The Russian Bear Is Back

November 25, 2011

The Soviet Union Is Being Revived And The Cold War Is Not Over

courtesy Poor Richard’s Blog

If you believe that the United States is the “sole superpower” in the world, then you really need to read the rest of this article. Most Americans have very little idea what is actually going on in the rest of the world and how the global balance of power is shifting.

For example, can you name the country that is the number one oil producer in the world, the number one oil exporter in the world, the number one exporter of natural gas in the world and that also has the second most powerful military in the entire world? In case you need a hint, it is not Saudi Arabia, it is not China and it is not the United States. The correct answer is Russia. The Russian Bear is back in a big way. Did you know that Russia is rapidly becoming one of the top suppliers of oil to the United States? Russia has vast natural resources, a national debt that is very low (ratio of publicly held debt to GDP is less than 10%) and an economy that has boomed over the past decade. Russia is busy flexing its muscles in many different ways. For example, many are pointing out that the “Eurasian economic union” that Russia is putting together is a significant move in the direction of a revival of the Soviet Union. Russia is also rapidly modernizing its military and developing very powerful new weapons systems. Most Americans believe that the Cold War is over and that Russia is a toothless bear that no longer represents a threat. It is difficult to find words to describe how wrong that assessment of the situation is.

The other night during the Republican debate the candidates said next to nothing about Russia. It was almost as if the second most powerful superpower on the planet did not even exist.

That debate was yet another example of just how bizarre our foreign policy has become. As you will see below, if there is one country on the face of the planet that could defeat the United States in a war, it is Russia.

And if you believe that Russia is now our “friend”, then you have been seriously deceived.
The Cold War is not over. In fact, activity by Russian intelligence agents inside the United States and other western nations is now at least at Cold War levels. And tensions between the United States and Russia are rising on multiple fronts.

For instance, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has announced that Russia is going to deploy new nuclear missiles that will be specifically targeted at U.S. missile defense installations if the United States proceeds with plans for a missile defense shield in Europe.

The following comes from a recent article posted on Yahoo News….

Medvedev warned that Russia will deploy short-range Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad, a Baltic Sea exclave bordering Poland, and place weapons in other areas in Russia’s west and south to target U.S. missile defense sites.Medvedev added that prospective Russian strategic nuclear missiles will be fitted with systems that would allow them to penetrate prospective missile defenses.

In addition, we are starting to see some major treaties between the United States and Russia totally break down. For example, the U.S. State Department has announced that the United States will no longer be observing the provisions of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. Russia stopped observing the treaty back in 2007.

The world is changing and the American people need to wake up.

While the United States spends hundreds of billions of dollars chasing around goat herders in Afghanistan, Russia is preparing for nuclear war with the United States. Did you know that Russia has been spending huge amounts of money building a vast system of underground bunkers and shelters?

In Moscow alone, 5000 new “emergency bomb shelters” are being constructed. The goal is to have enough shelters to hold nearly the entire population of Moscow and the plan calls for all the shelters to be completed by the end of 2012. When construction is finally finished, virtually the entire population of Moscow will be able to reach a bomb shelter within a matter of minutes.

So what is the U.S. government doing to prepare all of us?

Nothing.

Instead, the Obama administration is doing the best that it can to disarm America.
In a previous article, I described what the new START Treaty is going to do to the U.S. strategic nuclear arsenal….

The treaty restricts both the United States and Russia to a maximum of 1,550 deployed strategic nuclear warheads. For the U.S. military this would represent a decline of well over 90% from a peak of approximately 31,255 strategic nuclear warheads in 1967. The treaty would also limit the total number of deployed ballistic missiles or nuclear bombers to 700.

In that same article, I discussed the fact that this treaty will leave Russia will a significant advantage in nuclear weapons because it does nothing to address their overwhelming superiority in tactical nuclear weapons….

The treaty completely ignores the very serious imbalance that exists between the U.S. and Russia when is comes to tactical nuclear weapons. Today it is estimated that the Russians have approximately 10,000 tactical nuclear warheads while the U.S. only has a few hundred. These tactical nuclear warheads can be delivered by cruise missiles, long-range artillery or aircraft. The treaty does nothing to change those numbers. This would put the United States at a very serious strategic disadvantage.

Over the last several years, Russia has also been quite busy updating and modernizing their strategic nuclear forces. The United States has not been doing the same. U.S. officials still believe that the U.S. has a technological edge in this area, but everyone agrees that this gap is rapidly narrowing.

