PCR: "The New Russian Sanctions Bill Is Washington's Monument To Its Criminality"

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

The Congress of the United States by almost unanimous votes in both House and Senate has made it clear that Congress would rather destroy the President of the United States and to increase the risk of nuclear war than to avoid conflict with Russia by normalizing relations.

The vote on the new sanctions makes it pointless for President Trump to veto the bill, because it passed both houses by far more than the two-thirds vote required to over-ride the president’s veto. The only thing Trump can achieve with a veto is to prove the false charge that he is in league with Vladimir Putin

The new sanctions bill forecloses the possibility of reducing the rising tensions between the two major nuclear powers. It also shows that whatever interest Congress has, if any, in reducing the threat of war and in avoiding a break with Europe over the sanctions, Congress has a much greater interest in continuing to collect campaign contributions from the powerful and rich military/security complex and in playing to the growing hatred of Russia that is encouraged by the US media.

This reckless and irresponsible action by the US Congress makes completely clear that Washington has intentionally chosen conflict with Russia as the main element of US foreign policy. Perhaps now the Russian government will abandon its cherished illusion that an accommodition with Washington can be reached.

As I have written on many occasions, the only way Russia can achieve accommodation with Washington is to surrender and accept American hegemony. Any further resistance of the Russian government to this obvious fact would indicate dangerous delusion on the part of the Russian leadership.

The fig leaf Congress chose for its violation of diplomatic protocols and international law is the disproven allegation of Russian interference in behalf of Trump in the US presidential election. An organization of former US intelligence officers recently announced that forensic investigation has been made of the alleged Russian computer hacking, and the conclusion is that there was no hack; there was an internal leak, and the leak was copied onto a device and Russian “fingerprints” were added. There is no forensic evidence whatsoever that shows any indication of Russian hacking.

It is all made up, and everyone alleging Russian hacking knows it. There is no difference between the allegation of Russian hacking and Hitler’s allegation in 1939 that “last night Polish forces crossed our frontier,” Hitler’s fig leaf for his invasion of Poland.

That Congress uses a blatantly transparent lie to justify its violation of international law and intentionally worsens US relations with both Russia and the EU proves how determined Washington is to intensify conflict with Russia.

Expect more false allegations, more demonization, more threats.

War is in the cards.

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c2nnib2l's picture

I really like Putin and Russia 

 

BUT

 

it's worth mentioning that Russia and North Korea have increased their trade balances since the begining of the year

Russia sold some weapons to Norh Korea as well 

 

god knows what else 

Zorba's idea's picture

Hey, How about we build a humongous Yuuuge wall separating NK from SK and call it a day.

BaBaBouy's picture

WHY Is Thump Signing IT ???

It goes against everything he said during his campaign...

WTF ...

armada's picture

He's signing it because he is beholden to Israel who's pissed at Russia for protecting Syria.

http://biblicisminstitute.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/the-truth-about-the-c...

moimeme's picture

This sanctions bill does not bode well for peace. Prepare for WW3.

BaBaBouy's picture

Thump Voters played like a Cheap Fiddle ...

VWAndy's picture

The whole flippin planet!

Soul Glow's picture

It isn't the power to stop a form of investment that should worry crypto-currency holders, but the power to manipulate them.  And let's pause on the term "manipulation" because it often times seems over dramatic when really the word implies a lot of subtlety.  For example, a bank could say, "Let's buy some bitcoin today" and they do so, enough to create a surge in price.  Now did they do it for gain or for manipulation?  Well the answer lies on the other side of the trade.  If the bank were to say, "Let's run it up enough so when we trad it to the downside we make sure it falls with momentum" then yes, that is manipulation.

Anything is manipulation if the belief isn't, "I think this will go higher/lower" and the entity trading can move a market with a single purchase.  If someone has the ability to change price due to the size of the trade and will benefit after they sell on their next trade than that is enough to cause manipultation.  Sure there are other forms of manipulation, and I will get into them, but this is a basic form which the banks do daily to skim the cream off the milk.

