The Damn Fool in the White House + Obama Warns Russia

Stephen Lendman

The Damn Fool in the White House

Geopolitical conditions today are incendiary. Obama's war on Syria rages. No end in sight looms. Washington manipulated peace talks to fail. Odds favor full scale US intervention. Doing so risks regional war. In late February, Israel bombed Hezbollah targets. It did so along Lebanon's border with Syria. Hezbollah vowed to respond "at the appropriate time." It justifiably denounced "blatant" Israeli "aggression." Washington and Israel partner in regional adventurism. Do Obama and Netanyahu want war on Lebanon? Are they planning regional conflict? Will Iran be targeted? Will US-orchestrated violence in Venezuela continue? Will other nations be targeted for regime change? The damn fool in the White House risks global war. Ukraine is a major flashpoint. Conditions today are the most dangerous since the 1962 missiles of October crisis.

Jack Kennedy was a real president. Early in his administration he changed from cold warrior to peacemaker. He wanted all nuclear weapons abolished. He favored "general and complete disarmament." He wanted all US forces out of Vietnam by December 1965. He wanted to "splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds." After resolving the 1962 crisis, he said he "never had the slightest intention" of confronting Cuba or Soviet Russia aggressively. - The damn fool in the White House is no Jack Kennedy. Neocons infest his administration. Rogue elements make policy.

Ousting Ukraine's democratically elected government was planned long before violence erupted last November. Obama partnered with neo-Nazis extremists. He's got a tiger by the tail. Millions of Ukrainians reject them. Expect millions more to join them once their agenda becomes apparent. Eastern Ukraine is largely pro-Russian. Crimeans may choose independence. East/West tensions keep escalating. The damn fool in the White House risks war. He outrageously warned Putin against intervening.

On Saturday, Russia's upper house Federation Council authorized use of military forces in Crimea. Putin requested deployment permission to protect the safety of Russian nationals. On Sunday, RIA Novosti reported "(l)arge movements of Russian troops...around the (Crimean) peninsula…"

Western media headlines lied. They screamed Russian invasion. The CIA-linked Washington Post claimed "Russian forces seize(d) Crimea." Neo-Nazi coup d'état interim Ukraine president Oleksandr Turchynov accused Russia of "direct aggression against the sovereignty of Ukraine." Neocon Washington Post editors headlined "Condemnation isn't enough for Russian actions in Crimea." "Invasion," they screamed. They outrageously accused Putin of "provoking a separatist rebellion..." Obama and EU partners "must act quickly to prevent Ukraine's dismemberment," they said.

They support Ukraine's illegitimate xenophobic, ultranationalist, anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi coup plotters. They demand Moscow recognize them. They demand Obama order a "heavy price" otherwise. They want Western monied interests given a free hand to rape and pillage Ukraine. They barely stopped short of urging war.

On Saturday, Obama and Putin spoke for 90 minutes. The damn fool in the White House wrongfully accused him of breaching international law. He threatened unspecified "costs." Washington won't participate in upcoming preparatory G-8 talks, he said. Russia risks political and economic isolation, he added. Ukrainians have the right to determine their own future, he claimed. - His orchestrated coup denies them entirely.

Putin won't be bullied. He won't roll over for Washington. He'll responsibly defend Russian interests. He'll do so, he told Obama. He'll protect the safety and security of Crimean Russian nationals, he said. He'll do so in other eastern areas if needed. Real threats exist. He'll address them responsibly. If violence threatens Russian nationals, he'll take "all necessary measures" against it. He'll do so "within the framework of international law." He stressed the need to prevent crisis conditions from escalating. He expressed concern about Kiev ultranationalist putschists usurping power.

Security Council members held an emergency Saturday session. Vitaly Churkin is Russia's UN ambassador. Crimean authorities requested Russian help, he said. Claims about invading Russian forces are false. "In the eastern part of Ukraine and Crimea in particular, we have seen the emergence of people from Kiev with a clear intention of repeating what has been happening in the Western part of Ukraine," he said.

Coup plotters "want to replace regional governments," he stressed. Radicalized elements control Kiev, he added. They replaced what remains of legitimate Ukrainian governance. Churkin called on Security Council members to act responsibly. He wants them to tell Kiev elements to refrain from violence. Gunmen attempts to seize control of Crimean government buildings were foiled, he explained.

Russia's Federation Council authorized limited stabilizing military forces "on the territory of Ukraine" until "socio-political" conditions "normal(ize)." Putin hasn't yet ordered it, he said. Claims otherwise are false. Or that Russia intends using military force against Ukraine. Churkin urged all sides act "with cool heads." He wants Security Council members to order reinstitution of the February 21 agreement. He wants Ukraine's legitimate government respected. He recommended establishing national unity governance.

