Vladimir Putin: “Political schizophrenia” rules over warmongers and psychopaths


Putin: “It’s hard to imagine what” the warmongers, “who generate” complete “nonsense and rubbish, can dream up next.”

…by Jonas E. Alexis and Richard C. Cook


Richard C. Cook is a retired federal government analyst. In his 32-year career he worked for five civilian agencies and the Carter White House. While with NASA he documented the flaws with the space shuttle solid rocket booster and testified before the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident. Unable to return to NASA after his testimony, he spent the rest of his career with the U.S. Treasury Department.

On retirement in 2007, he published Challenger Revealed,[1] the definitive account of the multiple layers of cover-up surrounding the disaster. He went on to publish a book on monetary policy entitled We Hold These Truths: The Hope of Monetary Reform.

Jonas E. Alexis: Vladimir Putin could have been talking about people like John McCain and Lindsey Graham when he recently said that there are numerous signs of “political schizophrenia” in Washington.[2] Every time the new administration tries to sit down and come up with a peaceful resolution with Russia, New World Order psychopaths quickly come out of the woodwork and declare that the United States is being manipulated.[3] Listen to the Weekly Standard, a Neocon flagship:

“While Sessions’s failure to disclose an official meeting when asked about his contacts with Russians raised eyebrows, nobody thinks it is evidence that he is a secret Putin stooge. But many others in Trump’s coterie of advisers have had significant dealings with Russia, relationships likely to be at the center of Mueller’s probe.”[4]

So what? Doesn’t Trump have “significant dealings” with terrorist states like Saudi Arabia and even Israel? For example, it has been reported that “Trump’s Senior Adviser Jared Kushner Called Lockheed CEO To Slash THAAD Price For Saudi Arabia.”[5] Even the Washington Post has recently bragged that “Trump resets U.S.-Saudi relations, in Saudi Arabia’s favor.”[6]

In Saudi Arabia’s favor? Doesn’t that imply that Washington is having “significant dealings” with a terrorist state? Don’t the war party and even Trump himself know that Saudi Arabia was an accomplice in the 9/11 attack?[7]

It has been reported that the “US nears $100bn arms deal for Saudi Arabia in time for Trump’s visit.”[8] The Saudis even called this “a ‘historical turning point’ in U.S.-Saudi relations after eight contentious years with the Obama administration.”[9] Will the warmongers in the Weekly Standard even address these thorny issues in a logical way?

Putin, of course, has no respect for the war party in Washington and elsewhere. He said:

“It’s hard to imagine what these people, who generate such nonsense and rubbish, can dream up next. What surprises me is that they are shaking up the domestic political situation using anti-Russian slogans. Either they don’t understand the damage they’re doing to their own country, in which case they are simply stupid, or they understand everything, in which case they are dangerous and corrupt.”[10]

Richard, what is really at stake here? Why is the “deep state” still playing game?

Richard C. Cook: In the forefront is what seems increasingly obvious—the agenda of the U.S. “deep state” is world conquest. This objective is confirmed through the open declaration by the U.S. military of its intention to attain “full spectrum dominance,” also known as “full spectrum superiority.”

The Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, dated March 2017, defines “full spectrum superiority” as,

“The cumulative effect of dominance in the air, land, maritime, and space domains, electromagnetic spectrum, and information environment (which includes cyberspace) that permits the conduct of joint operations without effective opposition or prohibitive interference.” (p.97)

What a world view! If a patient came into a psychiatrist’s office uttering such thoughts he would be recognized immediately as delusional, paranoid, and possibly psychotic. He would be considered an imminent danger to himself and society. In the workplace he would be viewed as a maniac, possibly escorted by security to the front door and told never to come back.

Yet the people who think and talk this way have been given an arsenal sufficient to destroy all life on earth and are stationed on hair-trigger alert in approximately 150 nations, with actual military installations in 30. On the high seas, the U.S. Navy has 273 major “battle force” ships in active service ready for war at any time. Meanwhile, our supposed “adversaries” have made it clear that they are not backing down.

The U.S. quest for “full spectrum superiority” becomes even more bizarre when we realize that it must include, above all, nuclear superiority. The official doctrine therefore abandons any pretense of maintaining a balance-of-power or mutual deterrence, which, before the fall of the Soviet Union, sane people had credited with preventing all-out nuclear war.

The concept of deterrence began to be abandoned during the Reagan administration with President Ronald Reagan’s proposal of his Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), derided by its critics as “Star Wars.” While Reagan touted the system as “defensive,” in that its aim was to shoot down incoming enemy missiles, everyone recognized that it would be grossly destabilizing by removing the fear of retaliation against the U.S. by the Soviets if the U.S. decided to launch a nuclear first strike.

One name for deterrence is “MAD”—Mutually Assured Destruction. Critics referred to SDI as “Madder than MAD.” But ever since, nuclear superiority has not meant just bigger and better bombs, even as the U.S. now plans to spend a trillion dollars upgrading its aging nuclear arsenal. Since several nations, including Israel, now possess an arsenal sufficient to destroy human life, the search for a decisive edge has meant the building of defensive systems like those conceived of by SDI planners.

