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Caitlin Johnstone: “CNN And WaPo Demand That Trump Further Escalate Tensions With Russia”

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Written by Caitlin Johnstone; Originally appeared at her blog

CNN has aired a segment in which pundit Fareed Zakaria tells the network’s audience that the US president has “been unwilling to confront Putin in any way on any issue” and asks “will Venezuela be the moment when Trump finally ends his appeasement?”

The segment is a near-verbatim reading of Zakaria’s Washington Post columnfrom a couple of days prior, so that’s two massive prongs through which this false and pernicious narrative is being driven into mainstream consciousness claiming that the Trump administration has been far too dovish toward Moscow, rather than dangerously hawkish as is actually the case.

Zakaria begins his segment by describing the Trump administration’s (completely illegitimate) efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, then describing Russian efforts to counter this agenda as an attempt to “taunt the United States.” He then spends the rest of the segment asking if Trump will be brave and patriotic enough to further escalate tensions against a nuclear superpower. Zakaria concludes by implying that if Trump fails to increase world-threatening nuclear tensions to effect yet another US regime change intervention in yet another oil-rich country, it will be because he is a Kremlin agent.

“The big question for Washington is: Will it allow Moscow to make a mockery of another U.S. red line?” Zakaria said. “The United States and Russia have taken opposing, incompatible stands on this issue. And as with Syria, there is a danger that, if Washington does not back its words with deeds, a year from now, we will be watching the consolidation of the Maduro regime, supported with Russian arms and money.”

Yes Fareed, there is a real “danger” that if the Trump administration you liberal pundits claim to oppose doesn’t act like the reckless madman you claim he is and tempt hot war with a nuclear superpower in order to effect regime change in a sovereign nation, that regime change agenda will fail. Very, very dangerous to not flirt with nuclear war over US resource control agendas.

“The administration has been tough on Russian involvement in Venezuela,” said Zakaria. “Trump himself has even declared, ‘Russia has to get out.’ But that is an unusual statement from Trump, who has almost never criticized Putin and often sided with Russia on matters big and small.”

Zakaria goes on to cite the Obama administration’s ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul, who claimed in a Washington Post article that, contrary to the Trump administration’s claims of being hawkish toward Russia, “Even on small issues of little relevance to American national interests, Trump sides with Putin.”

“I have never alleged collusion or conspiracy between Russia and Trump, writing merely that we should wait to see what evidence special counsel Robert S. Mueller III presented,” Zakaria concludes, trying to shelter himself from the ridicule that is being directed at the debunked Russiagate conspiracy while simultaneously promoting it. “But the real puzzle remains: Why has Trump been unwilling to confront Putin in any way on any issue? And will Venezuela be the moment when Trump finally ends his appeasement?”

You could not ask for a more perfect illustration of just how dangerous and toxic this years-long Russiagate psyop has been. Even after the Mueller investigation concluded with no mass arrests, no sealed indictments, no further indictments and no evidence of Russian collusion, the mass media war propagandists are attempting to use the Russia hysteria they’ve already manufactured via the collusion narrative to create demand for more escalations against Russia. Fragmenting and undermining Russia and shoving it off the world stage has been an agenda of opaque US government agencies since the fall of the Soviet Union, and steps have been taken into a new cold war to effect this agenda for more than five years now, long before liberals in America spent any part of their day thinking or caring about Vladimir Putin. Mass media outlets like CNN and WaPo have been actively facilitating this agenda by promulgating these false narratives, and they are playing an instrumental role in convincing the US populace to keep their foot off the brake pedal in an accelerating and world-threatening new cold war.

Trump has already greatly escalated tensions with Russia by implementing a Nuclear Posture Review with a much more aggressive stance against Russiawithdrawing from the INF treaty, bombing and illegally occupying Syria, arming Ukraine, staging a coup in Venezuela, and many, many other hawkish actions taken against the interests of Russia’s geostrategic and economic interests. It is an indisputable fact that Trump has been more aggressive toward Russia than any other president since the fall of the Berlin wall. But the Russiagate narrative enables the war propagandists to not only ignore these escalations and the danger they pose to all life on earth, but to demand more and more of them.

