BETRAYAL

Yes, our Constitution is not conditioned or inured to deal with High Treason by… our own President. But, there are values, philosophies, ideologies, doctrines and human ethics that this country has founded and evolved over centuries… that the President is expected to live by…
But, apparently, not this President!

Trump and Putin.
Treason.

Alexander Factor.

Epithets and heartfelt feelings… Epithets like “no words to describe it,” “inconceivable,” “ungraspable,” ”unimaginable” and so on… are NOT POWERFUL ENOUGH to describe the feelings of betrayal and perfidy our President brought to us with his abominable behavior in Helsinki this morning.

• Yes, Trump is Republican and we are Democrats. But patriotism, country-first, unity, and our life principles are not partisan concepts
• Yes, our Constitution is not conditioned or inured to deal with High Treason by… our own President. But, there are values, philosophies, ideologies, doctrines and human ethics that this country has founded and evolved over centuries… that the President is expected to live by…
But, apparently, not this President!

But why? WHY?

• Why is this man, representing the most powerful country in the world, the most admired morally inspired nation, the biggest donor of goodness in history…?
• Why is he kneeling before a thug, a KGB officer, a dictator; of the country that has given nothing to anyone…?
• Why is this man tarnishing and cursing this country’s legacies and its intelligence services…?
• Why is this man slandering our allies, blasting the European Union & NATO – our most reliable allies and friends, the most democratic, liberal and economically-successful countries in the world…

WHY & WHY & WHY?
My answer (theory, hypothesis et al) is simple: MONEY!

• Trumps knows that President cannot get a capital punishment in this country, High Treason or not.
• Trump knows that whatever he does, his base – dumb and deplorable as they are – will still support him… all the way to a Civil War.
• Trump also knows that he owes hundreds of millions of dollars to Russia, overtly or covertly. We know that too but still have not put our finger on it.

SO? By doing Putin’s bidding, in the most “inconceivable,” “ungraspable,” ”unimaginable” ways (epithets from above), he may earn his forgiveness of loans he owes to Putin and Russia. Perhaps, this is what he and Putin discussed for 2 hrs and 10 minutes without witnesses this morning. And both emerged triumphant… the deal is made!

Once again, no capital punishment, no shame (who doubts about that), good acting (he has experience) and a $Billion or so are written off by Putin. For good behavior, for attempting to break international order, for insulting everyone on behalf of Russia, for (well, you continue this list.)

This is the biggest con ever done in the world. Bravo, Trump. You exceeded all forms of wonder and shock, all science & political fiction imagination.

And how easy was it? Just by betraying his country!

Helsinki meeting
Constitutional crisis

Neighborhood Watch

I am not advocating a new arms race. But countries do need their own defense capabilities that will serve as a deterrent and more responsible relations between neighbors.

Watching old movies

How to end the world’s dependence on America.
Some are arguing that the US should get more involved in world affairs and be more active in keeping the peace around the world. And I totally agree. To a point.
US should not be the policemen of the world. That creates an unhealthy dependency.
This US dependence should be reduced and eventually phased out.
The world population is growing and getting richer and should and can assume the cost and responsibility for international affairs.
There is a difference between being a leader and being an enforcer.
Europe statistics.
GDP (current US$) – $16.66 trillion 2012
Population (Total) – $505.6 million 2012

It is very convenient for the EU to rely on the US. It saves money and lives…less headaches and if something goes wrong you can blame America.
Here is an indicator of a totally inept European response: “On May 8, Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, passed through the Netherlands’ exclusive economic zone. Although the Dutch Navy had spotted the Kuznetsov days earlier, it was unable to provide an escort for the Russian warship as it passed through their
territorial waters.“
This failure of the Dutch to escort a Russian ship through its own territory underscores a wider failing within Europe to maintain a state of military readiness. NATO members are meant to budget at least 2% of their GDP every year on defense spending, although only four member states reached that goal in 2013.
The average defense spending of European NATO members fell from 2.5% of GDP between 1990 to 1994 to only 1.6% of GDP by 2013.
In comparison, the U.S.’ defense spending remains over the NATO minimum at 4.1% of GDP.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/russias-air-craft-carrier-crossed-195206098.html

