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White House Crime Boss Powwow

by  Stephen Lendmanobama-yatsenyuk


On March 12, Ukraine’s illegitimate putschist prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Obama met in the Oval Office.

A previous article said Yatsenyuk came to meet his new boss. He got marching orders. He learned more about Obama’s plans to rape and pillage Ukraine. More on what they both said below.

Meanwhile, on March 5, House Res. 499 “Condemn(ed) the violation of Ukrainian sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity by military forces of the Russian Federation.”

It called for removing all Russian military troops from Crimea except Black Sea Fleet forces operating in accordance with 1997 Friendship Treaty terms. It permits up to 25,000 Russian forces. Around 16,000 are currently there. None operate illegally on Crimean territory. Claims otherwise are false.

House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce (R. CA) called the resolution “an important part of a larger effort to aid Ukraine and impose real costs on Russia.” It’s “a very important declaration of support for the people of Ukraine during this crisis,” he added. It condemns nonexistent ‘Russian aggression’ “in clear and unmistakable terms.” It calls for:

  • Removal of all Russian military forces from Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula other than those operating in accordance with its 1997 agreement regarding its Black Sea Fleet stationed there.
  • Deployment of independent monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Crimea and other areas of Ukraine.
  • Suspension by NATO allies and European Union member states of military cooperation with Russia, including sales of military equipment.
  • Boycott of the G8 summit in Sochi, Russia, by the US, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Britain and Japan.

The non-binding resolution passed 402 – 7.

On March 11, Senate Res. 378 “condemn(ed) illegal Russian aggression in Ukraine.” It:

“(1) condemns the unprovoked and illegal Russian military seizure of the Ukrainian Crimea and demands the immediate withdrawal of Russian forces except as specifically allowed for by treaty;

(2) demands the immediate release of besieged Ukrainian security forces in Crimea, who have shown remarkable restraint under threat;

(3) warns that failure to do so or any additional military action against other areas of Ukraine will lead to swift and significant consequences in the Russian Federation’s relations with the United States and those nations who share our views;

(4) urges the President to use all appropriate economic elements of United States national power, in coordination with United States allies, including loan guarantees matched with requirements of international financial institutions regarding Ukrainian economic reforms and transparency, to strengthen the Ukrainian economy and protect the independence, sovereignty, and territorial and economic integrity of Ukraine;

(5) urges the President to use appropriate economic and diplomatic measures, including calibrated sanctions, against those responsible for the illegal seizure of Crimea;

(6) urges the President to propose to G-8 nations to suspend the Russian Federation, and to propose to our NATO allies to suspend operation of the NATO-Russia Council and suspend the Russian Federation’s military and diplomatic representation at NATO;

(7) condemns the economic coercion pursued by the Russian Federation beginning in July 2013 against Ukraine, Moldova, Lithuania, and other countries in the region in order to obstruct closer ties between the European Union and the countries of the Eastern Partnership and supports the people of Ukraine in their desire to forge closer ties with Europe;

(8) supports assisting Ukraine and United States allies in the region in gaining energy security in order to alleviate their vulnerability to the Russian Federation’s threats and manipulations;

(9) expresses its continuing support for democratic allies who regularly face aggression on their borders from the Government of the Russian Federation and supports enhanced security cooperation with, and security assistance to, states in Central and Eastern Europe, including Ukraine;

(10) encourages governments in Europe to take similar and coordinated actions to make it clear to the Government of the Russian Federation that violating the territorial integrity of sovereign nations will have swift and significant consequences;

(11) calls for the immediate acceptance of a credible international observer mission in Crimea and other parts of the Ukraine;

(12) calls on the Government of the Russian Federation to seriously engage with the Government of Ukraine in a political dialogue on a political and diplomatic path that respects Ukrainian sovereignty and the Crimea’s complex historic and ethnic makeup;

(13) supports the efforts of the Government of Ukraine to bring to justice those responsible for the acts of violence related to the anti-government protests that began on November 21, 2013;

(14) supports the efforts of the Government of Ukraine to recover and return to the Ukrainian state funds stolen by former President Yanukovych, his family, and other current and former members of the Government of Ukraine and elites; and

(15) calls upon the leadership of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to reconsider its decision to place World Cup 2018 matches in Russia.”

