Wednesday, May 10, 2017

In case no one notices, Trump has modeled himself after Putin. "Popular Strongman"

Comey is out and the first White House visitor today is Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. He met with Trump and Tillerson. The White House is for sale.

There are no rules or regulations. That is a "For Sale" sign if I ever saw one.

This may seem like nothing, but, I think Ukraine is correct in banning images that will seek to influence favoritism to Russia.

NATO does not need to send troops to Afghanistan, it needs to send troops to Ukraine's eastern border to secure the country and protect Europe.

5 May 2017
by Alec Luhn

Ukraine (click here) has banned American action movie star Steven Seagal as a national security threat, making him the latest of several cultural figures to be blacklisted.

The Ukrainian security service said it had forbidden Seagal entry to the country for five years, in a letter published by the news site Apostrophe. The service’s press secretary later confirmed the ban to other media....

Everyone knows Putin embraces any strong man willing to be an icon in Russia. Steven Seagal needs to think through his continued endorsement of Russian leaders.

3 April 2017


  • ...Dialogue and cooperation (click here) started after the end of the Cold War, when newly independent Ukraine joined the North Atlantic Cooperation Council (1991) and the Partnership for Peace programme (1994).
  • Relations were strengthened with the signing of the 1997 Charter on a Distinctive Partnership, which established the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC) to take cooperation forward.
  • Cooperation has deepened over time and is mutually beneficial with Ukraine being the only partner to have contributed actively to all NATO-led operations and missions.
  • Priority is given to support for comprehensive reform in the security and defence sector, which is vital for Ukraine’s democratic development and for strengthening its ability to defend itself.
  • In response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, NATO has reinforced its support for capability development and capacity building in Ukraine.

The USA had dialogue and cooperation with Russia, but, with the invasion into Ukraine and broken treaties that ended years ago. There was no place for Russia's foreign minister in the White House today or any other day. It is an outrage.

The international community is far from ignoring Ukraine's eastern border and the robbing of Crimea.

May 9, 2017

Few Russian citizens (click here) view the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine as unlawful.

Not many Russian servicemen realize that when they are fighting there, they fight as unnamed, faceless soldiers who lack the protection of international pacts, including the Geneva Conventions.

They not only risk death, injury, or abandonment by the state that sent them there, they also risk becoming war criminals.

The Kremlin has dragged Russia’s army into actions that, legally, can only be carried out by subversive special forces....

Ukraine at some point has to harden it's eastern borders and end the siege in Crimea.

Quite frankly, the USA in NATO's Afghanistan is not helpful. They facilitate citizen's deaths, first with the attack on a hospital and lately moving military hardware into the country's capital of Kabul.

Afghanistan needs stability and the people have a political solution to firm up their sovereignty and push any threat, be it Daesh or the Taliban, from their country. The real problem and why Daesh and the Taliban are currently tolerated is the Haqquani network.

Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral Mike Mullen:

In a strong and public condemnation of Pakistan, (click here) America's most senior military officer has said the Haqqani network is a veritable arm of the country's intelligence services.

Admiral Mike Mullen told US senators that the militant group planned and conducted the recent assault on the US Embassy in Kabul with the help of the ISI, Pakistan's intelligence service.

Islamabad has denied similar accusations in the past.

If I may?

The relationship Pakistan's leadership (If you want to call the ISI leadership.) has with the Haqquani network is no different than the relationship Assad has with Hezbollah. 

Haqquani acts as a stabilizing force for Pakistan's ISI in the region. Why? Because of the tribal areas. Haqquani, no different than Hezbollah, can carry out attacks for any reason with impunity. There is a great deal of work Haqquani carries out that the Pakistan ISI cannot do due to international law.

That is the long and short of it. Haqquani blesses the Taliban and Daesh with it's permission to kill and it is carried out. It is about land, who lives on it and who has control of the crops and minerals of that land. Afghanistan produces poppies and it is sanctioned by the ILLEGAL ENTITIES within the culture of violence that is Haqquani.