A Decisive Shift In The Power Balance Has Occurred. “Russia no Longer Tolerates Washington’s Vicious, Stupid and Failed Policies”

 

 

Putin-Obama-400x225The world is beginning to realize that a seachange in world affairs occured on September 28 when President Putin of Russia stated in his UN speech that Russia can no longer tolerate Washington’s vicious, stupid, and failed policies that have unleashed chaos, which is engulfing the Middle East and now Europe. Two days later, Russia took over the military situation in Syria and began the destruction of the Islamic State forces.

Perhaps among Obama’s advisors there are a few who are not drowning in hubris and can understand this seachange. Sputnik news reports that some high-level security advisors to Obama have advised him to withdraw US military forces from Syria and give up his plan to overthrow Assad. They advised Obama to cooperate with Russia in order to stop the refugee flow that is overwhelming Washington’s vassals in Europe. The influx of unwanted peoples is making Europeans aware of the high cost of enabling US foreign policy. Advisors have told Obama that the idiocy of the neoconservatives’ policies threaten Washington’s empire in Europe.

Several commentators, such as Mike Whitney and Stephen Lendman, have concluded, correctly, that there is nothing that Washington can do about Russian actions against the Islamic State. The neoconservatives’ plan for a UN no-fly zone over Syria in order to push out the Russians is a pipedream. No such resolution will come out of the UN. Indeed, the Russians have already established a de facto no-fly zone.

Putin, without issuing any verbal threats or engaging in any name-calling, has decisively shifted the power balance, and the world knows it.

Washington’s response consists of name-calling, bluster and more lies, some of which is echoed by some of Washington’s ever more doubtful vassals. The only effect is to demonstrate Washington’s impotence.

If Obama has any sense, he will dismiss from his government the neoconservative morons who have squandered Washington’s power, and he will focus instead on holding on to Europe by working with Russia to destroy, rather than to sponsor, the terrorism in the Middle East that is overwhelming Europe with refugees.

If Obama cannot admit a mistake, the United States will continue to lose credibility and prestige around the world.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts’ latest books areThe Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost.

Russian Police Choir Wins Olympics With ‘Get Lucky’ Performance

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The Ministry of Internal Affairs choir sings “Get Lucky” during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.


 
 
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Just when you thought “Get Lucky” couldn’t get any more universal: Earlier today, the Russian Police Choir delivered an incredible rendition of the Daft Punk disco smash as part of the opening ceremonies at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
 
As one would expect, the all-male choir takes a more proper, slightly less funky approach to the most ubiquitous song of 2013. A pair of vocalists take turns channeling their inner Pharrell on lead vocals with musical theater panache, while a horde of solemn backing singers add Gregorian-style touches (including an amazing break at the 1:30 mark). The musical apex comes around the 2:40 mark, as one particularly excited singer delivers the most bizarre vocoder-filled performance ever captured on tape.
 
There are so many meme-worth moments in this performance, it’s impossible to list them all. But it’s definitely worth noting the officers’ hilarious “old, goofy man dancing at a wedding reception” dance moves. (Another incredible highlight: the puzzled look on the older policeman’s face in the right corner.)
 
This is not the first time the Russian Police Choir has covered the track. Last year, the group released a video of their cover featuring the military men dancing/awkwardly standing on a smoke-filled set which is, as you can imagine, also a must-watch.
 
Watch the performance at the NBC Olympics site.