The following Op-Ed is special to the Mirror by Paul Plante
Actually, I was going to title this “History Should Be Our Guide in Ukraine,” but I didn’t for several reasons, starting with the fact that that title was already taken by a dude named Victor Davis Hanson in a RealClear Politics article on March 31, 2022, where he started out his essay by saying, and I completely agree with him, that there are “several historical referents we should keep in mind about the Ukraine war,” and there is where our thoughts diverge, mine and his, which is why I instead chose the title above, because while his version of history is more about some events, relevant, or not, mine is about the people who wrote that history, both recently, and going back to the end of WWI, when what we call Ukraine today was then the Bolshevik Ukrainian republic founded in December 1917, as Ukrainian Soviet Republic, after the Bolshevik Revolution started in Russia.
So, as we see, or shall see, what is called Ukraine today has no history of democracy, and in an Associated Press article titled “Ukraine president’s ratings fall as crisis with Russia brews” on February 14, 2022, we see “democracy” in Ukraine in more recent times described as follows:
Zelenskyy tried to calm the political turbulence Sunday by downplaying the stepped-up warnings from the U.S. about the imminent possibility of a Russian invasion.
“We understand all the risks,” Zelenskyy said, adding that if anyone has any “information regarding a 100% certain invasion, beginning on the 16th,” they need to come forward.”
The maneuverings and the dismay among ordinary Ukrainians present a significant challenge for a country where democracy has been shambolic for decades.
Yes, indeed, people, in Ukraine, the Ukraine Joe Biden is backing with our U.S. tax dollars in his proxy war with Putin of Russia, democracy is shambolic and has been for decades, which is why Joe Biden is so interested in protecting it, because in the end, Joe likes to have corrupt strongman autocrats like this Zelensky loyal to him and son Hunter in countries like Ukraine with its long history of corruption which draws American politicians to it like flies to a family picnic.
The Ukrainian SSR was established by the Bolsheviks following the defeat of the Ukrainian People’s Republic in the Soviet–Ukrainian War during the Russian Civil War.
Throughout its 72-year history, the republic’s borders changed many times, with a significant portion of what is now Western Ukraine being annexed by Soviet forces in 1939 from the Republic of Poland, and the addition of Carpathian Ruthenia from Czechoslovakia in 1945.
And there is some essential history that this Victor Davis Hanson dude either is unaware of, or he simply chooses to ignore it, that taking of land and peoples from those other countries and awarding them and it to Ukraine, instead, as if that essential history, inclouding the fact of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, a Ukrainian nationalist paramilitary and later partisan formation that during World War was engaged in guerrilla warfare against the Soviet Union, the Polish Underground State, Communist Poland, and Nazi Germany, playing a substantial role in the ethnic cleansing of the Polish population of Volhynia and East Galicia which now are part of what is called Ukraine, could not possibly be relevant to what is going on there today, which brings us back to the AP article “Ukraine president’s ratings fall as crisis with Russia brews” on February 14, 2022, where we find as follows as to who supports this Zelensky and who does not in what is in actuality a country cobbled together out of pieces of other countries, whether the people in those countries wanted to be part of Ukraine, or not, and so much for self-determination, to wit:
“The biggest risk for Ukraine and the biggest risk for the sovereignty of our state … is destabilization within our state,” Zelenskyy said last month.
But Ukrainians have little confidence that Zelenskyy can ensure that stability.
According to a January poll by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, only 30% of the country’s people want Zelenskyy to run for a second term and even fewer — 23% — would vote for him.
In that, of course, the low ratings, I mean, this Zelensky in Ukraine is mirroring Joe Biden in this country, where Joe is not popular, at all.
So why isn’t Zelensky popular?
Let’s go back to the AP article to see what we can learn on that score, to wit:
The continuing conflict in the rebel east and the prospect of a full-scale war aren’t the only factors in his declining support.
“Zelenskyy promised to end the war and defeat corruption, but this did not happen,” said Anatoly Rudenko, a 48-year-old driver in Kyiv.
“Prices are rising, corruption has not gone away and we have begun to live even poorer.”
“The miracle did not happen.”
“The situation is only getting worse,” said Tatyana Shmeleva, a 54-year-old economist.
And there is what attracts Joe Biden to this Zelensky – the corruption, because like everybody else, a politician has to eat, and when a politician eats, they want to eat well, and nothing pays a politician like corruption does, so there we have it, people.
A simple formula, indeed.
So who is this Zelensky whose action we should be backing in Ukraine, because Joe Biden tells us we have to?
Here is what AP has to say on that, to wit:
Zelenskyy initially made his name in Ukraine as a comic actor portraying on television a teacher who inadvertently becomes president after railing against corruption.
Yes, people, Ukraine is going to war against Russia with a comic actor who has no military experience of any kind, let along experience of the real world outside a television studio, who is now threatening nuclear war as we see in the CNN article “US and NATO face new dilemma on Ukraine aid” by Maeve Reston on 18 April 2022, to wit:
As world leaders try to glean what Putin is thinking — and how far he might go in trying to punish the nations that help Ukraine — Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, who met face-to-face with Putin last week, said it was clear that Putin believes he’s winning the war and is operating “in his own war logic.”
“He thinks the war is necessary for security guarantees for the Russian Federation.”
“He doesn’t trust the international community.”
“He blames the Ukrainians for genocide in the Donbas region,” Nehammer said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, referring to the fictional propaganda that Putin has spouted to justify his acts of aggression against Ukraine.
“He is now in his world, but I think he knows what is going on now in Ukraine.”
Given the immense challenges of facing off against a leader with that warped and rigid mindset, Zelensky is trying to persuade world leaders to become more involved in the next phase by warning that they should be worried about the possible consequences of Putin’s next steps — including that he could use a tactical nuclear weapon because he has shown so little regard for human lives during his invasion of Ukraine.
And with that bit of paranoia and hysteria in front of us, the threat that Putin is going to nuke somebody, let me stop here for the moment to let this all sink in.
Carla Jasper says
A good start for rebutting the spoon fed propaganda that is our media. Thank you.
Paul Plante says
Boy, what a mouthful you just said there, Carla, about “spoon fed propaganda!”
Is it ever, and we should be very thankful we have the Cape Charles Mirror as a vehicle for us common citizens to voice our opposition to that propaganda.
So thanks for making that post and making that clear about how we are being led by the nose with all this crap we are being fed by what is called the “media” literally 24/7/365.
Bill Smith says
Well, Paul, they don’t call them “All Bout Crap”, “Nothing But Crap”, “Crap Broadcasting System” and “Multiple Sycophants (feeding us) Nothing But Crap” for nothing!!
Paul Plante says
Well, said, indeed!
Paul Plante says
So where do we even begin to sort out this mess here, separating out fact from fill, so to speak, as we dig through what is obvious propaganda from straight out of Orwell’s “1984” with respect to exactly what history out of a long train of history with respect to Ukraine, where history goes back in time to 45,000–43,000 BC, when the Neanderthals were in charge there, followed by Gravettian settlements dating to 32,000 BC in the Buran-Kaya cave site of the Crimean Mountains, while in the late Neolithic times, the Cucuteni-Trypillian Culture flourished from about 4,500–3,000 BC, with the Scythian kingdom existing there from 750 to 250 BC, should actually be our guide in Ukraine, in an effort to determine exactly what the “several historical referents we should keep in mind about the Ukraine war,” actually are, which of course will always be subjective.
As to the Gravettians, they were hunter-gatherers who lived in a bitterly cold period of European prehistory, and Gravettian lifestyle was shaped by the climate.
Pleniglacial environmental changes forced them to adapt because west and Central Europe were extremely cold during this period.
So, is that essential history, which again is a matter of opinion, which makes it subjective?
If we go to a site called Encyclopedia of Ukraine http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/display.asp?linkpath=pages%5CH%5CI%5CHistoryofUkraine.htm to the section “History of Ukraine,” we see that indeed, they do carry their history back to “The Stone Age” where they inform us that the oldest traces of human existence in Ukraine, dating from the early Paleolithic Period (ca 900,000 BC) of the Stone Age, were discovered near Korolevo on the Tysa River in Transcarpathia (Korolevo archeological site) and near Medzhybizh on the Boh River in Podilia (Medzhybizh archeological site).
According to that history, archeological evidence indicates that by the Upper Paleolithic Period (40,000–15,000 BC) almost all of Ukraine was inhabited by clans of hunters and gatherers and during the Mesolithic Period (10,000–7,000 BC) Ukraine’s inhabitants engaged in fishing, had domesticated dogs, and used the bow and arrow; the first tribal units then appeared.
During the Neolithic Period (7,000–3,000 BC) primitive agriculture and animal husbandry arose, as did pottery and weaving with those activities being developed further during the Copper Age and Bronze Age.
As to “tribal units,” and this would be very relevant, in my estimation, as well as the kind of European history that fries the brains of Americans who try to make sense out of what doesn’t seem to make sense, at all, because it is so confusing as to who is whom, that history tells us as follows:
By the 6th century AD, the ancestors of the Ukrainians were divided into several tribal groups: the Polianians on the banks of the Dnipro River around Kyiv; the Siverianians in the Desna River, Seim River, and Sula River basins; the Derevlianians in Polisia between the Teteriv River and Prypiat River basins; the Dulibians, later called Buzhanians and Volhynians, in the Buh River basin; the White Croatians in Subcarpathia; the Ulychians in the Boh River basin; and the Tivertsians in the Dnister River basin.
These tribes had ties with the proto-Belarusian Drehovichians, the proto-Russian Radimichians, Viatichians, and Krivichians, and the Baltic tribes to the north; the Bulgarian Kingdom and the Byzantine Empire to the south; the Khazar Kaganate and the Volga Bulgars to the east; and the proto-Polish Vistulans and Mazovians, Great Moravia, and the Magyars to the west.
They also traded with more distant lands via international trade routes: the route ‘from the Varangians to the Greeks’ linking the Baltic Sea and Black Sea mostly via the Dnipro River and thus joining Scandinavia with Byzantium; the east-west route from the Caspian Sea to Kyiv and then to Cracow, Prague, and Regensburg, thus joining the Arab world with central and western Europe; and the route linking the Caspian and Baltic seas and thus the Arab world with Scandinavia.
Because they lived along or at the crossroads of these important trade routes, the proto-Ukrainian tribes played an important economic and political role in eastern Europe.
The tribes shared a common proto-Slavic language and pagan beliefs.
They built their agricultural settlements around wooden fortified towns.
Kyiv was the capital of the Polianians; Chernihiv, of the Siverianians; Iskorosten (Korosten), of the Derevlianians; Volyn (Horodok on the Buh River), of the Dulibians; and Peresichen, of the Ulychians.
The Polianians were the most developed of the tribes; according to the Rus’ Primary Chronicle, their prince, Kyi, founded Kyiv in the late 6th century.
Kyiv’s strategic position at the crossroads of the trade routes contributed to its rapid development into a powerful economic, cultural, and political center.
The tribal princes, however, were not able to transform their tribal alliances into viable states and thus protect their independence.
In the early 8th century, the Polianians and Siverianians were forced to recognize the supremacy of the Khazar Khaganate and to pay tribute.
In the mid-9th century, the warlike Varangians from Scandinavia invaded and conquered the tribal territories, and established the foundations for Kyivan Rus’ state with its capital in Kyiv.
As to the Varangians, that was the name given by Eastern Romans to Viking raiders, conquerors, traders and settlers, who were overwhelmingly ethnic Swedes but also including smaller contingents from Denmark and Norway.
Between the 9th and 11th centuries, Varangians ruled the medieval state of Kievan Rus’, settled among many territories of modern Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, and formed the Byzantine Varangian Guard which later also included Anglo-Saxons.
So, now, we have Swedes and Danes and Norwegians coming into the mix, ruling the same Kiev that this Zelensky is trying to rule today as a vassal state or principality in what is known as Biden World, or the Empire of Joe the First!
So who are the Ukrainians, then?
Getting back to the Varangians, according to the 12th-century Kievan Primary Chronicle, a group of Varangians known as the Rus’ settled in Novgorod in 862 under the leadership of Rurik.
Rurik’s relative Oleg conquered Kiev in 882 and established the state of Kievan Rus’, which was later ruled by Rurik’s descendants.
Engaging in trade, piracy, and mercenary service, Varangians roamed the river systems and portages of Gardariki, as the areas north of the Black Sea were known in the Norse sagas and they controlled the Volga trade route (between the Varangians and the Muslims), connecting the Baltic to the Caspian Sea and the Dnieper and Dniester trade route (between Varangians and the Greeks) leading to the Black Sea and Constantinople, which were the main important trade links at that time, connecting Medieval Europe with Abbasid Caliphates and the Byzantine Empire.
Attracted by the riches of Constantinople, the Varangian Rus’ began the Rus’-Byzantine Wars, some of which resulted in advantageous trade treaties.
