“Expect Escalation of Conflict in Donbass and Ukraine Soon,” Says Foreign Correspondent

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    • #465300
      jbnw
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      This is from a source I’m unfamiliar with, CovertAction Magaine. Wikipedia, at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CovertAction_Quarterly , says CovertAction Quarterly (formerly CovertAction Information Bulletin) was an American journal in publication from 1978 to 2005, focused primarily on watching and reporting global covert operations. It is generally critical of the Central Intelligence Agency. CovertAction relaunched in May 2018 as CovertAction Magazine.

      This is just a few paragraphs from a long story is at https://covertactionmagazine.com/2022/01/11/expect-escalation-of-conflict-in-donbass-and-ukraine-soon-says-foreign-correspondent-embedded-in-ukrainian-anti-fascist-brigade/ .

      The U.S. and Ukraine are secretly preparing for all-out war while advancing propaganda to make it appear that Russia is the aggressor. Diplomatic talks in Geneva by the U.S. and Russia have failed to alleviate tensions because the U.S. refused to adhere to Russia’s demand that Ukraine “never, never ever” become a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman stated that the U.S. would “not allow anyone to slam closed NATO’s Open Door policy.”

      Since the February 2014 Maidan coup—where worshippers of Nazi collaborators Stepan Bandera overthrew Ukraine’s democratically elected pro-Russian leader Viktor Yanukovych—the U.S. has provided $2.5 billion in military aid to the Ukrainians, including $450 million in 2021 alone. (Since 2014, the EU has provided 17 billion euros to Kyiv!)

      This aid has included 100 Javelin rocket launchers and at least 500 rockets, along with training in their use.

      Ukraine itself has recently required women between the ages of 18 and 60 to register for the draft, including pregnant women and mothers with young children. Meanwhile, NATO already has 13,000 troops, 200 tanks, 400 APCs and 3 dozen aircraft and helicopters stationed in Eastern Europe, and there are currently 10,000 NATO “instructors” in Ukraine (including 4,000 from the United States). In early December, the Greek port of Alexandroupolis received the largest shipment of U.S. military equipment in its history, including helicopters, UAVs, tanks, IFVs and artillery for the annual NATO exercise “Atlantic Resolve.”

      Author Russell Bentley at mass grave and memorial of 75,000 victims of German Nazis in Donetsk. [Source: texasmonthly.com]

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      mrdmk
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      When this video was  posted 7 months ago, it presented itself as a problem. Bentley comes off as someone who is itching for war, no doubt, but that was not the only message. Bentley proclaimed there were some evil forces pushing the narrative in Ukraine. What was made very clear is the government in Kiev is more than your typical right wing government, and for the most part, people in Ukraine have no appreciation being ruled by this faction.

      Article from Covert Action Magazine have been posted on this before.

      Also, there is a lot of truth about the propaganda in the U.S.A. concerning Ukraine. NPR has gone all in on needing a war in Ukraine to deal with the Russians. As far as Victoria Nuland and Wendy Sherman go, they are both fuck-ups and have no business being in the State Department calling themselves diplomats.

      If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

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        jbnw
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        I must have missed that – always good to have another perspective.

        Often if you listen to enough voices, you can find the truth in the middle.

        I gave up on major commercial media a long time ago, and NPR a few years ago when the had a story on Russia putting missiles in western Europe. They completely ignored one major part – that it was Kalingrad, a Russian oblast. That obvious deception made me realize that NPR was finally dishonest too.

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      soryang
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      NATO Security Dependents Are Not Useful Allies
      Many of America’s so-called allies are major liabilities rather than assets to U.S. foreign policy. Indeed, they are potential snares, ones that can entangle America in unnecessary military confrontations.

      by Ted Galen Carpenter January 8

      https://nationalinterest.org/feature/nato-security-dependents-are-not-useful-allies-198953?page=0%2C1

      Worse, Washington’s security relationship with Kiev goes far beyond arms sales. Over the past five years, U.S. forces have conducted multiple joint exercises (war games) with Ukrainian units. Washington also has successfully pressed NATO to include Ukraine in the alliance’s war games. Indeed, Ukraine hosted and led the latest version, Rapid Trident 21. It is no secret that such exercises are directed against Russia. In early April 2021, Biden assured Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Washington’s “unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression.”

      Such a pledge places the United States in a very dangerous situation…

      I view the article as a pretty conventional analysis of what is wrong with US foreign policy, particularly with regard to Ukraine, but also with respect to Taiwan and some other places, like the Baltic States.

      With respect to Bentley’s report I’m having a little trouble with his naval numbers. Under the Montreux Convention there’s a severe limit on how much a party can change its force levels. Also, I think his reference to “unfunded liabilities” is off the wall. There would be reluctance in China to dump dollars in a short run move imo. Otherwise, I thought Russel’s report was interesting.

