The last couple of years have been significant in that I have had to adjust some long-held assumptions.
The most significant was over China and the Chinese Communist Party after the onset of the covid-19 pLandemic. Some time in 2020 I became aware of a translation of a purported speech from early this century by Gen, Chi Hao-tian in which he laid out his rationale for a takeover of the United States and even posited a bioweapon attack.
That document made quite an impact on my thinking and was based on it being a real document.
When you are confronted by some primary. document you have only three options: to ignore it because it does not fit in with your prejudices; prove that it is a fake (no one has done that yet as far as I know); accept it and modify ones views while looking for further confirmation.
I chose the latter option. I can no longer take an uncritical or unthinking approach to the CCP. Although the Chi Hao-tian speech originally came to us via the Epoch Times the main source of this was the scholar, J.R.Nyquist.
On the basis of this I started to take an interest in Nyquist.
It did not take long to realise that he was driven by a life-long anti-communism and his primary claim to fame was what he had to say had to do with the Soviet Union and the contemporary Russian Federation.
I have been looking to see if I could find evidence strong enough to modify my views on Russia and have to say that up to this point I have not.
Yesterday, I finished reading a book and went to see what unread material I have on my Kindle and discovered a 2016 book by J.R. Nyquist called Red Jihad: Moscow’s Final Solution for America and Israel
Most of what follows is based on my reading of this book.
WHAT DOES HE SAY?
The essence of Nyquist’s theory is contained here:
“But as we watched our television screens, and heard the summaries of the news anchormen, the Soviet Union was still there. It only seemed to disappear. The ruling elite of the USSR did not step down. A partial replacement of Soviet symbols with Russian symbols took place. But the apparatus of power, the military complex and KGB took on new names and struck a new pose. Yet these people were Soviet beneath the skin”
Generally, he takes the works of a couple of Soviet defectors and builds his thesis on that. He does not have many primary documents to support his thesis and those he does quote are quoted selectively. For instance, he quotes a former Soviet expert on American affairs, Georgi Arbatov that probably has a quite innocent meaning – “Our major secret weapon is to deprive you of an enemy”, and gives it a sinister meaning to support his thesis.
It is instead, “a deception about a deception, a form of dialectical warfare that continues to deceive the United States, our government, and even our 2016 presidential candidates.“
“Evidence suggests that Russian Federation strategy still follows Soviet military thinking. There is a strategic continuity that coincides with a curious ideological continuity. The Russian generals make ready use of old-style Marxist-Leninist terminology. It is the anti-imperialist, anti-American rhetoric of Stalin.”
In other words, there is a continuum, right from Lenin and Stalin, right through Gorbachev, Yeltsin and now Putin.
They may seem to be at daggers drawn but they were not. They were all carrying out the same policy of deception and undermining the lily-white America.
According to Nyquist, the strategy has remained the same and the tactics remain the same.
In May 1959 Alexander Shelepin hosted a conference of senior KGB officers. Included at this conference were the Ministers of Defense, Interior Ministry, and senior Central Committee officials. Over 2,000 people attended.
Shelepin discussed the mobilization of the KGB and other assets in order to carry out a massive influence operation “required by the new long-range policy, and, in effect, to destabilize the ‘main enemies’ and weaken the alliances among them.”
In this, he relies on a scholar, John J. Dziak and the testimony of defector Anatoliy Golitsyn, who claims to have attended this conference. According to Golitsyn, Shelepin said that the “efforts of the KGB in the Soviet intelligentsia were to be redirected outwardly, against foreigners with a view to enlisting their help in the achievement of policy objectives.” The entire apparatus of the KGB, Communist Party and Soviet government were to cooperate in doing everything possible to advance this operation.
In his book”the Perstroika Deception” Golitsyn claimed that Gorbachev’s Perestroika was a deception. Instead of being an attempt to “democratise” the Soviet Union and turn the CPSU into something more like a social democratic party (which Nyquist probably see as ‘communist’ as well, along with the anti-war and disarmament movement, the anti-Apartheid and pro-Palestine movements) it was all a ruse aimed at deceiving a West.
“During those days of course, money was being moved into the West. It was buying influence in the West. It was setting up fronts in the West. It was doing the work of economic, political and social subversion.”
Perhaps one of the few primary documents he cites is an internal CPSU document from 1990.
About this he says:
“The Communist Party Soviet Union long planned to go underground. It had to disappear in favor of a “controlled democracy.” This democracy would be real only in a presentational sense. Beneath the surface, the Communist Party would still operate. Its members would join and control the other political parties. Its members would dominate the political system as before; only they would appear, in public, to be competing in free elections. Only the elections would largely be rigged. Free speech would be allowed, and some well-meaning people would get elected. Yet, normal people would never get control of the government. They would only lend an air of legitimacy to a system that was still controlled by the apparatchiks”.
