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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure.

Friday, August 15, 2008

GEORGIA & POLAND - THE WINNING TICKET?

I hear that John McCain is talking to Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili daily. I'm sure he is advising him to heat up the rhetoric with Russia as much as possible. It's now been confirmed that one of McCain's top advisers was a recent (as of last March) lobbyist for Georgia. So the ties are there which indicates to me that this whole Georgian attack on Russian peace keeping troops, who were legally in the autonomous areas of Abkhaza and South Ossetia, could have been set up as a U.S. election spectacle to try to give McCain a leg up.

I watched Saakashvili on CNN News tonight talking all kinds of trash about Russia accusing them of genocide, of having made the first move (which we know is just the opposite of what really happened), of having used Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in their attack on Georgia which is of course nonsense, and a whole lot more.

The American corporate media is repeating these lies and distortions without question. Mary Beth's sister-in-law, who lives in Arizona, called tonight wanting to get her views on this whole situation. She told Mary Beth that the news has completely confused her. No surprise there. The fact that she called, a woman who has no interest in virtually any political issue, does at least show that some number of people out there in TV land are not swallowing the whole bit.

They also reported on CNN that McCain is sending right-wingers Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to Georgia in the coming days to "access the situation" and to give Saakashvili assurances that a McCain administration would protect them from, as the Georgian president called Russia tonight, the "evil" people.

Added to all that of course is the Poland-U.S. agreement yesterday to allow 10 "missile defense" interceptors into their country. We are told they have nothing to do with Russia, that they would be used to intercept non-existent Iranian missiles. But the Russians are not stupid, they know that current U.S. policy is to militarily surround them.

And so the new Cold War is on. All that is needed now is to get the American people back into the Cold War mentality. It's called a 1-2 punch. Make the people afraid of terrorism and now the Russians again. It's a winning ticket for the military industrial complex.

Hope you like the taste of bombs.

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