After a heated war of words this week over Syria, signs this weekend are that Moscow's warning that any more bombings 'accidental' or deliberate of combined Syrian/Russian forces would result in the shoot down of American-led coalition aircraft has cooled off Washington's war hawks somewhat. Or more accurately, having exploited the Russian card with a politicized report from the intelligence community officially blaming Moscow for the 'hack' (insider leak, cough cough) of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Friday, it isn't clear whether the Obama Administration intends or needs a direct clash of arms in Syria before Election Day. However, the dark side or 'dirty Deep State' as with the Maidan snipers killings, the Odessa massacre in Ukraine or the false flag shoot down of MH17 in the Donbass may have other ideas...and could be preparing a nasty October Surprise.
The Russians have had enough of Washington's threats to attack Syrian Arab Army units -- while claiming they will avoid deliberately striking Russian forces stationed in the country. The Russian Ministry of Defense sent out Major General Igor Konashenkov on Thursday, October 6, 2016 to warn the 'hotheads' of the CIA and Pentagon, who have previously been accused by Moscow's Foreign Ministry of undermining peace talks between Sergey Lavrov and John Kerry, of several facts...
The Russia Analyst checked in with our contacts in the capital -- and they aren't seeing any signs on the streets of the drills RT and many other outlets are reporting as taking place across the Russian Federation that reportedly involve up to 40 million people. Nor have there been, as depicted in the trailer for the computer game Metro 2033, simulated crowds of people rushing to the Moscow Metro entrances in a rehearsal of getting underground before American nukes strike the city.
The number of participants as well as the scale of the civil defense exercises would seem greatly exaggerated -- but in the same way a bear getting on its hind legs and showing its claws and teeth is exaggerating its stature when it feels threatened. Russian state media and the Ministry of Defense continue repeating the '40 million people' number either as participants or nearby residents whose evacuation would be simulated on extensively replayed newscasts. The fact is Russia is continuing very real preparations to deter an American nuclear first strike as well as any attack on its forces in Syria.
The 'nothing to see here folks, move on' response of say Snopes.com is weak considering the insane 'U.S. can impose a no fly zone and destroy Russian S300/400 air defense systems and Moscow won't dare retaliate in Syria or elsewhere' rhetoric coming out of The Washington (Com)Post and neocon think tankers. As my friend The Saker writes this week, Moscow is more than capable of making the costs of U.S. military action against the legitimate Syrian government as well as Russian forces stationed in the country at Damascus request painfully high -- if not thermonuclear. Recall that Putin warned Bilderberg club member and Bloomberg editor in chief John Micklethwait several weeks back that Washington/NATO were risking a second Cuban Missile Crisis. That may be an implied threat that Moscow could send tactical nukes to its Kheimmim base in Syria just like it did to defend its outmanned and outgunned troops dispatched to Cuba in October 1962.
Like millions of other Americans the Russia Analyst has largely tuned out cable news, especially CNN - whose nickname of the 'Clinton News Network' is well deserved, as the #DNCLeaks once again revealed collusion between the Democrats and the incredibly shrinking channel that once dominated ratings in its early 1990s Soviet Union collapse and First Gulf War heyday.
However this five minute clip of New York University Prof. Stephen Cohen dismantling host Michael Smerconish's 'arguments' that Donald Trump is Putin's 'Siberian candidate' because The Donald wants to actually negotiate in good faith with the Russians like past presidents Kennedy, Nixon, Ford and Reagan did was far too important to ignore.
Speaking on the John B. Wells Caravan to Midnight program on June 20, 2016 (and in the terrestrially-broadcast CTM/Arc to Midnight recording published on YouTube June 26, 2016), Team Rogue Money's mentor W the Intelligence Insider referred to Putin's exasperated war warning to the (post)Western journalists present at last month's St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).
In his remarks, the Russian President pointed out that Washington lied about the threat of nuclear-tipped Iranian ballistic missiles and had used the non-existent threat from Iran as an excuse to build a missile defense shield in Europe that also had offensive applications. Naturally, the notion that the U.S. might strike first in a confrontation with Russia or risk a nuclear holocaust to prop up the dying fiat U.S. dollar system through war is not taken seriously by journalists who forgot NATO's aggression against two sovereign states, Serbia and Libya. But Putin was speaking directly to the American people and peoples of the world, not to presstitutes who either don't know or barely can fathom the global economic reset that's coming and what it will do to (post)Western institutions like the European Union and NATO.
It's been 75 years since the start of Operation Barbarossa, the all-out Nazi-led attack on the Soviet Union and the largest ground invasion in history. The invasion involving three and a half million men (including Nordic SS volunteers, Spanish fascists, Romanians, Hungarians and Italian Nazi allies) on a front stretching over a thousand miles from the Arctic to the Black Sea began at 4:15 a.m. Moscow time.
Tonight June 22nd hundreds of thousands in Russia, Belarus and likely some in the breakaway Donbass Donetsk and Lugansk republics will be watching this 2010 film, The Brest Fortress, about the heroic men who held out for eight days while being massively outnumbered and encircled by Hitler's Wehrmacht. While the number of troops NATO and its Ukrainian 'foreign legion' as Putin calls it are massing against ethnic Russians in Donbass and Russia's borders isn't anywhere close to three and a half million, history does not repeat but it 'rhymes'.
Turkey is officially denying Russian allegations that the NATO member Muslim country is preparing to invade the territory of its neighbor Syria. A Turkish “source” told CNN last week that the Russians are just trying to divert attention from civilians suffering under Moscow’s air strikes in support of the Syrian Arab Army’s ongoing offensive north of Aleppo.
Thursday night we watched a video expressing the Iraqi armed forces' growing in confidence as the result of Russian hardware and Iranian support -- and which expresses Baghdad's determination to liberate its territory from the Islamic State (and if necessary, their Turkish sponsors). The style of the footage and Dark Knight-style soundtrack reminded us of … Continue reading Iraqi Air Force Releases Russian MoD Style Video of Air Strikes on Daesh with Su-25 Jets; Iraqi Shi’a Parliamentarian Says U.S. Has Secret Plan to Impose a Sunnistan on Syraq with 100,000 Mostly Turkish/GCC Troops