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Putin Learns from Hitler and History: Obama Blusters

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The crisis in Ukraine, and make no mistake about it, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is a crisis for America, even as far removed from America’s vital interests as Ukraine may appear to be today.

Russian President Vladimir Putin knows President Barack Obama’s threats of “consequences” for his invasion of Ukraine are empty and that America has neither the resources nor the presidential and political will to make them reality.

What’s more, Putin has the backing of a substantial proportion of the Russian people and the legislative branch of his government for invading Ukraine under the pretext of aggressively protecting the Russian-speakers left stranded on the periphery of their ancestral homeland by the breakup of the Soviet Empire.

While thousands of protesters in Moscow took to the streets to chant "Crimea is Russia. We are for Russian unity," Obama could expect no such backing for any action that would be a hindrance to Putin.

As The Wall Street Journal noted, to justify its actions in Ukraine, Russia at first said it needed to protect the rights of Russian citizens in Crimea, of which there are actually relatively few. In official statements, the government than expanded it to Russian "compatriots" and finally in later versions settled on simply Russian speakers.

To drive the point home that the new Kiev government poses a threat to Russian speakers, Mr. Putin has turned to his formidable state-media machine which broadcast widely in Ukraine. For the past week, Russia's leading news channels have issued a drumbeat of alarmist reports, first about an ultimately dropped effort to undo a law that had allowed Russian to be used as an official language in some parts of the country.

In the days since armed men started taking control of key points in Crimea, Russian media reports about attacks on Ukraine's Russian-speaking population took to the fore, even though few examples were cited and little evidence of such events has been independently confirmed. A report Sunday stating that hundreds of thousands of Russian-speakers were fleeing Ukraine for Russia featured footage of cars actually lined up at a border crossing into Poland, not Russia according to The Wall Street Journal.

Putin’s policy of gathering all of the ethnic Russians in Eastern Europe into a greater Russian homeland is reminiscent of Adolph Hitler’s pre-World War II policy of gathering all ethnic Germans into a greater German Reich. 

Putin’s new aggressive Russian nationalism is being effectively incubated by Russian feelings of being surrounded by hostile states and cultural threats not unlike those that caused ordinary Germans in the 1930s to buy the idea that Hitler and his psychopathic henchmen were needed to protect them from an imaginary conspiracy of western bankers, Jews, Communists and Untermenschen intent on sapping Germany’s economic and cultural strength. 

What’s more the weakness of Obama and the western European democracies is so manifest (senior German officials are already downplaying the idea of sanctions) as to encourage the same kind of adventurism by Putin and the ultranationalists in Russia that prefaced Hitler’s expansion of Germany prior to the invasion of Poland.

“They talk and talk, and then they’ll stop,” Oleg Panteleyev, a member of Russia’s upper house of parliament, said Saturday according to reporting by The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon, Carol E. Lee and Stephen Fidler.  And Panteleyev is right; the West made threats that came to little when Russia waged wars in the past in Chechnya in the early 2000s and Georgia in 2008.

Adolf Hitler was emboldened by events that showed him how politically and militarily weak the West was in the 1930s. That weakness allowed Hitler to demand the break-up of Czechoslovakia and the Nazi annexation of the Sudetenland on the pretext of protecting the German-speakers there.  France and Britain broke their treaties with Czechoslovakia and agreed to what was a fait accompli because they lacked the political will and military ability to stop it. 

The United States pursued a policy of neutrality and nonintervention, but in reality the US had no means of intervening in central Europe at that time either. In the interest of achieving a “peaceful settlement” of the issue, and in recognition of the political and military realities of the day, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt did nothing to prevent the Nazi annexation of Sudetenland and the dismembering of Czechoslovakia.

Vladimir Putin knows his history, and he heard loud and clear the message in Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s statement that, “we are entering an era where American dominance on the seas, in the skies, and in space can no longer be taken for granted.” 

A policy of nonintervention only works if potential adversaries believe America has the ability to intervene if we choose to do so. 

The lesson of Obama’s weakness, and the active dismantling of America’s ability to project power, is not lost on Putin, nor is it lost on the leaders of Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and other countries with Russian-speaking minorities on the periphery of the old Soviet Empire. 

Twenty years of American policy that steadily pushed western democracy and economic ties eastward has now been undone by Barack Obama who, in one short week, has shown the world that America has neither the political will nor the military ability to deter Russian aggression. 

CHQ Editor George Rasley accompanied Vice President Dan Quayle when he reopened the American Mission in Tallinn, Estonia, February 6, 1992.

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Putin is an outgrowth of Stalin, Mao, Hitler, and all the rest of the big tyrants of the twentieth century. Ovomit is, well, nothing but an empty suit, a zero.

Washington is Multi-Tasking when overthrowing three governments

"Washington, which failed in 2011 to bomb Libya and Syria simultaneously, is now engaged in a new demonstration of its strength: organizing regime change in three states at the same time, in different regions of the world: Syria (CentCom), Ukraine (EuCom) and Venezuela (SouthCom).