In recent years Russia has also developed submarines that are too “quiet” for us to track and ballistic missiles that can evade all of our missile defense systems.
While the U.S. has been making strategic mistakes like helping al-Qaeda take over Libya, Russia has been developing devastating new weapons systems. The following are just a couple of examples….
*In 2010, Russia introduced their new “fourth generation” nuclear submarine to the world, which is apparently quieter than any other submarine in existence.
*A while back, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin climbed into the cockpit of Russia’s new “fifth generation” fighter jet and announced that it was far superior to the F-22 Raptor.

But most Americans don’t know any of this.

As the United States drowns in debt, Russia is thriving.

According to an article in Forbes, Moscow is now the third most expensive city in the world in which to live. An article posted by CNN says that Moscow is the fourth most expensive city. In fact, the cost of living is higher in Moscow than in any city in the United States. Now there are even fears that Russia is trying to put the old Soviet Union back together. It didn’t get much press in the United States, but the initial members of the “Eurasian Union” were recently announced. Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia will be the first three members, and it has been made clear that all of the nations there were formerly part of the Soviet Union will be welcome to join.

The following comes from a recent AFP article….

Three ex-Soviet states were Friday to agree the first steps towards creating a Eurasian economic union, a project backed by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to bind closer the former USSR. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Kazakhstan and Belarus counterparts Nursultan Nazarbayev and Alexander Lukashenko were to sign a declaration on further economic integration at a summit in Moscow, the Kremlin said in a statement. “The declaration will set out the ultimate aim (of economic integration) as the creation of a Eurasian economic union,” it said.

So why isn’t the U.S. press reporting on this?

Back when Reagan was president, Russia was the number one foreign policy issue. But today nobody wants to talk about Russia. Everyone in America so desperately wants to believe that the Cold War is over. Everyone in America so desperately wants to believe that Russia is no longer a threat. But the truth is that Russia is much stronger politically, economically and militarily right now than the Soviet Union ever was. And significant portions of the Russian population have developed a great fondness for Soviet nostalgia. Many of them wish that the Soviet Union was never broken up.

The following is a brief excerpt from a recent news report from Australia….

Mikhail Chernysh, a professor at the Institute of Sociology in Moscow, says constant exposure to a lost country has clearly rubbed off on Russians. “What is striking, that there is nostalgia about the Soviet past even among young people who never lived in the Soviet period, who were never part of Soviet history,” he said. From new retro Soviet-era vending machines to statues of Lenin in central squares, to the ubiquitous hammer and sickle, reminders of the USSR’s past glory are everywhere and for many in the new Russia, the past is too good to forget.

If the United States continues to underestimate Russia it will be a gigantic mistake.

The Cold War is not over. Anyone that runs around saying that does not know what they are talking about. The top politicians and military leaders in Russia do not view us as a friend at all.

If Russia was ever able to pull off a successful first strike and take out most of our remaining nuclear warheads (remember, our nuclear arsenal is now less than 10% the size it used to be), it is entirely possible that Russia would be able to totally defeat the United States in a future war – especially if they are allied with China at the time.

Most people in the U.S. think that this can never happen, but the top brass in Russia and in China spend long hours on exactly such scenarios.

Sadly, very little about Russia will be said during the entire 2012 election season. Instead, everyone will be focused on the “massive threat” posed by the goat herders that are running around the hills of Afghanistan.

The blind are leading the blind and meanwhile the world is dramatically changing.

The Russian Bear is back, and Russia is going to play a huge role in world events in the years to come.

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Flash Editorials September 3, 2011

September 3, 2011

By Russell D. Longcore

International: Spain’s Prime Minister and its Congress change Spain’s constitution to work in a debt limit. Who knew that Spaniards had bigger cojones than the jugheads in Washington? Answer: everybody. A male mosquito has bigger balls than the DC criminals.

The Nation: Hurricane Irene…the apocalypse that never was.

The Nation II: Next in line for a major flooding…Louisiana. Tropical Storm Lee will bring 15-24 inches of rain to the Gulf Coast. New Orleans might be underwater once again. That would suck…a lot.

The Nation III: Rick Perry jumps into the lead of the Republican beauty contest. Must piss off Romney, Bachman et al after they’ve spent all that money. Remember that there is only ONE candidate in the race…Ron Paul…that is committed to ending entitlement Ponzi schemes like Social Security and Medicare. All the rest only want to tweak them and keep ’em going. All but Ron Paul are criminals, vying to be the head criminal.

Economy: Thursday’s national unemployment report showed a spike in new claims at 412,000 new claims. NEW. CLAIMS. IN. ONE. WEEK…another week of over 400,000 new claims after 20 straight weeks. You do the math. The real unemployment rate is 23%.

Economy II: Not. One. Job…created in America in August, according to the US Department of Labor’s monthly jobs report. Why? No predictability in corporate America.

