Accuracy in Media

The coverage of the economic disaster in Greece, a strategic NATO country, has mostly ignored the role of Vladimir Putin’s Russia in the growing global turmoil.

Reports continue to circulate that a new European Union (EU) bailout deal with Greece is possible, as Yanis Varoufakis, a self-described “erratic Marxist,” has resigned as finance minister. But these developments appear to be for the purpose of diverting attention away from the fact that Greece has already become, in effect, a satellite of Moscow.

The Greek regime is a Moscow-backed left-right coalition led by Alexis Tsipras, the pro-Marxist and pro-Russia head of Greece’s “Coalition of the Radical Left.” Tsipras, who presented himself as a moderate when he spoke at the Brookings Institution on January 22, 2013, was a member of the youth wing of the Greek Communist Party, the KKE.

The political party known as ANEL (The Independent Greeks) is supposed to be a “conservative” party in the ruling government and yet it is pro-Russian. This reflects Putin’s cultivation of right-wing forces throughout Europe and even in America.

Back from a recent visit to Russia, Tsipras is now counting on cheaper gas and increased Russian investment from Moscow. The prospect of Russian military bases in NATO territory—Greece—cannot be ruled out at this point.

Tsipras previously signed a memorandum that is designed to make 2016 into the “Year of Greece-Russia relations.”

After his coalition won the elections in January, Tsipras received a congratulatory call from President Obama. The two leaders “reviewed close cooperation between Greece and the United States on issues of European security and counterterrorism,” the White House reported.

That alleged “close cooperation” has been replaced by a Greek deal with Moscow.

It seems like just another foreign policy disaster under President Obama, except in this case the stakes are huge. NATO notes that “Greece is strategically located in the Southern region of the Alliance, in close vicinity to South Eastern Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and North Africa.”

But other than expressing a vague hope that European leaders would devise a plan to allow Greece “to return to growth and debt sustainability within the Eurozone,” Obama has been AWOL on the crisis, leaving it mostly in the hands of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The subject of reports and even a book suggesting she is a Russian agent, Merkel knows full well that Tsipras and Putin have been undermining the NATO alliance at a time when the West fears a Russian invasion of another former Soviet republic.

For example, in the report, “Stop Putin’s Next Invasion Before It Starts,” Terrence K. Kelly of the Rand Corporation argues that “The United States needs to seriously consider stationing forces in Eastern Europe to support the nation’s commitment to protect the independence of the Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania—NATO members all—against the specter of Russian aggression.”

Some news organizations have alluded to Russia’s role in the current crisis. “Russian President Vladimir Putin feted Tsipras in St. Petersburg last month as bailout negotiations took place in Brussels,” noted Michael Birnbaum and Griff Witte in The Washington Post.

During that meeting Tsipras discussed energy and the “Greek Stream” gas pipeline project with Russian Gazprom chief Alexei Miller during a meeting in St. Petersburg. In fact, Russia and Greece signed a deal to construct a Turkish pipeline across Greek territory. Tsipras also met with representatives of the new development bank for BRICS countries, referring to Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, “who expressed their intense interest in cooperating with Greece,” one report noted.

“Russia has its eye on Athens, trying to break European unity to put an end to economic sanctions imposed over its actions in Ukraine,” Birnbaum and Witte noted in the Post.

But the situation is far more serious than the Post lets on. Syriza’s 40-point program includes undermining NATO, the global battle against Islamic terrorism, and Israel:

  • Closure of all foreign bases in Greece and withdrawal from NATO.
  • Withdrawal of Greek troops from Afghanistan and the Balkans. No Greek soldiers beyond our own borders.
  • Drastically cut military expenditures.
  • Abolition of military cooperation with Israel. Support for creation of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.

Syriza, a Greek political party, is a member of The European Left (EL). Member Parties of the EL are described as “socialist, communist, red-green and other democratic left parties of the member states and associated states of the European Union (EU) that work together and establish various forms of co-operation at all levels of political activity in Europe, based on the agreements, basic principles and political aims laid down in the EL Manifesto.” The chairperson of EL is Pierre Laurent of the French Communist Party. Tsipras is the Vice-Chairperson.

In addition to the support from these international Marxist political parties and groups, Tsipras met with the leftist Pope Francis on September 19, 2014. Tsipras said, “We pleaded with him to continue struggling against poverty and to speak in behalf of the dignity of humans as well as the structural causes behind poverty which are the inequality in the distribution of wealth and the rampant behavior of the financial markets. …we agreed that the dialogue between the Left and the Christian Church must go on. We may have different ideological starting points; however, we converge on common values, like solidarity, love for the fellow human being, social justice, and our concern regarding world peace.”

“For the first time ever the head of the Catholic Church will meet a leader of the radical Left,” is how Tsipras described the meeting with the pope at his “Change Europe” website.

In their book, EUSSR, Vladimir Bukovsky and Pavel Stroilov argued that the European Union was itself a project of the old Soviet Union, and that the EU has always been subject to manipulation by Moscow and its agents. Based on this analysis, what’s happening in Greece is part of a process of pulling Europe as a whole to the left and away from the United States.

