On the Matter of Russia: 2018 Winter Solstice

In his intro on the home page of this website and blog, Wacko Wizard alludes to the fact that we don’t (ahem) always agree.  Sometimes we argue.  The matter of Russia can be one source of disagreement and argument between us.

He frequently proclaims I am blinded because I have Russian relatives.  In my opinion, he’s overly impressed by Bill Browder (a very sketchy individual if you take time to research his history) and Browder’s book – Red Notice.  Further, there is the issue of claims  the Russians, perhaps Putin himself, placed Trump in the seat of President of the U.S.  Ha!  No voting machines were hacked; no way to prove with certainty, rather than speculation, who hacked the outed emails, as the best and most elite of hackers are tricky and leave false trails.  Social Media?  Who wasn’t attempting to influence the election via social media platforms?

A question swirling in my mind is this:  WHY has there been an approximate decade long drive on part of the West to promote a new cold war?  My grandpa always encouraged me, regarding questionable situations, to ask: “WHO stands to GAIN….. WHAT and WHY?”

While the below  Sharon Tennison video does not answer these many questions, it stimulates thought.  – Psycho Psychic

 

Well, that stimulates many thoughts in this old wizard noggin’ this Winter Solstice.

I agree about not falling for rumors, propaganda, etc. put out by the American government, and Americans generally, about Russia.

Vladimir Putin and Russia also put out rumors and propaganda.

Psycho Psychic’s wondering about why promote cold war and who stands to gain?, are spot on. I think the answers lie in both countries.

I liked Sharon Tennison’s video, except for where she says, back when Vladimir Putin worked for the KGB in Germany, he only observed and wrote papers about how communism and capitalism were faring, and communism was coming up short. I thought that was seriously naive about what KGB officer Putin was doing in Germany, which had its own dreadful version of the KGB, called the Stasi.

As for Bill Browder and Red Notice.

I figured it was an angel that bumped me into a lawyer friend back in 2016, who said I needed to read  Red Notice, and then I would understand what really was going on. I read the book in about a week’s time. I tried to persuade Psycho Psychic to read it. She declined and criticized Browder. I said he criticized himself in the book, which made him credible for me.

In the book, Browder describes his early investing experiences in Poland, where he made a lot of money. Then, he got into investing in Russia, where he made a lot more money. Then, he ran afoul of Russian politics. A lawyer named Magnitsky, whom Browder knew and used, got locked up by the Russian authorities, tortured and killed. That led to Browder’s crusade to get the U.S. Congress to respond. Congress was enraged over what Browder produced as evidence, pointing the finger right at Vladimir Putin.  Over stiff opposition from President Barack Obama, Secretary of State  Hillary Clinton, and aspiring Secretary of State Senator John Kerry – all democrats – Congress passed the Magnitsky Act. A number of Russian Oligarchs were banned from the U.S. and from putting their money in the U.S. Vladimir Putin was furious.

I imagined back in 2016 that Putin hoped Trump would become president and try to undo the Magnitsky Act, and lift other sanctions President Obama had imposed on Russia.

As for today

I think President Trump announcing America will pull its troops out of Syria is the first truly great thing Trump did in office. I think Putin has to be delighted, and Putin will be further delighted if America does likewise with Iraq and Afghanistan. That’s all part of Russia’s backyard, so why not give Russia the responsibility of policing that part of this planet, even if that really upsets the Republicans, the Democrats, and President Trump’s MAGA base,

even more than the Republican-controlled congress finding:

USA Today, December 17, 2018

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/12/17/russia-social-media-senate-report/2334382002/

The Senate released a pair of reports Monday that say Russia engaged in an all-out social media campaign on Donald Trump’s behalf during the 2016 election and continued to support him after he took office.”

That entire article bears reading, like Red Notice bears reading, and Sharon Tennison’s video bears watching.

Also for the metaphysically inclined …

After reading Psycho Psychics comments, I recalled a phone conversation one morning in early 1999 with a Christian intercessor a generation older than I. As we talked about this and that kinda thing I probably would not say in a Sunday school class, or to a psychiatrist, nor to most of my friends and relatives, I was dragged by Something into a trance and was transported in some way into the heart of China and left there to marinate a little while in what was an awful, dead, ominous energy. Then, I was transported into the heart of Islam, where the same thing happened. Then, I was transported to under the Pentagon, where the same thing happened. Then, I was taken above the planet, like where a space satellite might be, and was looking down at Russia, which was under a giant glass or plastic dome. I understood what was inside the dome was being fumigated, and then something new would happen there. I did not know what the new would be. I came out of the trance.

I realized talking with Psycho Psychic about that yesterday, that the Russia part of that vision was about the ascendance of Vladimir Putin in a very much ailing nation. Finally, nearly 20 years later, the vision seems to make sense to me. The Russian people clearly are better off under Putin. Their standard of living is much better. They no longer live in fear of the KGB.

I told Psycho Psychic that Russians want what Americans want. Affordable housing. Decent food. Safe drinking water. To have some fun. Drink some vodka. Have sex. Etc. They do not want to be blown to bits. They do not like war. I applaud Sharon Tennison for her dedicated efforts to prevent a nuclear holocaust and Americans understanding Russia past and present.

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4 thoughts on “On the Matter of Russia: 2018 Winter Solstice”

    1. Looks to me a heap of badgers need to be sent to Washington, D.C. to badger, and bite and scratch, lots of politicians until they start behaving really different.

