Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ukraine coup d'etat

Ordinarily no one would call the change in Ukrainian government anything but illegitimate - not recognizable by the world community. But since it was the US that instigated the overthrow of a democratically elected president - the Western world has chosen to turn yet another blind eye to reality substituting its place American vision for world domination. The US has chosen to rewrite the political lexicon of democracy on the fly.

This excerpt from President Putin's nearly 4 hour question and answer session, April 17, sets out the Russian perspective of the overthrow Yanukovych government:
"When Yanukovych signed the agreement on February 21, which was guaranteed by three European foreign ministers from Poland, France and Germany, he believed that this agreement would be honoured. Under it, Yanukovych pledged not to use the army or other armed force against protesters and to pull the Interior Ministry units, including the Berkut, out of Kiev, while the opposition was to withdraw from the occupied administrative buildings, dismantle the barricades and disarm its fighters. Yanukovych agreed to hold early parliamentary elections, to return to the 2004 constitution and to hold presidential elections in December 2014. Had they wanted it, he would have agreed to hold presidential elections in a month or a month and a half, because he was ready to agree to anything. But as soon as he left Kiev and pulled the Interior Ministry units out of the city, the opposition renewed its attacks, seizing the presidential administration building, among other government buildings and accomplishing a coup d’├ętat in the full and classical meaning of the word. No one can say why they did it, why they acted so unprofessionally and unwisely, and why they pushed the country towards the current situation. There is no answer."
Thus according to Putin:
"Without changes to the [Ukrainian] constitution, the new election cannot be held because Mr Yanukovych remains the incumbent president. According to the constitution, a new president cannot be elected if there is a living incumbent and legitimate president. So if we want the election to be legitimate, the constitution must be changed."
It is interesting that the link to the Ukraine constitution on the Official web-site of President of Ukraine results in a 404 page not found. I had visited that page March 1 and the link was working.  Excerpts from that link is found in my post A Perspective: Ukraine - this is the country that was so ready to join the EU?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Oh Pinocchio - are you just glad to see me?

White House spokesman: "We don't normally comment on the CIA director's travel but given the extraordinary circumstances in this case and the false claims being leveled by the Russians at the CIA we can confirm that the director was in Kiev as part of a trip to Europe." [White House confirms CIA director visited Ukraine over weekend].

It is a good read.

Generals Say Troops Understand Need for Pay Cuts | Military.com

Read this BS - is there an enlisted person in the military, or ever in the military, that believes this?
"Senior Pentagon officials told Congress on Tuesday that troops are willing to sacrifice portions of their pay and benefits if it means keeping and improving the training and equipment needed to do their jobs." Generals Say Troops Understand Need for Pay Cuts | Military.com.
And nicely juxtaposed is this article: Navy Electricity Rate Will Be Cut After Flap | Military.com.

Update: April 14, 2014 this story: Sgt Maj Responds to Backlash Over Pay Cut Support | Military.com.
"The sergeant major of the Marine Corps issued a letter to all Marines on Friday trying to explain his recent congressional testimony in which he said Marines preferred better equipment over high pay and that lowering pay raises would improve discipline."

Pentagon: Russian fighter jet repeatedly flew over US destroyer in Black Sea

So? What do you expect when you put warships in their backyard? It is this type of provocation by the US that could lead to a mistake. It will certainly lead to more of the same. This is a calculated show of disrespect by the US. [Pentagon: Russian fighter jet repeatedly flew over US destroyer in Black Sea].

Russia may demand return of 2014 PACE membership fee

PACE - Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe - has deprived Russia of its voting rights in the Council's work as a sanction. [Russia may demand return of 2014 PACE membership fee]. It is interesting that Russia has been working within PACE, but maybe more intriguing is the membership fee - exceeds 22 million Euros. [This is 30.36 million dollars].

That is a lot of dough to become a member in an organization that doesn't really want you, but will take your money. It is doubtful that the money is returnable, but I suspect this is Russia's way of reminding PACE of their work contribution and that Russia's share of fees will have to be made up by the other members.

This deprivation of voting rights is just another idiotic means of imposing sanctions by the West. The goals of these international organizations require cooperation and collaboration among nations. And this is achieved by excluding members? Now does that make sense?

IMF for BRICS; credit rating agency for Russia

Russia Beyond The Headlines: "The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have made significant progress in setting up structures that would serve as an alternative to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, which are dominated by the U.S. and the EU." [BRICS countries to set up their own IMF].

And look: "Russian officials have expressed the need to establish a domestic credit rating agency." [Who will become the Russian S&P?]. First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov: “We are not going to depend entirely on the rating agencies, whose names are known to everyone.” And, "Russian companies engaged in creating credit ratings have already joined a project in China – one that is involved in the development of a new network of international agencies."


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Good and trusting relations with the US and Russia?

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is quoted as saying: "We have good and trusting relations with the Americans and the Russians, and our experience has been very positive with both sides. So I don't understand the idea that Israel has to get mired in this." [Defense official on Ukraine policy: Israeli policy needn't be identical to U.S.'].

"When White House and State Department officials read these comments, they nearly went crazy. They were particularly incensed by Lieberman's mentioning Israel's relations with the United States and with Russia in the same breath, giving them equal weight. The United States gives Israel $3 billion a year in military aid, in addition to its constant diplomatic support in the UN and other international forums."

America's foreign policy in a nutshell - we give you money and you do the dance.