The Pickering Post
Friday, 19th October 2018

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Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.


Barack Obama’s sanctions solution is just as stoopid as all his other “solutions”. Economically isolating a powerful global player started World War II and the US has already filled its quota of starting wars.

Pickering Post’s initial response to MH17 was: “To suggest Moscow supplied a sophisticated surface-to-air missile launcher, capable of destroying anything up to 21,000 metres away, to a bunch of hot-headed, masked rednecks and taught them how to shoot down airliners with it, beggars belief. Blaming Putin for the idiot operator of a Russian-made missile is like blaming Victa if you run over a rose bush with your lawnmower.”

Tony Abbott led the West in demanding Putin’s cooperation, and he got it, and probably as soon as was reasonably possible given that MH17 crashed into a red hot war zone. It is doubtful a Russian fingerprint will be found on that spent missile casing, other than as the manufacturer.

Contrary to White House reports Putin is polling double Obama’s domestic approval rate at 83%. And Obama’s simplistic solution to world outrage is to pile on more sanctions that can only hurt the Eurozone which is already teetering on bankruptcy.

International anger is skewing rational assessment of this atrocity. When body parts and aircraft pieces rained on a remote militarised corner of Ukraine, the Russian-backed hoons were as surprised as anyone.

Their first response was to loot belongings, stealing cash and credit cards. That’s hardly the response of the guilty who were undoubtedly busy putting as much distance between themselves and the crash site as possible.

Unlike Obama, Putin is no mug. He’s ex-KGB and already knows exactly who among the militia is responsible. He will now wait for the West’s forensic analysis and, when an undeniable finger is finally pointed, he will act to offer up a sacrificial lamb or two.

In the meantime he will sit and wait, hoping the West finds Kiev has a hand in it.

As reported in the Post five months back, “Russia has critical defence infrastructures in Ukraine and berths its Black Sea naval force in Crimea. Did the West really believe Putin would not act to retain his Crimean jewel?

“And what the hell is Obama doing stationing forces in the Baltic and slamming puerile sanctions on individual Russians? Is he mad? 

“Putin has outwitted Obama at every turn and it will take far smarter men than Obama and Biden to outwit Putin.

“I know I’m on my own here, but I believe the West should butt out of Putin’s dream of reconstructing the disbanded USSR that they themselves precipitated. 

Ukraine carries all the ingredients for world war III and now is not the time for sanctions, it’s the time for talking and resolving a terrible act that Putin is not personally responsible for.

If a resource rich Alaskan minority reached 40 mile across the Bering Sea into the arms of Russia, what would be Obama’s response? 


Id say,we will never know who was responsible for the lives of the people on MH17,-----no-ones going to own up,even if there is evidence-----like most people,i feel very sad for the people and their families----God Bless.

You clearly are a moron. No wonder nobody can can take what you say seriously with garbage like this. You have a problem. You should do something about it.

No stringybark, Putin IS responsible. Those macho neanderthal rock apes are fighting for Russia, for Putin. Anything they do is for mother Russia, even war crimes. Hitler never gassed a single Jew, but he sure as hell was responsible for it. This action is the result of Putins greed to open up the Crimea coastline so he gets access to all the oil and gas fields, as well as the ports. Stop being so stupidly blind.

The Mystery of a Ukrainian Army ‘Defector’

July 22, 2014

Exclusive: U.S. intelligence officials suggest that the person who fired the missile that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may have been “a defector” from the Ukrainian army, an apparent attempt to explain why some CIA analysts thought satellite images revealed men in Ukrainian army uniforms manning the missile battery, writes Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

As the U.S. government seeks to build its case blaming eastern Ukrainian rebels and Russia for the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the evidence seems to be getting twisted to fit the preordained conclusion, including a curious explanation for why the troops suspected of firing the fateful missile may have been wearing Ukrainian army uniforms.

On Tuesday, mainstream journalists, including for the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, were given a briefing about the U.S. intelligence information that supposedly points the finger of blame at the rebels and Russia. While much of this circumstantial case was derived from postings on “social media,” the briefings also addressed the key issue of who fired the Buk anti-aircraft missile that is believed to have downed the airliner killing all 298 people onboard.

James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence.
James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence.

After last Thursday’s shoot-down, I was told that U.S. intelligence analysts were examining satellite imagery that showed the crew manning the suspected missile battery wearing what looked like Ukrainian army uniforms, but my source said the analysts were still struggling with whether that essentially destroyed the U.S. government’s case blaming the rebels.

The Los Angeles Times article on Tuesday’s briefing seemed to address the same information this way: “U.S. intelligence agencies have so far been unable to determine the nationalities or identities of the crew that launched the missile. U.S. officials said it was possible the SA-11 [anti-aircraft missile] was launched by a defector from the Ukrainian military who was trained to use similar missile systems.”

That statement about a possible “defector” might explain why some analysts thought they saw soldiers in Ukrainian army uniforms tending to the missile battery in eastern Ukraine. But there is another obvious explanation that the U.S. intelligence community seems unwilling to accept: that the missile may have been launched by someone working for the Ukrainian military.