Events in Ukraine remain fluid. Voice of Russia (VOR) reported mass defections from Ukraine's military serving in Crimea. Deployed units are joining local self-defense forces. Soldiers doing so reject Kiev putschists. They resigned from Ukraine's military. Key is what its commanders do ahead. At the same time, thousands of pro-Moscow supporters rallied in eastern Ukrainian cities. They back Russia's anti-Kiev position.

On Saturday, headlined "Ukrainian Navy flagship takes Russia's side - report." The Hetman Sahaidachny reportedly refused to follow Kiev orders. It hoisted the Russian flag. Federation Council member Igor Morozov said it "c(ame) over to our side today." The move came after Ukraine's "Navy command resigned Friday," said RT.

Coup d'état president Aleksandr Turchinov appointed Rear Admiral Denis Berezovsky new navy chief. He defected straightaway. "I, Berezovksy Denis, swear allegiance to the Crimean people and pledge to protect them, as required by (military) regulations.," he said. The Hetman Sahaidachny headed home to Sevastopol after taking part in a Yanukovych authorized counter-piracy operation with NATO and the EU.

On Saturday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev spoke to his illegitimate Ukrainian counterpart, Arseniy Yatsenyuk. He urged both sides prioritize stability. He said Russia reserves the right to protect "the lawful interests of citizens and servicemen deployed in the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea." If needed, Russian forces "have the right to act in the framework of the mandate issued by the Federation Council to the president," he added. Ukrainian officials act irresponsibly "if they make unlawful decisions on the use of force against Russian citizens," he stressed.

On Sunday, Ukraine's coup d'état parliament held an emergency closed-door session. Reports suggest martial law may be imposed. Neo-Nazis operate this way. Rule of law principles don't matter. Imposed tyranny ups the stakes further. It remains to be seen how western Ukrainians react. Expect eastern ones to ignore Kiev diktats. What happens then is up for grabs.

On Sunday, Crimean Prime Minister Vladimir Konstantinov told Kiev to stay out of Crimea's business. "You in Kiev sort it out between yourselves, and we will deal with the republic's problems," he said. Most Crimean law enforcement and military officials feel the same way, he added. They support local defense forces. They want protection from anti-Russian elements. Konstantinov warned Kiev against forcefully trying to usurp control in Crimea as well as other areas resisting its authority.

On March 2, Ukraine's Belgorod Governor Yevgeny Savchenko said three pro-Russian regions reported increasing refugee flows. Thousands from southern, eastern and central Ukraine came to Belgorod. They reject Kiev authority. They're concerned for their safety. Rostov Region Governor Vasily Golubev said Ukrainians no longer feel safe in their country. Bryansk Region Governor Nikolay Denin said the same thing. Russia's Federal Border Guard Service estimates around 675,000 Ukrainians sought refuge in Russia in January and February. Expect many thousands more to join them. Chaotic conditions drive them to seek safety.

On Saturday, Russian immigration authorities reported 143,000 asylum requests in a two week period. They promised expedited processing of their requests. According to Federal Migration Service citizenship department head Valentina Kazakova:

The tragic events in Ukraine have sharply increased the number of applications to regional migration authorities. People are bewildered, frightened and despondent, [she added].

Increasing numbers of Ukrainians living in Russia are applying for citizenship. The neocon infested Project for the New American Century (PNAC) renamed itself the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI). Its directors and staff include a rogue's gallery of hard-right extremists. They deplore peace. They crave war. On March 1, they issued a statement on Russia's so-called "intervention in Ukraine." They lied claiming "Putin has violated Ukrainian sovereignty..." Obama 'warned' him, they said. '(T)here will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine,' he said. FPI rogues want Obama to "lead the world (in) impos(ing) (them) and to ensure his bullying fails."

They demand Putin renege on his promise to protect Crimean Russian nationals. They want John Kerry and Chuck Hagel to visit Kiev. They want them to "show solidarity" with its neo-Nazi coup d'etat government. They want bilateral US/Russian discussions suspended unrelated to ongoing events. They want financial sanctions imposed on Russian officials. They want NATO member states having the option of abandoning NATO-Russia Founding Act of 1997 provisions. These include prohibiting NATO force deployments in former Warsaw Pact countries. Ten, including former Soviet republics, are NATO member nations.