Short-term profit over long-term security.
The recent crisis in Ukraine is a good example. European businesses do not want a confrontation with Russia because it may affect the bottom line.
So the Europeans let Putin do whatever he pleases right under their noses.
“The head of one of the biggest German engineering companies, Siemens, went to Moscow the week after the annexation of Crimea and met with Putin assuring him that they would continue a long term relationship with Russia. And that was a signal to me that the German business community is clearly concerned about maintaining its investments and even broadening them in the future.
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/european-business-community-concerned-new-russian-sanctions/

Time to share the responsibility.
“The former Solidarity leader(Lech Walesa) said that when he meets Obama in Warsaw, he wants to tell him that the U.S. should inspire and encourage the world into positive action.
“The point is not in having the States fix problems for us or fight somewhere, no,” Walesa said. “The States should organize us, encourage us and offer programs, while we, the world, should do the rest. This kind of leadership is needed.”
http://news.yahoo.com/polands-walesa-says-us-no-longer-world-leader-191843026.html

Asia.
The U.S. military alliance with Japan no longer serves the best interests of either country. Washington subsidizes Japan’s defense at the expense of the American taxpayers. That subsidy, which has amounted to approximately $900 billion (in 1995 dollars) since the early 1950s, is a powerful incentive for the Japanese to continue their free ride on this U.S. security guarantee. And Japan’s much-touted host-nation support of $5 billion a year actually pays only a small fraction of the total cost of the U.S. security commitmen
http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-244.html

There is another consideration. USA superiority on the seas is based in large part on the aircraft carriers. Only a few countries in the world can afford this type of vessel. But there is a high probability of the air carriers becoming obsolete.
http://www.combatreform.org/midwaymyth.htm
So smaller faster ships with advanced weapons will be much more effective and much cheaper so America’s allies will be able to afford them.

I am not advocating a new arms race. But countries do need their own defense capabilities that will serve as a deterrent and more responsible relations between neighbors.
The US will remain the preeminent military force for now, but it is getting increasingly difficult and costly for the US to bear responsibility for the world.
Diplomacy in close cooperation with it’s allies and rapidly coordinated military deployment and action capability should replace
dependence on the only superpower.
Besides, a smaller US defense budget will improve the economical situation in the country. That will free resources for a peaceful influence around the globe.
It is kind of hard to apply pressure on China when we owe China a trillion dollars.
Speak softly and carry a big stick? Well it is true. But as a team, not a lone giant.

Breaking News

North Korea hacked into Sony Pictures spine and now officially got Sony Pictures on a short leash. From now on every new movie release has to be approved by the Great Leader

Sony on a short leash

Kim Jong Un
Great Leader of North Korea and Sony Pictures.
Sony without a spine.
Sony Corp.

North Korea hacked into Sony Pictures’ spine and officially now has Sony Pictures on a short leash. From now on every new movie release has to be approved by the Great Leader.

 

 

 

Peaceful Hamas

EU capitulation.
New EU member
Militant Islam in Europe
Europe welcomes the unification with Hamas.

The European Union removed Hamas from the terrorists list and is going to invite Hamas to become a member of the EU. That bold move will help the EU fight the Israeli expansionist and genocidal policies in the otherwise peaceful Middle East.

 

 

 

Closer ties with Cuba

Relations with Cuba
Future ruler of America according to the GOP.
Relations with Cuba
No Cuban socialists allowed!

After long negotiations, Cuba agreed to help Obama spread Socialism in the United States. Real American patriots (also known as the Republicans) are outraged that instead of bombing Cuba as we in America usually do with other countries he, Barack Hussein Obama, is in cahoots with Castro to finally enslave all freedom-loving Americans under the Obama-Castro Communist regime. 

Ten Commandments on Foreign Policy

That reckless actions of the W. Bush administration invading Iraq and breaking the fragile standoff between the Sunnis and Shiites in the region created the vacuum of power and an opportunity for different groups to advance their agenda.

