Exclusive: How Donald Trump Decides His Foreign Policy

For those of us who saw the psychopathic Mrs Clinton as a gigantic threat to world peace, hearing Donald Trump speaking about “getting along with Russia”, as opposed to wanting to go to war with it, was really rather refreshing and even cause for a faint glimmer of hope that the US might actually be about to abandon its messianic claims over the whole world and settle down to being a proper country that minds its own business. To be fair, there were some […]

Is Your Nation The Exceptional One?

With almost 200 nations around the world, telling which is The Exceptional One is really not a very easy task. Every country has a number of unique aspects that mark it out from the others, but not every one has what it really takes to be the Exceptional, much less the Indispensable nation. Only a country possessing a certain set of characteristics can be considered for this prestigious accolade, and it is with this in mind that the following test […]

Why Won’t Putin Invade the Baltics?

You know how Putin is itching to invade the Baltics? You know how he just can’t wait to get his hands on Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, because Russia is kind of cramped, and he needs a bit of Lebensraum for his people? You know how he just can’t wait to prop up the apparently ailing Russian economy by incorporating that economic powerhouse, Ukraine, into his country? You know it because you’ve probably read it 100 times by now in the […]

Is Theresa May the New Neville Chamberlain? Or is the New Hitler Hogwash?

According to media reports, Theresa May had a phone call last week with the President of the Russian Federation. During the call, which was made at Mrs May’s request, the two leaders apparently discussed the following: Mr Putin congratulated Mrs May on her appointment to the office of Prime Minister They discussed current bilateral issues, with both leaders expressing dissatisfaction with the current parameters of co-operation in the political, trade and economic spheres They agreed to step up joint work […]

Russian Aggression: A Cheesy Novel From the Atlantic Council

General Sir Richard Shirreff, author of the novel, 2017: War with Russia, has just co-authored a new report on behalf of the Atlantic Council. In Arming for Deterrence, he and Maciej Olex-Szczytowski claim that the threat to Poland from a “resurgent Russia” is now so imminent that the Polish Government must take immediate steps to prepare the country for forthcoming invasion (interestingly, Pan Olex-Szczytowski happens to be Adviser on Poland to BAE Systems, Europe’s largest company in the Defence Sector). I confess that I haven’t […]

Like a Great Supine, Protoplasmic, Invertebrate Jelly, Boris Johnson Falls Into Line With U.S. Foreign Policy

Well that didn’t take long. Like a Great Supine, Protoplasmic, Invertebrate Jelly, (to quote his own words), Britain’s new Foreign Secretary has fallen into line with U.S. foreign policy with remarkable speed. This despite the fact that the position he now apparently supports is fundamentally at odds with the position he held prior to assuming his new role. That position is with regard to Syria, but before I come to the July 2016 Mr Johnson, let me first remind readers […]

Brexit Rage: The Enlightened Facebook Thoughts of a Disgruntled Young Remainer

Warning: This Piece Contains Levels of Satire Which Could Seriously Damage Your Health I still can’t believe that so many people could be THAT STUPID to vote us out and ruin the country I mean it’s a TOTAL MOCKERY OF DEMOCRACY that so many people who were so ill informed and so full of bigotry and hate could even be allowed to vote about MY FUTURE I tell you I’m so ANGRY about it now that I can’t even tell you how […]

The Tasteless Philip Hammond is Unable to Rejoice at the Liberation of Palmyra From the Wahhabi Death Cult

Imagine that a group of the most fanatical ideologues on the planet had seized an historic city and carried out unspeakable atrocities there. Imagine they had lined up 25 soldiers in the ruins of an ancient ampitheater and filmed their teenage recruits executing them. Imagine that they had tortured and beheaded the 82-year-old head of antiquities in that city and hung his mutilated body on a column in a main square. Now imagine that a foreign power teamed up with […]

Brexit Referendum Latest: Chicken Licken Joins the ‘Staying in’ Campaign

Once upon a time there was a little chick called Chicken Licken. One day as he was scratching about in the farmyard, he was hit on the head by Government EU Referendum Propaganda. “Oh no,” cried Chicken Licken. “If we vote for sovereignty and independence the sky will fall down. I must go and tell the Queen”. On the way, Chicken Licken met the third little pig who was carrying bricks to build a house. “Where are you going in […]

Emotion, Scaremongering and Meaningless Platitudes: Nicky Morgan Makes Her Entry into the EU Debate

The Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has now waded into the debate on EU membership, bringing with her just about every device from the toolbox of the modern career politician: good use of emotive scaremongering, lots of high sounding but meaningless platitudes, all topped with a good drizzle of disingenuous nonsense. Let’s just interact with it for a few moments:  “It’s clear, that if Britain leaves Europe it will be young people who suffer the most, left in limbo while we struggle […]

Urgent Advice to the Mainstream Media in the Event of Raqqa Being Retaken

This is another letter to mainstream media journalists from TheBlogMire’s resident “Russia expert”, Russell O’Phobe Dear Friends & Colleagues, It’s been some time since I wrote to you all, and you must forgive me if in this epistle I come across as angry. No, angry is not strong enough a word. Furious would be far more appropriate. As you will know, the Syrian Army, backed up by the Russian Airforce, took back the city of Palmyra from ISIS. It is […]

An Open Letter to the MPs Who Voted to Back David Cameron’s Motion to Bomb in Syria

Dear MP, I understand you voted for David Cameron’s plan to begin bombing in the sovereign state of Syria. I believe your decision will prove to be disastrous, and one that many of you will come to bitterly regret, but I also want you to know at the outset of this letter that I say this not from the position held by most of those voting against the motion. My guess is that the majority of those who voted against […]

Get Your Hands off our Jihadists

Here is my latest offering for the Conservative Woman website, this time on the subject of Syria. The United States and its allies suffered what is known as an Emperor’s New Clothes moment last week. After two decades of tearing up the notion of national sovereignty in their efforts to impose their will upon the world, it took a simple question from the Russian President at the United Nations General Assembly to reveal the nakedness of their utopian ideology: “Do […]

Most Absurd Statement of 2015: UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon With his Entry

The UK Minister for Warmongering and Sounding Tough, Michael Fallon, has made it clear that bombing Syria is back on the cards. His statement to BBC Radio 4’s World at One was a masterpiece in Orwellian Newspeak, turning reality on its head on a number of occasions, and so deservedly receiving a nomination for this year’s Most Absurd Statement award. Here’s what he said: “We have always been clear that Isil has to be defeated in both Syria and Iraq. We […]

The FIFA Scandal is Not About Football: It’s the Geopolitics, Stupid

I really could care less about football. As a game, I quite like it, but apart from that I see almost everything about it as being pretty dreadful — the often visceral hatred of one set of fans against another, the on-field cheating and theatrics, the stupid amounts of money and status given to men who are good at kicking a ball around, the swearing, the declining lack of sportsmanship amongst players and managers, the absurdly over-the-top sense of anticipation before England games, and the […]

Warning: Slavish Obedience to Washington Can Seriously Damage Your Nation’s Health (or How to Get Nuclear Weapons Pointed at You)

I like Poland. My wife is Polish, and I have visited the country more times than any other outside England. So I have more than just a passing interest in the country, and would love to see it enjoying a good measure of safety and security. We all know the sad history, and that Poland has seldom felt secure, having rival empires vying for its land at various times in its history. And we all know that having seen the […]

Trident, Wimbledon & the General Election: How to Counter “Russian Aggression”

I must say it was jolly nice of the Russians to suspend their aggression during the UK General Election campaign. In the months running up to April this year, the BBC and other media outlets were awash with headlines involving the Russian threat. There was a Russian submarine just off the coast of Sweden (actually it turned out to be a fishing boat but you can’t be too carful these days); Russian bombers flying in international airspace, if you can believe that; Russian […]

The History Books are Littered With the Corpses of Indispensable Nations

This piece appeared in the March issue of the Samaritan Ministries International Newsletter   “Les cimetières sont pleins d’hommes indispensables (The graveyards are full of indispensable men)” – Charles de Gaulle Like so many great quotations, the origins of this one are disputed. Yet whether or not de Gaulle was the source of these words, or whether he was using his own re-hashed version of an old quote, they are a sobering reminder that no matter how important a person […]

An Appeal to Angela Merkel to Fulfil Her Obligations Under Minsk II

Sehr geehrte Frau Merkel, I write this appeal to the person who I believe more than anyone holds the key to peace or war in Ukraine and possibly even Europe as a whole. As you are well aware, thanks in part to the role you played in brokering the 2nd Minsk agreement, there is at this current point in time relative calm in Ukraine. Yes there are occasional ceasefire violations — ceasefires almost never bring about perfect peace — but the […]

