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Saturday, 6 January 2018

6 January 2018. Statista Infographic. Global Nuclear Arsenal on 17 February 2017

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Both the Trumpkin Munchkins and the Clintonista Stepford Wives are raising a holy stink about the DPRK’s nuclear capability. Earth to neoliberal scumtickets:

The DPRK doesn’t have a significant nuclear capability. It doesn’t even have a minor nuclear capability. It has produced material for warheads, but intel proves that they don’t have enough for more than 10-20 low-yield weapons. It hasn’t produced a survivable re-entry vehicle for a tactical missile, let alone a MRBM or ICBM.

That is, Trump’s histrionics are nothing more but him taking out his gazoo and claiming, “My dick is bigger than your dick is!” The Clintonista clucking on the issue amounts to the same juvenile thing.  By the way… do note that the USA isn’t numero uno on this chart… Russia is. Hmm… Russia DOES have the DPRK’s back. The truth is an interesting thing, isn’t it?

BMD

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Russians Feeling Increasingly Negative Toward USA… Americans’ Distrust of Russia Grows

00 Carlos Latuff. Russia and China Veto against US Intervention in Syria. 2012

Russia and China Veto against US Intervention in Syria

Carlos Latuff

2012

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On Tuesday, a new survey showed that, over the past few months, Russians felt more negative towards the USA, and they now view it more pessimistically than at any other point in more than four years. The state-run all-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM) said in an online statement that 35 percent of respondents to the poll, conducted on 24-25 August, said that  they felt “generally poor” or “very poor” about America, compared with 30 percent who felt that way in February. Overall, currently, Russians feel the most negative about America since September 2008, a month after Russia fought a short war against Georgia, whose president had close ties with the USA. The current overall sentiment, though, is more comparable to that of 2009, when the USA and Russia marked a “reset” in bilateral relations. Still, at present, 46 percent of Russians hold a positive view of America, adding that the figure comprised mostly young adults and residents of big cities. The people with the most negative perception of the USA were respondents from small towns or those over the age of 45.

Whilst attitudes toward the USA generally soured, perceptions of bilateral relations stayed relatively the same over the course of this year. The August poll questioned 1,600 Russian residents across 42 regions. Criticism of the USA increased in Russia following America’s push last month to carry out a military strike on Syria in response to allegations that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on civilians during its civil war. The US House of Representatives was days away from voting on whether to approve a strike on Syria… a measure that had already been green-lighted by the US Senate… when Russia backed a deal to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control. After the Syrian government formally agreed to the handover, US President Barack Obama asked Congress to delay its vote to allow time for the transfer to be complete. Officially, the transfer has a November deadline.

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A poll published this week shows that Americans’ distrust of Russia increased over the past year, and their confidence in Syria is almost nonexistent, which means few Americans expect the deal hammered out by American and Russian diplomats to get Damascus to give up its chemical weapons will amount to much. the poll conducted by the Pew Research Center found that the number of Americans expressing a fair amount to a great deal of trust in Russia fell from 33 percent in 2012 to 24 percent this year, whilst more than two-thirds of Americans… 68 percent… said that they have little if any trust in Russia. Last year, 60 percent of Americans told Pew pollsters they didn’t trust Russia. According to the poll, Americans have the same level of distrust for Russia as they have for Saudi Arabia, and they trust Russia slightly less than they do China. Syria wasn’t included in last year’s Pew poll, but Americans responded in the single digits when asked this year if they trusted the Middle Eastern country… just 8 percent said that they had a fair amount or great deal of trust for Syria, while 85 percent said that they had little confidence in Damascus.

However, when asked if they approved of President Obama’s decision to hold off on military strikes against Syria and seek a diplomatic solution instead, two-thirds of Americans… 67 percent… said yes and 23 percent said no. A majority of Americans (57 percent) were doubtful that Syria would actually give up control of its chemical weapons in response to the diplomatic efforts that culminated in a deal struck in Genève last week after tense negotiations between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Syria’s chemical arsenal. The deal sets a tough timeline for Syria to submit to the international community an inventory of its chemical weapons and details on where they’re stored, and calls for international inspectors to be on the ground in Syria by November, when the first phase of destruction of components used to make Syria’s chemical weapons is set to begin. The agreement stipulated that Syria must remove or destroy all chemical weapons components by the middle of next year, which also calls for tough penalties if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fails to comply with it. Obama said that the USA “remains prepared to act” militarily in the event that diplomacy should fail, but 37 percent of Americans told Pew that they’d back military intervention if the deal fell apart, and 49 percent said that they were against a possible American strike on Syria.

