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The Damn Fool in the White House

by Stephen Lendman Monday, Mar. 03, 2014 at 7:50 AM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

Ukraine

The Damn Fool in the White House

by Stephen Lendman

Geopolitical conditions today are incendiary. Obama's war on Syria rages. No end in sight looms.

Washington manipulated peace talks to fail. Odds favor full scale US intervention. Doing so risks regional war.

In late February, Israel bombed Hezbollah targets. It did so along Lebanon's border with Syria.

Hezbollah vowed to respond "at the appropriate time." It justifiably denounced "blatant" Israeli "aggression."

Washington and Israel partner in regional adventurism. Do Obama and Netanyahu want war on Lebanon? Are they planning regional conflict?

Will Iran be targeted? Will US-orchestrated Venezuelan violence continue? Will other nations be targeted for regime change?

The damn fool in the White House risks global war. Ukraine is a major flashpoint. Conditions today are the most dangerous since the 1962 missiles of October crisis.

Jack Kennedy was president. Early in his administration he changed from cold warrior to peacemaker.

He wanted all nuclear weapons abolished. He favored "general and complete disarmament." He wanted all US forces out of Vietnam by December 1965.

He wanted to "splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds."

After resolving the 1962 crisis, he said he "never had the slightest intention" of confronting Cuba or Soviet Russia aggressively.

The damn fool in the White House is no Jack Kennedy. Neocons infest his administration. Rogue elements make policy.

Ousting Ukraine's democratically elected government was planned long before violence erupted last November.

Obama partnered with neo-Nazis extremists. He's got a tiger by the tail. Millions of Ukrainians reject them. Expect millions more to join them once their agenda becomes apparent.

Eastern Ukraine is largely pro-Russian. Crimeans may choose independence. East/West tensions keep escalating.

The damn fool in the White House risks war. He outrageously warned Putin against intervening.

On Saturday, Russia's upper house Federation Council authorized use of military forces in Crimea.

Putin requested deployment permission to protect the safety of Russian nationals.

On Sunday, RIA Novosti reported "(l)arge movements of Russian troops...around the (Crimean) peninsula…"

Western media headlines lied. They screamed Russian invasion. The CIA-linked Washington Post claimed "Russian forces seize(d) Crimea."

Neo-Nazi coup d'etat interim Ukraine president Oleksandr Turchynov accused Russia of "direct aggression against the sovereignty of Ukraine."

Neocon WaPo editors headlined "Condemnation isn't enough for Russian actions in Crimea."

"Invasion," they screamed. They outrageously accused Putin of "provoking a separatist rebellion..."

Obama and EU partners "must act quickly to prevent Ukraine's dismemberment," they said.

They support Ukraine's illegitimate xenophobic, ultranationalist, anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi coup plotters. They demand Moscow recognize them.

They demand Obama order a "heavy price" otherwise. They want Western monied interests given a free hand to rape and pillage Ukraine. They barely stopped short of urging war.

On Saturday, Obama and Putin spoke for 90 minutes. The damn fool in the White House wrongfully accused him of breaching international law.

He threatened unspecified "costs." Washington won't participate in upcoming preparatory G-8 talks, he said. Russia risks political and economic isolation, he added.

Ukrainians have the right to determine their own future, he claimed. His orchestrated coup denies them entirely.

Putin won't be bullied. He won't roll over for Washington. He'll responsibly defend Russian interests.

He'll do so, he told Obama. He'll protect the safety and security of Crimean Russian nationals, he said. He'll do so in other eastern areas if needed.

Real threats exist. He'll address them responsibly. If violence threatens Russian nationals, he'll take "all necessary measures" against it.

He'll do so "within the framework of international law." He stressed the need to prevent crisis conditions from escalating. He expressed concern about Kiev ultranationalist putschists usurping power.

Security Council members held an emergency Saturday session. Vitaly Churkin is Russia's UN ambassador.

Crimean authorities requested Russian help, he said. Claims about invading Russian forces are false.

"In the eastern part of Ukraine and Crimea in particular, we have seen the emergence of people from Kiev with a clear intention of repeating what has been happening in the Western part of Ukraine," he said.

Coup plotters "want to replace regional governments," he stressed.

Radicalized elements control Kiev, he added. They replaced what remains of legitimate Ukrainian governance.

Churkin called on Security Council members to act responsibly. He wants them to tell Kiev elements to refrain from violence.

Gunmen attempts to seize control of Crimean government buildings were foiled, he explained.

Russia's Federation Council authorized limited stabilizing military forces "on the territory of Ukraine" until "socio-political" conditions "normal(ize)."

Putin hasn't yet ordered it, he said. Claims otherwise are false. Or that Russia intends using military force against Ukraine.

Churkin urged all sides act "with cool heads." He wants Security Council members to order reinstitution of the February 21 agreement.

He wants Ukraine's legitimate government respected. He recommended establishing national unity governance.

