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Top Military War Planning Under Joe Biden - Ukraine

by Oui Tue Sep 12th, 2023 at 12:38:19 PM EST

I have followed all developments for NATO under US leadership, these were steadfast towards the ultimate confrontation v the Russian Federation. Hybrid warfare, hacking, disinformation and a flow of scripted war narrative and propaganda. The think tanks turned away from diplomacy and "bless you" peace initiatives, to rightwing fascism and turning public opinion into Russophobia, preparing a war footing. A slow but steady process only slowed down during four years of the Trump administration which was pre-occupied with Middle East warfare and biased pro-Israel policy and its execution.

I can't recall whether I missed this critical moment where the Pentagon and the White House finalized military plans for the battle to push Russia out of Ukrainian territory. Joe Biden never cared about the ceasefire in the Minsk Agreement nor did he take into account the number of deaths and wounded of his foolish actions.

As the War Room planning of the U.S. and Ukraine took shape, most of Europe was fighting the Covid-19 pandemic and the Germans were heading to general elections and a new Chancellor to succeed a strong European voice of Angela Merkel. Emmanuel Macron and Mark Rutte would be the elder politicians in the EU as the decisions were made in Washington DC.

I did do a write-up ...

Will the EU-27 Survive the Biden Years? | Sept. 14, 2021 |

Nord Stream 2: Last piece of gas pipeline is in place | DW |

Construction on the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline took a major step to completion. According to the company, the final piece of piping has been welded together. It will then be lowered into place in the Baltic Sea. It must then be connected and will then be expected to begin operating soon.

Zelensky's U.S. visit: new tone in relations | UkrInform |  
The US is not happy with what it believes will be a more dependent relationship between Europe and Russia. Washington does not want Moscow using energy as a weapon, and has sought assurances from Berlin that it will act if that is seen to be the case.


U.S.: Rumsfeld's 'Old' And 'New' Europe Touches On Uneasy Divide | RFERL - Jan. 24, 2003 |

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld touched a nerve in Europe this week, dividing the continent into what he called "old Europe" and "new Europe." Reaction from France and Germany -- which Rumsfeld put squarely in the "old" category -- was swift and harsh. But the U.S. official's underlying point cannot be denied. On Iraq, divisions in Europe appear to run deep, with the main fault line falling between NATO's "older" European members and its new ones.


Ukraine, US Sign Defense Deal Amid Russian Threat | Sept. 1, 2021 |

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Minister of Defense Andrii Taran shake hands after a signing ceremony at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., Aug. 31, 2021. DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brittany A. Chase.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky knows what it means to fight the Russians, and he came to Washington asking for more military assistance to help keep Russian President Vladimir Putin from encroaching further on Europe.

In Oval Office remarks with Zelensky on Sept. 1, President Joe Biden made note of a $60 million security assistance package that included Javelin anti-tank missiles, and he underscored why Ukraine matters to U.S. interests.

"Ukraine and the United States have a similar value system and the strong commitment to the fulfillment of a promise ... and that is a Europe whole, free, and at peace," Biden said.

Zelensky, in turn, stated a number of the security challenges he intended to discuss with Biden, from help repelling Russia's proxy war in eastern Ukraine and the occupation of Crimea, to threatened energy security once the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is activated. He also asked for Biden's "vision of Ukraine's chances to join NATO."

The meeting comes one day after Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and his Ukranian counterpart signed a new defense cooperation deal at the Pentagon aimed at improving Ukraine's military institutions and capabilities. Ukraine, the largest democracy in Eastern Europe, has been occupied and engaged in conflict with Russian-backed separatists for eight years following the Russian invasion of Crimea in 2014. Since then, the United States has provided $2.5 billion in security assistance.

"We again call on Russia to end its occupation of Crimea and to stop perpetuating the conflict in eastern Ukraine, and we will continue to stand with you in the face of this Russian aggression," Austin said in his welcoming remarks, during Zelensky's and Ukrainian Defense Minister Andrii Taran's visit to the Pentagon.

The agreement outlined strategic priorities

to help Ukraine counter Russian aggression, including through training and exercises and defense sector reforms that would improve NATO interoperability. It also will include increased cooperation in regards to cybersecurity, national security systems, and defense intelligence.


Minister of Defense Andrii Taran would be replaced early November by Alexei Reznikov.

    ... the decision to change the minister has been made a long time ago and everyone knows everything. The replacement of the most important military man was started by Zelensky, who surrounds himself with "the right people."

    As already reported, Alexei Reznikov, a lawyer with 20 years of experience, a professional lawyer and just a person with a "hanging tongue" who can speak beautifully, will become the new defense minister. It is such a minister that Zelensky needs: firstly, Reznikov is governed and completely dependent on the office of the president, and secondly, he can deliver speeches perfectly, and Kiev needs a "talking" minister instead of the "silent" Taran.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told Air Force Magazine during a pull-aside interview that Zelensky and Austin discussed how to meet Ukraine's needs and keep a buffer of democracy in Eastern Europe.

