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Pentagon chief's 'Freudian slip' reveals US war intent - Moscow

FILE PHOTO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
© Sputnik / Alexey MaishevFILE PHOTO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has claimed Lloyd Austin revealed the real US plan

Testimony given to the US Congress by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is evidence that Washington clearly has plans for direct NATO involvement in a conflict with Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claimed on Friday.

During a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday, Austin said that "if Ukraine falls, I genuinely believe NATO will be fighting Russia."

Lavrov was asked about Austin's remarks during an interview at the Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Türkiye.

"He simply made a Freudian slip to reveal what they [the US] had in mind," the Russian diplomat said. "They used to say they can't allow Ukraine to lose, because Russia won't be satisfied and would attack the Baltic states, Poland, [and] Finland next. It turns out, according to Mr. Austin's frank words, that everything is exactly the opposite. We do not and cannot have such plans, but the Americans do."

Comment:
1) For the comment from Llyod Austin:


And from Sergei Lavrov:


2) See also:
West flirting with nuclear war - Putin
President Putin insisted that recent claims by Western officials, that Moscow is planning to attack NATO, are "nonsense." At the same time, those same nations are "selecting targets to conduct strikes on our territory," the Russian head of state claimed, adding that there is now talk of "deploying NATO military contingents to Ukraine."

Putin reminded would-be aggressors that all previous attempts to conquer Russia have ended in failure, warning that "now the consequences for potential invaders would be far more tragic." He pointed out that Russia has a massive nuclear arsenal, which is in a state of "complete readiness for guaranteed deployment."
"Everything that they are thinking up now, that they are scaring the world with, it all really poses the threat of a conflict involving nuclear weapons, and therefore, the destruction of civilization. Don't they understand this?"
The Russian president suggested that Western politicians making those escalatory remarks "have already forgotten what war is."

Unlike Russians, who have faced "difficult trials" in recent decades, Westerners apparently "think that these are just some cartoons," President Putin opined.

His remarks came after his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, toyed with the idea of a potential ground deployment of Western militaries to Ukraine while talking to reporters on Monday, saying "in terms of dynamics, we cannot exclude anything."
Sovereignty, US hypocrisy, nuclear warnings: Key takeaways from Putin's Federal Assembly address
Russia will overcome attempts to constrain it

The president stated that Russia has proven that it is capable of solving the most difficult problems and challenges, has been able to repel "the aggression of international terrorism" and preserve national unity, despite Western attempts to tear Russia apart like it did Ukraine and to turn it into a "dependent, fading, dying space where they can do whatever they want" by sowing national conflicts.

Moving forward, the president stressed that Russia will continue to defend its freedom, preserve its history and traditions, further develop its democratic institutions and protect its sovereignty, not allowing anyone to interfere in its internal affairs.
Best of the Web: Did the West intentionally incite Putin to war?
Conclusion

So, the question arises just how much the US and NATO tried to draw, provoke, incite Russia into war in Ukraine or at least made Kiev so robustly prepared for war that it made war inevitable - the late stage of the proverbial self-fulfilling prophecy about perceived (in this case, sans NATO expansion, misperceived) threats. Long before the Maidan putch, the US and NATO were on course for war in Ukraine by expanding NATO as some warned at the time. Continuing NATO expansion particularly to Ukraine would spark a NATO-Russia war. Throughout post-Cold war history and particularly in the 2004-2014 period, the US and NATO increased support for Ukraine's military and integrated it into NATO operations in Kosovo and Afghanistan. A 'high point' in this process was the 2008 NATO summit that promised that Ukraine and Georgia would become NATO members in future. From 2010 to 2014, as NATO's website notes, "Ukraine pursued a non-alignment policy, which it terminated in response to Russia's aggression".

