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Source: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-20/last-handshake-caption-contest-fina...

Zero: "Not much happens in Russia without Vladimir Putin. This is a pretty hierarchical operation." (2016)
+ Note: The Russian Federation (Росси́йская Федера́ция) is "the largest country in the world by surface area" (6,592,800 sq mi) with a population of 146,544,710 +/-1 people. "The Russian economy ranks as the twelfth largest by nominal GDP and sixth largest by purchasing power parity... The country is one of the five recognized nuclear weapons states and possesses the largest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction. It is permanent member of the United Nations Security Council."
+ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia

"So, this is one of those situations where, unless the American people genuinely think that the professionals in the CIA, the FBI, our entire intelligence infrastructure, many of whom -- by the way, served in previous administrations and who are Republicans -- are less trustworthy than the Russians. Then people should pay attention to what our intelligence agencies say."

"This is part of what I meant when I said we've got to think what is happening to happening to our political culture here. The Russians can't change us or significantly weaken us. They are a smaller country, they are a weaker country, their economy doesn't produce anything that anybody wants to buy except oil and gas and arms. They don't innovate."

"But they can impact us if we lose track of who we are. They can impact us if we abandon our values. Mr. Putin can weaken us just like he's trying to weaken Europe if we start buying into notions that it's OK to intimidate the press, or lock up dissidents, or discriminate against people because of their faith or what they look like."

+ Transcript: Obama’s end-of-year news conference on Syria, Russian hacking and more (2016):

'But Mr. Obama did decide that he would deliver a warning to Mr. Putin in person at a Group of 20 summit meeting in Hangzhou, China, the last time they would be in the same place while Mr. Obama was still in office. When the two men met for a tense pull-aside, Mr. Obama explicitly warned Mr. Putin of a strong American response if there was continued effort to influence the election or manipulate the vote, according to White House officials who were not present for the one-on-one meeting.

Later that day, Mr. Obama made a rare reference to America’s own offensive cybercapacity, which he has almost never talked about. “Frankly, both offensively and defensively, we have more capacity,” he told reporters.'

+ The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S. (2016):
+ http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/13/us/politics/russia-hack-election-dnc.html

“The U.S. arsenal today looks much as it would if a disarming strike against Russia were still its dominant mission...”
+ The End of MAD? The Nuclear Dimension of U.S. Primacy:
+ http://belfercenter.hks.harvard.edu/files/is3004_pp007-044_lieberpress.pdf

"The United States is openly seeking primacy in every other dimension of modern military technology. The desire to modernize U.S. conventional forces is broadly and correctly interpreted as an effort to build the tools necessary to retain U.S. military supremacy. The simultaneous modernization of U.S. nuclear weapon systems should be seen in the same light."

"The shift in the nuclear balance could significantly damage relations among the great powers and increase the probability of nuclear war. First, the United States’ growing offensive nuclear capabilities will pressure Russia and China to reduce the peacetime vulnerability of their forces. The steps that they may take to do this—for example, building larger nuclear arsenals, dispersing nuclear forces, predelegating launch authority to local commanders, and adopting a hair-trigger nuclear retaliatory doctrine—may signal the beginning of an intense, new nuclear arms race. Even worse, these steps may increase the danger of nuclear accidents, including unauthorized and accidental nuclear war."

Nuclear War: An Unrecognized Mass Extinction Event Waiting To Happen:
+ https://ratical.org/radiation/NuclearExtinction/StevenStarr022815.html

“The United States,” wrote Amitai Etzioni, professor of international Affairs at George Washington University, “is preparing for a war with China, a momentous decision that so far has failed to receive a thorough review from elected officials,namely the White House and Congress.” This war would begin with a “blinding attack against Chinese anti-access facilities,including land and sea-based missile launchers … satellite and anti-satellite weapons.” The incalculable risk is that “deep inland strikes could be mistakenly perceived by the Chinese as pre-emptive attempts to take out its nuclear weapons, thus cornering them into ‘a terrible use-it-or-lose-it dilemma’ [that would] lead to nuclear war.”

In 2015, the Pentagon released its Law of War Manual. “The United States,” it says, “has not accepted a treaty rule that prohibits the use of nuclear weapons perse, and thus nuclear weapons are lawful weapons for the United States.”

+ The Coming War on China (2016):
+ http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45963.htm

"The bottom line on nuclear weapons is that when the president gives the order, it must be followed. There’s about four minutes between the order being given and the people responsible for launching nuclear weapons to do so. And that’s why 10 people who have had that awesome responsibility have come out and, in an unprecedented way, said they would not trust Don Crump with the nuclear codes or to have his finger on the nuclear button."

Clinton and Nuclear Launch Times:
+ http://www.factcheck.org/2016/10/clinton-and-nuclear-launch-times/

Plans for Redrawing the Middle East: The Project for a “New Middle East”:
+ http://www.globalresearch.ca/plans-for-redrawing-the-middle-east-the-project-for-a-new-middle-east/3882

This Is No "New Cold War"; It's Far Worse Than That:
+ http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-03/no-new-cold-war-its-far-worse

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