To do this, President Obama has mobilized almost the entire National Security Council team.

First, Advisor Susan Rice and Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power. These two women are champions of "democratic" talk. They have for many years specialized in advocating interference in the internal affairs of other countries under the pretext of preventing genocide. But behind this generous rhetoric, they couldn’t care less about non-US lives as shown by Ms. Power during the chemical weapons crisis in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta. The ambassador, who was aware of the innocence of the Syrian authorities, had gone to Europe with her husband to attend a film festival dedicated to Charlie Chaplin, while her government denounced a crime against humanity, the responsibility for which was placed upon President al Assad.

Then, the three regional co-ordinators: Philip Gordon ( Middle East and North Africa ), Karen Donfried (Europe and Eurasia ) and Ricardo Zuñiga ( Latin America).
• Phil Gordon (personal friend and translator of Nicolas Sarkozy) organized the sabotage of the Geneva 2 Peace Conference as long as the Palestinian issue is not settled to the U.S. liking. During the second session of the conference, while John Kerry spoke of peace, Gordon met with the heads of Jordanian, Qatari , Saudi and Turkish intelligence services in Washington to prepare for yet another attack. The plotters have gathered an army of 13,000 men, of whom only 1,000 were given brief military training, to drive tanks and take Damascus. The problem is that the column may be destroyed by the Syrian Army before arriving in the capital. But they fail to agree on how to defend it without distributing anti-aircraft weapons that could later be used against Israel.
• Karen Donfried is the former national intelligence officer for Europe. She has long led the German Marshall Fund in Berlin. Today, she manipulates the European Union to hide Washington interventionism in Ukraine. Despite the leak of a phone conversation involving Ambassador Victoria Nuland, she succeeded in convincing Europeans that the opposition in Kiev wanted to join them and was fighting for democracy. Nonetheless, more than half of the Maidan rioters are members of the Nazi party and brandish portraits of collaborator Stepan Bandera.
• Finally, Ricardo Zuñiga is the grandson of the namesake President of the National Party of Honduras who organized the coups of 1963 and 1972 in favor of General López Arellano. He directed the CIA station in Havana where he recruited and financed agents to form opposition to Fidel Castro. He mobilized the extreme Trotskyist Venezuelan left to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro, accused of being a Stalinist.

The whole process is hyped under the leadership of one Dan Rhodes. This propaganda specialist has already written the official version of September 11, 2001, drafting the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry. He managed to remove all traces of the military coup (power was removed from the hands of George W. Bush at about 10am and it was returned that evening; all the members of his cabinet and those of Congress were placed in secure bunkers "to ensure their safety") so that we remember only the attacks.

In all three cases, the U.S. narrative is based on the same principles: accuse governments of killing their own citizens, qualify opponents as ’democratic’; impose sanctions against the "murderers" and ultimately operate coups.

Each time, the movement begins with a demonstration during which peaceful opponents are killed, and where both sides accuse each other of violence. In fact U.S. or NATO special forces placed on rooftops shoot at both the crowd and the police. This was the case in Daraa (Syria) in 2011, Kiev (Ukraine) and Caracas (Venezuela) this week. Alas for bad luck: autopsies in Venezuela show that two victims, one opponent and one pro-government, were killed by the same weapon.

Qualifying opponents as democratic activists is a simple game of rhetoric. In Syria, they are Takfirists supported by the worst dictatorship in the world, Saudi Arabia. In Ukraine, a few sincere pro-Europeans surrounded by many Nazis. In Venezuela, young Trotskyists from good families surrounded by goon squads. Everywhere the false U.S. opponent, John McCain, brings his support to true and false on site opponents.

Support for opponents rests with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). This agency of the U.S. government falsely presents itself as an NGO funded by Congress. But it was created by President Ronald Reagan, in association with Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. It is headed by the neoconservative Carl Gershman and the daughter of General Alexander Haig (former Supreme Commander of NATO, then Secretary of State ), Barbara Haig. This is the NED (actually the State Department), which employs the "opposition" senator John McCain.

To this operating group, you must add the Albert Einstein Institute, an "NGO" funded by NATO. Created by Gene Sharp, it trained professional agitators from two bases: Serbia (Canvas) and Qatar (Academy of currency).

In all cases, Susan Rice and Samantha Power take on airs of outrage before imposing penalties, soon echoed by the European Union, while they are in fact the sponsors of the violence.

It remains to be seen whether the the coups will be successful. Which is far from being certain.

Washington is thus attempting to show the world it is still the master. To be more sure of itself, it launched the Ukrainian and Venezuelan operations during the Olympic Games in Sochi. It was certain that Russia would not move for fear of having its party upset by Islamist attacks. But Sochi ended this weekend. Now it’s Moscow’s turn to play."

T.M.