The Senate’s non-binding resolution passed unanimously. Profiles in courage were absent.

On March 12, Obama welcomed Yatsenyuk to the White House. He duplicitously praised “the courage of the Ukrainian people in standing up on behalf of democracy and on the desire that I believe is universal for people to be able to determine their own destiny.”

He lied about “how ordinary people from all parts of the country had said that we want a change.”

He ludicrously praised Yatsenyuk’s “courage.” He outrageously called him a leader possessing “great skill and great restraint.”

He disgracefully said Ukraine’s “most pressing challenge…is the threat to its territorial integrity and its sovereignty.”

He lied claiming a “Russian incursion into Crimea outside of its bases…” He called what didn’t happen “a violation of international law.”

No country is more contemptuous of rule of law principles than America. None in human history committed graver crimes of war, against humanity and genocide multiple times. None more threaten humanity’s survival. Obama bears full responsibility for months of Kiev violence. Illegitimate neo-Nazi putschists usurped power.

Courage is not one of their attributes. Ukraine’s sovereignty was eviscerated. Plundering its resources is planned. So is exploiting its people.

Russia justifiably opposed what happened. In a wide-ranging interview, Vladimir Putin spoke out forthrightly. He denounced what he called “an anti-constitutional takeover, an armed seizure of power.”

“Does anyone question this,” he asked? “Nobody does.” Viktor Yanukovych remains Ukraine’s legitimate president. Putschists have no legitimacy whatever. No one “should…support illegal change,” he said. Authorities usurping power are illegitimate, he added. “The current acting president is definitely not legitimate. There is only one legitimate president, from a legal standpoint.

Putin supports the right of all Ukrainians to determine their future democratically. He denounced accusations about Russian military forces invading Crimea.

None were sent. “So far, there is no need for (them), but the possibility remains” to protect Russian nationals if necessary, he explained.

Compare democracy to neo-Nazi putschists seizing power. Russia hasn’t interfered in Ukraine’s internal affairs, Putin stressed.

“(W)e firmly believe that all citizens of Ukraine, I repeat, wherever they live, should be given the same equal right to participate in the life of their country and in determining its future.”

Obama promised Yatsenyuk full support. “(Y)ou can rest assured” you’ve got it, he said.

Yatsenyuk thanked Obama. “We will never surrender,” he said. “Ukraine is and will be part of the Western world.” What Ukrainians want doesn’t matter.

By end of next week, he’ll sign an agreement on joining the EU, he said. Doing so will surrender Ukrainian sovereignty to Western European authority.

He plans selling its soul to IMF debt bondage. He intends having ordinary Ukrainians bear the burden of paying bankers first.

On Friday, John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov will meet in London. “Our job is to present (Russia) with a series of options that are appropriate in order to try to respect the people of Ukraine, international law, and the interests of all concerned,” said Kerry.

He’ll try to persuade Russia through Lavrov not to annex Crimea. Both foreign ministers will meet two days ahead of Crimeans voting up or down on independence and joining Russia. Polls show popular sentiment overwhelmingly favors doing so. It’s entirely legal. Claims otherwise are false.

Kerry warned earlier that annexation would “close any available space for diplomacy.” Russia isn’t cowed by Washington threats. It’s got plenty of ammunition to respond.

Evidence keeps surfacing about what really happened in Kiev’s Independence Square. Putschist snipers bore full responsibility for killing up to 100 Ukrainian civilians and security police, as well as injuring hundreds more. Days earlier, Estonian Prime Minister Urmas Paet pointed fingers the right way. He confirmed what’s been independently believed all along.

“There is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovich, but it was somebody from the new coalition,” said Paet.

On March 12, former Ukrainian Security Service head Aleksandr Yakimenko agreed. He blamed putschist official Andrey Parubiy. He’s a neo-Nazi Svoboda party leader.

“Shots came from the Philharmonic Hall,” he said. “Maidan Commandant Parubiy was responsible for this building.”

