Provocations In The East, False Flags In The West

A roundup of war news, spreading rapidly as the U.S. empire thrashes about in its death throes. History suggests that 800+ military bases around the planet might look like they offer a solution to losing the consent of the governed: the president currently has 31% approval (Quinnipiac) and 75% of registered voters in his own party don’t want him to run again in 2024 (CNN).

House Speaker Pelosi in Taiwan

Despite being warned that her visit to Taiwan violates previous U.S. agreements to respect China’s sovereignty, she persists.

In a likely too little, too late move, the Biden administration announces a feeble competitor for infrastructure projects where China’s Belt and Road Initiative is already well underway in Africa.

Drone bombing Afghanistan 

Despite “withdrawing” from Afghanistan and stealing their funds abroad to prevent the Taliban government from feeding the hungry, plus funding Al Qaeda in Syria for years as “moderate rebels”, the U.S. announced it had assassinated a top Al Qaeda leader in Kabul. 

“Justice has been delivered,” claimed the U.S. president despite the fact that extrajudicial murder is about as far from justice as you can get. The president claimed that assassinating Ayman al-Zawahiri is a sign of America’s resolve. (To do the bidding of Israel‘s government, I think he forgot to add.)

U.S. troops in Yemen

The long humanitarian disaster of Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen has only been possible with logistical support from its U.S. ally. Now the president of the U.S. has confimed to Congress — you know, the legislative branch of government that used to have the sole authority to wage war — that the U.S. has troops in Yemen as well. (Proxy war with Iran in Yemen is an element of the U.S. close alliance with colonial occupier Israel in Palestine, and despite Biden campaigning on a promise to end U.S. support for the Saudi’s war there.)

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Spreading the false flag news that Russian, not Ukrainian, forces bombed a Russian POW camp filled with captured fighters of the Azov battalion. Why would Ukraine do that? Because dead men tell no tales of forced conscription and botched operations.

Source: SanctionsKill.org

Sanctions on Venezuela and numerous other non-compliant nations. The U.S. president recently called the regions south of the U.S. border “America’s front yard” perhaps indicating we are no longer a bad neighbor but now think we own the continent.

Ben Norton, “The End of U.S. Hegemony and the Rise of BRICS”, Mintpress News:

In the past two decades, the U.S. grip on global power has been slipping, and new nations and organizations have begun to emerge that challenge American dominance. One of these is the BRICS, an economic and increasingly political bloc of emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Argentina, Iran and others have expressed an interest in joining this alliance, which has now laid out plans for its own bank and international currency, two moves strike at the heart of American economic hegemony.

“Now that the U.S. has sanctioned one-quarter of the global population, and especially now with the economic war on Russia, BRICS has emerged as this new economic infrastructure bringing countries together that want to get around Western sanctions,”

War at home: Russiaphobia used as pretext for violent attacks on Black organization, theAfrican People’s Socialist Party (APSP).

From August 1, 2022 Black Alliance for Peace press release:

On Friday, July 29, 2022, the FBI executed multiple raids against APSP’s Uhuru House in St. Petersburg, Florida and their Uhuru Solidarity Center in St. Louis, Missouri and the private residence of APSP Chairman Omali Yeshitela also in St. Louis. The FBI employed flashbang grenades and handcuffed Yeshitela and his wife while their house was raided.

The FBI claims that the raids are connected to the federal indictment of a Russian national, Aleksandr Ionov, alleging that he has been working to spread “Russian propaganda” in the United States.

Source: Trzmiel/Shutterstock

Nuclear war looming?

From In-Depth News “Caring About Nuclear Sharing: A Setback for Nuclear Arms Control”: 

It is estimated that between 100 and 150 American B61 nuclear weapons are stationed in five countries: Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey. NATO has now announced its desire to modernise its nuclear deterrence..

NATO officials were enthusiastic about the widely shared willingness to modernise the nuclear sharing concept. Jessica Cox, Chief of NATO’s nuclear policy directorate said: “We’re moving fast and furiously towards F-35 modernization and incorporating those into our planning and exercising…” And she added that “the aircraft’s advanced features also will boost the capabilities of alliance members and F-35 customers like Poland, Denmark or Norway who might be tasked with supporting actual nuclear sharing missions.”

Cox is the bland bureaucratic face of discussions preparing for total annihilation. But don’t let her tone fool you. 

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What About Putin?

Recently I noted that an interesting aspect of opposing war with Russia in Europe as compared with opposing U.S.-supported wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, or Yemen is hearing from numerous liberal Democrats that are extremely in favor of this war and irate that I am not.

Yesterday I came under attack by two liberal Democrat-types (both of whom happen to be older female academics) because I am insufficiently moved by warmongering propaganda offered up on NPR, CNN, MSNBC, and other corporate media.

This is a common theme of my days.

In the false binary where if Republicans are bad then Democrats must be good because there are always only two choices, if I’m against NATO I must therefore be in favor of Putin. As the avatar of Catherine the Great’s imperial ambitions in one case (what the what?) when I was castigated for sharing a Facebook memory of a talk about Crimea three years ago organized by friends of mine.