"In the meeting between the President and the Secretary of Defense, we discussed some specific areas of how this framework agreement will be unfolded," Kuleba said.

Former American ambassador to Ukraine William B. Taylor told Air Force Magazine the disparate Ukrainian security services will need to consolidate for coordination with the states to improve.

Taylor, who was ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009 and then again from 2019 to 2020, said America's tailored military assistance to Ukraine is helping to deter Russia.

"The javelins are a very powerful, effective deterrent to the Russians, and the Russians, apparently, respect them. They are backing away from the range," he said of Russian tanks positioned just outside the Donbas front line.

"Ukraine is where the Russians attack first," Taylor added. "Whether it's militarily or whether it's election meddling, whether it's hacking into electrical grids, they start in Ukraine. ... They try it, and if it works in Ukraine, they try it out in Europe. And then they try it out in the United States."


 "Served" from Vietnam, through Baghdad, Libya, Middle East and Ukraine.

A trail of blood, destruction and utter despair for citizens. An All American kind of guy. That he was appointed under Bill Bradley is quite a surprise for me ...

Think Tanks Are Information Laundering Ops For War Profiteers

The British Barkley twins billionaires-owned newspaper The Telegraph has an appalling new article out which reads like a paid advertisement for a missile manufactured by Lockheed Martin. The title even sounds like it was written by a marketing team: "A war-winning swarm missile will knock China out of Taiwan -- fast", subtitled "Rapid Dragon is a military gamechanger that provides the US Air Force with a crucial edge in the Pacific".

The article is written by a war propagandist named David Axe, whose work I have written about before. His covert advertorial for Lockheed Martin's JASSM missile revolves around the findings of a study by the military industrial complex-funded think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), who you'll be shocked and astonished and surprised and stunned to learn lists the Lockheed Martin Corporation as one of its top donors.

Needless to say, David Axe makes no mention of this extreme conflict of interest anywhere in his exuberant prose celebrating the wonders of this new piece of technology in what is falsely presented as an objective news article intended to educate and inform.

Brass Parachutes: Defense Contractors' Capture of Pentagon Officials Through the Revolving Doors | Nov. 5. 2018 |

 A similar think tank as CSIS was founded in The Hague by Rob de Wijk ... HCSS. The original "transparency" webpage results in a -404- notice. The funding is delegated to an organization called GlobalFoundation .com or .eu headed by a well connected person Erik Frinking, closely tied to RAND Europe and NATO HQ Brussels. How so "independent" think tank  on defense issues ... look at the employed experts. Warmongering with no opinion on diplomacy and peace.

HCSS Arend Jan Boekestijn Warmongering with no opinion on diplomacy and peace.

Found an article as docent at Utrecht University - Feb. 17, 2022.

'Peace for our time': "In the West we are Chamberlain-esque"

Historian, former VVD politician and teacher-researcher Arend-Jan Boekestijn spoke about war and peace during the BNR program The Big Five. The threats on the border between Ukraine and Russia were also discussed in detail: "I am concerned because we do not have the right mental state to stop Russia. We are Chamberlain-esque."

Will there be a Russian attack?

Boekestijn does not see a Russian attack happening anytime soon. "We are in a very dire situation and it is extremely unstable and uncertain, but I don't think there will be a 'full scale attack' from the north. There are a lot of reasons for Putin not to do it." For example, he mentions the sanctions that Putin would face and the fact that the Russian people have no interest in a war. Yet Boekestijn is not entirely sure. "But it could also be that we are wrong and he still attacks from the north. That's possible, that's possible."

Balance of power

Boekestijn points out that the nineteenth century was much more peaceful than, for example, the eighteenth and twentieth. According to him, this was because the world powers had reached a consensus at the Congress of Vienna in 1815 on how to conduct foreign policy. And such a consensus no longer exists. "There are two things going on. We see the physical balance of power shifting, because China is heavily arming itself and so has Russia in recent years. But we also see that norms and values differ."

One of my diaries ...

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 12th, 2023 at 12:43:50 PM EST
by Cat on Tue Sep 12th, 2023 at 02:21:01 PM EST
Olena Halushka: Draft law on asset declarations threatens integrity of Ukraine's democracy | Kyiv Independent |

Editor's Note: President Volodymyr Zelensky vetoes the Verkhovna Rada's amendments to the draft bill on electronic asset declarations for public officials on Sept. 12, saying "declarations must be open."

In early September, President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Ukraine's parliament to adopt a draft law critical to Ukraine's integration into the European Union and targeting corruption.