This is why today’s “full spectrum superiority” involved tearing up the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, as did the George W. Bush administration, and now ringing Russia with batteries of surface-to-air missiles able to knock Russian nuclear-tipped missiles aimed at Europe or the U.S. out of the skies.


But who is in control of the U.S. “Deep State” that lies behind these intentions, and by whom, how, and why are decisions made to deploy military force? Especially, who controls the nukes? For three-fourths of a century this has been recognized as the premier political question of our time.

Two things are clear: 1) it is not the president of the United States who is in control. Rather he is presented with decisions that have already been made by someone else and handed to him by the national security establishment. 2) The goal of U.S. military action is not to achieve the stability of a multipolar world. Rather it is to enforce the will of an entity or entities that want to bring the world under the control of a unitary political/economic regime.

This is why every military action carried out by the U.S. focuses, first and foremost, on “regime change.”


To approach these matters comprehensively requires us to dig deeply into the human psyche. No other species on earth could even begin to act according to such blind assumptions as does the U.S. military machine. In contrast, Nature always seeks balance and limits in the midst of diversity. When dinosaurs get too big or voracious they die off. How can Americans think they are exempt from natural law?

The only other phenomenon in nature that acts in a similar manner to “full spectrum superiority” is cancer cells. If left unchecked, such cells very quickly kill their host and die themselves.

This doctrine of the U.S. military, and hence that of the U.S. government which stands behind it, does in fact resemble cancer.

So indeed does any doctrine that seeks to base its own survival on the destruction or enslavement of other human beings. “Full spectrum superiority” requires worldwide slavery. By extension that means enslavement to the system the U.S. military is protecting and extending. This system is that of international finance capitalism—the full power of money over human life and values.

Among those who espouse this worldview are some who view themselves as “chosen people.” So it doesn’t take long to discover in their cultural mythology many references to their supposed religious, racial, cultural, and historical superiority to others. Nor is there an absence of instances where they have been slighted, abused, persecuted, etc., thereby justifying revenge.

Such an ideology is professed most emphatically and openly by the leaders of the state of Israel. The rise of the U.S. military doctrine of “full spectrum superiority” coincides with the rise of Israel to power on the world stage and the extension of its influence over U.S. politics through institutions such as the Project for the New American Century (PNAC).

In the 1990s, PNAC laid out the doctrine whereby the U.S military would engage in ongoing warfare for regime change in the countries surrounding Israel in the Middle East and Central Asia. The U.S. has been doing this ever since, with the dismantlement of Yugoslavia by U.S. bombing of Serbia providing a prelude. Next came Afghanistan, then Iraq, then Libya.

PNAC said that for its aims to be achieved a “new Pearl Harbor” was needed. Curiously, 9/11 took place soon afterwards.

PNAC assumed that with the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, U.S. military hegemony involving nations close to or adjacent with the Russian state that remained after the collapse would not meet any serious opposition.


Vladimir Putin has now appeared, however, and proposes something radical—that we are in fact living in a “multipolar world.” This is a world conceived as having more than one power center, one where the views and interests of many different players must be taken into account. Naturally, to the proponents of “full spectrum superiority,” Putin is seen as the devil himself.

But can it be that this perception—so compellingly real to those who hold it—is a projection? Can it be that the aims of “full spectrum superiority” are themselves diabolical and that unable to face such a prospect its proponents see what they hate and fear not in themselves but in what psychology calls “the Other”? Let’s at least entertain that possibility.


[1] Richard C. Cook, Challenger Revealed: An Insider’s Account of How the Reagan Administration Caused the Greatest Tragedy of the Space Age (New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2006).

[2] “Vladimir Putin Denies Trump Leak: ‘Very Bad’ Lavrov to Be ‘Reprimanded’ for Not Sharing Secrets With Me,” Haaretz, May 17, 2017.

[3] See for example Noah Rothman, “A True Bombshell,” Commentary, May 19, 2017.

[4] “Let the Investigation Begin,” Weekly Standard, May 29, 2017.

[5] Vishakha Sonawane, “Trump’s Senior Adviser Jared Kushner Called Lockheed CEO To Slash THAAD Price For Saudi Arabia,” International Business Times, May 19, 2017.

[6] Josh Rogin, “Trump resets U.S.-Saudi relations, in Saudi Arabia’s favor,” Washington Post, March 16, 2017.

[7] See for example Mehdi Hasan, “Donald Trump Said Saudi Arabia Was Behind 9/11. Now He’s Going There on His First Foreign Trip,” The Intercept, May 18, 2017.

[8] “US nears $100bn arms deal for Saudi Arabia in time for Trump’s visit,” Guardian, May 13, 2017.

[9] Rogin, “Trump resets U.S.-Saudi relations, in Saudi Arabia’s favor,” Washington Post, March 16, 2017.

[10] “Vladimir Putin Denies Trump Leak: ‘Very Bad’ Lavrov to Be ‘Reprimanded’ for Not Sharing Secrets With Me,” Haaretz, May 17, 2017.


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