Events in Ukraine remain fluid. Voice of Russia (VOR) reported mass defections from Ukraine's military serving in Crimea.

Deployed units are joining local self-defense forces. Soldiers doing so reject Kiev putschists. They resigned from Ukraine's military. Key is what its commanders do ahead.

At the same time, thousands of pro-Moscow supporters rallied in eastern Ukrainian cities. They back Russia's anti-Kiev position.

On Saturday, RT.com headlined "Ukrainian Navy flagship takes Russia's side - report."

The Hetman Sahaidachny reportedly refused to follow Kiev orders. It hoisted the Russian flag.

Federation Council member Igor Morozov said it "c(ame) over to our side today." The move came after Ukraine's "Navy command resigned Friday," said RT.

Coup d'etat president Aleksandr Turchinov appointed Rear Admiral Denis Berezovsky new navy chief.

He defected straightaway. "I, Berezovksy Denis, swear allegiance to the Crimean people and pledge to protect them, as required by (military) regulations.," he said.

The Hetman Sahaidachny headed home to Sevastopol after taking part in a Yanukovych authorized counter-piracy operation with NATO and the EU.

On Saturday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev spoke to his illegitimate Ukrainian counterpart, Arseniy Yatsenyuk. He urged both sides prioritize stability.

He said Russia reserves the right to protect "the lawful interests of citizens and servicemen deployed in the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea."

If needed, Russian forces "have the right to act in the framework of the mandate issued by the Federation Council to the president," he added.

Ukrainian officials act irresponsibly "if they make unlawful decisions on the use of force against Russian citizens," he stressed.

On Sunday, Ukraine's coup d'etat parliament held an emergency closed-door session. Reports suggest martial law may be imposed.

Neo-Nazis operate this way. Rule of law principles don't matter. Imposed tyranny ups the stakes further.

It remains to be seen how western Ukrainians react. Expect eastern ones to ignore Kiev diktats. What happens then is up for grabs.

On Sunday, Crimean Prime Minister Vladimir Konstantinov told Kiev to stay out of Crimea's business.

"You in Kiev sort it out between yourselves, and we will deal with the republic's problems," he said.

Most Crimean law enforcement and military officials feel the same way, he added. They support local defense forces.

They want protection from anti-Russian elements. Konstantinov warned Kiev against forcefully trying to usurp control in Crimea as well as other areas resisting its authority.

On March 2, Ukraine's Belgorod Governor Yevgeny Savchenko said three pro-Russian regions reported increasing refugee flows.

Thousands from southern, eastern and central Ukraine came to Belgorod. They reject Kiev authority. They're concerned for their safety.

Rostov Region Governor Vasily Golubev said Ukrainians no longer feel safe in their country. Bryansk Region Governor Nikolay Denin said the same thing.

Russia's Federal Border Guard Service estimates around 675,000 Ukrainians sought refuge in Russia in January and February.

Expect many thousands more to join them. Chaotic conditions drive them to seek safety.

On Saturday, Russian immigration authorities reported 143,000 asylum requests in a two week period. They promised expedited processing of their requests.

According to Federal Migration Service citizenship department head Valentina Kazakova:

"The tragic events in Ukraine have sharply increased the number of applications to regional migration authorities."

"People are bewildered, frightened and despondent, she added.

Increasing numbers of Ukrainians living in Russia are applying for citizenship.

The neocon infested Project for the New American Century (PNAC) renamed itself the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI).

Its directors and staff include a rogue's gallery of hard-right extremists. They deplore peace. They crave war. On March 1, they issued a statement on Russia's so-called "intervention in Ukraine."

They lied claiming "Putin has violated Ukrainian sovereignty..." Obama 'warned' him, they said. '(T)here will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine,' he said.

FPI rogues want Obama to "lead the world (in) impos(ing) (them) and to ensure his bullying fails."

They demand Putin renege on his promise to protect Crimean Russian nationals.

They want John Kerry and Chuck Hagel to visit Kiev. They want them to "show solidarity" with its neo-Nazi coup d'etat government.

They want bilateral US/Russian discussions suspended unrelated to ongoing events.

They want financial sanctions imposed on Russian officials.

They want NATO member states having the option of abandoning NATO-Russia Founding Act of 1997 provisions.

They include prohibiting NATO force deployments in former Warsaw Pact countries. Ten, including former Soviet republics, are NATO member nations.

"It is critical that the United States and the international community make clear to President Putin that his military intervention in Ukraine is unacceptable, and will isolate the Russian government diplomatically, politically and economically," said FPI.  

"Failure to do so will only reward President Putin's indefensible and dangerous actions, and could embolden him to take further actions towards Ukraine and its neighbors."

Obama's administration is infested with FPI type extremists. How he'll respond to events remains to be determined.

At stake is world peace. Will the damn fool in the White House undermine it further? His track record isn't encouraging.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour

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