Senate Democrats: US Should "Urgently Engage" With Russia To Avoid A Military "Miscalculation"

During a routine Congressional hearing on Wednesday, US military leaders publicly admonished Russian President Vladimir Putin for unveiling six powerful new weapons during his annual address to lawmakers, including what's believed to be a modified Iskander ballistic missile capable of defeating US and NATO anti-ballistic missile systems. Using Putin's escalation as one more justification for asking that all of the appropriations requested in the Defense Department budget be assiduously met.

Commander of US Strategic Command Gen. John Hyten, said Putin's declarations were "not surprising" and that he was "disappointed" the Russian leader would use these weapons tests to "further intimidate and coerce" the US.


Taking the hint from the generals that, unless the US makes a good-faith effort to address some of Russia's grievances, an arms race between the two countries could cost a ton of money, a group of lawmakers published a letter on Thursday calling for the US to engage in a "strategic dialogue" with its purported election-hacking nemesis, arguing that the matter is "more urgent" following Putin's unveiling of his new weapons systems, according to RT.

"A US-Russia Strategic Dialogue is more urgent following President Putin’s public address on March 1st when he referred to several new nuclear weapons Russia is reportedly developing, including a cruise missile and a nuclear underwater drone," reads a letter signed by US Senators Edward J. Markey Jeff Merkley Dianne Feinstein and Bernie Sanders.

The letter was addressed to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and in it, the (mostly Democratic) senators stressed that while "significant" disagreements exist between the US - including both the allegations of collusion and election meddling, as well as Russia's annexation of the Crimea - these differences shouldn't prevent the two countries from engaging in diplomatic talks (of course, President Trump has already met Russian President Vladimir Putin in his official capacity as leader of the free world).

"Due to these policy rifts, not in spite of them… the United States should urgently engage with Russia to avoid miscalculation and reduce the likelihood of conflict."

Their main recommendation? Lawmakers are concerned that some of the brand-new Russian nuclear weapons are not covered by the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, commonly known as the New START - and therefore, the US should consider pushing to broaden the treaty.

These weapons include a cruise missile with virtually no range limit and a nuclear-powered underwater drone.

Rumors had recently circulated that Tillerson would meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for bilateral talks while the two are in Africa, where Tillerson recently left for his first trip to the continent as Secretary of State. But both the State Department and Lavrov have denied these reports (which, as we learned with North Korea during the Olympics, doesn't necessary preclude some backchanneling and jockeying to make the talks happen).

During his state of the union speech, Putin stressed that Russia would not have needed to develop these cutting-edge weapons had its legitimate concerns been heeded by the US and its allies.

"Nobody wanted to talk to us about the root of the problem. Nobody listened to us; so listen to us now," Putin taunted.

Putin has repeatedly blamed the US for encroaching on Russia via its NATO anti-ballistic missile defense systems in Eastern Europe and holding military exercises. He also argues that former President George W Bush started down the road of hostilities when he withdrew from the anti-ballistic missile treaty.

Putin's speech grabbed headlines across Western media, with many pundits clamoring about his decision to launch "a new arms race."

But of course, President Trump has taken some steps to reestablish warm relations, including refusing to enforce a round of sanctions passed by lawmakers last summer.

Quite a flip-flop from The Left, who have countenanced Putin as Hitler and hawkishly demanded 'action' against Russia for months... did they finally get the joke?


Looney Bes Fri, 03/09/2018 - 09:41 Permalink


Slightly OT…

This news has just made my day:

According to the True Pundit, “Senate Officials Confirm John McCain Expected to Step Down from U.S. Senate.

“At this point, we are coming to terms that McCain is done here (in the Senate),” one Senate insider on the Hill said Wednesday. “Preparations are underway to deal with this. Sen. John McCain is not expected to return the Washington D.C. politics, according to several sources who are closely monitoring his health and medical treatments at his ranch in Arizona.”

President Trump, instead of holding the Independence Day’s Military Parade, should torpedo and sink the USS John McCain (DDG-56) with John McCain’s asshole crazy-glued to the deck.

