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Escobar writes: "The fight to the death in Moscow's inner circles is really between the Eurasianists and the so-called Atlantic integrationists, a.k.a. the Western fifth column. The crux of the battle is arguably the Russian Central Bank and the Finance Ministry - where some key liberalcon monetarist players are remote-controlled by the usual suspects, the Masters of the Universe."

Russian president Vladimir Putin and U.S. president Barack Obama. (photo: AFP)
Russian president Vladimir Putin and U.S. president Barack Obama. (photo: AFP)


Vladimir Putin Fights the War Party on All Fronts

By Pepe Escobar, teleSUR

29 December 15

 

The Obama administration still sticks to the Cold War 2.0 script on Russia.

et’s talk about “Russian aggression.”

The fight to the death in Moscow’s inner circles is really between the Eurasianists and the so-called Atlantic integrationists, a.k.a. the Western fifth column. The crux of the battle is arguably the Russian Central Bank and the Finance Ministry – where some key liberalcon monetarist players are remote-controlled by the usual suspects, the Masters of the Universe.

The same mechanism applies, geopolitically, to any side, in any latitude, which has linked its own fiat money to Western central banks. The Masters of the Universe always seek to exercise hegemony by manipulating usury and fiat money control.

So why President Putin does not fire the head of the Russian Central Bank, Elvira Nabiulina, and a great deal of his financial team - as they keep buying U.S. bonds and propping up the U.S. dollar instead of the ruble? What’s really being aggressed here if not Russian interests?

That Stab in the Back

It’s clear by now which party profited from the downing of the Russian Su-24 by the Turkish Air Force – a graphic act of war. The immediate result was the suspension – which could lead to the cancelling – of a crucial Pipelineistan plank: Turkish Stream, which is a bête noire for the Masters of the Universe as Turkey was about to become the key alternative bypassing failed state Ukraine for supplying natural gas to southern Europe.

On top if it the EU paid Ankara 3 billion euros for its “indirect” services (the official excuse is to allow Turkey to control Syrian immigration to the EU.) And EU sanctions to Russia were extended for another six months.

A fitting Russian response would be Moscow defaulting on all debt to Western banks in retaliation for the sanctions. An extreme step would be blocking natural gas shipments to the EU. If Russia even floated one of these moves, not to mention both, sanctions would be lifted in a flash. So who’s really being “aggressed” here?

Putin – and Russian intel – didn't see it coming: Sultan Erdogan’s “stab in the back.” So a case can be made that Russian intel seriously underestimated Erdogan’s massive investment on regime change in Syria.

Whatever happens on the ground – much more than in the Vienna-Geneva charade now passing for a “peace process” – the future of Syria bears two stark options; a neo-Ottoman colony, but essentially subordinated to the whims of the Masters of the Universe; or a unitary sovereign nation, not partitioned, with a strong relationship to both Russia and Iran.

The question, though, remains; how does Turkey get away with such a provocation, with Russia imposing just a few sanctions?

That Fuzzy Agenda

The missing link in the puzzle is Israel. Contradictions became glaringly obvious with the flattening of a building in Jaramana, in Damascus, by Israeli missiles, killing nine civilians as well as Hezbollah-linked Samir Kuntar.

This could not have happened, in any way, without Russian acquiescence – considering Russian missile defense now protects Syrian territory. So the message is clear; Russia won’t interfere with Israel’s priorities in Syria/Lebanon – and vice-versa.

“Vice-versa” couldn’t be trickier. Tel Aviv tacitly “supports” the Nusra Front, a.k.a. al-Qaida in Syria, which even the Obama administration finally has been forced to admit is a terrorist outfit.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry – as well as independent Turkish investigations - most of the stolen Syrian/Iraqi oil Islamic State group scam ends up with the oil being bought by Israel. Tel Aviv happens to be the top buyer of the stolen-from-Baghdad Iraqi Kurdistan oil with which stolen Daesh oil is mixed.

And to top it off, Tel Aviv is a mortal enemy of both Iran and Hezbollah – which are essential nodes of the “4+1” coalition (Russia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, plus Hezbollah) fighting the Islamic State group. Not to mention that Tel Aviv – which favors a partitioned Syria - wants to gobble up the energy-rich Golan Heights for perpetuity.

So how does Israel get away with it?

That War Party “Offer”

The bottom line of these three scenarios – the Russian economy, Turkey and Israel – is that a lethal, devastating response is an easily available option for Putin on all three. Yet he refuses to be trapped by a war logic. Putin is the ultimate adversary of “Russian aggression.”

