The Neocon Full Court Press For War Is Here

Authored by Tom Luongo,

The events of the past two weeks have been stunning.   Since Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled new ‘doomsday’ weapon systems at his State of the Union address, the West has gone completely bonkers.

In the words of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, “I simply don’t have any normal terms left to describe all this,”

With the U.K. expelling Russian diplomats over the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury last week, the push to isolate Russia and create conditions for a World War is here.

The questions are Who is behind this?  And Why?

Theresa May’s response is a joke.  This is a woman who can’t stand up to EU shakedown artists over the mildest of disagreements in Brexit talks but can grandstand to high heaven over an incident with no evidence of Russian action.

This situation is straight out of the neoconservative play book, creating a horrific incident and rushing a government into a confrontation and major policy decision.

And these are happening all over the world right now.

Covering Fire

If you look at the circumstances of Skripal’s associations in light of the collapsing Russia-Gate story in the U.S., the Who?  becomes obvious.  As Moon of Alabama first pointed out, Skripal was an associate of both Pablo Miller and Christopher Steele, both former MI-6 agents working for Orbis Business Intelligence.

What motive would the Russians have for taking out Skripal in such a sloppy manner on the eve of Presidential elections?

They wouldn’t.   In the same way that the Assad government had everything to lose last April over the chemical weapons attack at Khan Sheikoun, Russia has nothing to gain by killing Skripal and his daughter today.

But, if Skripal was in the position to corroborate the worst fears about the Dossier, then it makes sense to ties up loose ends.

This is a false flag.  It’s far more plausible than the drivel Theresa May peddled to Parliament.

Anyone with three brain cells to rub together knows this in their heart of hearts.  So, why play coy?

Answer these questions.  Where is Christopher Steele?  Why hasn’t he testified?  If he refuses, why isn’t he being hounded by the media to answer questions about his Trump Dossier?

Now ask the more salient question, who benefits from this?  Not Russia.  Not the U.K. people.  Not Europe.

The Neocon Cornered Snake

Look.  The neocons are cornered.  All of their major pushes to destroy Russia and Iran and control central Asia are collapsing.  The EU is fast approaching a political crisis.  The U.K. is still a loyal subject but the White House has a cancer at its center, Donald Trump. The window has nearly closed on regime change in Russia.  In effect, it’s now or never.

Review my recent articles on this subject. There is a throughline if you are willing to see it and it’s quite clear.

Point #1:  Trump is winning.  He won on taxes.  He won on DACA. He won on Russia-Gate. He won on NAFTA and tariffs.  He beat Gary Cohn and Goldman-Sachs.  He fired Tillerson who looks more and more like a conventional neocon plant with every review of his record.  He’s meeting with North Korea.

Point #2: Putin is winning.  U.S.-backed opposition in Syria is collapsingNordstream 2 is going through.  Ukraine will freeze to death.  China buys their oil and gas, invests in their Uranium and oil industries.  He’s winning the diplomatic war in Afghanistan. He’s put Netanyahu on a leash.

These two men are the vanguard standing against the American/European globalist empire.  The Skripal poisoning was intended to be sloppy.  It was a perfectly executed inept operation, intended to move the emotional needle and direct British frustration outward.

But, this response from the U.K. has been brewing for months.  Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been running his mouth about Russia’s actions in Syria and Ukraine.  British Defense Secretary hyperventiliated recently that the Russians were plotting to kill thousands of Britons by selling them gas, apparently.

Now, let’s look at the rhetoric surrounding Eastern Ghouta, a replay of Aleppo.  This time, however, instead of actually gassing people to make the Russians look bad, apparatchiks like Nikki Haley and French President Emmanual Macron wag their fingers threatening everyone not to do so.

Meanwhile, the SAA finds a chemical weapons factory in a village just liberated from ISIS/Al-Qaeda.

But, facts are fungible right, Mrs. Haley?

So, if in the next few days there’s a chemical weapons attack in Ghouta will you believe the Russians and Syrians did it because Nikki Haley told you they might? Will it make any sense to you for them to act like this if the world is watching and ready to pounce?

Or will you retain your sanity and realize any chemical attack was a staged provocation to achieve a cynical political goal?

