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Did Putin Know Before Gas Attack? AP Says “Yes”

In The Progressive Influence on April 10, 2017 at 5:04 PM


After well over a half century of distant relations between the United States and (the Soviet Union) Russia, the following campaign rambling from a total NYC carnival barker caught the attention a nation.  Of course, we had no idea how deeply intertwined are the possibilities of Trump and Russia. Looking back the early signs were actually prophetic. 

Fox News video

Since an uncomfortable number of matters regarding Russia have been discussed and many are still being investigated, let’s now skip forward to last week’s chemical weapons attack in Syria.
The AP is reporting Vladimir Putin was well informed of Assad’s intent to use Chemical weapons and he was informed well before the chemicals were released (via bomb).
The AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has concluded Russia knew in advance of Syria’s chemical weapons attack last week, a senior U.S. official said Monday.

The official said a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment. Hours after the drone left, a Russian-made fighter jet bombed the hospital in what American officials believe was an attempt to cover up the usage of chemical weapons.

The senior official said the U.S. has no proof of Russian involvement in the actual chemical attack in northern Syria.

But the official said the presence of the surveillance drone over the hospital couldn’t have been a coincidence, and that Russia must have known the chemical weapons attack was coming and that victims were seeking treatment. 

The official, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on intelligence matters and demanded anonymity, didn’t give precise timing for when the drone was in the area, where more than 80 people were killed. The official also didn’t provide details for the military and intelligence information that form the basis of what the Pentagon now believes.

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Steven Seagal To Join Edward Snowden In Love With Russia

In New York Times, Obama, The Raw Story on March 29, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Isn’t the conservative mind a wasteland. If Seagal feels so lovingly towards Putin, He should migrate and his citizenship should be taken away.

Maybe, one day he will see the root cause of his consternation. And, it is not simply Obama’s policies. 
Steven Seagal favors Putin over Obama and says he may emigrate to Russia (via Raw Story )

Action movie star Steven Seagal said in an interview with the Moscow Times that he is in favor of Russia’s military action in Crimea and that he may someday emigrate to the former Soviet Union. According to Atlantic magazine’s The Wire blog, Seagal…

Palin Gets Another Shot Via The Viewer Hungry Sportsman’s Channel.

In Republican on March 19, 2014 at 6:41 PM

And this is supposed to be cool?
Guess if Don King can do it, so can
the like showboating Palin.

We are lucky our mindset is to avoid Chronic Palin Syndrome.  You and I know Palin is a false reality and a bundle of idiocy handed to the nation by a stumbling and erratic John McCain (and GOP/RNC). It isn’t her fault she has been handed an opportunity to earn millions off the psyche of people who have infectious American conservative derangement. Yes, a state of mind that leads to this stuff…..

Rachel Maddow:Giuliani fawns over Putin’s ‘leadership’ 

Republicans & FOX News LOVE Vladimir PUTIN? 

And being with the mental acuity to craft one;s own quips, and not playing a professional staff to provide beyond “quippy” remarks.

Well, it looks like there is enough derangement and  “Duck Dynasty” types who will sit and watch intellectual deficient entertainment for sake of a few chuckles.   

We offer a 30 second trailer of what’s to come from the new Palin television show: Amazing  America with Sarah Palin.

Once the producers move through all of the gun-totting, killing animals, knifing fantasies and green screen projection of a glitzy American Flag, wonder if the show will include any minorities, LGBT and “binders of women?” One has to wonder how soon are the opening show will it take for a appearance by Ted Nugent. 

Rest assured, if President Obama took a stage with a super-imposed flag, Palin would throw a Fox News fit.

Jon Stewart: Big Vladdy – Semi-Delusional Autocrats

In conservative America, Jon Stewart, Obama, The Daily Show on March 7, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Yes, Jon Stewart quips about a sad spectacle in conservative America:  Putin obsession.

Putin Misjudges Our Nation; The New York Times Editor’s Poor Judgment, And "Bushed out"

In Edward Snowden, Steve Benen, The New York Times on September 12, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Andrew Rosenthal, New York 
Times Editor

 Internationalism took a turn yesterday. 