I shared this memory with the comment: “Bruce has been paying attention to NATO encroachment on Ukraine for a while now.”

Here’s the pushback:

For weeks I’ve been hounded with gotcha questions from a certain Twitter account. “What are your views on WWII?” was one of her more absurd questions. Was I supposed to answer in tweets? 

I suggested that this person could read this blog and search for terms like “WWII” to read my essays on the subject. But I don’t think she is actually interested in doing that.

Yesterday’s gotcha question:


Since I’ve been on the receiving end of these gotcha questions for weeks, I’m clear that the subtext is that I appear to be favoring the kind of appeasement that scholars of WWII think led to Hitler’s Germany expanding its territory without much opposition.

I’m not going to concede that Putin is the reincarnation of Hitler no matter how many gotcha questions I am asked.

When I was a young history major the essential question in this field was, How did the German people let the Nazis take over their country?

As I’ve noted in this blog many times, since the unfortunate events of 9/11 it is horrifyingly clear how that happened — because we’re living through it. Information control is an essential part of the military takeover of a society, well along in the case of the U.S. in 2022.

The U.S. imperial project has hundreds (some say 800, depending on how you define “military base”) of military installations in other countries. It has invaded and occupied numerous countries, and coup’d or regime changed a long list of others. Its leading space entrepreneur, a man who is deeply embedded in U.S. programs to militarize space, has tweeted “We’ll coup anyone we want” in reference to toppling democratically elected governments to gain access to their mineral reserves.

“NATO expansion in Europe”  Source: Counterfire.org

Or just take a look at NATO and how it has been used to expand U.S. imperial ambitions steadily since its inception.

There are some salient facts about the current crisis that those jumping on the bandwagon to demonize Putin either don’t know about or tend to forget.

#1 is expressed well here by Nina Beety, an anti-nuclear activist and academic who is able to see past the corporate media narrative of “Putin Bad” that we are all supposed to adhere to:

The 2015 Minsk-2 agreement required dialogue between Donetsk, Lugansk, and Kiev, which Kiev has refused to do, and all foreign actors were to withdraw personnel and equipment from Ukraine, which the U.S., UK, and Poland have refused to do [emphasis mine]. 

Instead, 150,000 Ukrainian soldiers, U.S., UK, and Polish personnel and increasing amounts of weaponry are massing near the communities of eastern Ukraine, reportedly preparing to attack, in violation of Minsk. 

#2 can be found by perusing George Washington University’s National Security Archives website. Their 2017 article on this topic begins:

 U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s famous “not one inch eastward” assurance about NATO expansion in his meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on February 9, 1990, was part of a cascade of assurances about Soviet security given by Western leaders to Gorbachev and other Soviet officials throughout the process of German unification in 1990 and on into 1991, according to declassified U.S., Soviet, German, British and French documents posted today by the National Security Archive at George Washington University (http://nsarchive.gwu.edu). 

The documents show that multiple national leaders were considering and rejecting Central and Eastern European membership in NATO as of early 1990 and through 1991, that discussions of NATO in the context of German unification negotiations in 1990 were not at all narrowly limited to the status of East German territory, and that subsequent Soviet and Russian complaints about being misled about NATO expansion were founded in written contemporaneous memcons and telcons at the highest levels. 

The documents reinforce former CIA Director Robert Gates’s criticism of “pressing ahead with expansion of NATO eastward [in the 1990s], when Gorbachev and others were led to believe that wouldn’t happen.”…

The key phrase, buttressed by the documents, is “led to believe.” 

#3 is a fact that few know about but which I haven’t been able to get out of my head since I heard it shared on an antiwar organizing call last week: after the 2014 coup, the U.S. intended to put a naval base in Crimea. This led to a vote on whether or not the people favored annexation by Russia and, in a landslide, they did.


A local resident rescues a dog from a fire in a house destroyed in the Ukrainian armed forces’ air attack on the village of Luganskaya on July 2, 2014 (RIA Novosti/Valeriy Melnikov) © RIA Novosti  source: Russia Today video

#4 is an example of so-called “facts on the ground” which are easily documented but which the corporate press in the U.S. steadfastly refuse to report: Ukraine has been shelling civilians in the Donbass region — i.e. on their border with Russia — for years and has killed around 14,000 and injured many others.

But, yeah, Putin bad. All you need to know. Get back to work or playing wordle. 

You’ll need to look up when WWIII begins with another land war in Europe. At that point, probably the only salient fact left will be that the Russian Federation has pledged no first use of nukes, while the U.S. has adamantly refused to promise the same security measures to preserve life on the planet.

There’s an old Russian saying that in really sophisticated propaganda, even its opposite is not true. 

So if “Putin bad” is not true, maybe “Putin good” is not true either. 

That said, I would appreciate it if my critics would stop imposing their false binary on me.