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Having enjoyed many an article by Patrick Lawrence at ConsortiumNews, and recently discovered both the Quincey Institute and James Carden, I was most pleased to find a video with the two people, published at The Scrum.
They discuss Crimea and the recent insane stupidity by UK Prime Minister Johnson in sending the HMS Defender into Crimean territorial waters, right next to the Russian Navy's essential port at Sevastopol, fully armed.
Early in the discussion, Lawrence reveals that he had felt privileged to proof read Anatol Lieven's recent paper on the Ukraine/Crimea/Donbass/Minsk Accord issue. Interesting. I had a feeling of tutor/student event, but was completely wrong. This really is open dialogue of informed persons exploring each others knowledge and ideas.
Carden scores immediate points by informing the viewers and Lawrence that when the intra-Soviet republic transfer of Crimea between Russia and Ukraine occurred in 1954, the Naval facility at Sevastopol was not included. It remained under the jurisdiction of Russia. Lawrence admits he did not know this, and looks pleased. Carden continues to provide quite a different view of the dissolution of the Soviet Union of Socialist Republics based on a meeting between the leaders of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, and indicates why Crimea/Sevastopol was not resolved at the time. Soon thereafter the USA immediately started making noises about Sevastopol. Thus, the Crimea/Sevastapol issue has been on the USA’s radar at least since 1991, or thirty years ago.
Following a discussion of the sabotage of German/French efforts to have the EU host Russia for a meeting by the almighty Baltic states and Poland, we get to a wonderful phrase by Carden. He is describing what he sees as a risk of the Green Party in Germany obtaining power in the upcoming German election. This is echoed by various other commentators from Britain, through Eastern Europe to Russia which I follow (Mercouris, Szamuely, Lavelle). The term is "Cultural Imperialist". This aligns perfectly with the RuBIO of which I have just written, and the criticisms of "woke" and "unrestrained social permissiveness" and all the other terms. But "Cultural Imperialism" sums it up so quickly.
In conclusion, Lawrence raises that which he has recently published, that the USA is becoming isolated. Carden's response is stunningly obvious. That’s not a bad option "because we don’t have a responsible political elite".
This is a nice segue into my second source, which is The Duran (see sources), during which it was raised that the USA neo-cons, including The Walrus Bolton, want to start a regime change operation in Turkey. I've not verified any of this, but it would not surprise me. It has to be one of the stupidest ideas I've heard in at least 5 years. Its up there with "war with Iran" on the stupid scale.
On the way to the very stupid The Duran go via way of the still stupid. The USA is now fighting forces that the Iraqi PM acknowledges as a part of their national armed forces. This is a complete clusterfuck. There is only one discernible mission; create chaos. The USA is fighting Iraq, Syria, and ISIS, and partnering with the terrorists and the Kurds, and sometimes the Shia, and sometimes the Sunni. They are either complete morons or they just trying to fund weapons manufacturers and kill the group of the moment, or both.
What is the outcome of destabilizing Turkey? Hmmm? Hmmm? Greater influence by Russia, Iran and Syria, you morons. Erdogan is an unreliable player, and everyone wants him gone, everyone. What happens afterwards? This has less forethought than the Libya “intervention” [cough] disaster.
While I have been supporting Russia's role in the region and criticizing the idiocy of the USA/NATO "Cultural Imperialist" MICIMATT, its time to shine a light on Russia itself. They have just run a "war game" against a fictitious "Carrier Group" 30 nautical miles off the west coast of Hawaii, reports Col. Ann Wright. I can understand the "SeaBreeze" reasoning, and the "okay, we'll fly a bomber group 14 000 miles round trip from Russia to participate" (see what we can do, USA?) reasoning. But, knock it off. Similarly, UK, get your queen Elizabeth chess piece out of the Pacific. Leave the Yanks and Aussies to their blustering.
Finally, to circle back to Crimea/Sevastopol all the analysts I review seem to acknowledge that despite the media sillies (aka “pundits”) everyone acknowledges that the "Crimea/Sevastapol go back to Ukraine" and "Ukraine joins NATO" proposals are not just off the table, but they and the table itself have been moved to the basement and had a "Radioactive" sticker stuck on them.
“Crimean fantasies: A webcast.”, The Scrum
Biden weak, neocons in charge & ready to set Middle East on fire, The Duran
Crowding the Pacific & Pressuring China, Col. Ann Wright