  1. Another perspective on Russia at this point in time:

    Putin scores some wins but tensions with the West mount
    Associated Press Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press,Associated Press 4 hours ago
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    Journalists watch as Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address in Manezh in Moscow, Russia, on March 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
    MOSCOW (AP) — It’s been a mixed year for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Putin may look like a winner after an abrupt U.S. decision to pull out of Syria. But Russia’s leader faces massive challenges in Syria and elsewhere, and he hasn’t moved an inch closer toward throwing off the Western sanctions that have emaciated Russia’s economy.

    The Russian military campaign in Syria has achieved the Kremlin objective of shoring up Syrian President Bashar Assad’s rule at a relatively modest cost and made Moscow an essential player in the Middle East. However, Syria lies in ruins after nearly eight years of fighting and Moscow has failed to persuade the West to help foot Syria’s multibillion reconstruction bill.

    Even though the hasty pullout ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump could further bolster Moscow’s clout in Syria, it leaves Russia pitted against Turkey, which is eager to expand its zone of influence. Moscow will also be saddled with the delicate task of trying to balance the conflicting interests of Israel and Iran in the region.

    “It could be seen by some as Putin’s success, but in fact it means trouble for Putin,” Alexei Malashenko, a leading Moscow-based Middle East expert, said about the planned U.S. withdrawal. “The situation may change drastically, and Russia will be responsible for that. Bickering with the Americans was better than being left face-to-face with Turkey, Iran and others.”

    Trump’s plan to halve the U.S. troops’ presence in Afghanistan by the summer could spell more potential problems for Russia.

    Putin has mocked the U.S. failure to stabilize the country despite a 17-year campaign, but the reduction of the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan could foment dangerous instability by Islamic militants in Russia’s underbelly of Central Asia.

    Moscow may now find it necessary to invest more in Tajikistan, where it has a military base, to help seal the porous border with Afghanistan and try to expand its presence elsewhere in Central Asia.

    Those challenges come as the Russian economy is still reeling from a combined blow of low oil prices and Western sanctions.

    Western support for anti-Russian sanctions has remained unwavering.

    The U.S. and the European Union sanctions came in response to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the nerve-agent poisoning in March of a former Russian spy in Britain.

    The sanctions have restricted Russia’s access to international capital markets, limited imports of Western energy and military technologies and spooked international investors.

    Putin has blamed the U.S. and its allies for trying to punish Russia for its independent course — a rhetoric amplified by state-controlled media that has fueled Russian hostility toward the West.

    A recent opinion survey by the independent Levada Center showed that six out of ten Russian respondents had a negative attitude about the U.S., and half had a negative view of the EU. The survey also reflected growing public worries about Western sanctions, with 43 percent of those polled expressing concern about them compared to 28 percent a year ago.

    The nationwide poll of 1,600 conducted in late November had a margin of error of no more than 3.4 percentage points.

    Yet while the Western restrictions have stymied Russia’s growth, they also gave Putin a convenient explanation for his domestic problems.

    “The American and European sanctions have in fact helped bolster Putin’s power, allowing him to point to foreign pressure,” Malashenko said.

    Russia saw 1.5 percent growth in 2017 following a two-year recession and its economy is set to grow 1.8 percent this year. But the Russian government’s hopes for faster growth haven’t materialized and the nation has remained heavily dependent on exports of oil, gas and other raw materials.

    As revenues drained, the government raised the retirement age this year — an unpopular move that fueled broad discontent and significantly dented Putin’s popularity.

    The Kremlin’s hopes for striking a deal with Trump that would see an end to sanctions have faded amid the U.S. investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

    Putin has denied interference in both the U.S. 2016 election and meddling elsewhere in the West. While the Russian leader needs the sanctions lifted, he has made it clear that he wouldn’t budge on Ukraine or any other issues.

    As if to prove that point, the Russian coast guard in November seized three Ukrainian naval vessels along with their crew in the Black Sea.

    Tatiana Stanovaya, an independent political expert who writes extensively about the Kremlin, noted that Putin’s uncompromising stance stems from his view that the West will see any concessions as a sign of weakness and make more demands.

    “Putin believes that if Russia gives in, the pressure will only grow and the sanctions will be expanded further,” she said.

    Amid rising tensions with the West, the Kremlin has focused on beefing up Russia’s military arsenals.

    Putin turned his state-of-the-nation speech in March into a presentation of an array of new nuclear weapons, including a hypersonic glide vehicle that streaks through the atmosphere at more than 20 times the speed of sound and an underwater drone fitted with a powerful atomic weapon capable of sweeping enemy coastlines with a devastating tsunami.

    Vladimir Frolov, a Moscow-based foreign policy expert, saw Putin’s statements as part of his efforts to persuade the West to sit down for talks.

    “His goal is to win attention, fear and respect from the West, to get the right of veto regarding Western policies,” Frolov said. “He’s pushing for talks on Russia’s conditions and without any unilateral concessions.”

    Putin warned that the planned U.S. exit from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty would trigger a Russian response. In an ominous statement this month, he lamented that global fears of a nuclear war have ebbed, leaving the world blind to a rising doomsday threat.

    Stanovaya noted that Putin’s talk reflected growing instability in the absence of a common agenda between Russia and the West.

    “Moving further along the same track would inevitably lead to the point where it would become more difficult to control the situation regarding nuclear weapons,” Stanovaya said. “Putin believes that nuclear weapons are Russia’s ultimate argument that should influence Western politicians’ thinking.”

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