Russian Orthodox patriarchs blessing penguins. Astronaut heroes getting air-lifted out. Secretaries of State showing up for the tour. Heirs to thrones joining expeditions. Just when did Antarctica become the new hot vacation destination? 70 years ago this week, the Pentagon went there too.
The Russia Analyst doesn't have much to add to this farcical story about the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomatic personnel (whether official cover spies or not) from the U.S., or the expected persona non grata'ing of 35 Americans from the Russian Federation this weekend. Other than sending our U.S. passport to the Embassy via FedEx, we've had no interactions with anyone at 2650 Wisconsin Avenue, NW in the over a decade we've been visiting Russia.
Nonetheless, we do want to say the following: we think President Donald J. Trump's low key response, agreeing to see any actual classified evidence in a briefing next week while calling on the U.S. to move on from (re-litigating and trying to cast doubt on the legitimacy of) the election, is the right one. With barely three weeks left to engage in what others agree with us is a preemptive soft coup against Trump's promised foreign policy before he takes office, we expect Russian retaliation to be limited to tit for tat expulsions and complaining. Going beyond that, into actively sanctioning Langley employees and naming CIA agents involved in either the overthrow of the legitimate Ukrainian government in February 2014, or more nefarious operations involving those American-made TOW missiles that 'accidentally' wound up in ISIS hands may only deepen the chill of Cold War 2.0. Which is precisely what Obama's handlers apparently wanted from these eleventh hour executive orders...
This is an open thread to discuss the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov on Monday December 19 by a reported (ex?) Turkish police officer, Mevlut Mert Altintas, in Ankara.
The Russia Analyst was saddened but not surprised by the news that the infamous Turkish Deep State and its not so hidden backers, humiliated by the defeat of their jihadi proxies in Aleppo, would create a provocation to sabotage the negotiations between the Kremlin and the turd in the hummus bowl, aka Anatolian dictator Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. However, we were expecting an incident similar to the shoot down of the SU-24 bomber by allegedly rogue, Gulenist-inspired elements of the Turkish military last November, not the assassination of a Russian chief of diplomatic mission on camera. The brazenness of the attack and the killer's rant about Aleppo as well as making the single finger salute of ISIS and other assorted jihadist terrorists in Syria before he was (conveniently) shot dead by police have already fueled speculation in Moscow as to who or what forces are ultimately behind the perp...
As the Russia Analyst, V and the team of contributors predicted here at RogueMoney, the push by Big Hollywood B and C list actors, George Soros (G)NGOs and the Democrats' presstitute propaganda machine failed miserably. These once mighty and now collapsing legacy media forces could not persuade all but a tiny majority of Electoral College delegates to change their vote. In the end on December 19th only two Republican delegates from Texas, one of them (Chris Suprun) an accused 9/11 stolen valor case and general sleazebag, followed through on threats not to back Trump.
On the Democratic side, the efforts by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's daughter Christine Pelosi to make electors switch their votes or demand an intelligence briefing on Russia's alleged hacking of the election before following through backfired. In yet another sign of just how many millions of Democrats couldn't stand the entitled 'it's my turn' Hillary, four Washington State delegates wrote in Colin Powell and Faith Spotted Eagle of the Yankton Sioux Nation. One Dem delegate from Hawaii backed Bernie Sanders, the Vermont socialist that Hillary blames Russian hackers and Wikileaks for exposing how she cheated out of the Democratic nomination. Another Democrat from Maine tried to back Bernie only to be told he could not do so by law in his state.
Before anyone gets too excited about the snowball's chance in hell of a successful electoral college putsch against Donald John Trump on Monday, it's worth looking back at other #FakeNews courtesy of the dying legacy media. Such as...independent (neo)conservative candidate' Evan McMullin was TIED with Trump in the Beehive State of Utah. Does anyone remember that anymore, or did it get buried under all those 'Trump has no chance/Hillary is unbeatable' pronouncements on CNN and (P)MSNBC?
