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    U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) places her hand over her heart during the National Anthem at the 30th annual Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, Iowa, in this September 16, 2007 file photo

    Hillary Clinton's Axis of Evil

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    Pepe Escobar

    Let’s cut to the chase; Hillary Clinton is ready to go to war against Russia in Syria – with inbuilt, potentially terrifying, thermonuclear consequences.

    Anticipating an outcome of the US presidential election as a remix of the 1972 Nixon landslide, Hillary has also coined, George “Dubya” Bush-style, a remixed axis of evil: Russia, Iran and “the Assad regime”. 

    That’s not even counting China, which, via “aggression” in the South China Sea, will also feature as a certified foe for the Founding Mother of the pivot to Asia.

    And if all that was not worrying enough, Turkey now seems on the path to join the axis. 

    President Putin and President Erdogan met in Istanbul. Moscow positioned itself as ready to develop large-scale military-technical cooperation with Ankara.

    That includes, of course, the $20 billion, Rosatom-built, four-reactor Akkuyu nuclear power plant. And the drive to “speed up the work” on Turkish Stream – which will de facto strengthen even more Russia’s position in the European gas market, bypassing Ukraine for good, while sealing Ankara’s position as a key East-West energy crossroads.

    In addition, both Moscow and Ankara back UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura’s position that “moderate rebels” (the Beltway’s terminology) holding eastern Aleppo hostage must be eradicated.

    The geopolitical game-changer is self-evident. As much as Erdogan may be a whirling political dervish, impossible to fathom and trust, while Putin is a master of the strategic long game, Moscow’s and Ankara’s interests tend to converge in the New Great Game; and that spells out closer integration in the dawn of the Eurasian Century.

    Quite a cup of hemlock for Hillary Clinton, who has already equated Putin with Hitler.

    Regime change or hot war?

    In the appalling spectacle that turned out to be round two of the interminable Trump/Clinton cage match, Donald Trump once again made a rational point – expressing his wish for a normalized working relationship with Russia. Yet that is absolute anathema for the War Party, as in the neocon/neoliberalcon nebulae in the Beltway-Wall Street axis.

    The Clinton (Cash) Machine-controlled Democrats once again condemned Trump as a tool of Putin while bewildered Republicans condemned Trump because he goes against “mainstream Republican thinking”.

    Here’s what Trump said; “I don't like Assad at all, but Assad is killing ISIS. Russia is killing ISIS and Iran is killing ISIS.”

    Trump’s outlook on Southwest Asia relies on only one vector; destroy ISIS/ISIL/Daesh. That’s what adviser and former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) director, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, has been infiltrating into Trump’s notoriously short attention span.

    Flynn may have admitted on the record that ISIS/ISIL/Daesh’s progress was a “willful” decision taken by the Obama administration. Yet in his disjointed book Field of Fight, Flynn insists that, “the Russians haven't been very effective at fighting jihadis on their own territory”, are “in cahoots with the Iranians”, and “the great bulk of their efforts are aimed at the opponents of the Assad regime.”

    This is a neocon mantra; unsurprisingly, the co-author of Flynn’s book is neocon Michael Ledeen.

    From dodgy American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) armchair “experts” to former counselors at the State Department, they all subscribe to the laughable view that the remixed axis of evil – now fully adopted by Hillary – is useless against jihadis; the good guys doing the difficult work are “the US-led coalition”. And damn those who dare criticizing the “relative moderates” backed by the CIA.

    What Trump said is anathema not only for establishment Republicans who despise Obama for not fighting against the Hillary-adopted remixed axis of evil. The real mortal sin is that it “disregards” core US foreign policy bipartisan assumptions held to be as sacred as the Bible.

    Thus the success of the neocon Ash Carter-led Pentagon in bombing the Kerry-Lavrov ceasefire deal which would imply coordinated airstrikes against both ISIS/ISIL/Daesh and the Front for the Conquest of Syria, formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, a.k.a. al-Qaeda in Syria.

