Peter Lavelle, Scum of the Earth
On Monday evening, visitors to the Moscow Times newspaper’s website got a rather unpleasant shock. Not only did they discover what appeared to be a truly godawful makeover (all the color was gone, and opinion pieces were displayed without the author’s name visible, much less a synopsis as used to be the case — the whole thing was gone by Tuesday morning, thank heavens), but mixed in with the news stories at the top of the page, without being marked as opinion, was a propaganda diatribe from the loathsome little maggot Peter Lavelle, one of the few Westerners with so little morality that he joined the staff of the Kremlin’s contemptible propaganda campaign known as Russia Today. Thankfully, that feature too was gone by Tuesday morning, and Lavelle’s outrageous screed was by then properly marked as op-ed.
But in what we consider a gross lapse, the Moscow Times failed to identify “Russia Today” as being a state-operated propaganda entity — leaving lay readers clueless as to his (and its) deep-seated biases. As longtime readers and admirers of the paper, we can’t remember having been more disappointed to see something in the paper’s pages. It’s like coming across a rodent dropping in your nice bowl of Raisin Bran.
The MT routinely gives voice to the psychopathic Russophile set, and often one can make the argument that they are performing a useful service, giving us a window into how these nasty pieces of filth “think” and how they plan to attack us. Letting them embarrass themselves, in some cases, can be said to be a more effective way of defeating their argument than any actual opposition argument could ever be.
But the MT degrades itself by publishing Mr. Lavelle’s malignant flatulence (search him out in our pages if you want to know the full scope of the odious outrage he represents), and to do so without a a clear warning of who and what he is most unfortunate. Let’s take a little spin through the “points” (numbered and in italics) he claims to be making and you can gape at the carnage for yourself as we refute them (in boldface).
At the outset, we should make note of the reason for Mr. Lavelle’s interest in writing at this time. The Kremlin has dispatched its propaganda minions because of the picture above, which shows U.S. President Bush in Kiev on Tuesday warmly greeting Ukraine’s president Viktor Yushchenko, whose face is disfigured after surviving a Kremlin assassination attempt via Dioxin poisoning. The American leader proclaimed unequivocally to his Ukrainian counterpart: “Your nation has made a bold decision and the United States strongly supports your request. In Bucharest this week, I will continue to make America’s position clear: we support MAP for Ukraine and Georgia. My stop here should be a clear signal to everybody that I mean what I say: It’s in our interest for Ukraine to join.”
As the brilliant Anders Aslund notes in a column we publish below, the Kremlin’s foreign policy has been a total failure on every front, and Putin is just now waking up from his bender to realize that Russia stands utterly alone (Aslund notes that Putin recently compared the United States of America to Nazi Germany). But Ukraine moving into NATO is surely Putin’s lowest moment ever. It’s a catastrophic failure for the Putin regime, and not even his greatest fans can deny that. They thought the American president was a patsy, and they thought the world was trembling before Russia’s “resurgent” might. Instead, it’s clear that Bush has finally been listening closely to the crazy, unhinged rhetoric that has been flying out of Putin’s mouth recently, and taken the necessary countermeasures.
Those with weak stomachs, turn away now. Here comes the Kremlin’s frenzied, desperate “answer” to Bush.
(1) Bush may want to make a deal with Putin over missile defense, a deal that could be “the single foreign policy success of Bush’s presidency.” (2) Bush’s ” neocon handlers” have no desire whatsoever for a deal with Putin, they just want to get rejection so they can push forward regardless of his wishes but with convenient cover.
So, in other words, Mr. Lavelle has no idea why Bush is coming to see Mr. Putin. Don’t forget about this, because it’s important when you get to point #8 below. How can drivel like this possibly makes its way into the pages of a respectable newspaper?
(3) “Bush said he looked into Putin’s eyes and saw his soul. Bush has since been ridiculed as naive for making the statement, but maybe his words were a kind gesture of pity to the leader of a country on its knees.”
So, in other words, Mr. Lavelle has no idea what Bush’s attitude towards Mr. Putin is. You only see this kind of psychotically unhinged inconsistency from those who are not being edited because truth has no significance in their activities (and, of course, from very young and mindless children). Essentially, those who produce Russia Today know that nobody in the West is going to fall for this load of crap, so they just churn out whatever they can to make their taskmasters happy — just like in Soviet times. What else would explain their hiring a totally uncredentialed and pathetic loser like Lavelle instead of somebody who actually knows something?
