No 1217 Posted by fw, December 27, 2014
“After having watched this interview I watched an alternate site’s report on Russia and its problems that highlighted that much of what Solomon and Baird were saying was simply – sorry gentlemen – pure crap. So this might be a rather long report, but again, for those wanting to know what is really happening in the world outside the neo-Conservative’s spin-doctoring, it will be worth the read, as well as following up on several references provided if my voice is not enough for you.” —Jim Miles
To read Miles’ original lengthy article, click on the following linked title. Alternatively, below, a slightly edited version is cross-posted with added subheadings in bold italics, inserted as hanging indents, plus added text highlighting, intended to bring key ideas to the fore and facilitate easy browsing. In addition, the post has some minor editing, reformatting, and a few added hyperlinks, including one in the opening paragraph that links to a video of CBC’s Solomon-Baird interview.
Choreographed CBC interviews with Harper and Baird
WOW – After listening to the Stephen Harper interview with Peter Mansbridge and now having listened to Canada’s Foreign Minister John Baird interview with Evan Solomon (CBC), it is apparent that they both have their talking points down pat. They could have exchanged places and the comments would have come out pretty much the same.
At the same time, the same could be said for Mansbridge and Solomon: if they were exchanged, the questioning would have remained at about the same level as well. It makes me wonder if the questions were all vetted beforehand, or if the government, as owners of CBC decreed that this is the way it would go and that this the language you must use. Or, as I indicated in my previous report, all these scenarios are correct.
Interview with Baird “a masterpiece of controlled deception”
This third interview [with Baird] (after Breedlove and Harper), is so full of calumny, propaganda, canards, double standards, dissimulations, narrow minded thinking, and outright lies that it can only stand as a masterpiece of controlled deception. That references both the interviewers and the interviewees, wherein the mainstream media (MSM) appears to be in bed with – or perhaps more appropriately, in bondage with – the government.
There are some generalities that run through the interview. John Baird goes from talking about the “civilized world” to the “democratic world” and finally to “our friends and allies,” a nice devolution each time approaching the truth more closely. He is also good at the parenting role, using “Listen,” on many occasions, as well as using the word “Obviously” in most of his arguments as if those not knowing what he was going to say were by implication all ignorant and lacked any political knowledge.
CBC’s questions and Baird’s responses are displays of “pure crap” about Russia/Ukraine, North Korea, and ISIS
But those are small bits compared to the ignorance of both the questions and the responses that shaped around three topics: Russia/Ukraine; North Korea; and ISIS. I won’t spend any time on North Korea as it is truly a tempest in a teapot (albeit good domestic political fodder for the sycophantic followers), and none on ISIS as it has been covered generally with the [NATO General] Breedlove interview. Most of this report is on Russia and its problems as that is where the greatest MSM deviousness arises, and where the answers are mostly pure propaganda.
After having watched this interview I watched an alternate site’s report on Russia and its problems that highlighted that much of what Solomon and Baird were saying was simply – sorry gentlemen – pure crap. So this might be a rather long report, but again, for those wanting to know what is really happening in the world outside the neo-Conservative’s spin doctoring, it will be worth the read, as well as following up on several references provided if my voice is not enough for you. [Poor Evan Solomon. It’s not the first interview he’s bungled an interview and probably won’t be the last. See, for example: CBC’s Evan Solomon no match for Palestinian spokesperson in televised interview posted March 11, 2013].
For those interested in “what’s really happening in the world outside neocons’ spin”, read on…
The first question from Solomon is a pretty obvious one, “The Russian economy, the rubles collapsed, the price of oil collapsed, they are facing serious economic problems. What do you make of what Putin is saying?”
Apart from the significant errors in the question, the answer goes pretty much according to the talking points,
[John Baird] — “Listen to me, we believe he’s made a big mistake in invading and annexing Crimea and materially supporting the separatists in eastern Ukraine. We want him to take a different path that’s why the civilized world has come together to push back, and we’re doing it through economic sanctions. We’re obviously hoping that he’ll reverse course and allow people in Ukraine to live in freedom.”
I’ll deal with Solomon’s errors shortly, but first Baird’s answer –
Solomon’s next two questions followed up on the same theme. First he asked, “Why ratchet up sanctions now while he’s already on the point of collapse?” followed by “Is there fear, though, if he’s backed into an economic corner because of the sanctions, because of the price of oil and the collapse of their economy…what happens when he’s backed in…more violent, less predictable, is this the right moment?”
After the second question, Baird answered —
“…we can’t accommodate evil but we’ve got to confront it and that’s why the civilized world is speaking with one voice – strongly – and Canada, the United States, the European Union, are all seeking to get the Russian Federation to take a different course…Listen, my job is to stand up for Canada’s interests and promote Canadian values and when those interests and values are challenged to such an extent where one man in the Kremlin thinks he can redraw the borders of Europe through military force, that’s just not….in 2014, and I think cowering away from confronting that type of evil is just the wrong way to go.”
