According to a report from Politico, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told Secretary of State Antony Blinken to designate Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism” or else Congress would do it.
The Politico report cited two sources familiar with the call who said the conversation happened earlier this week. As secretary of state, Blinken has the authority to designate a state as a sponsor of terror, and Congress could also do it by passing legislation.
The designation is meant to expand sanctions on the targeted nation. Currently, only Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Syria are designated by the US as state sponsors of terror. Cuba’s designation was lifted by the Obama administration but was reimposed during the final days of the Trump administration.
Since the US has already hit Russia with so many sanctions, the designation would have little impact on Moscow. But designating a state as a sponsor of terrorism opens up sanctions on other countries that do business with them. The move would also signal that US-Russia relations won’t be repaired for years to come as such designations are usually difficult to reverse.
Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are pushing for the designation and introduced a resolution that would call on Blinken to enact it. The two senators traveled to Kyiv earlier this month and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss the idea. While in Kyiv, the two senators expressed support for a “hand-to-hand insurgency” in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine.
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More stupidity. OK. Our politicians do not get that international relations and diplomacy require talking and negotiating with those we do not necessarily like or agree with. They are so parochial their entire response is to retreat into childish denial and refusal to discuss. Fundamentally they are colonialists who want the world to be run as they see fit, with no dissension or disagreement. And they definitely are WHITE colonialists who will go all out to protect ethnic whites over other races who are being victimized by their policies (eg, Yemen).
We like your tone Alexia…!!!!
Tell that to the Serbians and Ukrainians.
Tell that to the Serbians and Ukrainians.
I want diplomacy. Not this being amped up.
Make Love Not War is their slogan????
The 180-degree matrix lives on in the minds of the clueless! If Russia AND Iran are “sponsors of state terrorism”, then someone please give a precise definition of just what “terrorism” means. I know if you jaywalk you can get a citation. If you steal something, you can be punished. Just what did/does Iran and Russia do to earn this “state sponsor” designation? If people want to be fair, they should study history and not just take the word of the Lying Mainstream Media and government! As long as facts and truth are buried in the “history” books, there can never be justice on the world stage. When a nation like Russia, that actually “comes to the rescue” of people whose lives and rights are in peril, gets labelled a “terrorist” nation, you KNOW that the REAL terrorists are the ones throwing out the terrorist accusations.
There’s the nail and you hit it squarely on the head, Tom.
Time for Lavrov to declare the US a sponsor of terrorism. After all what is zeleneky?
Yep, Amerika #1
We tend to excel at terrible things…
Lavrov is smart, and a real diplomate, he knows to preserve some credibility is necessary.
Name Timber Sycamore as his justification for doing so.
Their assessment is more realistic – they are fighting against Nazism, which Wall St. has supported since the 1920s. Nasism only went underground in the 1940s and has reared its head again. The CIA was formed from Nazism (Gehlen Organization) and is reviving it in Ukraine.
Isn’t it time to retire that old mummy?
Maybe we could call her an old ‘mommy’ instead of mummy, it’s less harsh but if the mummy fits wear it!
She does look like she crawled out of a sarcophagus.
The scrawny old hag with implants, Donna 😉
She’s getting on my ( real ) tits! 😁
She’s my definition of the word ”ghoul” for sure.
But, that is only the West designation… The East & Global South designate US, most of its EU allies and Israel as state sponsors of terror…!
Informed people do know what it is about, it is beating egg white to foam to use if and when needed when to do harm is called for, it helps to manipulate public opinion.
Here again the Miror Image. They are going nuts, because the hegemon is loosing by the day. More and more nations are joining BRICS and doing business with Russia and China.
This is a joke right.The Speaker a war mongerer from.the gigolo speaks out about Russia,defending their country against NATO.How about Israel.in Gaza and Palestine,Lebanon?How about our buddy’s Saudi Arabia in Yemen? This white woman speaketh with forked tongue.She has been lying to the American people for 50.years along with Schumer and all.of AIPAC.The people are being led down a blind alley with death and destruction ahead.All.for power and profit.