After President Obama’s speech of Tuesday evening, the world has witnessed a first yesterday.   The New York Times published an OP-ED from Russian President, Vladimir Putin. An OP-Ed from the leader of another sovereign nation! In an effort to quell my emotions (angst),  I fell asleep last evening after counting to ten.  
As I awakened this morning with 15% less angst, I thought maybe it is time to express a thought or two on the matter. 

First a question.  Will the next OP-Ed opportunity from the leader of another nation come from Iranian Ayatollahs? Imagine a Wall Street Journal post as an OP-Ed spread from Kim Jong Un, North Korea, with additional comment from Dennis Rodman
Russian US PR firm

The overwhelming sentiment in the United States is not to take action against the gassing of innocent people buy a despot. A sentiment understandingly evolved from the horrors of Bush/Cheney:

  • Fabricated evidence to facilitate war, 
  • Two simultaneous wars contributed to a Great Recession,
  • Possible lack of attention to serious warnings of an attack on the US, 
  • No bid contracts that provided millions to Dick Cheney, (some “big business” benefits while everyday people do not.)
  • Outing a US CIA agent,
  • Trample on International Laws (Atty General Gonzales and torture),
  • Lack of attention to issues on the home front,
  • GOP cuts to social programs,
  • Developing isolationist paradigms as the US falls away from an international leader
  • Recognition of our history of military action from each president since before the election of FDR (Including Carter’s attempt to rescue hostages from Iran…. military failure).
Yes, the nation is war’d out! We also are suffering “Bush (itis) and chronic Cheney Mania” coupled with fear of losing control of what little control we have on our everyday lives. That said, I question the gall of both Putin and the New York Times.  Both facilitated a message to our nation that included warning of Putin’s perception of “an extremely dangerous statement ” during President Obama’s Tuesday Night speech to the nation (and the world).  Putin took exception to President Obama’s encapsulizing the wrongs of chemical weapons use and preventive measure via focusing on Obama use of the word “exceptional.” Now, take a look at how media use inflammatory headlines to capture readers.
See how the OP-ED was received by Huffington Post – POLITICS via an AoL teaser headline: Putin rips ‘American exceptionalism’. The linked Huffington Post headline was much more civil and professional while making the teaser AoL headline papers silly and video game-like.

We are linking to the President’s address, despite the fact most of you have seen it, heard it, or decided not to bother. The comments Putin grabs for his “KGB” move to the New York Times is towards the very end of the address (transcript below).

President Obama’s Address to the nation:

I am also posting an NPR excerpt from the last two minutes of the address.


……And so to my friends on the right, I ask you to reconcile your commitment to America’s military might with a failure to act when a cause is so plainly just. 

To my friends on the left, I ask you to reconcile your belief in freedom and dignity for all people with those images of children writhing in pain and going still on a cold hospital floor, for sometimes resolutions and statements of condemnation are simply not enough. 

Indeed, I’d ask every member of Congress, and those of you watching at home tonight, to view those videos of the attack, and then ask: What kind of world will we live in if the United States of America sees a dictator brazenly violate international law with poison gas and we choose to look the other way? Franklin Roosevelt once said our national determination to keep free of foreign wars and foreign entanglements cannot prevent us from feeling deep concern when ideals and principles that we have cherished are challenged. 

Our ideals and principles, as well as our national security, are at stake in Syria, along with our leadership of a world where we seek to ensure that the worst weapons will never be used. America is not the world’s policeman. Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong. But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act. That’s what makes America different. That’s what makes us exceptional. 

With humility, but with resolve, let us never lose sight of that essential truth. 

Thank you. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.

I am reading Putin, and the New York Times via publishing the OP-ED, are taking exception to president Obama’s use of the word exceptional . While I take great exception (excuse the pun) of overuse of the phrase “American Exceptionalism” from GOP political campaigners, Obama’s use of the word and the theme of his address should not warrant complicity from a US media outlet.  Moreover, the president’s choice of adjective should not warrant an effort by Putin to use the US free press for what is clearly his personal agenda.

I do not recall Putin commenting on the use of chemical weapons. In fact, I do not recall Putin even publicly cautioning his minion leaders in Syria about any damage to Syria/Russian alliances over use of such weapons. Additionally, via the Op-ED Putin seems to have accepted the Assad government did use chemical weapons, despite his more public claims of “No proof.”

Putin starts his OP-ED with, RECENT events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders.”  See excerpt and linked OP-ED.

