Reporter: “It’s an action that you say they have taken, but you have shown no evidence to confirm that. […] This is like – crisis actors? Really? This is like Alex Jones territory you’re getting into now.”
Reporter Matt Lee tries to make the point that we cannot blindly follow these people into war because we should “trust” them when they say it. We all have too many friends who did not come home from Iraq and Afghanistan because of the WMD narrative that got us into that rat’s nest.
The US is trying to claim “crisis actors” are going to pretend an attack happened. These crackpots want war. They want your kids to die in that war.
Paul R Plante says
As to the rat’s nest or rat **** in Iraqinam, where Joe Biden still has us mired down, for the outsized rile this goofball played in that fiasco when he was a hack senator on the foreign relations committee of the senate, see p. 86 of “FIASCO – The American Military Adventure in Iraq” by Thomas E. Ricks, entitled THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, to wit:
In previous wars, Congress had been populated by hawks and doves.
But as war in Iraq loomed it seemed to consist mainly of lambs who hardly made a peep.
In the months of the run-up to war, Congress asked very few questions, and didn’t offer any challenge to the administration on the lack of postwar planning.
Congress takes no for an answer
The last chance was offered by hearings on Iraq held in February 2003, but this was not an opportunity Congress would take.
It had made its choice the previous October when it gave the president a blank check to go to war.
As a body it was willing to ask questions, but that was little more than a pose, because it didn’t object when it didn’t get responses that spoke to the issue.
It was a Congress that would take no, or something close to it, for an answer.
Douglas Feith’s appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at its major prewar hearing on Iraq was a memorable demonstration of testimony as tap dancing.
He couldn’t say how many troops might be required, or what a war might cost, or even what other countries might join the U.S.-led effort.
“Senator, it’s hard to answer a lot of these what-ifs because a lot depends on, you know, future events that we don’t know,” Feith told Sen. Joseph Biden, the Delaware Democrat who was the ranking minority member on the panel.
“There are enormous uncertainties.”
As for the key question of the duration of the occupation, Feith deferred answering.
“I don’t think I want to venture into the prediction business,” he parried.
“The American people have no notion of what we are about to undertake,” Biden concluded that day.
It was an important observation about a democracy about to launch a war in a distant land, alien culture, and hostile region.
But it was made in a tone of passive resignation.
Paul R Plante says
For anyone with a working memory of a longer duration than a handful of nano-seconds, this bidness with Ukraine is so much bull****, just like it was bull**** back when Joe Biden was a meddler in the internal affairs of Ukraine while he was the weak sister Hussein Obama’s vice president, and for an inside look at the meddling in Ukraine’s internal affairs back then by the Obama regime with this goofy Joe Biden in charge, and how this whole show today is a rerun of what was going on back then, right down to the same cast of characters, let us go to an article in the Christian Science Monitor titled “Amid US-Russia tussle over Ukraine, a leaked tape of Victoria Nuland – While the authenticity of a YouTube recording of Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland on a call to the US ambassador isn’t confirmed, it sure sounds convincing” by Dan Murphy, Staff writer, on February 6, 2014, where we had the following drama involving Victoria Nuland, who Joe has back in there today in his administration as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, a position in his administration that feeds well, if nothing else, where we had the Obama administration and the goofy Joe Biden meddling in Ukraine’s affairs, just like the goofball Biden is doing once again today, in the same mindless fashion because that is all Joe has to offer, to wit:
A tape uploaded to YouTube on Feb. 4 appears to be a confidential conversation between Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt.
The State Department hasn’t yet commented on the video – and it’s possible that the conversation was faked.
However, the White House is blaming the Russians for the leak, which probably tells you that it’s the real deal.
If not, it’s an amazing piece of mimicry of how senior US diplomats speak in private.
(Update: State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki called the leak “a new low in Russian tradecraft” on Thursday afternoon and said “I didn’t say it was inauthentic” when asked to confirm if the tape was legitimate. A “new low?” From a Russian perspective, assuming they did it, it was brilliant. And it didn’t require assassinating a former spy in a foreign capital with a radioactive isotope.)
And there is our Jen, as snippy back then as she is today, which takes us back to the drama that was happening then, which is the same drama happening again today, to wit:
The leak – if that is what it is – comes as tensions ratchet up between the US and Russia over Ukraine.