But, Haley, the ultimate neocon mouthpiece has gone one step further.

“We also warn any nation that is determined to impose its will through chemical attacks and inhuman suffering, most especially the outlaw Syrian regime, the United States remains prepared to act if we must,” Haley said.

The US diplomat proposed a new UN ceasefire resolution that “will take effect immediately upon adoption by this Council. It contains no counterterrorism loopholes for Assad, Iran and the Russians to hide behind”.

Thankfully for the people of Syria, the resolution failed.  Because, as always, the U.S. only proposes a ceasefire in places where it or its proxies, in this case Al-Qaeda-linked separatists, are losing badly. Then the downtime is used to re-equip, reset and reinforce.

Since the deployment of the SAA’s Tiger forces to eastern Ghouta the pocket of resistance has been drawn and quartered.

And, moreover, why is Haley introducing ceasefire resolutions to the U.N. outlawing ‘counterterrorism’ when it is the explicitly-stated goal of her boss, Donald Trump, to combat ISIS terrorists in Syria and nothing else?

No wonder Lavrov has no words.

The SAA and Russian Air Force have no need to use chemical weapons.  In fact, it has been Haley and the U.S. that have blocked Russian attempts to create humanitarian corridors, similar to events in Aleppo, to allow civilians to get out of harm’s way.

Losing in North Korea, Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine.  Support in Europe for integration failing.

The most likely conclusion one can rationally draw from this is that the cornered neocon snake is lashing out in desperation hoping to take as many of us with them as possible.

The Full-Court Press

In the past two weeks we’ve seen a number of incidents meant to punish Russian oligarchs and harm Russian business interests in Europe in the run up to the Presidential election this weekend.

The first was the idiotic decision by the Stockholm Arbitration Court ordering Gazprom to pay $4.6 billion to Ukraine because Ukraine is in difficult economic circumstances.  In other words a socialist arbitration court ordered money redistributed from those according to their means to those according to their needs.

Moreover, the IMF and the EU want some of the money back they pumped into the Ukrainian basket-case in order to prop up the Poroshenko government for another year.

The second was the planned implosion of ABLV Bank in Latvia.  A bank that was one of the main links for Russian business in the European Union after the 2013 Cyprus bail-in of depositors.

That operation was also a targeted attack on Russian oligarchs to cleave their support from Putin.  With the new sanctions list created by the Treasury Department per John McCain’s sanctions bill pushed through in August of last year, the U.S. labeled ABLV a target for money-laundering and unapproved business.

Within a few days of pressuring the bank depositors began removing funds and the ECB used its expanded powers, much like they did with Banko Popular last year, to take control of the bank.

Lastly, we have this move by the feckless Brits.  The real target here is the ability of Russians to do business in the U.K., now that ABLV has been removed from the equation.  This is a clear hybrid war attack on the ability of Russian businesses to operate anywhere east of the Dneiper River in Ukraine.

And this is yet another step on the path to bring us to war with Russia because its destruction is the animating purpose for neoconservatives.  I continue to believe Trump is not on their side.   The neocons want war for the cause.  That’s why they undermine him at every turn and escalate whenever he wins the smallest victory.

Comments

skbull44 07564111 Thu, 03/15/2018 - 17:49 Permalink

Consider what US Marine Corps. Major General Smedley Butler, after years of service to the US Empire, argued in War is Racket:

“WAR is a racket. It always has been.

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small “inside” group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes…

Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious. They just take it. This newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few — the selfsame few who wrung dollars out of blood in the war. The general public shoulders the bill.

And what is this bill?

This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones. Mangled bodies. Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Depression and all its attendant miseries. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations.”

War is rarely (if ever) about bringing ‘democracy’ to a people or freeing them from ‘tyranny’ (funny how our ruling caste supports tyrants/dictators in some circles but frames their military interventions as overcoming them in others). It is usually (always?) about protecting/expanding economic interests (i.e. territory, resources, corporate/industrial hegemony, etc.). But War is almost always wrapped in propaganda/marketing about patriotism, freedom, liberty, democracy, rights, etc., for even in the most ‘democratic’ nations, the ruling caste must have the support of the masses. It is as Noam Chomsky has argued in Hegemony or Survival — America’s Quest for Global Dominance:

“Those who want to face their responsibilities with a genuine committment to democracy and freedom — even to decent survival — should recognise the barriers that stand in the way. In violent states these are not concealed. In more democratic societies barriers are more subtle. While methods differ sharply from more brutal to more free societies, the goals are in many ways similar: to ensure the ‘great beast,’ as Alexander Hamilton called the people, does not stray from its proper confines.

