When the pundits talk about Vladimir Putin’s offensive in Ukraine, they usually mean troops and tanks, but his greatest weapons are, in fact, his propaganda machine and the gullible western media.

So far, he has been winning stunning victories without firing a shot. Make no mistake, Vladimir Putin cares deeply what the western public thinks and has an army of PR professionals and lobbyists to wage informational warfare, along with a network of sites including “Russia Today” and a variety of “strategy” blogs.

Amazingly, the western press in its desire to adopt what NYU Journalism professor Jay Rosen calls the view from nowhere, has been repeating many of the false assertions that Putin has promoted.

Read the article for a list of Putin’s fibs we are lapping up.

On a vaguely related note, anyone notice how just when our military is crying poverty, threatening drastic cutbacks and such, an old enemy suddenly appears (who doesn’t seem to give a shit about our willingness or ability to do anything other than phone their prez) which, of course, demands we NOT cut anything? Probably just coincidence since I haven’t heard Brian Williams, et al comment on it.



  1. Tim says:

    “”Only the most twisted mind could conceive of a Jewish led Nazi conspiracy.

    But, isn’t that always what’s done?? Point out that bankers (usually Jewish) do these things to have someone point out that it’s *twisted* for someone to point that out?? Jews in power have never let a little thing like *ethnic identidy* deterre them from their goals.

    Here, this does not even mention *jews*

    https://youtube.com/watch?list=UUvtTGZEcS8mbWdB7prg4QNw&v=qCAQUs0yPeY

    I’m not really a bigot. I don’t mean to imply that all red-hair’d porch mokeys with an Obamaphone, Obamatruck, and Obamahouse feel empowered to be a menace to traffic; It’s just interesting that it works out that way.

    • Baggy Pants says:

      Analyze all you want.

      It’s pretty clear that Putin has a tiny dick! And that’s why Russia is in the shape it’s in.

      In this case (with the Ukraine), Putin simply want’s to insert his tiny dick or at least not remove it. He clearly doesn’t see himself as being very manly (or his country as being very bear-like) if he allows one of his favorite whores leave the brothel. And he’s going to bitch-slap her (the Ukraine) if she tries to squirm. It’s as simple as that.

      You could even say that these former iron curtain country problems are the result of their f**ed up culture as well (which hasn’t advanced much beyond 1950). Because it has traditionally been the culture of countries like Russia to mow down any and all opposition once their favorite bully gets into power — much like our own liberal’s often try to do. (And before our resident babbling BOOB decides to chime in here, let me say that it’s possible to be a liberal REPUBLICAN too!)

      …I’m just not so sure our ketchup king and lizard-like lip-licking liberal John Kerry is the best choice to represent America’s opposition to all this mayhem. About all I can say about John Kerry is that at least he’s not Hillary. (Hillary has a much bigger dick and might try to use it.)

      • Tim says:

        Well put. It is not the size of the boat but the *motion of the ocean* that seems to satisfy O-numbnuts Barry when all else fails.

        However the outcum, this does not bode well for all us slaves.

      • noname says:

        Really “it has traditionally been the culture of countries like Russia to mow down any and all opposition once their favorite bully gets into power — much like our own liberal’s often try to do.”

        As if after all the Republican dirty tricks of Nixon, and the Bush(s), the Republican Party hasn’t been taken over by the dumbest bunch of right-wing conservative dicks like Cheney who exemplify the Republican Party quest to continually refine their lying tactics, start unnecessary wars, con artist class warfare skills and predilection of election fraud all just to gain and maintain power, all the while caring nothing to advance the needs of middle class America. Republican right-wing conservative only win elections by voter fraud and suppression to smear campaigns, personal attacks and media manipulation, they have been using the same strategies for more than a hundred years.

        Republicans have two major factors on their side; a every ignorant fanatical base willing to carry out the dirty tricks and the greediest billionaires like the Koch Bros to finance them. They deceive people by raising the red flag of abortion and gay marriage to divert attention away from their arrogant and greedy policies which cause the poverty, war and pollution we are facing today.

        • pedro says:

          Once more, nobrain has demonstrated how much empty space is inside that skull of his

          • noname says:

            not much new from poor pedro, ever desperate for attention, good or bad all he does is repeat himself!

            What can we do you help you pedro with your super low self-esteem?
            So addicted to attention, good or bad it must be like your brain is on crack or something. Don’t those pills help? If only we could fix your self-obsession issue!

          • pedro says:

            Not point in writing anything new to your empty-skull drivel.

          • noname says:

            Yeap, not much new from poor misunderstood pedro, ever desperate for attention, good or bad all he can do is repeat himself!

            Oh contraire, there always reasons for others to write and poke fun at poor misunderstood pedro!

            Thanks for all the laughs and folly at your expense!