In other words, we may be seeing another case of the U.S. government “fixing the intelligence” around a desired policy outcome, as occurred in the run-up to war with Iraq.

The Los Angeles Times also reported: “U.S. officials have not released evidence proving that Russia’s military played a direct role in the downing of the jet or in training separatists to use the SA-11 missile system. But they said Tuesday that the Russian military has been training Ukrainian separatists to operate antiaircraft batteries at a base in southwestern Russia.”

Though that last charge also has lacked verifiable proof – and could refer to training on less powerful anti-aircraft weapons like so-called Manpads – the key question is whether the Russian government trained the rebels in handling a sophisticated anti-aircraft system, like the SA-11, and then was reckless enough to supply one or more of those missile batteries to the rebels — knowing that these rockets could reach above 30,000 feet where passenger airlines travel.

The Russian government has denied doing anything that dangerous, if not crazy, and the eastern Ukrainian rebels also deny ever possessing such a missile battery. But the question that needs answering is: Are the Russians and the rebels lying?

That requires a serious and impartial investigation, but what the Obama administration and most of the mainstream U.S. news media have delivered so far is another example of “information warfare,” assembling a case to make an adversary look bad regardless of the actual evidence — and then marginalizing any dissents to the desired conclusion.

That was exactly the “group think” that led the United States into the disastrous invasion of Iraq – and it appears that few if any lesson were learned.
[For more on this topic of prejudging who’s to blame for the Malaysia Airlines tragedy, see’s “Kerry’s Latest Reckless Rush to Judgment.”]

Imagine if Labor still held office with Kevin007 and used Karr in Ukrane handling negotiations.

Sandra Elmington, what substance is your brain on? It's your responsibility to tell us all because whatever it is it's a danger to national security and all sound minded people of Australia.

The bear running is a typical scene from a bear fishing. I have seen the original of Pushin on a horse. for example. They have flipped it 180 in the montage. My point is that everyone is blaming Putin and acting as if they understand modern Russia, even if they have never been there. Seemingly the Germans are wonderful and the Russians are terrible. I remember the war being different. Even Larry's famously honest person, Graham Richardson has an article in the Australian on Putin, as if he knew anything other than he read in the paper.

It is called "Morning in a pine forest" by Ivan Shiskin, 1889.

Love the background. It is a famous painting of bear cubs playing in the woods

My neighbour has an application on her phone that she can identify the make model and nationality of any aircraft in the vicinity. And she's not tech smart. First time she got it she could identify any aircraft.

Without the ANZUS alliance Chinese warships would be overstaying their visits in our ports. Fiji looks a bit dodgy already.

Sandra. If you listen to or read the rubbish from the BBC, or the ABC etc. you need medical help urgently.

Eric... Alternate sources of information are either correct, incorrect or supposition and there is, in many cases, an agenda to bring discredit on innocent people by those posting that information... The Stinger missile episode is easily disproven and not worth re-posting unless of course there is that agenda to take the focus away from the culprits...

I can't imagine the locals would have been looking up at every aircraft passing over. Before this incident it was a regular air corridor. I could understand they would look up if there was combat going on or as was the case here, they heard all kinds of sounds as the remains of MH17 came down. How many times have you heard a large jet flying high and tried to locate it with the naked eye. Not easy unless it is leaving a con trail. To try and identify the type of a/c with the naked eye is difficult. Sometimes what you think may be a twin engine can be a four engine because the trail blends into two streams. The "witnesses" would need to have binoculars to identify anything. An SU-25 "flying near the passenger jetliner".....give me a break.

Vlad Putin - Russia's answer to our Tony...I think they'd enjoy each others of action.

Sandra ---this article may be of interest to you.
"Citizen spies take to web to uncover MH17 intel) todays Age.

I know what you think Bruce, however Australia has a big military budget and we are now being told by our allies that we should spend more of our GDP on defence. We are already ranked in spending at 12th in the world at 25 billion, 1.6 of our GDP. If we matched the US GDP on defence we would be spending more than Germany and nearly as much as the UK. Australia can and should stand alone as a strong neutral country with an independent foreign policy that is good for Australia. We should not be dragged into more wars by interests other than ours.

Kr00, Sandra brings out the other side of the argument. To rant and insult those who are not convinced with the MSM conclusion is not sensible. You do not have any moral high ground in your argument because there simply is no evidence yet. To bring to the attention of others that there are alternate sources of information can only be a good thing. Voltaire quoted 400 years ago, “To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.” it is as true now as it was then, and "only the truth" will come out when all sides have been given fair judgement no matter which it may favour..

No Logical but I am pointing out that people on the ground can see aircraft at altitude. You are the one piling up the anti-Russian dung heap. By the way, I suggest you should have paid more attention to Trig at school. Fail.

Gees So not trusting.Some people can find a conspiracy in a cake of soap.