The ‘monopolists’ of the world’s hegemony continue to pursue their cause, primarily through the manipulation of public opinion via mainstream media. Inessa S
You’ve seen them. They’re all around. Men and women – gray haired, wrinkled, some walking slowly, talking quietly – others alert and quite active.
Engaging, wise, kind and respectful – they’ve been around.
Give them more than a “hello” and you’re more than likely to be entertained, enchanted, enthralled, and maybe even a bit spellbound by their knowledge, their compassion, their moral courage, their fortitude, their stories and their love of others.
They’re our elderly citizens of the world, and most of them, well – they know. And some of them are even leaders of foreign countries – leaders who are not “monopolists”.
Vladimir Putin, somewhat elderly man that he is, and president of “that” country who in the eyes of the Western establishment media is backward, stupid, conniving, devious, brilliant (how else would one account for all their alleged hacking of elections past, present and future if they don’t possess some accelerated thought patterns) along with any other deplorable condition that Hillary Clinton can use to explain her election loss to a former TV reality show host, sat down with reporters from the French newspaper, Le Figaro, during his recent visit to Paris to eat a few baguettes, visit a church, and lest we forget, meet with the new darling of the premiere elite club in Paris, Emmanuel Macron.
We thought it wise to listen to this elder statesmen, especially since it will get zero media coverage here in the States. And we also thought, what the hell – why not provide some (probably unnecessary) commentary to a few of the issues and questions he raised.
(Vladimir Putin’s interview with Le Figaro, recorded on May 29 in Paris during the President’s visit to France. Excerpt follows with Putin’s responses to questions asked of him in italics)
- What interested me, from the recent NATO summit, is that they stated that they wished to improve relations with Russia. Why then increase the Defense budget? Who are you going to war against?
The U.S. military budget is $824.7 Billion for Fiscal Year 2018. Yes, we need defense but $824.7 Billion’s worth?
It’s not as if America doesn’t have more pressing needs. Quoting from the Washington Post – ” In the richest nation in the world, one in three kids live in poverty. Let that sink in.”
But when you’re dropping 72 bombs a day on foreign countries, a whopping 26,171 during 2016 alone, well, that Defense budget takes a priority over lives at home it appears.
- There are some internal contradictions there. You decide within NATO who should be paid and how much – we’re not worried about that. We look after our own defense capability, we do it well and with a vision for the future. We are assured in ourselves.
Indeed…and you should be…
Moscow has demonstrated with unequivocal force that the modernization of its armed forces, initiated by Putin 15 years ago, is rapidly closing the gap with western powers.
What most impresses observers is the efficiency of Russian actions in Syria. Moscow is clearly demonstrating a military doctrine that is coherent and consistent in developing all aspects of modern warfare in an equal and proportional way. – Federico Pieraccini – Russia-Insider.com
- For us, if you’ll forgive me, we consider that our partners in Europe and in the U.S., they carry out short-sighted politics. They don’t look a step ahead, there is no habit of doing that. It seems to have disappeared somewhere.
And there is another similar perspective from Bashar Hafez al-Assad, President of Syria – a country Washington invited itself into to drop a few thousand bombs and assist terrorists here, there and everywhere in his country.
“The American President has no policies. There are policies drawn by the American institutions which control the American regime which are the intelligence agencies, the Pentagon, the big arms and oil companies, and financial institutions, in addition to some other lobbies which influence American decision-making. The American President merely implements these policies, and the evidence is that when Trump tried to move on a different track, during and after his election campaign, he couldn’t. He came under a ferocious attack. As we have seen in the past few week, he changed his rhetoric completely and subjected himself to the terms of the deep American state, or the deep American regime. That’s why it is unrealistic and a complete waste of time to make an assessment of the American President’s foreign policy, for he might say something; but he ultimately does what these institutions dictate to him. This is not new. This has been ongoing American policy for decades.” – Assad of Syria – via informationclearinghouse.info
- I think we all desire safety, security, prosperity and cooperation – so don’t create the mythical Russian threat, some kind of hybrid wars and so on. First you invent it, then you scare yourselves and on this basis formulate policy. This kind of policy has no future – there is only a future in a policy of cooperation across all spheres, including security. The main security threat in the world today is what? Terrorism. They blow up Europe; in Paris, in Russia, in Belgium. There is a war in the Middle East. This is what we should be thinking about, but here we are debating the threat Russia poses.
Ah, but you underestimate the devious American establishment media. Concerned only with promoting the monopolists’ agenda – having fits when Americans think or behave in a way that isn’t politically correct – they demean the contrarian (or anyone else who doesn’t puppet their nonsense) at every step and push him or her to the brink with their insanity. They marginalize and outcast him. Indeed, it is what they want – an obedient and brainwashed clan of public slaves who will silently acquiesce to billions spent on continual wars, tolerate and even celebrate criminals in our government, ingest genetically modified foods sprayed with poisons, drink contaminated water, take prescribed pharmaceutical poisons that are promoted as healthy and never question – slaves who will bend the knee with every lie they tell. They are in business to cloud the minds, and at all costs, keep the truth locked away securely – so, for the time being, the MyCarthyism of Russia-gate fits nicely to keep the West knee-deep in cow plop and from working with Russia towards peace.