And Solomon is persistent as if he has not yet received the answer he is looking for, or still has some scripted questions he needs to get out, asking, “How long can Putin hold out if the economy retanks, if the ruble collapses, interest rates go up, people are already cashing the ruble to buy cars because they need some kind of stable commodity, how long can Putin hold on for?” Wow, Solomon, either your ignorance is overwhelming me here, or your orders from your producers are simply full of propaganda – or both.
Ahhhh….the international security system! I think I already described that – the military bases spread around the world, the control of most global finances through the IMF/World Bank/NATO/ and the declining usage of the U.S. fiat currency as the global reserve currency thanks to its petrodollar status – maintained in part by the attacks in Iraq (oil, gold, oil and pipelines), Libya (oil, gold, water), Mali (oil, gold, uranium), Ukraine (gold, oil/gas, pipelines) and the list goes on.
More anti-Putin rhetoric drivels out of Solomon’s mouth when asking about the “serious provocations by the Russians [re air force flights]. What does that signal when they’re provoking NATO like this?” Again, highly biased language as Russia is almost encircled by military bases, has constant U.S. surveillance, and NATO – against the agreement of the U.S. after the unification of Germany – has itself encroached its territory right up to the Russian border, along with missiles that can serve as a first line of attack as per the Paul Wolfowitz first strike doctrine.
WHAT? Obviously, neither Solomon nor Baird seem to be aware of the billions of dollars that the U.S. spent in western Ukraine in order to turn the government towards the EU, making full use of the Maidan protests to force out the elected Ukrainian government and replacing it with a government overseen by neo-Nazis supported by many U.S. diplomats, including Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria “F**k the EU” Nuland. The latter – the EU being – which is actually happening due to the misplaced sanctions, but more on that later.
The Russian financial nuclear option
Outside the MSM [MainStream Media], there is much information available on any and all topics, some of it very good, some of it very dodgy. One source that I have referenced many times, and have found cross references to support it, is Alasdair MacLeod, a financial critic based in Scotland. Interestingly enough, after listening to Solomon’s interview today, I then listened to an interview with MacLeod, thinking it would take my mind off the idiocy of it all, but the entire MacLeod interview dealt with Russia and its economic position.
Solomon’s knowledge base found wanting
This is where my critique is more about Solomon’s knowledge base than it is about the more or less expected neocon rhetoric from Baird, although he too shares in this lack of knowledge, or its dissimulation and denial. From this and other alternate sites to the MSM, the western position is mostly propaganda and lies. These alternate sites and readings rise mainly from western critics who have worked inside the system for most of their lives, they know what it is like in the belly of the financial beast.
Here’s what’s really happening with the Russian economy
So what is really happening with the economy vis-a-vis Russia?
Enter the Chinese – “And the financial decline of the West is pretty much guaranteed”
There is a part of the “civilized world” that Baird left out and that Solomon did not question – China (among many others). China, along with Russia and India, is purchasing huge amounts of gold from western coffers (Canada essentially has none of its own). They are intending to make the renminbi fully convertible sometime in the near future – the more pressure from the U.S. the sooner that day will arrive. Combined with a gold backing and a possible/probable gold supported basket of currencies, the US$ would simply die.
Combine this with the New Silk Road that China is in the process of building (rail, roads, cyber links, pipelines) and the decline of the west financially is pretty much guaranteed, without the U.S. resorting to nuclear war, it’s last and final solution.
Ironically, since the PNAC [Project for the New American Century] neocon statements about a ‘new world order’, followed up by the events of 9/11, and the U.S. geopolitical strategies to isolate, contain and then deconstruct the power of Russia and China, “now that it’s coming to a head it is producing the exact opposite results.”
“The west is hugely indebted, Russia is not.”
Now who is in fine financial shape? The west is hugely indebted, Russia is not. The west has a huge imbalance of payments, Russia and China hold huge foreign exchange amounts. Russia and China are buying huge amounts of that ancient relic, gold, that is valued by the vast majority of people on earth, as a guardian of wealth against declining and failing currencies – as they all do eventually. Sanctions are affecting mainly Europe as Russia turns towards the east and other regions for the technology and materials that it might be missing, only helping to strengthen the SCO and the New Silk Road.
MSM subverts its intelligence to be the servant of state propaganda
The combination of the MSM and the politicians of the west in denying, avoiding, dissimulating this information is amazing to watch. Both Peter Mansbridge and Evan Solomon are doing their best to make Putin and Russia the ‘evil other’ in spite of all the information to the contrary that it is the west – through its attempts at global hegemony, full spectrum dominance militarily, financial dominance – that is creating the problems around the world today.
I am sometimes staggered and amazed by the complicity of the MSM, and its willingness to subvert its intelligence and knowledge to be the servant of the state and its propaganda – unless, most unlikely, they are simply ignorant of it all. And hopefully there will be no more year end interviews with all the calumny, propaganda, canards, double standards, dissimulations, narrow minded thinking, and outright lies that are evident in these two interviews.
Jim Miles is a Canadian educator and a regular contributor/columnist of opinion pieces and book reviews for The Palestine Chronicle. Miles’ work is also presented globally through other alternative websites and news publications.
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