It is critical that the United States and the international community make clear to President Putin that his military intervention in Ukraine is unacceptable, and will isolate the Russian government diplomatically, politically and economically, [said FPI]. Failure to do so will only reward President Putin's indefensible and dangerous actions, and could embolden him to take further actions towards Ukraine and its neighbors.

Obama's administration is infested with FPI type extremists. How he'll respond to events remains to be determined. At stake is world peace. Will the damn fool in the White House undermine it further? His track record isn't encouraging.

Obama Warns Russia

The damn fool in the White House risks a potentially serious East/West confrontation. He bears full responsibility for toppling Ukraine's democratically elected government. He's criminally in league with fascist coup plotters. He outrageously warned Russia, saying:

We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine. The United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.(A)ny violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity would be "deeply destabilizing...

John Kerry aims to exceed the worst of his predecessors. He's well on his way to becoming Washington worst ever Secretary of State. He shames the office he holds. He added his own remarks, saying:

The United States totally supports the Ukraine's territorial integrity and (its) sovereignty, and we expect other nations to do the same.

Washington deplores independent sovereign nations. It goes all-out to eliminate them. It ravages and destroys one after another.

Samantha Power is Obama's UN ambassador from hell. She's one of many neocons infesting his administration. She calls genocidal war humanitarian intervention.

The United States stands with the Ukrainian people in determining their own destiny, she said. The United States calls upon Russia to pull back the military forces that are being built up in the region, to stand down, and to allow the Ukrainian people the opportunity to pursue their own government, create their own destiny and to do so freely without intimidation or fear.

She urged "peace dialogue (to prevent) further violence." Obama bears full responsibility for stoking it. His grand scheme calls for destabilizing, weakening and isolating Russia. He wants it balkanized into multiple mini-states. He wants new NATO bases bordering its territory. He wants Ukraine raped and pillaged. It wants its crown jewels plundered. They're largely in Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine. He wants its people exploited. He wants onerous IMF debt bondage. In return, it demands huge social benefits cuts. Predatory Western capitalism wants favored monied interests alone benefitting. Obama wants Russia eliminated as a major US rival. He wants control over its territory. He wants its vast resources exploited. His grand scheme risks WW III.

On March 1, Voice of Russia (VOR) headlined "Unidentified armed people try to seize Crimean Interior ministry - Russian FM." According to Moscow's Foreign Ministry, unidentified gunmen from Kiev were involved. Injuries were reported. Crimean "self-defense units" acted decisively. The scheme failed. "Russia is gravely concerned about the latest development in Crimea," its Foreign Ministry said. Further escalation is irresponsible, it added. Western-linked Kiev fascists want Crimea destabilized. They want total control. More details to follow when known.

Crimea's new Russian Unity party Prime Minister, Sergei Aksyonov, took control of area security forces. He appealed to Putin for help. He issued a statement, saying:

Considering my responsibility for the life and security of people, I am turning to Russian President Vladimir Putin to request assistance to preserve peace and calm on the territory of the Autonomous Crimean Republic.

Voice of Russia (VOR) said his request won't be "disregard(ed)." Areas around eastern and southern parts of the Crimean Council of Ministers were cordoned off. No one gets closer than 300 meters. Police and Road Traffic Police keep vehicles and pedestrians out. Simferopol streets are half-empty.

Crimean authorities planned holding an autonomy referendum on May 25. On March 1, Prime Minister Aksyonov said: "The situation has prompted us to...set March 30" instead. Crimeans will vote on whether to assert independence. Odds strongly favor them doing so. Expect a typical Western reaction in response.

Mark Ames is a one-time ex-pat US journalist. He spent time in Moscow. He's back home. On February 28, he headlined "Pierre Omidyar co-funded Ukraine revolution groups with US government, documents show." USAID was involved, said Ames. It played a major role in funding putschists.

Considerable funding came from billionaire Pierre Omidyar. He "previously worked closely with US government agencies to further his own business interests," said Ames. He partnered with Washington's regime change scheme. He funded, founded and publishes Glenn Greenwald's The Intercept blog. His deep pockets are a force to be reckoned with.

So are Washington linked NGOs. George Soros is a new world order confidence man. His Open Society Foundations masquerade as liberal. Their claimed mission is to "work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens." Soros is a notorious global predator. He profits at the expense of others. He deplores democratic values. He promotes marketplace sovereignty. He wants government enterprises privatized at fire sale prices. He wants social spending eliminated. He wages no-holds-barred class war.