            For the sake of DU entertainment; please don’t cease and desist!

          • pedro says:

            Who told you I was desisting on letting you show your empty skull? It’s way too entertaining and easy

          • noname says:

            poor poor pedro, can’t think of anything new to say? Life got you by the shorts; no worries, someday you’ll find work and self-respect.

            Good Luck poor pathetic pedro!

          • pedro says:

            Say, have you ever thought of filling your empty skull with water? Then you can move to Germany and be called wasserkopf

          • noname says:

            poor challenged pedro, always the sad misunderstood creature!

            It’s ok pedro, you can’t help yourself, you don’t have a choice; it’s just mutant brain damage, no powers just pain, wishing for the next dumpster handout.

            PP (pathetic padro), mama’s baby is smokin and wacked out, wantin to break dat brain free but its Loc’d up and stress gettin major! Poor pedro!

          • pedro says:

            Not only is reading comprehension but also complete motor disconnection between thoughts and the written expression of those thoughts.

            Not to worry, you should be proud (and showing it with those error-filled copy paste exercises) of even being able to put 2 letters together, nobrain

          • noname says:

            I own poor pedro so bad, it’s hilarious, it makes my day!

            poor mentally challenged pedro, always a sad misunderstood creature!

            It’s ok pedro, you can’t help yourself, you don’t have a choice; it’s just mutant brain damage, no powers just pain, wishing for the next dumpster handout.

            PP (pathetic padro), mama’s baby is smokin and wacked out, wantin to break dat brain free but its Loc’d up and stress gettin major! Poor pedro!

          • noname says:

            I so own pedro!

          • noname says:

            PP pwn’d!!

          • pedro says:

            More proof of your comprehension handicap. It is I who pwnd you from day one and I and others here can make you post at will.

            But don’t worry, it’s ok if you don’t get it what with that empty skull of yours and all…

          • noname says:

            PP so pwned and such a copy cat!!

        • noname says:

          Mr PP is so pwn’d!

  2. dusanmal says:

    “On a vaguely related note, anyone notice how just when our military is crying poverty, threatening drastic cutbacks and such, an old enemy suddenly appears” – and the Occam razor points to a simpler, trivial solution: military is indeed undermined and relatively weak enemies see that and rise. No conspiracy needed.

    On Putin in general – sorry, but article is in completely wrong direction, lost in space. Putin cares less about info-war and image abroad (domestically, yes – but article contemplates his info-war abroad) than dog about fleas. For a dose of reality find his doctoral thesis and see it implemented in practice: using energy resources to wage economic war on the West, which is right now about lost for the West (none of Western powers want to truly help Ukraine because any economic impact on Russia will be directly and instantly felt there). Renew after it dominance over old Czarist/Newfangled Soviet empire.

    On the way he is helped by idiots in power in the West who see Global Warming as the most important threat (recent Kerry speech) and wonder how dare Putin be stuck in 19th Century (yet newer Kerry speech). Idiots. Useful idiots. At this point Putin can be stopped only in two ways: 1) Global nuclear war, true war where you must pull all the stops or the other side wins little that is left alive 2) “Easy” way out. Open energy reserves exploration and implementation on a global and massive scale, immediately. I mean not just the US pipeline. Dig coal under DC, drill for oil directly off Florida, California and New Jersey beaches; kill caribou to feed armies drilling in Alaskan wildernesses… Say FU to CO2 obsessed crowds. Drill and burn. In few years Putin and his ilk are out of power. I say “easy” because rational people would rather do that than surrender to Putin or wage nuclear war. But not green wimps currently in power. Let them smoke weed or eat cake sez’ the idiocy in power.

    • Tim says:

      Fuck you geopolitical shill-persons, I need a bowl.

      A Letter From the Shelter
      https://youtube.com/watch?list=UUvtTGZEcS8mbWdB7prg4QNw&v=qCAQUs0yPeY

    • Phydeau says:

      Wow, total global nuclear war or give in to the corporate interests and get rid of all environmental protections. Yeah, makes sense, said nobody ever.

      Dvorak’s blog is too insignificant to warrant paid shills, so I suspect it’s just dusanmal’s hobby to brown-nose the rich.

      • Tim says:

        Phydeau, he is correct about the AGW worshipers — Even if the warming existed, and was caused by man, it’s the 30 ft in an hour you have to worry about in a costal storm and not the 3 cm over a century.

        I’m not for polluting Earth; So I’d wish y’all neocons/neolibs get on board with real issues like genetic pollution from GMO and its associated global pollution of the miracle FuckUp herbicide, prohibition of herbs to protect pharmaceutical corporations, and run-away Toyotas because of hacked electronics some nanny-state control freaks had mandated and now push for ‘black boxes’ so as to cover their tracks that it was not floormats afterall.

