“When you say 2014 will be the year of reckoning for the United States, how bad will it get here, in your opinion?”
“It could get very bad, particularly as American prestige has taken such hard hits -- not just in Ukraine
Of course the other bad hit has come from all of the really reckless propaganda that has come out of Washington about Ukraine:
- First they said, ‘Russia had invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea.’ Well, the whole world found out rather quickly that was just another lie.
- Then they said the Russians were ‘massing troops on the Ukrainian border,’ and they showed these photographs of all these Russians massed on the Ukraine border.
It turns out these were photographs taken from last year’s military maneuvers and that the military maneuvers included units of the Ukrainian Army because at the time Ukraine and Russia were hand-in-hand. So there were caught in that lie.
- ... And the Russians, under the threat of sanctions, have said, ‘We’re tired of this bullying. We’re just removing ourselves from the system. We’re not going to play with them anymore.’ (Laughter ensues) So there you have a major blow to the petrodollar.
So, yes, this is likely to be a year of tremendous problems for Washington.
The only people who can bail Washington out are the Russians and Chinese.
If Washington survives all the crises that it has created for itself, it will simply be due to the mercy of the Russians and the Chinese, who refuse to exploit the advantages that Washington has so foolishly given them.
Now can a government that stupid deal with the kinds of crises or potential crises that we’ve outlined in this interview? I don’t think it can.”
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