A greater form of manipulation is to reflect a change in not the asset price of what is directly being manipulated but a whole other asset.  For example while the Fed banks keep their boots on the VIX it allows investors to confidantly invest in stocks that could otherwise seem volatile.  Another example is if someone wants to short the dollar they could go long the euro.  Or go long the dollar and it would decrease the value of Yen, gold, and oil.  So this is another form of manipulation.

Lastly the final goal of manipulation can be more than financial gain, it can be political.  Having one asset increase/decrease in value may offer a sentiment change.  For example having the dollar rally crushes gold and with gold not moving up it gives the talking heads like Bernanke enough clout to say "gold is not money".  Then his lackeys can in turn say, "Bernanke is right, for look at the price of gold, it is a barberic investment, who would want to own it and why?"  While this may be a logical fallacy people's thinking is often fallacious.  So by causing manipulation even in the slightest it can not only create financial gain but can influence investing through many asset classes. 

Lore's picture

@ SoulGlow: *** NEWS FLASH ***

In case you hadn't noticed, your comments have absolutely nothing to do with the article. Literally, there is NO RELEVANCE WHATSOEVER. 

You're welcome.

Déjà view's picture

Electorate abuses prescription Blue & Red pills...stupor prevents knowledge of who real enablers are...

20/20 election...hindsight...prescription refill...

webmatex's picture

Prepare for Russia to quit trading in dollars after the EU deliver their promise of retaliatory sanctions  later this week- then maybe prepare for WW666.

They WILL start the de-dollarisation barrel rolling very soon - it's their final diplomatic ace and the only possible response left to them.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

About five "developments" - all pretty much happening simultaneously - do not "bode well for peace." Yes, I think the probability that WWIII could really happen is greater than it's been since maybe the Cuban Missile crisis.

Cloud9.5's picture

Nuclear war will have several advantages.  There will be a significant population reduction with most of that reduction taking place in city centers. We will no longer have to endure the rantings of social justice warriors. Politicians will be ignored.  No power structure other than religion will survive it.  Code enforcement officers will be instantly vaporized and surviving tax collectors will be shot on sight. A person’s value will be determined almost exclusively by what he can personally contribute to his local community. 

 

Once the nuclear winter recedes, human impact on the environment will be significantly reduced. Natural selection will once again be in full play.  The stupid and dysfunctional that are not immediately incinerated will be sorted out of the gene pool in short order.  The misery index will go off the charts. Life expectancies will drop to medieval levels.  Wild dogs will become the dominant predators.  The wild hog population will exceed the human population. The price of real estate will go to almost zero.  A cup of rice or a reloaded cartridge will have more value than Lloyd Blankfein’s bank account. And, last but not least, there will be an exponential increase in personal liberty like nothing we have seen since the collapse of Rome.  

Al Armed's picture

Except for Israel, where we've been building their citizens a protective Iron Dome. I heard New York City is being fitted for one as well. If you work with some well-connected Jews, keep an eye on them. If one day, all of them have doctor's appointments and don't come to work, grab your family and get the hell out of there.

I live down the street from AIPAC in DC. A couple of weeks ago, about 11:00 am, the entire staff (of so it appeared) came out of their high-security building on H St NW in DC and all 100 or so walked down 3rd St en masse accompanied by a gun-toting guard then turned into a sort of alley behind a black Baptist church and disappeared. Behind that church is a parkinig garage under which I-395 runs.

I went back there and looked, and it does look like the padlocked gate that leads down into the parking garage area has a new padlock on it. But what was it? A drill? for what? What kind of drill has everyone walking 200-300 yards and disappearing behind a church?

TrajanOptimus's picture

No, he is signing it because it is Veto proof and if he does not sign it, it will automatically become law.

toady's picture

That's what he should do. No way I'd put my name on a document guaranteeing we all die in a nuclear fireball.

When he comes up from the presidential bomb shelter he can tweet "told you so!"

WTFUD's picture

Like signing your own death warrant!

Chauncey Gardener's picture

It's quite simple, really, the Pentagon pimps want another war. A big one. Sheer insanity.

El Vaquero's picture

I'd still veto.  None of this easy way shit.  We're past that. 

Doom Porn Star's picture

Veto it.   Fuck Congress.