Business: The US Justice Department files suit against AT&T to prevent them from merging with T-Mobile, alleging that the merger will result in less competition and higher prices. A quandary. Who do you believe? A for-profit corporation that provides a valuable service to consumers in voluntary transactions…or a government that extracts money from you at the point of a gun? Gee…tough choice.

Sports: Michael Vick, late of a Leavenworth, Kansas prison, now starting QB of the Philadelphia Eagles, inks a new contract that could pay him up to $100 million over only six years. Nothing like the free enterprise system to reward excellence. Remember that Vick makes the Eagles a profit, or it wouldn’t make sense for them to pay him that much.

Entertainment: Entertainment Tonight names Charlie Sheen “Hollywood’s Number One Bad Boy.” Gee…what a surprise.

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

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Flash Editorials VI

August 21, 2011

by Russell D. Longcore

International: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez nationalized the Venezuelan gold mining industry this week, and called home over 211 tons of gold held offshore on behalf of the nation. Even communists know that gold in the hand is better than gold in a European bank. And the fall wedding season is coming up in India. Gold is the number one gift at weddings. Watch gold skyrocket over the next 90 days, certainly for more reasons than just these.

International II: The Dagong Global Credit Rating Company in China, which lowered the United States to A+ last November after the U.S. Federal Reserve decided to continue loosening its monetary policy, announced a further downgrade to A this week. Anyone out there remember seeing THIS story in the American news? Our biggest creditor doesn’t believe that America will pay its debts.

The Nation: In a breath-taking display of Cluelessness and Hubris, the Secret Service paid $2.19 million for TWO Prevost luxury top-of-the-online custom motor coaches so that the President could take a three-day tour this week. Three. Days. And American taxpayers get thrown under those buses. If they had leased these buses…even for a week…it might have cost $50K tops. This president is going to pull those buses into Midwestern towns where unemployment is high and the economy is in the toilet…and talk about growing the economy and creating jobs. Curiously, his tour was not found in the “hood” of any major city. See the CBS story at: Obama’s Buses.

The Nation II: New jobless claims topped 408,000 this week. Remember, readers. This is the number that the Labor Department will ADMIT TO. This doesn’t include people that got fired or laid off that haven’t filed a new claim. I’m going to keep reporting new unemployment claims every week to show you that Washington is LYING about the national unemployment rate.

The Nation III: The twelve members appointed to the completely unconstitutional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (Super Congress) got nearly $64.5 million from special interests groups over the past decade. $11.2 million of that came from Wall Street firms and big banks. As Will Rogers said, “we have the best politicians money can buy.”

Economy: The stock market continues its volatility, lurching up and down with every tidbit of news. Gold traded above $1,880 at one point this week, silver is above $40. It’s a flight to safety. Don’t wait any longer. Gold is headed for $6,000/oz., silver for $120. Buy now.

Business: Standard & Poor dared to piss off the Obama Administration, and they are now going to pay for it. The Securities & Exchange Commission is now going to crawl up their arses with a magnifying glass. It won’t end well for S&P. Meanwhile, Fitch downgraded the debt of the State of New Jersey…the first of many.

Sports: The Georgetown Hoya basketball team played the Bayi Rockets professional basketball team in Beijing, China in a game to promote goodwill. The game ended in a fistfight between teams, and the Hoya coach pulled his team and left. I guess thuggishness in basketball knows no geographical boundaries.

Entertainment: Russell Armstrong, husband of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Taylor Armstrong, hung himself at his home this week. Perhaps he started actually watching the show before his demise.

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

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Flash Headlines III

July 23, 2011

By Russell D. Longcore

Economy: New unemployment claims topped 400,000 for the 15th straight WEEK. That’s over 6 million people that lost their jobs in less than four months. But the jobless rate calculated by the Labor Department stays about 9 percent. Sorry, DC. You’re cooking the books. Real unemployment is above 23%.

Economy II: Gold tops $1,600/oz., Silver tops $40/oz. Buy silver.

DC Crimes: Google the term “Gunwalker Scandal” and learn what The One and his BATFE minions are doing behind America’s backs.

International: Oslo, Norway – The whole thing may be a false flag operation, not Islamist like it first appeared.

International II: Anybody remember that Japan’s worst earthquake and tsunami happened March 11th? That sure fell off the front page fast. Death, destruction and nuclear disaster withers in the face of the Casey Anthony trial.

The Nation: A clutch of Six Senators make vague promises about the future, which are accepted by The One (Pres. O) as The Big Compromise. Meanwhile, the Senate defeats the ill-named “Cut, Cap and Balance” bill. 535 criminals cannot agree on how to steal more money. And, after it all, no one suggests that spending cuts happen in this year’s budget. It’s all theater, folks. Enjoy the show. (By the way, a clutch is a nest of baby turkeys.)