“Snipers and people with automatic weapons were ‘working’ from this building on February 20. They supported the assault on the Interior Ministry forces on the ground who were already demoralized and had, in fact, fled,” he added.

“When the first wave of shootings ended, many have witnessed 20 people leaving the building.”

They were carrying military-style bags used for sniper and assault rifles with optical sights. Many witnesses saw them. Foreign elements may have been involved. Perhaps CIA, US special forces, and secret service operatives.

What happened was well planned in advance. “These were the forces that carried out everything that they were told by their leadership – the United States,” Yakimenko stressed. Maidan leaders practically lived at Washington’s embassy, he added. As security chief, he was ready to order Ukrainian troops to enter the building and remove the snipers, he said.

He needed approval from Parubiy to do it, he explained. Otherwise, so-called “self-defense” elements would have attacked him, he believes. “Parubiy did not give such consent,” he said. He controlled access to weapons used in Independence Square.

Moscow wants an independent investigation. It wants full disclosure of what happened. Deep East/West divisions remain. Russia is on its own to investigate. Western plans for Ukraine are fixed. Evidence compromising them will be buried.

Ukraine’s dark future is planned. It remains to be seen how ordinary Ukrainians react. Euromaidan protests 2.0 may follow. The battle for Ukraine’s soul continues.

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23 Responses to "White House Crime Boss Powwow"

  1. LC  March 16, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Greg Palast Report-

    Last night on Coast To Coast for 3 hours the all time award-wining whistle-blower laid out mind-blowing details of the White-Den of The Beast House as just a front.
    He said all decisions are made in golf cars among top crime bosses during their golf games!!!
    He even has a documentary DVD on much of these under “Vultures and Vote Rustlers” available

  2. Chandler  March 15, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I cannot imagine being a part of this administration sitting in on these meetings hearing Oblunder’s garbage. I am learning many things from reading
    VT, so someone tell me why this is so different that what the Bush clan did to Iraq? Afghanistan? The stories about bin Laden are so bogus it is past humiliating and embarrassing. Many know bin Laden died back in 01. Boston, Sandy Hook both hoaxes, and possibly Aurora. To sit a listen to this garbage while America is crumbling, very few jobs being created, welfare rolls rising, education sinking, economy paralyzed, respect for congress, and this president at all time lows, and we are discussing what to do about Ukraine? Syria? Letting the jews dance all over us is enough, why now discuss this area we have no interest in, and would send billions trying to maintain control. I am probably knowing what little I do, but please America when is our situation going to be given first priority? What a blunderbuss this administration actually is.

  3. Sybille Nova  March 14, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    If Mr.Lendman only knew what is really going on with the president.It is n o t the president’s wish to go against Russia.He is forced, drawn into it by the BLACK HOLE of a crimecartel that has hijacked the US government ever since worldwar I.I know for certain that – if it was up to him – he would meet with totally different people than the new Ukraine puppet of the cartel.They won’t l e t Obama meet with the people who could restore the US and the rest of the world (GREEN HILTON).He tried several times.Each time, he tries, he gets blocked by the cartel that cannot stop their procrastinating brains from doing business as usual, their business being DESTRUCTION and MASSMURDER….Don’t blame the president for all of this.We need to assist him get rid of his slavedrivers.IS THAT SO DIFFICULT???

  4. franktalk  March 14, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Inspiring talk of war and his next education, perhaps.

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  5. Howard T.Lewis III  March 14, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Obama could not possibly be considered a crime boss. Nobody stupid enough to endorse the destruction of the Gulf of Mexico and HAARPING of the U.S. is a puppet of the same domestic scum who sat his skinny butt in the White House to begin with. The common motive, to destroy (or appear to intend to destroy) all life, has reared its ugly head. Criminals are hedonists. This world wide destruction and economic mayhem is being directed from positions of authority issuing orders to Obama’s and Israel’s CEOs(criminals) in their respective corporations. These authorities defy God in their insistence that all must be destroyed. Mattthew said “Nope. It won’t happen.” The U.S. mainstream adult is too full of their own shidt to study the situation and act reasonably. Aspiring to be slugbait is more rewarding with “God” on your side than doing ones’ homework.