    Neocons and mainstream Republicans blame lame duck Team Obama for the “unholy reliance” on Russia and Iran, while neoliberalcons blame Russia outright. And high in the altar of righteousness, hysteria rules, with the neocon president of the NED calling for the US government to “summon the will” to pull a Putin regime change.

    Ready to go nuclear?

    Hillary Clinton continues to insist the US is not at war with Islam. The US is de facto at war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan’s tribal areas; involved in covert war in Iran; and has totally destroyed Libya. It’s not hard to do the math.

    In parallel, the deafening talk about Washington now advancing a Plan C in Syria is nonsense. There has never been a Plan C; only Plan A, which was to draw Russia into another Afghanistan. It did not work with the controlled demolition of Ukraine. And it will not work in Syria, as Moscow is willing to supply plenty of air and missile power but no boots on the ground of any consequence. That’s a matter for the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Iran and its Shi’ite militias, and Hezbollah.

    Ash Carter has threatened Russia with “consequences”. After blowing up the ceasefire, the Pentagon – supported by the Joint Chiefs of Staff — now is peddling “potential strikes” on Syria’s air force to “punish the regime” for what the Pentagon actually did; blow up the ceasefire. One can’t make this stuff up. 

    Major-General Igor Konashenkov, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman, sent a swift message to “our colleagues in Washington”; think twice if you believe you can get away with launching a “shadow” hot war against Russia. Russia will target any stealth/unidentified aircraft attacking Syrian government targets – and they will be shot down. 

    The only serious question then is whether an out of control Pentagon will force the Russian Air Force – false flag and otherwise — to knock out US Air Force fighter jets, and whether Moscow has the fire power to take out each and every one of them.

    So in this three-month window representing the “death throes” of the Obama era, before the likely enthronization of the Queen of War, the question is whether the Pentagon will risk launching WWIII because “Aleppo is falling”.

    Afterwards, things are bound to get even more lethal. The US government is holding open a first-strike nuclear capacity against Russia. Hillary firmly supports it, as Trump made clear he “would not do first-strike”.

    The prospect of having axis of evil practitioner Hillary Clinton with her fingers on the nuclear button must be seen as the most life-and-death issue in this whole circus.

    The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sputnik.


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    • avatar
      Somewhat surprised Pepe didn't mention Trump saying if he were President that HRC would be in jail--I thought that one of the major points made by Trump that ought to galvanize the electorate to make certain HRC is defeated. Trump is very far from ideal, but he's by far the lesser evil compared to HRC as Pepe makes clear.
    • avatar
      For those who don't recognize the acronym:

      " U.S.-taxpayer-funded National Endowment for Democracy [NED]"
    • Jonathan Ferguson
      'Thermonuclear' sure as hell ain't figurative! ... God help us.
    • Jonathan Fergusonin reply toRobertBeal(Show commentHide comment)
      RobertBeal, You mean the Scottish word by any chance?
      Heh heh...
    • Jupiter
      Pepe writing awesome always...
    • avatar
      There is no reason at all to get worried if the lady of war gets access to control US nuclear codes because, while it's possible she will use it, it is also guaranteed that that is the last time the US will ever use the nuclear bomb.

      No one knows what will remain of the human race, but humanity will survive and, most importantly, not as a slave of the west/us/zionism.
    • Marc Nonnenkamp
      The world is witnessing a very tragic "dance" of death, part of which is the end of the once great American empire. The American electorate appears to be upon the cusp of electing the most overt criminal to be their next President. As has been written above, Trump is not "ideal" (and who or what is?), but he is by far nowhere near as bad as Hillary Rodham Clinton. The entire body politic has become thoroughly corrupt, dishonest and dysfunctional - Trump is running for no other reason. As a very successful businessman, he certainly does not "need" this crap.
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      mzungu in Africa
      The worshippers of money are not suicidal, so I believe this talk of first strike is just a threat. If they really do it, well then we are all gone.
      These days mostly hot air coming out of Washington and other westerners' mouths but no action. Desperate attempts to make some points with propaganda which no one in his right mind believes.
    • hp b
      Hemlock?! If only..
      (with a dash of wolfsbane)
    • avatar
      The 'New Axis of Evil' is made up of the US, UK and Israel.

