Accuracy in Media

We as a nation are discussing ways to isolate and treat mental illness in society. How do we identify those who are mentally ill and get them help? These questions are also relevant on the world stage, as Russian President Vladimir Putin poses as the savior of the world.

You know that moral confusion is taking hold in society when a conservative website hails Vladimir Putin for his “moral clarity” in the War on Terror, and compares him to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Yet, Dr. Robin McFee, who generally focuses on Weapons of Mass Destruction preparedness as well as medical matters, writes that Putin, who has invaded Ukraine and is now backing the Assad dictatorship in Syria with troops and weapons, “has emerged as the go to global statesmen [sic] on the world stage” because he gave a U.N. speech describing chaos in the Middle East resulting from President Obama’s policies.

Both Obama and Putin have created instability in the Middle East, but that doesn’t mean that one is a statesman and the other is not. It may mean that they are both working in tandem to reduce American influence in the region, just as they partnered on behalf of a nuclear deal with Iran.

Regarding their U.N. speeches, McFee wrote, “Both Netanyahu and Putin shared a refreshing moral clarity, presenting an unvarnished snapshot of the world as it is, the threats awaiting us, and gave an unfiltered insight into the challenges they face, as well as approaches each will take in the protection of their respective nation’s interests and sovereignty.”

The idea that Putin is a leader we should admire is a notion that is nonsensical on its face. He gave asylum to NSA defector Edward Snowden, who still lives in Russia. In a recent edition of The Intelligencer, the journal of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), Peter Oleson writes about how Snowden’s disclosures have facilitated the activities of the Islamic State—a group that Putin claims he opposes—along with other American enemies and adversaries.

Oleson, a former assistant director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) who served as senior intelligence policy advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense Policy, writes, “The damage to US intelligence has been extensive. Snowden leaked the identities of over 1,000 targets of US intelligence and 31,000 files revealing what US policymakers want intelligence to provide (i.e., a list revealing what the US doesn’t know). His releases contain sufficient detail to identify US and allied intelligence officers. He revealed previously secret details of the US intelligence budget.”

He goes on, “Perhaps even more significant is the exposure of specific sources and methods and techniques US intelligence uses. Snowden has exposed how the US tracks terrorists via e-mails, social media, and cell phones.”

These are some of the same terrorists running wild in the Middle East that Putin says he opposes.

Indeed, Oleson notes that “The MI-5 head warned that the Snowden leaks undermined British security as concerns grow over British Islamists fighting in Syria. He also revealed the hacking techniques of NSA’s Tailored Access Office, the group that focuses on difficult electronic targets. Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has altered his communications to avoid detection. Electronic eavesdropping techniques used against Al Qaeda in Iraq no longer work.”

Summarizing the damage Snowden has done, Oleson concludes that Snowden is a traitor to the United States and quite possibly a spy.

There are other reasons to categorically reject the notion that Putin is a statesman who sees the world like Israel’s Netanyahu. The Russians created the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to destroy Israel. Israel has been terrorized by Soviet/Russian trained terrorists for decades.

But Putin, a former KGB colonel, wanted the world to forget this record of backing international terrorism when he spoke to the U.N.

McFee approvingly quotes Putin as saying in his U.N. speech, “We believe that any attempts to play games with terrorists, let alone to arm them, are not just short-sighted. This may result in the global terrorist threat increasing dramatically and engulfing new regions, especially given that Islamic State camps train militants from many countries, including the European countries.”

She then adds, “Beyond a few glaringly obvious issues, like Russian influence in Iran, and criminal money laundering, nevertheless, Putin highlights important facts.”

“Russian influence in Iran?” Is that how Russian sponsorship of the Iranian regime and its nuclear weapons program is best described?

Relegating “Russian influence in Iran” to a throwaway line ignores the terrorism this alliance has meant for the Middle East and the world. It is the Iranian relationship with Syria and Russia that Putin is determined to support in the Middle East. Iranian-supported terrorist groups are just as lethal as the Islamic State, and Netanyahu knows it. That’s why he has pleaded with Putin, to no avail, to look the other way when Israel bombs Syrian and Iranian supply lines for Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The fact that Putin invaded Ukraine, and that his separatist forces brought down a civilian airliner over areas they control, should also disabuse us of any notion that he is a moral statesman on the world stage. Of course, Putin also kills journalists and opposition figures. But particularly gruesome ways of killing, such as the poisoning of former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko, are reserved for those who spill secrets about Putin and his KGB comrades. Litvinenko disclosed Russian training of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

McFee’s praise for Putin’s “moral clarity on radical Islam at the U.N.” ignores the evidence that the Russians have their fingerprints all over the activities of the Islamic State, not only through facilitating Snowden’s disclosures but through the provision of actual manpower.