This is his Rubicon with the Deep State and The Establishment.

IF Trump signs it he is a lame duck puppet for the entire term no matter how much he tweets.  

He should go on TV and tell the Citizenry that Russia is not our enemy and pull back Nato and the Hawks; and build a lasting peace.  He is the fucking CIC.   Tell the country that there is NOT gonna be any more fucking War without Congress going on record and authorizing it, allocate their taxes for it; and allowing him to manage it: all Constitutional and such

DO THE JOB.   BE PRESIDENT.

Fuck them next month during the recess and then again harder when the recess is over and the debt ceiling is breached and the 2018 budget is on deck. 

He gets to put new asses in seats at the Supreme Court in his term.  He gets to restack or dismantle the FED his term.

This isn't REALITY TV; this is REALITY.

God Dammit: WHO KILLED SETH RICH?

The Citizenry want a new government.

Various constituencies in Congress have clearly been captured or corrupted by cadres of competing foreign interests: Saudi, Pakistani, Israeli, etc.etc.etc..  

Fuck the Kazim and the Sunni and the Shia and the rest.....

YOU were elected to break shit because the system is captured and the Citizenry are frightened and pissed..

STOP talking shit and START BREAKING SHIT.

DO THE JOB.   BE PRESIDENT.

Veritas X-'s picture

Your analysis is a Pronouncement of Reason Doom Porn Star

; "The Madmen are running the Insane Asylum".

Thank You. +8 Billion

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Herodotus's picture

The bill for Trump to veto will be the debt ceiling increase.

World Cash Day's picture

If he doesn't sign it and Congress goes on Summer recess within 10 days it will be "pocket vetoed".

He won't have to do anything and it will lapse.

When does Congress go on recess? Soon isn't it?

When does Congress confirm Christopher Wray at FBI? Will he be the attack dog Trump has been calling for going after Comey & McCabe?

If he won't be - why would Trump hire him!?!?!?!

kommissar's picture

it'll be close: august 11th is last day in session.

Doom Porn Star's picture

Fuck the pocket veto.

That's too easy, too cheap and cheesy.

Exert POWER.   Veto it.

BE PRESIDENT.

dirty fingernails's picture

Nope, there is a precident set about not signing/vetoing veto-proof bills you disagree with. His reasons are far more than veto-proof or why else did he just make a statement about how he was gonna be so tough on Russia they didn't want him elected. He's trying to flip flop on a basic platform of his campaign and the entire premise of the Russian Hacking nonsense. That's as big a tell as you get.

sarz's picture

The globalists seem to have shot their wad with this one. I suspect they used all the dirt that the NSA has on everyone for this. How else explain Tulsi Gabbard's vote? 

Trump is going to sign it without a pocket veto because he's winning the big game behind the scenes while apparently goofing up. Thierry Meyssan at Voltaire Net is tracking the real story. 

You can also get a sense of what's really happening by the very intelligent reader response to a dumb article at Unz.com :

http://www.unz.com/article/the-demolition-of-u-s-global-power/

I think the anti-Iran caper, where Trump was foaming at the mouth wanting to attack Iran and had to be talked out of it by Tillerson and other adults, was hilarious. It's just drama. See Meyssan to get an idea of what's going on. 

The big story is that the Democrats are going to be charged for their sins. Fighting the Russian sanctions would be a waste of energy. 

Count on Trump to now team up with Sanders, who has just announced a push for single payer. He can hijack the initiative not just on compassionate nationalistic grounds but also as investment in the ultimate infrastructure. 

Kina's picture

Read it and consider it pretty much nonsense.

Talk about drawing a massively long bow by selectively picking things then creating a circular argument, and after just 7 months of Trump in power.

The USA is fucked because like other empires it has relied on power projection alone financed by a massively diluted currency that is only sustainable because it is currently a global trade currency.  Will never last.  Domestic industry has been destroyed and exported, domestic economy destroyed, all for the sake of globalism and global hegemony that is unsustainable.

The idea of inserting Trump into USA's problems at the last second is pathetic, when the destruction of the US has been guaranteed by policy implemented over the past 50 years, and always inevitable.

