“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Cold War 2.0

This video is three weeks old but shows how things are evolving and deteriorating:
2 September 2014 Last updated at 07:37 ET
Russia 'to alter military strategy towards Nato'

Russia is to alter its military strategy as a result of the Ukraine crisis and Nato's presence in eastern Europe, a top Russian official says.
Mikhail Popov, a Kremlin adviser, said that deteriorating relations with the US and Nato would be reflected in the updated strategy.
Nato said on Monday it would boost its presence in eastern Europe to protect its members.
Ukrainian troops are battling pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine.
About 2,600 people have died since fighting began in April.
Ukraine's defence minister on Monday accused Russia of launching a "great war" that could claim tens of thousands of lives - claims dismissed by Russia, which denies actively supporting the rebels.
'Aggravating tensions'
Mr Popov, deputy secretary of Russia's National Security Council, told Russia's RIA news agency that "the military infrastructure of Nato member states" was "getting closer to [Russian] borders, including via enlargement".
Nato's actions were one of the key "external threats" to Russia, he said.
"Nato's planned action... is evidence of the desire of US and Nato leaders to continue their policy of aggravating tensions with Russia", Mr Popov said.
There were no details on how the doctrine might change.

Analysis - Jonathan Marcus, diplomatic correspondent

Almost on the eve of Nato's summit gathering in Wales, the Russian government has signalled that it will respond to Nato's plans to make preparations to deploy crisis response forces to Eastern Europe, closer to Russia's borders.
Nato insists that while there will be pre-positioned supplies and more exercises in Poland for example, these will not be permanent new bases. But that is not going to cut much ice in Moscow.
The comments by the top Kremlin security adviser Mikhail Popov has signalled that these new Nato deployments, along with missile defence plans and the Ukraine crisis, will play into a review of Russia's own defence planning.
Moscow is getting its retaliation in first with the stage set for worsening tensions between Russia and the Nato alliance.
There are growing questions now as to just how far the Kremlin is prepared to go in seeking to influence the Ukraine fighting on the ground.

Nato announced its plans on Monday for a rapid response force of several thousand troops to protect eastern European members against possible Russian aggression.
The force, to be made up of troops provided by member states on a rotating basis, would be able to be deployed within 48 hours, Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.
Nato Secretary-General Rasmussen: "We must face the reality that Russia does not consider Nato a partner"
Military equipment and supplies would be pre-positioned in member states in the east so the force could "travel light, but strike hard if needed", he added.
Mr Rasmussen insisted that the plans would not breach the 1997 Nato-Russia Founding Act, which forbids the presence of permanent bases in eastern and central Europe.
The new measures are set to be approved at a Nato summit in Wales this week.
'Runway destroyed'
The Nato security alliance covers 28 member states, including Eastern European countries such as Poland and the Czech Republic. It does not include Ukraine.
Emily Thomas reports on the Ukrainian accusations that Russia is launching a full-scale military intervention in the east of their country
Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk has said that he aims to put the country on the path towards Nato membership.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday said such efforts were "undermining" attempts to reach a peace deal with the rebels.
Crisis talks between Ukraine officials, rebels and Russian envoys ended without agreement on Monday.
Ukraine's army has been forced to retreat amid a series of gains by pro-Russian rebels in both the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, and further south around the port of Mariupol.
On Monday, Ukraine's army said it had been forced to withdraw from Luhansk airport after it was attacked by Russian tanks.
The acting Luhansk region administration chief Irina Verihina told Ukraine's 112 TV: "Our troops have withdrawn, but the runway is completely destroyed. There's no way planes can land there."
The UN's refugee agency estimates that at least 260,000 people have been displaced inside the country, with most of those affected from eastern Ukraine.
Meanwhile, more than 800,000 Ukrainians, mainly ethnic Russians, have arrived in Russia since January this year, bringing the total number of people displaced by the conflict to more than a million, it added.
'I can take Kiev'
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has accused Russia of "direct, overt aggression against Ukraine".
Russia has repeatedly denied Ukrainian and Western accusations that it is providing troops and equipment to the rebels.
Meanwhile, a Russian official responded to allegations that Russian President Vladimir Putin had commented: "If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks."
The reported comments were said to be made in a phone call to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, and were reported in Italy's La Repubblica newspaper.
Kremlin adviser Yuri Ushakov told reporters that whether or not the words were spoken, the quote "was taken out of context and had a totally different meaning".

