The Method to Their Madness: Deconstructing the Washington Post’s “why Russia is a hostile power” Op Ed

by Scott Creighton

As Russiaphobic rhetoric heats up in congress and the Deep State controlled media on both sides of the artificial political divide worship enthusiastically at the alter of New McCarthyism, we have to ask ourselves: what exactly makes Russia a “hostile power” to the United States and her precious “national interests”?

Retired US Lt Col Ralph Peters on Tucker Carlson show July 11, 2017 stated his beliefs:

  • Russia is not fighting ISIS, but bombing the democracy loving US backed “moderate rebels” (aka AL Qaeda and Al Nusra) in Syria.
  • “Russians are terrorists.”
  • “Vladimir Putin hates us [the United States].”
  • “He [Putin] is malevolent. He is as close to pure evil as I can find. He is also brilliant.”
  • “He [Putin] is a killer.”
  • “Putin is Hitler.”
  • Tucker Carlson “is Charles Lindberg in 1938.”
  • “Putin is as bad as Hitler” and “he hates America.”
  • Syria is better off broken apart (and given to the Kurds)
  • believes Iraq should have been broken apart

The next day Tucker had neocon war-monger Max Boot on his show to explain why in fact he thinks Russia and Putin are “hostile powers” and he said:

  • “Russia and Putin are the #1 geopolitical threats we face”
  • “I am disturbed when I see you yucking it up over Putin interfering in our elections”
  • “Even more disturbing is you don’t think it is disturbing”
  • “You supported the invasion of Iraq too”
  • “When I was growing up, Ronald Reagan warned about the evil empire”
  • “You seem to be a cheerleader for allowing Russia and Iran doing anything they want in Syria”

Clearly the Russiaphobia bug hasn’t been contained on the fake-left side of America’s Business Party. Sen. McCain and Lindsey Graham are regulars now on “progressive” leaning propaganda outlets like CNN and MSNBC, being featured more than Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren actually.

And of course we know the unDemocratic Party invented the Russia hacking story a long time ago at the behest of John Podesta and Hillary Clinton in an effort to cover-up DNC hacking, Clinton’s missing emails from her illegal server and her stunning loss to a reality TV star back in November.

Today, propagandists like Rachel Maddow spend every overpaid minute of their “news” shows ranting about Russia. Rachel’s Twitter feed is focused entirely on manufacturing anti-Russia narratives of one sort or another. Anything that will stick she posts and reTweets until it’s debunked and she is forced to move on to another fake news story. She is like CNN in that way.

Cenk Uyger of the Young Turks is the exact same. In the wake of the Donald Trump Jr. email story, Cenk accused the man of treason in two separate segments, here and here.

Cenk is nothing more than an ignorant sycophant so it’s understandable that he fails to grasp the simple basics of the DT Jr. story or the definition of “treason” for that matter since it states you have to be actually engaged in a war with the enemy you are accused of aiding and abetting to be charged with it. Seems Cenk doesn’t know the difference between “war” and “propaganda”. His focus is on endearing himself to the establishment fake-left of America’s One Party, Business Party, fascist system and he doesn’t care how ignorant he appears while doing it because he figures his audience is even more ignorant than he is.

The much ado about nothing across the media and political landscape here in America when it comes to Russia and Putin would seem to be cut and dry at this point, if you don’t dig deeper than a scratch to obtain your news these days. Russia hacked the DNC and Podesta (according to the complicit media AS WELL AS fake progressives like Cenk and even Jimmy Dore for that matter), they hacked the voter registration files, sent bots out to important key states in the election to sway voters with “lies” about Hillary and they have some dirt on President Trump which they apparently blackmail him with on a daily basis… thus FORCING the Duke of Orange to shake hands with the devil himself last week at the G20 summit.

Clearly, according to the group think of the day, the cease fire agreement Trump signed between the Russians and the Syrians and the U.S. is a product of that blackmail. What else could be behind it?

Of course, all of that is complete bunk.

  • Guccifer hacked Hillary’s illegal email server
  • Guccifer 2.0 (probably NSA) hacked DNC server and the Clinton Foundation
  • John Podesta’s emails were also hacked by NSA assets who left behind fingerprints of Fancy Bear to implicate Russia
  • voter registration files were hacked by DHS
  • the “bots” spreading true stories about Hillary’s corruption were actually people practicing their freedom of expression
  • and the blackmail material supposedly held by Russia includes and is limited to ridiculous stories about Trump and hookers and golden showers and him going to the bathroom to yell “I hate black people” to no one (this intel provided by a British source on the payroll of the Clinton campaign)

So what really makes Russia a “hostile power” as far as the United States is concerned?