Coinciding with the general decline of the Viking Age, the influx of Scandinavians to Rus’ stopped and Varangians were gradually assimilated by East Slavs by the late 11th century.
So, trade routes, which brings us back to modern times and an article on the website RailFreight.com titled “How important is Ukraine on the New Silk Road?” published on 25-02-2022, where we learn as follows about this highly convoluted drama pitting America’s own “Leader of the World” Joe Biden against the world he is trying to be the leader of, to wit:
Due to the Russian military attacks in Ukraine, rail freight on transit through the country (Ukraine) is currently suspended.
Freight trains running on the main China-Europe corridor – via Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus – run as usual, operators report on Thursday 24 February.
Some say that Ukraine is not that relevant for New Silk Road volumes.
How true is this?
Looking at the numbers, Ukraine is indeed handling a very minor share of the total rail freight volumes between China and Europe.
According to RZD Logistics, which presented the overall picture at the European Silk Road Summit in Amsterdam last December, transit through Ukraine accounted for 2 per cent of the westbound container traffic volumes on the New Silk Road in 2021.
Ukraine has attempted to re-establish its position on the New Silk Road for the last ten years.
Eventually, there was little trust in the country as a transit region, the rail freight industry mostly considered it to be politically unstable, a reputation which it was trying hard to contest.
This effort was starting to be rewarded in the past few years.
More and more operators started trial journeys through Ukraine, and with a positive result.
The country turned out to be less politically unstable, and very willing to increase the volumes passing through its territory.
In fact, the ministry of infrastructure was investing a lot of money to modernise the railway network, anticipating its growing role.
In January 2022, Chinese president Xi Jinping underlined Ukraine’s importance for China’s BRI in January 2022.
In a note he sent to the Ukrainian president, he underlined how important the “development of the China-Ukraine strategic partnership was to his country and the Silk Road, respectively.”
The development of the China-Ukraine strategic partnership was important to China and the Silk Road?
What on earth is up with that, because I thought the strategic partnership was between Ukraine and Joe Biden, not China, who won’t censure Russia for invading Ukraine, and thus is now on Janet “TOODLES” Yellen’s S-list as another candidate for the same kind of crippling sanctions that she says, although it is not apparent, have crippled Russia’s economy?
And before going further with relevant history, this being a New York Times story titled “Biden Faces Conflict of Interest Questions That Are Being Promoted by Trump and Allies” by Kenneth P. Vogel and Iuliia Mendel on 2 May 2019, where we were told that it was a foreign policy role Joseph R. Biden Jr. enthusiastically embraced during his vice presidency: browbeating Ukraine’s notoriously corrupt government to clean up its act with regard to the political meddling in Ukraine’s internal affairs, by Hussein Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Victoria Nuland, who is fed very well as one of the Biden team, Tony Blinken and Jake Sullivan, let me stop here for the moment before exploring this history further, and after a break for station identification, we’ll be right back with more of the sage of Joe Biden’s World starring our very own Joe Biden, so please, stay tuned to this same station for more yet to come.
Paul Plante says
And before going back to the past, as we try to discern Joe Biden’s motives here with respect to Ukraine, let’s come to the present with a BBC story titled “Ukraine war: US wants to see a weakened Russia” by Matt Murphy on 25 April 2022 where we see confirmed my premise that Joe Biden is very willing to spend U.S. tax dollars to see Ukraine destroyed and the lives of its people shattered if that will serve to weaken Joe’s hated enemy, Putin of Russia, to wit:
At a news conference in Poland after the visit, Mr Austin told reporters the US wants to see “Russia weakened to the degree that it can’t do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine”.
BBC diplomatic correspondent James Landale observed that Mr Austin’s comments calling for a weakened Russia were unusually strong for a US defence secretary.
It is one thing to help Ukraine resist Russian aggression, it is quite another to speak of weakening Russia’s capabilities, he said.
Mr Putin’s accusations of the West attempting to “destroy Russia”, made during a speech on Monday, appeared to be in response to Mr Austin’s comments.
US defence officials said of the millions announced in fresh military funding, nearly $332m (£260m) would be allocated to Ukraine.
It brings the total US security assistance provided to Ukraine since the invasion began to more than $3.7bn (£2.9bn).
Mr Zelensky has been pleading with Western leaders to increase the flow of military equipment for weeks, vowing that his forces can overcome Russia’s military if provided with fighter jets and other vehicles.
Last week the US confirmed it had supplied Ukrainian troops with howitzer artillery cannons and anti-artillery radars for the first time.
Russia’s ambassador in Washington said Moscow had sent a diplomatic note demanding an end to the US supply of weapons to Ukraine.
Mr Blinken also defended America’s diplomatic approach, telling reporters that the Western alliance the Biden administration had assembled had put pressure on President Putin’s government.
“The strategy that we’ve put in place, massive support for Ukraine, massive pressure against Russia, solidarity with more than 30 countries engaged in these efforts, is having real results,” Mr Blinken said.
“And we’re seeing that when it comes to Russia’s war aims, Russia is failing, Ukraine is succeeding.”
“A sovereign, independent Ukraine will be around a lot longer than Vladimir Putin’s on the scene,” Mr Blinken added.
President Biden’s always made clear that the US won’t directly intervene in the war in Ukraine.
He won’t be sending American troops to join the battle.
But the truth is that the US is getting more deeply involved – and that’s been highlighted by the words of the US defence secretary.
America has dramatically increased the supply of weapons to Ukraine in recent weeks.
Despite Russian warnings, it’s made clear it’ll be sending more.
Mr Austin’s words underline that America is not a bystander in this war.
America wants to see Russia defeated.
More than that, it wants to see Russia’s military machine reduced to such an extent that it will not be able to threaten any another European ally in the future.
The fear, shared by Nato allies, is that any kind of defeat for Ukraine will only embolden President Putin’s ambitions.
Mr Austin has now set out clearly that the US has its own strategic goals for this war – even if it’s theoretically not participating.
The goal is to stop President Putin and to weaken Russia’s military to such an extent that it will no longer be able to threaten other nations.
To some extent that’s already happened.
Military experts already believe it will take years for Russia to recover from its military losses.
That might also send a signal to another nation which the US is increasingly concerned about – namely China.
For President Putin it’s more evidence that he’s not just in a war with Ukraine.
No doubt it will feed his own narrative for the purposes of domestic support.
He’s long portrayed Nato as a threat to Russia.
So there we have it, people, right from the top!
Which brings us to the word “surreal” in the title of this series of essays, where “surreal” means in this case “resembling a dream: fantastic and incongruous,” where “incongruous” in the case means “inconsistent within itself,” such as the statement that Russia is somehow a threat to NATO, which is hog****, if we are to believe the previous news reports on the subject such as a CNN story titled “Obama all but names Putin as behind hacking, told him to ‘cut it out'” by Kevin Liptak on December 16, 2016, to wit:
The outgoing President’s year-end press conference was dominated by questions about Russia and its influence in last month’s vote.
After unleashing a string of putdowns about Russia, describing America’s Cold War adversary as “a weaker country” that “doesn’t produce anything anyone wants to buy except oil and gas and arms,” Obama conceded the country could exploit political divisions in the United States.
He attacked Republicans for siding with an arch-enemy of the United States because of their dislike of Democrats.
A “weaker country” in the “arch enemy” of the United States?
That, people, is bizarre, and let us keep in mind that when Hussein was making that stupid statement about Russia being our “arch enemy,” his “team included Joe Biden, Tony Blinken, and Jake Sullivan while Joe Biden’s secretary of defense Lloyd Austin was Obama’s commander of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM).
Lloyd, if everyone will remember, was featured in a New York Times story titled “Military Officials Distorted ISIS Intelligence, Congressional Panel Says” by Helene Cooper on August 11, 2016, where we were informed about Lloyd telling fibs or outright lies to the American people back then, which is what recommended him to Joe as Joe’s secretary of defense, as follows:
WASHINGTON – Officials from the United States Central Command altered intelligence reports to portray a more optimistic picture of the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria than events on the ground warranted, a congressional panel said in a report issued Thursday.
The interim report, from a task force established by the Republican chairmen of the House Armed Services Committee, Intelligence Committee and Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, found “widespread dissatisfaction” among Central Command intelligence analysts, who said superiors were doctoring their assessments of American efforts to defeat the Islamic State.
“Intelligence products approved by senior Centcom leaders typically provided a more positive depiction of U.S. antiterrorism efforts than was warranted by facts on the ground and were consistently more positive than analysis produced by other elements of the intelligence community,” a news release about the report said.
“The leadership failures at Centcom reach to the very top of the organization.”
The 10-page report detailed persistent problems in 2014 and 2015 in Central Command’s description and analysis of American efforts to train Iraqi forces.
Although it offers no definitive evidence that senior Obama administration officials ordered the reports to be doctored, it describes analysts as feeling as though they were under pressure from Centcom leaders to present a more optimistic view of the threat posed by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
“Throughout the first half of 2015, many Central Command press releases, statements and congressional testimonies were significantly more positive than actual events,” the report said.
“After months of investigation, this much is very clear,” Representative Mike Pompeo, Republican of Kansas, said in a statement.
“From the middle of 2014 to the middle of 2015, the United States Central Command’s most senior intelligence leaders manipulated the command’s intelligence products to downplay the threat from ISIS in Iraq.”
Last August, The New York Times reported the existence of the Pentagon inspector general investigation, opened after complaints by Centcom analysts.
But last year’s allegations called into question how much President Obama could rely on Central Command for honest assessments of military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and other crisis spots.
Centcom’s commander then, Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, came under criticism last year after Senate testimony viewed by many lawmakers as being an overly positive assessment of the war.
So what really is going on here with respect to Ukraine?
Can we expect any truth about the situation from Joe Biden and Lloyd Austin?
And while you ponder that, we are going to pause here for station identification, so if you need to run to the fridge for munchies, now is the time to do it!
Paul Plante says
What I am finding to be absolutely bizarre here, which is what makes this so surreal, as if a dream, because in real life, in a sane and rational world, this **** could not possibly be happening, and yet it is, because it is on YouTube, and thus, cannot be dismissed as a mere figment of my imagination, unless YouTube is a mass hallucination affecting us all as a form of mass psychoses, which Carl Gustav Jung would say is certainly possible, is that the man Zelensky of Ukraine called on before the whole world, on 3/16/22, to be the “Leader of the World,” as if Joe Biden actually had it in him to be the “Leader of the World,” and more to the point, as if the world would have Joe Biden as its leader, a lift too heavy for Joe and a bridge too far, was just seen on international television https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OARVosrEQpY before a huge crowd of amazed and baffled spectators being attacked by an enraged and highly agitated and violent obese rabbit, of all things, while Joe’s security detail stood there and watched the assault on Joe by the clearly out-of-control rabbit happen!
What am image, people!
That man in the video being pummeled and pushed around by an obese rabbit is the man perched on the brink of leading us into WWIII.
Think about that, people – if Joe Biden is so easily pushed around by an obese rabbit, how on earth can we depend on him to keep us safe from Putin?
And speaking of Joe Biden being the “Leader of the World,” here we have him lost in space in his own white house, where either nobody knows he is the “Leader of the World,” or nobody wants to know him, including Hussein Obama, the other half of the comedy duo “Me & Barack,” who told Joe, after Joe tapped him on the shoulder, to go sit down and Obama would be with him in a few minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGRxVITBGOA
But then, on the other hand, and this would go to show how connected Joe really is to the intelligence community, which is important, very important, in fact, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_59agcnLAj4 we had Joe Biden caught on film shaking hands with the notorious Dr. Peter Brady, the scientist who, while attempting to achieve invisibility with light refraction, had the experiment go wrong, which happens a lot with science, maybe more than people actually realize, and it turned him permanently invisible.
Now, here is where we can see how dialed in Joe really is, which causes me to wonder if the attack on him by the rabbit wasn’t staged so as to mislead Putin into thinking Joe would be an easy push-over, getting pushed around as he was by a seriously overweight rabbit, the scientist, and Joe, as we all know, is very big on following the science, Dr. Peter Brady, the scientist Joe is seen shaking hands with in the video, was actually for a time declared a state secret by the Brits, “BoJo’s” crowd across the pond who are Joe’s staunchest allies and really good friends, besides, and was locked up as a result, a clear human rights violation as I see it, but eventually, and here it is unclear whether it happened with intercession from Joe, the threat of massive sanctions on “BoJo” and his family and everyone around him, including his Budgie, the UK government allowed him to return to his laboratory and search for an antidote, so that almost immediately, British Intelligence recruited him for a top secret assignment which has him sitting in Putin’s office listening to everything Putin says, and reading his mail over his shoulder, and then reporting that information to Joe, for which we see Joe thanking him in the video, which is how Joe Biden knows what Putin is thinking, which goes to show just how canny Joe Biden can really be, which is why Zelensky is relying on Joe, because who else has he got, when there can only be just one “Leader of the World,” and if it is not “BoJo the Brit,” or Macron of France, and the German dude, by default it has to be Joe, because like Hussein Obama before him, Joe leads the strongest military that the world has ever known.