A full confrontation with Turkey will unite a disunited NATO. Now Russian intel has connected the dots on how the Masters of the Universe are trying to use Ankara as bait to trap Moscow, as they extensively used a now discarded, irrelevant Kiev. Turkey’s top three import nations happen to be Russia (10.4 percent), China (10.3 percent) and Germany (9.2 percent); deep trouble in Turkey would be a major headache for the trio, much to the delight of the Empire of Chaos.

A confrontation with Israel will obviously bring about the full force of the Masters of the Universe. Not to mention that the last thing Moscow needs is to open a new front in the Levant. Here is a meticulous attempt by The Saker to clarify the dangerous liaisons between Israel and Russia.

The key front though is the Russian economy; sooner or later there’s got to be a purge of the Russian Central Bank and the Finance Ministry, but Putin will only act when he has surefire internal support, and that’s far from given.

The lame duck Obama administration – whatever rhetorical and/or legalistic contortions – still sticks to the Cold War 2.0 script on Russia, duly prescribed by Obama mentor Dr. Zbigniew “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski.

That follows a “tradition” Bill Blum, for instance, has extensively documented, as since the end of WWII Washington attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments – the absolute majority full democracies; dropped bombs on the civilian population of over 30 nations; attempted to assassinate over 50 foreign leaders; attempted to suppress nationalist movements in 20 nations; interfered on countless democratic elections; taught torture through manuals and “advisers”; and the list goes on.

Putin and the best and the brightest of Russian intel very well know it.

And yet they do maintain a decent margin of maneuver; establishing Russia as an indispensable power all across Southwest Asia (after smashing the fake “Caliphate” from Raqqa to Mosul); preventing any Masters of the Universe encroachment on the Black Sea; and putting up a real fight in the near future in the Balkans.

The real advances will keep coming as spin-offs of the Russia-China diplomatic/strategic partnership – from energy to trade to the military sphere. And that projects us once again towards the New Silk Roads – and the convergence of the China-driven One Belt, One Road with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).

The bottom line is that in 2016 the option will continue to be stark; it’s either the hegemony of the War Party – with the subtext of a Washington “willfully” condoned Salafi-jihadi “offer” to young, disaffected Muslims; or the vision of a full, prosperous trade/commerce/communication network for the whole of Eurasia. Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets.

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+23 # Harry 4 2015-12-29 18:32
Excellent RSN. Thanks for the article. Been a long time reader of this site, but it was the inclusion of Pepe Escobar's article here that inspired me to actually register. Viva Pepe!
 
 
+17 # Shades of gray matter 2015-12-30 01:24
Nice to hear voices other than the barely undead zombie commentators on U.S. tv.
 
 
+3 # Randal Marlin 2015-12-30 02:03
Are we watching the world unfold toward the division Orwell imagined of Eurasia, Eastasia, and Oceania, with perpetual war and shifting alliances between the three, along with increasingly dictatorial leaderships aided by surveillance systems surpassing even Orwell's?
 
 
+15 # lorenbliss 2015-12-30 03:36
I fear that is indeed what we are watching, not so much in terms of Orwellian geopolitics as in terms of the One Percenters' tyranny literally surpassing human conception.

Picture not so much Orwell's world, which retained at least some small pretense of kindness, but rather the (fictional?) Borg hybrid with Nazi Germany, a ruthless global empire run by a capitalist Ruling Class whose bottomless Ayn Rand moral imbecility would make even a Ted Bundy flinch.

No doubt there will be scattered pockets of resistance, but in those realms, the unspeakable depredations of the Empire will eventually turn death into the ultimate synonym for freedom.

Which is why, as I said on another RSN thread, I am so very glad I have no living children -- no descendants to dwell in a world so inconceivably and irremediably malevolent toward the 99 Percent, the living will envy the dead.

That is the future that looms -- unless we the people of this planet somehow manage to overthrow capitalism, which is by far the most malignant evil we have ever unleashed upon ourselves.
 
 
+6 # cmp 2015-12-30 03:07
The 20th century, saw war, like none other before.

This century, the "War Party" (sadly, this sounds like a pun), but, their folly continues:
~" That follows a “tradition” Bill Blum, for instance, ... and the list goes on. "~

And:
~" .. About 75 per cent of the world’s people live in “Eurasia”, and most of the world’s physical wealth is there as well, both in its enterprises and underneath its soil. “Eurasia” accounts for about three-fourths of the world’s known energy resources. "~
~ Brzezinski, Zbigniew (2006). The grand chessboard : American primacy and its geostrategic imperatives ([Repr.] ed.). New York, NY: Basic Books. p. 31. ~

When will the worlds "supposed" brightest minds, understand, that this century the real war is to keep the oil in the ground? .. That the 21st century war is climate change?
 
