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The Disaffected Lib: How the Leader of the Free World Became the Leader of the Global Right Wing.

AmeriKa’s president, Donald Trump, will not be the leader of the free world. He will, however, be the leader of the global right wing. Across Europe, the radical right is embracing the next US leader as one of their own. Donald Trump validates their ugly bigotry, racism and xenophobia. He is one of them. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: How the Leader of the Free World Became the Leader of the Global Right Wing.

We Pivot: Stop Giving Trump Chances To Be Civil

He won’t. We already gave him two. His whole campaign: many of us wrote him off as a lark. I imagined only 30-35 million people would vote for such a clown. Until I realized that we can’t underestimate clowns. But … [Read more]

LeDaro: Trump to Receive First Intelligence Briefing Today

Normally a presidential candidate receiving a classified intelligence briefing is not big news, it has been done for decades. However with Donald Trump… can he be trusted? Will he blurt out information at a rally when he goes “off script”? How soon w… . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Trump to Receive First Intelligence Briefing Today

LeDaro: Trump to Receive First Intelligence Briefing Today

Normally a presidential candidate receiving a classified intelligence briefing is not big news, it has been done for decades. However with Donald Trump… can he be trusted? Will he blurt out information at a rally when he goes “off script”? How soon w… . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Trump to Receive First Intelligence Briefing Today

The Disaffected Lib: Could Syria Become the 21st Century Sarajevo?

There were plenty of proxy wars during the Cold War only back then the principals had enough sense to avoid direct clashes. That was then, this is Syria where today we find the rival superpowers circling each other inside the same phone booth.

You could search the world over and never find one place . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Could Syria Become the 21st Century Sarajevo?

The Disaffected Lib: Austerity’s Silver Lining – Arms Race Update

A couple of headlines this morning got me thinking that the West’s embrace of austerity might not be all bad.  Of course it’s probably just wishful thinking.

The first article concerns a refreshingly nuanced and balanced lecture delivered by former US ambassador to Russia, Jack Matlock.

In a lecture at King’s College London, Jack . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Austerity’s Silver Lining – Arms Race Update

The Disaffected Lib: Meanwhile, In Our Vast, Undefended North…

The latest issue of Foreign Policy magazine is devoted to espionage, spying, and the magazine reports that today’s Ground Zero of spying is the Arctic.

For the countries that border the Arctic Ocean— Russia, the United States, Canada, Norway, and Denmark (through its territory of Greenland)—an accessible ocean means new opportunities. And for the states . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Meanwhile, In Our Vast, Undefended North…

The Disaffected Lib: Putin Signs Military Pact with Argentina

Well this is bound to piss off David Cameron.  Badboy Vlad Putin has inked a military pact with Argentine president Christina Fernandez backing her country against Britain over the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) dispute.

“The new agreement on military collaboration and data protection will enable the considerable increase of practical cooperation in this field”, Mr . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Putin Signs Military Pact with Argentina

The Disaffected Lib: You’ll Never See Vlad Putin the Same Way Again

If there’s one guy who doesn’t get any slack from the Western media, it’s Russian strongman, Vlad Putin.  We vilify Putin at every turn and, while he certainly brings some of it down on himself, we make sure to depict ourselves as the guys in the white hats while we heap scorn on him.

. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: You’ll Never See Vlad Putin the Same Way Again

The Disaffected Lib: Okay, Canada. Prepare To Be Probed.

What a moment to be stuck with a navy so horribly neglected that it can’t put a single task force to sea.

Now that the Harper government has left us with our pants down in the Arctic, Vlad Putin has placed Russia’s Northern Fleet and paratrooper units on full alert for military exercises in . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Okay, Canada. Prepare To Be Probed.

The Disaffected Lib: Bangin’ that Old War Drum, Again.

Maybe it’s because they’re still smarting from getting their asses handed to them in Iraq and Afghanistan, maybe not.  Either way it’s getting a bit embarrassing listening to Western military leaders banging the war drums over Russia.

NATO, especially, is sounding the alarm of an all-out shooting war with the Kremlin.  The Russians . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Bangin’ that Old War Drum, Again.

CuriosityCat: Ukraine: Minsk deal includes de facto federation

Three powerful leaders and one powerless one gathered around a table in Minsk, negotiating a ceasefire agreement for war-torn Ukraine. The negotiations took a surprising turn when the four leaders met alone, without their advisors – it is not yet clear who suggested this, but my bet would be Putin.

Fuel for the negotiators: . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Ukraine: Minsk deal includes de facto federation

The Disaffected Lib: A Big Deal With Low Confidence – Ukraine

Angela Merkel and Francoise Hollande seem to have pulled it off – a peace deal to end the civil war in Ukraine.  What no one is even asking is if there’s a chance it will hold.