(4) “Just eight years ago, Russia was a country that did not matter anymore. The former superpower was broke, in chaos and almost absent on the international scene. It did not take much time for Putin and Russia to show Bush and the world that the Kremlin was not interested in pity, hand-outs or being Washington’s junior partner.”
Yes, by all means, no need for any handouts to Russia’s male population, which lives nearly 20 fewer years than their American counterparts. Russia is in the top 25 world nations for mortality and outside the top 100 for male adult lifespan. Its citizens work for a pathetic average hourly wage of $4 and are facing a massive AIDS crisis. Its per capita purchasing power parity GDP is not in the world’s top 50. And yet it doesn’t want or need anyone’s help. Rather, it feels it has a right to be treated as an equal — even though it doesn’t treat nations like Georgia or Ukraine that way.
(5) Today Russia is back on its feet. Its foreign policy interests are legitimate, and the Kremlin will go to great lengths to defend them. Any other country in the same position would do the same. This is why the West today simply doesn’t “get Russia” and is often intensely negative toward Putin.
Back on its feet? The only nations of the world that Russia can count as friends are pariahs like Venzuela, Iran and Syria. Russia will go to great lengths to defend Iran? Yes, we know all about what General Yuri Baluyevsky said about not hesitating to be the first to use nuclear weapons in battle. And apparently, Mr. Lavelle is pleased about that. It’s apparently “legitimate” to send money and guns to terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, as Russia is doing, in his view.
Is this blathering dolt really the best the Kremlin can come up with? If so, that’s probably the most damning evidence imaginable of its total failure.
(a) What annoys most Russians is how the West — both the politicians and the media — deny that Russia has it own foreign policy interests. What goes on in Russia’s backyard obviously concerns the Kremlin. Former Soviet republics like Georgia and Ukraine wish to move closer to Western institutions. That is fine. But NATO’s continued desire to expand is a legitimate Kremlin concern. Any country in Russia’s position, watching a military alliance move closer to its borders, would be worried.
Stalin had “foreign policy interests.” So did Hitler. Apparently, Mr. Lavelle feels that Russia was obligated to respect and recognize Hitler’s “foreign policy interests” just like Neville Chamberlain and Josef Stalin did, apparently he feels Stalin’s pact with Hitler was a good idea. Do you notice how he doesn’t say one single word of criticism regarding the possibility that Georgia and Ukraine may have “legitimate” security concerns about Russia that Putin is flouting or ignoring, concerns which push them predictably towards NATO? Is he really saying that Russia’s concerns about NATO are legitimate but Georgia and Ukraine’s concerns about Russia are not? Can he be that fully neo-Soviet? You better believe he can. And that, of course, is why Russia Today hired this vicious freak.
(b) And what about Washington’s missile-defense system for Eastern Europe? Once in place, this security gambit will pose a threat to Russia’s nuclear deterrent. Because of this, the Kremlin has no choice but to respond to the plan with a large dose of skepticism. I sense, however, that the Kremlin is open to a deal that will safeguard its security.
There is only one way a “missile defense system” can be a threat to Russia, and that’s if Russia is planning to fire missiles at the countries it protects. Apparently, Mr. Lavelle is confirming Russia has such plans, and demanding the right to proceed with them unimpeded. Those are the words of a true psychopath.
(6) Today, the United States has a long and serious list of complaints about Russia, perhaps topped with its concerns that the Kremlin might use energy as a political weapon. This notion is simply ridiculous. Russia and its energy companies merely want to be paid world prices for energy. Period. Ukraine and Belarus are not victims of Kremlin bullying. It is these two countries, not Russia, that serve as the barriers that must be overcome before Russia and its energy customers can attain energy security. Furthermore, Russia’s energy resources are its own. The state alone will decide how foreign companies profit from its natural resource endowment. This applies to companies including Shell and BP and their trials and tribulations in Russia’s oil and gas patches.
So let’s see if we understand. Russia’s concerns about America are “legitimate” but America’s concerns about Russia are “ridiculous.” Have we got that right? And it’s the Americans who fail to treat Russia with respect, correct?
This man is a maniac!
(7) The issue of Russia’s democracy also is often used to lecture Russia. The fact is that Russia’s democracy is very young. Only now are meaningful political parties coming into being. Campaigns and elections have a very long way to go, but make no mistake: Today’s parties and elected officials reflect citizens’ preferences like never before. Thoughtful commentary on democracy’s progress is needed, but lecturing is not.
