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The Daily Vertical: Weaponization By Any Other Name

The Daily Vertical: Weaponization By Any Other Namei
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March 21, 2016
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.
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. 

A transcript of today's Daily Vertical can be found here.

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by: Democracy from: Earth
March 21, 2016 11:57
So Brian, why did we let them?

Why do we keep letting them get away with it all?
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by: Rick from: UK
March 21, 2016 16:31
It is so ironic that the US, through its paid loudmouths is trying to blame another country in all of its personal sins. Funny and sad!

by: Ben Thayer from: Donthat
March 21, 2016 13:30
Typical reaction to anything not suiting them...immature and moronic at the same time. Nothing like an expert on democracy to set everyone straight.

by: James from: USA
March 21, 2016 16:37
US lately has been trying to picture Russia as the greatest threat to the world. However, the survey conducted by the American agency proves quite the opposite - almost half of the world considers the United States the greatest threat to the peace and security. This means there is an urgent need for action against this threat!

A recent Gallup survey of respondents from 65 countries suggests that America is now seen as the country that poses the "greatest threat to world peace today". In fact, more people picked the US than Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea and Pakistan combined...
Here you can find more about it: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/06/us-greatest-threat-to-peace-asia-survey

by: Banana Republic
March 21, 2016 16:42
Democracy in the Middle East means that the people will vote according to ethnic, tribal and sectarian lines... and then the killing starts.

Didn't we understand this ? Of course we did. That is why we did it. I remember Dich Chaney warning about this after Gulf War I... so the "naïve" Americans understood this as well.

The war in Iraq led to a refugee flood into Jordan and Syria. Syria imploded into war and this led to a new refugee flood into Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

Americans are today arming the Kurds in Syria to fight ISIS. The Kurds are more interested in taking control of a land mass in northern Syria and to create a Kurdish state. Turkey has warned the U.S not to arm the Kurds since they fear that a Kurdish state will lead to a Kurdish war against Turkey. So the Turks are today bombing the same Kurds that the Americans are arming.

Will the war spread into Turkey ? Turkey is already fighting the Kurds, enduring a refugee crisis and living with terrorist attacks by Kurds (and ISIS who feeds on chaos and war). All Turkey needs now is an economic collapse (that we can blame on Russian sanctions against Turkey).

The best part with a Turkish war is that Europe is negotiating a visa free travel for Turkish citizens (including Kurds living in Turkey). You just can't make this up.

So... yes, of course it's all Russia's fault.

by: Douglas from: United States
March 21, 2016 16:50
If there is a country who is to blame for the destruction of the Middle East and the creation of a humanitarian problem of refugees - only the United States!

Are the American people so stupid that they would forget what George W. Bush did to other countries? This simple minded buffoon started a never ending war and since that wasn't enough started another never ending war. The lies that he and Obama told the American people were so obvious it would be humorous if it wasn't so terribly tragic.

Tens of thousands of innocent civilians killed in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and Syria with thousands of our service men and women killed and thousands upon thousands more wounded to where their lives will never be the same. It's all the "American project," and the whole world knows it!

Such warmongers like Bush, Obama, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton and many others should be behind prison bars for crimes against humanity. It is so insulting to see those buffoons prancing and laughing on the stage like they were some sort of celebrities when they are really world class criminals.

by: Scott from: Australia
March 21, 2016 17:13
One of Australia's past Prime Ministers Malcolm Fraser warned that USA will destroy all of Asia if we continue to fall for their lies. He warned "that USA will turn all of Asia to rubble, just like the Middle East", exact words.... He wrote a book about it, warning Australia about that and much more, saying if we continue obeying USA, then Australia will suffer the great hardship of war on our own soil too...

USA will be using Australia for a long planed battle to help them continue their stranglehold on Asia. He explains how USA has stolen Australia from Australians, and gave talks about it to anyone who would listen. He was an old man, but he was in good health when he first started saying this. One year later he was dead. He had a fine mind and was an active Tweeter for human rights. He tweeted the day before he died... You see where I'm going? There is much more evidence but I won't bore you too much with the details for now...

I have absolutely NO DOUBT in my mind that USA had him assassinated. I was saying to my 200,000 Twitter followers that USA was going to kill Malcolm Fraser, BEFORE they killed him. Here is an article and a video interview of ex PM Fraser saying all I have mentioned and more. I've got copies of this, it will disappear from the net soon. Malcolm Fraser was no idiot... He KNEW he was risking his life speaking this truth. Malcolm Fraser died for Australia, and all of Asia and the world.... USA killed him, right under our noses and still most Australians don't know this. Long live Planet and People!!
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/malcolm-fraser-warns-australia-risks-war-with-china-unless-us-military-ties-cut-back-20140425-zqz8p.html

by: Robert Marchenoir from: France
March 21, 2016 18:58
Sorry, Brian, "xenophoby" is a very good thing. We need more of it.

Of course, "xenophoby" is but a leftist insult. It's pure propaganda, no better than the one originating from Moscow.

What it really means is : opposition to mass immigration and islamisation of the West. Of course Europe and America should be "xenophobic" in that sense. Of course mass immigration and islamisation should be stopped immediately and reversed.

Including illegal muslim immigration that Russia is too happy to allow through its own border into Scandinavia.

Now has come the time to enforce our borders again and deport invaders. Russians are unwelcome invaders in Ukraine. Syrians, Libyans, Pakistanis, Iraqis, Somalis, Sudanese, Nigerians and assorted illegals are unwelcome invaders in Europe.

Ukraine is a sovereign country with a right to self-determination. It's the same thing for European countries. Millions of hostile, agressive, often violent people entering illegally is not asylum : it's an invasion. It's an act of war.

by: mf from: US
March 21, 2016 19:44
so many trolls here, you must be up to something. I think we should work on an artificial intelligence algorithm called trollometer. Computer geniuses of the world, unite and deliver, please! High score, means you are getting close to the actual truth. Sometimes it is hard to say in today's world, saturated with falsehood and propaganda. Trollometer may just be a solution!
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by: NM Remote from: NM USA
March 22, 2016 09:18
You are correct - and the trolls claim to be from the US. BW is touching a sensitive nerve. Obama, if he had gonads, would now deliver SAMs to the Syrian rebells and declare Syrian airspace a no-fly zone.
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by: Anonymous
March 22, 2016 13:05
Brian, this is especially true in regard to such paid Troll centers as RFE/RL...
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by: Alan Black from: UK
March 22, 2016 15:40
...or RT!

by: mark fellows from: UK
March 22, 2016 21:50
Many forget that part of Moscow's "weaponization" was allowing thousands of jihadists from the Caucasus to go to Syria and fight, while the Sochi games were on-going. It seemed like a great idea. Send them there, keep the games safe, and have Assad kill them.

Unfortunately, Putin's jihadis "overfulfilled the plan" and have created a state that threatens both Assad and Putin. And there are just as many jihadis in the Caucasus as before.

Another "ingenious" plan of Putin's that backfired rather spectacularly.

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