  6. Cold Wind  March 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Only the US Knesset–sorry I mean the US Congress– can declare war on Russia. Putin should issue an ultimatum of his own giving the putschists until Monday to vacate Kiev so that the Feb 21 Agreements can be fulfilled. I say this because I have all but given up hope that we will avoid war with Russia, especially given the spectacle of froth and apoplexy evident in the recent threats of Dempsey, Kerry and Obama. Three lunatics!

  7. YAISHUA MESHICHAINU  March 14, 2014 at 2:53 pm


    I think there are two little considered aspects to the turmoil in Ukraine.

    (1) The historic contempt of America’s German-Jewish elites (who control most of the financial industry) for all things Russian. The musical Fiddler on the Roof delves into this. Jews historically were persecuted by the Tsarist Russian government in collusion with the Russian Orthodox Church. This is one reason so many Bolsheviks were Jews and why they vented so much fury on organized religion, remembering how the Orthodox Church helped foment pogroms against the large Jewish population in Western Russia.

    (2) The historic contempt of the Catholic Church for Russia. This is long rooted, but began with the schism between eastern and western Christianity in 1054 AD. Russia was settled and civilized by Greek Orthodox missionaries, who gave them their alphabet (named Cyrillic after St. Cyril). Presumably the Roman Catholic Church should look to Moscow with pride, but alas there is friction between the First Rome and the Third Rome. Then the Fatima Vision in 1916 Portugal accelerated the alienation between Catholics and Russians with the message from the Virgin Mary about Consecrating Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary http // Many traditional Catholics believe that no Pope has acted upon this directive and Russia remains a menace because of their neglecting this Divine Order.

    • YAISHUA MESHICHAINU  March 14, 2014 at 2:59 pm


      Catholics also denigrate the Russian Orthodox Church and despite its great revival under President Putin’s leadership, still consider Russia lost spiritually and outside the orbit of Mary’s Immaculate Heart. Another problem is that Orthodox Christianity, while concurring with many doctrines of Roman Catholicism, does not agree with the notion of Mary’s Immaculate Conception, by which Mary is postulated to have been born sin free by an act of Divine Grace from her yet to be born son Jesus.

      All this may seem obscure to the readers, but I believe it is very significant, because it means there is a perfect confluence of goals between the two power blocs of International Jewry and Roman Catholicism (some would say that is a redundancy). Ukraine is historically a Catholic country (with a significant Russian Orthodox minority population). No doubt the Vatican itches to see Ukraine fully Catholic that can be used as a wedge to promote the Roman Catholic takeover of Mother Russia too. I am certain that behind the scenes the Vatican is fully on board with the uprising in Kiev.

      If it is true that Jewry and Catholicism are aligned with the reactionaries in Kiev, then I feel it is very likely they will overwhelm Putin, no matter how competent and crafty he is. This is truly an explosive situation where the deep dreams and enmities of powerfully rival cultures are pitted directly against one another.

      May God have mercy on us all.

    • YAISHUA MESHICHAINU  March 14, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Sorry should read Fatima Vision in 1917 Portugal

    • jack crabb  March 14, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      A most interesting post. This is the central issue I am trying to comprehend. Can you provide links to validate and detail this position? My intuition is that this is the core issue at hand.

  8. JL  March 14, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks Stephen.

    Well done, majority of American neocons already voting for Putin instead of Obama. Allied Wall Street New York, Moscow and Tel Aviv works fine as always. Quite irony, when the US send that trough through Istanbul channel to the Black Sea. Reality being that Obama could sink down the whole Russian Black Sea Fleet at the same place.

    But I think, Your job is to sink Obama, because he was the one, who didn’t declare the war against Iran.

  9. wiggins  March 14, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Looking at the body language in the pic at the top….I would say Yats is asking ‘You want I should make you a suite’ – and Obama is saying…………………

    • DaveE  March 14, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      He / she is probably asking Obama for a date.

    • Vindication  March 17, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Oh that’s so mature and enlightening… I’m sure your idol Putin would be so proud of you and your professionalism on a public forum… Yes, he would!

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