World Affairs Brief, June 3, 2016 Commentary and Insights on a Troubled World.

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This Week’s Analysis:

A World Gone Crazy

Russia Says US Bombing the Desert

“The Saker” Comments on Russian Intentions

Venezuela, No Way Out

Austrian Election Rigged to Oust Right Wing

Outrageous Prosecution of Informed Jury Activist

Dead People Vote in LA



While I applaud Russia’s willingness to expose the globalist agenda in Syria and unmask US collusion with ISIS, I am under no illusions about Russia being benevolent or that it intends to use its growing mass of nuclear weapons for deterrence only.

A former Russian linguist that was hired by US intelligence years ago but is now retired has been plying the internet with his “insider” knowledge about foreign affairs, with a decided pro-Russian slant. He goes by the name “The Saker” (a type of bird) but his real name is Andrei Raevsky and he’s now revealed himself, but I believe he is a full pro-Putin plant within the US intelligence community. His latest post is blatant propaganda that belies all the moderate opinions he has offered over the years to lure in naive readers:

We are absolutely and categorically certain that Russia will never attack the US, nor any EU member state, that Russia is not at all interested in recreating the USSR, and that there is no “Russian threat” or “Russian aggression.” Much of Russia’s recent economic success has a lot to do with the shedding of former Soviet dependencies, allowing her to pursue a “Russia first” policy. But we are just as certain that if Russia is attacked, or even threatened with attack, she will not back down, and that the Russian leadership will not “blink.” With great sadness and a heavy heart they will do their sworn duty and unleash a nuclear barrage from which the United States will never recover. Even if the entire Russian leadership is killed in a first strike, the so-called “Dead Hand” (the “Perimetr” system) will automatically launch enough nukes to wipe the USA off the political map.

No person, even a Russian mole within the US, could know the full intentions of Putin and the secret leadership who runs the post-Soviet state with such assuredness, any more than any highly placed intelligence official know the intents of the globalists who run our government relative to a future war scenario. These things are guarded secrets held only at the very top.

The Saker and his two other Russian colleagues in the US who signed this statement also show their ignorance of globalist intentions when they postulate that the US intends to strike Russia first. They will not. They are trying to induce a Russian and Chinese strike by feigning weakness in order to justify goading Americans into joining a militarized global government.

The Dead Hand system, is no more than a Launch on Warning system, just like the US used to practice before PDD-60 instructed US missileers “not to rely on it” but prepare to absorb a nuclear first strike and then retaliate. It is still in force today. The Russians do intend to launch on warning, but they won’t have to. The US won’t strike first, because that would make them the aggressors and would not justify entrance into a NWO.

Russia is not only building up its nuclear forces but its conventional forces as well, so it is obvious it intends to survive a nuclear exchange and resort to conventional weapons in the aftermath. It’s also back into building another aircraft carrier, with a ski-jump ramp instead of a catapult. While cheaper to maintain and operate, the ski-jump works only with lightly loaded jets limiting their use to air to air combat and not bombing sorties. Here’s a report on this latest advancement in Russian arms from South Front, one of the pro-Russian sites the Saker is involved in:


Because of Russia’s continuing bombing role in Syria, it is possible Russia is modifying this carrier to test out its new mission of air to ground support in the Middle East. It is also interesting that Russia made such a big deal out of it “pulling out its ground attack aircraft” from Syria, when it only removed about half the aircraft. It is still very active in the ground attack battles in Syria.