On Monday, December 19 U.S. electoral college electors will convene at their respective state capitols across the country to cast their votes for president. There is almost zero evidence, despite massive and overwhelmingly favorable legacy media coverage of those electors demanding a briefing from the CIA on alleged Russian hacking support for Trump, that 37 Republicans of the 306 electoral votes pledged to the Trump-Pence ticket will abstain or support someone else, sending the contest to the GOP-led U.S. House of Representatives. In theory, if the election were sent to the U.S. House, GOP Representatives could support someone besides Mr. Trump -- but they probably couldn't do it without facing the justified wrath of the voters who sent them to Washington.
So the question remains what's the game afoot here? Mr. Trump's spokesmen and women such as Kellyanne Conway have already provided the answer: to de-legitimize president elect Trump as 'Putin's puppet'. Yet Hillary Clinton already made that argument and lost in humiliating fashion.
What Trump's official spokesmen won't say on the cable networks is what his unofficial ally Roger J. Stone will tell Infowars listeners: part of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have decided they can dictate policy to the president elect...if not to what Hillary Clinton called the 'deplorables' who put him into office. But the spooks who think they can override team Trump and through their super hawk buddies in Congress, block any significant shift in American foreign policy from the dead end of the last three administrations had better remember this: the U.S. is not Ukraine, whose weak government they easily overthrew in February 2014. Unlike the Berkut riot police whose commanders were suborned through bribery with the remainder swept away by violent activists spearheading a larger protest movement, the USA's got plenty of people in and outside of government ready to fight back against a coup...
Twas the Wednesday before the electoral college convened on December 19th, and all through the White House, not a creature was stirring, except for the click of a mouse. Still stinging from the humiliation of his former Secretary of State and legacy being rejected by an electoral majority on November 8th, Barack Hussein Obama decided the least he and his CIA handlers could do is try to screw up Donald Trump's promised detente with Russia. Whether they will succeed in this effort, or like so many things Obama's anti-Midas touch has applied to, it'll turn to crap is the question on the mind of the Russia Analyst.
While the legacy media express howls of outrage that the president elect of the United States would dare express open skepticism if not contempt for Langley's assessment that the Russian Federation hacked the election in favor of Trump, it's fair to ask what would happen if The Donald accepted the unnamed CIA analysts' assessment. What president elect in his right mind would accept the argument that he was only taking office due to the intervention of a foreign power, particularly when the impact of the alleged rather than conclusively proven hacking by this foreign government is admitted by Trump's fiercest critics like former CIA agent Evan McMullin to be un-quantifiable?
The Russia Analyst collates the latest legacy media BS about the Russians hacking the election to tilt it towards Trump -- despite The Donald winning 62.8 million voters and 306 electoral votes -- and #NeverTrump fanatics pushing an Electoral College coup. V and Producer CJ take it all apart in Monday December 12th's Mornings With V. -- JWS
Tinfoil hat for me #NeverTrump er and Clinton News Network hack, but not for thee pro-Trump peasant. Aided by anonymous CIA leaks that can't be backed up on the record, the dying legacy media goes bonkers trying to undermine Trump and any U.S.-Russia detente without presenting any actual evidence to the American people. - JWS
The Empire -- or its Saudi Arabia-n and Qatari foreign legion with some wink and nod help from the dirty deep state in 'the (post)West' -- has struck back. After whining for weeks about the Syrian Arab Army grinding down Washington and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)'s special snowflake jihadists and vastly exaggerating the number of east Aleppans held hostage by the same, the lame duck Obama Administration has admitted the proxy battle for Aleppo is lost. Yet hundreds of kilometers to the south, in the desert oasis city of Palmyra, ISIS has struck back without a single documented U.S. led coalition air strike to check its advance. Just like when ISIL conquered the city in 2015, executing its archaeologist in residence while pillaging priceless civilizational heritage, and Obama didn't permit a damned thing to be bombed near the Daeshbags.
Robert Ford, the terrorist empowering former American Ambassador to Syria, and neocon Daeshbag propaganda specialist Michael D. Weiss of The Daily Beast can scarcely contain their glee. Of course, since taking Palmyra seems to be easier than holding it in a valley surrounded by open deserts, the end result is likely to be hundreds of barbecued ISIS terrorists once the Russians, who had pulled out of the city two days before it fell, return with a couple of TOS-1 Buratino air bursting rocket flamethrowers.