      Voltaire Network is predicting trouble in Transnistria.

      https://www.voltairenet.org/article215271.html

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      Passionate Progressive
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      I have to say that I agree…..Most of the sites that present the Russian perspective argue that Russia has no choice and that they won’t make idle threats….this has been the argument well before Kazakhstan.   The US is unable to grasp the art of diplomacy and seeing a perspective from a ‘partner’s’/adversary’s view – an essential component of negotiations/reaching mutual agreement- so essential in security cooperation….The only tool the US has is condescension and bullying.

      It is not just the US that is tone deaf – many of the NATO countries that are beating the war drums (Jens Stoltenberg/Norway) don’t even have militaries.   To reiterate the Saker’s (and other’s words), the only way Russia can bring the West back to reality is to turn up the pain dial.

      I have read Ray McGovern’s more optimistic piece in Anti-war.com but the piece was more on history/context than evidentiary….and it made no sense to me.   If anyone here can explain Ray’s optimism, please be my guest.

       

       

      The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

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        soryang
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        I don’t see the basis for optimism either. I think there is confusion in his analysis about the reactive perception of US responses that the US public needs to see: that is that US actions are somehow a righteous response to Russian “aggression.” The actual situation is that the US along with its NATO supporters is the aggressor or expansionist power and moving into a new theater. Positing Russia as an aggressor is pretextual. So as a Russian analyst Ray is trying to show that the Russians are flexible and predisposed to diplomacy, (he says they “withdrew” 10,000 troops from the region and the western media ignored this show of good faith). Therefore, if Russia is deescalating and talking then the “righteous response” theory to support the outbreak of military conflict is weakened.

        I think everyone is aware of the operation of the pretextual righteous response propaganda basis for armed conflict observed in false flag events like the alleged gas attacks in Syria. I’ve been reading Ilan Pape’s book Ethnic Cleansing in Palestine. The reactive theory basis for justifying armed conflict was just a pretextual cloak for armed aggression in Palestine. The reactive theory is presented to the public while behind the scenes the institutional impulse for legally and morally unjustified aggressive impulses turned into action are cloaked in secrecy. I think that is what Ray overlooks. The US institutional impulse is to strike out at Russia, one way or another, and is fundamentally expansionist in nature. Therefore, it doesn’t matter what the Russian diplomatic response is, in fact, the more diplomatic they appear to be, the worse it may go for them, because it will be perceived as weakness, and no caution will be given to Kiev by the US puppet masters, and they themselves will not desist from taking greater and greater risks to fulfill their expansionist goals.

        Earlier I had tried to post a comment here about US negotiations being similar to negotiations with Native American tribes, and third or fourth rate powers. Clearly this is inappropriate with Russia (and China) and there has been a failure to adjust to new realities in the contemporary world. Also, there is a good cop bad cop aspect to US diplomacy and clear contradiction between word and deed. When I tried to post it I couldn’t connect to JPR for some time, and I lost my little commentary. Imho Russia is just being strung along. I’ve noticed this before in US diplomacy and wonder who it is exactly that is in charge here in the US.

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      33% is terrible, and now that most people are finally getting sick and tired of all the mass hysteria over what is rapidly becoming just another common cold, even Biden’s pandemic-handling numbers are underwater and sinking fast. They need something else to both scare the shit out of people and attract Republican support from “patriots” like Liz Cheney.

      A foreign bugaboo is ideal for this. Trump failed to get most people scared to death of China, so now Biden’s handlers are trying to reignite the Cold War with Russia, the comfortable old standby most Boomers who vote remember, no doubt with considerable urging from the MIC.

      They are perfectly willing to sacrifice the lives of millions of Ukrainians in order to increase defense industry profits. Funny how all of those liberals whining about the rights of Afghan women no longer care that some 23 million Afghans are now on the brink of starvation due to Biden freezing Afghan assets because terrorism, but they’re all up in arms about helping the poor, helpless Ukrainians fend off the Big Bad Russian Bear. Fucking hypocrites.

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    • #465561
      Passionate Progressive
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      entitled TO KILL A NATION (2000) –  a critical look at the wars in Yugoslavia….He says that he ‘relies on progressive journals like CovertAction Quarterly’…….As I paraphrase from Wikipedia, it ran from 1978-2005 and was critical of the CIA….Apparently Covert Action Magazine started after that in 2018…...Covert Action Quarterly  

      I suspect the two are related.

      The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

      It takes all the technical proficiency our system can provide to make up for the woeful lack of popular support and political savvy of most of the regimes that the West has thus far sought to prop up.........Bernard Fall

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