Sunday, December 21, 2014

US Attempted Color Revolution in Russia?

US Attempted Color Revolution in Russia?

by Stephen Lendman

America seeks unipolar/New World Order dominance. All nations bowing to its will. Russia is in the eye of the storm. 

Longstanding US policy calls for regime change. Eliminating its sovereign independence.

Replacing it with pro-Western stooge governance. Puppet rule Washington controls. Color revolutions are a US specialty.

Tactics developed earlier. Through years of trial and error. Largely perfected. Successful most often.

Twice ousting sitting Ukrainian governments. Ordinary people lost out both times. Much more so now than earlier. In 2004.

US-installed neo-Nazi fascists run things today. Destroying fundamental freedoms. Waging dirty war on their own people. 

Impoverishing an entire nation. Bankrupting it. Goading Russia irresponsibly. Risking open conflict. With full US support and encouragement.

Color revolutions mask dark intentions. Ordinary people are manipulated like pawns. The usual suspects are involved.

Including CIA elements. The National Endowment of Democracy (NED). International Republican Institute (IRI). National Democratic Institute (NDI). 

USAID. Freedom House. Soros Foundation. Anti-democracy NGOs. Right-wing think tanks. Various corporate groups. More below on how color revolutions work.

Russia is mindful of America's intentions. Putin blamed illegal sanctions and manipulated oil prices for Russia's economic woes.

"They will always try to chain the bear," he said. "And once it's chained, they'll rip out its teeth and claws." 

"They'll stuff it. And start to put their hands on its Taiga (Siberian forest belt). We've heard statements from Western officials that Russia owning Siberia (isn't) fair.”

Today's problem is that US-led Western nations "refuse to stop. They think they have won." 

They want Russia co-opted. Contained. Isolated. Weakened. Decapitated. Controlled. Balkanized. Plundered. 

"Do we want relations on an equal basis," asked Putin? "Yes, we do, but on the condition that our national interests are respected, in the sphere of security and in the sphere of economy."

Peace requires building common humanitarian space. Not walls, he stressed. "Russia pays the cost of remaining a nation, a civilization and a state."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commented on 2014 events. Saying relations with Western countries "reached the point (where) goodwill gestures (don't) produce required results."

Russia is irresponsibly blamed for Ukrainian crisis conditions, said Lavrov. Illegal sanctions are imposed.

"We have repeatedly stressed that attempts to speak to Russia using the language of ultimatums is totally unacceptable and will yield no results," Lavrov stressed.

"(I)n cases when governments of some countries try to isolate Moscow, Russia will actively foster cooperation, strengthen business, humanitarian, scientific, educational and cultural ties."

"Our country is pursuing a multi-vector foreign policy…" Approved by Putin in 2013. 

"We are ready to develop mutual and equal relations with all those who show an oncoming willingness to do that." 

"Putin has repeatedly stated that interaction with the Asia-Pacific region is a strategic priority for us throughout the 21 century, and that Russia, as an Asia-Pacific power, will take full advantage of the enormous potential of the region's rapid development, including the development of the Far East and Eastern Siberia."

"…(E)very nation has the inalienable right to self-determination and the sovereign right to choose its own path of development." Russia respects this choice.

Containment wasn't "invented yesterday. (E)very time someone thinks that Russia becomes too strong," policies to contain it are implemented.

"Problems in our relations with the US had started to accrue before the Ukrainian crisis, what is more - not through our fault."

"The White House has set a course for confrontation, blaming Russia for all sins in connection with the Ukrainian crisis that they had provoked to a significant extent."

"Washington wound down bilateral dialogue" on numerous issues. "(A)ttempts to isolate some (world) leaders impose one’s own unilateral recipes from a position of 'exceptionalism.' which the US has taken, is futile."

"(T)alking with Russia from a position of strength is futile." Russophobia rages today.

US-led NATO "continues its course toward containing Russia. Steps are taken to strengthen (its) military capacity at Russia's borders."

Hostile actions stoke tensions. Undermine stability. Risk conflict. Obama irresponsibly includes Russia on his list of global threats.

US policies include NATO's increased Eastern European presence. Provocative military exercises close to Russia's borders.

Thousands of missions near its airspace. American ships in Black Sea waters. 

US-manipulated oil wars. Targeting Russia's economy. Weakening it. Making it scream. Hammering the ruble.

On December 19, Obama embargoed Russia's Republic of Crimea. Illegally.

