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January 28, 2016
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The Daily Vertical: A Comprehensive Threat
By Brian Whitmore

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

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by: F.E from: North America
January 28, 2016 14:08
A comprehensive threat? Whose threat - NATO's or Russia's? How about expansion of NATO to Russia’s borders? How about NATO's missile defense system in the Eastern Europe? How about EU sabotage of Russia's South Stream gas pipeline? How about encouragement of the violent, unconstitutional coup d’etat in Ukraine that brought a rabidly anti-Russian regime into power? And How about immediate recognition of it by the NATO members? How about Western leaders’ boycott of the Sochi Olympics?
This is nothing new in Russia’s concern with a hostile West, as Whitmore seems to be suggesting.
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by: Neil Nelson from: UT, USA
January 28, 2016 17:28
Yes, I can see how NATO, an organization maintaining and promoting peace would alarm an aggressive Russia. A missile defense system to defend against inbound missiles works for me. Let's have Russia ship their gas through Ukraine where Russia will pay Ukraine for the trans-shipment and take better care of Ukraine in order to make its gas revenues from Europe. I did see Yanukovych's forces firing on the demonstrators that helped bring about a popular revolution. Why not recognize a popular revolution looking to the West. We only need to look at Putin's praise of Kadyrov and reflect on the human-rights issues underlaying the boycott.

by: F.E from: North America
January 28, 2016 14:15
By the end of his first year in office, Andrei Kozyrev, the first and most pro-Western Russian Foreign Minister had grown so frustrated by the way Russia was being treated by the West that he decided to resort to shock therapy at the Stockholm Security Conference: William Safire (New York Times) Kozyrev's Wake-up Slap

Mistakenly believing he had made his point, Kozyrev laid out the broad contours of Russian foreign policy in his 1993 article in NATO Review: “The New Russia and the Atlantic Alliance.”
Most of the Russian behavior that is currently evoking surprise and hostility pursues the same aims that Kozyrev lays out in his article. The main difference is that the Russians have learned that Kozyrev’s belief in a benevolent West had been a fairy tale.

by: F.E from: North America
January 28, 2016 14:19
Former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, and the last U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, Jack Matlock, warned in no uncertain terms that NATO expansion would be a serious mistake. In an open letter to President Bill Clinton at the end of June 1997, fifty former US senators, cabinet secretaries and ambassadors, as well as US arms control and foreign policy specialists, stated their belief that “the current US-led effort to expand NATO … is a policy error of historic importance.”
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by: Neil Nelson from: UT, USA
January 28, 2016 18:07
Kissinger in this article from Russia Today (RT) mentioned NATO only once without saying anything about NATO expansion.

This article published from an Iran site repeats much of the prior article and does not mention NATO at all.

For the LaRouche article check out some detail on LaRouche Matlock's single quote in the article mentioning NATO is something to think about. Do we let the nations subjugated by the USSR in WWII and made separate at the end of the Cold War be subjugated again by an aggressive Russia? Any NATO nation can leave NATO but we have, for example, Poland and the Baltics clamoring for greater NATO presence against a threatening Russia.

The last article is from 1997 and makes some good points. But it looks like we are well beyond the following quote

"Russia does not now pose a threat to its western neighbors and the nations of Central and Eastern Europe are not in danger."

by: Mehdi from: UK
January 28, 2016 14:25
Zionists of the United States and Europe have supported and financed the war of Nazi Germany in World War II. First of all, those Zionists have acquired enormous wealth on the blood of innocent people, including the Jews.

The Zionists of US and Europe haven't changed their tactics even today - they support and finance the so-called "international terrorists" who continue to carry out the overthrow of governments, capture the energy fields and natural resources, create artificial humanitarian crises around the world, etc. All this, first and foremost, serve the interests of a certain circle of Zionists. Their greed has always been a source of wars and conflicts, and it may even continue further as long as they will not be punished according to their "merits."

by: Hans from: Germany
January 28, 2016 14:28
Meanwhile the EU is slowly but surely coming apart as it seems, cannot decide how to deal with the refugee crisis gives the impression that it does not know what to do in its foreign affairs generally...and so for the moment continues weakly to look to America for direction. I believe that current status will soon come to an end. Russia has been pushed into a corner when it was. As for the Russian population.. well they are more pro Putin and anti American than ever. It takes two to tango... so the US has many reasons to congratulate itself on the effects of its utterly miserable, cruel and misguided foreign policy that have left millions dead and a diplomatic and economic mess for Europe and Russia. When Europe finally grows a pair and wakes up properly to the divide and rule game being played out by the US, then the tables will turn.

by: Richard K from: UK
January 28, 2016 14:30
We are dealing with a criminal undertaking at a global level … and there is an ongoing war, it is led by the United States, it may be carried out by a number of proxy countries, which are obeying orders from Washington… The global war on terrorism is a US undertaking, which is fake, it’s based on fake premises. It tells us that somehow America and the Western world are going after a fictitious enemy, the Islamic state, when in fact the Islamic state is fully supported and financed by the Western military alliance and America’s allies in the Persian Gulf…
They say Muslims are terrorists, but it just so happens that terrorists are made in America. They’re not the product of Muslim society, and that should be abundantly clear to everyone on this floor… The global war on terrorism is a fabrication, a big lie and a crime against humanity.

by: Dana D from: United States
January 28, 2016 14:34
Let's count recent the US administrations' accomplishments and how they have contributed to tricking us into this "war on terror" farce.