If anything Trump may help recreate the lost domestic economy.  However the military expenditure and power projection costs will always lead to the destruction of America.  And as they go down the drain they may decide to take everybody with them.

 

Trump is probably the last chance the US has to pull itself back from this near inevitable end.  Yet we get idiotic pieces like that that are mere fantasy.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

I'm starting to wonder if Trump might be like the Martin Sheen character in the movie and book, "The Dead Zone." He's erratic as hell. Petty. Juvenile. Crude. Lewd. No core principles. In the most powerful job in the world. In short, very possibly a danger to mankind.

Librarian's picture

[Count on Trump to now team up with Sanders, who has just announced a push for single payer]

I can tell you where exactly your prognostication broke the oil pump and threw a rod.

Kina's picture

the problem with people like you is that your analysis horizon is about 1 week.

Would never have you on my team nor leading any team.

simulkra's picture

No he's signing it because he is beholden to Israel who's pissed at Russia for ending their party in 1936.

SoDamnMad's picture

So that means our sailors can die in the Persian Gulf because Israel wants US to attack Iran (and their oil). Got it. Nice proving ground to see how many US weapons systems won't work thereby causing Senators and Congressmen to scream for new, expensive systems that also won't work. 

Have you forgotten that shortly after 2004 when Boeing "called it's marker"on  all it's campaign contributions paid to our government leaders in order to take the aerial tanker job away from Airbus, there STILL is no flying tanker to replace the KC-135s and DC-10T.

freetrade's picture

The answer is in the second paragraph, I think.

armada's picture

what's a wall between friends, right.

Braindonor1's picture

Early attempt at a comment thread hijack?

political_proxy's picture

At least the US doesn't sell weapons...

SilverRhino's picture

The House and the Senate apparently sold their votes to someone.  

98-2 in the Senate?  

419-3 in the House?  

 

And these FUCKS can't get together and hash out O-care but have time for this? 

These people are BOUGHT and/or COMPROMISED.

political_proxy's picture

Painfully obvious, yet so few can, more likely care to see the reality of the situation.

The Banksters never lose.

HRClinton's picture

The (((Banksters))) never lose, until they lose their heads. 

Gardentoolnumber5's picture

There will be 5 seats with new people in them. That is how bad the corruption is.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"And these FUCKS can't get together and hash out O-care but have time for this?"

Thats it right there. They can easily agree on making war, but cant agree on how to repeal

HRClinton's picture

Anybody know who the dissenting NO votes were?

World Cash Day's picture

Rand Paul & Bernie Sanders in the Senate.

Doom Porn Star's picture

Now we all know that these two men will be vying for the rights to be the standard bearers for teams Redd and Bluu in 2020...  

The next presdential election cycle was just launched.

The only half-adults in the room stood down.

apocalypticbrother's picture

Satan called. He says you all have to sign this bill as per agreement...

The First Rule's picture

The irony is that the American people couldn't careless about Russia either way.

 

And they certainly do not want to go to war with them.

The only people who see Russia as an enemy are these bought off, political scumbags in DC.

Veritas X-'s picture

Most of you folks here at ZH, haven't figured it out yet.

Come-on now.

Are you'all so blind?

Why THIS vote/bill now?

Let me solve the riddle......

>>>>*EU, Israel agree to develop Eastern Mediterranean gas pipeline: Published time: 4 Apr, 2017*<<<<

"Three Mediterranean EU countries and Israel agreed on Monday to continue pursuing the development of a gas pipeline project that could link gas fields offshore Israel to Cyprus, Greece, and Italy, and potentially help the EU to diversify supplies away from Russia.

The energy ministers of Cyprus, Israel, Italy and Greece agreed to initiate discussions on an intergovernmental accordance on the EastMed Pipeline, Cypriot Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Georgios Lakkotrypis tweeted on Monday after meeting with his counterparts in Israel.

The pipeline could be completed in 2025, but the parties will try to speed up the project, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said after the meeting, as quoted by Reuters....."

https://www.rt.com/business/383410-eu-israel-mediterranean-gas-pipeline/

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=eu+israel+pipeline&t=ffab&ia=news

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