Skip to comments.Putin has joined the "Axis of Evil"
Posted on 10/11/2006 6:28:16 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Monday, Rush Limbaugh interviewed me on Epicenter for the November issue of The Limbaugh Letter. For about 45 minutes, we discused how since taking office in 2000, former KGB chief-turned Russian President Vladimir Putin has built strong personal, political and military ties to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il. Putin has sold Iran and North Korea billions of dollars worth of arms and even nuclear technology. He is arming America's worst enemies for war, and in so doing, Russia has joined the "Axis of Evil." Yet on this critical issue, official Washington seems to be in a true state of denial.
As I document in the book, Russia signed a $1 billion arms deal with Iran in December 2005, providing the radical Islamic regime in Tehran high-speed missile and other high-tech weaponry, despite Ahmadinejad's call to annihilate the U.S. and Israel two months earlier. Russia is building nuclear facilities for Iran, training over 1,000 Iranian nuclear scientists, and running political interference for Iran at the U.N. to prevent us for imposing economic sanctions that could slow down Ahmadinejad's feverish bid for nuclear weapons.
But there's much more to the story. Consider Putin's dangerously close ties to Kim Jong Il:
* On July 19-20, 2000, Putin became the first President of Russia ever to visit Pyongyang. He met with Kim Jong Il and explored ways to rebuild the once-close relationship between Russia and North Korea.The Bush administration and Congress must confront Putin directly on Russia's increasingly dangerous ties to North Korea and Iran. Time is running out.
* In December 2000, the Kremlin announced its desire to dramatically increase military sales to North Korea.
* In April 2001, the Kremlin announced an official agreement to modernize North Korea's military. Sales have soared since then. "In 2001, Pyongyang imported combat plane parts, armored vehicles, helicopters and gunpowder worth $120 million from China and Russia," said one report. "In 2000 it bought aircraft parts, air-search radars, engines, automatic navigation devices, military jeeps and others worth $100 million" from Russia, China, Belarus and others.
* In August 2001, Kim Jong Il visited Russia and met with Putin in Moscow.
* In August 2002, Kim Jong Il visited Russia again, meeting Putin in Vladivostok.
* In 2003, the Kremlin refused to rule out further arms sales to North Korea, despite increasingly dangeorus and provocative moves by Kim Jong Il.
* In 2003, Asian intelligence services became increasingly concerned that "North Korea and Iran are in talks over a plan to export Pyongyang's Taepodong-2 long-range ballistic missiles to Tehran and to jointly develop nuclear warheads....The two countries have been negotiating the deal for about a year and are likely to reach an agreement in mid-October," according to defense sources "familiar with North Korean affairs."
* In 2004, the CIA estimated that North Korea had at least six nuclear weapons and by 2007 could produce enough highly enriched uranium to produce six new nuclear weapons a year.
* In 2004, the New York Times reported that the International Atomic Energy Agency recently found strong evidence that the 1.7 metric tons of the uranium in Libyas possession came from North Korea. The uranium was described as being unusable for nuclear fuel, but was enough material to make one nuclear bomb, noted the web site MissileThreat.com. The Times said "that a new level of suspicion now lurks, that North may have sold uranium to other countries or to terrorists."
* In August and September 2004, U.S. intelligence officials and analysts began worrying openly about the threat of North Korea and Iran firing nuclear missiles at American cities off the back of commercial container ships, giving us little or no warning before impact and detonation. Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld said one Middle East nation already has "launched a ballistic missile from a cargo vessel," referring to Iran. "They had taken a short-range, probably Scud missile, put it on a transporter-erector launcher, lowered it in, taken the vessel out into the water, peeled back the top, erected it, fired it, lowered it, covered it up. And the ship that they used was using a radar and electronic equipment that was no different than 50, 60, 100 other ships operating in the immediate area." According to Bill Gertz of the Washington Times: Air Force Gen. Ralph Eberhart, commander of the U.S. Northern Command, also said recently that the danger of ship-based missiles is growing. "I believe it's just a matter of time until the terrorists try to use a...maritime attack against us. I believe that attack could come in terms of bringing a ship into port, whether it's [carrying] high explosives or whether it's weapons of mass destruction." Noted Asian intelligence specialist Richard Fisher: "Should North Korea adopt this strategy, it would have the option of trying to infiltrate and pre-position its missiles in Canada, Central America or even the continental United States. U.S. missile defenses do not currently defend against either launches from the south of or within the contiguous 50 states." (I write more about Iran's efforts to develop a ship-launch capability in Epicenter.)