A separate poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News came up with similar results, with 48 percent of Americans saying that they’d be against American military intervention in Syria if the deal reached by Kerry and Lavrov were to fall apart, and 44 percent saying that the US Congress had to approve the use of military force against Syria if diplomacy fails. Meanwhile, only 4 percent of respondents to The PostABC poll said that they were “very confident” that Syria would give up all of its chemical weapons, while 68 percent were “not at all” or “not so” confident, and 26 percent were only somewhat confident that Damascus would comply with the deal. Both polls were conducted by telephone from 12-15 September, with Pew interviewing 1,002 American adults and the Washington Post-ABC poll surveying 1,004. The polls came out at the same time as a survey in Russia found that Russians feel more negative about the USA following Washington’s push last month to launch a military strike on Syria in response to allegations that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons on civilians during its civil war. The state-run all-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM) said in an online statement that 35 percent of respondents to the Russian poll, conducted on 24-25 August, said that they felt “generally poor” or “very poor” about America, compared with 30 percent who felt that way in February.

17 September 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://www.en.rian.ru/world/20130917/183525863/Russians-Feeling-Increasingly-Negative-Toward-US–Poll.html

http://www.en.rian.ru/world/20130917/183531363/Americans-Distrust-of-Russia-Grows-Poll.html

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Syrian Oppos Seek Ban on Assad Using Air Strikes Against “Populated Areas”

00 Toddler Tantrum. 29.11.12

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On Sunday, al Arabiya reported that the Syrian opposition demanded that the international community impose a ban on the use of airpower in urban areas by Syrian government forces, in addition to a chemical weapons ban. Quoting the opposition statement, the report stated, “The Syrian National Coalition insists that the prohibition of chemical weapons, the use of which left more than 1,400 civilians dead, be extended to the use of ballistic missiles and aircraft against urban areas”.

On Saturday, after weeks of intense diplomacy and almost three days of talks in Genève between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his American counterpart John Kerry, the USA and Russia reached a landmark deal  that’d see all chemical weapons in war-torn Syria brought under international control and destroyed by mid-2014. Russia and the USA also reached a consensus on the quantity and types of chemical weapons in Syria. A White House official told AFP that Syria’s chemical weapons… including mustard gas, Sarin, and precursors… are stored at 45 facilities and amount to 1,000 tons. Saturday evening, internationally, both governments and NGOs welcomed the deal. The Syrian opposition criticised the agreement as a “blow” to the uprising to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power. On Saturday, Foreign Minister Lavrov said that the USA would continue its diplomatic efforts to bring Syrian opposition forces to a planned international peace conference in Genève.

15 September 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://www.en.rian.ru/world/20130915/183463033/Syrias-Opposition-Seeks-Ban-on-Regimes-Air-Power.html

Editor’s Note:

This is cheekishness of the highest order. The Syrian oppos failed to trigger intervention with their chemical weapons provocation, so, now, they’re trying to label the use of airpower against “urban areas” (oh, how vague) as criminal. If such is so, the USA and the UK would be guilty of war crimes for using air power against “urban areas” in Bosnia, Serbia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Pakistan… and that’s only since 1991! Bomber Harris and Curtis LeMay are turning in their graves. Obama may try to run with this, but not too seriously… he doesn’t want to hurt his political cred for the battle over the ACA, which matters MUCH more to him than the fate of the ragtag Syrian oppos. All indicators seem to point to Assad keeping power… that’s what a leaked BND document predicted… and Germans aren’t known for being slouches and unobservant.

It looks like it was all Inside the Beltway Kabuki of the finest vintage, meant to occupy the dead space in the news cycle until Congress got back to town. Any road, that’s how Obama’s going to spin it in backroom Capitol Hill circles. After all, the real winner in all of this was Vova… he’s STILL “The Terminator” (“I’ll be back”… and he was, kids, wasn’t he?).

One last thing… all of the late kafuffle proved that John Boehner and John McCain were willing to vote for massive funds for war… whilst screaming that the budget needs trimming. Methinks that shows them hypocrites as well as warmongers. However, watch all the “Pro-Lifers” drool over them… shitbirds of a feather do flock together, so, what does that tell you? Ponder that…

BMD

Friday, 13 September 2013

13 September 2013. NO WAR IN SYRIA!

00 What Obama Sees... 13.09.13

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The neocons and Interventionists in the USA are spoilt children… if they’re not given adulation… constantly and in public… they peevishly turn on and attack their interlocutors. I do notice some similarities in American aggression over the last twenty years… Federal Yugoslavia was socialistIraq was socialist… Libya was socialist… and Iran and Afghanistan are theocracies. You’ll note that all of them chose systems not based on the CrapitalistFree Market“. Hmm… Syria is socialist, too! Methinks that I see the REAL reason for the Corporate Media beating the war drums. The Koch brothers and their ilk hate socialism… and wish to destroy it wherever it exists. However, VVP is stopping them… and there’s nothing left in the cupboard to stop him. This angers the One Percent… and their high dudgeon is visible on CNN and Fox News. That’s why Christiane Amanpour and Bill O’Reilly hate him… he stands in the way of their oligarch paymasters and puppeteers. This is GOOD news…

Can we dare hope?

BMD

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