Stephen Cohen, one of the foremost experts on US-Russia relations in America, made the following observation way back in April of 2017 in an interview with Democracy Now:

I think this is the most dangerous moment in American-Russian relations, at least since the Cuban missile crisis. And arguably, it’s more dangerous, because it’s more complex. Therefore, we — and then, meanwhile, we have in Washington these — and, in my judgment, factless accusations that Trump has somehow been compromised by the Kremlin. So, at this worst moment in American-Russian relations, we have an American president who’s being politically crippled by the worst imaginable — it’s unprecedented. Let’s stop and think. No American president has ever been accused, essentially, of treason. This is what we’re talking about here, or that his associates have committed treason.

Imagine, for example, John Kennedy during the Cuban missile crisis. And for the viewers who are not of a certain age, the Kennedy administration was presented — and the evidence, by the way, was presented to us; they showed us the surveillance photos. There was no doubt what the Soviets had done, putting missile silos in Cuba. No evidence has been presented today of anything. Imagine if Kennedy had been accused of being a secret Soviet Kremlin agent. He would have been crippled. And the only way he could have proved he wasn’t was to have launched a war against the Soviet Union. And at that time, the option was nuclear war.

To be clear, we came within a hair’s breadth of total nuclear annihilation during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Nobody likes to think about how close we all came to losing literally everything, and we didn’t find out exactly how close we came until years later, but armageddon came *this* close to happening. The primary risk of nuclear war isn’t that one will be planned and carried out in the hope of one side emerging victorious, it’s that something can go cataclysmically wrong as a result of miscommunication or misunderstanding in the midst of complex and confusing escalating tensions. This almost happened during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Due to his extensive knowledge of the dynamics in play, Cohen saw all this coming long before anyone else, and accurately predicted the waves of cold war escalations we’ve seen since. Democratic congresswoman and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard recently confirmed his prediction, tweeting, “Short-sighted politicians and media pundits who’ve spent last two years accusing Trump as a Putin puppet have brought us the expensive new Cold War and arms race. How? Because Trump now does everything he can to prove he’s not Putin’s puppet — even if it brings us closer to nuclear war.”

This is how depraved the mass media are. They’re willing to lull the populace into complacency with the formation of a new cold war that threatens everyone they love, even get them demanding direct confrontation, all to please their plutocratic owners, their military-industrial complex sponsors, and the intelligence agencies with which they are aligned. They’re willing to risk getting us all killed for money and crude oil.

If we’re going to begin bringing our society and ecosystem into health, we’re going to have to find a way to extricate the influence of these toxic manipulators from the minds of the greater populace. As long as they’re able to propagandize the majority into consenting to even the most insane omnicidal agendas, we’ll never be able to use our superior numbers against the malignant manipulations of the few who would rule us. Whoever controls the narrative controls the world, and right now it’s the evil fingers that are pulling the strings of empire lackeys like Fareed Zakaria.

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They’re willing to lull the populace into complacency with the formation
of a new cold war that threatens everyone they love, even get them
demanding direct confrontation, all to please their plutocratic owners,
their military-industrial complex sponsors, and the intelligence
agencies with which they are aligned.

Given the blatant global censorship of many fundamental truths, I suppose one can forgive Caitlin for not mentioning the obvious: Jews hate Russia because Russia is not subject to their control and, yes, Jews are willing to risk everyone’s lives to gain global domination. I call it ZioNazi Globalism. The ZioNazi part: Jews “forcing” the return of so-called Jews (fake Eastern European converts) to Israel in an ethno-supremacist state (ZioNazism) to harbinger the coming of the (false) Messiah to rule the world (Globalism).

Just keep watching, all the pieces fall into place if you pay attention.

You can call me Al

The Jews in Russia believe in Judaism not Zionism. The Jews in Russia are Russian, you can not mix up the true Jews and Zionists.


“Jews hate Russia”

Yet millions of Jews refuse to leave Russia, even though the US/Israel offers them large sums of money, and free Arab land in occupied Palestine.

Really Jews are just like everybody else, can you condemn them for being brainwashed by their perverse cult? What about Americans, are they all war mad Nazis?

Tommy Jensen

Me and Bolton too. We would like to see some actions. Nuclear actions!


Fareed Zakaria is an idiot!

Putin and Nazarbayev troll CNN smartass on whether a woman can become president of Kazakhstan.


You can call me Al

The US are mentally sick (the majority of politicians + a fair percentage of the population) – for the sake of the World, they must be removed. War mongering scum.


That sums it up.
My oldest friend is from Florida, when he arrived in Oz he had many of the sociopathic traits seen in Americans, but after 50 years in Oz, he’s almost cured.


One cannot expect any intelligent thought coming from the likes of CNN or the Washington Post. I wonder if these low IQ individuals have figured out yet that the plutocrats would find them expendable in the nuclear confrontation they’re lobbying for.