* In 2005, Putin actually personally awarded a medal of honor to the North Korean dictator who is starving his own people and threatening the world with nuclear war.
* In August 2006, a Russian newspaper reported that U.S. officials are increasingly concerned that North Korea is laundering money through Russian banks and in the process helping North Korea sell ballistic missile technology to Iran, Syria and Pakistan. The American Center for Nonproliferation Studies released a report yesterday claiming that North Korean authorities, with the help of private Russian companies, are providing ballistic missile to third countries, Iran, Syria and Pakistan in particular. This information comes at the same time as a scandal is unfolding over the North Korean regime's transfer of a considerable part of its bank accounts to Russia, skirting American sanctions. Although these accusations are only coming from NGOs right now, they may become the case of the next strain in Russian-American relations." U.S. officials are increasingly concerned that Russian firms help North Korea develop missile technology, Pyongyang sells it to other problem countries, and the proceeds from those sales are deposited in North Korean accounts in Russian banks. It is only a small step form that picture to the accusation of violating nonproliferation rules.
The war against communism is far from over.
Washington is in a state of denial over several things. First, they refuse to even admit that 12 to 20 MILLION illegal aliens in our country whom they have no idea where or who they are, is a problem. A few years ago they decided that China deserved permanent MFN trading status and now they think a country who is deiberately arming our enemies, and theirs, too, isn't a problem.
We probably have almost as many home grown communists here as there are overseas.
Three places I wouldn't mind seeing get nuked: Mecca, Pyongyang, and St. Petersburg.
Didnt Putin meet with Chavez too?
I jhave been wondering what was going on with Putin making trouble for the United States.
I have thought for a long time now that Putin wasnt toobright. Doesnt he know that you cant make deals with these crazy bastids. One day they will turn on him like rabid dogs. Once KGB always KGB I suppose.
JUST JOINED?... Only could be spoken by one thats never read the Communist Manifesto..
He never left. He just went undercover.
Kremlin, Korean and Koran dictators--- have become the new KKK.
They are sheep moving through the slaughterhouse chutes, bleating nervously but not knowing what lies ahead.
Who do you think will be Russia's president in 2008? Will it be someone from the old line Communist bent, or an actual supporter of western democracy?
It'll be Putin, again.
It depends on who you mean when you say our.
Do you mean our as in the citizens of the United States or do you mean our as in the politicians in Washington. I am not getting rich off of the U.S.-Chinese-Russian trade relationships but there are many in Washington who are. Russia and China are not enemies to some.
He cannot seek a third barring a Constitutional change. That seems unlikely.
Ha! Funny, but as you know, Clinton and Gore have already done all the damage that can be done to Russia by allowing them to completely rebuild their missile technology - with some of OUR funding!
Thank you for those quotes, AmeriBrit. They solidify my beliefs.
All you need is a load of oppressed, impoverished, uneducated people. Throw in a charismatic leader to convince them that communism will bring them a utopia that has never existed, and you're good to go.
Kinda like the current Democrat party.
...a little to the left, Kimmy....
***it makes me uncomfortable that people are starting to come to the same conclusion about Russia, communism, and the enemies of American that I am...