Foreign policy basics.
Read them W. Don’t just hold them!

Here I propose 10 Foreign Policy Commandments:

1.  Not every country is ready for a Western-type democracy.

2.  One cannot export democracy into another country or install it by force.

3.  You do not overstay your welcome.  Nobody likes foreign occupation.

4.  Do not be in a hurry to dismantle the existing governmental structure.  It is easy to break but very difficult to build.  You break it, you own it.  So you’d better plan how to fix it.

5.  Be careful who you give weapons to.  These same weapons may be turned against you in the future.

One example:  mujaheddin  http://www.infoplease.com/spot/al-qaeda-terrorism.html

6.  Do not install your puppet in charge of other countries.  People of that country will overthrow the puppet and you will be the one to blame.

7.  Maintain a strong military but use it as a last resort.  Be a leader, not a bully.

8.  Generals do not decide foreign policy – politicians do.

9.  Don’t rush with declarations on whether a foreign leader should go or stay – your words may turn against you.

10.  Do not intervene unilaterally.  You and only you will be blamed for the problems and nobody will thank you even if you succeed.

In conclusion, I just want to suggest that world leaders try to understand human behavior and the development of societies.  So when there is a need to interfere, it will be done by following the natural flow of societal development and not against it.  This will help to achieve an acceptable outcome with maximum efficiency.

Ukrainians Decided they don’t want Putin as their Tsar.

Putin promised to work with Ukraine. If he likes election results.

From the horse's mouth
Daily Wisdom
Putin aspirations.
Russia stuck with another Tsar.

 

It seems that Ukrainians told Putin to go f%$k himself. Putin promised to share his experience. Ukraine declined.

Putin imperial aspirations.
My Greatness.

History Repeats Itself.

Europe has the ball now. But it seems that the politicians in Europe are more concerned about their jobs than the future of Europe and are inept in a crisis situation. And the fact that they are cowards does not help.

Putin is a product of Russian mentality, of Russian Nationalism.
"A large part of the population sees happiness only in Russia's past.  They are completely disillusioned by the present and see no hope for the future.  Roughly half of Russians are trying to walk forward with their heads turned back to the past."  http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/back-to-stalins-soviet-union/475589.html
Quarter of Russians want Stalin
Good old times
http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/sixty-years-after-death-josef-stalin-still-revered-by-some-russians-a-886933.html

At least 25% of Russians want Josef Stalin back.  Stalin is considered the most brutal dictator of the 20th century.  "It is estimated that the death toll directly attributable to Stalin’s rule amounted to some 20 million lives (on top of the estimated 20 million Soviet troops and civilians who perished in the Second World War), for a total tally of 40 million." http://www.ibtimes.com/how-many-people-did-joseph-stalin-kill-1111789
I suspect that the current Russian dictator, Vladimir Putin, looks at the famous Russian Tsar, Ivan the Terrible, and the brutal Soviet dictator, Stalin, as role models.
Putin's role model Ivan the Terrible.
Ivan the Terrible
"Similar to Stalin, Ivan IV faced a hurdle in his path to absolute power:  the corrupt boyars, aristocrats whom he could not trust.  Stalin was fascinated by the historical parallels.  In Russians' eyes Ivan the Terrible was "a man who for the first time united our country and created a powerful state."

"Stalin, too, had subjugated the power apparatus with terror and waves of bloody purges.  Where resistance was not demonstrated, he had it fabricated.  Confessions were forced out of people with torture.  Show trials against leading men from the party and the state signaled to the country from 1935 on that opposition to Stalin's politics, whether open or concealed, would not be tolerated.  On one day alone, December 12, 1938, Stalin's trials sentenced 3,167 people to death.  Even the Soviet secret police, responsible for so much of the terror, was not spared from the purges -- just like the Oprichniki, the personal police of Ivan the Terrible."