The NATO statement naturally leaves out the Maidan revolt that overthrew the government conducting the neutrality policy that preceded 'Russia's aggression" and was nurtured by Western money and networks in Ukraine. In Western analyses, Western actions have no effect on Russian calculations about its own security. Meanwhile, the US and NATO took no steps to oppose the rising influence of ultranationalism, neofascism, and anti-Russian feeling in Ukraine beginning with the Orange Revolution. In this period the West tirelessly cultivated pro-NATO networks in Ukraine in order to amass pro-NATO, pro-EU sentiment and promote regime change or 'color revolution' in Ukraine on the Maidan 'revolution' in 2013-2014, but I and others have already made that point and exhaustively so [see Gordon M. Hahn, Ukraine Over the Edge: Russia, the West and the 'New Cold War' (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland Books, 2018).
Best of the Web: CIA has 'many bases' in Ukraine - FSB boss
The CIA has "many" bases in Ukraine, the head of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Aleksandr Bortnikov told Russian television on Thursday, when asked about a New York Times report on the spy network.

The US newspaper described a decade-long record of cooperation between the American spy agency and Ukrainian special services.

According to the article, which was published last Sunday, the CIA has 12 secret bases on Ukrainian soil which are actively working against Russia. The paper wrote that over the past eight years, the CIA has trained and equipped Kiev's intelligence officers in underground bunkers, some of which are nestled deep in the forests of Ukraine.

Bortnikov told Channel 1:
"They [US intelligence] had entered there a long time ago and are using this resource to do the dirty work, on their own and with the hands of the Ukrainian special services."
He said "work is ongoing," when asked whether Russia can get to the CIA sites.

Earlier, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov suggested that the Americans have far more outposts in Ukraine than the 12 bases reported by the NYT. Russia was not oblivious to the clandestine Western activities within the borders of its hostile neighbor, officials in Moscow have said.
Biden's attack on Nord Stream pipelines was aimed at Germany - Seymour Hersh
The attack on the Nord Stream pipelines commissioned by US President Joe Biden was primarily aimed at Germany rather than Russia, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh has claimed. The decision to destroy the key pipelines was prompted by US fears that Berlin might not follow Washington's lead amid the Ukraine conflict, Hersh wrote in a new article on the affair on his Substack blog on Friday.

The sabotage of the pipelines was ordered weeks before the conflict between Russia and Ukraine began in February 2022, Hersh wrote, adding that the American operatives assigned to it believed it was meant to deter Moscow. The attack on the pipelines was ready by late May, but "the plan was called off on short notice by Biden," the journalist claimed.

Instead, the team was tasked with planting explosives on the pipelines, which could be detonated remotely at a later date, he said. The timing of the attack, which ultimately occurred in late September 2022, appeared to be aimed at Berlin rather than Moscow.

"Biden's timing seemed aimed at Chancellor [Olaf] Scholz. Some in the CIA believed that the president's fear was that Scholz, whose constituents were lukewarm in their support for Ukraine, might waffle with winter coming on and conclude that keeping his people warm and his industries prosperous was more important than backing Ukraine against Russia," Hersh wrote.
To avoid losing control of Europe, the U.S. has a war plan for Europe and Russia (2014)
A close relationship between Moscow and Europe would remove the rationale for America's military role in NATO and thereby its political influence in Europe.

The US is prepared to plunge Europe into a war with Russia in order for Washington to preserve its hegemony over the transatlantic axis.

The key issues are the prevention of Russia and Europe developing closer trade and political ties - stemming primarily from a vast trade in energy fuels; and, secondly, the survival of the American dollar as the world's reserve currency.
Pentagon's plan for Europe? Make it the frontline in a war with Russia (This was 2017!)
The plan is clear and is already underway: to transform Europe into the firing line for yet another confrontation with Russia. The announcement made on 4 May, confirms this: that the US Army in Europe had built a new headquarters at Poznan, Poland, to command more than 6,000 US soldiers that have been lined up in Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria in order to "strengthen Nato's Eastern flank, serving as a deterrence to Russia".