In the meantime, out here in the real world, the world we all live in, and this is surreal, as well, according to an article in the Jerusalem Post on 23 April 2022 titled “Russia using weapons supplied by France, Germany against Ukraine – report” by Eliav Breuer, and this is straight out of Catch-22, where Milo Minderbender rents our planes and bombs to the Germans when they don’t have enough planes so they can bomb our base, and thus keep the war going for Milo’s black market operation, which is where the big money is in wartime, we have as follows:
Russia has been using weapons manufactured and exported by France and Germany in its war against Ukraine, British newspaper The Telegraph reported a European Union analysis as saying.
While The Telegraph claims to have exclusively gained access to the EU analysis, independent investigative reports since the war began have arrived at the same conclusion.
Despite a 2014 EU decision on an arms embargo to Russia after it invaded Crimea, between 2015-2020 10 EU member states continued to supply it with 346 million euro’s worth of military equipment, 44% of which came from France and 35% from Germany, a March 17 report by the independent European news agency Investigate Europe found.
The other countries were Italy, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Finland, Spain and Croatia.
Which takes us back to the BBC story titled “Ukraine war: US wants to see a weakened Russia” by Matt Murphy on 25 April 2022 and Tony Blinken, featured in a Huffington Post article titled “How to Lose to the Islamic State: Obama Administration Considers Deploying Troops to Iraq, Focusing on Assad in Syria” by Doug Bandow, a Senior Fellow with the Cato Institute, on 11/30/2014 3:59 pm, with then-Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken essentially admitting failure with regard to Hussein Obama’s misguided and poorly handled policies in Syria where we had Tony as follows:
“The strategy that we’ve put in place, massive support for Ukraine, massive pressure against Russia, solidarity with more than 30 countries engaged in these efforts, is having real results,” Mr Blinken said.
And it is members of those same countries who sold Putin the weapons he needed to stand up to Joe Biden’s belligerence and bellicosity and threatening behavior so that now, Joe has us in a war with Russia that Joe does not know how to win, never having had to win a war before, or participate in one, nor does he know when it might end, if ever, and so, has no idea of what this latest Democrat war of choice will cost us American taxpayers, and people, like it or not, that is the news!
Paul Plante says
And before we go further in here, I would like to digress for a moment to bring up the subject of how lucky we are to have the Cape Charles Mirror as a place to express views not consistent with the propaganda flow from the Biden regime by going to an essay by Glenn Edward Greenwald, an American journalist, author and lawyer, titled “Western Dissent from US/NATO Policy on Ukraine is Small, Yet the Censorship Campaign is Extreme – Preventing populations from asking who benefits from a protracted proxy war, and who pays the price, is paramount. A closed propaganda system achieves that,” on April 13, 2022, where we have as follows on that subject, to wit:
If one wishes to be exposed to news, information or perspective that contravenes the prevailing US/NATO view on the war in Ukraine, a rigorous search is required.
And there is no guarantee that search will succeed.
That is because the state/corporate censorship regime that has been imposed in the West with regard to this war is stunningly aggressive, rapid and comprehensive.
On a virtually daily basis, any off-key news agency, independent platform or individual citizen is liable to be banished from the internet.
In early March, barely a week after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the twenty-seven nation European Union — citing “disinformation” and “public order and security” — officially banned the Russian state-news outlets RT and Sputnik from being heard anywhere in Europe.
In what Reuters called “an unprecedented move,” all television and online platforms were barred by force of law from airing content from those two outlets.
Now, those of us in here who are older and lived through the LBJ VEET NAM years are well aware of how that game is played, with regard to censorship and propaganda, but the big difference between those times and today is the internet, which did not exist back then, so that we common folks in America were deprived of any kind of voice with which to expose that propaganda, and the result is now a matter of history on a black wall in Washington, D.C. with the names of all those who died for LBJ’s lies.
And here we are, back at it again, with another Democrat who believes he is actually the Leader of the World because a former comedian turned politician in Ukraine told him he was in a televised address to the whole wide world, and to keep the myth alive, the truth has to be buried, which takes us back to Glenn Greenwald, to wit:
Even prior to that censorship order from the state, Facebook and Google were already banning those outlets, and Twitter immediately announced they would as well, in compliance with the new EU law.
But what was “unprecedented” just six weeks ago has now become commonplace, even normalized.
Any platform devoted to offering inconvenient-to-NATO news or alternative perspectives is guaranteed a very short lifespan.
Could he be talking about the Cape Charles Mirror there, people?
Give that some serious thought, if you will.
Getting back to the essay:
Less than two weeks after the EU’s decree, Google announced that it was voluntarily banning all Russian-affiliated media worldwide, meaning Americans and all other non-Europeans were now blocked from viewing those channels on YouTube if they wished to.
As so often happens with Big Tech censorship, much of the pressure on Google to more aggressively censor content about the war in Ukraine came from its own workforce: “Workers across Google had been urging YouTube to take additional punitive measures against Russian channels.”
So prolific and fast-moving is this censorship regime that it is virtually impossible to count how many platforms, agencies and individuals have been banished for the crime of expressing views deemed “pro-Russian.”
Which raises the serious question that came up during the VEET NAM war which is this: IF, like myself, a person is critical of the policies of Joe Biden in this matter, and if one sees how stupid the team Joe Biden has assembled, Blinken, Sullivan, Lloyd Austin, who starred in a Guardian article titled “US has trained only ‘four or five’ Syrian fighters against Isis, top general testifies – Senators appear incredulous and call for a new plan after hearing news that US military’s $500m effort has resulted in training of only a handful of fighters” by Spencer Ackerman in New York on 16 September 2015, is one really being “Pro-Russian?”
Does criticism of Joe Biden and dissent from his ill-thought-out policies make one “Pro-Russian?”
By publishing dissent, is the Cape Charles Mirror going to be branded as being “Pro-Russian,” which would be an excuse to ban it from the internet for the good of America and its national security, which right now seems to hang by the merest thread so that we are now counting on a comedian in Ukraine to keep us safe from Putin in Russia?
Going back to Glen Greenwald, he continues as follows:
What makes this outburst of Western censorship so notable — and what is at least partially driving it — is that there is a clear, demonstrable hunger in the West for news and information that is banished by Western news sources, ones which loyally and unquestioningly mimic claims from the U.S. government, NATO, and Ukrainian officials.
Note that this censorship regime is completely one-sided and, as usual, entirely aligned with U.S. foreign policy.
Western news outlets and social media platforms have been flooded with pro-Ukrainian propaganda and outright lies from the start of the war.
A New York Times article from early March put it very delicately in its headline: “Fact and Mythmaking Blend in Ukraine’s Information War.”
Axios was similarly understated in recognizing this fact: “Ukraine misinformation is spreading — and not just from Russia.”
Members of the U.S. Congress have gleefully spread fabrications that went viral to millions of people, with no action from censorship-happy Silicon Valley corporations.
That is not a surprise: all participants in war use disinformation and propaganda to manipulate public opinion in their favor, and that certainly includes all direct and proxy-war belligerents in the war in Ukraine.
Yet there is little to no censorship — either by Western states or by Silicon Valley monopolies — of pro-Ukrainian disinformation, propaganda and lies.
The censorship goes only in one direction: to silence any voices deemed “pro-Russian,” regardless of whether they spread disinformation.
And let me stop here for the moment to let that all sink in, because it is, I believe, a very serious subject, this “thought control” that is being imposed on us in this country since the Biden regime seized power on 6 January 2022.
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Correction: The Biden regime seized power in a coup on 6 January 2021, not 2022.
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“A U.S. President who, during an atrocious war, does not mean what he says on matters of War and Peace, and must be corrected by his hyperventilating staff, is a clear and present danger to all.”
– Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis
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And while we are on the subject of reality in here, versus surreality, has anyone noticed that we are starting to hemorrhage money in Ukraine the way we started to hemorrhage money in VEET NAM to support and prop up the failing regime of Ngo Dinh Diem, who we ended up having assassinated in a coup to get rid of him and his brother?
Just yesterday, we had a CNBC story titled “Treasury yields fall as economic slowdown fears mount” by Vicky McKeever and Hannah Miao on April 26 2022, which informed us as follows:
At a high-level meeting in Kyiv on Sunday, the U.S. pledged just over $700 million in military financing to help Ukraine and other allied countries in central and eastern Europe involved in the war effort.
So in addition to being responsible for fifty states over here, now Joe Biden is making the U.S. taxpayers responsible fir the support of countries in Europe who are affected by Joe Biden’s war of choice against Putin.
In his “Remarks By President Biden Providing an Update on Russia and Ukraine” on April 21, 2022, we had “Leader of the World” Joe Biden informing us as follows about how much this war is going to end up costing us:
Last week, I signed an $800 million package of security assistance to Ukraine that included new capabilities like artillery systems and armored personnel carriers — equipment that is responsive to Ukraine’s needs and tailored to support the intensified fighting in the Donbas region, which is a different war than in other places because both — topographically it’s different.
Today, I’m announcing another $800 million to further augment Ukraine’s ability to fight in the east — in the Donbas region.
However, with this latest disbursement, I’ve almost exhausted the drawdown authority I have that Congress authorized for Ukraine in a bipartisan spending bill last month.
In order to sustain Ukraine for the duration of this fight, next week I’m going to — have to be sending to Congress a supplemental budget request to keep weapons and ammunition flowing without interruption to the brave Ukrainian fighters and to continue to deliver economic assistance to the Ukrainian people.
Hope — and my hope is and my expectation is Congress would move and act quickly.
Today, the United States is announcing that we intend to provide an additional $500 million in direct economic assistance to the Ukrainian government.
This brings our total economic support for Ukraine to $1 billion in the past two months.
Q Mr. President, how long can the U.S. maintain the level and pace of this military support for Ukraine?
THE PRESIDENT: I — well, we have the capacity to do this for a long time.
And then today, in the Rigzone story “Crude Trading was Choppy Wednesday on Mixed Signals” by Bloomberg | Julia Fanzeres on April 27, 2022, we had as follows concerning Joe Biden sending our fuel to Europe to supply them, which is robbing us of our fuel supplies, not to mention creating more global greenhouse gases by having to send our supplies to Europe by ship, which wastes even more fuel, to wit:
However, refined products markets continued to show signs of extraordinary tightness as the disappearance of Russian oil forced Europe and Latin America to depend more on U.S. imports for fuel.
Gasoline stocks in New England fell to their lowest since 1991, while diesel inventories sunk to the lowest since 1996.
Nymex diesel futures closed at $4.6743 a gallon on Wednesday, a record in exchange data going back to 1986.
East coast distillate inventories were at the lowest since 1996 and U.S. diesel futures settled at a fresh record Tuesday, while profits from making the fuel in Europe are the highest since at least 2011.
Russia is Europe’s largest external supplier of the middle distillate.
So the game is on now, people, and there is no going back to a calm and peaceful yesterday.
Yes, it could have been different, but you njo9w what?
It wasn’t, so here we now are, and if it is not pretty now, just wait, because it is going to be getting worse, not better, as Joe Biden tries to destroy Russia and Putin to show the world just how tough Joe Biden really is!
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And events are now moving rapidly here, people, as the Pale Rider of the Apocalypse on his pale horse, that being, of course, Joe Biden, who is as white as white milk or white bread, as if something drains his blood every night, a creepy thought indeed, and the three moronic idiots who trail in his wake, known as the “Three Amigos,” those moronic idiots being Tony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, and Lloyd Austin, a caricature if there ever was one, rush us headlong into WWIII as a co-belligerent of Ukraine, as we see in a Reuters story about the quagmire the Pale Rider and the “Three Amigos” are stumbling us into out of towering arrogance coupled with incredible ignorance titled “Ukraine accuses Russia of blackmail with plan to halt gas to Poland” by Marek Strzelecki, Phil Stewart and Pavel Polityuk on April 26, 2022, as follows:
April 26 (Reuters) – Kyiv accused Russia of blackmailing Europe by cutting off gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria as the crisis in Ukraine deepened, with tensions surging in nearby Moldova and Moscow warning the West to back off.
Like a rattlesnake buzzing its tail, and the Pale Rider and Three Amigos, in their towering arrogance, are too stupid to hear it, which brings us for a moment to a Times of India article titled “Has Nato lost the war against Russia before it began?” by Padma Rao Sundarji on Feb. 28, 2022, where we had some discussion about whether or not Putin would actually use nuclear weapons in this Biden conflict to defend Russia, which happens to be, whether the Pale Rider likes it or not, a sovereign country with every right to defend its borders, just as we did in the Cuban missile crisis, and China did when MacArthur sent troops north to the Yalu, to wit:
Troops and sophisticated war machinery of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato) have been standing by along Ukraine’s western borders since – months.
Why is Nato not helping Ukraine fight Russia?