The sword of the dictator circled around army leadership as well.  In a few years, more than 10,000 officers were executed and three out of five marshals and 15 army commanders were imprisoned. 
Separatists
Pro-Russian crowd greets invaders
Putin, the little thug, dreams of greatness.  He wants to be the next Ivan, the next Stalin.  And he has almost unanimous support from the Russian people.
There is a world wide discussion on what to do to rein in Putin, to stop his expansionist adventures.
Economic sanctions.  I think Obama and the EU have the right approach.  Broad economic sanctions will hurt the Russian economy and the average Russian.  So what?  Who cares?  Not Putin.  He will blame the West.  And Russian people are used to suffering and blaming the West.  These people have been brainwashed for generations.
Russia is a Kleptocracy.  And the sanctions should be applied to the oligarchs, the ones that help and support Putin.  And to Putin personally - he has money all around the world.
And it is a good idea to cut high-tech military exports to Russia and it needs to be done.
I am afraid that economic sanctions will not stop Putin from "fulfilling his destiny to return Russia to her former glory". 
Military support.  If the EU and the US will provide Ukraine with a loan guarantee then Ukraine can purchase weapons from the West.  That will not deter Russia from invading Eastern Ukraine but it will make this adventure painful, just like it happened in Afghanistan. 
The bottom line is that the world should have learned history lessons from WWII and be proactive in preventing WWIII.  The world cannot just stand by and talk tough.  Words from the West mean nothing to Russians, mean nothing to Putin.  But actions might.
Hitlers annexation of Czechoslovakia.
German-speaking Czechs greet Hitler
Here is a scary similarity between the 1938 Hitler invasion into Czechoslovakia and Putin's impending invasion in Ukraine.  "Czech Sude­ten­land was offered up to Ger­many on a platter of appease­ment after Hitler loudly com­plained that Czechs dis­cri­mi­nated against its Ger­man-speaking citi­zens.  Ever the master of in­trigue and deceit, Hitler set out to en­courage in­ter­nal un­rest in the rest of Czecho­slo­va­kia.  He focused on the east­ern pro­vinces of Slo­va­kia and Ruthenia, which enjoyed a fair degree of auto­nomy from the cen­tral govern­ment in Prague, en­couraging them to de­mand even greater inde­pen­dence." http://ww2days.com/hitler-invades-czechoslovakia-2.html  
History shows that any occupation is doomed.  Some last longer than others but all occupations fail...all of them.  The same facts tell us that if people want to get rid of the occupiers they will, sooner or later.
The problem is that in order to stop the occupation, immense resources and loss of life occur if we wait too long.  Like a WWII example:  Europe and the Soviet Union tried to appease Hitler with disastrous results.
Munich Pact
Hitler and Chamberlain.  One of them is a fool.
"On this day in 1938, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, French Premier Edouard Daladier, and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain signed the Munich Pact, which sealed the fate of Czechoslovakia, virtually handing it over to Germany in the name of peace.  Upon returning to Britain, Chamberlain would declare that the meeting had achieved "peace in our time."
"Although the agreement was to give into Hitler's hands only the Sudentenland, that part of Czechoslovakia where 3 million ethnic Germans lived; it also handed over to the Nazi war machine 66 percent of Czechoslovakia's coal, 70 percent of its iron and steel, and 70 percent of its electrical power" http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/hitler-appeased-at-munich
Europe has the ball now.  But it seems that the politicians in Europe are more concerned about their jobs than the future of Europe and are inept in a crisis situation.  And the fact that they are cowards does not help.
Putin-is-Hitler

Fascism is not a German Word.

The Ukrainian government is concerned that if it uses force against the Russian militia, it will give Putin an excuse to invade Ukraine. Guess what: if Ukraine does not use force, it will make things much easier for Putin. His provocateurs are doing just fine taking over the Eastern Ukraine.