For the good of the Country, I’m willing to do the crazy-gluing!  ;-)


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NumbersUsa John Kerry-Heinz Fri, 03/09/2018 - 13:04 Permalink

Time to Investigate ‘Israelgate

March 8, 2018 Staff National News 0

If the FBI director wants to uncover foreign meddling in U.S. elections, says Phil Giraldi, he ought to look at Israel, and specifically, NSA-designee Michael Flynn’s call, at Benjamin Netanyahu’s request via Jared Kushner, to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on Dec. 22, 2016.

By Philip Giraldi

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veritas semper… 07564111 Fri, 03/09/2018 - 11:36 Permalink

Oh,my! Poor innocent and assaulted  JUSA ,by the mean ,mean Russians and especially Mr. V.V. Putin ,who seems to be so powerful and busy ,that he has time to interfere into all the elections in the W ,to hack everything under the zionist BLACK SUN and to create terror for the poor exceptionals and chosen.

It looks like JUSA is approaching stage 3 of Zionist grief : bargaining. It passed first one (Putin lies,this is fake) ,angry(weapons to Ukraine and continue BS in Syria) . But this seems to be fussed with stage 4 ,depression.

We are almost there . Maybe we can reach acceptance ,cold acceptance ? Skipping the hot phase ?

The Saudi Barbaria 's top criminal is in Europe ; trying to get a new image for the House of S**t; great PR in Britain(after all ,Britain has created Saudi Arabia ,and IS...RA...EL). Then ,he comes here ,to the Kosher House .

I see there were no articles about Satanyahoo's visit . Kept kosher,under the radar.


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Malleus Maleficarum Keyser Fri, 03/09/2018 - 10:18 Permalink

Sadly, their tactic is an effective "grey" repetitive PSYOP tactic which actually works among the surprisingly vast cross-section of Americans who still trust the MSM. All they know with their shallow, miniscule attention spans is that for two years now, the shrill MSM background chatter which is the soundtrack of their lives keeps screaming "Russia BAD! Russia EVIL! Be SCARED of Russia!!!

Now that that message has been thoroughly absorbed, they find the soundtrack has changed and recently it's been screaming something about "Democrats are the only party that has the balls to deal with the RUSSIA horror!" They also seem to remember many Republicans backing up the Democrat's warnings - this means it's "BI-PARTISAN" and must therefore certainly be TRUE. Astonishingly, they've had two years to identify the source of the message, and they've failed abysmally...

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PT Keyser Fri, 03/09/2018 - 11:36 Permalink


They always tried to have it both ways.  Originally they said that Trump would start WW3 against Russia*.
Then Trump said that the US should try and get along with Russia.
Then they came out with the Trump-Russia collusion BS.

* The telescreen in my country even provided pretty pictures of Trump with colourful explosions in the background - you know, just to make sure that even deaf people would know they are supposed to be scared.

One of Trumps greatest achievements has been to expose his opposition as the backpedalling liars that they are - to everyone who has an attention span longer than that of a bi-polar goldfish on meth.

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Stan522 boattrash Fri, 03/09/2018 - 11:08 Permalink

Who commissioned it that made it into a "salacious" hit piece designed to throw mud at a candidate?

McStain was merely part of the problem. When McStain handed it to the FBI, that law enforcement agency had already known about it and had already hired Steele to keep it coming.

My "shit" us completely together. How about yours?

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The Chief Stan522 Fri, 03/09/2018 - 10:26 Permalink

This whole headline and story is very odd to me. I thought for sure that Senate Democrats wanted us in a thermonuclear war with Russia to make Trump "look bad". WTF?

If Hillary were in the WH, we'd be well on our way to a global nuclear conflict. Of course, she and 10,000 of her closest (((friends))) would be packed nicely away in one of dozens of deep underground military bases and prepared to hang out in their holes for a year or so.

Look who isn't on the invite list anymore! Oops!

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