With all the focus right now on demonizing Russia and Putin and apparently anyone who doesn’t say they are evil (notice how many times we hear reporters asking Trump or his spokespeople to PLEASE say Russia and Putin are evil) what’s really behind it all? If you dig a little deeper and start to get past the shallow grave of the previous propaganda, what remains?

Why should we hate Russia?

Well, let’s take a look at what the CIA’s main Mockingbird asset has too say about the matter.

“Hostile,” in this case, doesn’t mean that Russia and the United States are about to go to war. In theory, their interests shouldn’t even diverge all that much. They are two continental powers on opposite sides of the world with no territorial disputes (though the melting of Arctic ice may change that). They share a fear of Islamist terrorism.

What makes Russia hostile is Mr. Putin’s adherence to, and dependence on, a set of values that are antithetical to what have been, at least until now, bedrock American values. He favors spheres of influence over self-determination; corruption over transparency; and repression over democracy. His antipathy toward Hillary Clinton was not personality-driven but based on her advocacy of values that would threaten his rule.” Washington Post Editorial Board July 12, 2017

This is laughable. The United States has overthrown democracy after democracy in the world. Over 80 of them at last count. And we have always replaced democratically elected governments with brutal dictators who will serve our interests. Ukraine is a fine example. Syria is another. The elected government of Egypt after the people overthrew our puppet Mubarak is a third… and those are just the ones undone by the previous president. There are many, many other examples to chose from.

The one thing they have right in there is “His antipathy toward Hillary Clinton was not personality-driven but based on her advocacy of values that would threaten his rule,” which is exemplified by the fact that Hillary tried her best to instigate a color revolution in Russia after DEMOCRACY won out over her propaganda and Putin and his party won an election. Hillary’s corruption demanded we try to install another neoliberal puppet in the country like Yeltsin and Putin and the Russian people thwarted her efforts.

Hell hath no fury, right?

The Post’s propaganda continues:

“Mr. Putin has maintained the trappings of democracy — a parliament, national elections — even as he has made them meaningless by shuttering most independent media and eliminating most political opposition. The state now serves Mr. Putin and his cronies, who have become immensely wealthy, rather than the reverse. When people try to expose the corruption, they are imprisoned or killed (or both, as in the case of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky). Washington Post Editorial Board July 12, 2017

Today the fight in the U.S. is for Net Neutrality. An effort to keep the internet, and free speech, open and free. Net Neutrality will allow Big Telecom to throttle websites like this one… thus “shuttering most independent media”. Remember the “fake news” lists they were producing a couple months ago in yet another attempt to “shutter most independent media”?

Bernie Sanders was cheated out of the nomination by Hillary Clinton and the DNC. Not a question. Not “conspiracy theory”. We know it for a FACT.  And yet, the Post accuses Putin of “eliminating most political opposition”? We have a two party system and it is such that anyone even attempting to run on a viable third party is called a “spoiler” and likened to Ralph Nader and attacked instantly. And they say Russia eliminates “most political opposition”?

And they dare suggest Putin and his cronies get rich from serving in the government when congress passes a law saying they are free to commit insider trading on their insider knowledge while our system over here has a LEGAL form of bribery called “campaign contributions” and corporations are free to pump as much money as they like into the pockets of friendly fascist candidates (like Hillary Clinton)?

They go on and in this segment, you should pay extra special attention:

“Ukraine, which like Russia was part of the Soviet Union, provides a useful example… When it started to move in a more democratic direction, Mr. Putin felt threatened on two counts. First, a democratic Ukraine would not be as open to plunder as one ruled by oligarchs; second, if a democratic Ukraine prospered, it might give ordinary Russians dangerous ideas. Ms. Clinton, as secretary of state and after, supported Ukraine’s democratic aspirations. Mr. Putin invaded the country, seized part of its territory and initiated an ugly civil war that helps keep Ukraine from prospering.” Washington Post Editorial Board July 12, 2017

When Ukraine moved in a democratic direction, the democratically elected government decided it wanted no part of more IMF loans and becoming a part of the failing European Union, so they were about to make a move to get closer to Russia and the other BRICS nations.

That is when Hillary and others decided they needed a color revolution to unseat that elected leadership and replace them with neo-Nazis and economic hitmen from the IMF and World Bank and that is exactly what they did.