In an exclusive conversation with Padma Rao Sundarji for Times Online, defence analysts Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain and Lt Gen Shokin Chauhan, who have decades of experience dealing with cross-border insurgencies and full-fledged wars, provide the answers.
Chauhan: I was the strike corps commander of India.
I carried out a very big exercise with the Russian army and have seen that they are willing to use their nuclear weapons at the first instance.
Because they say if we don’t use it now, we don’t survive.
So, the Russians not only have them, they have also planned them, they exercise with them and – they are willing to use nuclear weapons.
The kind of armaments the Russian army has, and the Russian ability to use these weapons of mass destruction, simply prevents Nato from putting any kind of boots on the ground.
If Nato comes in, it’s World War III.
Then, it’s the globe that’s at war, definitely not Ukraine and Russia.
And with that bit of reality hanging around at there as Joe Biden continues to push Putin further into a corner (before a rattlesnake strikes, the head does appear to be retreating or moving backwards), let’s go back to Reuters for the play action, as follows:
Andriy Yermak, the chief of staff to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said Russia was “beginning the gas blackmail of Europe”.
“Russia is trying to shatter the unity of our allies.”
“Russia is also proving that energy resources are a weapon.”
“That is why the EU needs to be united and impose an embargo on energy resources, depriving the Russians of their energy weapons.”
Moscow calls its actions a “special operation” to disarm Ukraine and protect it from fascists.
Ukraine and the West call this a false pretext for an unprovoked war to seize territory in a move that has sparked fears of wider conflict in Europe unseen since World War Two.
But with history as our guide, is it really a false pretext that Moscow calls its actions a “special operation” to disarm Ukraine and protect it from fascists?
Might it have something to do with the history the Russians are aware of, being on a different continent and all that, which has an entirely different history than we do here in what used to be the United States of America before the 6 January 2021 Democrat coup that killed our Constitution, to wit:
Nazi Germany with its allies invaded the Soviet Union in 1941.
Some Ukrainians initially regarded the Wehrmacht soldiers as liberators from Soviet rule, while others formed a partisan movement.”
Others collaborated with the Germans.
In Volhynia, Ukrainian fighters committed a massacre against up to 100,000 Polish civilians.
Might that history color Putin’s perceptions differently than ours?
Getting back to Reuters and the quagmire the Pale Rider Biden and his blundering “Three Amigos” are leading us into, we have more of the mess of things the senile Joe Biden is making with his stupid attempt to force Putin, the democratically-elected president of Russia out of office, like he and Hussein tried to force Basher Assad out of office back when, after they did manage to kill Gaddafi, as follows:
Russia’s ambassador to the United States has warned Washington to stop sending arms to Ukraine, saying that large Western deliveries of weapons were inflaming the situation and would lead to more losses.
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov warned late on Monday that: “NATO, in essence, is engaged in a war with Russia through a proxy and is arming that proxy.”
“War means war,” saying the risks of nuclear conflict should not be underestimated.
BZZZZZZZZZ goes the rattlesnake’s tail, which brings us back to Reuters and U.S. Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral of the Navy’s rubber rowboat fleet in New York Central Park Lake John Kirby who said there was no reason for the conflict in Ukraine to escalate to nuclear war, which is a clear indication that not only does the rear admiral not know a ******* thing about Russia, nor does he read the Times of India:
“A nuclear war cannot be won and it shouldn’t be fought,” he said.
Oh, really, admiral!
And shouldn’t commander-in-chief and “Leader of the World” Joe Biden have thought some more about that before he provoked a nuclear power into using them to defend itself?
Shouldn’t he have, John?
And there is where we are at the moment, people.
Stay tuned for more WWIII coverage right after station break and a solid, undisturbed ten full minutes of the best commercials you will ever see!
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And it’s “in for a penny, in for a pound,” now, people, or in this case, $33 BILLION to fund Joe Biden’s War of Choice against Putin of Russia, who Joe hates with a passion, for the next five months, at which time more will be required so this $3e BILLION isn’t wasted, this as the Pale Rider of the Apocalypse riding his pale horse with the “Three Amigos” trailing in his wake dealing death and destruction lead us headlong into WWIII for the good of the U.S. GDP, of course, which is what America is all about, the GDP, because if not that, we have nothing, and people, right now, as we shall soon see, the GDP is suffering, which indeed is a national shame and smear on the good name of “Leader of the World” Joe Biden, because it makes people think Joe can’t really be a leader of the world because he is incompetent, as we were just told in a CNBC story titled “U.S. GDP fell at a 1.4% pace to start the year as pandemic recovery takes a hit,” something that should concern us all as loyal American citizens all rooting for the home team as the best in the world as measured by GDP, which is why our democracy is sacred, and everybody else’s is merely mundane, and being true to “our school,” as the Beach Boys told us to be back when American values are far different than they are today, where there seem to be no values, especially where politicians like Nancy Pelosi and Charley “Chuck” Schumer are concerned, this tale of the GDP suffering being told by Jeff Cox on April 28, 2022, as follows:
An 8.5% pullback in defense spending was a particular drag, knocking one-third of a percentage point off the final GDP reading.
So there you plainly see it, people, our GDP is suffering, which is to our national shame, which in turn is why we learned yesterday, this according to the Brits over on “BoJo’s” side of the pond, in the Guardian article “Biden asks Congress for $33bn Ukraine aid package – President’s request includes over $20bn in military aid, $8.5bn in economic aid to Kyiv and $3bn in humanitarian relief” by Julian Borger in Washington and Jon Henley in Paris on 28 Apr 2022, as follows as Joe goes BIG with respect to his war against Putin, to wit:
Joe Biden has called for a giant $33bn package of military and economic aid to Ukraine, more than doubling the level of US assistance to date, in an emphatic rejection of Russian threats of reprisals and escalation.
Biden asked Congress to give immediate approval for spending that would include over $20bn in military aid, involving everything from heavy artillery and armoured vehicles to greater intelligence sharing, cyber warfare tools and many more anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles.
And you know what “immediate approval” means?
It means don’t think about, don’t question it, just do it, because otherwise, the ship is going down, our sacred democracy will be dead, and Putin and Russia are going to take over the whole world, and the only thing right now stemming the flood and holding them back while defending the free world is Zelensky in Ukraine, who desperately needs our guns and money, or the game will soon be over and we will all be Russian slaves, which takes us back to the story for more as follows:
Biden also requested $8.5bn in economic aid to Kyiv and $3bn in humanitarian relief, as well as funds to help increase US production of food crops and strategic minerals to offset the impact of the war in Ukraine on global supplies.
The total of $33bn is more than twice the last supplemental request approved by Congress in March and dwarfs the entire defence budget of Ukraine and of many other countries.
The US president said it was aimed at helping Ukraine repel the renewed Russian offensives in the east and south of the country, but also to transition to assuring the nation’s longer-term security needs.
It comes in the face of Russian warnings that increased western weapons supplies to Ukraine would endanger European security, that western intervention could bring instant Russian reprisals and raise the risk of nuclear conflict.
Making the case for western aid, Biden argued that on the contrary, if Putin was not stopped in Ukraine he would continue to threaten global peace and stability.
The president framed the request principally in terms of defending Ukraine, and did not explicitly repeat the declaration earlier this week by his defence secretary, Lloyd Austin, that one of US aims in Ukraine was to weaken Russia to stop it attacking other countries.
“Despite the disturbing rhetoric coming out of the Kremlin, the facts are plain for everybody to see.”
“We’re not attacking Russia.”
“We’re helping Ukraine defend itself against Russian aggression,” Biden said.
But he added the cost involved was “a small price to pay to punish Russia and aggression, to lessen the risk of future conflicts”.
“Throughout our history, we’ve learned that when dictators do not pay the price for their aggression, they cause more chaos and engage in more aggression,” he said.
“The threats to America and the world keep rising.”
“We can’t let this happen.”
And there we have it, people, if we do not defeat Russia over there, then before we know it, we are going to have Russia over here, which means we will all have to learn to speak a new language, and what a bummer that is going to be, so by all means, to keep us from having to learn Russian, it is imperative to give Joe Buden that $33 BILLION right now, today, and five months from now, make it bigger, because making it bigger will get us that much further towards the light at the end of the tunnel, and people, that is the news, live, as it is happening, and who on earth could ask for more than that!
As to the Pale Rider (Joe Biden) and the “Three Amigos” (Blinken, Sullivan and Lloyd Austin) blundering their way into WWIII and dragging us into that quagmire with them, let’s go back to the Guardian once again, as follows:
The Kremlin’s official spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, warned on Thursday that an increased western supply of heavy weapons to Kyiv would endanger European security.
“The tendency to pump weapons, including heavy weapons, into Ukraine, these are the actions that threaten the security of the continent, provoke instability,” Peskov said.
The day before, Vladimir Putin had threatened a “lightning fast” response to western intervention in Ukraine, adding: “We have all the weapons we need for this.”
His foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has accused the US and its allies of fighting a proxy war in Ukraine and warned of the rising danger of a nuclear conflict.
Biden rejected the accusation he was fighting a proxy war, describing the claim as part of the Kremlin’s domestic propaganda to explain the inability of Russian forces to achieve their goals.
“I think it’s more of a reflection, not of the truth, but of their failure,” the president said.
He added: “No one should be making idle comments about the use of nuclear weapons.”
Uh, Joe, I don’t think they are making idle threats, but I do think you are too ******* stupid to realize that, which puts us as a people in a real tenuous situation, with a madman at the helm provoking a nuclear war with a country that has them and a willingness to protect itself by using them, and there we have it, people, for the moment, anyway, but stay tuned, because this Biden-esque fiasco has wheels and has some distance yet to go.
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And while we are on the subject of Pro-Biden propaganda from the main stream media along with vilification and the questioning of our patriotism and loyalty to Joe Biden if we are not deemed sufficiently “Pro-Ukraine” and “Pro-Zelensky,” who alone right now in the whole world is actually fighting the good fight to protect the Free World and our sacred democracy from the COMMUNIST MENACE of Putin and the Russians, who would be over here right now if Zelensky wasn’t softening them up for us over there, for a good example of what we can expect in the future with respect to propaganda on Joe Biden’s war of choice against his hated enemy Putin, which is the same thing we got back in the VEET NAM times with the “light at the end of the tunnel,” and again when Joe Biden and Hussein Obama were in power the last time around for them, and Joe’s man Lloyd Austin, who now is Joe’s secretary of defense, was in charge of CENTCOM, by going back to the Guardian story “US has trained only ‘four or five’ Syrian fighters against Isis, top general testifies – Senators appear incredulous and call for a new plan after hearing news that US military’s $500m effort has resulted in training of only a handful of fighters” by Spencer Ackerman in New York on 16 September 2015, here we were treated to an expose on the art of the whitewash by the Biden/Obama administration, to wit:
Both Wormuth and Austin defended US strategy against Isis in the face of bipartisan skepticism from the senators.
Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, mocked the Syrian training program, expressing incredulity that the Defense Department would seek another $600m to fund fighters she said the US was counting “on our fingers and toes.”
“It’s time for a new plan,” McCaskill said.
McCain called the administration’s strategy against Isis “a debacle.”
Austin conceded that there was “slow movement at the tactical level” but defended the strategy he has overseen for a year.
“There haven’t been any dramatic gains on either side,” Austin said, although earlier this year Isis seized the Iraqi city of Ramadi and the Syrian city of Palmyra.
Austin is in the throes of a multi-pronged crisis within his command.
Not only did Isis’s capture of Ramadi tear up his battle plan, which prioritized recapturing Mosul for the Iraqi government, his own intelligence analysts are furious at what they see as politicized pressure to portray the war as a success.
The charge, from analysts at Central Command and those attached to it from the Defense Intelligence Agency, has sparked an inquiry from the Pentagon inspector general.
Central to it is the command’s intelligence chief, Major General Steven Grove, whom analysts say oversees the suppression of assessments showing the war on a perilous trajectory.
Former intelligence officials have told the Guardian the command climate inside Central Command is “toxic.”
They have expressed bewilderment that Austin has not addressed it forcefully.
Austin said “it would be premature and inappropriate” to discuss the investigation, but reiterated “you can be assured I will take the appropriate action.”
He said he greatly valued his 1,200 “seasoned intelligence professionals,” and pledged publicly to “do everything within our power” to protect analysts he called “whistleblowers.”
Yeah, right, Lloyd!
You were going to protect the whistleblowers?
Uh, okay, Lloyd!
So what kind of assessments can we expect today?
Or more bull**** like was the practice back in the days of “Me & Barack?”
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And talk about something that makes a person in possession of his or her wits want to vomit, let’s go to the NBC News story titled “Pelosi leads Congressional delegation to meet with Zelenskyy in Kyiv” by Jason Abbruzzese and Max Burman on 1 May 2022, where we had the following political spectacle being described as follows:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has led a Congressional delegation to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv.