He says that the looting of the State by KGB members who sold off all the family silver overseas, the capital flight and the the parceling out of state property was all preplanned and a major deception.
“It was never sincere. It was a deception. This is communist tradition. It is communist method.”
It was a fulfilment of strategy,
“It was the decisive moment for setting up a mechanism for global economic sabotage. This sabotage was long prepared by Soviet bloc organized crime operations, strategic drug trafficking and softening through societal corruption”
“The collapse of the Soviet Union was not a victory for the forces of freedom. Democracy did not prevail. The new openness promoted by Gorbachev gave Russia access to capital and technology from the capitalist countries”
These are some of the things that we are being asked to take for granted:
- The Kremlin supported and funded all the anti-nuclear, pro-peace groups. They are all tarred with the brush of association with the Soviets and now, the Kremlin
- The Kremlin is linked not only to organised crime, but drug trafficking, money laundering.
- The Kremlin support right wing parties such as Golden Dawn and Greece and France’s National Front
- Russia created ISIS by recruiting former members of Saddam Hussein’s security services
- the Soviet Union allegedly spent more money on funding of U.S. anti-war movements during the Vietnam War than on funding and arming the Viet Cong forces.
- the Soviets initially provided Iraq with chemical and biological warfare agents as a means by which to counter the perceived (sic) Israeli nuclear threat
- The Soviet KGB established the PLO, a terrorist group established by the Soviet KGB
- Russian manipulation of the “Palestinian” (sic) cause is another example of dialectical maneuver
- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is under Russian influence , if not an agent because he speaks fluent Russian as a result of his KGB training at the KGB Patrice Lumumba University
- The Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is KGB trained, having been educated at KTBS Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow that means he is under Russian influence if not an agent.
- Edward Snowden is a traitor and the terrorist assaults in Paris and San Bernardino were carried out by plotters who clearly benefited from Snowden revelations.
- This is how Chelsea Manning is described:
(Manning) was an active homosexual at the time of his treachery is a big part of the story. At the time he was at the closet and advertising his perversion. A law was still in place banning displays of open SIP homosexuality in the armed forces.
Manning had been an active participant in the homosexual subculture under the noses of his military superiors and even went to gay bars. He advertised his summer sexuality on Facebook.
Manning was a pervert who should never should have been booted out of the army or should never have received a security clearance. .
All of this has, according to Nyquist has borne fruit because western leaders, wanting to believe that they had won the Cold War let their guard down and put all their energy into the War on Terror, which again Nyquist contends, was another example of wildly successful deception by the Soviets, and now Putin’s Kremlin.
The West dropped the ball and allowed the Russians and the Chinese to modernise their weapons systems leaving America, which by now had adopted a self-destructive liberal-woke agenda, meaning they can no longer fight a war against Russia and China.
To bolster his claim he cites a 2014 article from pravda-ru (which is privately-owned and has little to do with the Soviet Pravda), Russia takes complete advantage of castrated armed forces of the West.
I have posted this article separately.
Nyquist’s theory is based on his interactions with Soviet defectors, the first being Anatoliy Golitsyn (1926-2008).
The following comes from Wikipedia.
Golitsyn worked in the strategic planning department of the KGB in the rank of Major. In 1961 under the name “Ivan Klimov” he was assigned to the Soviet embassy in Helsinki, Finland, as vice counsel and attaché. He defected with his wife and daughter to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) via Helsinki on December 15, 1961. They flew “with a CIA escort from Finland to Sweden and thence to the United States via Frankfurt am Main, Germany, arriving on 18 December 1961”. He was interviewed by James Jesus Angleton, CIA counter-intelligence director. In January 1962, the KGB sent instructions to fifty-four Rezidentura throughout the world on the actions required to minimize the damage. All meetings with important agents were to be suspended.
In November 1962, KGB head Vladimir Semichastny approved a plan for assassination of Golitsyn and other “particularly dangerous traitors” including Igor Gouzenko, Nikolay Khokhlov, and Bogdan Stashinsky. The KGB made significant efforts to discredit Golitsyn by promoting disinformation that he was involved in illegal smuggling operations.
Golitsyn provided information about many famous Soviet agents including Kim Philby, Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess, John Vassall, double agent Aleksander Kopatzky who worked in Germany, and others. While unable to identify some agents like Philby specifically by name, Golitsyn provided sufficient information that SIS was able to determine the culprits. Thus, Golitsyn’s defection in 1961 set in motion the process that definitively confirmed Philby as a Soviet mole.