Well that sure seems strange. Didn’t he say in point #4 that Russia wasn’t interested in being a “junior partner”? Didn’t he say Russia needed to be treated fully as an equal? So how come now when democracy is the issue, Russia is “young” and can’t be expected to meet the West’s advanced standards. In addition to that jaw-dropping hypocrisy, he’s lying too (of course). Russia has held five presidential elections. By the time of America’s fourth presidential election, John Adams and the first party of power had already lost power to rival Thomas Jefferson and his opposition party, and Adams stepped aside to let an entirely new type of ruler have power.
(8) Bush will be going to Sochi with his hat in his hand. Putin will not. Putin has already built a legacy — that Russia counts in the world. Bush’s eagerness to meet in Sochi speaks volumes about the state of Russian-U.S. relations and the myths that need to be dispelled.
Didn’t he say in point #2 that Bush might be going as part of a neocon plot to set up Putin for a big fall? If he’s so sure he’s going with his hat in his hand, why didn’t he say that in the first place. Stalin also “built a legacy.” Many Russians are proud of it. Is Lavelle also tickled? Apparently so. This is the psychotic, dangerous rambling of an evil lunatic, helping Russia to do all it can to destroy his native land. He’s a traitor, and the only thing that saves us from him is his own stupidity and incompetence. Russia attracts such people like a flame attracts moths in the dark of night.
Mr. Lavelle, as a Kremlin sycophant, doesn’t face arrest or persecution like Russians such as Oleg Kozlovsky, so he has no idea what real life is like on Russia’s mean streets — nor does he have any idea how it feels to be a Georgian, Ukrainian or Estonian being menaced by Russian energy warfare, or an American or Briton being buzzed by Russian strategic bombers.
He’s just plain treacherous and evil — and that’s the long and the short of him.
WOW!! great post… Is my long writing rubbing off or is it that you are as stuck as i am when it comes to having to explain things?
anyway… on #4
It did not take much time for Putin and Russia to show Bush and the world that the Kremlin was not interested in pity, hand-outs or being Washington’s junior partner.”
if thats so, can we have back the 800+ million we gave last year (and prior years) to prop up the domestic police force?
really, if you dont need it, there are a lot more needy countries that have done a lot less to harm the world that could possibly use the stimulus.
U.S. Assistance to Russia – Fiscal Year 2003 – $958.4 million
In Fiscal Year 2005, the $915.78 million
In Fiscal Year 2006, the estimated $949.3 million
for people not interested in handouts, they have pretty large hands.
statement 5 is true to a point. russia was back on its feet the day after the wall came down. it never ‘fell’, as the doctrine of containment wouldnt allow it to.
(A) is just a false argument. russia already has proof that the US was not going to invade it. why wait till they were stronger to do so? why give them literally billions of dollars in aid, and more for other things if your going to invade? maybe buying armor for humvees might be a better expense if your invading, rather than hand it over to someone that thinks your an enemy.
this has always been a false arguement. the doctrine of containment meant that the cold war was not a win or lose war, it was a hold the nutcase down till they stop thrashing situation. now they are thrashing again, and their only recourse is to be strong enough not to be held down again. however, biometrics is going to make things tough, impossibly tough. kind of hard to have several identities and fronts if you can have only one id on file.
Is he really saying that Russia’s concerns about NATO are legitimate but Georgia and Ukraine’s concerns about Russia are not? Can he be that fully neo-Soviet?
yes, and yes. but look at it their way… they are up to their eyeballs in subversives looking for work overturning the US… hard to pick good ones when your ideology claims that merit doesnt exist, inventiveness is a group concern (not an individual act, like orgasm), and so forth.
(b) is a false arguement as their new missiles are designed to not be susceptable to such defense capabilities. THEIR OWN GENERALS HAVE SAID SO, and by the specifications of the new missiles, its probably true. regimes that can barely get missiles up long and far enough dont have the tech to avoid a missle shield… russia, mighty poweful but very weak and helpless russia, can avoid the system.
the only reason for them to really complain is that they can milk it.
(6) isnt even an argument its a outright denial of facts. russia has already used energy to do so.
here is the kicker, driving up the price of oil this far is at best a short term solution. america and americans are getting pretty fed up, fed up enough to build nuclear reactors. the US only has 100 of them. it could EASILY put 100 more online within 5 years. (storage problem is a farce because within not too long we will have space, or hasnt anyone noticed that some of hte first tourist companies are starting)
Russia is up against something it doesnt believe in.
the invisable hand of capitalism, and its VERY responsive markets (when leftist state isnt hanging on it slowing it down).
this high boost is resulting in pain, like in the 1970s, but like in the 70s, its resulting in big changes that ultimately hurt.
while solar is a crap tech for green, its not a bad tech as a replacement for low maintenance surfaces in building. so it has its place.
however, buildings are now quickly replacing their heaters with more efficient units taking tax credits. alternatives are gearing up. people are conserving a bit. nuclear reactors will take a lot of it out of the air. CO2 scrubbers, some really cool ones, should start showing up soon (with one that can turn the C02 back into fuel). if fast charge is possible, you will see nuclear reactors upgrading the grid to charge parked cars.
they make all that research afordable, and they make lots of potential targets for entreprenuers to make disruptive technology and earn enough to squat and grow.
when oil goes back down, and it will, all this information generated and IP will earn the US back the money that everyone thinks its losing.
