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Why the recent developments in Syria show that the Obama Administration is in a state of confused agony

Posted by seumasach on September 25, 2016

The Saker

23rd September, 2016

The latest developments in Syria are not, I believe, the result of some deliberate plan of the USA to help their “moderate terrorist” allies on the ground, but they are the symptom of something even worse: the complete loss of control of the USA over the situation in Syria and, possibly, elsewhere.  Let me just re-state what just happened:

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Washington experiencing ‘mutiny’ over Syrian conflict

Posted by seumasach on September 25, 2016

. “What we are seeing now is the sinking of President Obama’s attempt at a détente with Russia. He is facing a concerted opposition of the Department of Defense, the CIA, the New York Times, Washington Post and the Democratic candidate. Can he prevail against that? I don’t think so.”

Crooke’s analysis is absolutely spot on! The implications of what has happened are immense. The USA is fragmenting at the top. It is very difficult for the Russians to see whoever is in the White House as a negotiating partner. We therefore enter into a  dangerous stand-off. As in Brexit Britain, the military-industrial-financial complex consolidates it’s hold on power at the expense of peace and the prosperity of it’s people. I do not say there will be war with Russia but a continuation of the peace process Obama had initiated looks very unlikely. Clinton doesn’t want it and Trump will run into the same obstacles as Obama.

RT

Interview with Alastair Crooke

23rd September, 2016

The US Defense Department effectively rebelled against the president’s authority when it said it may or we may not comply with the ceasefire, says former MI6 agent and founder of the Conflicts Forum Alastair Crooke.

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Russia, US edging nearer to agreement on Alleppo

Posted by seumasach on August 15, 2016

PressTV

15th August, 2016

Russian military officials say Moscow is close to reaching an agreement with Washington on how to coordinate fight against militants in Syria’s war-ravaged city of Aleppo.

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Brexit meets Russia

Posted by seumasach on August 10, 2016

Britain’s post-Brexit foreign policy: detente with Russia, containment of China. This, presumably, is merely a reflection of US foreign policy- the culmination of the Obama doctrine and the policy basis of the next US presidency.  There is a logic here: just as confrontation with both Russia and China is unrealistic, so is detente with both together. If we are to finally bring an end to the Cold War then this is to be applauded. Russia and China cannot be turned against each other: this is not 1972. At the same to “containment” of China may turn out to be just a posture, although a very expensive one, especially for the UK. Washington intends to hold back, Canute-style, the incoming waves of China’s economic development model, partly by mimicking it with a neo-Keynesian policy shift. Neo-Keynesianism in one country is not possible: it has to be carried out globally on the basis of a new global financial architecture, a reset of the global currency system. In the end , constructive engagement with our main creditor and the world’s productive centre is inevitable.

Theresa May speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time since becoming Prime Minister

Independent

10th August, 2016

Theresa May has spoken to Russian president Vladimir Putin for the first time since she became Prime Minister.

The Kremlin said both leaders expressed dissatisfaction with UK-Russian relations and pledged to improve ties.

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For Xi, a ‘China Dream’ of Military Power

Posted by seumasach on July 30, 2016

2010-2013 may be seen in retrospect to mark the beginning of a prolonged confrontation between China and the USA seeing both the coming to power of Xi, according to this article under the influence of the 2010 book “China Dream”, and the publication in 2011 of Clintons essay Asia’ Pacific Century. I had always tended to regard the famous “pivot to Asia” with some skepticism seeing it as merely a response to US failure in the Middle East. However, Brexit has made me rethink since it seems essentially to be a realignment of the UK with the USA with regard to China. Cameron called for the referendum on the EU in early 2013 but subsequently the UK appeared to be entering into an unprecedented strategic partnership with China. However, Cameron’s role in this was viewed with evident skepticism by the Chinese and it was George Osborne who took the leading role culminating in President Xi’s visit to London last year. Osborne is the main victim of post-Brexit vote machinations as well as the leave campaign’s neoconservative leaders who seemed to be under the illusion that victory would bring them to power. Power has instead fallen to May who has already put dampeners on the China partnership and brought the UK out of the sphere of influence of Chinese soft power. Not for the first time in its history Britain has abandoned its own national interest in deference to that of US imperialism.

WSJ

13th March 2013

Soon after taking over as Communist Party and military chief, Xi Jinping launched a series of speeches referring to “The China Dream.”

