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originally posted by: theultimatebelgianjoke
a reply to: DJW001
It's not my fault if you are too lazy to read the article I linked.
Which underscores my concern about the hysteria raging across Official Washington about “Russian meddling” in the 2016 presidential campaign: There is no proportionality applied to the question of foreign interference in U.S. politics. If there were, we would have a far more substantive investigation of Israel-gate.
The problem is that if anyone mentions the truth about Israel’s clout, the person is immediately smeared as “anti-Semitic” and targeted by Israel’s extraordinarily sophisticated lobby and its many media/political allies for vilification and marginalization.
So, the open secret of Israeli influence is studiously ignored, even as presidential candidates prostrate themselves before the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both appeared before AIPAC in 2016, with Clinton promising to take the U.S.-Israeli relationship “to the next level” – whatever that meant – and Trump vowing not to “pander” and then pandering like crazy.
Congress is no different. It has given Israel’s controversial Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a record-tying three invitations to address joint sessions of Congress (matching the number of times British Prime Minister Winston Churchill appeared). We then witnessed the Republicans and Democrats competing to see how often their members could bounce up and down and who could cheer Netanyahu the loudest, even when the Israeli prime minister was instructing the Congress to follow his position on Iran rather than President Obama’s.
originally posted by: The GUT
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1. russia isn't in the business of toppling foreign regimes. russia isn't in the business of imperial conquest. i can't say the same for the country that we live in. they are not committing the same crimes.
2. the "gerasimov doctrine" does not introduce nor present anything that any nation doesn't already do. military expansion, political mindgames of influence... literally everyone does this.
it's not "Russophobia," and nobody here readily believes russia isn't capable of psychological warfare. it's just that they're not directing it to the united states in any way that anyone can prove. you can't even prove it, and yet you still throw it at the wall to hope it sticks. it doesn't. it won't.
3. you didn't know he had an annual Q&A with his citizens, but you expect us to believe you "know all too well" as to how russia works? you do understand the difference between knowing and assuming, right?
When did you condemned American imperialism ?
I'm 100% confident that Russians know Russia better than you.
What country do you live in that you don't know that Russia has been an imperial power for over a millennium? As for toppling foreign regimes, what do you think is going on in Ukraine?
If literally everyone does this it means Russia does this... so why deny it?
It just means that they are particularly good at it. Why do you think they are incompetent?
Yes, you are the one assuming I have not watched those tedious propaganda shows. I can only put up with about three minutes of highlights before I want to throw my laptop across the room. Anyway, who do you think gets to choose which calls go through? You didn't answer that one.
Too bad you do not seem to be able to discuss Ozero. That is how Russia is really run. And I suspect you know that.
are neighboring countries "foreign regimes" to one another? get real.
In June 2014, a Gallup poll with the Broadcasting Board of Governors asked Crimeans if the results in the March 16, 2014 referendum to secede reflected the views of the people. A total of 82.8% of Crimeans said yes. When broken down by ethnicity, 93.6% of ethnic Russians said they believed the vote to secede was legitimate, while 68.4% of Ukrainians felt so. Moreover, when asked if joining Russia will ultimately make life better for them and their family, 73.9% said yes while 5.5% said no.
In February 2015, a poll by German polling firm GfK revealed that attitudes have not changed. When asked “Do you endorse Russia’s annexation of Crimea?”, a total of 82% of the respondents answered “yes, definitely,” and another 11% answered “yes, for the most part.” Only 2% said they didn't know, and another 2% said no. Three percent did not specify their position.
With two studies out of the way, both Western-based, it seems without question that the vast majority of Crimeans do not feel they were duped into voting for annexation, and that life with Russia will be better for them and their families than life with Ukraine. A year ago this week, 83% of Crimeans went to the polling stations and almost 97% expressed support for reunification with their former Soviet parent. The majority of people living on the peninsula are ethnic Russians.