Russia thinks its going to corner the energy market and then control prices.
aint going to happen. read about the Bakken Shale formation. a reserve that gives the US a homeland source for oil on par with the humongous saudi fields.
kind of makes the argument about global warming interesting, no? anyone actually do a back of the envelope calculation of things?
Price estimated the Bakken formation may hold as many as 900 billion barrels of oil. But Price died in 2000 before the study could be published or peer reviewed.
Other estimates of the Bakken formation’s oil reserves have pegged the number at closer to 200 billion or 300 billion barrels.
the LOW estimates are 200 billion barrels.. and thats not including canadian oil sand too.
ever think that maybe we were distrubuting our cash to the world by buying from them rather than domestically get it?
by the way… the sauds are estimated to have 900 billion barrels…
so this is a temporary game at best, and one that will drive the US back to being more independent.
your right… this author doesnt know much… but the problem is that the average useful idiot that reads him, also doesnt know much.
Excellent deconstruction. Is this man’s middle name Quisling or Renfield.
Your comments concerning this ‘What annoys most Russians is how the West — both the politicians and the media — deny that Russia has it own foreign policy interests.’ are spot on.
What annoys most Eastern Europeans (funnily enough not all Eastern Europeans are Russian) Mr lavelle is that Russia shows utter contempt for the foreign policy interests, independence and legitimate concerns of Russia’s neighbours. The Baltic States, Poland, Ukraine and Georgia. The irony is that the harder Russia tries to play the colonial master with the Ukraine for example it produces exactly the opposite outcome that they desire ie it entrenches Ukraine to join NATO and the EU. A good thing in itself.
Moscow Times can be a very disappointing publication. As I have noted in the past, they have also been known to mis-translate/”edit” some of the more courageous Russian comentators — most notably Yulia Latynina — in an obvious effort to water down their biting criticism of the authorities. Not yet sure if this is due to cowardice or simple incompetence in how they supervise their Russian/Russophile staff. Either way though, it’s making their little bumazhka smell a lot like the rest of the media in Russia.
artfldgr, did you take a sabbatical? I don’t recall seeing too many of your posts lately…always love em…like a free education. Thanks.
Wanna keep learning? Read “The Deep, Hot Biosphere” by Thomas Gold. It’ll explain why there is no petroleum shortage and probably never will be. Oil is a renewable resource…oh, and that theory Thomas Gold writes about was originally put forth by a Russian scientist.
What’s your beef with that nincompoop Lavelle? Jealous that he actually managed to find somebody to pay him for his drivel, while yours isn’t even good enough for that?
Jealousy, plain and simple, because when it comes to the bullshit department, you two are on the level.
Well, I’d have to agree that Bush is a patsy, above all an outright moron. A man who started two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and is losing both of them is in no position to start up another conflict. Especially against an ally: Putin.
On #4, you’re right. The gifts of capitalism in Russia drastically decreased male life expectancy by 20 years less than America. Under Soviet times, it was 20 years more than America.
5b, the “missile defense system” is rejected by much of the populations in the Czech Republic and Poland. Last I checked a little more than 2/3 of Czechs oppose the U.S stationing weapons for its war drive.
The whole thing on Russia’s “democracy” is really just a hypocritical subject pro-western critics use to target the same rulers in Moscow they were applauding in 1991. They are the same “democrats”. Russian capitalism will never improve, just like it didn’t in the early 20th century.
Artfldgr: What the hell do you mean by Russia being against something it doesn’t believe in? Surely you’re not truly refering to capitalism. How can a capitalist state be against capitalism? Doesn’t make sense.
RE last “anonymous” post above:
Well, LR, at least they aren’t accusing you of being a paid propagandist anymore. Could it be Rooshians are finally starting to realize that not everything written against them is the work of a Western-financed conspiracy of “prodazhniye pera” (hired pens)? Would that it were, but alas, there is still going to be that little problem of “projection”: so many of them are paid-off in one way or another, they can’t imagine that the other side isn’t.
lavelle is a loser and a liar—that’s obvious. but is he any worse than bush, who for 8 years has done nothing but kiss putin’s ass????
memo to united russia and the kgb: johnny mac of az is comin and he’s gonna call you out!!!! evil will be confronted soon.