And people, what do we have again today with this goofball Joe Biden once again in power – you got it – tensions ratcheting up between the US and Russia over Ukraine all over again.
Getting back to that article about life in America in 2014, we have more as follows:
In an interview with the Kommersant-Ukraine newspaper out today Sergei Glazyev, the Kremlin’s top advisor on Ukraine, said President Viktor Yanukovych should use force against the “putschists” and lashed out at the US.
He charged that the West was “blackmailing” pro-Russian businessmen and that the US was spending $20 million a week to help “rebels” overthrow a Russian ally.
And c’mon, man, lighten up here a minute, Hussein Obama and Joe Biden US spending $20 million a week in US taxpayer dollars to help “rebels” overthrow a Russian ally was nothing more than chicken feed, just some pocket change, not real serious money like Joe is spending today.
Getting back to the story:
He hinted that Russia might intervene militarily to help the Ukrainian president.
So what we have is an ongoing propaganda war and in the midst of it the apparent leak of Nuland’s call – a leak that is highly useful from Russia’s perspective.
An d people, think about it – an on-going propaganda war back then, which really got quite tiresome, and here we are again today, with the same cast of characters back on stage once again – old Joe, Jen Psaki, Vicky Nuland, whose job feeds well if nothing else, and “Blinky” Blinken, and another tiresome propaganda war heating up all over again with Jen Psaki’s running mouth in there big-time, which is why Joe pays her those big buck$.
What a bunch of bull**** all over again!
Paul R Plante says
“SCREECH SCREECH SCREECH RUN FOR YOUR LIVES PUTIN’S COMING ACROSS THE BORDER RIGHT NOW OH THE HUMANITY WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE GET OUT NOW WHILE YOU CAN OH MY GOD IT’S TERRIBLE!”
And that was Joe Biden’s weak little lickspittle Tony Blinken this morning getting hysterical about Ukraine and telling everybody to get out right now today and go someplace else, which concludes this segment of ONE MINUTE NEWS, and now once again as always promised, ten more minutes of those commercials you just love and can’t do without if your day is to be complete!
Paul R Plante says
This is just ******* unreal!
To get out of Ukraine before Putin comes across the border at any time now, probably during the Olympics, to crush the country under an onslaught of armored divisions and everybody in it under his boot heel, like the Nazis did to Poland and Russia back when, because well, you know, he’s a Russian and that is what they do, which is why they’re the bad guys and we’re the good guys, because we have a sacred democracy and they don’t so they want to steal the soul of America from Joe Biden, who stole it from Trump, which they’re going to do by invading Ukraine, you need to be vaccinated to cross the border into Poland and safety, otherwise, because you are unvaxxed, and therefore as great a threat to our national security as are the Russians, if not more so, then Joe Biden is going to leave you to your fate with the Russians when they invade Ukraine, because if you are not vaccinated like Joe Biden said you had to be, you are disloyal and guilty of treason to Joe, and so, let the Russians have you, because by being disloyal to Joe Biden, you are no longer an American and Joe doesn’t want you on the planet where he is:
U.S. Embassy in Ukraine:
Message to U.S. Citizens: Poland/Ukraine Border Open to U.S. Citizens
February 12, 2022
The security situation in Ukraine continues to be unpredictable due to the increased threats of Russian military action and can deteriorate with little notice.
U.S. citizens in Ukraine should depart immediately using commercial or other privately available transportation options.
Poland has indicated to the U.S. government that U.S. citizens may now enter Poland through the land border with Ukraine.
No advanced approval is required.
We encourage those traveling into Poland by land from Ukraine to cross at the Korczowa-Krakovets or Medyka-Shehyni border crossings.
U.S. citizens must present a valid U.S. passport and proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Travelers are also encouraged to present a negative test result from a PCR or antigen COVID-19 test, which will facilitate entry into Poland.
Paul R Plante says
So, okay, you are fleeing a war zone because Joe Biden’s state department told you to flee, and on the way out, what you have to do is find some place where you can get PCR or antigen COVID-19 test?
And you can’t get out of the war zone without proof of being “vaccinated” with some horsepiss that isn’t really a vaccine?
Maybe that is why Joe Biden left Americans behind in Afghanistnam, because they weren’t vaccinated and didn’t have a negative PCR or antigen COVID-19 test.