The New York Times


A Plea for Caution From Russia

What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria

Published: September 11, 2013

MOSCOW — RECENT events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies.
Relations between us have passed through different stages. We stood against each other during the cold war. But we were also allies once, and defeated the Nazis together. The universal international organization — the United Nations — was then established to prevent such devastation from ever happening again.

       Image Right:  Oliver Munday

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Is Putin such an ego maniac he actually has a self-aggrandizing view that he is well respected internationally? Or, could the Russian leader have such an old-school view of the world he exercises poor judgment out of desperation? Had the Russian leader exercised as much energy and inertia with his ally? We have no doubt Putin is aware of previous uses of sarin gas as the Syrian Civil War has trudged along. How about the old adage, “… ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” Why has the Russian leader worked to managed reality for his ally?  At the risk of appearing a bit jingoist,  of which I am not, one would think the Russian leader would manage his ally to avoid any prospect of armed conflict with a super-power. Russia is no longer a world super power. The nation can ill afford to have exposure of their actual military capabilities. And, I do feel the Russian leader wants to have his cake and avoid any deaths (I do believe that). But, his cake is a facade, it was not managed well. 

A couple of additional thoughts and the reason I find the New Times editor Rosenthal outside acceptable standards in publishing the Op-Ed. The American public relations firm that barks and retrieves the ball when Putin orders (and pays) is also culpable. I will take my criticism a step farther. Both American entities should be publicly chastised for their siding regrading an incident that led to the visible deaths of 400 plus children. Roesenthal commented today, he felt the OP-Ed was “well written. “Does he for one second believe that Putin wrote the OP-Ed? Was he contacted by a US public relations firm? (Already acknowledged: “Yes.”) Do such firms write such appeals, letters and position statements for their clients? I posit Roesenthal felt the Op-Ed echoed his sentiments and he ran with it. He may have also felt an opportunity to leverage public opinion. In any case he appears to have “flubbed-up.”

The New York Times….

The Times editorial department was approached Wednesday by an American public relations firm that represents Mr. Putin, offering the piece.  Also on Wednesday, Mr. Putin’s spokesman, in the course of an interview about Syria, mentioned to The Times’s Moscow bureau chief Steven Lee Myers that an article was in the works.

Mr. Rosenthal agreed to review the article and quickly decided to publish it. It was posted on the Times Web site by Wednesday evening. 

“I thought it was well-written, well-argued,” he said. “I don’t agree with many of the points in it, but that is irrelevant.” 

“Syria is a huge story and Putin is a central figure in it,” giving the piece great news value, he said. It has created a major stir, including plenty of criticism. Richard Murphy of Fairfield, Conn., wrote to me Thursday with harsh words for The Times’s decision to publish it. He described himself as “horrified” and said that The Times was “aiding and abetting a long-term foe of the United States.” 

Mr. Rosenthal rejects that argument. 

Now, finally, one more key point. After you read the Op-Ed did you notice a few things. First,  and not so obvious, what entity in US history has strategically avoided the ultimate authority and stakeholder while reaching others with powerful vested interests. The Continental Congress and top Colonial revolutionaries (some call them “Founding Fathers”)  chose to focus all attention and communication to the British Parliament. They never once negotiated nor effectively worked with or against (directly) George III, King of England. He was ignored; a strategic move! 

Once again, if you read the OP-Ed there is language there-in which brings fleeting thoughts of the declaration of independence or related documents. As an example:  “…. created us equal.”  

Does anyone in the free world other than Edward Snowden actually believe Russia is an idyllic world of social equality? According to reports from minorities who live in Russia: “Not true.” And, it is obvious the current treatment of LGBT people who live in Russia smack against, “….all created equal.” 

We do not feel Putin even wrote the Op-Ed.

Last point; we posit as we started this piece. The current collective psychology of the nation lends itself to manipulation. For weeks now, I have fought-off, crazy, zany and out right ridiculous misinformation via social media. Some of the zany stuff appears to come directly from government operations groups. 

The climate, thankfully, is very much against armed interventions. Of course, we recognize any GOP Administration would have launched a full-scale attack two years ago.  We are so Bushed-out we have given a foreign leader the thought he could, possibly following advice from some bush league PR firm and, publish a letter to US Citizens with a complete end run of our president. Even if our president was Foghorn Leghorn, we are mismanaging ourselves as stated by the president this past Tuesday. 