Draft law No. 9534 seeks to restore the electronic asset declarations system for public officials, suspended at the start of Russia's full-scale invasion in 2022. While lawmakers voted for the law in the second reading, their amendments provide significant loopholes that threaten Ukraine's adherence to the European Commission's reform recommendations.

Despite the support of 91.7% of Ukrainians and the calls of European Parliament members and G7 Ambassadors for the restoration of the e-declarations system, the parliament voted to hide the registry for yet another year - "generously" granting officials the ability to publish their declarations on a voluntary basis.

There are no real grounds to justify the parliament's decision, as well as no guarantees that lawmakers will not further prolong it next September.

The European Parliamentarians issued a statement asking Zelensky not to pass the draft law as it stands due to concerns it will undermine trust in reforms. Meanwhile, a petition asking Zelensky to veto the law and propose the parliament to open the e-declarations, has reached over 83,000 signatures.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 14th, 2023 at 04:04:09 PM EST
What is known about destruction of Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 pipelines | Tass - 25 Sept. 2023 |

Construction on Nord Stream 2 began in 2018, but was interrupted due to sanctions imposed on the project by the Trump administration, and the gas pipeline was built by December 2021.

One year ago, on the night of September 26, 2022, the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines, built to supply Russian gas to Germany and other European countries, were blown up in the Baltic Sea near the Danish island of Bornholm.

TASS has assembled all of the main known facts about this act of international terrorism and its investigation.

History of Nord Stream

In the 1990s, Russian gas giant Gazprom began exploring options for building an export gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea to Central Europe, which would bypass Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and other Eastern European and Baltic countries.

In 2000, the European Commission approved a preliminary design of the pipeline, giving it the status of a trans-European network intended to ensure an uninterrupted energy supply for Europe.

The Nord Stream gas pipeline was built in 2010-2012. The project was implemented by an international consortium, which included Gazprom, the German corporations Wintershall Holding and E.ON Infrastruktur, the Dutch company Gasunie and the French company Engie. It connected the Russian coast near Vyborg (Leningrad region) with the German coast in the city of Lubmin (northeast of the country). From Germany, gas was transported to Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and other countries.

The design capacity of the gas pipeline is 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year; each string has a capacity of 27.5 billion cubic meters. In 2021, Nord Stream delivered 59.2 billion cubic meters of gas to the EU (load: 107%), which was a repeat of the record figure posted in 2020. In total, Nord Stream accounted for 32% of Gazprom's entire volume of export deliveries to non-CIS countries.

After construction was completed on Nord Stream, its shareholders began negotiations on the construction of its second stage, Nord Stream 2. Unlike the first gas pipeline, Gazprom was the only stakeholder. European energy companies stayed in as investors, providing half of the funds to finance the project - 4.75 billion euros.

Putin 2-Day State Visit to The Netherlands ¶ Busy Business Schedule | Nov. 3, 2005 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 25th, 2023 at 07:04:07 PM EST
We can only win with NATO military support, conceding territory is no option as it rewards the "aggressor" and once inside NATO, future skirmishes guarantees an ultimate reclining of former Soviet bloc states with the old dictatorship of Communism and all the grievances of past  history.

Oleg Sukhov: The West lacks political will to ensure Ukraine's victory | Kyiv Opinion |

Ukraine is now expected to receive F-16s at the very earliest in late 2023, refuting all previous claims by Western officials that Ukraine does not need them.
Almost two years since the beginning of the invasion, it's certain that Ukraine will receive the jets, but will lose two years in the process.

    ... and ATACMS

Ukraine's experience with the provision of Western long-range missiles has been similar.

The issue of long-range missiles is crucial for Ukraine's success on the battlefield.


If Ukraine were to make concessions to Russia and not join NATO, the deal would not be worth the paper it was written on - it would just be another invitation for future aggression by Russia.

But Ukraine's membership in NATO is exactly what the West is afraid of, and the alliance's fear of a war between NATO and Russia is probably even greater than of the consequences of Russia's defeat.
So all the numerous excuses for not supplying certain kinds of weapons or supplying them too slowly appear to be spurious.

All practical obstacles can be removed if fear is overcome and if there is political will.

Did US delivered ATACMS destroy Sevastopol Naval headquarters?

As the Biden administration lifts all remaining restraints on its direct involvement in the Ukraine war, Washington's claim that the US is not at war with Russia is unraveling.

More ...

Why There Are No Game-Changing Weapons for Ukraine | Foreign Policy - 24 Sept. 2023 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 26th, 2023 at 08:59:22 AM EST
Norwegian left-wing politician: "Voices for peace not allowed in the debate" | Nordic Times - 21 Sept. 2023 |

According to Marielle Leraand, it is the "one-sided media image" that is the biggest explanation for the massive popular support for continued war, and she points to the enormous power and influence of the mass media.

    - The collective mindset can't be anything else, when people are subjected to this constant repetition of the single perspective that Russia is evil, and we must supply Ukraine with as much weaponry as possible.