How to go, Joe!
Let’s go, Brandon!
Stuart Bell says
This fake admin allows our border to remain porous, but is willing to help protect Ukraine’s border with US lives. I guess when you are ‘Awakened’ it makes sense. Just like ‘Him’s Woke’ makes none.
Paul R Plante says
What a farce we have going on here as these Biden-istas try to create a huge drama in Ukraine to distract us and divert our attention away from how incompetent and inept this Biden administration really is.
We have his long-time lackey Jake Sullivan being quoted in a Rigzone story titled “Oil Climbs as Geopolitical Tension Threatens Supply” by Julia Fanzeres on February 11, 2022 as follo9ws:
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Friday that the U.S. believes Russia could take offensive military action or attempt to spark a conflict inside Ukraine as early as next week.
Uh, yeah, Jake, but dude, doesn’t that also mean maybe Russia really won’t take offensive military action as early as next week, or at all for that matter, because Putin is playing Joe Biden like a Stradivarius, casting goofy old Joe into the role of the aggressor, like Hitler back when he sent his panzers into Russia?
With that said, as Joe Biden promises serious economic warfare against the Russian people to starve them into submission to his will as ruler of the world, one has to wonder if the people of Stalingrad today have forgotten all about the Nazis trying to crush that city during the Battle of Stalingrad from 23 August 1942 to 2 February 1943, wherein the casualties were estimated at 2 million?
Or will goofy old Joe’s blustering about him inflicting serious economic consequences on the Russian people stir once again their patriotism to their country to resist Joe’s aggression?
And then we had a Reuters article titled “TREASURIES – U.S. yields fall as Ukraine concerns flare” by Chuck Mikolajczak on February 11, 2022, as follows:
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Russia now has sufficient forces to conduct a major military operation against its neighbor and that an assault could begin “any day now,” but the U.S. did not believe Putin had yet made a decision.
What absolute comic opera dialogue this is, but the Biden-sitas want us scared to take our minds off of what a loser we have been saddled with as our “ruler,” by the Democrats, so Jake Sullivan is telling us what it is we are supposed to think if we want to be GOOD AMERICANS loyal to Joe Biden, because it is the right thing to do.
And then we had this same Jake Sullivan appearing in a CNBC article titled “Treasury prices gain, yields fall in flight to safety on Russia-Ukraine fears” by Jesse Pound on February 11, 2022, as follows:
The move lower came after U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said at a White House briefing that there were signs of Russia escalation at the Ukraine border and that it was possible that an invasion could take place during the Olympics, despite speculation to the contrary.
Sullivan noted that the U.S. is not certain that Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a final decision to invade Ukraine.
But “it may well happen soon,” he said.
And again, it may never happen at all, but in the meantime, just today in fact, Rigzone had another story starring Jake’s running mouth titled “Oil Jumps on Ukraine Invasion Risks” by Julia Fanzeres on February 14, 2022, where we had as follows:
Oil jumped as simmering geopolitical tensions between Russia and Ukraine kept the market on edge and volatility high.
West Texas Intermediate surged above $95 a barrel for the first time since 2014.
Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy spooked markets with what appeared to be a sarcastic comment about the rest of the world predicting a date for a Russian attack.
The situation is entering a potentially decisive week.
Russia could take offensive military action or attempt to spark a conflict inside Ukraine as early as this week, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Friday.
And then again, maybe it will be next week, or the week after that.
And it could be sometime this summer.
Or maybe just before our mid-term elections.
Or maybe never.
But in the meantime, Rigzone reported that just today, WTI in this country for March delivery rose $2.36 to settle at $95.46 a barrel in New York.
Which means higher fuel costs for us, along with higher heating bills that are already strapping older people on fixed incomes up here in the cold country where it is fifteen degrees right now and headed down.
And Russia sells oil, so the higher Joe Biden and his pack of idiots starring this Jake Sullivan and all his predictions that do nothing but drive the price of oil higher, actually do drive the price of oil higher, that is money in Putin’s pocket.
