“Fareed Zakaria: You made some comments about the American Republican presumptive nominee, Donald Trump. You called him brilliant, outstanding, talented. These comments were reported around the world. I was wondering, what in him led you to that judgement?
Vladimir Putin: Why are you distorting everything? The journalist in you is getting the better part of the analyst. Look, what did I say? I said in passing that Trump is a vivid personality, is he not? He is. I did not ascribe any other characteristics to him. However, what I definitely welcome…is that Mr. Trump said that he is ready for full-scale restoration of Russian-U.S. relations. What is wrong with that? We welcome this! Don’t you?”
This is an excerpt of a conversation that took place in St. Petersburg at the International Economic Forum in June. It speaks to the importance of this year’s election, for our new commander-in-chief will be making some vital decisions respecting foreign policy that have the potential to shift the global paradigm for better, or result in the war to overshadow all wars.
The global situation is tersely summarized by Putin who, in the same session with Zakaria, said “major global conflicts have been avoided in the past due to the geostrategic balance of power, which used to exist”, a statement which implies that Russian-U.S. relations are deteriorating.
We have evidence of this notion in General Joseph Dunford’s statements to members of congress regarding the situation in Syria when he remarked that the forward-pushing of U.S. objectives would “require we go to war with Russia and Syria.”
We also know of the statements made by former Deputy Director of the CIA Mike Morell which seemingly aim to rally public and congressional concession for further U.S. involvement in Syria. What did he say? Oh yes, he blatantly expressed: “I want to scare Assad.” In the same interview with Charlie Rose, he expostulated that “[w]e need to make Russia pay a price.”
“We need to make Russia pay a price.” – Let that sink in.
Given that these words have come directly from a former Deputy Director of the CIA, we should not be surprised that an October 14th article from NBC expounds that the CIA is currently at the drawing board to devise a “clandestine” cyber-security operation/attack against Russian targets in retaliation to the alleged responsibility of the Motherland in the DNC hacks.
Whether this NBC article is pure propaganda or not (an operation isn’t exactly ‘clandestine’ when mainstream cables pick it up) this sort of information alludes to the necessity of electing a leader respectful of the international balance of power that keeps the specter of WW3 from manifesting.
I mean think about how crazy this is. We, the people, have no real proof that the Russians hacked the DNC, but our public officials are certain of the perpetrators and wish to retaliate ostensibly on the behalf of us and the principles of American Democracy. How kind. I apologize for the sarcasm but you will understand the sardonic nature of this idea briefly.
Here are a few items of pertinence respecting the DNC hack. First of all Putin has denied the hacking allegations (though he heartily finds the hack to have been for the public’s good) and secondly, NSA whistleblower William Binney has countered the claim that the Russians were responsible when reported instead that the hack was the work of a “disgruntled intelligence worker” (though this claim is just as tenuous as the counter). But what did the DNC hack expose anyway? Oh yeah, that Sanders was going to lose the Democratic Party’s nomination from the get-go.
So either way you look at it, the notion that we should play the tit for tat game with Russia because of the DNC hack is ludicrous, childish, and insensitive to notions of justice and democracy. Would you punish someone for exposing the flaws of our “democracy”? It is in view of the above that I find the CIA development of cyber-attack against Russia unjustified. But this isn’t the central issue; the potential for Nuclear War is.
Now, Putin is frustrated with the inability to “get through” to Western audiences; that we have every reason to be up in arms with what is occurring at the geo-political level.
“How do you not understsnd that the world is being pulled in an irreversible direction?” -Putin
In contrast with our lack of sense for preparation, the Russians are preparing their own infrastructure to house and protect their own from the possibility of global war. They have even built bunkers capacious enough to hold the entire population of Moscow.
“As a result of the introduction of new approaches to civil defense, an inventory of underground facilities of the city was conducted. The Moscow underground facilities will be able to protect 100% of the population of the city,” deputy head of EMERCOM of Russia in Moscow, Andrei Mishchenko said.
Yet, what are we doing here in the U.S.? Throwing memes back and forth on Facebook, watching football, complaining of menial things…
We need to take a hard look at what kind of future we want for our children.
At no other time in history have there been so many pieces on the chessboard of life that can deal a deathblow to our species. We should not be so impetuous to welcome any public official who disregards this fact. This is not hype, WW3 is an IMMINENT threat to our world and the Democratic establishment currently in power, which pays support to the Clintons, is dismantling U.S.-Russian relations.
I am not telling you to vote for Trump (neither party appeals to me), I am telling you to use your mind in making assessments of candidates and world events instead of buying into the banter and fallaciously illogical rhetoric of the media. I am telling you to use the most salient facet of our species and sift through the sea of information we find ourselves in to establish truth and that which will insure our prosperity. Your future depends on it.
Nuclear Arms Distribution Image Attributed to http://www.businessinsider.com/map-all-of-the-worlds-nukes-2014-7