In 1984, Golitsyn published the book New Lies For Old, wherein he warned about a long-term deception strategy of seeming retreat from hard-line Communism designed to lull the West into a false sense of security, and finally economically cripple and diplomatically isolate the United States. Among other things, Golitsyn stated:
The “liberalization” would be spectacular and impressive. Formal pronouncements might be made about a reduction in the communist party’s role: its monopoly would be apparently curtailed. An ostensible separation of powers between the legislative, the executive, and the judiciary might be introduced. The Supreme Soviet would be given greater apparent power, and the president of the Soviet Union and the first secretary of the party might well be separated. The KGB would be “reformed.” Dissidents at home would be amnestied; those in exile abroad would be allowed to return, and some would take up positions of leadership in government.
Sakharov might be included in some capacity in the government or allowed to teach abroad. The creative arts and cultural and scientific organizations, such as the writers’ unions and Academy of Sciences, would become apparently more independent, as would the trade unions. Political clubs would be opened to nonmembers of the communist party. Leading dissidents might form one or more alternative political parties.
There would be greater freedom for Soviet citizens to travel. Western and Unitized Nations observers would be invited to the Soviet Union to witness the reforms in action
- “The [Soviet] strategists are concealing the secret coordination that exists and will continue between Moscow and the ‘nationalist’ leaders of [the] ‘independent’ republics.”
- “The power of the KGB remains as great as ever… Talk of cosmetic changes in the KGB and its supervision is deliberately publicized to support the myth of ‘democratization’ of the Soviet political system.”
- “Scratch these new, instant Soviet ‘democrats,’ ‘anti-Communists,’ and ‘nationalists’ who have sprouted out of nowhere, and underneath will be found secret Party members or KGB agents.”
A few years ago, Rick Wiles of TruNews did a series of programs on this, including his interview with Nyquist.
Part two is HERE
Part three is HERE
You can download a PDF version of Anatoliy Golitsyn’s New Lives for Old HERE
I have been wondering where Nyquist and Wyles stand today with Wyles taking a fairly pro-Russian position on the war in Ukraine contending that Russia has become more Christian while America has become satanic.
Stanislav Lunev (1946 – )
Lunev defected to US authorities in 1992. Since then, he has worked as a consultant to the FBI and the CIA
Lunev is mostly known for his description of nuclear sabotage operations that have allegedly been prepared by the KGB and GRU against the western countries. It was known from other sources that large arms caches were hidden by the KGB in many countries for these planned activities. They were booby-trapped with “Lightning” explosive devices. One such cache, which was identified by Vasili Mitrokhin, exploded when Swiss authorities tried to remove it from woods near Bern. Several others caches were removed successfully.
Lunev asserted that some of the hidden caches could contain portable tactical nuclear weapons known as RA-115 “suitcase bombs”. Such bombs have been prepared to assassinate US leaders in the event of war, according to him. Lunev states that he had personally looked for hiding places for weapons caches in the Shenandoah Valley area and that “it is surprisingly easy to smuggle nuclear weapons into the US, either across the Mexican border or using a small transport missile that can slip undetected when launched from a Russian airplane.
According to Lunev, a probable scenario in the event of war would have been poisoning the Potomac River with chemical or biological weapons, “targeting the residents of Washington, D.C.” He also considered it “likely” that GRU operatives placed “poison supplies near the tributaries to major US reservoirs.”
He also alleged that “the GRU and the KGB helped to fund just about every antiwar movement and organization in America and abroad.” According to Lunev, the Soviet Union allegedly spent more money on funding of U.S. anti-war movements during the Vietnam War than on funding and arming the Viet Cong forces.
This is about the only video available
A 2002 interview with Col. Lunev by Rick Wiles is HERE
Here is another account.
Back when I was aged 18 and 22 I had a brief dalliance with Soviet communism that ended with a first-hand experience of “real socialism”.
What I found, on reflection, was that the Soviets,were far from being an all powerful clique practising a masterful game of deception against the helpless West sophisticated as Nyquist would have us believe, the reality was quite different.
Soviet propaganda was lumbering and crude (as well as unbelievable) and the attempts at fomenting revolution or even undermining society were half-hearted for the simple reason that by the 1970’s no one believed the official propaganda or in the “socialist propaganda”.
The unthinking, pro-Moscow NZ Socialist Unity Party (see HERE) never got more than 300 votes nationwide.
“The Socialist Unity Party (SUP) is the leading Communist party in New Zealand. It is a very small, sect-like Marxist-Leninist party with an approximate membership of two hundred1. It has some influence in various trade unions, but has negligible electoral support”
Not a great return on investment if claims of the time that it was being bankrolled by Moscow were true!
