On Thursday, Arizona Senator John McCain released a statement criticizing Russia for granting whistleblower Edward Snowden a one-year asylum and preventing the United States government from subjecting the former NSA analyst to the Bradley Manning treatment.
“Russia’s action today is a disgrace and a deliberate effort to embarrass the United States,” said McCain. “It is a slap in the face of all Americans. Now is the time to fundamentally rethink our relationship with Putin’s Russia. We need to deal with the Russia that is, not the Russia we might wish for. We cannot allow today’s action by Putin to stand without serious repercussions.”
And what might those “serious repercussions” be? In addition to meddling in Russia’s internal affairs, McCain wants to rekindle the Cold War by aggressively pushing a “missile defense system” on Russia’s borders. “We should push for the completion of all phases of our missile defense programs in Europe, and move expeditiously on another round of NATO expansion, including the Republic of Georgia,” he said.
In 2011, Sens. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), James Risch (R-ID), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and James Inhofe (R-OK) sent a letter to then Defense Secretary Robert Gates demanding the Obama administration move to place a missile defense-related radar site in Georgia instead of Turkey. “We believe that the Republic of Georgia’s geographic location would make it an ideal site for a missile defense radar aimed at Iran, and would offer clear advantages for the protection of the United States from a long range missile as compared to Turkey,” the senators wrote.
Iran, however, is obviously a red herring. Studies produced by the Pentagon “questioned the capability of the U.S. missile defense system to be deployed in Europe to protect the country from Iranian ballistic missiles,” writes Vladimir Kozin, a member of an interagency working group attached to the Russian government discussing missile defense issues with NATO. “Moscow and Washington should agree once and for all not to use nuclear weapons first against each other and not to deploy their missile defense systems near the borders of the other country.”
McCain’s statement also calls for interfering in Russian politics and punishing the country for imprisoning Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the oil oligarch who “was a key part of a Western intelligence operation to dismantle and destroy what remains of Russia as a functioning state,” according to F. William Engdahl.
Khodorkovsky was also in the “middle of making a US-backed coup d’etat to capture the Russian presidency in planned 2004 Russian Duma elections. Khodorkovsky was in the process of using his enormous wealth to buy enough seats in the coming Duma elections that he could change Russian laws regarding ownership of oil in the ground and of pipelines transporting same. In addition he planned to directly challenge Putin and become Russian President,” according to Engdahl.
McCain, of course, services the financial elite, so it is natural he’d use the Khodorkovsky case to attack Russia. Khodorkovsky is connected to Henry Kissinger and Jacob Lord Rothschild and his Open Russia Foundation was based on George Soros’ Open Society, a tool used to foment color revolutions in former Soviet republics (Uzbekistan, for example, shut down the Soros operation, while Tajikistan has accused Open Society’s operation in the country of corruption and nepotism).
McCain also exploits Alexei Navalny, described by the corporate media as “Russia’s Erin Brockovich,” who was sentenced to five years in jail for embezzlement. “The charismatic Navalny however is… or has been on the payroll of Washington’s regime-destabilizing National Endowment for Democracy (NED). According to a posting on Navalny’s own blog, LiveJournal, he was supported in 2007-2008 by the NED,” writes Engdahl. Boston banksters also “paid for Nemtsov’s trips to the very expensive Davos World Economic Forum,” thus revealing his allegiance.
McCain’s grandstanding is merely another chapter in a resurgent effort to create tension with Russia. At Bilderberg 2012, we learned that the elite have the Russian Federation squarely in its sights. “Present at Bilderberg 2012 were Anatoly Chubais and Garry Kasparov, leading anti-Putin Russian politicians,” Wayne Madsen wrote last June.
Chubais is reviled among a majority of Russians for shepherding the wholesale privatization of Soviet and Russian Federation state enterprises under the administration of President Boris Yeltsin and Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin. The chief benefactors of the privatization were a handful of Russian entrepreneurs who soon became billionaire oligarchs. Many of these oligarchs soon found themselves in prison in Russia or in exile in Britain and Israel to avoid prosecution in Russia. Today, Chubais is the head of Rusnano, a leading Russian nanotechnology firm.
At the [Bilderberg] Chantilly conclave, Chubais rubbed shoulders with the robber barons of Wall Street, including former Goldman Sachs and Citigroup senior executive and Bill Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, Goldman Sachs International Chairman Peter Sutherland, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company co-chairman Henry Kravis and former Obama Office of Management and Budget director and current Citigroup vice chairman Peter Orszag.
In an effort to round out his obvious call for renewed military tension with Russia and demands that Putin release oligarchs colluding with Wall Street and the financial elite – the political class McCain, naturally, answers to – the congressional fixture from Arizona praised the Russian people:
And perhaps most importantly, we should speak out on behalf of the many people in Russia who increasingly are finding the courage to peacefully demand greater freedom, accountability, and rule of law in Russia.