon.  Almost 16 years now ...

WernerHeisenberg's picture

I was focusing on the military actions of General Julius Caesar against the republic he was supposed to be defending.  1913 was a swindle, a financial coup.  But 1913 was not a domestic attack on civilians facilitated by people embedded within the military who swore to protect those same civilians, so not fitting the "Crossing the Rubicon" meme.

DrData02's picture

Seth Rich is over. Sad to say. Moved even off back burner. Have you heard anything about it in the last week? Same with pizzagate. The criminals have gone free.

FoggyWorld's picture

One America News has shown yet a newer report with more information about the muurder of Seth Rich and they tend to play those extended pieces several times a day for several days.   They are not throwing in the towel at all.

Winston Churchill's picture

Shooting Scalise, a leading anti paedo activist, certainly sent a message.

JasperEllings's picture

No matter what one believes regarding Seth Rich, why are investigators and the media so quick to dismiss his case as a consipracy theory, while similar cases involving Russia or Putin would be gladly accepted without a shred of proof?

It's as if our media believes Russian leaders have a instinctual predisposition toward evil, while the Clintons, Soroses and the other leaders of the left are incapable of misdeeds by their very nature.