The current situation in Ukraine is sadly similar to the situation in the Soviet Union when Nazi Germany attacked it on June 22, 1941. 
Below is some history:
Soviet army did not respond
Slaughter

“For over eight hours after the German assault had begun in the early hours of 22 June, he (Stalin) still continued to restrict his troops’ response, hoping in vain that the attacks were an unsanctioned effort by German generals to provoke war.  In keeping with this fear, a military dispatch (issued about 12:30 A.M.) ordered Soviet commanders “not to give way to provocative actions of any kind which might produce major complications.  “Similarly, the general in charge of the Baltic region gave instructions at about 2:30 A.M. that included the following phrases:  “In the case of provocative action by the Germans, fire not to be opened.  In the event of flights by German aircraft over our territory, to make no demonstration and until such time as enemy aircraft undertake military operations, no fire to be opened on them.  In the event of strong enemy forces undertaking offensive operations, to destroy them.  “At 7:15 A.M., Stalin agreed to a directive telling the troops to attack the enemy and destroy him, but even then, hoping against hope, he restricted the order to Soviet territory and admonished the soldiers not to cross the frontier line; still, in other words, he issued no declaration of war or general mobilization orders.  Only at noon did the Soviet foreign minister declare war.  Soviet forces, the German chief of staff recorded in his diary, were “tactically surprised along the entire front.”  Their unreadiness permitted the Germans to win an immense initial advantage, one that cost the Soviet Union uncounted millions of lives over the next four years.  http://www.danielpipes.org/2890/appendix-b-stalins-blind-spot

Aggression in Eastern Ukraine
Putin’s Ambassador to Ukraine
"Pro-Russian separatists on Monday ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine while another group of rebels attacked a police headquarters as a threatened military offensive by government forces failed to materialize."  http://www.cnbc.com/id/101579675
The Ukrainian government is concerned that if it uses force against the Russian militia, it will give Putin an excuse to invade Ukraine.  Guess what:  if Ukraine does not use force, it will make things much easier for Putin.  His provocateurs are doing just fine taking over the Eastern Ukraine.  
There has to be a strong response - Ukrainian and strong non-military actions from the rest of the world.  Because “Fascism” is not a German word.  And Russian Fascism is not any better than German or Italian Fascism.

Just a Thug.

Listening to the experts’ opinions about Putin and his strategic plans and what his next move will be, one can think that Putin is a reincarnation of professor Moriarty. Let me state it in the simplest of terms: Vladimir Putin is a thug. That is about it.
So what is the explanation for his actions? There is a wise saying: follow the money.