In this lining up on the Eastern flank, which includes armoured forces, fighter bombers, war ships and missile units (including nuclear ones) - are participating Nato European powers. This is demonstrated by France sending her troops and Britain her tanks, to Estonia.

And what about the European army? At the meeting of the EU Defense Ministers, on 27 April at Malta, the Nato Secretary General, Stoltenberg left no room for doubt: "it was clearly agreed by the European Union that its objective is not to build a new European army or structures of command in competition with Nato's, but something that may complement what Nato is doing".

The sceptre of command thus remains squarely in the hands of the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, a US general appointed by the US President.
3) As if preparing for a conflict in Europe even after a collapse of NATO, the US has in recent years made a number of bilateral military agreements with European NATO states. Even if a few NATO countries throw their cards on the table, and sign out before or after a first round of shock and awe, war can still continue, since some US bilateral agreements are phrased such that the agreements can not be cancelled from the point of beginning and for the duration of its terms, say ten years. In addition, some European NATO states, like Germany, France, Britain, Denmark, The Netherlands ... have recently signed mutual defence agreements with Ukraine. From this perspective it does not matter How Macron's latest Ukraine comments blew NATO apart or that Germany's Scholz implies British troops operating long-range missiles INSIDE Ukraine, is slammed by counterparts for intel-leak NATO or not, the ground is being prepared for war involving the European NATO area. This does not mean it will happen, but it is possible.

Vladimir Putin once said that one lesson he learned in his teenage years from the rough areas in what was then Leningrad, was that if a conflict becomes inevitable, be the first to strike. By pushing Europe over the edge the US may hope to present the image of Russia that they want, as they have done, or tried to do, with what has happened in Ukraine. At the same time however, nefariousness is increasing in the US and Europe to the point that more Western Europeans are beginning to see something is amiss.


Bullseye

West flirting with nuclear war - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin during his annual address to the Federal Assembly at Gostiny Dvor in Moscow, Russia.
© Sputnik/Dmitry AstakhovRussian President Vladimir Putin during his annual address to the Federal Assembly at Gostiny Dvor in Moscow, Russia.
The Russian president said the escalatory rhetoric of US and EU officials betrays their lack of understanding of what is at stake

Comment:
1) From the same source:

1 Mar, 2024 15:45 World War III possible - former French PM
Defeating Russia is essential and everything possible must be done to achieve that goal, Manuel Valls has said

The possibility of the Ukraine conflict escalating into World War III cannot be ruled out, former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls claimed on Thursday in an interview with the Europe-1 news channel.

According to Valls, the fate of the French people and others across Europe is "closely tied" to the hostilities between Moscow and Kiev, meaning they should "act much more decisively" to support Ukraine, including militarily.

"We cannot accept the hypothesis of a victory for Vladimir Putin which would represent the end of Ukrainian democracy and the strategic, military, political, and moral defeat of Europe," Valls stated.

"Defeating Russia is essential, and for that, we must act much more strongly and quickly, and not forbid anything," he added, apparently referring to French President Emmanuel Macron's recent comments that sending NATO troops to Ukraine should not be ruled out.

Following Macron's remarks earlier this week, a range of countries - including Poland, Germany, the US, Italy, the UK, and other NATO members - rejected the idea that they could deploy forces to Ukraine. The chief of the US-led bloc, Jens Stoltenberg, has also dismissed such a scenario.

Meanwhile, a public survey conducted by the French newspaper Le Figaro on Thursday also revealed that over two-thirds of French citizens disapproved of Macron's comments on a possible NATO deployment to Ukraine.

Nevertheless, Macron has doubled down on his remarks, insisting that they were "weighed, thought-through, and measured." So far, only two other NATO members, Estonia and Lithuania, have supported the French president, suggesting that sending troops to Ukraine should not be excluded.

