V.P. Joe Biden in Poland yesterday
Old "diarrhea of the mouth" Joe Biden-when last heard from was still Obama's VP- was dispatched from some unknown location and surfaced yesterday in Warsaw apparently to calm the nerves of the Poles, Latvians, Lithuanian's and Estonian's who-or so we are told by our "fearless" corporate media- are worried about Russia's Vladimir Putin invading their countries, after he annexed Crimea. How's that for stirring up some unfounded hysteria.
To reporters, Biden said, "We are exploring a number of additional steps to increase the pace and scope of our military cooperation including rotating US forces to the Baltic region to conduct ground and naval exercise and training missions". He went on to characterize Putin's actions on Crimea as a "land Grab"-obviously dismissing Sunday's referendum vote by the Crimean people to join the Russian Federation- and ignored Putin acknowledging "Crimea has always been an integral part of Russia in the hearts and minds of people." Putin had earlier submitted legislation to begin the process of formal annexation of Crimea into Russia.
Secretary of State John Kerry got into the act likening Crimea joining Russia as somehow reminiscent of "the build-up to World War II", apparently likening it to Hitler absorbing the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia in 1937-this area being the German speaking part of that country and later annexing Austria.
Ah, sorry John, those assertions ring hollow. The Crimean people voted in a referendum to join Russia. Putin acknowledged their right to self determination and accepted them into the Russian Federation. This is not Putin acting like Hitler and the hypocrisy of any Obama administration flak alluding to any country conducting a "land grab" obviously ignores our own US history. Throw in our recent illegal invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, proxy wars supporting autocrats in Central and South America, the Shah of Iran from 1953 to 1979, our ignoring the sovereignty of other countries with drone attacks and missile strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia as just some inconvenient impediment we ignore with impunity to say nothing of the thousand plus military bases and naval carrier task forces strewn over the seven seas as "a force for good". Please. Ask the people on the delivery end of our attacks whether we're "a force for good".
And when our "lead" diplomat alludes to Hitler's Nazi's grabbing part of Czechoslovakia and annexing Austria with Putin's role in Crimea, how about our not acknowledging the role played by Ukraine's neo-Nazi "Right Sector" group as the violent actors leading the coup to overthrow elected President Viktor Yanukovych in Kiev last month.
The omissions, distortions, outright lies and exaggerations by our corporate media is an absolute disgrace and nothing more than putrid propaganda stirring up the resurrection of some new cold war with Russia.
There is no fifth column movement in Russia with grandiose designs of empire.
If anything, that's an Obama administration effort envisioned by the neo-conservatives within, or those with close ties to the administration. They're the real danger to the world, not Putin and Russia.