    • avatar
      Mohammed Cohen
      Pepe is always on the dot! I have a latest inside scoop that I got from one my older Hollywood inner-circles of a friend. According to him a highly sophisticated short scene of Mr. Trumps is created through the use of CGI that will be released two days before the elections that will instantly decimate Mr. Trumps' voting base. This film is the trump card in the hands of DNC's mafia as the insurance policy that will guarantee crooked Hillary's win! Tump's supporters and his machinery must start warning for this diabolical tidal wave to hit the criminal cabal of the mainstream media in full coordination to be bombarded at the same time for its full impact at ground zero!
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      happy1in reply togbiyanju(Show commentHide comment)
      gbiyanju, yes to your last sentence but not the sort of humanity that will be cowering in bunkers well away from the devastation they cause, mother earth deserves better than that;
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      watchdog321in reply tokarlof1(Show commentHide comment)
      karlof1, Exactly my opinion!

      Hillary or Killary, how she is also called, with Nancy Pelosi in the Bedroom: www.thepubliceditor.com/politics/clinton-deraingment-syndrome/eye-bleach-alert-nsfw-photos-from-pelo In this context there also exists a corresponding Interview with Yoko Ono: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwMCUxhq9u0 Imagine, Angie would come together with Nancy and Hillary and they threes celebrate sex-partys. So as here should be assumed: www.bundeskanzlerin.de/Content/EN/Fotoreihe/BK/2008/2008-04-18-die-woche-der-bundeskanzlerin/2008-04 Hardly to refrain what consequences ensue. The major geopolitical decisions were made only by way of a sworn SEX-CLIQUE behind hermetically sealed doors, possibly after excessive cocaine consumption or alcohol. Such a backroom politics is a horror to me frankly now! Democracy as form of government would completely be eroded - a lot more and far worse than we've already experienced it with MÄRKEL! Such anxiety is certainly not unfounded or too far-fetched, because the initial suspicion is reinforced by pictures of the following: marialourdesblog.com/merkel-und-obama-zwei-falsche-fuffziger www.welt.de/jahresrueckblick-2008/april/article1899926/Wieviel-Dekollete-darf-eine-Kanzlerin-zeigen. What should one think of this person, who everywhere leaves slime trails, as just on the next photo where she ingratiate at Killary Clinton? Photos like templates may quite demonstrate what you can imagine under CRAWL and CHUM: www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article139763166/Das-Dilemma-mit-dem-Ranschmeissen-an-Clinton.html Here the circle of H E X E Ns seems to close: www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article139746336/Warum-die-CDU-jetzt-Clintons-Demokraten-unterstuetz PANDERING apparently succeeded! could stand as title above. The question remains to whom MÄRKEL might have offered herself here (must scroll down the entire page)? www.the-newshub.com/us-politics/can-you-believe-tina-brown-said-hillarys-wardrobe-puts-off-voters Woe when released ... Tell these facts everyone you know, so that we might have hope at least until the day of 8.Nov that Clinton does not win the presidential election! All the best for you and for DONALD TRUMP! I wish you nice day so far! So long!

      Read more: sputniknews.com/us/201610141046347662-clinton-us-future-progressivism
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      This Old bag is very, very dangers a Old bag witch say she like to be the firs female War President she will take this opertunity !!!
      She like to go in to history as "Great devil on Earth" or "the President witch bring the Usa to World power"
      But it can all so be that the World get's clean of this Terror state Usa !!!!
    • avatar
      Great as usual Pepe, drills right down and says it like no other!
    • peaceful
      Nomen est omen. When you Americans speak of her, then you intuitively pronounce her name exactly correct: Hell-array.
      Consider spelling: "Hellarray" (instead of "Hillary")
    • avatar
      The thought that Hillary might think, 'Well, heck, I may not have long to live with this motor-neurone condition, anyway, so what's the odds ? Bring it on ! I won't have to worry about our keeping up with the Russians' next generation of sticks and stones.'
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