The eventual goal, some observers say, is the removal of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency, a development that would strike a mortal blow to the global capitalist system.

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  • sotiredofthebs

    The US is bankrupt.

  • mary ann oyanib

    Putin will rescue Greece. Part of his plan to takeover Europe.

  • Ted

    Not being able to manage maintaining a good relationship with Russia has been one of the biggest U.S. blunders of the 21st century thus far … and that’s another tribute to the dunderheaded and incompetent neocon leadership of the Bush-Cheney administration. Now, we’re reaping what those fools sowed.

  • reggie

    Not incompetent, planned in minute detail.

  • RMThoughts

    The pronouncements of the IMF are the official implementation of the “neo-liberal”globalists intent for a vanquished country.

    Jack Kemp once called the IMF pure quackery as well as pure extortion. They ask you to starve your economy with fiscal austerity, bleed it with high tax rates and purge it with currency devaluation – or no IMF loans. It is the grandest of all organized crime syndicates. The IMF also acts as the bag man for the bosses. The loot and plunder may be called rebuilding and reform by the uninformed, but for those in the know, it is simply tribute paid by those who have been conquered. The entire international economic banking system as the principal tool for global domination in which “we the people” have no say. If the IMF is involved, we already know the DNA of the serial rapist.

    The reality that the In the neoconservative mindset that controls large swaths of our foreign policy is the greatest threat to the constitutional order, identity, and way of life of the United States and world peace, in existence today. Its adherents have only modified the paradigm of dialectical materialism in order to continue pursuing the same dream of a New World Order devoid of God. They are in pursuit of Power for its own sake and the end of that insane quest will be the same as the end of the Soviet empire and of the Thousand-Year Reich.

  • emag

    Don’t worry we were sold to China.

  • RMThoughts

    All the Greek people need to do is insist that their government represent the interests of the Greek people, give the finger to the corrupt EU. . Most likely, Italy and Spain would follow Greece out of the EU and NATO, as these countries also are targeted for merciless looting. The EU and NATO, Washington’s mechanism for creating conflict with Russia, would unravel.

  • Erudite Mavin

    Putin’s Russia and Iran are teamed up with Syria and other areas which support Left wing and Radical Islam.
    Now comes Radical Left Greek leader and the fools who voted with his final take down of Greece.
    Greece becomes a client state of Russia and Iran.

  • We now have an administration of incompetents that makes the Keystone Kops look like Seat Team Six!!

    Our simpleton president doesn’t even know how many states are in the union or where Charleston, Jacksonville, and Savannah are.

  • RM – must stand for Really Muddled thoughts. Greece has only Greece to blame for its problems. Let these irresponsible children solve their own problems. Why should anyone else finance their spendthrift ways.

  • RMThoughts

    As the world looks to America and says the same.

  • And will keep saying it until the current incompetent stumblebum leaves the White House!

  • RMThoughts

    GOP and DEMs are two cheeks off the behind of same ruling class. Obama and his GOP are the current manifestation of our national malaise.

  • Malaise – isn’t that something you put on a ham sandwich? Been nice talking with you, Marx.

  • Malaise – isn’t that something you put on a ham sandwich? Been nice talking with you, Marx.

  • Whyfor

    What a great summary! You are absolutely and completely spot on. I see that I’m a couple of day late in reading this, but it was worth the wait.

  • stringman

    What ‘Thousand Year Reich’ would that be? Do you make this garbage up as you go or, did you pull that phrase from some wacko website? I recently discovered that ‘neoconservative’ is code for ‘the Jews’. Are you one of those nuts that believes the Jews are running everything from behind the scenes? That is rich! On the one hand, Jews in America overwhelmingly vote democrat, which puts them in the low-information-category of voters. On the other hand, people like you, think they are smart enough to control the world. Can’t have it both ways, Goober.

  • stringman

    Oh, you’re definitely late. But it is way more than a couple of days.

  • stringman

    Well, what did you expect them to say? No one is going to bail us out when we go the way of Greece by way of our insane spending.

  • stringman

    Really? What did Clinton (Bubba) do to foster ‘good relatiions’ with the Bear?

  • stringman

    You don’t need a ‘plan’ to wreck the car you’re driving. He just looks at what is in the best interest of America and does the exact opposite. His ‘plan’ is to make us weak – because a strong America is not in the best interest of the Islamic and Communist regimes that he loves so much.

  • stringman

    Are you talking about Chinese ownership of 10% of our national debt – Or, was their another transaction that we need to hear about?

  • stringman

    Yeah, Odumbo has America on the ropes. Next, President Hildabeast will finish us off.

  • It’s starting to look like maybe the lemmings of the Left are catching on to Ms.Congeniality. Maybe we have an outside chance.

  • stringman

    I’d really like to believe that. Unfortunately, when it comes down to a choice between Hillary and Jeb, the democrat base will vote for her….and the Republican base will stay home. Nope…..we’re doomed.