Very well put Wendell, very well put!
“The move would also signal that US-Russia relations won’t be repaired for years to come as such designations are usually difficult to reverse.” Relations are already impossible to repair after the US helped Ukraine kill their generals/people. Name calling is bad but not as bad as actually killing them. It’s just a matter of time before this escalates into WWIII and a full scale nuclear war. In advance, please note responses from the Neocon/Neolib backers on this site explaining “the low risk” of nuclear war because of “Biden’s savvy diplomacy.”
Well put NA, very well put!…
I think it is spelled: Diplomassy!
Real Saavy, like hectoring & demonizing China while having proxy war on Russia. Brain dead “Bolton” diplomacy makes no new friends, only scores of enemies.The Neocons think they can scare the whole world with tough talk and bluster, but as anyone with eyes and ears can see & hear it’s a hollow show. Talking tough and acting tough when weak is dangerous and stupid. “Hubris proceeds a great fall” is history’s] great admonition. Afghanistan is its Poster!
Those who would have the power to repair relations are the ones that want a new cold war. It’s a perfect scenario. They get to spend what they want on arms. They generally get to avoid the bad press of hot conflict. They get to keep everyone in a state of fear and control of the all-pervasive but unseen enemy.
We do live the Hans Christian Anderson’s fable “The Emperor’s New Clothes” We are the subjects and Biden the emperor and Nancy andthe neocons Blinken and the likes are the conmen he himself picked.
Heh…Renate…I shudder to think about having to view any of those three with literally “no clothes”…
Hmmm, comparing the photo of Putin bare chested ( those pecs!) on horseback toting a rifle ( and I will admit to fairly swooning when I saw that), I’d like to see a photo of ByeDone shirtless on his bicycle carrying on of those pop guns that shoots corks…right before he tips over.
Amusing when he acts like running a few steps to prove how fit he is. Actually I find it annoying, insulting to thinking voters.
Those were man boobs, not pecs. Just sayin’.
Even so. He’s buff for an elder office worker..
I’ll give him that.
i have a feeling that russia pretty much ignores whatever uncle sam has to say
Don’t think Russia will notice. They have long ago stopped paying attention to any nonsense that comes out of the former United States. It’s just static, white noise.
Dont look in the mirror Nan.
You might just see that you and the majority of congress critters are also state sponsors of terrorism with the money you pump into Ukraine, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, Libya, Venezuela, Nicaragua, etc.
Hag need to die a long and painful death
She looks like she already has…
How does labeling other countries help to resolve anything?
It’s like a third grade fight, we’ve resorted to name calling…
Pal, I believe most third graders have more sense than the Amerikkka/NATO/IsraHell regimes.
Our new “Axis of Evil”.
What will be the effect on NATO unity of the US doing unilateral secondary sanctions?
This will speed the process of blowing apart “the West” as the Ukraine War fails.
Has Pelosi got her pantyhose in a twist or what?!
First it starts out with name calling and the next thing you know? We’re in the thick of it… Nuclear war…
And wait a minute… Who is going to go down our laundry list of nasty bits and point out our bad points and wrong doings?…………………………………………………………………………..
The U.S. ‘state sponsor of terrorism’ is nothing more than a list of countries we do not like. There is no other underlying principle.
George W Bush: “the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq – I mean Ukraine”.
After realizing his mistake, Bush mutters “Iraq too,” before adding “75,” in reference to his age, prompting laughter from the crowd.
Someone want to play the tape for that bitch? Sorry ladies, but that is what she is. She’s starting to give Hillary competition as the most despicable woman on the face of the planet.
No need to be sorry, Wars.
At this point, it’s probably a toss-up on who’s the most evil bitch of them all, although I’d say that historically, Margaret Thatcher and Golda Meir are in the running as well.
Madeleine Albright is up there for sure.
Good point, I almost forgot Ms. “It was worth it”!