In my life I have never witnessed the level of stupidity inherent in the media of today, the low brow that runs the country and the quantity of sheep who have bought everything dictated to them. This has all the signs of a dying Empire.

Tom Tom

The satanic globalist elite want to destroy America and Russia. What better way to do it than push them into a war (Ez. 38-39 war) with each other. They figure they’ll take care of China at Armageddon.


Hindu’s Americans and Jews, the worlds leading fascists.


Interesting acronym in that Zakaria video, “GPS”. Reinforcing in our subconscious the link between CNN and the Hillary proxy Fusion GPS, which paid for the phony pee-pee dossier. Beyond that, I’m losing my interest in these “media criticism” pieces. CNN calling for more war is just jews being jews; if you didn’t get it by now, you never will.


What do you expect, I have witnessed the Moronikans drool about politics for decades, when do we the people ever learn, the ugly truth is, go to anywhere, any site, any MSM outlett anytime in the banana republic and read, not only the articles but also the comentary field, in sites raging from ZH to CNN, to me the difference is dwindling, and is close to non exsisting, they are all the same, Moronkians, and that is the problem, it dont help if some are good, sorry, means almost jack shit, because I have read, seen and expirienced it all thru several decades, the UssA gets what it wants, period, and now they want wars, any war will do, and to the refugees, hehe, the only countering we get is an idiotic drivel about TDS, yeah, an man witch is day by day shows us an increasingly insane side, and nothing He says is true, nothing, and like Obamalama the Lord of Piss and Drones, somehow, half of the morons defends the Trumpstein thing by stating He is an smart man, well, thats not an problem in the UssA, dogs have higher intellegence that the average idiot Joe.

And Trump will expand, as He have done ever since He entered the WH, but somehow, we are the ones to blame because we dont think like the insane wankees, nowhere in their sites are there people whom dont wanna wack the world back to the stone age and then we have the even dumber debate about politics, socialism, I dont bother any more, other than watch them go down, nothing is beter than watching the scums aka americans burn down their own bed, the Trumpstein ilution is the biggest single threat to the land of the meek and the lame, because the Russians pissgate was an show, to cover the fact there is no difference between DemonCrauts, NeoCONs and RepubliCunts, no difference what so ever, and dont think Trumpstein will stop the refugee flow, he will not, its just an show, when the war against Venezuela and the other states in the regin kicks in how many more millions will come to the banana republic, the flow right now isnt nowhere near what is coming, and somehow even that is because we somehow have an TDS sydrome, that is an HasbaRatnjik invetion, to guard an imbesile in the helm.
The Trumpsteins hooligans always exuse the morons poltics, even when He havent done anything, only expanded, but then again read the MSM and also the so called alternative ones, fake to, since they never attack His politics, but attacks those that critizes their darling furer, the dumbest f…. ever having the presidency, an spectaculare ignorant and rotten f…. and to me, CNN is in the same leauge, creates an show to hide the real pilitics witch is basicaly ever more wars.
There is no difference between Them and CNN, other than making it to an freak show.

I wounder how many more millions killed, raped and plundered, lands destroyed, before people realize we have only one problem, the american people incl Trump, they are all insane, 300 million sick f….. and when do the rest of the world wake up.
I see the Joohos poltics every day, since I dont live in ISISrael, I live in Norway, 100% controlled by the scums of this earth, every day I see their poltics running, the scams, the fake history aka the North Samic scam, everything you think you know about Vikings and the Norse incl the Åsa-belife is 100% bullshit.
And the first moonlandings are also 100% fake, and I also didnt bother to go into the deep in this urg….. controverisal insident, but that changed when I some years ago, watched some clips from the Moon and I agree with an video on the Unz R witch I watched, 1/6 gravity, they faked it all, just watch the chart run, the dust behind the wheels, the jumping of the charts, etc, etc, nothing of this is real, its 100% fake, period, what came later is something else.
I dont watch this kinds of science or whatever anymore, because I know its so much fake and bull out there that I dont even trust the Russians nor China more than the insane wankees, not for an split second, and that is due to more than just this Moon fake shit, I know of much more, and I also know they will never tell us it all, so I simply dont bother, NASA is so rotten its an joke, the last good thing they have done is giving us some scraps, like the HIRISE from Mars, and I looove photos like that, you see things they dont wanna talk about, because its an ugh…. conspiracy.

Do they think we are all f…… idiots, huh.



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