My memory of the “comrades” is that they were wooden and unimaginative – they made for good trade unionists of the day but they were not revolutionaries or even a great threat to social fabric.
One example of this was something I read about a Swede who spied for the Soviet Union but was coached by his handler on how to beef up his reports to Moscow to make it more “interesting”.
Sun Tsu and the philosphy of war
I think that a lot of the Russian and Chinese strategy has much to do with Sun Tsu, the 5th Century BCE military philosopher as anything from the archives of the CPSU.
I’m sure Vlad has more than a passing acquaintance.
Of course Nyquist also thinks that this is yet another example of deception. Read what he says here:
“The great strategist of ancient China, Sun Tzu, offered “sage” advice to military commanders. Central to his teaching was the art of deception. Sun Tzu said, “All warfare is based on deception.” He wrote of holding “out baits to entice the enemy,” feigning disorder and crushing him. Thus, Sun Tzu may be described as the sage of misdirection, a military trickster, and a master of cunning.
“….Sun Tzu’s emphasis on deception stands “outside the bounds of conventional morality.” Here we find no moralizing, no concept of honor, and no chivalry. Everything is about victory. Sun Tzu believed in trusting the self-interest of those you intend to manipulate. If you know what they want, you can make use of them. Sun Tzu warned against open aggression. If you commit open aggression, you give your game away. The idea is to minimize resistance at every opportunity, employing treachery if necessary.”
No doubt, in his view the we can find morality and honour in the Americans. For him the methodology of the Americans is the preferred one – tell the world what you are going to do and then bomb the country into the Stone Age.
A philosophy straight out of the Wild West!
Whilst earlier I was quite attracted to Nyquist’s thinking I changed my mind when he said that nuclear war is acceptable – and winnable.
I could not find this because it was in the middle of a recent video.
However, he did cite this:
“In spite of the many uncertainties of our study we do have a great deal of confidence in some partial conclusions — such as, that a nation like the United States or the Soviet Union could handle each of the problems of radioactivity, physical destruction, or likely levels of casualties, if they occurred by themselves. That is, we believe if either nation were to be dusted with radioactivity in a wartime manner, and if nothing else happened, this radioactivity could, with minor preparations for a small attack and elaborate preparations for a large one, be handled.”
—HERMAN KAHN: On Thermonuclear War
Bear in mind his hatred for the peace movement
“Nuclear winter is the most recent attempt to prove that winning a nuclear war is impossible. A new apocalyptic theory was necessary from the viewpoint of the antinuclear activists who originated and publicized nuclear winter because other theories of apocalypse, such as the fallout theory, had been discredited by the scientific community”.
PETER VINCENT PRY: Nuclear Wars, Exchanges and Outcomes
In researching this I have found that not only is our Jeff Nyquist a nuclear winter denier but he is also a climate change denier and an adherent of the global cooling hypothesis.
Judging from the above and everything I have read one would have to conclude that he has little understanding of ‘the Other’ and sees everything through the lens of American exceptionalism although a large part of his work is on just how far America has fallen so now it cannot defend itself,
The New American Century
Looking back in hindsight I can see that America was, overall, a force for the Good, the aggression against especially countries in its “Near Abroad”.
It was a bulwark against the Soviet Union. However, in 1991 the Soviet Union collapsed and this gave way to a form of triumphalism that has ultimately led to its downfall. From a multi-polar (or at least bipolar) world we had the development of America as a hegemonic power and this was reflected by the formation in 1997 of the Project for the New American Century, which ironically was set up by ex-Trotskyists and Israeli zionists.
See this –
There is very little to be found on this on the internet.
While researching this,I have found that the internet has been wiped clean of any material that would shed a light on the last days of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (apart from articles such as, why the Soviet Union collapsed.
Etched in my mind is a 1989 documentary series, the Second Russian Revolution, which chronicled that period of history.
It is hard to find but I managed to track it down.
This covers the August, 1990 coup and the end of communist rule.
There are things that we can just simply reject as lies and disinformation. As for the rest there is some kernel of truth to be found.
This is how I approach J.R Nyquist.
I am not prepared to reject his message entirely but instead look for that kernel of truth and just see the value despite the deep cultural biases.
It has taught me to be careful, certainly with CCP apologists like George Galloway or Pepe Escobar or even more reasonable analysts such as the Duran.
Their facts are, at present, indisputable but I do worry what a multilateral world (with Russian and Chinese dominance) might look like.
I do not think it is going to be one iota better than the one that came before it.
Sitting down here in the South Pacific, I can say I do not relish living under the thumb of the Chinese Communist Party or any other part of the New World Order.