Moscow has condemned Macron's statements, warning that the deployment of NATO forces to Ukraine would "inevitably" lead to a direct confrontation between Russia and the US-led alliance.
2) What to say, what to speculate?
It must be very frustrating to belong to a Western elite that in some corners might prefer to reduce the human population to what they think are sustainable levels, at least if some big changes are expected even if not widely known.

Quite a lot has been tried already: They tried mass injections, with some success, but many caught onto the game that was afoot. They try and keep trying global warming and green agenda, but the electric cars do not do well in cold weather and burn out too easily when they are not supposed to. World Economic Forum advertising you will be happy and own nothing has also been a bit of a miss. They try making farming difficult and succeed partially, but neither the farmers nor the people think that is a great idea. They get somebody to sabotage infrastructure, but a few figured out the number had increased beyond mere chance. Russia sanctions have worked well but not as advertised against Russia. War in Ukraine has been a success against the Ukrainians and their own citizens which are slowly, slowly, slowly catching up to what is going on, making fundraisers more difficult.

On the balance sheet, the continued strategy could be to keep trying using a wide selection of options, including pushing Russophobia. Do they wish to push that a bit more, get some conflict going that can help make living conditions even worse, blame Russia and be done with their opposition? Will people then get busy with their own suffering and not have time to worry about a bit of genocide here and there, or have the ability to oppose more authoritarian measures? Or is it rather that these strategies will backfire? Think of the opposition of Yemen to the war in Gaza. Sometimes suffering does not only make a lot of people weaker it can also make some objectively weak people using their remaining energy to reconsider their options including relating their own suffering to that of others.

This is not the end of speculations, after all how many would have imagined just five years ago that we would be where we are now? Will what we will live in five years from now be equally beyond our current imagination, even beyond our wildest imagination? How long might this trend continue?


Putin

Sovereignty, US hypocrisy, nuclear warnings: Key takeaways from Putin's Federal Assembly address

Russian President Vladimir Putin
© Sergey Guneev; RIA NovostiRussian President Vladimir Putin
Russian leader spoke about issues like the Ukraine conflict, international relations, and the nation's socio-economic development

Russian President Vladimir Putin has addressed the Federal Assembly, the country's national legislature, detailing plans for the future development of the nation as well as its strategic goals. His speech, which set a duration record, comes just two weeks ahead of the country's presidential election, in which Putin is seeking another term.

In his two-hour-and-six-minute address, he reflected on the international geopolitical agenda but spent most of his time focusing on domestic issues. He announced five new national projects, set a number of goals for 2030 and proposed several tax reforms, as well as other socio-economic initiatives.

Below are some of the highlights from his speech.

Comment:
1) Regarding Russia and traditional values, here are a few more articles: 2) Over the past week there have been a number of articles about the tension between Russia and the US and its European satellites. 3) Recently Vladimir Putin gave an interview to Tucker Carlson:




Jet5

Drone attack hits St. Petersburg - media (VIDEOS)

Burning apartment
© Telegram /rt_russian
City Mayor Alexandr Beglov has said there are no casualties.

A powerful blast rocked the Russian city of St. Petersburg early on Saturday when a drone crashed into an apartment block, local media have reported. City authorities have confirmed "an incident" took place and that an evacuation was underway.

According to local outlet Fontanka, the explosion occurred in the northern part of the city, and the facade of a residential block was "seriously damaged."

St. Petersburg Mayor Alexandr Beglov declined to say whether it was a drone strike.
"There have been no casualties. The balcony windows of two buildings were partially damaged. Residents of the affected apartments have been evacuated," he wrote on Telegram, adding that police and emergency services were working at the scene.

Comment: See also:


Star of David

Israel accuses Moscow of siding with 'forces of destabilization'

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan.
© Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFPIsraeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan.
The country's envoy to the UN has attacked Russia over the Ukraine conflict and its diplomatic contacts with Hamas.

Russia has sided with enemies of the "free world" that seek global instability and have weaponized the UN against Israel, the Jewish state's permanent representative to the organization has claimed. Moscow has dismissed Gilad Erdan's accusations as "delirium."

