Before a man speaks it is always safe to assume that he is a fool. After he speaks, it is seldom necessary to assume it. – H.L. Mencken
Speaking today at the American Enterprise Institute, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley insisted that President Trump could freely declare Iran in violation of the P5+1 nuclear deal whenever he wanted. She didn’t say he necessarily would. – via antiwar.com
If one could imagine American politicians never uttering a syllable…one might conclude (probably after a night of binge drinking followed by strange and unresolved dreams) that said politicians are upstanding, stalwart, fine thinking individuals…after all, they can dress themselves, sometimes even fairly well, each morning – and probably without the aide of a valet. Such talent!
Yet every so often, we get treated to a gem…(and, of course, it isn’t from the typical American politico nutjob!)
“It is difficult to talk to people who confuse Austria and Australia. But there is nothing we can do about this; this is the level of political culture among part of the American establishment. As for the American people, America is truly a great nation if the Americans can put up with so many politically uncivilised people.” ~ Vladimir Putin
Ah yes! The delightfully satirically twisted yet diplomatic barb.
Obviously, one is left to conclude from Mr. Putin’s wonderful zinger that America is indeed a great nation, for the mind-boggling numbers of politically uncivilized members of the establishment we elect into office each year, decade and century is as many as the number of M&M’s produced each day. (Answer for inquiring minds: 400 million)
Granted, Mr. Putin’s remarks will not endear him to the American lunatics that have been voted into office century after century, begging the question, are Americans really that smart? Like the never-ending question of whether God abandoned Earth and his creation in favor of other universes where his masterpieces learned and practiced the simple values of respect, truth, and love of each other, is up for debate.
The reasons for the West’s (media, government) hatred for Mr. Putin can also be debated. Although, just as predictable as pharmaceutical commercials on Fox News, one can safely assume that the jackals in the American establishment could never, ever tolerate a leader/country that opposed its practiced principles of wars, regime change and ignoring the needs of its citizens.
This global stand-off pushed the sharpest economic and social problems to the margins of the international community’s and the world’s agenda. And, just like any war, the Cold War left us with live ammunition, figuratively speaking. I am referring to ideological stereotypes, double standards and other typical aspects of Cold War bloc thinking.
The unipolar world that had been proposed after the Cold War did not take place either.
The history of humanity certainly has gone through unipolar periods and seen aspirations to world supremacy. And what hasn’t happened in world history?
However, what is a unipolar world? However one might embellish this term, at the end of the day it refers to one type of situation, namely one centre of authority, one centre of force, one centre of decision-making.
It is world in which there is one master, one sovereign. And at the end of the day this is pernicious not only for all those within this system, but also for the sovereign itself because it destroys itself from within. – via Washingtonpost.com
Putin’s Prepared Remarks at 43rd Munich Conference on Security Policy
Monday, February 12, 2007
Is there an American politician that could understand such ideals? Maybe a couple – most are too busy serving up one guano sandwich after another to their constituents.
If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner. – H.L. Mencken
Sticking with the Russian theme of this dispatch, we offer the following excerpt of the final couple of minutes of a magnificent performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. For those who want to listen to the work in its entirety, it can be listened to here.
For maximum sensory pleasure – headphones on with volume cranked!
Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto, Op. 35 | Janine Jansen, Paavo Järvi [HD]
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