Kicking Russia in the groin involves, in addition to pretending they interfered with the last presidential election, for example, slapping sanctions on them intended to kill their gas business and bring them to their knees economically. However, the EU Commission finally grew a pair and in a historic first, stood up to the US and fought back against the sanctions, declaring that the US was only trying to sell its overpriced LNG. It would have cost Europe a fortune and hurt their energy security if the sanctions had been allowed to do their dirty work. The sanctions therefore did not stop the laying of the Nord Stream II pipeline. But the Empire was not done with Russia. Bowing to US pressure, the cowardly Olympic Committee banned Russia from the Olympics, claiming the state had been involved in a doping scheme – with no proof, as usual except for the testimony of an unscrupulous ex member of the Russian Olympic committee who even admitted he had helped dope athletes. He is now wanted in Russia. The fact is, doping is worse in several other countries, but the West is just out to get Russia. Nothing new.
Meanwhile, new sanctions have been imposed on other Russian individuals as part of the witch hunt.
So why the virulent Russia bashing?
Election time is coming up and Putin it running again. The fools think they can keep him from being elected by making his presidency uncomfortable for the Russian people. But they don’t understand that the Russians know what the Empire is up to and will loyally fight back.
Here is New Silk Strategy's translation, from Ria Novosti, showing how the US slaps Russia in the face and then begs it to help save its hide from the N. Koreans. It would be funny if it weren’t so pathetic:
Trump asks Putin to help "strangle" North Korea
by Ivan Danilov, author of the blog Crimson Alter
President Donald Trump told the press he would like to receive help from Vladimir Putin in the North Korean issue, the subject of one of their recent telephone conversations. In the American leader’s statement there were slight notes of resentment. "The main point was the talks on North Korea, because we would very much like to get it [Putin’s help] in North Korea. China is helping but Russia is not helping. We would like to have Russian help," said Trump.
Trump said that Putin could help the US resolve the crisis surrounding the DPRK.
From a practical point of view, "help," the absence of which makes Trump so sad, suggests active participation on the part of the Russians in the economic isolation of the DPRK and the adoption of measures that drastically reduce Pyongyang's foreign exchange income. Judging by the demands voiced by the representatives of the State Department at the UN, it is assumed that Russia should at least expel North Korean citizens from its territory who are considered "slaves" by the US. It is easy to see that the measures that Washington insists on go far beyond the sanctions imposed at the UN level with the support of China and Russia. In other words, Beijing and Moscow are invited to introduce unilateral sanctions against Pyongyang and organize actual economic isolation, the effect of which may well be classified as a humanitarian disaster.
In this context, it is worthwhile to cite Vladimir Putin's answer to the question of the Associated Press journalist, who was interested in Russia's help in overcoming the North Korean crisis. Putin: "Your congressmen and senators look so good, they have beautiful suits, shirts, they look like clever people. They put us on a par with North Korea and Iran, while at the same time pushing the president (the United States) to persuade us together with you to solve the problems of North Korea and Iran. Are you normal people?"
Judging by the ongoing efforts of the American side to attract Kremlin assistance with North Korean, there are justifiable suspicions that the Russian president's answer to the question can be considered negative.
The mere fact of recognizing the desirability or even the need for Russian assistance to solve an international problem is a grave violation of one of the key taboos of US policy.
Opinion: The White House in the Korean issue fell into its own trap
Because of this public travesty of political taboos, Americanophiles around the world and many US experts are now experiencing severe cognitive dissonance. The chief dogma of the political class of the United States is the proposition of American exclusivity, implying that Washington has the right and the means to adopt and implement any decision in relation to any country in the world.
"We came, we saw, he died!" - the mocking paraphrase of the Roman motto in the performance of Hillary Clinton, who marked thusly the death of Muammar Gaddafi, is the actual credo of all American policy. The very thought of the US's inability to liquidate a foreign leader who challenged them, whether Putin, Castro or Kim Jong-un, causes some American politicians emotional and perhaps physical pain. Against this background, the position of Trump, who calmly states that the US needs the help of China and Russia, looks like the height of rational pragmatism.