 
+1 # indian weaver 2015-12-30 07:07
"To Hell with climate change, full speed ahead." - Obama / dubya / GOP / trillions of Americans / duh. Capitalism wins (won). And then, we all die.
 
 
-3 # bmiluski 2015-12-30 11:14
Capitalism, Communism, Eurasia, Eastasia, and/or Oceania, makes no difference. Men will be men and there will always be wars. It's been that way since the beginning when man formed tribes.
 
 
0 # Douglas Jack 2016-01-01 19:16
bmuluski, RE: "Its been that way since the beginning when man formed tribes " Actually no it hasn't, you've just swallowed the kool-aid of oligarch indoctrination. 'Tribes' is a deliberate derogation-proj ection used in Roman empire times against the peoples they were trying to conquer as a way of whipping up aggressive public sentiments.
KINDNESS
All humanity's worldwide 'Indigenous' (Latin 'self-generatin g') ancestors lived for millennia with an interdisciplina ry precept called the 'Great-law-of-p eace' aka 'Great-good-way -of-kindness' aka Constitution for all their multihome, village, nation, confederate & continental national councils & structures. Kindness is known by indigenous peoples worldwide such as the Kaianerekowa of the North-east USA 'Haudenosaunee' (Iroquois 'People of the extended-rafter s or welcome') or the Nguni of southern Africa as 'Ubuntu' ('human-kindnes s'). As long as you are misinformed, only as a colonial, without memory of your long indigenous heritage, you will always be a victim for their manipulations.
CIRCLE-OF-LIFE
European & other economic-ecolog ical refugees from war-torn countries, who've come to these shores still need to immigrate in order to achieve civil status & peace. We need to honor the laws & customs of this land as well as our own similar worldwide indigenous life heritages. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/home/indigenous-circle-of-life
 
 
-2 # lsd 2015-12-30 11:20
"When will the worlds "supposed" brightest minds, understand, that this century the real war is to keep the oil in the ground? .. That the 21st century war is climate change?"

CMP, I'll give you that in a reality based world of humans. But, I hope you understand that we (humans) are geared to acceleration as the first derivative of velocity with respect to time, as is all life.
 
 
-12 # lnason@umassd.edu 2015-12-30 08:15
Imagining Putin as the stalwart anti-war dove is a bit strange.

What about the Crimea and the Sufi's who one owned it?

What about South Ossetia and Abkhazia?

What about the Transdniester?

Not to mention the repeated violations of national air and ocean boundaries in the Baltics and Scandinavia. Not to mention the on-going suppression of civil rights, especially for the lgbt community and anyone who dares to criticize the corruption and crony socialism being practiced in Russia today.

American policies are often ill-conceived and counterproducti ve but Mr. Putin's imperialism and authoritarianis m should leave all of us gasping.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
 
 
+7 # dbrize 2015-12-30 17:18
Where did you see the term "anti-war dove" applied to Putin? Putin is acting in the interests of Russia in regions close and near to Russia.

He plays hardball. Gosh, why would he do that? You might find your answer starting with a bit of research on PNAC, Robert Kagan and Victoria Nuland. That will lead you to many answers.

To refer to Putin's "imperialism and authoritarianis m" is laughable when compared to the country that has ongoing military operations in 135 countries, 70% of the nations on the globe. And the country whose leader claims authority to assassinate its own citizens on Presidential directive.

You have a lot more to worry about than Putin.
 
 
+5 # lsd 2015-12-30 09:37
"The crux of the battle is arguably the Russian Central Bank and the Finance Ministry – where some key liberalcon monetarist players are remote-controll ed by the usual suspects, the Masters of the Universe."

And, proves the financial nature of the underlying construct of our matrix world, where central banks control the world based on acceptance of fiat money conjured out of thin air, where reality is relegated by a sophisticated set of algorithms, hence a matrix, "remote-controll ed by the usual suspects, the Masters of the Universe."
 
 
+6 # gepay 2015-12-30 10:25
this explains the reason Russia so often fails to exploit its knowledge of the lies the US spreads or expose its "black ops". Why it let the West destroy Libya. Putin does appear to be the most adult of today's world "leaders".
 
 
-14 # bmiluski 2015-12-30 11:17
"Putin does appear to be the most adult of today's world "leaders"."
--------------------------
I dare you to say that to someone from Georgia or Chechnya. Not to mention to my Ukranian friends who have lost family members and friends due to Putin's invasion of the Ukrain.
 