Paul R Plante says
And here is a Reuters article with some great comments in it from the Ukrainian people themselves about just how big of A-HOLES this Biden-ista “GANG THAT CAN’T SHOOT STRAIGHT,” Jake Sullivan, “Blinky” Blinken, and “admiral” John Kirby, who with his high-pitched voice sounds like he is crapping right in his pants out of fear the Russians will be coming for him after they roll through Ukraine like a hot knife through butter, are making of themselves and Joe Biden with all their ever-changing predictions as to when the Putin “BLITZKRIEG” is about to begin:
“Ukraine’s Zelenskiy declares ‘day of unity’ for Feb. 16, cited as possible invasion day”
By Darya Korsunskaya and Natalia Zinets
February 14, 2022
MOSCOW/KYIV, Feb 14 (Reuters) – President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called on Ukrainians to fly the country’s flags from buildings and sing the national anthem in unison on Feb. 16, a date that some Western media have cited as a possible start of a Russian invasion.
Ukrainian officials stressed that Zelenskiy was not predicting an attack on that date, but responding with skepticism to foreign media reports.
Several Western media organisations have quoted U.S. and other officials citing the date as when Russian forces would be ready for an attack.
“They tell us Feb. 16 will be the day of the attack.”
“We will make it a day of unity,” Zelenskiy said in a video address to the nation.
“They are trying to frighten us by yet again naming a date for the start of military action,” Zelenskiy said.
When he says “they are trying to frighten us,” he is referring to the Biden-ista idiots named above – Sullivan, “Blinky,” and John Kirby, who sounds like he was an admiral of what is known as the Navy’s “placid water Navy,” that being the fleet of rubber row boats the Navy keeps in New York’s Central Park lake for captains and admirals who can’t drive the bigger boats without whanging them into other boats even bigger than them so they can practice their “seamanship” in a safe environment.
Getting back to the Reuters article, it continues as follows:
Zelenskiy has long said that – while he believes Russia is threatening his country – the likelihood of an imminent attack has been overstated by Ukraine’s Western allies, responding to Moscow’s efforts to intimidate Ukraine and sow panic.
Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Zelenskiy’s chief of staff, told Reuters the president was responding in part “with irony” to media reports of the potential date of the invasion.
“It is quite understandable why Ukrainians today are skeptical about various ‘specific dates’ of the so-called ‘start of the invasion’ announced in the media,” he said.
“When the ‘start of the invasion’ becomes some sort of rolling tour date, such media announcements can only be taken with irony.”
And there is what I thought was a great line that demonstrates just how ridiculous this Biden team is making themselves sound – “OH, YEAH, ANY DAY NOW, THE INVASION IS COMING, WE CAN FEEL IT IN OUR GUT!”
And the sky is going to fall!
Getting back to Reuters we have:
U.S. officials said they were not predicting an assault ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin on a specific day, but repeated warnings that it could come at any time.
And if it could come at any time, why hasn’t it?
And here comes John Kirby, right on cue, with some of his wisdom gleaned from God knows how many years as a really crusty seadog out there on the high seas keeping the world safe for our sacred democracy, to wit:
“I won’t get into a specific date, I don’t think that would be smart.”
“I would just tell you that it is entirely possible that he could move with little to no warning,” Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby told reporters.
Hey, John, dude, you da man, so whatever you say, dude, works for me.
Do you think maybe it will be next Tuesday, or isn’t it smart for you to say right now?
And then we come to this:
Ukraine is already suffering economic damage from the standoff.
A surge in the price of 5-year credit default swaps on Ukrainian sovereign bonds suggested that markets gave Kyiv a 42% probability of defaulting.
U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan told congressional leaders on Monday that Washington was considering offering Ukraine up to $1 billion in sovereign loan guarantees to calm markets, a source familiar with the adviser’s call told Reuters.
Hey, way to go, Jake, let’s bail out Ukraine with our tax payer dollars.
Afterall, we have sloshing around right now way more than we need.
So let’s borrow some money from the Chinese to bail out the Ukrainians with, because it is the right thing to do.
Paul R Plante says
This just in:
Biden: My sense is Russia will invade over next several days
And oh, right, the Tommyknockers are coming as well.
Bad dudes those Tommyknockers, especially when they are now allied with Putin and the Russians to first take over Ukraine, and then Washington, D.C., the foreign country that rules the United States of America and the world with Joe Biden as its Grand Panjandrum.
Paul R Plante says
Joe Biden “had a sense” that inflation was transitory.