I'm already chilled to the bone, but I can take up to 70-below. (I'm an Alaskan....'nuf said)
I'm on my way to the link in your post. If I don't come back, feel free to chisel my frozen self small enough to fit in the adult beverage of your choice. ;)
I know, it sounds horrible doesn't it? LOL It does take your breath away. Actually, it freezes your breath, and your lungs, and your hair, and those pesky nose hairs too. heh heh
I can't complain right now though. We're having an Indian summer/fall and the temps have been up to 50 during the day (about 20 degrees warmer than they should be but please don't tell the global warming fanatics). I've never been to CA but I think I'd like the temperature. ;)
In the core of my consciousness I have known, ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and especially since the rise of Putin to the seat of the Russian emperors, that in due time Russia and China would become allies in an all-out struggle to reduce the United States of America to a tnentity among the nations of the world. Their steadfast and coordinated refusal to join in decisive actions against Iran and North Korea indicate their intent to include those nuclear powers in their anti-America gang.
Meanwhile, the American people, being lulled to sleep, in part by a soporific and essentially treasonous press, remain virtually totally unsuspecting of the fate being crafted for them, and for liberty.
You missed my meaning - in the context of making Russia more democratic after it fell apart, they made it worse for Russian people by allowing their military to build up again and basically seize control. They hurt democracy growth there by being soft on Russia's mil indus complex.
Thanks for the ping!
Thank you for an informative read.
When did he leave, exactly?
I wouldn't call him a top priority threat atm, but Russia has never stopped being a threat.
All the despots of this word - add to your list the chinese on one end, the mugabes, castros and chaveses on another, and those in between, too.
Now, now, now. We can't have you going and spreading the real message of Fatima. All is well and completed, remember?
If you study prophacy, it's no suprize. The day Putin stepped into power is when all hope for Russia was lost.
"Son of man, turn towards Gog and the country of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him." Ez.38:2-7
Putin has been sneaking around making back door deals with Satan for a while now. What comes of it whether Putin is
still around or not, will be bad news for Europe, and the entire west. This rise of this prince of Persia will most likely come about because of his meddling, which he may regret.
I wouldn't call him a top priority threat atm, but Russia has never stopped being a threat.==
WHy that? Let me guess. It is beacuse Russia exercises her independent policy but not follows the US wake? Am I right?:))
"Russia and her miserable people are eternal enemies of the United States."What makes any ordinary Russian, and not the KGB-led government, "an eternal enemy of United States"? And does "eternal" mean to you it was always that way, even before 1917, etc? If you believe that to be true, then you are simply an irrational bigot. You sound like an inverse of a typical paranoid Russian ultra-nationalist, who claim the West was always "out to get Russia". And why specifically St. Pete's? Almost sounds like a you have a personal problem with it for some reason.
Can you provide the source, where you quoting from?
It's getting scary and, yeah, the press and the dems are on the side of the enemy.
April 30, 2001 - Russian military forces intervened in a mock nuclear conflict between China and the United States over Taiwan during strategic exercises that included Russian preparations to use nuclear weapons on U.S. forces in Asia, The Washington Times has learned.
Feb 2002 - China's military is covertly buying U.S. commercial satellite photographs of Taiwan that U.S. intelligence officials say will be used to target the island with the mainland's growing arsenal of cruise and ballistic missiles. Satellite photographs of most of the island are being purchased by China through a South Korean company, U.S. intelligence officials say.
Nov 2003 - In a tough statement, the Vice-Minister at Beijing's Taiwan Affairs Office Wang Zaixi said Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian's recent pro-separatist activities had crossed Beijing's "red line" and that they "run the risk of triggering a war" with the mainland. "War will break out if the island declares formal independence," state media on Wednesday quoted Wang as saying.
July 26, 2004 - About 18,000 Chinese troops using their country's most advanced weapons systems last week rehearsed coordinated air, sea and ground attacks on Dongshan, an island in the South China Sea that resembles Taiwan in terrain and weather.