The Homeland Security Committee’s recent report on foreign fighters in the Islamic State lists Russia as number four among the top 10 countries of origin. Russia has supplied 1,700 fighters. The United States isn’t even in the top 10. Russia has done little to stop this flow of people to the Islamic State, suggesting that some are leaving under the watchful eye of Putin’s intelligence services. One Islamic State military commander is, in fact, considered a Russian plant.

Russia may not control every faction of the Islamic State, but it’s a sure bet that Putin’s intelligence operatives are in charge of at least some of them. It is significant that initial Russian airstrikes were determined to be hitting opponents of Assad, not Islamic State fighters.

As we have seen by the intervention in Syria, the Islamic State serves Russian interests by giving Putin the opportunity to act decisively on behalf of the Syrian regime, which also benefits Iran. Putin comes out on top no matter which side wins and looks like a statesman in the process. At least he looks that way to some.

It’s time to face reality: Putin is a bloodthirsty killer whose only concern is building up Russian power and damaging the interests of the United States. Disgust for Obama should not blind people to that fact.

It’s time to identify Putin as not only mentally unstable, but so bloodthirsty that he constitutes a threat to the Middle East, America and the world. Putin’s nuclear weapons buildup is so alarming that our top generals have called Russia an “existential threat” to the United States.

We’ve identified the problem. So who among the presidential candidates has a plan to rid the world of this lunatic before thousands, or even millions, of Americans die?

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  • reggie

    Interesting situation. Putin and bama both want to destroy the US. Putin, Soros, Xi Jinping, Bilderberg all want to rule the world; each has their own agenda, and mode of operation. Throw in Is, and what do you have? Useful idiots for some one’s means to an end. Round and round she goes. Where she stops, nobody knows.

  • John Cunningham

    Their have been many Putin’s, Hitler’s, Mao’s Stalin’s in the World since the very beginning. The difference? Opportunity and Morality. Fortunately not that many have turned up but, way more than needed. If you could tally up all the People who has died because of them, it could be a half a billion.
    Barack Obama is in that category he just doesn’t have opportunity. Basically, we won’t let him and also the Constitution. Putin would be just as ruthless as Stalin if given half the chance. That is up to America. If not for Obama, America would have put in check. His bravery comes from Obama who is the same type. Small World?

  • RMThoughts

    Kincaid seems to miss the essential point that Russia is the only country legally operating in Syria at the request of the legitimate Syrian government. The only invasion taking place is by American funded Jihadist to carry out our policy of regime change.Washington would prefer a Syria run by Ayman al-Zawahiri rather than Assad.

    He doesn’t mention, it’s Putin who stresses legality and international law, and it’s the Americans who violate it. It makes Washington look exactly as it is — that it’s exceptional and it doesn’t have to obey international law and goes about causing chaos death and destruction at will as we create our NWO.

    Russia’s foray Into Syria is a matter of national Interest since after Syria, this CIA Islamic proxy army,will be unleashed on Central Asia and the Caucuses. For Russia, it is not an imperial adventure but taking the proxy war with the US to the enemy before they appear on their doorstep.

    The cynicism and evil of using Jihadist to fight our regime change wars killing hundreds of thousands of innocent civilian’s and displacing millions, while feeding the public the pabulum of fighting our “war on terror” and crying about “evil Putin” is beyond words. It gives a new meaning to the words to what has become the new “Evil Empire”

    Thanks to our neocons like Kincaid who supports the offensive alliance between American Exceptionalism, Zionism, and Wahhabism, the three
    “exceptionalist” ideologies that have unleashed the chaos over North Africa, Middle East and Eurasia – the USA should be put on the “supporters of terrorism” list.

