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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

10 September 2014. American Far Right Website Claims that Russian Sub Patrolled Undetected “For a Month” Near US Base

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Editor:

A Cabineteer said that this one is from 2012. No matter… it’s TRUE! In all particulars. It was an election year, and Cornyn hasn’t changed his spots, so, everything said is still legit. In fact, since Cornyn hasn’t changed his views in the face of reality, it means that it not only is still relevant, it gives all concerned a warning about Mr Cornyn… remember, he’s a Chicken Hawk and a gun nutter to boot… a coward who CHOSE not to serve. Great stuff, eh?

BMD

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File this one under “Modern Fairy Tales”. Read this. It’s a howler! RT’s on the up and square… it shows that the Washington Free Beacon is a nasty-ass lying sack o’ shit. Note what’s claimed… a Russian nuclear sub was patrolling in the Gulf of Mexico undetected for more than a month. If no one detected it, well, how can we be sure that it was there for a month? It may have been there just for a day, or a week, or for six weeks… if no one detected it, how can we know how long that it was there? Besides, if the sub went undetected, how could we even know that this notional ship was even there? That’s Fallacy Number One.

Note what the clueless Texas Republican said:

It’s a confounding situation arising from a lack of leadership in our dealings with Moscow. While the president is touting our supposed “reset” in relations with Russia, Vladimir Putin is actively working against American interests, whether it’s in Syria or here in our own backyard.

No one has spoken of the reset for YEARS. I’ve not heard talk of it for at least two, if not three. In other words, Cornyn is appealing to clueless Yahoo Know Nothing baggers. It’s an election year, so, all sorts of rot gets spouted by all sorts of pols on both sides of the aisle. I’d observe that Mr Cornyn has no private means to find out how long the Russian sub was near the American coast. How does he know how long that it was there? Actually, I think that he got his intel from a Far Right navy officer who leaked classified dope… in other words, the sub wasn’t undetected, and the officer who spilt the beans is a criminal who belongs in the slam for leaking sensitive military intel to a loudmouthed pol. Cornyn belongs in the slam for publicising classified naval intel (for sub spottings are indeed such). SOP is NOT to admit that you’ve detected someone… that’s to not tip-off the other side that you know what they’re doing. So, this wasn’t only illegal, it was abysmally stupid… but then again, we’re talking of Tea Party Evangelical Republicans, aren’t we? That’s Fallacy Number Two.

To speak bluntly, American and Russian subs have operated near each other’s coasts for DECADES. Earth to baggers… this is nothing new. American subs operate near Polyarny… Russian subs operate near Kings Bay… both sides know it, both sides have patrols out in consequence, and both sides do their best to stay out of the other’s territorial waters. THIS IS SOP… THIS IS NAVAL DOCTRINE FOR BOTH SIDES… THIS IS AS OLD AS THE HILLS. Only a Far Right schmidiot publication like the Washington Free Beacon could fall for this one. That’s Fallacy Number Three!

The Ump cries, “Yer out!”… as the Mighty Cornyn heads for the showers, defeated yet again by stubborn facts. It certainly speaks to the veracity level of Matt Continetti (the editor of the Free Beacon), doesn’t it? He worked for Rich Lowry, which means that he has the same (non-existent) standards… do recall how Lowry claimed that the junta was winning the Ukrainian Civil War when Taruta was fleeing Mariupol in a helicopter and as the VSN was retaking much territory from the junta forces in the August Offensive. He’s also Bill Kristol’s son-in-law… we all know Kristol, don’t we? Shitbirds of a feather DO flock together. Continetti is another gutless yellow Chicken Hawk… that’s par for the course for the warmongering Far Right, isn’t it? He screams for war, yet he cowardly refused to serve, himself. Cornyn is another Gutless Coward in the mould of Richard Cheney… he refused to serve, too… but he screams for war and stumps for “gun rights” (he’s also corrupt in the usual Texas way, receiving 3 separate state and local government pensions in addition to his Senate salary). Great bunch, eh?

A note for Orthodox people… perspirin’ minds wanna know if Potapov, Paffso, and Webster (the Unholy Trinity of the District) have ties with this scabrous lot… I’d betcha that they are…

BMD

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Russia Rejects US Allegations on Arms Deliveries to Syria

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On Wednesday, Russia dismissed claims by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that it was selling attack helicopters to Syria and it accused the USA of double standards on Middle East arms deliveries. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told journalists after talks in the Iranian capital of Tehran, “Right now, we’re completing the implementation of contracts that were signed and paid for a long time ago. All these contracts exclusively concern anti-aircraft defences. We aren’t delivering to Syria, or anywhere else, items that one could use against peaceful demonstrators. In this, we differ from the USA, which regularly delivers riot control equipment to the region, including a recent delivery to a Persian Gulf country. However, for some reason, the Americans consider this to be fine”.

On Tuesday, Clinton told a forum in Washington that Moscow’s repeated assurances that the arms it supplies to Syria couldn’t be used to attack protesters in the Middle East country were “patently untrue”. She added, without giving further details, “We’re concerned about the latest information we have that there are attack helicopters on the way from Russia to Syria”. Clinton also warned that such supplies would “escalate the conflict quite dramatically”. Later, Pentagon spokesman Captain John Kirby said, “We know that the Assad régime is using helicopter gunships against their own people”. However, he also said that he had no information on a new shipment of attack helicopters from Russia to Syria.

Syria’s one of Russia’s major weapons clients, and Moscow opposed proposals for an arms embargo on Damascus, saying this would give rebel forces an unfair advantage in the conflict. Russia… along with China… has also twice vetoed UN resolutions against Damascus over what it says is a pro-rebel bias. However, Moscow fully backs UN envoy Kofi Annan’s faltering peace plan for Syria. On Tuesday, Russian military experts suggested that Moscow might be repairing earlier-supplied helicopters for Syria, rather than providing Damascus with new models. Andrei Frolov, editor of Arms Exports, said, “There were large-scale deliveries of attack helicopters to Syria in the Soviet era. The last deliveries of Russian helicopters took place at the start of the 1990s. There’s no information about new contracts for the delivery of attack helicopters. This might be a case of the repair or possible modernisation of earlier-delivered machines”. Mikhail Barabanov, the editor of Moscow Defence, said the helicopters possibly being repaired in Russia might be Soviet-era “Mi-24 or Mi-17” models.

Clinton was answering a question on the Pentagon’s purchase of Russian helicopters for the Afghan military ahead of a pull-out by US troops. US Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) {Mr Cornyn is one of the most retrograde members of the Congress, a supporter of GWB-like rapacity and warmongering: editor}, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta earlier this week calling Rosoboronexport “an enabler of mass murder in Syria” and called for sanctions against the company. Pentagon spokesman George Little said Washington “understood” Cornyn’s concerns, but said the helicopters involved were the best option to allow Afghan forces to “take on their own fights inside their own country”. In late May, members of Human Rights First, a US-based advocacy group, announced that a Russian ship allegedly carrying weapons had docked at the Syrian port of Tartus, which hosts a Russian naval base.

The UN estimates that at least 9,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. However, on Wednesday, Syria hit out at comments by UN’s peacekeeping chief Hervé Ladsous, who said the crisis in the country had now descended into “civil war”. The Syria Foreign Ministry said in a statement that its forces were fighting armed groups responsible for “killings, kidnappings and other terrorist acts”.

13 June 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20120613/174007332.html

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