The Nation II: Congress already ignores the entire Constitution and does whatever it wants. Why does anyone think that a Balanced Budget Amendment would have any effect on Congress? Don’t you think that the writers of a Balanced Budget Amendment would write in loopholes?

The Nation III: The gridlock in Washington bodes very well for secessionists. No matter what Congress and The One agree on, it guarantees a swifter collapse of the Federal government and the Dollar. DC will kick the can off the cliff.

The Nation IV: Boehner walks out of Friday’s negotiations. More theater. Here’s hoping that the House of Representatives rejects his sorry ass and throws a monkey wrench in the Federal works and refuses to pass ANYTHING. Let Washington default, then slash and burn the budget.

Elections: Herman Cain, Repub wannabe, actually says it’s OK to discriminate against Muslims, proving that he may love the Constitution but can’t read it.

Business: Would YOU hire people in your business when you can’t be sure what Washington is going to do to screw with your business? Economic uncertainty lies at DC’s doorstep.

Sports: I guess we’ll see if the NFL millionaires and billionaires want to play nice or act like Congress.

Sports II: Looks like we suck at predicting soccer matches.

Entertainment: The last installment of Harry Potter is amazing. Good stomps bad’s ass.

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

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One Sentence Editorials II

July 16, 2011

by Russell D. Longcore

We’ll try to do this every Saturday just for fun. But I’m changing the name to “Flash Editorials” since I’m not usually clever enough to do an editorial in only one sentence.

Raising The Debt Ceiling: Congressional leaders and the President meet daily to negotiate…two hours a day over default and a 4 trillion dollar budget. Two hours.

Debt Ceiling II: The Mitch McConnell proposal to give Obama his debt ceiling hike would force the Dems and Obama to cut spending.

Debt Ceiling III: Obama spooks the elderly by saying DC might not send SS checks on August 3rd. Well Played!

Debt Ceiling IV: The quicker DC goes broke, the quicker secession can proceed.

Money: Gold and silver hit new highs this week as people notice that the DC mob just has afternoon tea together daily.

Money II: S&P, Moody’s etc. threaten to downgrade Treasury bonds. What a surprise.

Monetary Policy: Bernanke states that “gold isn’t money”, thereby securing the “Stupidest Man in DC” title for himself.

Middle East: President Obama throws Syrian President al-Assad under the bus by calling for “change.” Being Washington’s friend is unhealthy.

The Nation: Los Angeles’ 405 freeway closes for repair, making national news, thereby pre-empting stories about how DC is screwing the entire earth and destroying our entire way of life.

Sports: The USA is going to whip the Japs again in the Women’s World Cup of Soccer.

Entertainment: Harry Potter breaks all records for box office take for its first weekend.

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

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One Sentence Editorials

July 9, 2011

Covering the news of the week

By Russell D. Longcore

Casey Anthony: Kids all over America will now run when they see Mom reach for the duct tape.

Raising the Debt Ceiling: Expecting spending addicts to quit cold turkey ain’t happenin’.

Texas and the TSA: Your actions show who you are loyal to, and I just hope that the Federal collars Dewhurst and Straus wear don’t pinch too much.

UN Troops in South Sudan: American soldiers will certainly be in the mix.

South Sudan II: It’s about the OIL, stupid.

South Sudan III: Secession is OK everywhere in the world except the USA.

Libya: Washington is back to assassinating its enemies as foreign policy.

Weekly Jobs Report: Is entirely made up by Labor Department, and it still sucks.

Will and Kate in Canada: Rolling fashion show prepping the world for the next King.

Atlantis’ final launch: Kids can’t grow up to be an astronauts anymore, but President is still open for your young sociopath.

Usama bin Laden: Now what does DC do to justify staying in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Afghan War: Pakistanis are not amused by death from above.

US/China relations: DC is the addict, China is the dealer, and soon the dealer will stop dealing…and withdrawal is a bitch.

“Arab Spring:” Ain’t about democracy…it’s about getting rid of American puppet dictators.

Middle East: Israel runs an open-air concentration camp and calls it Palestine.

The Stock Market: Gains are simply reflections of increased inflation.

Greece: Riots and demonstrations by citizens who demand continued bread and circuses.

European Union: Destined to dissolve, could start the world economic collapse.

Sports: Baseball’s All-Star game is a circle jerk in the shape of a diamond.

Sports II: The NFL lockout…pampered millionaires arguing with billionaires while the fans take it in the shorts.

Sports III: The NBA lockout…see Sports II.

Entertainment: “Cars 2” stops being amusing, starts preaching about evil corporations.

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

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