Feb 7, 2005 - Quietly, with almost no notice taken in the U.S. media, Russia and China have just stepped up their military cooperation to a level not seen in half a century since the end of the Korean War.
Mar 8, 2005 China unveiled a law Tuesday authorizing an attack if Taiwan moves toward formal independence, increasing pressure on the self-ruled island while warning other countries not to interfere.
June 26, 2005 - China is building its military forces faster than U.S. intelligence and military analysts expected, prompting fears that Beijing will attack Taiwan in the next two years, according to Pentagon officials. U.S. defense and intelligence officials say all the signs point in one troubling direction: Beijing then will be forced to go to war with the United States, which has vowed to defend Taiwan against a Chinese attack.
June 28, 2005 - China's decision to open up massive bomb shelters to the public, ostensibly to provide a respite from summer heat, has U.S. intelligence analysts concerned about a possible strategic deception by Beijing, reports Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin. The Chinese specialist agreed with others knowledgeable about nuclear arms that such a maneuver opening up large fallout shelters to the public on a regular basis would serve two strategic purposes for Beijing: It would familiarize the Chinese people to the shelters, making it easier to evacuate the public in times of potential nuclear attack; It would confuse Western intelligence analysts who monitor movements of the Chinese public by satellite as evidence of the government's intentions; In addition to monitoring missile launches, U.S. national security officials keep an eye on large-scale public movements in countries like China. If, for instance, city residents were seen moving in large numbers into fallout shelters, it would be a sign the government might be preparing for an attack of some kind.
But if such massive movements became routine because shelters are opened up in the heat of summer and in the cold of winter to provide shelters from the elements then such movements would more likely be disregarded as militarily insignificant in the West.
"Think about it," said one U.S. intelligence source. "If you were planning, at some point in the future, to launch a pre-emptive first strike on some enemy, wouldn't it make sense to do what the Chinese are doing?"
Anyone else hear a drum beat? I truly do think China and Russia are miffed at NK right now...Kim Jong Mentally-Il's ego has overstepped the boundaries of what they all have planned. Finally, IMHO, although the articles above discuss Taiwan, I fear a strike on Japan by NK will be the first blow in a huge battle to come.
And, please keep in mind, none of this is directed at you personally. ;p But you asked for a reason. And I'm giving you an honest answer.
It's because they are careening towards totalitarianism, with heavy approval from the people. Also, because there are deep pockeys of xenophobia. And massive stockpiles, frequently poorly guarded, of WMDs. And powerful organized crime out of control, and which has infilitrated high levels of military and government because of a culture of corruption. And because the average lifespan of a Russian male is plummeting to third world levels (I believe average male lifespan is 58 is the statistic I last saw).
Also, because they are trying to play not just both sides, but all sides, and then play each other. And because they are not sure whether they want to be European or Asian. And because they don't have the capability to guard their eastern marches against Chinese encroachment. And because civil liberties don't seem to be as enshrined in their value set as it does in the west. Also, because of the last 15-20 years of instability, and the Soviet dictatorship before that gives me little opportunity to hope.
I don't think that Russia is without hope, or value. And its not that I don't think that Russians as a people aren't cool (well, at least the ones I know in Canada...I only know one Russian-Russian, and he was a university student.) But independent policy, and sometimes openly hostile (not to mention counterproductive) policies are two different, but not mutually exclusive things.
That Russia exercises an independent policy, and does not follow the US, should surprise and disappoint exactly one guy in eastern Angola. Noone grudges them that. But if they think they can continue on their present course and not alarm or provoke anyone, they are delusional.
I suppose I see communism and other totalitarian ideas as a religion because of the idolatry I see in them. Worship of the State, and worship of the leader. You see demonstrations all the time in the Middle east in which the participants hold portraits of their favorite imam or ayatollah high in the air. You see heroic-looking statues of the leader in every town square, and bigger-than-life murals on the sides of the buildings. They demand to be worshiped and are worshiped by many.