Putin's grand plans.
A small man rules a big country.
Thug:  a cruel or vicious ruffian, robber, or murderer.  http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/thug
A cutthroat or ruffian; a hoodlum.  http://www.thefreedictionary.com/thug
Listening to the experts' opinions about Putin and his strategic plans and what his next move will be, one can think that Putin is a reincarnation of professor Moriarty. 
Let me state it in the simplest of terms:  Vladimir Putin is a thug. That is about it.
So what is the explanation for his actions?  There is a wise saying:  follow the money.
Putin's personal fortune.
Putin is stealing money from Russia.
$1 Billion Putin’s palace on the Black Sea.
Many experts of Russian government and politics agree that, without question, Putin has used his last decade of absolute power and wholehearted corruption to stash away a vast personal fortune estimated at more than $70 billion.  A fortune that simply does not jibe with the humble, man-of-the-people, portrait Putin paints of himself.”  http://beforeitsnews.com/opinion-liberal/2014/03/vladimir-putins-fortune-2478250.html
Where did all the money come from?
“His most vocal critics assert that Putin has leveraged his power to acquire a 4.5% ownership stake in the natural gas producer, Gazprom, a 37% stake in the oil company, Surgutneftegas, and a 50% stake in Swiss oil-trader, Gunvor.  Gazprom alone does over $150 billion in revenue annually, Gunvor does $80 billion and Surgutneftegas over $20 billion.  Using their most recent market capitalizations, Putin’s combined ownership stakes would give him a personal net worth of $70 billion!”  http://beforeitsnews.com/opinion-liberal/2014/03/vladimir-putins-fortune-2478250.html
More about the Emperor Putin money.
Putin amassed wealth.
Putin’s yacht
“Putin is known to sport a $150,000 Patek Philippe watch on most occasions and his total collection has been valued at $700,000.  He also has full access to a $40 million ultra-luxury yacht that features a wine cellar, Jacuzzi, helipad and outdoor barbecue area.  In terms of living accommodations, Putin has access to 20 mansions throughout the world including a lavish ski lodge and Medieval castle.  The crown jewel of his property portfolio is a $1 billion palace overlooking the Black Sea that he allegedly owns through an anonymous trust.  Furthermore, Putin makes frequent use of 15 Presidential helicopters and more than 40 private jets, many of which feature gold plated interiors.  http://beforeitsnews.com/opinion-liberal/2014/03/vladimir-putins-fortune-2478250.html
Russia does not get respect from the West?
A distinguished professor and “expert” on Russia, Steven Cohen, is accusing the west of not respecting Russia's interests and making threatening moves like accepting Eastern European countries into the European common market and NATO.  Please note the word “accepting”. My understanding is that these countries ASKED to be accepted.  Asked, voluntarily.  These former communist countries and former Soviet Republics did not want to align with Russia.  They have had enough of Russia.  They have had enough of the Soviet Union.  These small countries fear and distrust Russia (meaning Putin).
Dear professor:  These countries are not just pieces of property that are owned by the West or by Russia.  These are independent countries that follow the will of their people.  These people wanted to be part of Europe, not part of the Russian “Empire”.These countries are not pawns as you, dear professor, would think.
There is a consensus that taking Crimea is harmful to Russia and it's economy in the long run.  So why did he (Putin) swallow Crimea?
There are strategic reasons like the Black Sea Russian Fleet.
But there may be one simple reason.  Just keep in mind that Putin is not a chess player.  Putin is a thug. 
He blew over $50 Billion in Sochi at a time when the Russian economy is in the tank.
Many oligarchs lost a ton of money on this “enterprise”.
Poverty in Russia is growing.  Putin made a lot of Russia's people unhappy.  He is just a plain scared thug that needed to divert peoples' attention, to play in Russia's nationalism.  Nationalism that he, Putin, supported and encouraged through state-controlled media.  Now Putin got to feed Russian militant nationalism he helped to grow.
Also Professor Cohen accepts as a given that Russia has to confront the aggressive behavior of the US and Europe.  Why?  Former soviet block countries got integrated into the West economy and are doing just fine. 
Compare Ukraine and Poland:  The 2013 population of Poland is approximately 38,300,000 people, with a total surface of 120,696.41 square miles. 
The Ukraine population of 45,593,300 people, which represents an increase of 140,018 people compared to 2011, with a total area of 233,000 square miles. 
Former Soviet republics
Former parts of Russian/Soviet Empire.
And yet look at the statistics.
Ukraine output by 1999 had fallen to less than 40% of the 1991 level.  Ukraine's dependence on Russia for energy supplies and the lack of significant structural reform have made the Ukrainian economy vulnerable to external shocks.  It depends on imports to meet about three-fourths of its annual oil and natural gas requirements and 100% of its nuclear fuel needs.
Poland - Ukraine GDP
$814.1 billion (2012 est.)
$797.8 billion (2011 est.)
$764.7 billion (2010 est.)
note: data are in 2012 US dollars
$340.7 billion (2012 est.)
$340.2 billion (2011 est.)
$323.4 billion (2010 est.)
note: data are in 2012 US dollars
For the last 20 years Putin's people ruled Ukraine.  And Russia likes it this way because it can keep Ukraine and other satellites vulnerable and dependent on Russia. 
Why does Russia want to confront the West?  Why is Russia different, or want to be different?
Putin friends are thugs.
Putin’s friends.
Remember:  Putin is a thug.  Follow the money.  70 billion is not enough.  Putin, the emperor, wants it all. 
Look at who Putin's friends are:  Iran, Syria, North Korea...countries ruled by thugs like Putin.
Russia sells whatever they these thugs want: nuclear weapons technology, conventional weapons - Putin does not care. As long as he and his cronies get paid.
So what is happening is that the unscrupulous gang of rogue states like Russia, North Korea, Iran and a few others are blackmailing the world in order to get a ransom:  power and money.
Putin's “chess” game is simple:  the more turmoil in the world, the more expensive oil and natural gas, the more money and power he gets.  Just a thug.