        Here, Health Ranger says it pretty good; I don’t agree with his assesment of cannabis, btw, and I’m not sure where from stems the sudden bashing but everyone is blackmailable, I guess.

        “”most of the U.S. media isn’t interested in protecting the United States of America, either. Instead, nearly all the media giants exist solely to protect the interests of powerful corporations: weapons manufacturers, GMO seed companies, vaccine manufacturers, pharmaceutical factories, corporatized agriculture and junk food giants…

        ^^ Truthiness at its finest
        http://www.naturalnews.com/044198_Liz_Wahl_resignation_whitewashing.html

    • Tim says:

      “”Fuck the EU —

      I second the motion. I bet some globalists were not happy with that assertion.

  3. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and junior history buff says:

    Amazingly, the western press in its desire to adopt what NYU Journalism professor Jay Rosen calls the view from nowhere, has been repeating many of the false assertions that Putin has promoted. //// Does the “Western Press” include Forbes? …. or has the author discounted his own publication and been overly prejudiced by “Russia Today” ….. which is NOT the Western Press?

    Silly article from start to finish and all points inbetween.

    Speaking of silly:

    “On a vaguely related note, anyone notice how just when our military is crying poverty,….. demands we NOT cut anything? Probably just coincidence….” /// Yes… purely coincidence. Any and every real or imagined “incidence” is chalked up to the cuts in our military because you know… the USA cannot compete unless we spend 15x as much as anyone else. How does that define an exceptional military…I always wonder? Just another example of extreme fraud, waste, and corpkleptocracy is what it shows me. The better example of using BS unrelated events to support a BS desired outcome is arguing that if we only drilled for more oil then Putin would not have the energy leverage to pull. Pure unmitigated dumb shittery.

    LOOK AT THE MAPS/history.

    Just LOOK!

  4. MikeN says:

    Don’t worry. Obama said that Russian troops in Ukraine is not in Russia’s interest. I’m sure they’ll pack up and leave now that Obama has let them know that. Also that a military incursion has ‘costs’.

    Good thing Obama told Romney in the debate, ‘He said Russia is the biggest threat. The 80s want their foreign policy back.’

    Meanwhile, people mocked Sarah Palin for saying that Putin would invade Ukraine, way back in 2008.

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      A military response to every fricken foreign relationship there is denotes………………………….military intelligence………. you know………………..on a Palin Level.

      Military Invasions DO ALWAYS HAVE A COST—whether or not USA or Europe or UN or NATO does anything in response. Trouble is, no one, including Putin or even Palin know with any precision what those costs will be.

      There are offsetting benefits as well. Again to all sides whether they do something or not.

      “The death of dogma is the birth of morality.”
      — Kant //// But I can’t dignify your shit droppings as dogma==not even as talking points. No….shit droppings is near perfect, the dog whistle for idiots.

      Do you agree with Palin that if we had drilled for more oil that Putin would not have gone into the Crimea?

      Bwhahahahahah.

      Silly Hoomans.

      • MikeN says:

        Bobbo, you couldn’t eve come up with the retort that when Palin was complaining, it was about the policies of Bush and Rice. Total fail as usual.

        • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

          Oh Mickey—IT WASN’T THE SAME COMPLAINT. Moran!!!!! Yes, oil policy and drilling were mentioned. Do you think every speech given that includes those two terms means exactly the same thing?

          Idiot.

  5. Tim says:

    “”…anyone notice how just when our military is crying poverty, threatening drastic cutbacks and such, an old enemy suddenly appears…

    Yea. Funny how that always seems to happen.

    “””[What we require is] a military that is strong and ready to meet both present and future challenges; a foreign policy that boldly and purposefully promotes American principles abroad; and national leadership that accepts the United States’ global responsibilities.

    “””this process of transformation is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.

    They were aware of the public’s wariness of continuing to ramp up military spending in the new *absense* of the cold war.

    Canadian Bacon comes to mind —
    http://imdb.com/title/tt0109370/

    Project for a New American Century — Rebuilding America’s Defenses
    http://informationclearinghouse.info/article1665.htm
    http://informationclearinghouse.info/article3249.htm

    The PNAC letter to Bill Clinton in 1998 —
    http://informationclearinghouse.info/article5527.htm

    “”…..We urge you to act decisively. If you act now to end the threat of weapons of mass destruction against the U.S. or its allies, you will be acting in the most fundamental national security interests of the country. If we accept a course of weakness and drift, we put our interests and our future at risk.

    Sincerely,

    Elliott Abrams Richard L. Armitage William J. Bennett

    Jeffrey Bergner John Bolton Paula Dobriansky

    Francis Fukuyama Robert Kagan Zalmay Khalilzad

    William Kristol Richard Perle Peter W. Rodman

    Donald Rumsfeld William Schneider, Jr. Vin Weber

    Paul Wolfowitz R. James Woolsey Robert B. Zoellick

    ^^ cough, cough; Neocons.

