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Washington Wants War In The Worst Way:  Dust Off The IOSAT Or Return To The Status Quo Ante Bellum? (January 24, 2022)

Posted in Europe, NATO, Neoconservatives, Russia, War on January 24, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “If Trumpi says one word about the stuff [IOSAT], he will trigger the NYT, WP, NY, CNN and MSDNC.  And the PMC.  And they are desperately trying to trigger a war.  They so want to go ballistic, but they want to go ballistic on Russia.”

J          “We live in vexing times.”

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K          “The callow pencil neck chickenhawk members of the ruling class are so eager to condemn the kids of the working class to death and dismemberment for their own ends.”

J          “I don’t trust Russia.  Period.  Something needs to be done.”

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K          “Even Germany – yes Germany – is even counseling caution and restraint and even-handedness.”

J          “They had their tussle with them.  They have gone mano-a-mano with the Russians.  They know.”

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J          “In 1994, Ukraine signed an agreement with the U.S., U.K. and Russia known as the 1994 Budapest Memorandum of Security Assurances under which it gave up its nuclear arsenal in return for certain assurances including independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.  And that there would be no use of force or threat of force against Ukraine.”

K          “Everyone should honor that agreement.  What about U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s famous “not one inch eastward” assurance about NATO expansion in his meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on February 9, 1990?  That was a part of a cascade of assurances about Soviet security given by Western leaders to Gorbachev and other Soviet officials.  And then the U.S. marched country by country up to Russia’s doorstep.  The U.S. would not tolerate Russia putting proxy troops in Canada and Mexico.”

J          “The agreement is not in writing.”

K          “Now you are thinking like a typical scheming American-trained lawyer.  You are actually thinking like a typical scheming American-trained American.  The allegation is so American and reflects American gamesmanship and skullduggery.  An agreement is an agreement.  Enforce the 1990 and the 1994 agreements.” 

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K          “An old experienced law professor who taught comparative law in American and European law schools for over two score years shared his settled observations about the fundamental difference in training and perspective between American-trained lawyers and European-trained lawyers.  With some exceptions, an American-trained lawyer first asks:  “Can we get away with it?”  With some exceptions, an European-trained lawyer first asks:  “Is it lawful?”  Europe needs some European not American thinking.”

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J          “Sort of trust but definitely verify.”

K          “Distrust but clarify.”

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K          “There is one clear and obvious solution.  Go back to the status quo ante bellum.  NATO membership is restricted to the original nations.  Is it worth going nuclear for something that is a fundamental concern of Russia but not a fundamental concern of the U.S. or the West?”

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[See the e-commentary at NATO: Nations Aggressively Taking Over (March 31, 2014), NATOExit? NATOExeunt? (July 4, 2016), Guitar / Drum ; Dove / Hawk ; Pax / War. Oh, And Happy Memorial Day! (May 27, 2019), Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle (April 19, 2021), Russian Interference; Russian Collusion.   Epilogue (March 25, 2019), Impeachment Imbroglio.  Oh, And Happy Saint Nicholas Day! (December 2, 2019), Johnnie Bolton:  The Triumph Of the Chickenhawks And Neo-Cons.  Join Fellow Patriots For The “April 14 Rally” And The Memorial Day “March For America”.  Oh, And Happy April Fool’s Day! (April 2, 2018) and Giuliani – Draft Dodger And Chickenhawk (March 2, 2015).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Give war a chance

Russia wants war: Look how close they put their country to our military bases.

There are few things more vexing than trying to encourage a human being to think independently.

Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle (April 19, 2021)

Posted in AIIB, China, CIPS, Cryptocurrency, Currency, NATO, Petrodollar, Pushitzer Prize In Commentary, Russia, Sanctions, SWIFT on April 19, 2021 by e-commentary.org

[The announcement of the 2021 recipient of the Pushitzer Prize in Commentary is postponed from today to June 7, 2021.]

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J          “China won; China one; U.S. none; U.S. done.  With each passing day, the Chinese military is outflanking the bloated pork barrel project that is the U.S. military without touching off a round or launching a missile.  CIPS is swiftly circuiting and circumventing SWIFT.  National currencies, gold, silver and cryptos are supplanting the PetroDollar.  Technology that was lifted is now legally acquired.  Critical resources that were purloined are now purchased.”

K          “For decades, the Eagle kept the Dragon and the Bruin in their corners.  Now the Dragon and the Bruin have found common ground to overcome their considerable differences, challenge their common enemy and push the Eagle into a corner it does not even recognize.  The vote in 2015 on the AIIB was the most revealing of the ultimate winner and the ultimate loser.”

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K          “The U.S. is desperate to start and expand more wars and is looking to fight Russia or use proxies to fight Russia.  The Bruin is going to be a bear.”

J          “I am as uneasy about Russia as I am about China, but the U.S. should not go knocking on the Russian door and starting a fight on the Russian door step.  When I walked the streets in different cities, I was struck by the steely resolve of the people that is totally absent in the U.S.”

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K          “Our goose is cooked.”

J          “We are dead ducks.”

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[See the e-commentary on China at “Seeing 2020: Panda + Bruin > Eagle. Oh, And Happy Chinese New Year! (January 27, 2020)”, “China:  “The Silent Takeover” Overtakes Silently.  Oh, And Happy Chinese New Year! (February 4, 2019)”, “The China-Russia Affair: Advancing The Petro-Yuan; Dictating The Future (March 26, 2018)”, “AIIB: China: 1; U.S.A.: 0? (April 6, 2015)”, “The Silent Takeover (May 23, 2011)”, “The Odd Couple – China & The U. of S.A. (January 12, 2009)” and China, The 800(0) Lb. Panda (November 20, 2006)”.]

[See the e-commentary on Russia in particular on the inefficacy of sanctions at “Sanctions:  Stupid, Absurd, Futile?  Oh, And Happy Armistice Day / Remembrance Day / Veterans Day! (November 11, 2019)” and “Russian Interference; Russian Collusion (February 26, 2018)”.]

[See the e-commentary on the threat to world peace posed by NATO at “NATOExit? NATOExeunt? (July 4, 2016)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle    

NATOExit? NATOExeunt? (July 4, 2016)

Posted in Europe, NATO, War on July 4, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The world is looking for the exit door and for the escape hatch.  We need to generate interest in a NATOExit by the Europeans.  The North Atlantic Treaty was designed to promote peace and preserve stability in Europe in the face of the threat from the then extant USSR.  Since the fall of the USSR, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has transformed from a defensive organization into an offensive organization.  Peace and stability are threatened.”

J          “Beneath it all, we are all looking to exit the planet.  How about PlanetExit.”

K          “If we can generate some interest in a NATOExit, we may be able to save the planet without departing it.”

J          “Sounds like a broader conception of Independence Day.”

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K          “O’Bama continues to support NATO.”

J          “There is no hope that he will change.”

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[See the article and broadcast at “UAF Researcher Looks At Causes Of The 9/11 World Trade Center Attack,” Dan Bross, KUAC, June 27, 2016 and the e-commentary at “World Trade Center Building 7 And The AIA (May 18, 2015).”]

[See the e-commentary at “NATO:  Nations Aggressively Taking Over (March 31, 2014).”]

Bumper sticker of the week:

NATOExit:  Time To Go