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After Brexit: Obama back on track

Posted by seumasach on July 15, 2016

Cailean Bochanan

15th July, 2016

It looks like Brexit was Obama’s preferred option all along. In any case, both sides of the Atlantic have been suspiciously quick to catch on to the idea of a TTIP between the US and the UK  after Britain has jumped from the back to the front of the cue. Obama has a new global role for us now that US-EU TTIP is dead in the water. It’s not exactly independence day but it’s not entirely bad news either.

Of course, a trade deal with the USA, between two de-industrialised debtor nations,  offers little in itself. But there has to be more to it. Hopefully, it’s one step back in order to take several steps forward.

First of all, it’s about what we’re no longer doing. We are no longer America’s poodle in Europe pushing through a neo-liberal agenda, TTIP, a new cold war, NATO expansionism and aggression and acting as wrecker and saboteur of last resort in the process of European construction. Brexit is independence day for Europe. Rather than a domino effect as hoped by the neocons, now marginalized by Theresa May, we are seeing a wave of Euro- enthusiasm across Europe following Brexit and to follow there will be a swathe of Eurozone measures aimed at banking and fiscal union, control of borders and European security. We can also expect friendly overtures towards Russia, China and Iran.

Anglo-American diplomacy will also go into high gear with detente with Russia. The appearance of  a sell-out will be countered by sabre-rattling in the South China Sea.

Ironically, Brexit, conceived by Little Englanders  of the UKIP or IngSoc milieu, is the catalyst for global transformation. It pertains more to the wider world than to Britain itself.

Nevertheless, there must be something in it for us unless, amidst all the theatricality, we are to be given the role of real life proles in an Orwellian Oceania. One of most striking features of the new government is the ommission of Osborne not because he jumped the gun in his negotiations of a deal in Washington the other week, but because of his association with austerity. The government’s disavowal of austerity and declared intention of investing heavily in UK economy and infrastructure seems incompatible with the pound’s very vulnerable status. It only makes sense if some kind of global currency reset is imminent along with Chinese style real economy QE on a global scale. That appears to be a long shot but Brexit may have triggered a global transformation which astonish us all.

As for Britain’s relationship to all this: look for Brexit to be the mother of all mudge and fudge. At some point we can reintegrate ourselves into a Europe, or Eurasia, which will, in any case, no longer be the one we left.

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Is South China Sea FON issue prelude to another Gulf of Tonkin Resolution?

Posted by seumasach on July 15, 2016

“The real cause of this controversy is the American scheme to cast China as the aggressor so that its flotilla of warships can parade around the South China Seas in name of exercising and assuring freedom of navigation.”

Asia Times

14th July, 2016

When the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in Hague announced its findings on the dispute in South China Sea in favor of the Philippines over China, the most jubilant party was the United States.

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Washington trade official reveals early talks on UK trade deal

Posted by seumasach on July 15, 2016

TTIP is dead and Britain no longer has the role of drawing Europe into the US orbit. Brexit is proving great facilitator for the wider Obama agenda of detente with Russia and a global reset.

FT

14th July, 2016

The Obama administration has begun preliminary discussions with senior UK officials about how they might pursue a trade agreement between the two countries following Britain’s exit from the EU, according to Washington’s top trade official.

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US-Saudi: Yesteryear days are gone forever

Posted by seumasach on April 24, 2016

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

22nd April, 2016

President Barack Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday has boomeranged. His good intentions were never in doubt – mend fences between the two countries. But what emerges is that it will need much more than one visit – maybe, even one full presidency cannot fulfill such a mission. According to Prince Turki al-Faisal, former Saudi intelligence chief, all the King’s horses and all the King’s men cannot put Humpty Dumpty together again.

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NSA Doval has struck gold

Posted by seumasach on March 10, 2016

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

The government’s Pakistan policy is highly accident prone, and, therefore, let me strike when the iron is still hot. But what needs to sink in is that slowly, steadily, a meaningful engagement between Delhi and Islamabad seems to be getting under way.

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Many Americans regard ceasefire in Syria as defeat

Posted by seumasach on February 29, 2016

TASS

28th February, 2016

MOSCOW, February 28. /TASS/. Many Americans regard the ceasefire in Syria as a defeat, Chairman of the State Duma committee for foreign affairs Alexey Pushkov said.

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