Controlling the general population has always been a dominant concern of power and privilege…

Problems of domestic control become particularly severe when the governing authorities carry out policies that are opposed by the general population. In those cases the political leadership may…‘manufacture’ consent for its murderous policies.”

Enter the PR departments of empires (e.g. infiltration of media, propaganda campaigns, psyops, etc.) such as exemplified by Edward Bernays and others. It then becomes a matter of spin/marketing to sell the ‘military interventions.’ The unfortunate aspect is that we are conditioned almost from birth to accept the ‘truths’ of our ruling caste/authorities and are attacked in numerous ways (some subtle, some not so much) if we stray from the herd.

It’s difficult to think outside the box and even more difficult to share such different thinking when we are social animals. But questioning the narratives of our ruling caste and shedding light on them is necessary if we are ever to overcome (or at least mitigate) the host of negative repercussions that arise from their very questionable and quite dangerous actions.

 

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Dabooda lloll Thu, 03/15/2018 - 18:09 Permalink

If Trump is not on the side of the neocons, can anyone explain

1. Why Nikki Haley still has a job?

2. Why Mike Pompeo is nominated to be Secretary of State?

3. Why Bonkers Bolton is being considered for National Security advisor?

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Billy the Poet chunga Thu, 03/15/2018 - 18:35 Permalink

The obvious answer would be that the President doesn't actually have the powers delegated to him by the Constitution. Has any President ever taken and held office under such relentless attack from many sides including supposed allies as has Trump? Might that have some affect on his ability to do the job?

Lets' face it. Trump was a jackass with a mixed bag of policies to begin with. It's amazing that the man is still walking under these conditions.

But then again there could be something entirely different going on. Enjoy the ride.

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Dabooda Billy the Poet Thu, 03/15/2018 - 18:53 Permalink

On the contrary, Presidents have arrogated to themselves far MORE powers than are delegated to them in the Constitution, and Trump came into office far less beholden to special interests than any other recent President.  No one can FORCE Trump to nominate these scummy neocons to positions of power.  It may well be that he's scared of antagonizing them.  If that's the case, he's a coward as well as a fool, and the shit we're in just gets deeper going forward.  This is not a ride anyone is going to enjoy.

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Billy the Poet Dabooda Thu, 03/15/2018 - 19:00 Permalink

Jurists and nameless bureaucrats have refused to follow Trump's lawful orders. Government agents who participated in what they called a "secret society" to block the president are still employed.

Trump's selections for cabinet and other officers obviously leaves much to be desired. There's a reason why Trump is famous for saying. "You're fired!" and not "You're hired."

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Dabooda Billy the Poet Thu, 03/15/2018 - 19:26 Permalink

That's all true, but it begs the question of why he nominates neocons to begin with?  Do you imagine that he has other candidates that he would prefer, but chooses not to even mention?  That would be nuts, would it not?  Instead of alienating all the people (like you and I) who voted for him because he was less of a warmonger than Satan's sister, we would have seen him at least trying to do something right.  As it is, he's become the one who needs to be told, "You're fired!"

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Dabooda Billy the Poet Thu, 03/15/2018 - 20:23 Permalink

Nope.  But I've given up expecting good things from Trump.  If we have to kick them out asshole by asshole, let the kicking begin.  Who knows, people might even begin to question the legitimacy of this whole "government" thing.   Get them wondering exactly why we need to be "governed" by some of the most evil, idiotic and corrupt people on the planet? 

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Déjà view Dabooda Thu, 03/15/2018 - 20:49 Permalink

From Liberal Hawks to Neocons - The Henry Jackson Society

Henry M. ‘Scoop’ Jackson was a U.S. Democratic senator for the state of Washington from the early 1950s until his death in 1983. In many respects the archetype of the liberal cold warrior, Jackson was lauded for his (questionably) progressive instincts at home but was vehement in his opposition to socialism and the Soviet Union. During the 1950s, he sat on the Senate Investigations Subcommittee during the height of McCarthyism, only turning against McCarthyonce southern Democrats had started to openly challenge the Wisconsin senator.