NATO Knew the Risks of Creating Chaos in Libya. But They Went and Bombed it Anyway

I wrote back here about the murder of 21 Egyptian Christians, and asked the question of whether these people would have died had NATO not intervened in Libya to help the rebels topple Gaddafi. One of my central points was that since NATO leaders claimed credit for toppling Gaddafi, and told us that this heralded the dawn of a new era for Libya, they cannot then reasonably duck out of responsibility for the actual chaos that followed. The words Cake, […]

Brief Thoughts on the Killing of Boris Nemtsov

It is of course too early to make much sense of the killing of the Russian opposition politician, Boris Nemtsov. This hasn’t of course stopped the insinuations of who was behind this flying around the Internet and media. A quick Google of the name Boris Nemtsov reveals pretty much uniform headlines across the mainstream media, with the words “Putin Critic” featuring heavily. But he was a Putin critic, you might say. Yes, but this term is clearly far more loaded than “Russian […]

Another Entry for Most Absurd Statement of 2015: Romuald Szeremietiew

The entries for the Most Absurd Statement of 2015 are still trickling in. Just to recap, our list so far, in date order, includes the following luminaries: Pierre Muscovici Yats O’Bomber John McCain Now an entry comes from a less well known candidate. He is Romuald Szeremietiew, the Head of the Academy of National Defence in Poland. Here he is with his entry: “If Russia wants to rebuild its empire, — and Russia says it wants to do it, using lands […]

Ron Paul: Interventionism Kills

The former US presidential candidate, Ron Paul, has just written a great little summary of why Ukraine has descended into civil war, death and chaos. He is absolutely clear about where the responsibility lies. Unlike those who now dominate politics and political discourse in America, Dr. Paul really does understand the wisdom of the founding fathers of the US when they warned against becoming involved in foreign entanglements. Today, those in power not only fail to heed the warning to stay away […]

Why Michael Fallon Scares Me More Than Vladimir Putin

I have to admit that I am immune to all the scare stories that we have been hit with over the last year telling us that Vladimir Putin is the new Hitler, that he wants to resurrect the Soviet Union and that he is the biggest threat to world peace, Ebola or ISIS notwithstanding. I am immune for two main reasons: The first is that all those putting about the scare stories, whilst posing as the righteous policeman of the world, are the […]

Would 21 Egyptian Christians Have Been Murdered If We Hadn’t Helped Topple Gaddafi?

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was an evil man. He ruled the country of Libya with an iron fist, torturing and murdering his political opponents. There is almost nothing good that one can say about the man or his rule, save for one thing: It was better to be living in Libya under the rule of Gaddafi than in the post-Gaddafi hellhole that has emerged since NATO decided he must go. One of the greatest ironies of some of the iron-fist tyrants — Gaddafi, […]

Dmytro Yarosh and the Tragedy of UK and US Foreign Policy

Here’s something I wrote in my post earlier today about Petro Poroshenko’s part in the Minsk talks: “I don’t believe Passport Pete believes this will bring lasting peace either. The fact is he was pressured by Merkel and Hollande to agree to this, yet if he were to seriously set about implementing the terms of the agreement, he knows he may as well go and buy himself a length of rope to prepare for his lynching. He knows that there is […]

Will Minsk Bring Peace?

So what to make of the marathon talks at Minsk? Will they bring peace? Were there any “winners”? Were there any “losers”? I have to confess that I have no great expectations that this agreement will bring lasting peace, for a number of reasons: 1. The first is that the four powers – Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine – signed nothing whatsoever. Contrary to the way this is being reported in the mainstream media, not one of these parties actually […]

3 million and 40 People United by What?

I have refrained from posting anything on the events in France for a few days, simply because I wanted chance to take in a few facts and to see which way the wind would start to blow in the aftermath. About the attacks themselves, I have a few reservations that make me uneasy about the official narrative. This is not to say that I am convinced the narrative is wrong — i.e. that two radicalized Islamists carried out this attack […]

Estonia: Back in the USSR?