I have never watched RT Today until the Geogian issues of late. Becasue of the Olympics and other politics the mainstream news was not providing much coverage. I happen to stuble across RT and watched for more in depth coverage. I had no idea of if RT was biased or not. It became rapidly clear that RT is a propaganda tool of the Kremlin. I was particularly amazed with Peter Leville’s anti west retoric and his obvious pandering to the Kremlin. Some of the sorriest Journalism I have ever seen. There was no attempt by anyone to try for balanced reporting. A real shame.
Everytime I see Lavelle on RT I get worked up and can’t help but email RT with a simple sentence “Peter Lavelle is an idiot.”
At first, I elaborated, I explained, I told them exactly what I think about Lavelle and RTs biased coverage, their nationalistic tendencies and I questioned their credibility in a country with no press freedom. Now, I just tell them Peter Lavelle is an idiot.
At first, they replied, now they don’t.
An incredible article indeed!!! You throw such venom out of your mouth and you don’t even have the coutage to sign your name! Peter Lavelle is an honourable man, a man who dares oppose the Empire, even though it is his own country. Bravo, Peter! You claim that RT is a state owned propaganda machine. But what of your own Voice of America and Radiio Free Europe? That’s not propaganda? And what about your CNN? True, it is private but it is 100% at the service of the US State propaganda.
Please, LA RUSSOPHOBE is obviously funded for a good reason. Did you ever wonder who in their right mind would spend such an amount of effort and resources just to vilify a country?
Sure, but she was founded under Bush administration and during a rather buoyant economy. Now that our president is a democrat and we are in a recession, don’t you think that the US taxpayers deserve to cut funding of silly projects like this one? We need to cut the budget badly.
MAX141. I am more amused with RT and Peter Lavelle and the bunch of american scum bags that sold out to produce garbage. please notice that it only provides anti-american, anti-israel and anti-european propaganda.
I have no problems with russian national interest but these western scum bags that spew the garbage using a very nice studio make me sick. I hope they get what Stalin did with western comintern fools in 1937. Who knows ,if i were mr putin I would wonder if mr Lavelle is a spy who wants to destroy relations between russia and the west.
Peter versus the skankys agitprop! great mind and teller of truth,
This is Anti-Russian Propaganda and by the way Peter Lavelle is a Professional and Courageous journalist and he is not ashamed to speak the truth no matter how unpleasant they are!
With your Rubbish here, the owner of this site has made himself a Figure of Fun. Peter Lavelle is not Evil and call him Scum of the Earth is Disgusting shame on the owner on this site! Peter Lavelle is Awesome and Great Journalist!
why do you hate russians so much??
Samuel, are you serious? This little obnoxious pigmy is on record for claiming on RT (in an interview with Rory Suchet) that Alexander Litvinenko committed suicide!! Is that what you call ‘professional and courageous journalism’? Rory’s response to this ludicrous claim was simply to say ‘wow’!! Wow indeed. As if anything uttered by this moron was God-inspired truth that was not only beyond challenge, but must also be greeted by bucket loads of awe, reverence, and amazement at the profundity of such an insightful revelation. Please.
But before you point the finger at me, let me state for the record that I am no apologist for the US media industry either, As a Brit., I am well aware that most of it is under the direct or indirect control of corporate America and the Industrial-Military complex. I am not one of those, for example, calling for Ed Snowden’s blood, unlike most of the US govt. As far as I’m concerned, Ed Snowden is a hero, not a villain. So I know propaganda when I see it most of the time – whatever the source, and this scurrilous piece of ‘journalism’ is one of the worst examples I have ever had the misfortune to witness on television.
Apparently, it was even too much for his paymasters, because in later transmissions of the same interview the suicide claim was withdrawn, no doubt for good ‘editorial’ reasons. Make of that what you will, but I have to say, most of the above editorial on this morally bankrupt ‘journalist’ is bang on the money as far as I’m concerned.
I am sure Mr. Lavelle welcomes your blind hatred.
I am not partisan but looks like Putin won the Ukraine argument. And he’s winning the Syria argument. This is why predictions in published articles are unwise.
Is that really you Peter? Go ahead. Please justify your ‘dear leader’s’ failing attempt at genocide against Ukraine. The stage is yours.