Russia's strained relations with Nato
1994 Russia joins Nato's Partnership for Peace
1996 Russia takes part in Nato-led peacekeeping force in Bosnia
1997 Nato and Russia sign Founding Act respecting territorial integrity of all states
1999 Nato admits Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland; then in 2004 admits Baltic states, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia
1999 Russia and Nato forces in standoff at Pristina airport in Kosovo; Russia earlier angered by Nato air strikes on Serbia
2003 Russia allows German forces through its territory to join Nato-led force in Afghanistan
2007 Russia suspends observance of 1990 Conventional Forces in Europe treaty (CFE) that limits heavy weapons, amid anger at US plans for missile defence system
2008 Nato briefly halts contact over Russia's war with Georgia
2011 Russia accuses Nato of going beyond UN mandate after air strikes on Gaddafi forces in Libya

2014 Nato accuses Russia of sending troops and tanks into eastern Ukraine; proposes rapid response force


  1. Maps Showing the Expansion of Russia

  2. ANOTHER ! Uncle Tom Black from that racist rag The American Thinker speaks out -

    September 2, 2014

    No Uncle Toms on the Left

    By Kevin Jackson

    In my recent appearances on TV to discuss the Michael Brown shooting, I sympathized with the Brown family's loss of a loved one. No family should feel that loss.

    But the fact is black families feel this loss disproportionately, mostly at the hands of people who look like us.

    I balanced my comments on Brown's death with an understanding the plight of the police officer involved. Officer Darren Wilson is a person too. He has a family, a wife and a child. And unless the man is a psychopath, I'm sure he anguishes over this incident.

    In my analysis, I didn’t rush to judgment; just thoughtful opinion about both sides of the story. For saying this, I was called an Uncle Tom by many, and even received more than my normal share of death threats.

    I proudly accept being called an Uncle Tom.

    I came from poverty, growing up in a black neighborhood. I understand how cops were used as tools of government to oppress black people. However, as a student of history I'm smart enough to know that Democrats were and still are to blame.

    1. For my knowledge of the depravity of Democrats, I was deemed a "coon-ass N*igga" by black Liberals, specifically a guy who supposedly was part of the New Black Panther Party, the authority on blackness.

      The narrative had been established that Michael Brown didn't deserve to die...for any reason; at least not at the hands of a cop.

      Ironically, if Brown had been killed by a gang-banger or from "beefin'" with some hoodrat, all would be normal in the hood.

      In the "death by cop" scenario, however, Michael Brown was not to put in a negative light under any circumstances. Because in that scenario, the bigger issue is police brutality and the militarization of police. Those were the marching orders of the Left politburo.

      Black Liberals readily accept the false idols; the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus, Al Sharpton, and the New Black Panther Party (NBPP), all of whom have led black people into a state of purposeful anger with nothing to show for it.

      I ask the NBPP knuckledragger who wants me dead,

      “How many black children have YOU helped?”

    2. Has the NBPP got any black children adopted?

      Has the NBPP helped any black children get into get into college?

      Of course they haven’t. Because actually accomplishing good in the black community is not part of their mission.

      This reptilian-brain behavior in black Liberals is taught by bourgeois white Liberals who are out for what they can get, and they have taught this strategy to blacks up and down the food chain.

      The Real Sellouts

      You would think that black Liberals would be ashamed of their behavior.

      Black Liberals go to work for their white bosses, interact with white people who treat them with honor and respect, and go back home to teach hate of white people to their children and anybody else who's willing to listen. They take no personal responsibility for their lives, instead blaming so-called "Uncle Tom's", too stupid to know that calling a black man Uncle Tom is a compliment, as is calling us "Clarence Thomas!"

      They refer to black Conservatives as sellouts, and say.

      "Think like us or die!"

      The reason many blacks do not speak their mind around other blacks is fear. They are not strong enough to say what needs to be said to the thuggish black Liberals who have been brainwashed into this "hate whitey" mindset.

      It takes guts to stand up for what you know is right. The true sellouts are those blacks who witness this insanity like Ferguson, and say nothing; go with the flow.

      Meanwhile the white Liberals, who supposedly care about tolerance and justice, amble about as if they don't see what's occurring.

      That’s why the Left has no Uncle Toms.

    3. Uncle Tom was selfless and caring, suggesting that he be sold into slavery so that his wife and children remain intact as a family. As a slave, Uncle Tom was abused, cheated, and ultimately destroyed by brutal men, yet he never lost his faith in God or his compassion for his fellow man.

      Uncle Tom took no joy in his circumstance; nevertheless he was satisfied in knowing he had prevented his fate for others. Because he loved his family more than he loved himself, he was not mired in bitterness or anger at being a slave, but found happiness that his actions saved others.

      I repeat. There are NO Uncle Toms on the Left. But there are plenty of sellouts.

      Read more:

    4. Actually, rather than being a 'racist rag', American Thinker puts up articles by conservative blacks who deeply wish to change things for the better, recognizing that the old Democratic Party solutions have actually made things worse.

      That is one reason why I like American Thinker.

    5. The fact that American Thinker speaks clearly and cogently about Islam.......and about today's topic, Russia......are also reasons I like American Thinker.

    6. Preemptively, I say to Rufus: F... off, Rufus.

    7. And to Quirk too, by the way.

  3. So many boobie droppings messing up the place!

  4. Okay, let me see if I have this straight.

    Some Neo-Nazis in the Western part of Ukraine want to fight with the Russians over a couple of Russian-speaking Provinces in the Eastern part of the country, and I'm supposed to, for some reason, give a shit, right?

    I mean, this Is Ukraine, right?