Pelosi is now the highest-ranking U.S. politician to visit Ukraine during the war, a trip that comes as Russia’s refocused military campaign in the country’s east struggles to make significant gains.
“We believe that we are visiting you to say thank you for your fight for freedom,” Pelosi said during a meeting with Ukrainian officials, according to a video posted to Zelenskyy’s official Telegram account early Sunday.
“Your fight is a fight for everyone, and so our commitment is to be there for you until the fight is done.”
Those with Pelosi on the trip, which was not previously announced, included Reps. Jason Crow, D-Colo., Jim McGovern, D-Mass., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
Until the fight is done?
Uh, okay, Nancy.
And do you have a clue as to when exactly that might be?
This year, perhaps?
Or maybe twenty years?
And what’s up with this dose of horse****, Nancy: “We believe that we are visiting you to say thank you for your fight for freedom.”
IF they are fighting for freedom, Nancy, which is bull****, then how come it is that we read in the Kyiv Independent on March 20, 2022 a story titled “Ukraine temporarily bans activities of 11 pro-Russian parties” by The Kyiv Independent news desk, where we learn of the following, which is reminiscent of Hitler outlawing opposition parties with the Reichstag Fire Decree, to wit:
President Volodymyr Zelensky announced in the early hours of March 20 that the National Security and Defense Council suspended all activities of a number of pro-Russian political parties while martial law is in place.
The ban includes 11 parties, including Opposition Platform – For Life.
That, people, is incipient fascism, and no wonder Nancy Pelosi is for it, creating a dictatorial one-party state, because that is exactly what she wants to do here, as well which is what her WITCH HUNTERS, including the smarmy pencil-necked Democrat congressman from Hollywood, Ca. and Disneyland Adam Schiff, and Virginia’s Elaine Luria, are working diligently to make happ0en – the outlawing of the Republican party, to protect our sacred democracy, the way the dictator Zelensky is protecting sacred democracy in Ukraine, with billions of our tax dollars to support his fascist state, where if you are not ethnic Ukrainian, you are going to find yourself without a political voice, which is, of course, discrimination and stripping of human rights, but that’s what they get for not being Ukrainian in Ukraine, but something else, instead.
Getting back to the story of Nancy, because this is about Nancy, and a chance for her to once again to be in the spotlight as an important person in world affairs, it goes on as follows:
The surprise visit adds to growing momentum for the West’s support for Ukraine as Russia’s invasion struggles and both sides appear to be settling in for a prolonged conflict.
Read that as Nancy Pelosi’s support for WWIII, and she, like Joe Biden, is too ******* arrogant and stupid to realize it, which takes us back to the story of Nancy once again, to wit:
The U.S. and many countries in Europe have pledged to send a variety of defensive weapons to help Ukraine hold off Russian advances.
Russia has not taken those developments lightly.
Escalating rhetoric from the Kremlin and state media, combined with a move to cut off gas supply to Poland and Bulgaria, have pushed analysts to worry that Ukraine is now just one part of a multi-front struggle between Russia and the West.
And those “analysts” sound pretty ******* dumb, as well, if they are still wondering that, after the bellicose, jingoistic, belligerent bellowing from the Dunkoff (a stupid person; dumbbell; blockhead) Joe Biden about him removing Putin from office and likely sending him off the planet, and Lloyd Austin running his mouth about having the Ukrainians wage proxy war against Russia to soften them up so that Joe can finally do what Napolean and Hitler were unable to do, which is to finally and decisively beat Russia and run it into the ground as a lesson to any other dictators out there who dare to defy Joe Biden, which once more takes us back to NBC News and the story of Nancy, to wit:
Pelosi said in a statement posted to the speaker’s website that the trip was meant “to send an unmistakable and resounding message to the entire world: America stands firmly with Ukraine.”
President Joe Biden asked Congress on Thursday for a new $33 billion Ukraine aid package.
“[Zelenskyy] conveyed the clear need for continued security, economic and humanitarian assistance from the United States to address the devastating human toll taken on the Ukrainian people by Putin’s diabolic invasion,” Pelosi said, “and our delegation proudly delivered the message that additional American support is on the way, as we work to transform President Biden’s strong funding request into a legislative package.”
And for the other side of that story about the Nancy House and her pack of Democrats work to transform President Biden’s strong funding request into a legislative package, let’s finish with a Reuters story titled “Pelosi hopes to approve $33 bln Ukraine aid ‘as soon as possible'” by Patricia Zengerle on April 29, 2022, where we have as follows, to wit:
WASHINGTON, April 29 (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday she hopes to pass a $33 billion aid package for Ukraine requested by President Joe Biden “as soon as possible.”
Biden asked Congress on Thursday for the money to support the government in Kyiv – a dramatic escalation of U.S. funding for Ukraine more than two months after it was invaded by Russia.
Lawmakers from both parties said they wanted to approve the emergency funding request quickly, but there was no immediate word on exactly when the House and Senate might vote amid disputes over what should be in any legislation.
“We hope to as soon as possible pass that legislation,” Pelosi told her weekly news conference.
Democrats, who narrowly control Congress, and Republicans disagree over whether to combine the Ukraine funding with billions of dollars for COVID-19 relief that Biden requested in March.
Some Republicans have said they want the two issues to be separate, but some Democrats have seen support for Ukraine aid as a chance to pass COVID relief.
Pelosi said lawmakers would have to “come to terms” with how to address both issues.
“We have emergencies here.”
“We need to have the COVID money and time is of the essence because we need the Ukraine money, we need the COVID money, so I would hope that we can do that,” Pelosi said.
I wonder if Zelensky over there in Ukraine is aware of that the fact that a promise of something from Joe Biden is not at all the same thing as “something,” in this case, bullets and guns, and in Washington, especially among the Democrats, the word “immediate” means “maybe some time in the future, but do not hold your breath!”
And that, people, is the news, live and late-breaking as it happens, when it happens, and since a lot more is promised to happen here, stay tuned and don’t change that dial!
Paul Plante says
And after the weekend visit of Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff to Ukraine to get their pictures taken with incipient fascist dictator Zelensky of Ukraine in a photo-op which used some 36,000 gallons of fuel from Washington to Kyiv, and the same amount going back, generating some 986kg of CO2 per passenger for the round trip, which makes a mockery of Nancy’s global warming blather, where Nancy promised Zelensky unlimited American support for the duration of his war with Russia, we come to the serious question of exactly who and what it is that Nancy is pledging our tax dollars to support, and I seriously doubt that that airhead even has a clue, being a shallow thinker such as she is, focused solely on selling out America to the highest bidders while getting her face on television alongside Charley “Chuck” Schumer.
I have been told that the citizens of Ukraine have clearly demonstrated they want to be free of an authoritarian government and are willing to die to achieve that independence, which is why we should be financing their war with our tax dollars, while risking being drawn into a global conflict that Joe Biden will be clueless as to how to handle, believing as he does that he is in charge of events and is the one making history happen, as opposed to now being controlled by events over which he has no control.
But is that really true that the citizens of Ukraine are so disposed?
And how do we know it is true?
Who are these “citizens” in Ukraine who have clearly demonstrated they want to be free of an authoritarian government and are willing to die to achieve that independence?
Is everybody in Ukraine a Ukrainian?
And that answer is of course not.
For example, there are said to be between 11 and 12 million ethnic Russians in Ukraine, including approximately 1.5 million who live in the Crimean peninsula, and a 1989 census showed that the population of Ukraine included 22% ethnic Russians.
And according to the CIA Factbook for Ukraine (no, it is not top secret, and yes, it is free for every American on the internet) last updated on April 26, 2022, the Ethnic groups in Ukraine were as follows: Ukrainian 77.8%, Russian 17.3%, Belarusian 0.6%, Moldovan 0.5%, Crimean Tatar 0.5%, Bulgarian 0.4%, Hungarian 0.3%, Romanian 0.3%, Polish 0.3%, Jewish 0.2%, other 1.8% (2001 est.)
So who then, of that mix, are we supporting with our tax dollars?
As to the “Ukrainians,” they are like the Navahos, the Apache, or Mohawks, or Sioux in this country, in that they are a tribe, a “people,” and that is it.
Like the Mohawks, who annihilated the Adirondacks, the Hurons, and ultimately, the Mohicans, that Ukrainian tribe wants it all to itself, BUT, just like there were factions in the fore-named, so too in the tribe of Ukrainians, keeping in mind that historically, while the Ukrainians, like the Mohawks, were one tribe out of many, there was NO Ukraine.
For example, after the Partitions of Poland in 1772, 1793 and 1795, the extreme west of Ukraine fell under the control of the Austrians, with the rest becoming a part of the Russian Empire.
So where exactly is this Ukraine we are spending our tax dollars to defend?
According to history, the concept of Ukraine as a nation, and the Ukrainians as a nationality, began with the Ukrainian National Revival in the mid-18th century, in the wake of the peasant revolt of 1768/1769 and the eventual partition of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
Between 1917 and 1920, several entities that aspired to be independent Ukrainian states came into existence.
This period, however, was extremely chaotic, characterized by revolution, international and civil war, and lack of strong central authority.
Many factions competed for power in the area that is today’s Ukraine, and not all groups desired a separate Ukrainian state.
Ultimately, Ukrainian independence was short-lived, as most Ukrainian lands were incorporated into the Soviet Union and the remainder, in western Ukraine, was divided among Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Romania.
As to the Ukrainian War of Independence, it was a series of conflicts involving many adversaries that lasted from 1917 to 1921 and resulted in the establishment and development of a Ukrainian republic, most of which was later absorbed into the Soviet Union as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic of 1922–1991.
In 1919 total chaos engulfed Ukraine, with it said that in the modern history of Europe no other country experienced such complete anarchy, bitter civil strife, and total collapse of authority as did Ukraine at this time, where six different armies-– those of the Ukrainians, the Bolsheviks, the Whites, the Entente [French], the Poles and the anarchists – operated on its territory, and Kyiv changed hands five times in less than a year.
Belligerents included Ukrainian nationalists, Ukrainian anarchists, Bolsheviks, the forces of Germany and Austria-Hungary, the White Russian Volunteer Army, and Second Polish Republic forces, all of whom struggled for control of Ukraine after the February Revolution (March 1917) in the Russian Empire, with the Allied forces of Romania and France also became involved.
That struggle lasted from February 1917 to November 1921 and resulted in the division of Ukraine between the Bolshevik Ukrainian SSR, Poland, Romania, and Czechoslovakia.
The February Revolution of 1917 encouraged many ethnic groups in the Russian Empire to demand greater autonomy and various degrees of self-determination, and a month later, the Ukrainian People’s Republic was declared in Kiev as an autonomous entity with close ties to the Russian Provisional Government, and governed by a socialist-dominated Tsentralna Rada (“Central Council”).
And speaking of a divided Ukraine, the Kiev Uprising in November 1917 led to the defeat of Russian Republic forces in the capital, and soon after, the Central Rada took power in Kiev, while in late December 1917 the Bolsheviks set up a rival Ukrainian republic in the eastern city of Kharkov – initially also called the “Ukrainian People’s Republic,” and hostilities against the Central Rada government in Kiev began immediately, so that under those circumstances, the Rada declared Ukrainian independence on January 22, 1918, and broke ties with Russia.
Given that the Rada had a limited armed force at its disposal (the Ukrainian People’s Army) and was hard-pressed by the Kharkov government which received men and resources from the Russian Soviet Republic, as a result, the Bolsheviks quickly overran Poltava, Aleksandrovsk (now Zaporizhzhia), and Yekaterinoslav (now Dnipro) by January 1918, while across Ukraine, local Bolsheviks also formed the Odessa and Donetsk–Krivoy Rog Soviet Republics; and in the south Nestor Makhno formed the Free Territory – an anarchist region – then allied his forces with the Bolsheviks.
Aided by the earlier Kiev Arsenal Uprising, the Red Guards entered the capital on February 9, 1918 which forced the Central Rada to evacuate to Zhytomyr, and in the meantime, the Romanians took Bessarabia.
Almost immediately after the defeat of Germany in WWI, Lenin’s government annulled their Brest-Litovsk treaty – which Leon Trotsky described as “no war no peace” – and invaded Ukraine and other countries of Eastern Europe that were formed under German protection, and simultaneously, the collapse of the Central Powers affected the former Austrian province of Galicia, which was populated by Ukrainians and Poles.
The Ukrainians proclaimed a Western Ukrainian People’s Republic (WUNR) in Eastern Galicia, which wished to unite with the Ukrainian People’s Republic (UNR); while the Poles of Eastern Galicia – who were mainly concentrated in Lwów (Ukrainian: Lviv) – gave their allegiance to the newly formed Second Polish Republic, and not at all surprisingly, the two sides became increasingly hostile with each other.
On January 22, 1919, the Western Ukrainian People’s Republic and the Ukrainian People’s Republic signed an Act of Union in Kiev.
By October 1919, the Ukrainian Galician Army of the WUNR was defeated by Polish forces in the Polish–Ukrainian War and Eastern Galicia was annexed to Poland; the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 granted Eastern Galicia to Poland for 25 years.