Putin didn’t invade Ukraine in spite of a spate of lies produced daily by the complicit media saying they did. Crimea held a referendum and voted to become part of Russia again rather than live under the neo-Nazi puppet dictatorship we set up over there. Russia didn’t seize anything.

And the only thing they are keeping from prospering over there is the giant oil and LNG company that wants to wreck the country with fracking …. and of course, Joe Biden’s son who sits on the board of directors of one of the companies looking to steal the natural resources from Ukraine.

All of that said, that last section of the Washington Post’s Op Ed talking points memo is the most important because…

… inside it you will find a sliver of truth but that sliver, as small as it is, when combined with current events, paints a very different picture of what’s happening today.

A new Russian sanctions bill which passed in the senate 98-2 is floundering in the House. The bill punishes various Russian interests for Putin’s alleged “meddling” in our election back in 2016.

“You know me on this issue,” Speaker Paul D. Ryan told reporters on Wednesday. “I’m a Russia hawk.”

“Pass it, for Christ’s sake,” said Senator John McCain New York Times July 12 2017

The bill prevents the president from easing sanctions on Russia while imposing new sanctions on Russian oil and gas interests, specifically Gazprom. Why Gazprom? Why now?

Here are some more current events to consider:

Nord Stream 2

“The Russia sanctions bill that passed the US Senate by 98:2 on June 15 is a bombshell; it directly demonizes the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, under the Baltic Sea, which is bound to double Gazprom’s energy capacity to supply gas to Europe.

The 9.5 billion euro pipeline is being financed by five companies; Germany’s Uniper and Wintershall; Austria’s OMV; France’s Engie; and Anglo-Dutch Shell. All these majors operate in Russia, and have, or will establish, pipeline contracts with Gazprom.” Sputnik International June 30, 2017

Turkish Stream Pipeline

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“Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw Friday’s joining of a major pipeline that’s set to provide Turkey with over 556 billion cubic feet of gas each year…

Turkey initially remained defiant after the incident but has since worked with Russia to reach a political solution to the conflict and, like France, has withdrawn calls for Assad’s removal as a precondition for talks.” Newsweek June 23, 2017

Turkish Stream Pipeline Extensions

“The negotiations between Gazprom and European partners on extending the Turkish Stream gas pipeline in Europe stipulate no exclusive terms while the Russian energy giant is receiving proposals on the routes of laying the pipe, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said on Friday.” TASS News Agency, June 23, 2017

German-made LNG Turbines to Crimea

“Two more gas turbines appear to have been delivered to Russian-controlled Crimea, according to two Reuters reporters who saw the equipment at the port of Feodosia, potentially deepening a row over sanctions compliance in which Germany’s Siemens has become embroiled.” Reuters, July 12, 2017

The timing of all of this… the sudden rise of apocalyptic Russiaphobia in the media, the demonizing of President Trump as an agent of the Kremlin and the bi-partisan legislation looking to punish Russian gas companies as well as prevent the president from administering his constitutional authority over sanctions… couldn’t be more obvious in the grand scheme of things when you look at recent events taking place on the world stage of energy distribution and control.

While the CIA-linked Washington Post produces one version of “truth” regarding what makes Russia a “hostile nation” (the Shining City on the Hill version), Forbes magazine has produced another one. One a bit more rooted in reality as opposed to WaPo’s twisted hollow fantasy version.

“With Washington’s blessing, Ukraine is going on the offensive against a Baltic Sea pipeline it deems a death knell to state controlled Naftogaz. Naftogaz is one of the most important companies in the country, and the gateway between Russian gas fields and the European market. This is the ultimate fight. Only this time, it pits Ukraine and the U.S. on one side with the Europeans and Russians — oddly enough — on the other.

Some history is warranted here. Naftogaz and Gazprom have been going through a bitter divorce with the Europeans as mediators since at least 2014. It’s one arbitration hearing after another in a Stockholm court over contract disputes involving the two, with Gazprom the defendant. Gazprom is Europe’s single biggest supplier of natural gas. Gazprom is run by the Russian government. Gazprom supply contracts have been a bone of contention for years. Naftogaz cries foul. The courts will rule on that one, lord knows when. But as a result of the crisis between the two countries, Gazprom looked to Turkey and the Europeans to build alternative pipelines. The Turks are building Turkish Stream. The Germans, French, Austrians and the Brits are looking to build Nord Stream II, a pipeline that would sit right beside an existing one. As it is not a new route, Ukraine calls it a political move to squeeze Naftogaz of its ability to make money delivering Russian gas to Europe.

