Speaking today at a press conference in Brussels, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rehashed the same claims about the NATO missile shield that haven’t been convincing Russia for the past decade, while insisting they will “press forward” on the scheme.
“This is not directed at Russia, it is not about Russia. It is frankly about Iran,” insisted Clinton. Such claims have not convinced Russia, which couldn’t help but notice that the bulk of the system is being built outside of Iran’s missile range, and much of it is positioned along the Russian frontier in eastern Europe.
Russian officials warned yesterday that the stalemate in talks could lead to a new Cold War-style nuclear arms race with NATO, as they scramble to position more weapons in the exclave of Kaliningrad to counter the missile capabilities.
The more pressing threat, however, came last week when Russia threatened to close their borders to NATO war supplies over the dispute. With Pakistan already blocking the southern border, Russia could effectively block all supplies from entering Afghanistan by land and leave some 140,000 NATO occupation forces relying solely on airlifts for supplies.
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The new issue of the German magazine Der Spiegel reveals that the Russian NATO-Ambassador was in Washington. He asked: "If Mars people were to disarm Iran completely, would you still deploy the missiles in Bulgaria, Romania and Poland ?" They answered: "Yes, that will go ahead as decided." Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge -www.plrc.org-wrote: "Whether they are on ships or land, they are still a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike."
Since when is Hilary Clinton in charge of foreign policy?
[moderator’s note: Um, perhaps since she was nominated, confirmed and took office as US Secretary of State, the cabinet position in charge of foreign policy? I’m just guessing there – TLK]
Well yea, that. But seriously it seems as though she goes around all over the world making ex cathedra pronouncements on her own. Don't the Secretary of State have to clear it with the president also? It just to me like Obama has let Hilary pretty much run the show all by herself.
I think the question may be asked differently. Is she in full control of the foreign policy, and the President has turned over that function into her exclusive domain. The answer is yes. According to a person employed at State Department at the time of her appointment, it was an understanding that there would be no interference in her policies. That must have been part of the pre-convention deal with Hillary.
That's what I was thinking only you said it way better then me!
At Hillary's age, you have the face you deserve.
Evil Empire and satraps will not stop until it robs Siberia and Russian natural resources or dies trying.
What a completely, arrogant, moron.
There was Iraq, then Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Bahrain and libya. Now our neoconic government is looking for trouble in Iran, China, N Korea and Russia. Oh my! how busy.
Nice outfit – a yoke of white pearls with a blue suit
Russia's know that the US/EU wants to Balkanise Russia by supporting Turkic Islamic groups in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Balkans to control Caspian and Central Asian energy and pipeline routes to the EU and don’t want Russia using its nuclear arsenal in retaliation.
Her husband’s administration held a meeting with Azeri officials in 99 to discuss the training and financing of Chechen militants which the CIA were directly supporting between 96-2001.
The Chechens were important as the Northern Caucasion Route to deliver Caspian oil to the Black Sea.
The Big Game theme in the Caucasus,
"This "Chechen volte-face" began in the autumn of 1996 when a Chechen-Japanese company, Caucasian Common Market AO, was set up in Tokyo and when at the same time the Yandarbiyev government announced plans for oil transit across Ukraine and Poland.
In addition to the Japanese companies Itochu, Mitsubishi, and Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, Turkey, South Korea, Poland and Ukraine, the consortium also included Saudi Arabia in the person of multi-millionaire Hashoggi.
"It remains a riddle why a man with such a biography was not shunned by Margaret Thatcher, Henry Kissinger, and leading Western businessmen. He also had a meeting with the famous Saudi Arabian billionaire Hashoggi. Influential persons regarded with envious favour all sorts of the "mobster's" ideas: to set up a Caucasian bank, a Caucasian common market, or a Caucasian investment trust.
the Caucasian-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KATPP) began to pursue the Caucasian Common Market project and after two months produced a scheme on how to integrate Chechnya into the world financial system. On June 27 at the annual international forum Kranz-Montana in Switzerland the Caucasian Common Market project was endorsed. It found its sponsor in the person of Lord McAlpine, representing the Goldsmiths financial group, acting under the aegis of Margaret Thatcher, who, in her turn, is a political adviser to British Petroleum, a Caspian oil operator.