Oleksandr Yefremov is former ruling Party of Regions deputy head. In April 2011, headlined "Leading party says Soros prepares 'Libyan scenario' for Ukraine." quoted Yefremov, saying:

I have information that Soros has allocated certain funds in order to prepare a certain group of young boys here in Ukraine who could launch any existing projects based on the North Africa examples.

His rogue investing is notorious. In 1992, he made a billion dollars sabotaging European monetary policy. He attacked the European Rate Mechanism (ERM). He did so through a highly leveraged speculative assault on the British pound. He forced its devaluation and ERM breakup. He's been fined for insider trading. When asked once about the turmoil he causes, he dismissively responded:

As a market participant, I don't need to be concerned with the consequences of my actions.

He profits handsomely from imperial wars. He operates quietly. He wants his activities little noticed. He was involved in Soviet Russia's dissolution. He funded dissident groups in its former republics. He did so in Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary. He takes credit for "Americanizing Eastern Europe." He funded anti-Milosevic elements in Yugoslavia. His Pax Americana strategy differs only from Washington's in subtlety. It matches its viciousness. He's involved in Obama's plan to topple Assad in Syria. He once said "(w)e need a global sheriff." Perhaps he has himself in mind. He sees ripe pickings in Ukraine. He wants a piece of its plundered resources. He's mindless of the harm he causes.

On February 28, RIA Novosti headlined "Russian Lawmakers Push to Simplify Annexing New Territories," saying: On Friday, legislation was introduced. Moscow "may be planning to gain control over Ukraine's mainly ethnic Russian-populated region of Crimea."

Legislative language calls for doing so through referendum authority. "There have been cases in international practice when a part of a state joined another state without an international treaty being signed," Russian lawmakers said. "Moreover, international law does not require the conclusion of such a treaty with a foreign state."

Lawmakers said Moscow is obligated to Ukraine under its treaty of friendship, cooperation and partnership between the Russian Federation and Ukraine.

Its agreed on provisions include:

Article 1 - High contracting parties as the friendly, equal in rights and sovereign states base the relations on mutual respect and trust, strategic partnership and cooperation.

Article 2 - High contracting parties according to provisions of the Charter of the United Nations and obligations under the Final act of Meeting on safety and cooperation in Europe respect territorial integrity of each other and confirm inviolability of borders existing between them.

Article 3 - High contracting parties build the relations with each other on the basis of principles of mutual respect, sovereign equality, territorial integrity, inviolability of borders, peaceful settlement of disputes, the nonuse of force or threat by force, including economic and different ways of pressure, the rights of the people freely to dispose of the destiny, non-interference to internal affairs, observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms, cooperation between the states, fair accomplishment of the taken international obligations, and also other universally recognized norms of international law.

A so-called 1994 Budapest Memorandum affirms a US/Russia/UK/Northern Ireland commitment "to respect the Independence and Sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine."

These nations "reaffirm their obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine..." They'll "refrain from economic coercion" to benefit at its expense. They'll assist Ukraine "should it become a victim of an act of aggression..."

Interim president/parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov is fascist Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party first deputy chairman. He warned that "any movements of troops, especially with troops outside that territory will be considered military aggression."

On February 28, his special Crimean representative, Sergei Kunitsyn said: "Thirteen Russian aircraft landed at the airport of Gvardeyskoye (near Simferopol) with 150 people in each one." He described what he called an "armed invasion."

A previous article called Ukraine a potential flashpoint for global war. A possible East/West confrontation is very much up for grabs. Ukraine may be Putin's red line. He once called Soviet Russia's dissolution modern history's greatest tragedy. He's most concerned about Ukraine. It's the most important former Soviet republic. It was part of Russia's heartland. It's been its breadbasket and gateway to the West. Crimea is home to its Black Sea Fleet. It's too strategically important to lose.

If Crimea declares independence, expect Putin to support it. He'll try doing so diplomatically. He calls sovereign independence inviolable. He's been mostly quiet so far. He's too outspoken to remains so for long.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He has devoted his time and efforts to progressive causes and organizations, all involved in working for a more humane and just world for all people everywhere, but especially for the most needy, disadvantaged and oppressed. His efforts since summer 2005 have included writing on a broad range of vital topics ranging from war and peace; social, economic and political equity for all; and justice for all the oppressed peoples of the world like the long-suffering people of Haiti and the Palestinians. He also co-hosts The Global Research News Hour, gives occasional public talks, and appears frequently on radio and at times television. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization. Also visit his blog and listen to The Lendman News Hour on Monday - Friday at 10AM US Central time for cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on world and national issues. All programs are archived for easy listening. His new book "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War" can be ordered HERE. He can be reached at

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