A new, swift Bolshevik offensive overran most of Eastern and central Ukraine in early 1919, and Kiev – under the control of Symon Petliura’s Directorate – fell to the Red Army on February 5, and the exiled Soviet Ukrainian government was re-instated as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, moving to Kiev on March 15, while the Ukrainian People’s Republic (UNR) faced imminent defeat against the Bolsheviks – being was reduced to a strip of land along the Polish border with its capital moving from Vinnytsia to Proskuriv (now Khmelnytskyi), then to Kamianets-Podilskyi, and finally to Rivne.
But the UNR was saved when the Bolshevik armies had to regroup against a renewed White Russian offensive in South Russia and the Urals, which threatened the very existence of Bolshevism – and so required more urgent attention.
During the spring and summer of 1919, Anton Denikin’s (White Russian) Volunteer Army and Don Army overran all of central and Eastern Ukraine and made significant gains on other fronts, yet by winter the tide of war reversed decisively, and by 1920 all of Eastern and central Ukraine except Crimea was again in Bolshevik hands.
Facing imminent defeat, the UNR turned to its former adversary, Poland; and in April 1920, Józef Piłsudski and Symon Petliura signed a military agreement in Warsaw to fight the Bolsheviks, and just like the former alliance with Germany, this move partially sacrificed Ukrainian sovereignty: Petliura recognised the Polish annexation of Galicia and agreed to Ukraine’s role in Piłsudski’s dream of a Polish-led federation in Central and Eastern Europe.
Then, on March 18, 1921, Poland signed a peace treaty in Riga, Latvia, with Soviet Russia and Soviet Ukraine which effectively ended Poland’s alliance obligations with Petliura’s Ukrainian People’s Republic, and according to this treaty, the Bolsheviks recognized Polish control over Galicia and western Volhynia – the western part of Ukraine – while Poland recognized the larger central parts of Ukrainian territory, as well as eastern and southern areas, as part of Soviet Ukraine.
So what Ukraine are we spending our tax dollars to defend?
As to what is called “Ukraine” being nothing more than a cobbled-up mess, the territorial evolution of the Ukrainian SSR between 1922–1954 was as follows: Okrug Taganrog and Shakhty lost (1924); Polish Volhynia gained (1939); Transnistria lost (1940); Transcarpatia gained (1945); Romanian islands gained (1948); Crimea gained (1954).
Crimea, of course, was a gift to Ukraine SSR from Nikita Krushchev, the way Frankie Roosevelt made a gift of North Korea to Joe “The Butcher” Stalin towards the end of WWII, and the way Truman made Viet Nam a gift back to the French after WWII, as if big powers have the undisputed right to hand over smaller countries and the people in them to other big countries, which is why there is chaos in DICTATORIAL Ukraine right now, where there are NO opposition parties allowed, like when Hitler took over Germany and jailed or killed the Commies while banning other German parties from participating in government, which is exactly what is going on in Ukraine today, an incipient FASCIST regime being installed with US taxpayer dollars, while the ruling Democrats work like hell to ban the Republican party in this country.
And consider that it was Ukraine, along with Belarus and Russia, that were the founding members of the USSR.
The USSR, as I recall, of which Ukraine was a founding member, crushed the Hungarian revolt in 1956, when it was the Hungarians fighting to be free of Ukrainian dictatorship.
So who are the Ukrainians who want to be free?
And where exactly is this country called Ukraine, because I do not believe it really exists, and what I think needs to be done is for an international commission to go down through every treaty there has been over there in Europe to determine exactly who owns what, and where this incipient Hitler Zelensky and his big boss Joe Biden gets his claim from to represent ALL the people in Ukraine, when he clearly does not.
He is the leader of a city who wants to be the ruler of a country, except he has no country, and all the people in the country he wants to rule do not want him as their leader.
My views of reality, anyway.
But stay tuned, because this story is just getting going now, and with Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi now firmly in charge, it has legs and a long way to run.
Paul Plante says
Going back to this being Joe Biden’s war of choice, just as Syria was Hussein Obama’s war of choice back in the days of “me & Barack,” as Joe calls them, let us first go to a VOX.com article titled “Ukraine has more than Russia to worry about – A Ukrainian journalist on the Kremlin’s escalation, NATO, and a former president’s treason charges” by Jen Kirby on January 28, 2022, where we have as follows in the opening sentences, to wit:
“Nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine” is a line you often hear from Western officials as they struggle to find a diplomatic offramp to Russia’s military buildup around Ukraine.
But Ukraine, the country at the center of all this — the one that would actually be invaded (again) by Russian forces — sometimes seems like a bit player in a greater geopolitical drama, with Moscow and Washington the stars.
And people, that is what it is, and all it is – a bit player in a greater geopolitical drama, with Moscow and Putin as the (BOO HISS) villains, and Washington and Joe Biden and our sacred democracy, the only truly sacred democracy on the face of the planet, as the stars.
But let us go a bit further in that article where we have more proof that this is Joe Biden’s war, as opposed to Zelensky’s, to wit:
Jen Kirby: Over here, it feels like we’re constantly hearing the drumbeats of war.
What is the mood in Ukraine, as much as you can sum up?
Oleksiy Sorokin (the political editor and chief operating officer of the Kyiv Independent): I think, obviously, after the recent comments by the US, the comments coming from the UK, some people are worried.
I know a lot of my friends who don’t follow politics are now asking me questions: “Is Russia actually going to invade?”
But on the streets, in general, people carry on with their lives, because for many Ukrainians, we’re accustomed to war.
For eight years, Russia has been invading Ukraine, has been trying to meddle with Ukrainian internal affairs.
So having Russia on our tail, having this constant threat of Russia going further — I think many Ukrainians are used to it.
That’s why we’re probably more calm than some people in the West.
Jen Kirby: That’s fair enough!
You mentioned recent comments from the US.
I feel like there’s been so many comments; is there anything in particular you’re referring to?
Oleksiy Sorokin: Yes.
I think the comments coming from President Joe Biden that a “minor incursion” would be less of a big deal, and cause internal conflict for NATO members.
That’s the comment that struck many Ukrainians because for us, we are already at war with Russia, and having a US president saying that, well, some invasion is less costly than others, got a lot of people in Ukraine worried.
But we know that the presidential administration then went back on their comments saying that actually any move into Ukraine would be considered an invasion, and I think for many people that calmed the Ukrainian community, and a lot of Ukrainian politicians as well.
But also, if we’re talking about comments by the American side, we see that Ukrainian officials, they tend to say that nothing unusual is happening, that everything is fine, that we are continuing business as usual, we know that everything is okay.
And then we have the American officials, for example, Jen Psaki saying that Russia will invade, we see Biden saying that Putin has to do something already.
Those comments are getting people worried.
The problem that we’re facing now is that Ukrainian officials are trying to calm people down, and Western officials are heating up [the threat].
Jen Kirby: That’s interesting.
I wonder, from your perspective as a journalist, do you think that Ukrainian officials are underselling the threat, or are Western officials overselling the threat of a Russian invasion?
Oleksiy Sorokin: I think it’s both.
I think that the truth is somewhere in the middle.
There’s obviously an increased threat of Russia launching a full-scale invasion.
But I would say the comments coming from particularly the US are kind of going overboard, because we see that every day or every two days, American officials are saying that Russia will invade.
And I know that they might have some kind of intel that we in Ukraine don’t have.
But I still think that those comments are causing — I wouldn’t say panic — but some worries, not only [for] the Ukrainian public, but also some politicians.
So, who really is in charge here?
And of what?
Paul Plante says
So, on January 28, 2022, that being twenty-seven (27) days before their lives were to be turned upside down on Thursday, February 24, 2022, the day the Biden-provoked Russian invasion of Ukraine began, as we see from this above interview of Oleksiy Sorokin, the political editor and chief operating officer of the Kyiv Independent, the people of Ukraine were totally clueless as to what was really taking place between the Biden Regime and Russia in terms of the “gunboat diplomacy” of the Biden regime, where Putin was expected to pass beneath the yoke in subservience to Joe Biden as his acknowledged “overlord,” and they were therefore left unprepared for the fate that Joe Biden had prepared them for, which was to be his “sacrificial lamb” in his proxy war against Putin of Russia.
But what about Zelensky
What did he know, and when did he know it?
And for that answer, let us go to the Times of Israel story “Ukraine leader says warnings of imminent Russian invasion are stoking ‘panic’ – Zelensky demands proof of Moscow’s attack plans, decries intelligence reports as ‘only provoking panic and not helping us’” by AFP and TOI Staff on 12 February 2022, just twelve (12) days before this Zelensky, a TV comedian turned politician, was to become the war leader of a country at war with Russia, where we have as follows, to wit:
KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday that warnings of an imminent Russian attack on his country were stoking “panic” and demanded to see firm proof of a planned invasion.
Now, this is incredible, people!
But it is exactly what you would expect from this inept Biden crowd, which is why the title of this thread is “Idiots, Morons, and Surreality in America today,” because how else can you explain this clown show that has gotten Ukraine into a real shooting war to soften up Russia, so Joe Biden can then sweep in and deliver the coup de gras to Putin in person, and so, leave no doubt in the minds of anyone as to who the real “LEADER OF THE WORLD” here, with a message to every other dictator out there who won’t recognize Joe Biden as his overlord that you don’t **** with Joe Biden if you know what is good for you, which takes us back to Zelensky on 12 February 2022, as follows:
Zelensky’s comments came a day after US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan warned that a Russian attack on its western neighbor could “begin at any time.”
Jake Sullivan, of course, is an Obama-era retread who was involved in the US-backed coup in Ukraine when “protesters” spurred on by Biden and Sullivan set up camps in Kyiv’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), and in December 2013 and January 2014, started taking over various government buildings, first in Kyiv, and later in Western Ukraine, the same type of riot that occurred in Washington on 6 January 2021 when the Democrats killed our Constitution so as to be able to put Joe Biden in office as our president, which takes us back to the story of Zelensky going to war against Rusia, even though he didn’t know it, to wit:
Ukrainian leaders have been trying to talk down the prospects of an all-out war because of the damaging effect it was having on the country’s teetering economy and public morale.
“We understand all the risks.”
“We understand that the risks are there,” Zelensky told reports.
“Right now, the people’s biggest enemy is panic in our country.”
“And all this information is only provoking panic and not helping us,” he said.
“If you or anyone has any additional information about a 100-percent chance of an invasion, give it to us,” he added.
As I say, people, incredible!
Here we have Zelensky, on whom the burden of fighting this war is going to be placed, having no clue that he is going to actually be fighting Russia, on his own!
But as I have said, so what, because he was to be sacrificed all along, which takes us back to the story once again, as follows:
Moscow is demanding binding security guarantees from the West that includes a pledge to roll NATO forces out of eastern Europe and to never expand into Ukraine.
In other words, Ukraine should have been made neutral like Switzerland and Belgium, but no, said Joe Biden!
A neutralized Ukraine would not suit his needs, which was war with Russia.
So Joe refused, and now Zelensky and the people of Ukraine are paying the price.
But hey, it now gives Jill Biden, Joe’s wife, an excuse to fly on our tax dollars to Europe where she can visit all those people whose li8ves have been upended by Joe Biden to offer her sympathies, while getting her picture on television, which for those people, is what it really is all about.
And for the moment, that is the news!
Paul Plante says
And this is un-******* real, people, and I mean seriously so!
Just yesterday, the rug-chewing Democrat madman in the Washington white house who believes himself to be the “Leader of the World” because a television comedian turned politician in Ukraine told him so, pledged our future and that of generations of Americans yet to come to defend Ukraine, being quoted in an article on Ukrinform, the Ukrainian multimedia platform for broadcasting, as follows:
“U.S. President Joe Biden has said that dictators like Putin must be stopped and their aggression must be resisted, no matter how high the price.”
No matter how high the price?
Uh, okay, Joe!
But as for me, I think that is something only a certified madman would say, or Joe Biden, and it takes us back to February of 2003, when Joe Biden was still a senator who was the ranking minority member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and p. 86 of “FIASCO – The American Military Adventure in Iraq” by Thomas E. Ricks, which chapter was entitled “THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS,” where we had the same classic shallow-thinking by Joe then that put him into the white house on 6 January 2021, 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.
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.
And here we are again today, people, and once again, like before, the American people have no notion of what Joe Biden has now undertaken in our names with us having absolutely no say in the matter whatsoever, while handing us the bill for it, and for the record, this according to several different accounts, the Iraq War has cost the US nearly $2 trillion.
And that is money we and our children and grandchildren and their children and grandchildren are on the hook for – $2 TRILLION gone up in smoke, wasted, with nothing tangible or of any account to show for it, and here Joe goes again, spending more tax dollars to make another war with, because Joe Biden is very good at starting wars and causing massive death and destruction of other people on the face of the earth, while Joe innocently claims the moral high ground, as if he is somehow entitled to it, which he most certainly is not.