Indeed. In this case I was only referring to those still on the face of the planet. I did think of Albright because she’s pretty recent but I see TheBlackLodgery remembered her too, so she does get her due. Shame on me for not including Nuland though. Damn, there are none worse.
Speaking of Thatcher, here some of her work.
I recall it well, Wars.
But it was her attitude towards the Irish that really boiled my blood.
A version of “Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead” topped the British charts when she croaked off 😁
Her grandstanding will change nothing about the current situation on the ground which calls for a cease fire and diplomacy.
Despite Russian military failures and problems that situation is not good for Ukraine. The Russian army controls roughly 20% of Ukrainian territory. Within that territory was Ukraine’s major mining industry including coal mining. Within that territory was Ukraine’s major heavy industry. Russia now has a land-bridge to the Crimea. Russia now fully controls the access to the Sea of Azov. And Putin has achieved a major victory because as long as the war lasts Ukraine cannot become a member of NATO nor of the EU.
“My political fantasy du jour: Thus, Kamala accedes to greatness! She must then appoint a new vice-president. That would be… wait for it… California governor Gavin Newsom — who else? (He was recently captured on video skulking into a back door of the West Wing while “Joe Biden” was out-of-town schmoozing up the honchos of Saudi Arabia.) Gov. Newsom is easily confirmed in the House and narrowly in the Senate when Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski vote with the Party of Chaos. Kamala soon resigns, citing “anxiety problems.” Now president, Mr. Newsom proceeds to accelerate the wrecking of the old USA along the lines of his recent work in California. All D.C. gas stations are ordered shut to promote the transition to renewables. The D.C. Mall is declared the National Homeless Camp….”
I’ve an uncomfortable feeling that Kunstler is correct about Newsom.
A new Brigade in Ukraine has been formed, Odesa Brigade. They are Ukrainian citizens fighting for a democratic Ukraine free of Banderite Nazi’s.
Sounds like a propaganda ploy to curry favor with Americans. The Nazi faction is way too entrenched to be rooted out, even if Z wanted them gone. Don’t believe anything coming from either faction in a war.
Don’t forget it was in Odessa where the Ukrainian regular army refused to shoot civilians. So the US puppet government sent in the right sector with modern guns against farmers with varmint rifles. The brave fathers and oldest sons protecting Odessa were chased into a building and burned alive. That was eight years ago; Sisters, brothers, wives, mothers and friends have not forgotten.
Odessa might be happier as an independent democracy. Hopefully they will seek peace and a settlement with Moldova.
Sponsor of Terrorism….Pots kettles black…
Pelosi To Blinken: Designate US as State Sponsor of Terror or Else Congress Will
That’s an act of war.
Just as the BRICS announce a new global reserve currency. Happens every time. War is the only way to avoid dollar collapse.
Let’s see here, Russiagate was complete nonsense, the Taliban Bounty story was also bogus. So has most of the ”information” presented since the start of the SMO… Not even mentioning Russia having to clean up Obama’s Timber Sycamore – AND stopping him from launching another war by having Assad destroy his chemical weapon stock…What exactly is the reasoning behind this action? Other than Pelosi just being beyond stupid?
The American elite are backstabbers, they suffer from delusions of grandeur, hubris and underestimating the opponent.
They underestimated President Putin and the Russian people big time, and are doing the same with China. The whole world knows the Americans can’t be trusted, even NATO members know, they just don’t dare say it.
She’s not stupid, it’s payback time for the corps. who fund Dem. campaigns. The same ones that fund Rep. campaigns. She’s just another puppet like Biden and the rest of the state in Wash.
its well past time that the US was designated state sponsor of terror.
Wash. hypocrisy is so pervasive. If it weren’t a tragedy, it would be a comedy.
The more U.S. isolates itself from Russia, the more they’ll realize they have less flexibility in the future. Pelosi at her age , doesn’t care what she is leaving behind for the rest of us, because in few years she’ll be dead and won’t give a damn about the consequences.
And there are so many like her. But we can’t be ageists so let senility reign.
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