However, as the authors of the report note, “Jackson’s most consistent characteristic… was support for the military.” In the 1950s, he became a leading exponent of the false claim that that there existed a ‘missile gap’ between the Soviet Union and the United States, and advocated massive increases in the Pentagon's budget. His major contribution to American foreign policy was his militant opposition to détente with the Soviets. In 1972, Jackson was instrumental in the creation of the Coalition for a Democratic Majority (CDM), which sought to end Democrat support for the policy of détente. In 1974, the CDM claimed that détente was “a myth” and that “The goal of detente has not been achieved in any sense of the term Americans can accept. There is no evidence that Soviet objectives have changed.” A significant number of the CDM’s Foreign Policy Task Force went on to join the Committee on the Present Danger, many of whom were to staff the hawkish Reagan administration of the 1980s. Jackson himself died in 1983; given the dire nature of superpower relations during the ‘new Cold War’ of the early 80s one must imagine that he died a happy man.

Founded in Cambridge, England in 2005 the HJS initially took its cue from the liberal interventionist anti-détente doctrine of Jackson. Neoconservative ideology, as the authors of the Spinwatch report describe, is most closely associated with the second Bush administration but has its roots in the muscular liberal militarism exemplified by Henry Jackson. Indeed Jackson has been cited as a key inspiration by architects of the Iraq War such as Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle. Intriguingly during its ten-year existence the trajectory of the HJS has mirrored that of neoconservatism. Over time, the HJS has shifted from advocacy of a somewhat bipartisan interventionist doctrine towards a more explicitly right-wing position.

https://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/From-Liberal-Hawks-to-Neocons…

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Billy the Poet Dabooda Thu, 03/15/2018 - 21:48 Permalink

might even begin to question the legitimacy of this whole "government" thing.   Get them wondering exactly why we need to be "governed" by some of the most evil, idiotic and corrupt people on the planet? 

 

That has been my hope as well but you've got to wait for the others to catch up. The election of Trump was like that one last good thump you give to a piece of malfunctioning equipment before you toss it in the garbage. If and when folks realize that even the Trump card carries no power to stop the establishment they will have to consider other options.

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chunga Billy the Poet Thu, 03/15/2018 - 19:02 Permalink

One of my dumb sayings used to be that US gov wasn't actually a "thing" but a collection of really shitty, nasty people. Now I've changed back to gov being a thing, made up of so many shitty, nasty people that it's an irresistible force that can't be swayed by any amount of good people.

That's why I have an extra amount of scorn for congress. It's not just one person, but hundreds of them.

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Taint Boil Billy the Poet Thu, 03/15/2018 - 19:03 Permalink

What the fuck ... so ...Russia is so smart they can trick the world’s most powerful nation into electing the president of their choice but so dumb they use poison that can only be connected back to Russia and cause the entire world to unite against them – which one is it.

Sounds like someone is having the last laugh ..... I wonder who it is or will be. Anyone want to place a bet? There is one country that fucks everything up, and it is not Russia [as far as I can tell but who knows ... I wouldn’t be surprised by anything at this point]

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i poop pink ic… Dabooda Thu, 03/15/2018 - 19:12 Permalink

I too think Trump is a neocon but there is one possible explanation. It's one way (maybe the only way given the fact that most people are sheeple) to defeat both the Neocons and the AngloZionists. GIVE THEM ENOUGH ROPE TO HANG THEMSELVES. Trump's nominees are invariably bad. He hires the worst of the worst only to fire them later. Is it possible he knows that the only possible way to get rid of them all is to let them have their war, to overplay their hand and to publicly fall from power, never to be able to rise again? 

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Dabooda i poop pink ic… Thu, 03/15/2018 - 19:42 Permalink

If that's a possible explanation, then why didn't Trump simply sabotage his own campaign and let the Hildebeast win?  As it is, now Republicans will get the blame when everything goes to hell.  If it's a good idea to just let the neocons have their way and destroy themselves (and the whole fucking world along with them?!?!) -- well, Hillary was the neocon's preferred candidate.  Letting her win would have accomplished the same strategic goal, but with less fallout on all the anti-war folk who supported Trump (and whom he has betrayed).