  • sybarite123

    I regret to say that I reject Cliff Kinkaid’s assessment of Putin. IMO Putin is the last man standing against the wiles of the West. It is the West that is Communist and headed toward Totalitarianism via the United Nations and its stratagems. Even Pope Francis gives the impression of being a dupe for the UN. BTW I have read ‘None Dare Call it Conspiracy” by Gary Allen and I’m aware of Carroll Quigley’s tome, “Tragedy And Hope”. Both substantiate the Conspiratorial View of History. However to see Putin as a dark conspirator as does Mr. Kinkaid, does not fit my worldview. Conspiracy lies elsewhere; it lurks in the bones of the West and the UN. Yes, Russia has bettered its Nuclear arsenal, but you have to have power to oppose the West and its Totalitarian death grip that threatens to strangle Freedom and Humanity itself. A read of Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ or perhaps George Orwell’s “1984” will shed light on what possibly lays before mankind. Enter: Putin.
    A retired Catholic priest in Canada.

  • Steven Barrett

    How could AIM run an article about Putin and “moral clarity” without a mention of HRC. After all, isn’t Hillary the epitome of moral clarity and transparency in public service nowadays? I’m flummoxed. Cliff really let a good opp to get in some real legit Hillary needling in and let it slide. Either that or I’ve really got to reschedule that damn eye appt and make amends to Cliff.

  • marlene

    He’s right. Russia lies as well as the arabs. He’s already positioned Russia next door to Israel, with his arab allies, and still has his age old evil intent of attacking Israel because there’s oil in Golan now. Will WWIII begin when Damascus falls?

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Moral clarity, LOL.

  • terry1956

    Putin,Obama,Iran,Mulslim Brotherhood,A majority of US Congress,Clinton, the Business Roundtable/International Chamber of Commerce, the EU, the UN, the government ofJapan,Germany,France, the UK, the NAZIS, International Trots, the current Pope also wants to rule the world as well as Soros, The Chinese Communist Party, the Bilderberg, the CFR, the Trilateral Commission and the Anglo/American establishment that Quigley wrote about.
    Almost every political group, nationality, race, creed ( including atheism), business sector, profession, income level, legislative body, executive branch of government, judicial branch of government, tribes, clans, families, has some people in their group who wants to rule the world and along with tens of millions of individuals who think they should be the dictator of the world.
    All these people are in competition with each other to rule the world, the vast majority has less of a chance than a snow ball in hell to win the competition but the aims of all of them is against proper American values.

  • terry1956

    By the way I include a majority of congress based on the reliable theory of Mark Twain postulated in 1890 that Congress had become the only native criminal class in America.
    They are a lot worse than they were 125 years ago, they are out for themselves and their family only with no loyalty in a similar fashion( although much more nicer) as top leaders of the Chinese Communist Party.
    They know they can run the excutive and judicial branch out of office, presidents and federal judges know congress can do that as well.
    Congress knows they can take over corporations and corp mangers knows congress can do it and thrown them in prison without a proper trial.
    Congress has no term limits and with voting via machine they figure they can control the vote count.

  • RMThoughts

    All American patriots should extend appreciation and support for
    the Russian Federation’s decision to provide humanitarian and military assistance to Syria, in their fight against international our globalist ruling class backed Al Qaeda terrorist attacking Syria and who also attacked our nation on 9/11s and turned our country into a State Sponsor of Terrorism.

    The Russian launch of airstrikes directed against Al Qaeda and its affiliates, as well as ISIL terrorists in Syria comes at a critical time. As a country we find ourselves on dangerous ground. The Western mentality on display in Libya and Syria is truly subhuman6 — psychopathic — embracing the basest aspects of human nature.
    By impeding the NWO, psychopaths who govern us free run of Syria, a step has been taken that will allow Americans to reclaim our government for “we the people”.

  • John Cunningham

    Dos Vedanta! Comrade!

  • reggie

    Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath. Money is a means to an end, power. Convince a few thousand people you’re right, and the games begin.

  • reggie

    Wow, my father had a copy of “None Dare Call it Conspiracy”. Think I need to see if it’s available. I was not happy to see mr. Pope putting his nose in where it doesn’t belong. I’m in and out of various countries because of my job. It’s always a shock re-entering the US. Very sad.

  • Tony

    What a load of complete garbage – whoever wrote this should be ashamed of themselves- it was the United States who set ISIS up as a proxy army, funded and armed them. You blame Putin for everything you do – You better WATCH YOUR STEP AND WHO YOU LIE ABOUT SUNSHINE

  • Gabriel

    Ignorant and irritating text to read. The US is, in modern times, the greatest aggressor and largest political hypocrite. Why don’t you people type “Putin Crushes BBC Smartass” into YouTube and take 5mins to learn some hard facts, rather than what personell think about Snowden (I thought the article was about Putin)