Col. Lawrence Wilkerson on The Real News Network with Jessica Desvarieux

Iranian government is thawing relations with the US = sent out Rosh Hashanah greetings + Have released political prisoners + Exchanged letters with President Obama + Praised flexibility in negotiations + Transferred nuclear negotiations from military to the Foreign Ministry = A real change of Iranian attitude.

“I know there are people arrayed…who don’t want (IRANIAN) negotiations to succeed…First and foremost, Prime Minister Netanyahu and his extremely right-wing government in Tel Aviv. If you’ve seen what they’ve laid down as their deal parameters, if you will, it leads off with no enrichment at all, that is to say, they do not want any nuclear program whatsoever in Iran. And then you come to this country and you find Netanyahu’s allies in people like Senator John McCain, Senator Lindsey Graham….bordering on being traitors, in my view, because they won’t let this president have room to achieve a diplomatic solution. They’re all angry now that he didn’t bomb Syria, that he in fact, in conjunction with Putin, came up with a deal that may be extremely challenging to implement. But nonetheless it’s kept the bombs from dropping, which is a good thing. And so they’re moving on to Iran, with Graham even saying he’s going to move for legislation to authorize the use of military force against Iran in the next four to five months… [P]eople like Lindsey Graham and John McCain need to sit down, recede into the background, if you will, and shut their mouths….

All Iran has to do is limit its enrichment to what would be normally done under a civilian program, under…very rigorous inspection and immediate access to anywhere by the IAEA until Iran has substantiated to the international community that its program is purely civilian…”

  — Col. Wilkerson


NEOCONS = Love Strongman = Frustrated and trying to make themselves seem relevant = Rudy Giuliani = Gave away the NEOCON game on Fox News Admiring Putin. = “He makes a decision and he executes it, quickly. Then everybody reacts. That’s what you call a leader.” = NO MESSY DEMOCRACY to be concerned with.



Don’t listen to Obama’s Ukraine critics: he’s not ‘losing’ – and it’s not his fight

Obama = Doing everything he can within a very limited set of policy options

GOP = Reached new lows in fear-mongering, exaggerated doom-saying and a stunning inability to place global events in any rational historical context.

GOP LOVES = Putin who sent troops into Crimea “because he can. That’s it, that’s all you need to know.” = He IGNORES regional interests, spheres of influence, geopolitics, diplomacy, and democracy. INSTANTLY APPROVED by DUMA.

US = Few strategic interests in the former Soviet Union and little ability to affect Russian decision-making.

USA = Interests lie in Europe = NATO CONTAINMENT

USA = CONCERN = Nuclear non-proliferation = Moscow plays useful role with Obama in ratifying the Start treaty with Russia

USA = Not concerned with saving the Crimea = Not USA Concern = Russia must pay a price for violating international law and global norm against inter-state war.

USA = Formal suspension of G8 summit in Sochi

GOP MYTH: Crimean situation = Putin is winning and Obama is losing

FACT: Putin initiated a conflict that will result in greater diplomatic and political isolation = Economic sanctions compounding his loss of a key ally in Kiev into a cascading effect pushing countries to look elsewhere for their energy needs.

FACT: Putin’s Russia = a weak economy and military with social and health-related challenges and taking Crimea exacerbates the problems facing Russia.

FACT: Obama’s USA = Less Russian help on Syria and Iran going forward = manageable and where are USA’s key allies gonna go?

FACT: America’s key European allies want gas = So want US and Obama NOT to waste efforts on Crimea to keep Russian Gas Flowing.

GOP = Armchair “do something” crowd = USELESS wars in Iraq and Afghanistan = Every international problem is of vital interest to USA = LOSS of “credibility”

GOP = “weakness” = THEIR MASSIVE WAR FAILURES costing MIDDLE CLASS $Trillions = Slippery slope to BANKRUPTCY and American obsolescence = ZERO MIDDLE CLASS SUPPORT FOR MORE USELESS WARS.

Neocons = Prefer Putin to Obama = Rugged and Shirtless = “wrestles bears and drills for oil” = who’s the manlier man = who can end OBL and AQ? Ooops!

GOP Neocons = THIRST for a full-blown crisis = ONLY HOPE for vindication of their FAILURES and avoiding being flushed down history’s toilet by Rand Paul.

GOP Neocons = DREED a settlement with Putin keeping the Crimea and stopping there = GOP REDUCED to crying about Crimea like it mattered to the USA and back to IRS + Benghazi + Fast and Furious + IRS + Benghazi

GOP NEOCON DREAMS = Bolton at Foggy Bottom + Feiths and Rumsfeld and Wolfie planning the NEXT BIG CRISES TO DRAIN THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS = Goading Putin + Boiling point over Syria + NATO membership cards for Georgia + Ukraine + souped-up missile-defense shield in Eastern Europe + Play right into every one of Putin’s lurid, paranoid fantasies about America’s true aims in the world.

Europe vs. Asia tension = Heart of Putin’s concerns about Ukraine

Blame rests on the megalomaniac who created this situation = Yanukovych

GOP Neocons blame Obama and PRAISE the DICTATORIAL PUTIN = Election Year

GOP Neocons communicate to the world that the president of the USA can be steamrolled = TREASON and DANGEROUS to ALL AMERICANS

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