Mr. Putin must understand we may be created equal, but we are not of the same ilk.  Additionally, I do not feel Assad and I were created equal for many reasons. 
Rachel Maddow Blog’s Steve Benen weighs-in.

Electronic/ Social Media Warfare, Don’t Be Snared, We Are Already Anti-War

In ACORN, Breitbart Dot Com, James O'Keefe, John Kerry, Shirley Sherrod, Syria, TPI on September 5, 2013 at 6:25 PM

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This is driving a wedge among progressives and we are falling into that spider web called “Libertarianism.” 
Since President Obama’s officially stated his commitment to seeking military action against Assad after the use of gas against innocent citizens, my Facebook Page has been inundated with pure unfettered and way over-the-top bullshit (excuse the angst filled noun).  
While I am accustomed to hyperbole and propaganda from the Right, the post Obama announcement garbage is coming from the Left.  Well, let’s modify that a bit to, I am receiving much misinformation from the Left; my reading habits include nothing that even verges on conservative. I have no idea where it all originates. My suspicion? Much of garbage has nefarious roots, while another portion was developed from pure aversion to yet another US military intervention. The latter, I can certainly understand, but I question the need for outright subterfuge.
As you will soon see, some of the bull emanates from Russia and Syria. Now, wait a second!  Russia has a vested interest in any US intervention in Syria  Does anyone actually think any information from Russia will be impartial? Does anyone think that any legit communication from Russia has not been approved or allowed by the Russian Government?  We will readily criticize our INTEL agencies for incompetence, heavy-handed activities and for many other reasons, but am I to believe we do not know of Russian INTEL agencies? Could it be we do not understand information warfare? 
The salient point is: “Are we actually dumbing ourselves down to a level of paranoia.”  Have we allowed the horrors of Bush/Cheney to spread to our psyches such we have become irrational? 
Let’s take another TPI journey down a path of tomfoolery, manipulation, and strategic weaponry born of Internet and media technology.   Why worry about the actual gunpowder and explosives battle field when an adversary can kill the populace via surreptitious mental exhibitions?

Published on Sep 2, 2013
White House mouthpiece admits Syrian forces are not to blame for the gas attacks in the last few weeks but the so-called ‘opposition’ fighters. 
The yanks are the world’s biggest liars when it comes to ‘intelligence’ information. 
They are also the world’s most aggressive and dangerous country. 
Perhaps the ‘bully in the school yard’ ought to have the rest of the world join together and put him in his place and taught a lesson?
Just a thought.
Let’s dissect a bit.

“White House mouthpiece admits”The yanks……” (Foreign born crafstmaship maybe?” –The Pardu)“They are also the world’s most aggressive and dangerous country.” 

The actual segment from May 6, 2012

Published on May 6, 2013
How To Go To Heaven:…

Assad regime, not rebels, likely behind chemical weapons use in Syria, White House says

Associated Press | 13/05/06 2:15 PM ET 
WASHINGTON — The White House says it’s highly likely that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, not the rebel opposition, was behind any chemical weapons use in Syria. 
White House spokesman Jay Carney says there is certainly evidence that chemical weapons have been used. But Carney says the U.S. is highly skeptical of claims that rebels put them in play. 
Carney says the U.S. is still looking for conclusive evidence about chemical weapons use. He says there’s no timeline for the investigation. 
Secretary of State John Kerry was leaving for Moscow on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 
On Sunday, a member of a UN panel investigating in Syria said there were indications that rebel forces had used the nerve agent sarin. 
Former war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte said the UN commission has indications that Syrian rebel forces used nerve agent sarin as a weapon in their fight against Assad’s regime — but no evidence that government forces also used sarin as a chemical weapon. 
Del Ponte is on the UN’s four-member independent human rights panel probing alleged war crimes and other abuses in Syria. She told Italian-language Swiss public broadcaster SRI in an interview broadcast Sunday night that the indications are based on interviews with victims, doctors and field hospitals in neighboring countries. 
Yes, of course, the accurate high information exhibition took a bit longer to read.  It is also filed in a category labelled Education. Do you think that other piece of fakery fits your fancy and can be filed anyplace near the “Education” category?
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