I had assumed that Estonia’s increasingly vitriolic stance towards Russia was something to do with its history in the USSR, where liberties and freedom of speech were crushed, and that they were taking a moral stance against repression. That would be understandable. But alas no. A few days ago the Prime Minister of that country, Taavi Rõivas, reacted to news of the CIA’s torture campaign with this apathetic and lickspittle response: “We don’t need to be telling the U.S. what to do and what […]

Russian Aggression? Nah! It’s Just US Peacemaking

What’s this? Is it finally the proof that we have all been waiting for of Russian aggression in the form of tanks and Armoured Personnel Carriers, threatening a peaceful neighbouring country and marking the beginning of the campaign of European conquest which the Russians are so obviously desperate to begin? Nah! It’s just a train carrying a cargo of US peace-making equipment including Bradley Fighting Vehicles, M113 Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs), Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTTs), High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled […]

Did He Really Say That? Yessir, He Really Did

Okay so three guesses which world leader recently said this: “We’re also very firm on the need to uphold core international principles, and one of those principles is you don’t invade other countries or finance proxies and support them in ways that break up a country that has mechanisms for democratic elections.” I can see what you’re thinking. It surely must have been someone who takes international principles very seriously, right? It must have been someone who takes the issue […]

My Enemy’s Enemy is my Friend’s Enemy’s Enemy’s Friend — or US Foreign Policy in a Nutshell

Anyone trying to make sense of what is going on in the Middle East at the moment is going to have their work cut out. Trying to decipher the meaning of it is a bit like peeling an onion — in order to find out the central issues, you are going to have to keep on peeling away past the outside layers until you get to the heart of the matter. On the surface of it all, it appears to […]

Not so Colourful Revolutions

One of the reasons a lot of people in the West seem to keep falling for the various “colour revolutions” and “springs” that have taken place over the past decade or so, is that they often look — to those whose knowledge of the country in question is limited — to be a straightforward cases of democracy in action: a poor, disenfranchised people, fed up with the actions of the evil oppressor, rising up and toppling them in an act […]

The European Union: The Squirrel Nutkin of Geopolitics

If you haven’t read Beatrix Potter’s Squirrel Nutkin story, you really ought. The story begins with Nutkin and his fellow squirrels crossing over to an island to gather nuts for the winter. The “governor” of the island is an aged and very respectable owl called Old Brown, and the squirrels seek his permission to gather nuts by bringing him an offering — mice, moles, minnows — every day. All, that is, except Squirrel Nutkin. Whilst the rest of the squirrels […]

Putin’s Real Missile: Aimed Right at the Heart of the EU

So after nine rounds of sanctions against the Russian Federation, the European Union is now waking up to the implications of the first round of retaliatory sanctions. It is clear that they are none too happy. What have Russia done? They have banned imports of certain foodstuffs from those countries that have imposed sanctions on them, for a period of one year. This includes the import of beef, pork, poultry, meat, fish, fruits and vegetables, cheese, milk, and dairy products […]

“Maybe Putin Didn’t Kill My Son, After All”

The title of this piece is a reference to a scandalous headline put out by the UK’s Daily Mail on Saturday. Less than 48 hours after flight MH17 crashed in Eastern Ukraine, without any proper evidence, and before the investigation began, the Mail published the headline “Putin’s Killed my Son”. I have already commented on the implications of this type of reporting here, and the headline of this piece is more a suggestion for a headline the Mail might like […]

A Refreshing Contrast

In contrast to the shrill cries of Western leaders and the Western media that “It was Russia wot did it”, readers of this blog are encouraged to sit through the entire presentation given by the Russian military on 21st July of what they are saying is evidence relating to the downing of Malaysian plane MH17 on 17th July. Notice that they do not accuse anyone in this presentation. They merely present what they say is evidence, and ask a lot […]

“Putin’s Killed my Son” and the Death of a Free Press

Less than 24 hours after Flight #MH17 came crashing down in Eastern Ukraine, the largest selling British Newspaper, The Sun, ran a headline which said “Putin’s Missile”. Before any evidence had been compiled, and before investigators had even reached the crash site, The Sun knew who was to blame. Such blatant and frankly disgraceful propaganda is par for the course for The Sun, but such headlines were not confined to this trashy tabloid. The following day, The Daily Mail, which would usually have a […]

Beware Our Omniscient Rulers

I was going to write the second part of this piece today. But as Harold MacMillan probably never said, “Events dear boy, events.” Yesterday a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in Eastern Ukraine. This is of course a huge tragedy, and a surreal one at that. Surreal because it is just a few weeks since another Boeing 777, owned by the same airline, literally disappeared without a trace. Surreal also because the tragedy […]

Make Sense of This if You Can

Many of the official narratives given to us by mainstream media ought to leave us scratching our heads in bemusement. Events on the ground often show them to be palpably false and risible. Take this for example. According to the United Nations, around 110,000 Ukrainians have fled this year for Russia and another 54,000 have fled their homes but stayed in Ukraine. This is interesting for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the claim that refugees were pouring across the border […]

What Games they Play!