Nixon: Tricked into abolishing gold standard so we no longer have sound money, and the paper money at our hands today is no more than a piece of paper, whose value is speculated by a criminal bank called Fed Reserve, dominated by international banksters who pushed war for oil.

Reagan: Openly known as the sponsor of top terrorists, responsible for the rise of terrorism organization headed by Osama bin Laden, setting up an excuse for Bush junior to war with Afghanistan.

Bush senior: Started Gulf war over a lie and aided radical Islamic separatists.

Clinton: Bombed Iraqi civilians, and 500,000 Iraqi children hungry to death due to his foreign policy that imposed an economic sanction under the pretext of suspicion of WMD, which turned out to have never existed. Even so, the administration was in a public position that the death of the children was worth the price.

Bush junior: Neoconservatives openly rose in power during his term. PNAC literally planned blow-up of WTC, only to find an excuse to invade Afghanistan. After that incursion, the administration had a mental breakdown that they felt they needed unfounded excuse to invade Iraq, which killed over 1 million innocent civilians.

Current administration: What is the point of using ISIS to scare Americans while aiding, training and arming ISIS?

End of story... judge it yourself just who are the real terrorists... our so-called "champion of democracy" has literally tricked itself into this fraud called "war on terror" alright?

by: Michael from: Berlin, Germany
January 28, 2016 14:40
Attention, recently the US has accused the German manufacturer BMW in technical violations and demanded to recall 12 million cars. Now the US is accusing the German bank in violations of sanctions against Russia. United States - the main violator of international conventions on the financial, legal, human rights issues. The US has no moral right to interfere the affairs of the European countries! It's time to declare ultimatum to the American corporate liars!
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by: Steve from: US
January 28, 2016 22:09
Can U and the rest of Europe pay back the BILLIONS of debt that you where forgiven under the Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe? As an American Taxpayer I want my money back if you are going to bite that hand that fed you and pulled your sorry rear ends out of two world wars.
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by: Neil Nelson from: UT, USA
January 29, 2016 17:08
Steve, A priority goal of Russian information warfare is to split the alignment between Europe and the US. A way this is done is to post remarks seemingly to appear from a US ally complaining against the US, and then to help the fight along, by posting a reply seemingly from the US, which has negative comments about the ally just as you have written.

by: Yoshua
January 28, 2016 14:49
I just wonder if Russia hasn't weaponized European politics as well ? The European Union is a merger between Democratic Western European states and mature Communist Eastern European states.

Angela Merkel's father, a Protestant pastor and a devoted Socialist, took his family and moved from Western Germany to Eastern Germany. Angela joined in Eastern Germany a Communist youth organization and became the secretary for Agitation and Propaganda, responsible for Marxist-Leninist indoctrination of the people.

Today Angela is the Chancellor of a united Germany and the most powerful politician in Europe. She has used all her power to destroy democracy in Europe under critical moments. After the financial crisis she said that all European nations are on their own now, perhaps not the best solution for a weak European Union. Then she imposed harsh austerity on the weak Southern European nations, despite the warnings that the destruction of their economies would lead to a political radicalization of the South... fortunately no one listened. Today Greece is ruled by Communists and Fascists, Portugal is ruled by Socialists and Communists and Spain is in political turmoil without a government at the moment.

With the migrant crisis she opened her arms and flooded Northern Europe with Muslim migrants, which is now polarizing and radicalizing Northern Europe, for this she almost became canonized as a Saint and is now an untouchable. How can anyone criticize her now ?

Her European political opponent, Victor Orban, a former Communist and a pro Moscow politician who talks about a Eurasian Union from Lisbon to Vladivostok, is building fences against the "Muslim Invasion" which is causing panic in European capitols and accusing the Western elite for a Socialist conspiracy to destroy Europe.

Confusing ? Confusing enough for Great Britain to talk about a Brexit.

Europe is my home and an interesting continent to live in. Lets see if we Europeans can write some history again and make our world a bit more interesting to live in too. Usually European history writing leads to millions dead... but on an over-populated continent like Europe... who cares ?

by: Ben Thayer from: Donthat
January 28, 2016 15:32
" And there will be a wailing and gnashing of teeth".
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