The leftist politician further points out that the war narrative is never questioned or problematized, and that a consequence analysis is notably absent.

She further points out that the warlike stance is unique to the West and that in the "Global South" the talk is instead about resolving the conflict and achieving peace.

No Peace with NATO

Norway has been a member of NATO since its founding in 1949, and according to Leraand, it is "not possible for Norway to be a peace nation as long as we are part of the world's most aggressive military alliance".

    - We also become more and not less exposed to getting into war with Russia as long as we are part of NATO. If you want peace, you should instead have a peaceful tone with your neighboring countries and a neutral position like Sweden has had, which has been worth its weight in gold. Now that gold has been thrown into the lake.

After leaving Rødt, the leftist activist has started a new "anti-war party" called Fred og Rettferdighet (Peace and Justice), with the explicit purpose of strengthening the weakened peace movement.

    - We don't have the wind at our backs, it's total headwind, gale, and storm. But we must go against the storm, it is absolutely necessary. It will take time and energy but we must bite the bullet and do it, we have no choice.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 26th, 2023 at 09:26:09 AM EST
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Why did he wait for so damn long? US and British intelligence community did irreparable damage to democracy in the United States and was an crucial marker in PropOrNot and a concerted effort for Russophobia and ultimately the war narrative of the Pentagon and NATO leading to military confrontation.

Trump suing ex-MI6 officer who alleged he was 'compromised' by Russian security service | The Guardian |

Christopher Steele's dossier also alleged Putin 'supported and directed' plan to 'cultivate' Trump as a presidential candidate

Donald Trump is suing a former MI6 officer and the intelligence consultancy he founded, high court records in England show.

The former US president, who is mired in lawsuits in his own country, is bringing a data protection claim against Orbis Business Intelligence and its founder Christopher Steele, who previously ran the secret intelligence service's Russia desk.

According to a court order published on Thursday, a two-day hearing for the legal action is set to start on 16 October , the PA news agency reported.

Sure hope former UK Ambassador Sir Andrew Wood is included in the lawsuit ...

All of "progressive" blog community fell for this shitty report endorsed by master interventionist John McCain ... the one man bulldozer in the list of war criminals of Neocons and a list of Israeli leaders like Ariel Sharon. In fact Iranian Nuclear deal JCPOA united Israel and Arab states to stop re-election of a Democrat to the highest office. See money thrown at the investigative dossier by Paul Singer and Mercer family.

Key words | Emerdata and Cambridge Analytica - Facebook - John Bolton - Mark Zuckerberg - Benjamin Netanyahu |

Cambridge Analytica 2.0 (Emerdata) Linked to Erik Prince and Abu Dhabi Sheikh

Rebekah and Jennifer Mercer, daughters of the billionaire Robert Mercer who funded Cambridge Analytica, its parent company SCL Group and Donald Trump's election campaign, were officially registered as directors of Emerdata Ltd.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 29th, 2023 at 07:25:38 PM EST
The answer is obvious. He's nuts, bored, or blinded by rank celebrity. Probably all of the above.

Courts of the British persuasion hold yella sheet professional misdemeanors in high esteem. Harry and Megan may be the only complainants in modern history whose public-private reputations have been generously vindicated. Johnny Depp astutely appealed to  US American jurors to remedy the Royal Court's judgment. This two-speed strategy is unlikely to aid The Don's quest for an impartial hearing.

Also, Steele didn't even show up for "libel" suits filed in Florida, iirc, D.C., and London by Russian Alfa bankers implicated in financial crimes by the dossier.

by Cat on Mon Oct 2nd, 2023 at 09:29:50 PM EST
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Whatever the court decides 😂

UK court rejects libel suit from Russian over Steele dossier | AP News - 2020 |

Judge Mark Warby ruled that the references to Gubarev in the Steele dossier were defamatory and their publication "caused serious harm to his reputation." But he said Steele could not be held responsible for making the dossier public. It was published by BuzzFeed in January 2017.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 2nd, 2023 at 09:54:43 PM EST
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Supreme Court declines to hear bid to disqualify Trump from 2024 election
The long-shot bid to bar Trump, 77, from running for office cites the 14th Amendment's "Disqualification Clause," which prohibits any person who has "engaged in insurrection or rebellion" against the Constitution from holding federal or state office.
There goes 1/2 of Agent Smith's case. Even if The Don is convicted in one of the other suits.
"The fight is far from being over," Castro tweeted Monday. "We're going to get the liberal 9th Circuit to kick Trump off the ballot in Montana, Idaho, Nevada, and Arizona. Coupled with the 1st Circuit kicking him off the Maine ballot, there's ZERO path to 270."
John Castro?! He would know. I am not updating my Ring Toss list.
by Cat on Tue Oct 3rd, 2023 at 03:13:47 AM EST
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