The senior diplomat levelled multiple accusations at Moscow in a speech to the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday, the two-year anniversary of open Russian-Ukrainian hostilities. Erdan effectively equated Russia with Hamas, and criticized Moscow for having contacts with the Palestinian militant group.
Both of our countries - Ukraine and Israel - are fighting a battle for our survival. We are now living in an era during which forces of instability act with impunity, international law be damned, morality be damned, and peace and security be damned!" he proclaimed.

Comment: Every time Russia reveals the truth and supports a side of truth and against the injustice and atrocities against humanity, the PTB accuses Russia.

That is one of the reasons why Russia remains the primary obstacle to the global dark agenda of the PTB against humanity.

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Arrow Down

Cannibalism to save the world? New Scientist opens that door...

Cannibalism
© PRISMA ARCHIVO/Alamy
Next step: sustainable human steak?

They don't mention the "sustainable" word, but you know they want to. Right from the start they're selling it to us:
Ethically, cannibalism poses fewer issues than you might imagine. If a body can be bequeathed with consent to medical science, why can't it be left to feed the hungry?
Why can't we feed our bodies to the homeless indeed, apart from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, prions, parasites, heavy metals? And if cannibalism pops up on the menu often enough, who knows what other problem will pop up on the radar? Things at the top of the food chain (and we are at the top) tend to accumulate all kinds of unwanted chemicals, like lead, PCBs, and pollutants.

Not to mention the spiritual questions and the mental health issues. Who knows? Relatives might feel a bit miffed if Aunty Betty was carved up for canapes and offered up to the crowd at the local alcoholics shelter.

Welcome to dystopia. We can devalue human lives, but think of the cows we'll save!

Russian Flag

Transnistria appeals to Russia for 'protection', reviving fears for Moldova breakaway region

transnistra region seal
© Sergei Gapon/AFP/Getty ImagesA woman walks past a huge coat of arms of Transnistria. Moldova’s breakaway region has appealed to Russia for help.
The US has said it is closely watching the situation in the breakaway Moldovan region of Transnistria, after pro-Russian officials in the territory appealed to Moscow for "protection".

Transnistria, which borders war-stricken Ukraine to the east, has maintained autonomy from Moldova for three decades with support from Russia, which has more than a thousand troops stationed there since a brief war in 1992.

Since Moscow began its full-scale assault on Ukraine, Chișinău has been concerned the Kremlin could use Transnistria to open a new front in the south-west, in the direction of Odesa.

The request for Russia to help Transnistria's economy withstand Moldovan "pressure" was made after a meeting of hundreds of officials in the unrecognised region.

Comment: Transnistria saw the writing on the wall in 2014, appealing to rejoin Russia even then. And why is everyone so exercised about this tiny strip of land?
Dogs of war: Here's why the Ukraine conflict could be about to spread to another European country

During Soviet times, the strategic reserves of the Western Military District were stored here.However, most of the ammunition was brought to the warehouse after the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the countries of the former Warsaw Pact - such as East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Hungary.

The warehouse contains artillery shells and air bombs, mines of various calibers, grenades, and cartridges. Presumably almost half of this arsenal has already exhausted its shelf life. In addition, there is a large amount of old equipment in the Kolbasna warehouse including about 100 tanks, 200 armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles, more than 30,000 military vehicles, about 200 anti-aircraft missile systems, Grad multiple launch rocket systems, and 30,000 machine guns. The ammunition stored in Kolbasna would be enough to equip a modern army group. However, it's likely that the peacekeepers have mined the facility. In such a case, there is a danger that any Ukrainian assault could trigger huge explosions, causing ecological damage.
Kiev has been itching to get its hands on this old Soviet arsenal since forever.


Binoculars

Border Patrol Council: Trump supports agents' mission; Biden 'burned border to the ground'

joe biden trump
© Sean Rayford, Mike Segar-Pool/Getty ImagesPresident Joe Biden and candidate Donald Trump
The National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) drew a stark contrast between how former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden treat border patrol agents, declaring Trump shows agents "respect" while "Biden falsely accuses them of crimes."