Now the tough part. Anti-Russia Senators, most of them Republican Never Trumpers, are turning the screws on Russian oil and gas firms. They have three hopes here: punish Russia for supporting anti-government forces in Ukraine; ban Trump from his constitutional duties of being able to call off the sanctions regime and…help U.S. natural gas drillers and potential exporters.” Forbes June 20, 2017

This might explain why Hillary Clinton’s campaign sought out and received assistance from the brutal regime she helped install in Ukraine during the election.

“Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.”…

“The Ukrainian efforts had an impact in the race, helping to force Manafort’s resignation and advancing the narrative that Trump’s campaign was deeply connected to Ukraine’s foe to the east, Russia.” Politico, Jan. 2017

“If you’re looking for an example of a campaign coordinating with a foreign country or a foreign source, look no further than the DNC, who actually coordinated opposition research with the Ukrainian Embassy,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders July 10 2017

Cutting Ukraine out of the loop in terms of Russia’s delivery of natural gas to European markets would be financially devastating to the Ukrainian government but more importantly, it would free up Russia to undercut U.S. control of energy resources to the area while also giving them the ability to manipulate the market even more than they can now.

In short, these two pipelines represent  a virtual checkmate in the ongoing game playing out on the Grand Chessboard.

To further expose the real motive behind the “Russia as a hostile power” narrative, I turn lastly to another guest on the Tucker Carlson show. This one tries to link the anti-fracking movement developing in the U.S. to Russia. His theory being that Russia is undermining our “national interests” by trying to impede the progress of our shale gas industry.

That’s right: anti-fracking activists are tools of Putin as well. This ridiculous speculation was not challenged by Carlson by the way.

It is an over simplification to suggest all of this, all of our globalist agenda items perpetrated over the past 16 years have been exclusively related to oil and LNG interests. There are many factors to consider but part of the reason for invading Afghanistan involved the Trans Afghan Pipeline. Part of the reason they lied us to war in Iraq had to deal with Cheney and his energy commission meeting in D.C. on Jan. 21st, 2001 to figure out which company got which piece of a Post Saddam Iraq. Libya is rich in resources, now chopped up and handed off to various global oil interests. And of course, Syria chose a Russian pipeline proposal years ago over one of ours, sealing Assad’s fate as a result.

And now we have all of this unfolding before our very eyes.

Russia is indeed a “hostile power” but not to the United States… unless you believe, like many brainwashed Free Marketeers believe, that the United States cannot be separated from the Big Business interests that rule it.

The road to the neocon’s wet dream of total hegemony is paved in oil and liquid natural gas. Without control of those assets, all the other future assets are in jeopardy. In a state of flux. And stability is the mantra of the fascist dictatorships we install when we overthrow democratically elected nations across the world.

The endgame on the Grand Chessboard is playing itself out and it looks like our side is about to sweep the pieces to the floor in frustration like a spoiled child sensing a pitiful defeat.

Rarely do we see such passionate bipartisan hyperbole permeating the political and informational arenas as we do right now, today, in the U.S.

You might think the crazies are running the asylum, but you would be wrong. There is a war going on way behind the scenes. Not one they choose to announce, for who among us would sacrifice loved ones or themselves for such things. But a war, nonetheless.

That is what makes them seem panicked and out of control. That is what motivates the think-tanks and the propaganda mills to churn out more and more desperate sounding lies to keep the myth alive.

It isn’t for nothing that they do this. There is a method to their madness.

Whether or not that method represents our shared values… well, that’s for you to decide.

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8 Responses

  1. Thanks Scott,
    that makes it clearer to me.
    It still is all about control of oil….
    and trying to own everyone’s share…. we are so greedy.

  2. […] The Method to Their Madness: Deconstructing the Washington Post’s “why Russia is a hostile power… […]

  3. Thank you Scott. Great article and thank you for your efforts to spell it out.

  4. Very good overview of the underlying chess pieces in play. It might also be why Greece is being messed with. Get control of the pipeline choke points and you control the pipeline. And if Palestine was a country, instead of an open prison, it would have access to large deposits of newly discovered gas just offshore.

  5. Really good summary of the overall situation and the resulting mess and the dangers which this entails. I must say, that I like your blog posts much better than your YT videos. YT is full of bots (notice the zero subs most of these commentators have) and insufferable trolls. If I were you, I would NOT focus on making videos, which will also make your blog a target. Youtube is actually turning into commercial TV at this point. Thanks for delving into the much larger issues, which are rarely discussed anywhere!

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