OPEN SKIES, OR MAYBE NOT, SANCTIONS DEFINITELY, AND LET’S ...

by Joseph P. Farrell, Giza Death Star:

Since we don't have a "What the heck...?" category here, I'm filing this one, or rather, "these", under the "You Tell Me" category, because for all our speculations and exchanges of ideas here, this one is a bit baffling, although it does offer an opportunity to add some more high octane speculation to the mix.

Watching Washington D.C.'s (District of Corruption) foreign policy gyrations regarding Russia is a bit like watching one of those 1930s jitterbug dance marathons. Everyone is utterly exhausted, yet they continue to dance their jitterbug, twitching and "spasming" in a blizzard of arms and legs, and moving from point A to...er...uhm... point A with breathless inefficiency.  This week the blizzard of arms and legs reached new heights, or depths, of contrariness. Case in point: the USA may be on the verge of abrogating the Open Skies Treaty. "Never heard of it," one might say. So, for those who haven't, the treaty itself was signed in 1992, though the idea was much older, being the brainchild of Nelson Rockefeller during the 1950s, when he was a senior order-giver and commandernational security advisor to President Eisenhower. The basic idea was to avoid a thermonuclear "Pearl Harbor" by allowing both the USA and USSR to overfly each other's country and keep a close eye on each other's military deployments, to avoid any nasty surprises.

It was this idea, more or less, that initiated the era of spy satellites and U-2 and later SR71 Blackbird overflights of the Soviet Union. Similarly those Russian aircraft that fly uncomfortably close to American airspace or, as a recent story alleged, over the White House - which is restricted airspace - are all part and parcel of Mr. Rockefeller's idea. After all, it takes two to jitterbug and move from point A to...er...uhm... point A. Here's the article shared by several people this week:

US Set to Restrict Russian Flights Over US, Violating Open Skies Treaty

As the article makes clear, both the USSA and former USSR and quite a few other nations are signatories to the treaty. But now Russia is claiming the USSA is making mountains out of molehills, and there is discussion in the Trump Administration on whether to pull out of the treaty. All this of course occurs during a period of renewed sanctions on Russia, and curiously un-escalating tensions over recent Russian allegations that US special forces embedded in various ISIS units were ultimately responsible for the death of a Russian general in Syria.

In other words, the situation remains normal: the two powers continue to dance their jitterbug marathon, arms and legs flailing madly about, and move absolutely nowhere. No translation vector, but lots of infolded scalar potentials from zero-summed translation vectors, moving nowhere and creating an enormous energy on that spot (point A).

But then lots of people - in many cases, the same people as noticed the above article - also noticed this:

Russia & US to create new space station in moon’s orbit

United States And Russia To Build NASA-Led Space Station

The Zero Hedge version of the story points out the problem here with some deliciously sarcastic and satirical comments:

The liberal science community has a moral dilemma on its hands following today’s announcement that the United States is partnering with Russia on a NASA-led project to build an orbiting lunar station.

On one hand, the international base for lunar exploration will serve as a “gateway to deep space and the lunar surface,” according to NASA.

On the other hand, Russia is involved – which means they’ll undoubtedly slit our throats in space, populate the surface of the moon, build a moon cannon (having read a U.S. astronaut's Heinlein collection), and fire silicon, magnesium, and aluminum-rich moon rocks at the United States. Once we are obliterated, Russia will invade the country and enslave all surviving Americans in moon-rock crushing factories.

Pretending not to be evil, Igor Komarov - Roscosmos’s general director, stated that Russia, the United States and other participants agreed it was important to work using unified standards to avoid future problems in space, citing Sandra Bullock’s movie “Gravity” in the process.

That's the rub: why all the villification of Russia down here on terra firma, and yet, up there in space, why, sure, we need to cooperate with those always-Byzantine-never-to-be-trusted-Russians-and-their-evil-super-criminal-genius-mastermind-Vladimir-Putin.  The contradiction here is glaringly obvious, leaving everyone - including me - wondering just what the heck is going on. And that, of course, brings us to our high octane speculation(s) of the day. The RT version of the story implies two things, namely, that NASA and Russia have agreed on standards for docking ports, because the Russians have more recent experience with docking maneuvers. OK... I get that: they can thread a needle in space. It also implies that part of NASA's interest is in the fact that the Russians have the largest boosters in the terrestrial inventory, and can haul more "stuff" up there per launch than anyone else, with maybe the exception of the Chinese (whose boosters are upgrades to the Russian technology seeded into China decades ago anyway).

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