Monday, June 15, 2009

America's bluffing and Russia knows it.

Wall Street Journal Online
JUNE 11, 2009
Russians Outfox U.S. in Latest Great Game
By ALAN CULLISON

...In the West, hopes were high that the global financial crisis would rein in Vladimir Putin's assertive foreign policy. But here, as in other parts of the former Soviet Union, hard times have had the opposite effect: The Russians are coming back.

Russia has been hit by the crisis, but remains far richer than its former satellites, and it has used its largess to regain clout near its borders, in what President Dmitry Medvedev calls the "zone of privileged interests."

"Basically Russia sees the crisis as an opportunity to increase its influence in the post-Soviet space," said Nikolai Zlobin, analyst for the Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C., who meets regularly with Russian officials. "They think this is the right time to act."

...This week Mr. Putin stunned Western officials by announcing that Russia would pull its long-standing application to join the World Trade Organization, and instead form a trade block with neighboring Kazakstan and Belarus. Western officials say the move appears to be a pressure tactic by the Kremlin, which has been frustrated by the lengthy WTO application process.

Moscow's assertiveness poses a challenge to President Barack Obama as he vows to "reset" relations with Russia in the run-up to his first presidential visit to Moscow in July. Both the U.S. and Russia are praising a new level of cooperation on arms control and other issues. But they remain at odds over how much influence the other should exert in Russia's traditional backyard.

Lately the Kyrgyz government has said it is open to talks on keeping the U.S. base on its soil. But even the threat of closure sends a clear message to Washington, analysts say, that the U.S. must show greater respect to Moscow in the region...

..."The American ambassadors used to be very outspoken about their opinions," said Medet Sadyrkulov, a former head of Mr. Bakiyev's administration. "Now they have gone quiet."

...Mr. Masaulov said the Americans never engaged his government on a long-term plan for economic prosperity. A landlocked nation of five million, Kyrgyzstan lacks the vast natural resources of its neighbors, and officials had long hoped that its glacial lakes and snowcapped mountains could turn it into a hydroelectric supplier. But neither the Russians nor the Americans ever came up with the money to fund such a project.

Last summer, Russia began high-level talks about an aid package to Kyrgyzstan, including construction of a $1.7 billion hydroelectric power project that would employ thousands and turn the country into a major exporter for the region, Mr. Sadyrkulov said...

...In January, U.S. Central Command Chief Gen. David Petraeus visited Bishkek, but Mr. Bakiyev declined to meet him. Still, Mr. Petraeus called a news conference to report that other top Kyrgyz officials told him there were no plans to shut the base.

Shortly after he left town, a longtime ally of Mr. Putin, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, flew into town and hammered out the details of an aid package to Kyrgyzstan.

...Mr. Bakiyev then flew to Moscow, where the deal was signed, and the Kyrgyz president announced at a Kremlin press conference that he was kicking the American forces out of the country. U.S. officials were stunned. "Frankly, we thought it was a negotiating tactic, and we were ready to call their bluff," said a military official. "But it's becoming clearer that, no kidding, they want us out."


American hegemony in Europe, the Near East, the Far East, and everywhere else for that matter, is over. We no longer have the money or the power to call the shots. US interests are no longer anybody else's priority. That means both democracy and human rights are at risk everywhere - and the more nations that hate the US, the less likely the US will be willing to fulfill its treaty obligations to protect and support places like Taiwan and Israel.

Combine that with the cultural and "spiritual" shift away from Biblical faiths in America herself and you have a recipe for persecutions and expulsions from an angry and demoralized secular society that bought into the "myth of progress" hook, line, and sinker.

There is no more "growth" for the American economy or American ideals. The world has rejected the greed and debauchery and imperialism of American culture - and American economic hegemony is part of that package. Leaders of Russia and China are actively working to disengage their economic activity from us, and to destabilize our economic and political reach in the world.

They will succeed, class. The American empire is over.

10 comments:

SJ said...

>> The world has rejected the greed and debauchery and imperialism of American culture

As per wikipedia ....

Mcdonalds has 31,000+ locations worldwide.

7 Eleven has at least 1,000 more locations than Mcdonalds.

Starbucks has 16,120 stores in 49 countries.

the gap has over 3,100 stores worldwide.

American movies and music can be heard all over the world .....

EA Games an American born computer game company has at least 4.2 billion in revenue.

IBM has over 388,000 employees worldwide.

Dell has plants internationally. Dell has at least 61 billion dollars in revenue.

Let's not forget Microsoft. Nuff said.

Do I really need to mention more?

American influence in the world is faaaar from over.



>> The American empire is over.

Russia and China are just playing games because they are rivals. That's all.

Ahavah Gayle said...

It's very fascinating to me that you (and no doubt lots of other people) equate the presence of transnational corporations with American presence. The two are not one and the same.

Granted, they are part of the cultural genocide process, but they can and will turn on America themselves when it becomes expedient to do so. They have no loyalty to America - indeed, the very reason they have moved so much business out of the Continent is precisely because they know their bread is going to be buttered elsewhere.