Of course, the US can use force against the DPRK and win the war simply because of its total military superiority. You’d thimk that for the American president, who desperately needs foreign policy victories to solve internal political problems, war with the DPRK would be perfectly welcome, but practice shows that the Trump administration is reluctant to resort to military escalation.
Political scientist: in relations with the DPRK, the US is inclined to intrigue
A military defeat of the DPRK, although it would solve the problem of the "North Korean threat", would inflict unacceptable damage on the US. I don’t mean even the risk that a North Korean missile with a nuclear warhead could successfully fly to Guam or even to the continental US (to accurately assess the probability of this scenario is very problematic). The problem is that damage of another kind is guaranteed. In August, Trump strategist Steve Bannon admitted that "there is no military solution to the Korean problem." In an interview with The American Prospect, Bannon said: "No military solution, forget it, until someone solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million Seoul residents would die in the first 30 minutes due to the use of conventional weapons." Steve Bannon is no longer working in the White House, but the reality has not changed. The mass casualties of South Korean civilians and the destruction of a significant part of South Korea's economy in the context of US military intervention would mean the end of the most important element of the "American myth" that vassal-like dependence on the US is a guarantee of security. A military victory over the DPRK would be guaranteed to have catastrophic side effects for the US in the form of a mass drive of the vassals to get out from under the American "roof."
Where can the DPRK missiles fly to?
Henry Kissinger is credited with a cynical, but precise formula: "Being an enemy of the US can be dangerous, but being a friend can be fatal." It is based on this logic that the EU is creating its "parallel NATO" without the participation of the States and Britain, Japan is arming, and South Korean officials state that they "can not accept" a military solution to the North Korean crisis. If Washington resorts to a military conflict under these conditions, its victory will be a Pyrrhic one and accelerate the elimination of the monopolar world order.
Proceeding from the above-stated reasons and due to the failure of all attempts at a military bluff using aircraft carrier groups and large-scale exercises, Washington is forced to shift to the tactics of "economic strangulation" of the DPRK, which is combined with proposals for direct talks on the Washington-Pyongyang line. Trump's problem is that to get the necessary impact on the North Korean economy he needs China and Russia to help. Even with the assistance of the Chinese side (Trump not in vain mentioned that "China is helping"), the opportunity to negotiate through Russia radically strengthens the DPRK's resistance to American pressure.
“Russia does not recognize the nuclear status of the DPRK,” Putin said.
Vladimir Putin said "we do not recognize the nuclear status of North Korea," but noted that "everything that is happening there is counterproductive." The proliferation of nuclear weapons on the planet is not in Russia's interests, but to help Trump solve the problem that several generations of US administration have contributed to is not in Moscow's interests either, at least not until American behaviour is corrected. As Churchill said, "you can always count on the Americans to do the right thing after they have exhausted all other options."
In this sense, the current president of the United States is a typical American: he began to seek the solution to the North Korean crisis with threats, continued to demonstrate military force, explores the sphere of sanctions, and will end, most likely, with negotiations yielding an unfavourable outcome for the United States. If Trump does not resort to the obvious stupidity in the form of military intervention, sooner or later it will come down to agreeing to a so-called double freeze, that is, to a plan involving North Korea's stopping nuclear tests and missile launches in exchange for the cessation of the US-led South Korean military exercises.
Expert: The situation with the DPRK is starting to get out of hand.
This will be a de facto recognition of US diplomatic defeat, but nothing will prevent Trump from holding a press conference and declaring that the US has won the entire hand, driven the DPRK to its knees, forced Russia and China to cooperate, and that in general the United States is number one in the world. We’ve already seen the debut of this PR approach in the case of Syria, where almost all Western media and think tanks recognized the defeat of the United States, but this did not affect the official position of the Washington administration, which solemnly attributed victory to itself. Such actions by Washington should not even offend anyone; on the contrary, they should be welcomed.
Public boasting by Trump is a very low price for the surrender of American positions at key points of the planet.