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The Emperor Has No Clothes

February 7th, 2014 - 1:52 am

In late January, four former U.S. ambassadors to the Ukraine penned an open letter in the New York Times. In it they asked the leaders of the West to stop Ukrainian president Yanukovych while restraining immoderate actions from the opposition. They wrote:

Ukraine is on the verge of spinning out of control. A pro-European protest that began more than two months ago in Kiev’s central square has flared into broad, angry opposition to the authoritarian policies of President Viktor F. Yanukovych. If the United States and European Union wish to encourage a peaceful resolution, they must use their leverage now. Otherwise the situation could degenerate further, to the point where the West will be no more than a spectator.

The first days of February saw John Kerry meeting with Ukranian oppositionists to express their support. At about the same time the Obama administration began to negotiate with Congress on the possibility of imposing sanctions on the Ukraine in order to pressure that government “in response to the bloodshed touched off by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to rebuff a long-awaited trade deal with the European Union.”

Two days ago the US ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, announced his resignation. His departure was widely regarded as signalling the failure of the “reset” policy which he advocated. The Post wrote:

McFaul never wavered in his defense of the “reset” despite the increasingly rocky trail of U.S.-Russian relations in recent years. In a blog post titled “It’s Time, My Friend, It’s Time,” written in Russian and English, which he said would be his last as ambassador, he listed what he argued were the reset’s accomplishments.

Among them were the New START accord limiting nuclear arms, the opening of the Northern Distribution Network allowing the United States to send supplies to its troops in Afghanistan by way of Russia, cooperation on Iran and North Korea, and Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization — which Washington wanted on the grounds that it requires Russia to commit to international trade rules.

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Unfortunately, the title has it backwards. In truth,
The Clothes Have No Emperor.
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Slightly off-topic. the latest jobs report is encouraging. Forecasters predicted that nearly 200,000 people would be enslaved by full-time employment during the month of January. In fact, only 133,00 suffered the humiliation of "job lock." 67,000 citizens were spared due to the heroic efforts of our president and the AFC!! Praise be to God for such benevolent leaders.
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The problem with this blog post is that it stands on its own as complete and does not need elaboration. Commentary is merely affirmation or a magazine or something.

Regarding the Ambassador's achievements.
1. The new START accord, added to the old one they violate.
2. The Northern Distribution Network, a mousetrap where the mice bring the cheese.
3. Iran and North Korea, if those are the successes imagine the failures.
4. The WTO, Russia joins China as a wolf in the hen house.

The good thing about Sochi is that the media and the elites get to be treated like everyone else, spied on and lied to and treated shabbily where there is no real rule of law. Because that is what Putinism is.

Snowden is more than a traitor. He is Obamaism in action. He is the logical conclusion of the Blue State model writ large. The American system is now riddled with Snowdens at every level. They may not be active foreign agents seeking to give our secrets to a hostile power but they are TWANLOC and worse. They are emotional moral intellectual and ethical cripples.
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When it comes to Ed Snowden I can't help noticing that the people who seem to have been lying to the American people for years condemn Snowden for telling the truth.

Snowden deserves a pardon. Then he deserves an apology. Then he deserves a medal!
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Snowden deserves a cell in solitary in super-max. He gave away critical secrets to our enemies, secrets that will get Americans killed. The Constitution "is not a suicide pact" - individuals properly do not have the right to decide what classified information can be released. Just the public information is enough to tell anyone with a knowledge of signals intelligence that the damage to US national defense is immense. That bitterly opposed Democrats and Republicans agree that the secret damage is even worse makes it clear what a disaster this was.

