With diplomacy having failed miserably to resolve the Russian annexation of Crimea, and soon East Ukraine (and with John Kerry in charge of it, was there ever any doubt), the US is moving to the heavy artillery. First, moments ago, the US DOE announced in a shocking announcement that it would proceed with the first draw down and sale of crude from the US strategic petroleum reserve, the first since June 2011, in what it said was a "test sale to check the operational capabilities of system infrastructure", but is really just a shot across the bow at Putin for whom high commodity prices are orders of magnitude more important than how the Russian stock market performs. And now, as Bloomberg just reported, the US has escalated even further, citing the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, who "has claimed that in the case of an escalation of unrest in Crimea, the U.S. Army is ready to back up Ukraine and its allies in Europe with military actions."
The Defense Ministry said units of the 98th Guards Airborne Division, based in Ivanovo, a city east of Moscow, were put on high alert and moved to unspecified locations to “check readiness” in simulated combat conditions.
Two US drones shot down over Crimea? ~ link ~ Damn!
White House: US War Games in Black Sea 'speak in clear voice' to Russia ~ link ~ Insane bastards...first spend $5 BILLION taxpayers dollars to create a nightmare and then develop it so that it endangers the entire Human Race with WWIII. Stirling
NATO starts air drills close to Ukraine's borders ~ link ~
NATO has begun wargames in Poland as recently dispatched US jets are set to take part in the exercises. Poor weather has delayed naval maneuvers in the Black Sea, with the US saying both drills were planned before the outbreak of unrest in Ukraine.
The air drills began on Tuesday at the Lask Air Base in central Poland. Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski was present as the exercises commenced, standing by as four Polish F-16s lifted off. A US Hercules transport plane landed with support staff, while at least 12 US F-16 fighter jets and 300 personnel are due to arrive by Thursday.
Komorowski, without directly naming Crimea, said "events to the east" provided a reason to protect military spending in an age of austerity. "I hope events to the east of the Polish border, which is also NATO's border, will encourage tough decisions regarding Polish security," Reuters cites him as saying.
Liberman calls for IDF to recaputure Gaza ~ link ~ Liberman ever the Eastern European Yiddish Night Club Bouncer! Stirling
IDF strikes Gaza after 60 "rockets" hit Israel ~ link ~ The IDF so tough with civilians...In their most recent war in Lebanon they had the butts kicked by Hezbollah. Note that the dangerous "rockets" did not injure anyone, just noise and most likely a False Flag. Stirling
“Indeed, in accordance with the amendments introduced to the 1961 law (Foreign Assistance Act) a few years ago the provision of foreign assistance is prohibited to ‘the government of any country whose duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup or decree.’ The relevant provision is contained in 22 US Code § 8422,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “Thus, by all criteria the provision of funds to the illegitimate [Kiev] regime, which seized power by force, is unlawful and goes beyond the boundaries of the US legal system,” the statement added.
“The Ukrainians have asked for an unscheduled observation flight over our territory,” Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told reporters in Moscow.
Russia and Ukraine are entitled to surveillance flights over each other's territories following the Open Skies treaty signed in 1992, but Antonov said that Kiev had never asked for one before, and that Moscow was "under no obligation" to allow it immediately.
“We have decided to allow such a flight. We hope that our neighbors are assured that there is no military activity that threatens them on the border.”
Antonov vehemently denied a statement Tuesday by Igor Tenyukh, defense minister for the Kiev coup-appointed government, that Russia had amassed more than 220,000 troops, 1,800 tanks and over 400 helicopters in regions adjacent to eastern Ukraine.
Russian neighbor Belarus asks to host another 15 Russian fighters in response to NATO escalation ~ link ~
With NATO actively building up its air force support in Poland and the Baltic states in recent days in a flashback to cold war military escalation and deterrence, and even launching AWACS planes over Poland and Romania to monitor the Ukraine crisis and "enhance the alliance's situational awareness," the inevitable has finally happened, and other Russian neighbor states, ones not alligned with the military treaty, have escalated in turn only this time the are showing their allegiance not to the west but to Russia.
Moments ago RIA reported that Minsk will "adequately react to the strengthening of NATO forces near the borders of Belarus, and will offer to host up to an additional 15 Russian aircraft, according to the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on Wednesday at a meeting of the Security Council of Belarus.
USN guided missile destroyer USS Truxton in the Black Sea triggers Russian anti-ship missile deployment ~ link ~ The USS Truxton is VERY exposed in the Black Sea. However, I am more concerned about a False Flag Attack on her than I am about a Russian attack!!! Such a False Flag event could be timed to begin the Third World War! Stirling
The Rothschild's Template for War ~ link ~
- Send foreign mercenaries into the victim state to foment ‘revolt’.
- Provoke the victim state into using its armed forces to oppose the foreign invaders.
- Have the media present this lawful defensive action by the victim state as the cruel oppression of a dictatorship.
- Send your armed forces to complete the job of regime change.
- Establish a new puppet regime with a banking system consisting of a privately held central bank that issues currency on a debt basis, thus enslaving the population.
Tymoshenko's millions hidden all over the world ~ link
The Western Media Is A Lie Factory ~ link
Victoria, Australia makes protesting illegal and fines protesters $750 and can jail for up to 2 years ~ link ~