The shooting stops at 5 p.m. ET Saturday.  Like all ceasefires the warring parties are free to go at . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: A Big Deal With Low Confidence – Ukraine

The Disaffected Lib: Are We Really Willing to Go To War over Ukraine?

Would you be okay if it was your kids in uniform going off to a shooting war with the Russians over Ukraine?

The whole idea seems fantastic, ridiculous.  We tend to dismiss it as unimaginable but giving it short shrift can be lethal.

Earlier this week three words caught my attention – “une guerre . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Are We Really Willing to Go To War over Ukraine?

The Disaffected Lib: Banging the War Drums

If you thought you had heard the last of insanely bellicose Anders Fogh “Foggy” Rasmussen when his term as NATO secretary-general lapsed, you were wrong. He’s back and he’s talking war again.

“This is not about Ukraine. Putin wants to restore Russia to its former position as a great power,” he told The Telegraph.

“There . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Banging the War Drums

The Disaffected Lib: Vlad Putin – NATO’s Essential Enemy

Vlad Putin has given NATO – well, nothing less than a reason to exist a little longer.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, NATO was a headless chicken, running around aimlessly, still on its feet but just.  The North Atlantic alliance pretty much took whatever gig it could get.

NATO bombed Serbia to . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Vlad Putin – NATO’s Essential Enemy

The Disaffected Lib: Obama Comes Clean. Putin Didn’t Plot to Seize Crimea.

Go Ahead, Pick One.

Oh my, my, what comes out of the mouth of that man!

The Western narrative we’ve been force fed by liars like Harper and his collaborators on the other side of the aisle, is that Vlad Putin plotted to use the unrest in Ukraine to seize Crimea.  Hillary openly compared . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Obama Comes Clean. Putin Didn’t Plot to Seize Crimea.

The Disaffected Lib: Is Raul Castro’s Cuba the First Big Winner in Cold War II?

Now that Washington and Havana appear to be on the road to kissing and making up, it’s worth considering whether the timing is really that spontaneous?

Cuba was always the Soviet’s toe hold in the Americas.  It was over Soviet designs in Cuba that the world was brought to the brink of nuclear . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Is Raul Castro’s Cuba the First Big Winner in Cold War II?

The Disaffected Lib: Let’s Hope We Know What We’re Doing.

It’s hard to know what we really wanted.  When the West slammed Russia with sanction piled upon sanction were we seeking retribution over Moscow’s aggression toward Ukraine or were we really trying to bring Russia to its knees?

Western leaders have developed a nasty habit of not thinking things through.  We seem too willing to . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Let’s Hope We Know What We’re Doing.

The Disaffected Lib: Arms Race Update – US to Spend a Trillion Dollars on Upgrading Nukes

US Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, put it bluntly.  “No other mission we have is more important.“

The mission Hagel was referring to was a trillion-dollar, 30-year programme to upgrade America’s nuclear weapon arsenal.  A trillion dollars.  Even today that’s serious money.

According to the Associated Press, Hagel told the Pentagon on Friday that the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Arms Race Update – US to Spend a Trillion Dollars on Upgrading Nukes

The Disaffected Lib: Harper Chasing Votes Down Under

His supposedly blunt message to Vladimir Putin reveals how Steve Harper really knows how to work a room when there’s an election in the offing.

Walking up to Putin at the G20 summit, Harper’s aides claim he said this:  “Well I guess I’ll share your hand but I only have one thing to say . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Harper Chasing Votes Down Under

ParliamANT Hill: PM to Putant: ‘Get out of Ukriant’

Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/stephen-harper-at-g20-tells-vladimir-putin-to-get-out-of-ukraine-1.2836382 . . . → Read More: ParliamANT Hill: PM to Putant: ‘Get out of Ukriant’

ParliamANT Hill: PM to Putant: ‘Get out of Ukriant’

Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/stephen-harper-at-g20-tells-vladimir-putin-to-get-out-of-ukraine-1.2836382

The Disaffected Lib: A Word of Warning to NATO from Finland

Finland isn’t impressed with NATO’s anti-Moscow attitude.  President Sauli Niinisto will be taking that message to a conference in Helsinki on Thursday with David Cameron and the leaders of the Nordic and Baltic nations.

Niinisto says NATO is backing into a new Cold War with Russia.  He criticized the West for a continuing failure . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: A Word of Warning to NATO from Finland

drive-by planet: The Oliver Stone Rossiyskaya Gazeta interview: Ukraine, US media bias, Putin, MH-17 and more

American film director, Oliver Stone, recently gave a lengthy interview to the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta. He is in the region helping to produce a documentary with the title Ukraine on Fire.

Excerpts from the interview showed up in various online publications but I just recently came across an English version of the . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: The Oliver Stone Rossiyskaya Gazeta interview: Ukraine, US media bias, Putin, MH-17 and more