Par Moon of Alabama − June 22, 2022
On March 26, US President Joe Biden asked regime change in Russia:
Speaking in Warsaw, Poland on Saturday, President Biden said of Russian President Vladimir Putin: “For the love of God, this man cannot stay in power. »
The White House immediately rushed to backtrack on this call for regime change and, the next day, Joe Biden himself denied that he was asking for a change of regime:
President Joe Biden told reporters on Sunday that he was not calling for regime change in Russia when he said yesterday that Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot stay in power”a startling comment that the White House quickly tried to backtrack on Saturday.
When a reporter asked him again if he was calling for Putin’s impeachment, Mr Biden replied « non » leaving church on Sunday afternoon, according to reporter Courtney Rozen of Bloomberg.
However, other US government departments have made it clear that their goals in Russia go far beyond regime change. Tomorrow, the US Government’s Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) will hold a briefing on “the moral and strategic imperative” which makes it necessary “decolonization of Russia”.
As the highlighted Nicolo Saldo:
What is remarkable in this panel is the passage from the theme of “spreading freedom and democracy” to the need to “decolonize” Russia.
The neo-conservatives are back and using a new narrative to promote their old agenda.
Russian officials will love this kind of talk:
Today’s panel takes a step forward in telling ordinary Russians that even regime change and democracy are not enough for them. They demand the partition of their country into smaller entities (more easily controllable), in order to be able to be free. Needless to say, this is a propaganda stunt for Putin and the Kremlin, as it allows them to paint the conflict in Ukraine as an existential struggle.
The Kremlin does not need “depict” the conflict as an existential struggle. The Russians know this is such a fight.
Biden’s inaction continues to hurt Democrats’ chances of retaining a majority in Parliament.
In a feeble attempt to tackle high fuel prices, he will today ask Congress to suspend tax on fuel for three months. This is just a style effect that will have little effect on prices at the pump and has no chance of passing Congress:
GOP lawmakers attacked Biden and Democrats on the campaign trail over inflation and fuel prices. They claim that these measures are political theater that will have little long-term effect on oil prices. The best way to lower oil prices, they say, is to ease regulations and increase US oil production. …
California recorded the highest average gasoline price of any state at $6.398 per gallon. Suspending the gasoline tax would reduce the cost of a gallon of diesel fuel by 24 cents.
The real reason for high fuel prices is Biden’s misguided foreign policy. Three of the world’s largest oil producers, Venezuela, Iran and Russia, are subject to US sanctions that limit their oil exports:
Sanctions have made it more difficult to sell Russian oil. Biden has also banned the import of Russian oil, and last month Europe announced it was imposing a partial embargo on him.
In 2020, Russia was the world’s third-largest oil producer, according to the US Energy Information Administration.
As the title correctly the New York Times :
This measure will continue to have boomerang effects. Russia sells its oil to China and India, where it is refined. The resulting gasoline and diesel are then exported to the United States. This is a good thing for India and China, which buy the oil at a discount and sell the finished products at a substantial markup. This is “winner” for Russia, India and China, the only loser being the“West”. Whatever the hope expressed by the NOW in its addition ” for the moment “ in the title, it will not change anything.
Meanwhile, Russia announcement the next target of his campaign to counter the misconduct of the“West” : the reserve status of the US dollar and the euro:
MOSCOW, June 22. /TASS/
The issue of creating an international reserve currency based on the currencies of BRICS member states is under consideration, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his welcome speech to participants of the BRICS Business Forum on Wednesday.
« The issue of creating the international reserve currency based on the basket of currencies of our countries is under consideration“said the Russian leader.
The BRICS are currently made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Together, these countries represent 3.2 billion people and a third of the world’s GDP in terms of purchasing power. The new international reserve currency would therefore have much greater support than the US dollar or the euro.
The United States is also moving forward, but in the wrong direction.
Some members of the Biden administration are pushing to lower Trump-era tariffs on Chinese goods. MKBhadrakumar interprets this as an attempt to new relaxation with China. I doubt that lowering tariffs will have much effect on prices in the United States, because a new law entry into force yesterday will further increase the prices of goods from China. The United States is slowly waking up to the consequences so stupid:
The Biden administration has declared its intention to fully enforce the law, which could lead U.S. authorities to withhold or deny a significant number of imported products. Such a scenario is likely to cause headaches for businesses and sow further disruptions in the supply chain. It could also fuel inflation, which is already at its highest level in four decades, if businesses are forced to look for more expensive alternatives or if consumers begin to fight over scarce goods.
If the law is not fully enforced, Congress, which is responsible for oversight, may rise up. “The public is not prepared for what is going to happen”said Alan Bersin, a former commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection who is now executive chairman of Altana AI. “The impact of this situation on the global economy, and on the American economy, is measured in billions of dollars, not millions of dollars. »
As the comment with Bhadrakumar acidity:
When Russia attacked Ukraine and the West imposed sanctions on Moscow, Washington threatened China that any move to help Russia circumvent the sanctions would trigger severe punishment. Today, the wheel has turned and the United States needs China’s help to save its economy. This is Thucydides’ trap in reverse: an emerging power that comes to the aid of a well-established great power, whose extravagances have impoverished it.
I doubt. Tariffs or not, China will not help the United States at all. She knows that the proxy war between the United States and Russia is not just about Ukraine.
The current goal of the United States may be to decolonize Russia, but its real geopolitical goal is recolonization from China.
Moon of Alabama
Translated by Wayan, proofread by Hervé, for the Saker Francophone.
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