Meanwhile, back here in the reality we all live in, a reality far removed from the cloud cuckoo land where Joe Biden resides, let us go to a Rigzone article titled “Oil Down as China Lockdowns Outweigh Prospective Russian Oil Ban” by Bloomberg & Julia Fanzeres on May 03, 2022, where we have as follows concerning diesel fuel, to wit:
For now, the most extreme pocket of tightness in the oil market is in diesel.
Record fuel exports from the U.S. Gulf Coast are draining local supplies, pushing diesel margins to the record high levels.
Retail prices have peaked in recent days.
And that takes us back a day to another Rigzone article titled “Oil Rose Amid Surging Refined Products Markets” by Bloomberg & Julia Fanzeres on May 02, 2022, where we had as follows, concerning diesel fuel, a vital commodity for our economy, as follows:
Fuel markets continued to show signs of extraordinary tightness with diesel futures surging nearly 5%.
The shunning of Russian oil products has forced Europe and Latin America to depend more on U.S. imports for fuel leave fuel supplies tight.
A measure of diesel’s future’s premium over crude futures –the diesel crack spread– shot up on Monday to reach a fresh high dating back to 1986.
Diesel’s strength relative to crude is rooted in depleting supplies around the world as countries cut back on Russian fuel.
What this moronic idiot Biden has done to us is to pledge our diesel supplies to Europe and Ukraine in order to keep Joe’s war of choice against Putin going.
And diesel doesn’t grow on trees – it has to be produced from a barrel of oil, of which there are now also shortages.
And the result is that in this country, the price of diesel is skyrocketing, with a gallon of diesel in California now going for $6.471, which state is our major port of entry for foreign-made goods, and all the trucks that move those goods use diesel fuel.
So don’t expect price inflation from Joe Biden’s war of choice in Ukraine to be going down any time soon.
And once again, that is the news, like it or not!
Paul Plante says
And as we sit here watching Joe Biden, the self-styled “Leader of the World” who thinks he is the leader of the world because Zelensky on Ukraine told him he was, working to destroy our future so he can say that it was he who finally was able to do what Hitler and Napolean were unable to do, which is to be the Conqueror of Russia, and Putin, who Joe hates with a passion, because Putin will not pass under the yoke in front of Joe and proclaim him Imperator and Overlord, we have the following high school civics question to consider, to wit:
Q: Based on a review of history, how many people does it take to seriously **** up the world for everybody else?
A: A mere handful!
In this case of Ukraine and Russia, with whom we once had much better relations, we have Barack Hussein Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Victoria Nuland, Jake Sullivan, Tony Blinken, who has come down with COVID despite being vaxxed up the ying-yang, Janet “TOODLES” Yellen, Wally Ademyemo and Jerry Powell of the federal reserve.
So, less than ten!
And with that said, let us go to a Rigzone story titled “Oil Climbs with Impending Russian Bans and Record Low US Fuel Supplies” by Bloomberg & Julia Fanzeres on May 04, 2022, to see where Joe Biden is taking diesel fuel, to wit:
Oil rallied as supply concerns took center stage with the EU threatening to ban Russian supplies this year and U.S. regional fuel inventories dropping to record lows.
Yes, people, we need to learn that this is a new day and age, and we are no longer a sovereign independent country.
We are now nothing more than a province in the world empire of Imperator Joe Biden, the undisputed ruler of all the world and all the people in it, and so, we have to expect that our resources here in this country aren’t really ours, they are Joe Biden’s, and being the world ruler, if Joe thinks those resources are better used elsewhere than here, so it will be, which takes us back to Rigzone, to wit:
The European Union said it plans to ban Russian crude and refined by the end of this year.
“This will be a complete import ban on all Russian oil, seaborne and pipeline, crude and refined,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.
And according to Imperator Biden, it is we who are going to make up that deficit., which takes us back to the story, as follows:
Adding to the sense of supply pressure, East Coast diesel inventories fell to a record low as U.S. refiners increasingly supply global markets in the absence of Russian product, according to data from the Energy Information Administration.
Yes, people, face it, we are not that important, anymore, and that diesel fuel is needed elsewhere, so we will simply have to learn to do without, which again takes us back to the story, to wit:
The phaseout of Russian oil in Europe will come at a time when the world is grappling with a refined-product crisis — potentially making it all the more costly for the region to wean itself off Russian fuels such as diesel.
As I have said before, incredible, but this is the New World Order, and we have to accept that we are now no longer number one, but just another number, which takes us to an article in American Shipper, a trade publication, titled “Armada carrying US LNG heads to Europe, but it won’t be enough – Invasion of Ukraine is pushing a lot more US natural gas toward Europe” by Greg Miller on March 21, 2022, where we learn more about our fate as a mere province now, to wit:
Fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is being felt across all shipping markets, but none more so than liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping.
Consequences to this shipping segment have been immediate, sweeping and possibly permanent.
Traditionally, about 30% of U.S. LNG exports has gone to Europe.
The destination mix has dramatically changed.
Over the past two months, around 70% of U.S. LNG is going to Europe, according to Evercore ISI analyst Sean Morgan.
Yes, people, we have it, but there are other people in Joe’s other provinces who need it more, and given that like Joe Stalin before him, Joe Biden gets to determine what resources will go where and who will have to do without and freeze and starve as a result, we have to sit here and watch our natural gas disappear over the horizon along with our diesel fuel, and our future, because to Joe Biden, the ruler of the world, that is the right thing to do.
Paul Plante says
And speaking of provocative headlines coming at us from out of Joe Biden’s newest province in his Empire, that being Ukraine under Biden puppet ruler Zelensky, a TV comedian turned WARLORD of Ukraine, we have as follows:
RUSSIA INVADED UKRAINE
ENLIST TO THE INTERNATIONAL LEGION OF DEFENCE OF UKRAINE
Yes, people, if you are reading that as Joe Biden having turned Ukraine into a free-fire shooting gallery where if you like to kill people with impunity while getting a handsome paycheck as a mercenary in Zelenkski’s private army, financed by US tax dollars flowing into Ukraine in a literal flood, there is the opportunity for you to do so.
That recruiting notice for mercenaries to fight for Zelensky goes on as follows:
On 24 February 2022, Russia launched a military attack on Ukraine.
In the first few days of the hostilities, the Russian army has conducted attacks on the civilian population and infrastructure.
Civilians are dying each day due to Russia’s acts of aggression against Ukraine.
Ukrainians have already demonstrated their courage and strength in defending their homeland, Europe, and our common civilizational values.
This is not just an invasion of Ukraine by Russia, but a start of a war against the entire Europe.
President Zelensky has created the International Legion of Ukraine, consisting of foreign citizens wishing to join the resistance against the Russian occupants and fight for global security.
Join the Legion and help us defend Ukraine, Europe and the whole world!
Ukrainians are defending Europe, and our common civilizational values?
Uh, okay, if that is the way you want it, Zelensky, but frankly, I personally think that that is a load of horse****, as is the statement “This is not just an invasion of Ukraine by Russia, but a start of a war against the entire Europe.”
That horsecrap from Zelensky about the “start of a war against the entire Europe” has to be one of the most stupid statements by a politician that I have heard in years.
It is not the “start of a war against the entire Europe,” because Europe happens to be NATO, and it has been known for a long time now that Russia is no match for NATO troops, so Zelensky, out of his league and then some, is engaging in a hysterical flight of fancy there.
And then we come to the bull**** statement that President Zelensky has created the International Legion of Ukraine to fight for global security.
Is this dude kidding us, or what?
Without a continuous massive influx of both US arms and US money, Zelensky and Ukraine cannot even defend themselves.
So of we are counting on Zelensky to provide global security, then we are great big fools and that is a fact.
And the very last people one should depend on to provide global or national security is mercenaries, whose loyalty is to no flag, no country, only the hand that holds the money to pay them with, and when that money is gone, so too are the mercenaries.
As to mercenaries, those of us who were around in the 60’s remember well their use in the Congo and Biafra, and on 29 April 2009, the UN released a report titled “UN experts concerned over mercenaries’ alleged coup plot in Bolivia” stating therein that a group of United Nations independent experts on mercenaries voiced their deep concern over reports that five people were involved in a plot to overthrow the Government of Bolivia, and according to information available to date, the Bolivian police launched an operation on 16 April in the eastern city of Santa Cruz against a group, including foreigners, who were allegedly plotting to assassinate President Evo Morales and other top officials.
And on 12 September 2017, the Human Rights Council in its Thirty-sixth session issued its “Report of the Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination on its mission to the Central African Republic” wherein was stated as follows concerning the use of mercenaries by governments to strip others of their human rights, to wit:
The Secretariat has the honour to transmit to the Human Rights Council the report of the Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of people’s to self-determination on its mission to the Central African Republic.
In accordance with its mandate, the Working Group studied the impact of mercenarism and foreign fighters on human rights, including the right of peoples to self-determination, in the context of the armed conflicts that took place in 2003 and 2013.
The Working Group also assessed the situation with regard to private security companies in the country.
During the past conflicts, and to date, armed groups composed of mercenaries and foreign fighters have committed scores of human rights violations against the civilian population.
A large part of the population today continue to live in fear of attacks and killings by armed groups, despite the presence of international peacekeepers in the country.
The activities of mercenaries and foreign fighters continue to be a significant challenge to the stability of the Central African Republic.
There is thus a critical need to adopt measures to combat the activities of those actors, including eliminating impunity and reinforcing efforts to facilitate effectively peacebuilding, reconciliation and development in the country.
So ask yourselves, people, what it is that this rug-chewing madman in the Washington white house has set in motion in Ukraine using our tax dollars to support a mercenary army.
And ask yourselves as our tax dollars now flow to Ukraine and into the pocket of this Zelensky to support his private army how any of that makes us safe in this country, or serves to make the world we all have to live in, a better place!
And if you want to go to a free-fire zone and kill people with impunity while getting paid to do so, Ukraine is the place to be, and to make it easy on you to get there, this is what the advertisement from Zelensky for mercenaries to fight for him has to say, to wit:
VISA REQUIREMENT IS CANCELLED FROM 1ST MAR TILL THE END OF MARTIAL LAW, PRESIDENTIAL DECREE NO82/2022.
And if you think that makes Zelensky sound like a dictator, you got that exactly right!
Paul Plante says
What a great conversation we could have today with Carl Gustav Jung if only he were still around about the sheer insanity of these times which have now descended down around us with the ascension of Joe Biden as “Leader of the World” as what used to be America sinks back into the mire of benighted ignorance that has been the death of “democracies” since time immemorial.
How many countries to date has Joe Biden helped to totally **** up and destabilize?
Let’s see – we have Iraq, Libya, Syria and now Ukraine!
And how much have those wars cost us?
According to a September 1, 2021 report from the Costs of War project at Brown University, it was revealed that 20 years of post-9/11 wars have cost the U.S. an estimated $8 trillion and have killed more than 900,000 people.
$8 TRILLION gone up literally in smoke, and what do we have to show for it today besides on great big ******* mess with Joe Biden’s fingerprints all over, high inflation, a cratering stock market and economy headed towards a recession?
What have we as a nation and as a people gained from Joe Biden’s war against autocrats to protect failing democracy, other than an autocrat now in charge of this country using our tax dollars to support a dictator in Ukraine in the name of democracy, which is an absolute joke.
And speaking of jokes, just yesterday, in a CNBC article titled “Biden announces a new military aid package to Ukraine as concerns about Russian escalation grow” by Amanda Macias on May 6, 2022, we learned as follows concerning Joe’s ability to continue to finance his proxy war against Putin where Joe is more than willing to fight to the last Ukrainian to defeat Putin and Russia while leaving that country in ashes like Iraq, Libya, and Syria where the hand of Joe Biden has been before, to wit:
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Friday that he will sign a new weapons package for Ukraine, as the war-weary country enters its 11th week of conflict with Russia.
The funding comes from the remaining $250 million in presidential drawdown authority, which allows the president to transfer excess weapons from U.S. arsenals without congressional approval.
Now, is everybody following this?
Think about what is being said there.
This fool Biden and his pack of idiot advisors, that being Tony Blinken and Jake Sullivan, have started a war they now do not know how to handle, and Joe, who had no idea what he was getting us into, or Ukraine, NEVER having won a war before in his lifetime, has run out of money to fund it with.
Going back to that article, we have more on Joe’s massive ignorant blundering here with respect to his proxy war in Ukraine against Putin, who I believe reads the same news I do, as follows:
Last month, Biden requested $33 billion from Congress after he exhausted his remaining drawdown authority.
He reiterated his request on Friday by saying that for Ukraine to succeed against Russia, the U.S. and its allies must continue to flow weapons and ammunition into the country.
“Congress should quickly provide the requested funding to strengthen Ukraine on the battlefield and at the negotiating table,” Biden added.
And you know what, people?
That is not going to happen!