SJ said...

Oh they have much loyalty to America they are Americans themselves and Amereica is a huuuuuuge market.

And why wouldn't foreigners equate American companies with americanna? O.o

It's really government interference in market forces i.e. minimum wage that forces companies to manufacture in places like China and India. If labor in the USA costs $5 an hour cause of the government and labor in China costs 5 cents an hour and shipping is a dollar, what are companies gonna do?

Ahavah Gayle said...

So, of course, you're willing to work for $.50 an hour, since that's what it takes to keep jobs here.

And if you're not, where are you imagining that jobs are going to come from, exactly?

SJ said...

$ .50 > $0


from http://money.cnn.com/pf/features/lists/state_unemployment/:



Unemployment state by state
See where your state ranks.
The unemployment rates below are for November and were released on December 19, 2008


State unemployment, November 2008



Rank State Rate
51 MICHIGAN 9.6
50 RHODE ISLAND 9.3
48 CALIFORNIA 8.4
48 SOUTH CAROLINA 8.4
47 OREGON 8.1
45 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 8
45 NEVADA 8
44 NORTH CAROLINA 7.9
43 GEORGIA 7.5
39 ALASKA 7.3
39 FLORIDA 7.3
39 ILLINOIS 7.3
39 OHIO 7.3
38 MISSISSIPPI 7.2
37 INDIANA 7.1
36 KENTUCKY 7
35 TENNESSEE 6.9
34 MISSOURI 6.7
33 CONNECTICUT 6.6
31 MINNESOTA 6.4
31 WASHINGTON 6.4
29 ARIZONA 6.3
29 MAINE 6.3
25 ALABAMA 6.1
25 NEW JERSEY 6.1
25 NEW YORK 6.1
25 PENNSYLVANIA 6.1
24 MASSACHUSETTS 5.9
23 COLORADO 5.8
19 ARKANSAS 5.7
19 IDAHO 5.7
19 TEXAS 5.7
19 VERMONT 5.7
17 DELAWARE 5.6
17 WISCONSIN 5.6
15 LOUISIANA 5.3
15 MARYLAND 5.3
12 HAWAII 4.9
12 KANSAS 4.9
12 MONTANA 4.9
11 VIRGINIA 4.8
10 OKLAHOMA 4.7
9 WEST VIRGINIA 4.6
6 IOWA 4.3
6 NEW HAMPSHIRE 4.3
6 NEW MEXICO 4.3
4 NEBRASKA 3.7
4 UTAH 3.7
3 SOUTH DAKOTA 3.4
2 NORTH DAKOTA 3.3
1 WYOMING 3.2

Ahavah Gayle said...

I'm guessing you haven't been reading all the graphs and charts I've posted. Those "official" numbers leave out a huge percentage of Unemployed because they conveniently changed the way they calculate the numbers a few years ago. If you want to see what the numbers look like calculated the old-fashioned (that is, the accurate) way, there are plenty of other sources. One is shadowstatistics, which I have posted links to previously.

To make a long reply short, those figures you posted are low to the tune of at least 10% for most states, more in others. The real unemployment rate is near 20% right now, as NUMEROUS news sources have recently reported.

You don't seriously think the government wouldn't lie to you, now do you?

SJ said...

still $.50/hr > 0/hr

Ahavah Gayle said...

I'm not sure what your point is - factories in China have been caught paying people less than a dollar an hour.

http://shalomhabayit.blogspot.com/2008/05/what-youre-really-buying.html

Unless you're willing to work for that, you can't compete with them.

SJ said...

In an ideal world me nor anyone would be willing to work for that. This world is not ideal. Should people be stuck with nothing at all if there's lots of unemployment?

Ahavah Gayle said...

First off, WE cannot survive at those wages, unless you have a used paid off car you're willing to live in.

Second, in spite of whatever propaganda you've heard, THEY had sustainable economies that worked fine until TPTB decided they "had" to be MADE to participate in the western consumer paradigm. No one was starving in third world countries (except in cases of drought or other natural disasters) UNTIL western corporations came and took all the good land for export factory farmed agriculture and ruined the land, disrupted the local artisans and craftsmen with cheap bad quality factory goods, etc. I've posted articles, one recently from National Geographic, that explain this in detail.

Our entire economy as it has been run in the last 3-4 decades only works when people are exploited. We need full employment and living wages - and the only way to get that is to chuck the false "economies of scale" idea and have smaller local and regional employers who pay fair wages and charge customers what things are worth. Yes, you can afford less "stuff" that way, but this isn't an idea world where everybody gets all the "stuff" they want all the time. That's a childish fantasy that is crashing down all around us. In REAL life, less is more - and a sustainable economy has to pay what things are truly worth, not exploit de facto slave labour and call that acceptable or think people can continue to shop when they haven't had a real increase in wages in 30+ years.

Nor can this economic paradigm be called sustainable, because it isn't. Even third world workers are starting to notice that they are still poor while their exploiters are laughing all the way to the bank.