Joe Biden “had a sense” that the Afghan army was more than a match for the Taliban.
Joe Biden “had a sense” that Saddam Hussein had WMD’s.
Now, this same Joe Biden “has a sense” that Putin will invade Ukraine.
To which I can only reply, yeah, right, Joe, hey, dude, with your record of having “senses” about things, whatever you say.
And Joe Biden “has a sense” that the Tommyknockers are coming, as well.
And there, who knows, he may well be right about something for once in his life.
Right now, he is a buffoonish caricature.
A guppy with a hook in his mouth while it is Putin who holds the fishing pole.
The old goofball ought to consider that in our country, Joe Biden is not popular, nor is he respected, while in his country, Putin has a high approval rating for standing up to Joe Biden and making him look like the puffed-up fool he really is.
Paul R Plante says
There’s big money for the Democrats in stirring up all the trouble they can in Ukraine:
“Who Is Adam Schiff?”
By Branko Marcetic
Since Donald Trump’s election, a number of Democrats have tried to cast themselves as leaders of the “resistance.”
Few have done it with more gusto than Adam Schiff.
Schiff’s alarmism has paid off for him personally, catapulting him to national prominence and supplying him a potent theme for fundraising.
But it also has the potential to be profitable for another group: the arms manufacturers and military contractors that are among his biggest donors.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Schiff’s list of campaign contributors in recent years is littered with the names of prominent defense contractors.
Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Orbital ATK, Harris Corporation, and Raytheon all make an appearance.
The latter has given the California representative a total of $64,015 over the course of his career, and in 2013, its PAC held a fundraiser for him at the Verizon Center headlined by Beyoncé.
That same year, Schiff was treated to a fundraiser by Igor Pasternak, a blimp manufacturer who returned to Ukraine and, inspired by the 2014 revolution, began working with the country’s defense ministry.
But surpassing all these is Parsons Corp, a multinational engineering services firm whose headquarters in Pasadena have sat in or adjacent to the different congressional districts Schiff has represented over the years.
Parsons has been Schiff’s second-most generous funder, donating a total of $101,500 (just narrowly behind Disney).
Schiff’s public inflation of the Russian cyber-threat may also be serendipitous for the company, which over the past six years has been slowly pivoting away from construction toward cybersecurity and missile defense.
It has hosted a Cyber Defense Exercise run by the NSA four years in a row, and recently acquired Williams Electric Co., which is set to boost its work in cybersecurity.
Other Schiff donors would also stand to profit from the military escalations he has supported.
In fact, they’ve acknowledged that rising tensions with Russia are good for business, and in some cases have even called for the policy (allowing arms exports to Ukraine) for which Schiff has spent years advocating.
As the Intercept’s Lee Fang reported last year, the Aerospace Industries Association, a lobby group that works on behalf of corporations like Lockheed and Raytheon, complained that the Pentagon wasn’t spending enough to resist “Russian aggression on NATO’s doorstep,” and one Raytheon board member called for the US to “raise the cost for what Russia is doing in Ukraine” because “even President Putin is sensitive to body bags.”
Lockheed’s vice president of air and missile defense systems said at last year’s Paris Airshow that “the threat [from Russia and others] is absolutely increasing and it’s increasingly rapidly,” spurring greater interest in missile defense.
While there, Raytheon’s president of integrated defense systems also commented that countries previously hadn’t been interested in missile defense because “they didn’t see Russia as a threat, but now that has changed.”
“As a direct result of the threat dynamic that our customers are seeing, they want to have the ability to protect their sovereignty,” the company’s CEO told CNBC late last year.
Similarly, the CEO and chairman of Nothrop Grumman informed investors last month that “the nature of the threat environment that we observe around the globe today” is going to feed into greater national security investment (from which the arms industry profited).
And the CEO of Harris Corporation — which has already supplied $21 million worth of military radios to Ukrainian forces — said to investors on a conference call in January that the perceived Russian military threat was driving up demand for their radios.
It’s impossible to know how much of Schiff’s rhetoric and votes are motivated by campaign contributions.
But the link between defense contractors’ interests and an aggressive US foreign policy is undeniable.
Defense contractors who have given lavishly to Schiff talk openly about how tensions with Russia — which he has played a key part in fomenting — are good for business.