- After the Paris blast, a terrible tragedy, President Hollande came to visit us. Francois and I agreed on some mutual points of action. and so the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier approaches the shores of Syria. Then Francois leaves for Washington, and that’s it. The Charles de Gaulle turns around and leaves in the direction of the Suez Canal. That’s it. Our security cooperation with France ended before it began. So while France participates in the international coalition, it is headed by the U.S. Can you decide amongst yourselves who is more senior there, who has the power to speak? Who can do what? We are always ready. We’re open to cooperation.
But the United States and it’s Western partners are not open to cooperation and haven’t been since 1963.
“JFK was assassinated on November 22, 1963, as he approached the end of his third year in office. Researchers who spent years studying the evidence have concluded that President Kennedy was assassinated by a conspiracy between the CIA, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secret Service. (See, for example, JFK and the Unspeakable by James W. Douglass)
Kennedy entered office as a cold warrior, but he learned from his interaction with the CIA and Joint Chiefs that the military/security complex had an agenda that was self-interested and a danger to humanity. He began working to defuse tensions with the Soviet Union. His rejections of plans to invade Cuba, of the Northwoods project, of a preemptive nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, and his intention to withdraw from Vietnam after his reelection, together with some of his speeches signaling a new approach to foreign policy in the nuclear age (see for example, https://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/BWC7I4C9QUmLG9J6I8oy8w.aspx ), convinced the military/security complex that he was a threat to their interests. Cold War conservatives regarded him as naive about the Soviet Threat and a liability to US national security. These were the reasons for his assassination. These views were set in stone when Kennedy announced on June 10, 1963, negotiations with the Soviets toward a nuclear test ban treaty and a halt to US atmospheric nuclear tests.
The assassination of President Kennedy was an enormous cost to the world. Kennedy and Khrushchev would have followed up their collaboration in defusing the Cuban Missile Crisis by ending the Cold War long before the military/security complex achieved its iron grip on the US government. Israel would have been denied nuclear weapons, and the designation of the Israel Lobby as a foreign agent would have prevented Israel’s strong grip on the US government. In his second term, JFK would have broken the CIA into a thousand pieces, an intention he expressed to his brother, Robert, and the Deep State would have been terminated before it became more powerful than the President.
But the military/security complex struck first, and pulled off a coup that voided all these promises and terminated American democracy.
– Dr. Paul Craig Roberts – JFK at 100
Tragically, the “self-interest” of the CIA and military/security complex continues to this day.
- You know, I’m in communication with one U.S. president, and with the second, and with the third, presidents come and go but the politics remain the same. Do you know why that is? Because the bureaucracy has a lot of power. So, a person is elected, he comes with his ideas. Then people with briefcases come to visit him – well dressed, in dark suits kind of like mine. Except instead of a red tie, it’s black or navy. And then they explain what to do and the whole rhetoric changes, you see? This happens from one administration to the next.
Men in dark suits with briefcases (monopolists) may continue to run the current administration and all administrations to come given the absolute insane level of deviant, illogical thought here in the States, mainly from our media and political class. Mock beheadings of a president, safe spaces, Russia-gate, the never-ending war on terror, the neglect of the poor and homeless in our own country, the attempted shut down of free speech by the establishment press, Hollywood idiot savants, and a political establishment who, for the most part, are in a perpetual state of arrested development do not bode well for the future of this country or for the whole of humanity.
Thankfully, Russia continues to resist.
And more from Mr. Putin via the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) 2017
Some politicians place us (Russia) into the same category as ISIS, with terrorism; in the Baltics, they’ve started to suspect the children’s carton, “Masha and the Bear”, as being part of Russia’s “hybrid war”. How long do you think this will go on for?
- A multipolar world is emerging. The monopolists don’t like this. Monopolies, as is known, are not a good thing. But monopolies will always defend it, in all spheres of life. Some time ago, our partners in certain countries, or in a group of countries, began to attempt to contain Russia. They utilized methods that were contrary to the principles of international law, including measures of economic character. Now they see that it hasn’t worked, the result is zero. This causes them some internal frustration, while the desire to achieve their goals remains. This is counterproductive and harms every party. Sure, it causes us a little hardship, but in the end it harms everyone that carries out such politics. In my view, I think that realization is slowly setting in. We are seeing some changes to the situation, for the better.
We are aware that Russia is expanding its military potential into Russia on the Iturup and Kunashir islands (Kuril Islands) which is concerning.
- When it comes to our expansion of military potential in Russia’s Far East, and on the Kurils in particular – this is not on Russia’s initiative. In the same way as on the other side of the world, in Europe…NATO bases are moving closer to our Eastern borders, their infrastructure is closing in, their personnel increase – what are we suppose to do, just watch it unfold? As if there is nothing we can do? No – it’s not going to be that way. We react in the measure necessary. I’m the only one who talks about this – everyone else again is silent. As if you all don’t understand what I’m talking about. You all know full well – why are you silent? You are all silent! The situation is worsening; it is encouraging an arms race. It creates a new spiral, this is an absolutely obvious thing. We’re always thinking – how are we going to respond? We must constantly modernize our systems of anti-missle defenses. This is the spiral of an arms race…it’s the same on the islands. We’re thinking about how to guarantee safety. I disagree that we unilaterally, by our own initiative militarize the islands. No, this is just the necessary response to that which is happening in the region.
You can watch a video of the excerpted interview with Le Figaro here:
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Video of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum can be listened to here:
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