Is Biden escalating the civil war in eastern Ukraine?

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      One more video of a train loaded with Ukrainian self-propelled howitzers and tanks reportedly heading east. Recorded on the outskirts of Dnipro.

      Sounds of clashes around Zolote-5 in Luhansk Oblast a few hours ago.

      I am wondering as the US has recently approved $125,000,000 for “defensive lethal weapons” with reasons including to “secure its borders.” I just talked with a friend near Dnipro; she hadn’t heard of this, but hasn’t watched the news for a few days either.

      She did say “All this is sad. For some, the war, but for someone, the mother is dear. Businessmen go to war. Want to be out of politics, but unfortunately this is impossible when the war is going on in your country.”

      From the Defense Department ( )

      The Department of Defense announces a new $125 million package for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative that includes training, equipment, and advisory efforts to help Ukraine’s forces preserve the country’s territorial integrity, secure its borders, and improve interoperability with NATO.

      This action reaffirms the U.S. commitment to providing defensive lethal weapons to enable Ukraine to more effectively defend itself against Russian aggression.

      The USAI package includes two additional armed Mark VI patrol boats to enhance Ukraine’s capacity to patrol and defend its territorial waters. To date, the U.S. has committed a total of eight Mark VI patrol boats. The package also includes capabilities to enhance the lethality, command and control, and situational awareness of Ukraine’s forces through the provision of additional counter-artillery radars and tactical equipment; continued support for a satellite imagery and analysis capability; and equipment to support military medical treatment and combat evacuation procedures. 

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      We had a pause in foreign policy direction during Obama and Trump, but we have considered ourselves at war with Russia for as long as I can remember. Clinton would have returned to this more aggressive, more provocative foreign policy if she had been elected, and Biden suggested he would do so. No surprises here, really. The interesting thing is, Trump’s foreign policy approach was better in many ways than Biden’s. Trump hurled insults, but he didn’t build missile defense systems around the Chinese, or ship tanks to Ukraine. That we know about.

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      I always ask how the American government would respond if Russia provided Mexico with howitzers and ammo and tanks and stuff to defend itself against “American aggression.”

      Compared to the answer of invading Mexico that American history says would happen, Vladimir Putin is a fucking peacenik. If it goes too far, though, Russia will seize the eastern, predominantly ethnic Russian third, of Ukraine and use Woodrow Wilson talking points to justify his actions. And they actually will justify his actions.

      This administration’s foreign policy is begging for imperial disasters.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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      and not some mythical rune symbol-shaped stages and secret white power positioning of thumb and index finger.  Not a peep from the so-called MSM or their blind supporters for actual Nazi sympathizers like Biden.

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