Saturday, October 10, 2015

An Open Letter to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter

The "Project for a New American Century" Comes to an End
Dear Mr. Secretary:

I listened with care to your September 30th press briefing about ongoing developments in Syria. It truly was a remarkable performance. Not one word to come out of your mouth was true. Because of establishment news organization complicity, your lies will go unchallenged. That's unfortunate because, unless the American people awaken quickly, we are all at imminent risk of dying by the millions in a nuclear World War of Washington's making.

As you well know, Russia has not committed aggression in Syria. Syria's so-called "civil war" was initiated by a standard "color revolution" destabilization team staffed by US State Department-sponsored NGOs, the CIA, and NATO Special Operations units. The destabilization team stood up, financed, trained and armed a small group of radical Sunni dissidents for the purpose of overthrowing the Assad government. The anti-Assad Coalition (that is, the governments of the US, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and selected NATO nations, most prominently Turkey), then systematically escalated its aggression against Syria and is now illegally engaged in conventional military attacks. Turkey has gone so far as to brazenly move its troops well into Syrian territory. Russia is lawfully responding to a request from the internationally-recognized Syrian government for help in defending itself against a Coalition-sponsored insurrection.

Unfortunately, official lies have become the norm. Washington lies about literally everything. It lies about the unemployment rate, the inflation rate, and the general condition of the economy. Your press briefing continued an unbroken string of official lies about Washington's "regime change" operations. These are acts of criminal aggression under  international law that have sown death and destruction from the Balkans through north Africa and the Middle East to the Ukraine. However, your remarks were uniquely important in one respect: they significantly escalated the demonization campaign against Russia in general and Vladimir Putin in particular. More importantly, in the Ukraine and in Syria, the Coalition is directly threatening vital Russian strategic interests. Russia is not Iraq, Putin is not Saddam Hussein, and the potential for a clash between Russian and Coalition forces is very great. The Coalition's arrogant and foolish aggression has created a dangerous military situation that now poses an existential threat to the lives of millions around the world.

Syria became a primary target because it is allied with Iran and with Russia. For Washington's neocon empire builders, the road to world domination has always run from Damascus through Tehran to Moscow. It is worth noting that the Syrian government is the only one in the region to actively defend the Christian minority against attacks by radical Islamists. Although the Syrian regime is autocratic, Western-educated Bashar al-Assad is a virtual Captain Kangaroo as compared to the hideous "Royal Family" of American ally Saudi Arabia, a gang of brutal thugs which routinely lops off more of its own subjects' heads and hands than does ISIS of its enemies.

Long-held beliefs die hard. After nearly a half-century of Cold War between the former Soviet Union and the United States, many American patriots do not understand how much Russia has changed since the USSR collapsed in 1991, Russia is not the USSR and its government is not Communist. Today Russia is struggling to develop a functioning market-based economy after 74 years of communist tyranny. This struggle has been made much more difficult by a legacy of entrenched corruption and Western-imposed "economic sanctions".

Beyond the economy, there are several other politically-important facts about today's Russia that will come as news to many because the establishment media has not reported them. That failure to inform is not accidental. Conservatives and constitutionalists will be astonished by the extent to which Russia and the United States have swapped positions. In many important respects, Russia now appears to be a more Christian (and perhaps more Free) country than the United States.

Russia and Gun Control

Source: Russia Today, November 19, 2014
In an amendment to its tough gun control laws, the Russian government eases restrictions, allowing citizens to carry licensed weapons for the purposes of ‘self-defense.’
Until now Russian gun enthusiasts were only permitted to carry firearms for hunting or target shooting after obtaining a license through the Interior Ministry. Russian gun licenses are to be renewed every five years, and applicants face strict background checks and are required to take gun safety courses. 
The addendum to the law now lists self-defense as a legally acceptable reason for carrying a weapon.

Russia, Christian Values and Homosexuality

MOSCOW — At the height of the Cold War, it was common for American conservatives to label the officially atheist Soviet Union a “godless nation.”
More than two decades on, history has come full circle, as the Kremlin and its allies in the Russian Orthodox Church hurl the same allegation at the West.
“Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a recent keynote speech. “Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation." 
In his state of the nation address in mid-December, Mr. Putin also portrayed Russia as a staunch defender of “traditional values” against what he depicted as the morally bankrupt West. Social and religious conservatism, the former KGB officer insisted, is the only way to prevent the world from slipping into “chaotic darkness.”  
As part of this defense of “Christian values,” Russia has adopted a law banning “homosexual propaganda” and another that makes it a criminal offense to “insult” the religious sensibilities of believers.
Russia and Abortion
The Ministry of Health in Russia has signed an agreement with the Russian Orthodox Church that includes prevention of abortion and provision of palliative care. The agreement signed by Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova and Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church was published on the website of the Synodal Department for ROC [Russian Orthodox Church] Church Charity and Social Service. 
Article 9 of the 21 article agreement establishes cooperation “on the protection of maternal and child health, including reproductive health, promotion of family values and prevention of abortion.”
Because misinformation, disinformation, and outright lies were instrumental in bringing disaster to the world, I would remind readers to keep in mind Mark Twain's powerful and pertinent observation, "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so."


Frank Brady

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