    Clyde Lewis pointed out last night that it may have been a letter of coup–

    http://groundzeromedia.org/new-clear-picture-as-seen-on-tv/

    A caller suggested that Ukraine {which once had the third largest nuclear arsenal behind the US and Soviet Union} obtain neutrality status like Switzerland.

    ——–
    Interestingly, “Fuck the EU” Victoria Nuland is Kagan’s wife.

  6. MikeN says:

    When Obama had Hillary give the Russians a reset button, now we know what they meant.

    • MikeN says:

      The button they gave, instead of saying reset said overcharge. Perhaps that is what Obama means by ‘there will be costs for Russia.’

  7. MikeN says:

    Any doubt that Putin is laughing at Obama?

    “There’s a suggestion somehow that the Russian actions have been clever, strategically,” Mr. Obama said from a Washington, D.C. elementary school, where he had just rolled out his 2015 budget proposal. “I actually think that this is not been a sign of strength, but rather, is a reflection that countries near Russia have deep concerns and suspicions about this kind of meddling, and if anything, it will push many countries further away from Russia.”

  8. Dallas says:

    The overt support and ass kissing from Teapublicans during the Snowden issue emboldened Putin to move on Ukraine.

    Why do Republicans and Teanderthals continue to hate America, our president and the struggling people of Ukraine? This is a danger we are facing

    • Tim says:

      “”This is a danger we are facing

      I, for one, am not facing it; I’m getting drunk and stoned and being loud around a bon fire saying “I told yas so!”

      • Dallas says:

        Yes, you are facing danger but no need to worry about it. Adults are in charge.

        Don’t let the children too close to the bon fire. They still have a chance.

        • pedro says:

          Speaking about children, when will you leave us adults and go sit at the kid’s table?

          • noname says:

            poor challenged pedro, always the sad misunderstood creature!

            It’s ok pedro, you can’t help yourself, you don’t have a choice; it’s just mutant brain damage, no powers just pain, wishing for the next dumpster handout.

            PP (pathetic padro), mama’s baby is smokin and wacked out, wantin to break dat brain free but its Loc’d up and stress gettin major! Poor pedro!

          • Dallas says:

            PP is frustrated because there are no more leaves to rake. All gone :(

          • noname says:

            I so own pedro, Mr PP!

          • noname says:

            Mr PP is so pwn’d!

          • pedro says:

            Was it due to global warming, sheeple?

          • noname says:

            HaHa, PP so pwned!!!

        • noname says:

          PP pwn’d!!

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      Ha, ha.

      Well done. Just don’t do it too often. Insanity might be just a matter of repetition.

    • pedro says:

      Another senseless post from the lefty loon sheep to try to rationalize his team’s shortcomings

  9. MikeN says:

    Of course the media is repeating Russian propaganda. Liberals are used to echoing the Communist like. The term is ‘willing idiots’.

    • Dallas says:

      Conservatives were the ones licking Putin’s armpits for the last six months in order to undermine Pres Obama.

      Because of that Putin felt he had the backing of half the US Congress. Shameful.

      • MikeN says:

        Nah, Putin got the measure of Obama early. He is laughing at Obama’s statements about Russia’s interest is to leave Ukraine alone.

        • Dallas says:

          Your statement here is based on conjecture. My statement is based on fact , although it may not have been Putin’s armpits, asshole or otherwise because that part is sarcasm.

          • pedro says:

            Sheeple like you are incapable of grasping facts, you can only parrot back your master’s jokes

          • Dallas says:

            PP go away.

            gonna tell noname to get the rolled up newspaper. You don’t want that

      • MikeN says:

        No worries. Liberal media is still acting as propaganda agents for Obama. He couldn’t spell ‘respect’ but they are all ove themselves assuring us that it is hard to spell and they couldn’t do it either.

  10. High beams says:

    From the looks of that picture, the water must really be cold.

  11. mojo says:

    Plus, his nipples are made of Vanadium steel. So there’s that.

  12. Captain Obvious says:

    Obviously, Putin is the gayest leader of any country.

  13. Jack says:

    I think both America and the EU see through Putin’s bull shit, but America is tired of defending the world since the end of WW2 and the American people as a whole are tired of spending billions and billions on freedom around the world. The EU as a whole, needs to buck up and stand up to Russia and make them aware that there willing to defend themselves against the corrupt regime. I know that Russia has kept its people so poor and misguided, that they have no idea what real freedom is, and to me that’s so sad after so many years since WW 2. I wish all of Europe only the best, but I expect the worst will happen if history is repeated.