The game plan of the US government is to isolate Russia internationally and to pin them back militarily. It is well known that the government of George Bush senior gave explicit guarantees that America would not move NATO “an inch further to the East”. It is also a sad fact of history that from William Jefferson Clinton onwards, that is exactly what they went and did. This was no accident. Back in 1997, the Polish American geostrategist, Zbigniew Brzezinski — […]

In the Crocodiles Mouth; Not Eaten by the Crocodile

At the beginning of last year, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, made a speech in which he said: “In Europe, but not run by Europe”. He was, I believe, deliberately echoing the words of Winston Churchill who once said of Britain that it was “with Europe, but not of it”. Churchill was of course speaking in the days before the European Union and his meaning was that Britain was, in many fundamental ways, wholly different from much of the continent. […]

Charles the Ignorant

I’m beginning to wonder whether there ought to be a ban on people with the name of Charles ascending to the throne. Charlie I and Charlie II made an extraordinarily bad fist of it, the former bringing about civil war through his pig-headed belief in the Divine Right of Kings, and the second being a slightly watered down version of the same. I suppose compared to them Charlie III, if he ever gets there, is small fry. Certainly, he does […]

What Putin is Really Up To

In case you happen to get all your news from the mainstream media, you may well have bought into the following version of events surrounding the Ukrainian crisis: The government of Viktor Yanukovych was deposed by peaceful protests The claim that the protest movement had far-right elements is Russian propaganda The current interim government in Kiev is legitimate The claim that the interim government in Kiev is a far-right government is Russian propaganda Putin is a new Hitler hell-bent on recreating […]

The metamorphosis of William Hague and the selective reporting of the BBC

Watching the Western governments who inspired the armed coup which toppled the legitimately elected President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, react to the referendums in Donetsk and Luhansk is really rather funny. The elections were “illegal” a “farce” and, according to the warmonger British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, have “zero credibility in the eyes of the world”. So in Mr Hague’s world, a “government” which came to power off the back of an armed coup led by the known neo-Nazi group, Pravy […]

Are the US, EU and UK Governments Supporting Neo-Nazis in Ukraine? You Decide

As the situation in Ukraine continues to deteriorate, conventional wisdom — that put out there by the mainstream media — continues to portray Russia as the aggressor and Vladimir Putin as the pantomime villain in all this. The truth is just about the exact opposite of this. Sure, Putin has taken advantage of the situation to take control of Crimea, but even then, he did so after a landslide referendum and without a shot being fired. But whatever he does next, […]

The Parliamentary Assembly for the Council of Europe: Aggressively Annexing the Land of Make Believe

If the Ukrainian crisis shows one thing it is this: Western media and governments appear to have lost all ability to reason, think and deal with facts. Their pronouncements and indictments of Russia are increasingly unhinged, and are all made to cover up the uncomfortable truth that it was the West — US/EU/NATO — not Russia that caused this crisis. Take this from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). This is a resolution passed on 9th April, and was based on […]

Clockwork Clegg

Astute observers of political tactics will notice certain themes that crop up time and time again to shut down debate. A decade ago, anyone bringing up the subject of immigration in British politics was accused of “playing the race card”. Actually, this was a perfectly legitimate area of discussion, but accusing the other side of “playing the race card” had the intended effect of closing down all debate on the issue. A decade or so later and you don’t really hear this term ever used. The reason […]

The European Union Representative for High Irony and Plumbing the Depths of Hypocrisy

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, Catherine “gosh-surely-all-those-nice-chaps-in-balaclavas-and-combat-gear-and-nazi-symbols-can’t-have-been-responsible-for-shooting-both-police-and-protestors” Ashton, has released the following statement on the European External Action Service website: “I strongly condemn the pressure by activists of the Right Sector who have surrounded the building of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Such an intimidation of the parliament is against the democratic principles and rule of law. I call on the Right Sector and other parties in Ukraine […]