By executive order "prohibit(ing) the export of goods, technology, or services to Crimea and prohibits the import of goods, technology, or services from Crimea, as well as new investments in Crimea."

(A)uthoriz(ing) the Secretary of the Treasury to impose sanctions on individuals and entities operating in Crimea." 

Russia's Foreign Ministry called his action "politicized discrimination." Against Russia and its people.

On December 20, Zero Hedge reported federal Judge Arthur Schwab ruling Obama's executive orders "unconstitutional." In a  deportation case. Schwab saying:

"President Obama’s unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the United States Constitution as well as the Take Care Clause, and therefore, is unconstitutional."

A previous article said rule by executive order diktats raises questions. No constitutional authority permits them. 

Other than stating "executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America (Article 2, Section 1)."

Abused by bypassing Congress. "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives (Article 1, Section 1.)."

Constitutional checks and balances prevent empowering one governmental branch over another.

Diktat power reflects tyranny. Not how democracy is supposed to work. In America, it's pure fantasy. None whatever exists.

Washington's anti-Russian "Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 (UFSA) authorizes lethal aid for Ukraine. Including heavy weapons. 

More sanctions on Russia. Intensified US propaganda. Through Voice of America. Radio Free Europe. Radio Liberty. 

Washington's global propaganda bullhorn. Suppressing hard truths. Featuring Big Lies. Turning reality on its head.

Obama may be headed for direct confrontation with Russia. Aimed at toppling its government. By war, color revolution, or combination of both.

A previous article explained how color revolutions work. In 1997, RAND Corporation researchers John Arquilla and David Ronfeld developed the concept of "Swarming & the Future of Conflict."

Based on communication patterns and movements of bees and other insects. Applied to military conflicts and street protests.

War by other means. Exploiting the information revolution. Taking full advantage of "network-based organizations linked via email and mobile phones to enhance the potential of swarming."

In 1993, Arquilla and Ronfeldt prepared an earlier document. Titled "Cyberwar Is Coming!

Saying "warfare is no longer primarily a function of who puts the most capital, labor and technology on the battlefield, but of who has the best information" and uses it advantageously.

State-of-the art IT techniques use "advanced computerized information and communications technologies and related innovations in organization and management theory," they explained.

Information technologies "communicate, consult, coordinate, and operate together across greater distances."

Cyberwar today is what blitzkrieg was to 20th century warfare. In 1993, Arquilla and Ronfeldt focused on military conflicts.

In 1996, studying net and cyberwar. Examining "irregular modes of conflict, including terror, crime, and militant social activism."

In 1997, developing the concept of swarming. Suggesting it might "emerge as a definitive doctrine that will encompass and enliven both cyberwar and net war." 

Envisioning "how to prepare for information-age conflict." Calling swarming a way to strike from all directions.

Effectiveness depends on various elements able to interconnect. Using revolutionary communication technology.

What works on battlefields proved effective on city streets. US-instigated color revolutions achieved regime change in Serbia (2000/2001). 

Georgia (2003). Ukraine (2004). Kyrgyzstan (2005). Ukraine (2014). Other efforts fell short. 

Color revolutions reflect America's modern day New World Order strategy. Following Soviet Russia's dissolution. Direct and proxy hot wars rage at the same time.

US strategy is multi-faceted. Including subversion. Destabilization. Mass surveillance. Blitzkrieg propaganda.  Successful swarming tactics accomplish coup d'etats by other means.

Washington openly backs Russian hard right extremists. Figures like Boris Nemtsov. Garry Kasparov. Alexei Navalny. A convicted embezzler.

Masquerading as an anti-corruption activist. A relentless Putin basher. Accusing him of aggression.

In March, New York Times editors featured his op-ed headlined "How to Punish Putin." Irresponsibly accusing him of empty promises. 

Lying about invading Ukraine. Wanting to rule for life. With "powers on par with the czars." 

Russian democracy shames America's sham version. Navalny didn't explain. Or New York Times editors featuring his rubbish.

It bears repeating. Russia is in the eye of the storm. Regime change is longstanding US policy. Obama is going all-out to topple its government. 

Putin is a master chess player. A world-class geopolitical leader. On the right side of history. Besting his Western counterparts. 

Making Obama look amateurish by comparison. Buffoon-like. Don't bet against him coming out on top in the end. 

Our best chance for world peace and stability. By beating America's dirty game.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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