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AnonG-Man Dabooda Thu, 03/15/2018 - 23:40 Permalink

Dabooda perhaps you are overthinking this.  There are many possible problems and historical context rolled into one large, free-falling issue.  The two ruling parties behave like corporations whom have constituencies that are a minority in comparison to the vast amount of the U.S. Populace that have simply checked out of this mess altogether and watch this amazing shithole unravel.  Letting either Hillary or Trump 'win' is our mistake as Citizens, believing in only two choices absolutely corrupted this process.  The Minority Rule of Voters have allowed these parties to take control with no alternatives by believing in the infallibility of the elected and America as a Nation.

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sand_puppy BettyLouWho Fri, 03/16/2018 - 01:23 Permalink

https://davidduke.com/what-is-behind-the-push-for-war-with-russia/

What is behind the push for war with Russia?

By Dr. Patrick Slattery — This is a Jewish thing. But it is not just that Jews want to destroy things for no reason. But this is, especially among the American Jewish elite, a vendetta against Vladimir Putin. This vendetta was described by American academia’s preeminent Russia scholar, Professor Stephen F. Cohen.

To be sure, Cohen did not say in so many words that this was a “Jewish” vendetta. But he also did not call it a “globalist” or “corporate” or “reptilian Nazi” vendetta, which are just ways of distracting attention away from the Jewish role. He blamed a war party which he described as led by the (((New York Times))), the (((Washington Post))), and officials in the Defense and State Department like (((Victoria Nuland))). Connect the dots for yourselves, goys.

He does not say why this “war party,” as he calls it, wants to regime change Putin. But a look at recent Russian history, a history that he has written so much about, makes it clear.

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Count Cherep J S Bach Thu, 03/15/2018 - 18:39 Permalink

Recommended reading:

“The machiavelian threefold game of the neoconservatives”

by Laurent Guyénot

To realize their fantasies of world domination, the neocons resorted to a triple discourse, as Laurent Guyénot shows in this study, i.e. a cynical political philosophy developed by their mentor Leo Strauss for domestic consumption; a cold analysis of Israeli strategic interests for the benefit of the leaders in Tel Aviv, and a fear-mongering warning against imaginary dangers besetting U.S. public opinion.

Continues:

http://www.voltairenet.org/article178638.html

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ThirdWorldDude Brazen Heist Thu, 03/15/2018 - 18:53 Permalink

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”   

Johnny B. Goebbels

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skbull44 GoingBig Thu, 03/15/2018 - 18:36 Permalink

I hear what you're saying since oftentimes sites that allow comments do become self-reinforcing echo chambers with naysayers to the dominant narratives ostracized via various methods (I expect you will be down-voted quite a few times for your take). This being said, I have found many commenters on this site speak truth to imperial power, not just US imperial power. The US is the dominant global hegemon so it will tend to be under the microscope more since it projects that power over everyone, everywhere. And as much as the Western ruling caste would like to convince us all that our 'way of life' is under threat from Russia/China/Iran/North Korea/etc., the 'truth' may be quite different.

The Wolfowitz Doctrine is all about stomping out 'potential' threats before they ever become 'real' threats. Although it was only 'created' in the early '90s, it has been an unwritten playbook of empires for millennia. And with the US Empire using this as a guideline for its foreign policy across the entire globe it should be no wonder it is under the microscope and receives the lion's share of criticism. Consider how many foreign military bases the US has in comparison to the aforementioned 'threats'? Or, how much the US Empire spends on 'defence' in comparison? etc. 

The US Empire is sowing chaos across the globe to enrich its oligarchs. Do competing empires do the same? Absolutely, but no where near to the extent of the US. And, frankly, I find some of Putin's comments quite refreshing...kind of like Trump's were while he was campaigning--not so much since he took over the reigns of the 'Presidency'. He seems to have gone Full Hillary with respect to expanding the empire through military might rather than pulling back on the overstretched military as his campaigning promised. 

 

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