The union, which notes it represents some "18,000 Border Patrol Agents and support personnel assigned to the U.S. Border Patrol," took to X on Thursday to lay out the "difference" between Biden and Trump.


"President Trump treats BP agents with respect, supports their mission and listens to their ideas," a post from the union's official account reads. "Biden falsely accuses agents of crimes, burned the border to the ground and only listens to his radical leftist base. See the difference?"

Comment: Fox News reports that "Border patrol agents had to guide Biden around like a fragile animal"




Newspaper

What the mass media needs to cover re: Israel/Gaza conflict

Rnader
© Jacquelyn Martin/APRalph Nader
Last October 27, I suggested subjects the mainstream media needed to cover relating to the saturation bombing of Gaza and its defenseless civilian families and infrastructure. Looking at these topics now, four months later, despite massive reporting, the attention to these subjects is still thin and more deserving of reporting than ever.

1. How did Hamas, with tiny Gaza surrounded by a 17-year Israeli blockade, subjected to unparalleled electronic surveillance, with spies and informants, and augmented by an overwhelming air, sea and land military presence, manage to get the weapons and associated technology for their October 7th surprise raid? Readers still do not know how and from where these weapons entered Gaza year after year.

2. What is the connection between the stunning failure of the Israeli government to protect its people on the border and the policy of P.M. Netanyahu? Recall the New York Times (October 22, 2023) article by prominent journalist, Roger Cohen, to wit:
"All means were good to undo the notion of Palestinian statehood. In 2019, Mr. Netanyahu told a meeting of his center-right Likud party: 'Those who want to thwart the possibility of a Palestinian state should support the strengthening of Hamas and the transfer of money to Hamas. This is part of our strategy.'"
(Note: Israel and the U.S. fostered the rise of Islamic Hamas in 1987 to counter the secular Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)). Readers still need more information about the context of Netanyahu's declared support for Hamas over the years and his connection to the buildup of Hamas funding and weaponry.

Comment: Compiled, the questions provide one rather solid conclusion. Israel set up Hamas from the beginning to patsy the October attack and all that has since come to pass. Hamas has proven to be formidable 'beyond' the script.
We need more Ralph Naders.


Dollar

Court says Democrats who broke quorum rules unconstitutionally spent $1.7 trillion

pelosi
© WikipediaFormer Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi
This ruling exposes the disregard the Democrat-controlled Congress and executive branch hold for our Constitution.

Congress lacked the constitutionally required quorum to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, a federal court ruled Tuesday. Accordingly, the Biden administration cannot enforce the new mandates imposed on Texas by the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which was part of the omnibus spending bill. However, Tuesday's ruling left untouched the $1.7 trillion in appropriations, and with most of the money already spent, there is no real remedy for the Democrat-controlled Congress and White House's blatant disregard for the Constitution.

Last month, federal Judge James Hendrix held a bench trial in State of Texas v. Dept. of Justice, a lawsuit brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton against the Biden administration. In that lawsuit, Paxton challenged the constitutionality of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 based on the "quorum clause" of the U.S. Constitution, which is found in Article I and says:
Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members, and a Majority of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide.
Texas' lawsuit argued that when the House voted on the final version of the omnibus spending bill on Dec. 23, 2022, it lacked a quorum to conduct business because only 201 of the members were physically present that day, which was less than a majority of the total number of voting House members, 435.

The House, under the control of Democrats and then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, opted, however, to apply a proxy-voting rule that allowed absent representatives to have other members of the House cast votes on their behalf. The result? The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 passed with a tally of 225 yeas, 201 nays, and 1 present. President Joe Biden then signed the bill on Dec. 29, 2022, purporting to make it law.

Comment: Biden administration has a first rate mastery in blurring the lines: de facto versus de jure.