Snowden is a vile traitor, a person who gravely damaged our security and then fled to the lands of our enemies (China and Russia). If he were a genuine whistle blower, he'd stay and face the music.
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I don't condemn Snowden for telling the truth, I condemn him for selling out America to the Chinese, the Venezuelans, and the Russians, all of which are our enemies. Had he not done that, I would call him a hero for exposing corruption in our government.
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Snowden is a symptom of the disease. How does a low level employee get a hold of that much sensitive material to distribute is the focus. Why do some Americans feel they have a right to spy on other ordinary Americans?
A real (moral) American would walk away from such a corrupt agency. Snowden is the ugly little scratch on the fender of that beautiful little car with a blown engine. We are focused on the scratched fender.
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We can go into the ditch fast or we can go into the ditch slow; but sustaining the self-deception that we are not going into the ditch is by far the biggest problem that we face.

The litany of bad news and nonstop whining is just making everyone depressed (and changing few, if any, minds). Please wake me after we hit bottom. Perhaps then we shed some of the parasites and start afresh.
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All is not lost. A thousand high school students in a Kentucky hotel sing for the opening of the Sochi Winter Olympics:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaDCfA1uxh0&feature=player_embedded
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Equis cracks me up. He's an American, right? Sure he is.

What a funny guy.
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Yes, American and distracted by dog whistles on a short leash but... gud enough!
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Romney was my first choice over McCain in 2008, but was not my first choice in 2012. I thought given what had occurred during the 1st Obama Admin we needed someone far more radical. With the forces we had in 1944, even a Gen George McClellan could have defended France against a German invasion, but to dig out the entrenched enemy in occupied France we needed a Gen George Patton.

I was heartened when Mitt Romney said there were things that needed to be done to save the country and that he care not at all if he did them and was a one-term President as a result. I still did not think he was tough enough or bold enough or ruthless enough. But the choice in 2012 was between being Pro-Obama and being Objectively Pro-Obama, as George Orwell might have put it.

For 2016, we don’t need a Romney. We need a Ted Cruze or a Rand Paul or preferably someone even tougher, backed up by a Cabinet in which John Bolton as SECSTATE would be the most timid and soft spoken member.

Either that, or we’ll need a guerrilla leader, a Sara Conner with an even more ruthless attitude.
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The world is a dangerous place for children and fools. Reset indeed.
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Walt395: "How difficult is it to understand here in America that Russia is the biggest problem because it has nukes and immeasurable, almost metaphysical hatred toward the very idea of freedom and the West itself?"

Very difficult. Very difficult indeed!

Look at those comparative photos which drift around the internet of Detroit & Nagasaki in the late 1940s and today. Who destroyed Detroit more effectively than a nuclear bomb? Certainly wasn't the Russians.

Russia is a problem for Europe -- and I for one will be able to see the bright side of things on the day when Russia invades Europe with an officer in a jeep to accept the unconditional surrender of the EU. Russia is not a problem for the US, merely part of the environment within which the US has to operate.

No, the US's biggest problem is the Enemy Within. Subotai's TWANLOC. The people who destroyed Detroit.
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Pootie Poo sure doesn't have a sense of humor. He thinks America is trying to give Russia a black eye when Sochi has given Bob Costas a red eye.

http://gamedayr.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/bob-costas-eye-infection.png

There was time when he loved MSNBC.

http://indianinthemachine.wordpress.com/2010/06/12/scientists-warn-gulf-of-mexico-sea-floor-fractured-%E2%80%9Cbeyond-repair%E2%80%9D/

Scientists Warn Gulf Of Mexico Sea Floor Fractured “Beyond Repair”
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers

A dire report circulating in the Kremlin today that was prepared for Prime Minister Putin by Anatoly Sagalevich of Russia’s Shirshov Institute of Oceanology warns that the Gulf of Mexico sea floor has been fractured “beyond all repair” and our World should begin preparing for an ecological disaster “beyond comprehension” unless “extraordinary measures” are undertaken to stop the massive flow of oil into our Planet’s eleventh largest body of water.

Most important to note about Sagalevich’s warning is that he and his fellow scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences are the only human beings to have actually been to the Gulf of Mexico oil leak site after their being called to the disaster scene by British oil giant BP shortly after the April 22nd sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil platform.