On October 13, 1997 Lord McAlpine, on the one hand, and Aslan Maskhadov and Khozh-Akhmet Nukhayev, on the other, signed a protocol of intent to set up in London – on terms of a long-term lease of the Chechen oil complex – an investment trust with no less than 3 billion dollars in charter capital to restore the oil complex and to finance the laying of new pipelines. And in February 1998 the Trans-Caucasian Energy Company set up by them suggested to Moscow its plan for transporting "big-time Caspian oil" to Western Europe along the Baku-Grozny-Rostov-Ukraine route and then through the Friendship oil pipeline. In March Maskhadov visited London and met Margaret Thatcher to agree some matters. In April he submitted the Caucasian Common Market (KOR) project to presidents of the North Caucasian republics." http://blackhole.xerces.com/showthread.php?p=1268…
Let's see, as I type this, the USraeli Empire is interfering in Russian internal politics, building a missile defense system just outside Russian borders (whose only logical purpose is to mop up after a first strike), inundating Russia with drugs from Afghanistan, trying to subvert neighboring states and bring them into NATO, etc., etc., etc. Put simply, the Empire is doing everything short of open warfare to destroy Russia as we know it, and it is all painfully obvious.
In light of this, I have to ask: What the hell is wrong with the Russians? Why don't they stop "threatening" to do something, and instead actually do something? Closing off the NATO supply routes would be a good start. Why continue to appease a monster intent on your destruction? There's no reasoning with bloodthirsty madmen, is there? They understand only force.
Well, maybe they can't do anything substantial, but could be they are simply better chess players than the brzezinskiots. Especially after they learned the Afghanistan opening the hard way.
You would think that with all the financial problems the US and EU countries are having that starting a war with Russia would be the last thing on their minds, one would think. Saying the missiles are there because of Russia is, excuse the pun, a red herring – and a poor one at that. The Russians aren't stupid. That would be like Mexico lining the US border with missiles and saying it is only protecting itself from China.
As it is with the US Israel Firsters who overlook Israel's actions regarding the Palestinians in the misguided belief that they must allow the stage to be set for the Second Coming, the old school anti-communists feel that they were short-changed when the USSR dissolved and they were not allowed to stomp their feet in the dust of the destruction of the evil empire. So, they continue to prod the Bear in the belief that they will get their just rewards one way or the other. Khrushchev predicted that they would bury the US and it's capitalist system and he might have been correct. As we watch our globally entangled financial empire crumble around our ears, Khrushchev is pounding the podium with a gleam in his eye.
I don't understand why the countries where we are basing these missiles don't tell Clinton and Obama Thanks, but no thanks. The Russians are embracing the capitalist game and will surely fall, as we do, so why rush things.
EUropean countries should at least wait for springtime. Or even for global warming to be on the safe side. Common winters can be so long without russian gas.
That's the secret of US foreign policy: when you can murder so many people at will, and have such a long history of murdering for corporate profit, lies such as Clinton's are just an arrogant assertion that might not only makes right — it makes truth.
Because the people occupying The Pentagon Office For First Strike Plans fell so superior that they actually believe that they can develop a disarming/unanswerable first strike capability – and without Nuclear Winter by the design of the warheads on Minuteman-3 and Trident-2, if used against missile silos according to Professor Paul Rogers. For that reason General Harbottle stated famously on public radio: "They are bloody fools in the Pentagon." Obviously, they think the Russians will do nothing like Launch On Warning. What happens after accidental launch ? All-out suicide ? The only sane person was Bob Aldridge -www.plrc.org-he realized the implications of pursuing a First Strike Capability and resigned.
God, Hillary is so transparent. I'm used to her incessant lying, but could she at least make them less absurd? Maybe she should ask her husband for tips.
Well, Hillary is certainly butch enough. Nice salute. why don't you grab you M-16 and parachute and head out? BTW Hillary, Iran and Russia are not the belligerent in the hood. We are.
The reason they accept the missiles in Bulgaria, Romania and Poland is DOLLARS and so they imagine that Launch On Warning doesn´t exist and they themselves will be the first target. They pretend that everything is fine because of DOLLARS.
Clinton is as deranged as most of America's other leaders. The missile shield is aimed squarely at Russia. Soon there will be another missile shield aimed at China.
The world must fight against America and its attempt to gain control of the world by force. America is the common enemy. It must be defied and destroyed!
America is going to find that putting Hillary in charge of foreign policy was not complimentary to themselves or other countries. She lied without a blink for 14 minutes after that SEAL raid in Pakistan murdered some poor Pakistani guy and killed 12 of ours and destroyed a billion dollar helicopter. Impeach now before it is too late and more innocents die. hillary does not have a clue and lies to herself and others nonstop.
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