 
+10 # Anarchist 23 2015-12-30 15:28
You forgot to mention that we, in the person of State Dept representative Vicky Nuland(whose husband John Kagan is a PNAC supporter and Neoconservative ) helped overthrow the democratically elected leader of Ukraine..and with our help, installed a neo-Nazi regime in Kiev.
 
 
+12 # Harry 4 2015-12-30 16:15
#bmiluski, I will take your dare: Please supply names and contact information for your "Ukrainian friends who have lost family members and friends due to Putin's invasion of Ukrain," and I shall be honored to talk with them about this entire situation. First, to see if: they agree with your interpretation regarding events in their country- re: "Putin's invasion"- and, in general, to find out their perspective on the events of the past two or so years in the Ukraine.. I imagine the conversation will be slightly more nuanced, and interesting, than your post.
 
 
-4 # bmiluski 2015-12-31 12:18
DARE!!!??? How typical of a pundit driven know it all. And why would I give YOU the names of private citizens?
How unbelievable and arrogant of you to assume that with your great intelligence you will be able to reinterpret what people have said to me AND make it more interesting.
Bottom line, HARRY, the people of the Ukraine believe themselves to be invaded. They came to that conclusion while looking at Russian driven tanks rolling down their street. They came to that decision while listening to Russian soldiers bivouacked on their farmlands.
So no "nuanced and "interesting" conversation will change their reality.
 
 
+5 # jdd 2015-12-30 10:34
Excellent report, as far as it goes. However, the fact is that the Trans-Atlantic financial system, headquartered in London and New York, is increasingly unstable and headed for another crash. If we can reinstate Glass-Steagall here, over the objections of Obama, Hillary and the like, thus eliminating the book value of trillions of worthless paper, the "Masters of the Universe" will suffer a blow from which they will not recover.
 
 
-2 # lsd 2015-12-30 11:55
Quoting jdd:
Excellent report, as far as it goes. However, the fact is that the Trans-Atlantic financial system, headquartered in London and New York, is increasingly unstable and headed for another crash. If we can reinstate Glass-Steagall here, over the objections of Obama, Hillary and the like, thus eliminating the book value of trillions of worthless paper, the "Masters of the Universe" will suffer a blow from which they will not recover.


BS my friend, the us dollar is still the underling construct to the world, strong as ever in delineating what is real.
 
 
+3 # Radscal 2015-12-30 21:16
Pepe Escobar is a brilliant analyst, and I hope this article encourages others to look into more of his writing.

Also, he cites here the "Saker," who had produced some of the best reporting and analysis of Russia/Putin. I began reading him for his excellent and almost always accurate reporting on the Ukrainian coup and "civil war."

The article Pepe cites (and the two which Saker recommends) are relevant to some of the comments above, and well worth reading.

http://thesaker.is/putin-and-israel-a-complex-and-multi-layered-relationship/
 
 
0 # AUCHMANNOCH 2015-12-30 21:34
The U.S. dollar remains strong for one reason. It is built on the strong back and innovation of millions of ordinary Americans and the rest of the world respects that fact. The masters of the world respect that fact too and have printed and continued to print more paper money that can feasibly be backed up by the hard work and innovation of ANY people. The day when the world realises this hard fact and call out the dollar with no clothes, is the day the whole matrix of fairyfloss will collapse world wide.
 
 
+9 # Radscal 2015-12-30 21:53
In 1944, the Bretton Woods Agreement established the US Federal Reserve Note (dollar) as the "reserve currency" of most of the world's trade. Part of the reason countries agreed to that was that the Fed agreed to tie their notes to gold at a constant value of $35 per ounce. Of course, having the world's most powerful military helped the negotiations, also.

In 1971, countries began to demand to exchange their dollars for the promised gold (which the US did not have). So Nixon took the US off the gold standard, and refused to honor those gold calls.

Instead, Kissinger negotiated a deal whereby ALL international trade in oil from OPEC would be done ONLY in Federal Reserve Notes.

Since that time, other oil producers have been required to use these "petrol-dollars " solely, and those who defied it (Saddam, Gaddafi, Assad, etc.) were "rewarded" for their independence.

And those are the reasons "the dollar remains strong."

The wealth of a nation is resources and labor, and you are quite correct that the US has no where near enough of either to back the incredible number of Federal Reserve Notes (and their digital ghosts) to back them.
 
 
+3 # philrourk@yahoo.com 2015-12-31 11:12
Add to this that ISIS is itself a creation of the Masters of the Universe, formed and tested in Libya, then re-introduced into the Levant and the world with the continuing help of the Saudis, Turkey and, of course, Israel, and you can begin to see the picture.
 

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