BP’s calling on Sagalevich after this catastrophe began is due to his being the holder of the World’s record for the deepest freshwater dive and his expertise with Russia’s two Deep Submergence Vehicles MIR 1 and MIR 2 [photo 2nd left] which are able to take their crews to the depth of 6,000 meters (19,685 ft).

According to Sagalevich’s report, the oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico is not just coming from the 22 inch well bore site being shown on American television, but from at least 18 other sites on the “fractured seafloor” with the largest being nearly 11 kilometers (7 miles) from where the Deepwater Horizon sank and is spewing into these precious waters an estimated 2 million gallons of oil a day.

Interesting to note in this report is Sagalevich stating that he and the other Russian scientists were required by the United States to sign documents forbidding them to report their findings to either the American public or media, and which they had to do in order to legally operate in US territorial waters.

However, Sagalevich says that he and the other scientists gave nearly hourly updates to both US government and BP officials about what they were seeing on the sea floor, including the US Senator from their State of Florida Bill Nelson who after one such briefing stated to the MSNBC news service “Andrea we’re looking into something new right now, that there’s reports of oil that’s seeping up from the seabed… which would indicate, if that’s true, that the well casing itself is actually pierced… underneath the seabed. So, you know, the problems could be just enormous with what we’re facing.”

Though not directly stated in Sagalevich’s report, Russian scientists findings on the true state of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster are beyond doubt being leaked to his longtime friend, and former US President George W. Bush’s top energy advisor Matthew Simmons, who US media reports state has openly said: “Matthew Simmons is sticking by his story that there’s another giant leak in the Gulf of Mexico blowing massive amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. On CNBC’s Fast Money, he says he’d be surprised if BP lasted this summer, saying this is disaster is entirely BP’s fault.”


His minions at Pravda fed Matt Simmons and he put it out for the world on MSNBC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scl2dgK_-Nw

How do you say disinformation campaign in Russian?

кампания дезинформации ?
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MP, you DO know Matt Simmons had a heart attack and died right in the midst of his excoriation of Macondo's public story? Several other loud accusers were arrested for kiddie porn, which was found on their computers after the laws had taken custody of said machines. Two were quick convicted and sent to prison, where one was quickly beaten to death in an altercation. Here's a URL, woefully short of details, esp on what Ted Stevens had on this rogue group inside the top echelon of BP.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/real-coastal-warriors/dead-jailed-missing-scientists-individuals-affiliated-with-the-bp-oil-disaster/182025868510643

--a rash of people died, suicides and accidents, homicides and unknown illnesses, in the months clustered around blow out. After that, everybody high profile shut up.
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Emperor with no clothes. Hmmmm?

In Russia, would that also apply to a bare chested czar?

http://tinyurl.com/k7m9r2l
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Assistant Secretary of State Nuland certainly lived up to her title (ASS).
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Mr. X:

What if the “two Ukraines” going their separate ways were the best solution? It might not be in the best interests of Ukraine to “control” territory that was never really Ukrainian to begin with. East Ukraine is Russian and identifies with Russia (and that is especially true of Sevastopol!), while west Ukraine bitterly remembers the Holodromor and can never be part of Russia – Stalin ensured that Ukrainians would become embittered against Russian rule.

A three-way partition could be considered. Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson, Crimea, Sevastopol, Mikolaiv would be allowed to have a binding referendum on whether they want to be part of Ukraine or Russia. West Odessa Oblast would be returned to Romania with pre-WWII borders restored, while East Odessa Oblast would have a referendum on whether to become part of Russia or stay part of Ukraine.

The rest of Ukraine would stay part of Ukraine, which would mean that it could join the European Union if it wants to. And why not? Western and northern Ukraine are historically within the cultural orbit of Poland, so they would normally want to follow wherever Warsaw leads.

Although I don't generally like the idea of divorce, it can work out if it is amicable. I think this proposed partition is the least bad solution for Ukrainians. It is particularly in the best interests of Ukrainian nationalists who understandably want real independence from Russia, for Ukraine cannot be truly free from Russian rule unless it divests itself from oblasts that gravitate toward Moscow.
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