Can anyone out there in their right mind who is sane and rational and not a Biden ideologue imagine AOC and her pack foregoing their GREEN DREAM and free stuff for their followers in this country to finance a war in Ukraine, when they don’t like wars, or veterans of wars?
And this won’t be the first time the Democrats have started a war, and then grew tired of it and shut off the funding, because they got bored with it and wanted to move on to destroy something new.
They did it to the South Vietnamese, as well, which brings us to these closing words from the news back when, to wit:
WASHINGTON, April 18, 1975 (AP) – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today approved a $200 million appropriation for humanitarian aid for South Vietnam, but a $722 million request for military aid remained stalled in Congress.
SAIGON, South Vietnam, April 21, 1975 (Agence France Presse) – President Nguyen Van Thieu resigned tonight after ten years in office. He appointed Vice President Tran Van Huong to replace him and denounced the United States as “unworthy of trust.”
WASHINGTON, April 22, 1975 (CNS) – A Pentagon official just back from Vietnam says he believes the worst threat to Americans remaining in Vietnam may be deserting ARVN combat troops who feel they have been betrayed.
“They’re likely to go berserk in their bitterness and attack anyone they feel responsible for their defeat,” the general said.
And like it or not, that is American history as written by the Democrats in Washington, D.C.
Will it repeat in Ukraine where stupid, shallow-thinking Joe Biden is now caught with his teats in the wringer up to the arm pits because he has started a war he don’t have the money to fight it with?
Stay tuned is all I can say.
Paul Plante says
And given that it is our tax dollars that are supporting Joe Biden’s war of choice against his hated arch-enemy Putin of Russia because Putin won’t abase himself before Joe Biden and acknowledge Joe Biden as his lord and master, let’s go back to this mercenary force Joe is putting together for his lackey Zelensky in Ukraine, where we were told as follows in the political propaganda put out by Joe and Zelensky concerning this mercenary army, to wit:
This is not just an invasion of Ukraine by Russia, but a start of a war against the entire Europe.
President Zelensky has created the International Legion of Ukraine, consisting of foreign citizens wishing to join the resistance against the Russian occupants and fight for global security.
Join the Legion and help us defend Ukraine, Europe and the whole world!
My goodness people, but that sounds grand and glorious, does it not – fighting for the global security Joe Biden is unable to afford us because he is incompetent while defending not only Ukraine, and Europe, which is unable to defend itself, but the whole world, as well!
So who exactly are these mercenaries that Joe Biden and Zelensky are hiring on in Ukraine to fight for the global security Joe Biden is unable to afford us because he is incompetent while defending not only Ukraine, and Europe, which is unable to defend itself, but the whole world, as well?
For that answer, let us go to an article in the on-line publication Task & Purpose titled “Legion of the damned: Inside Ukraine’s army of misfits, veterans, and war tourists in the fight against Russia” by Andrew Milburn who retired from the Marine Corps as a colonel in 2019 after a 31-year career as an infantry and special operations officer, his last position in uniform being Deputy Commander of Special Operations Central (SOCCENT), and prior to that commanding officer of the Marine Raider Regiment and Combined Special Operations Task Force – Iraq, on March 18, 2022, where we learn about these mercenaries that our lives and futures and those of everybody in the world depend on to keep us safe, to wit:
LVIV, Ukraine — “Jesus, what a f**ked up country,” John said in exasperation at the vagaries of the Polish rail system.
John was one of the latest recruits for Ukrainian President Zelensky’s Foreign Legion, bound for the Ukrainian city of Lviv where his recruiter had told him to report.
A rail-thin, 20-something from Mobile, Alabama, John had tried the U.S. Army but left halfway through his enlistment due to “medical problems,” he told me.
I wondered if his medical problems had resolved sufficiently for him to be fighting the Russians but said nothing.
Sporting woodland camouflage, a scraggly goatee, and thick glasses of the style made famous by Jeffrey Dahmer, John seemed to me to be an unlikely candidate.
He soon confirmed that impression.
“I wanted to fight, see,” he explained, “But my mom said that I wouldn’t be any good at that.”
“So I figured, they are going to need someone to show them the way.”
The Way – it turned out – was not the Way to expel the Russians, but a different kind of Way.
John was here to enlist in the Ukrainian Army as a chaplain.
I tried to be encouraging but couldn’t deflect an image of John delivering eulogies in broad Alabaman to uncomprehending Ukrainian soldiers as they headed up the line.
Sorry about the no-fly zone thing President Zelensky, but we can save the Ukrainian people in other ways.
Talk about surreality, people, are we now stuck inside a story in the pages of National Lampoon that we are unable to get out of?
Sure does seem it to me, anyway, which takes us back to that story of those to whom we owe our future, to wit:
John, incidentally, was one of the first prospective Legion recruits whom I met, but by all accounts, his story was not unusual.
The initial crop of applicants has been a mixed bag – with a swarm of Fantasists for every one candidate with experience in combat.
A swarm of fantasists, people – that is who Joe Biden and Zelensky are counting on to keep us and the world safe, which takes us back for more, as follows:
Recruits for the Ukrainian Foreign Legion are invited to apply via the Ukrainian embassy in their country of residence.
After a cursory initial interview, they are told to head for Ukraine via Warsaw and overland to Lviv in western Ukraine.
The route is so well known that it is heavily monitored by the Russians, according to a Ukrainian special forces officer I spoke with.
He was worried that they would soon begin targeting recruits before they reached their destination.
After Lviv, the recruits are sent to a camp near the Polish border for selection and training.
Selection apparently follows no discernable process other than separating those that don’t have military experience from those that do.
The former are put through a 4-week training course — the latter are given a weapon and sent to the front in ad-hoc units with a Ukrainian officer.
Some candidates are inexplicably rejected while others – regarded as being eminently unsuitable by their peers, are retained.
And with Joe Biden in charge, and him being real big on “equity,” that is exactly what one would expect from Joe – that those regarded as being eminently unsuitable by their peers are retained in Joe’s mercenary army, because it is the right thing to do for the sake of equity, so those who are really incompetent can pretend otherwise because they made the cut, which will make them feel good about themselves and all warm and squishy inside as a result, which in turn makes Joe Biden feel good about himself as the champion of the incompetents and misfits of America.
Getting back to the story it goes on as follows:
In their first trial by fire earlier this month, the volunteers were put into a hasty defense north of Kyiv, as the Russians began their onslaught on the towns lying north of the city.
After the initial volley of Ukrainian anti-tank missiles had stopped the attackers in their tracks, enemy soldiers spilled out of their armored fighting vehicles about a quarter-mile in front of the volunteers, and into a withering storm of fire that halted the assault.
“Shoot the ones in black uniforms,” a Ukrainian platoon commander is said to have told his foreign charges.
“They are Belarusians.”
Ukrainians are particularly incensed (but not surprised) at the perfidious complicity of Belarusian autocrat Alexander Lukashenko in taking his stance as a sycophantic second to President Vladimir Putin.
Sadly, as with Putin, it is Lukashenko’s soldiers who are paying the price.
Although the Legionnaires helped to halt the attack, their performance that day was uneven — an observation that led the Ukrainians to discharge the surviving members of the initial intake, without any ceremony or official notification.
Worse was to come.
An unknown number of new recruits were training at a camp near the border when, a strike by Tupolev bombers, carrying Kh 101 cruise missiles, destroyed the camp.
The death toll is not yet clear, but Ukrainian officers have told me that it will likely be more than 100.
With most of its initial intake now discharged, and many from subsequent intakes killed or wounded, the plan to stand up the Ukrainian Foreign Legion program is one part of the Ukrainian war effort that is definitely not going well.
“We should only take experienced combat veterans — that is the lesson that we are learning,” a Ukrainian general told Task & Purpose on condition of anonymity.
“The others don’t know what they are getting themselves into – and when they find out, they want to go home.”
And that, people, is more of the news that affects the lives of all of us as Joe Biden continues to blunder his way into WWIII, which will be another war he don’t know how to win, never having yet won a war in his lifetime as a hack politician who went into politics because he couldn’t make it in the real world, but stay tuned, for this show has just begun.
Paul Plante says
So what has been going on here with Joe Biden’s war of choice against Putin, which Joe wants us to believe was really Putin’s war of choice, and in some senses, Joe is right on that score, because Joe made it patently clear that he was a clear and present danger to Russia’s national security with his turning Ukraine into a Biden-esque fortress state, so Putin did the logical thing and attacked before Joe Biden could build up his full strength in Ukraine.
And that brings us to a Reuters article titled “After delay, U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approves $40 billion in Ukraine aid” by Patricia Zengerle on May 19, 2022, as follows:
WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved nearly $40 billion in new aid for Ukraine on Thursday sending the bill to the White House for President Joe Biden to sign into law as Washington races to keep military assistance flowing nearly three months after Russia’s invasion.
And that brings us to another Reuters article titled “G7 pledges billions for Ukraine ‘to get through this'” by Natalia Zinets and Jonathan Landay on May 19, 2022, where we have further as follows:
KYIV/SLATYNE, Ukraine, May 19 (Reuters) – The Group of Seven agreed on Thursday to provide Ukraine with $18.4 billion to pay its bills, funds that Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said would speed up Kyiv’s victory over Russia and which were just as important as “the weapons you provide”.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told reporters at the G7 finance leaders’ meeting in Germany: “The message was, ‘We stand behind Ukraine.'”
“We’re going to pull together with the resources that they need to get through this.'”
So we really can’t pay our own bills in this country, but what the hey, why not pick up paying for Ukraine’s bills too, to keep their economy running?
And that takes us to a Reuters article titled “EXCLUSIVE – War forces Ukraine to divert $8.3 bln to military spending, tax revenue drops – minister” by Natalia Zinets on May 12, 2022, where we learn thusly about where this money needs to go in Ukraine, to wit:
“We urge our partners to provide part of the funds as grants to reduce (our) debt burden which is already growing due to martial law as well as the need for financing,” Marchenko said.
And note that about “martial law,” as we go back to the Reuters story “After delay, U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approves $40 billion in Ukraine aid” by Patricia Zengerle on May 19, 2022, where we have Joe Biden feeding us pure bull**** as only Joe Biden can feed it, to wit:
“I applaud the Congress for sending a clear bipartisan message to the world that the people of the United States stand together with the brave people of Ukraine as they defend their democracy and freedom,” Biden said in a statement, noting that he would announce another package of security assistance on Thursday.
Defend their “democracy?”
But as I say, that is pure bull**** from out the mouth of Joe Biden because Ukraine does not have a democracy to defend.
To the contrary, Ukraine is a right-wing dictatorship under martial law, the way Germany was after the Reichstag Fire Decree that made Hitler a dictator like Zelensky and put an end to the democracy of the Weimar Republic in Germany.
And Ukraine has no history of democracy, either.
And it is interesting that Joe Biden had his CIA scrub the history of Ukraine in that regard when he had them rewrite their chapter on Ukraine in the CIA World Factbook on April 26, 2022, so that Ukraine’s history during WWII has literally disappeared.
And what history was that, one asks?
Let’s look and see:
According to Peter Kenez, “before the advent of Hitler, the greatest mass murder of Jews occurs in the Ukraine in the course of the Civil War.”
“All participants in the conflict were guilty of murdering Jews, even the Bolsheviks; however the (Ukrainian) Volunteer Army had the largest number of victims.”
The number of Jews killed during the period is estimated to be between 35,000 and 50,000.
A total of 1,236 violent attacks on Jews had been recorded between 1918 and 1921 in Ukraine.
Among them, 493 were carried out by Ukrainian People’s Republic soldiers under the command of Symon Petliura, 307 by independent Ukrainian warlords, 213 by Denikin’s army, 106 by the Red Army, and 32 by the Polish Army.
No wonder Joe wanted his CIA to scrub that out of the record as he tries to make Ukraine out as a democracy, which it clearly is not.
And here, we need to make it clear that a fascist is not synonymous with a Nazi.
While the Nazis may have been fascists, all fascists are not Nazis.
Mussolini’s crowd were fascists, and so, too, if I recall, was Franco in Spain.
So when I call Zelensky an incipient fascist, I don’t mean he is a Nazi, I mean he is a fascist.
Fascism goes back to Rome and comes forward from there to our times today, and yes, I do believe that Zelensky is an incipient fascist, where “fascism” is defined as a one party system of government in which each class has its distinct place, function, and representation in the government, but the individual is subordinated to the state and control is maintained by military forces, secret police, rigid censorship, and governmental regimentation of industry and finance.
Is that Ukraine today?
Think about it, people.
What exactly is it that Joe Biden is creating in Ukraine with our tax dollars?
Paul Plante says
Getting back to here, wherever here might now be as we continue to be engulfed with the sheer surreality that is the world in the time of the reign of Joe Biden, known to future history as “Joe the Terrible,” this as events continue to wobble and unravel in the real world outside of the make-believe world that exists in Joe Biden’s head, where Joe is the greatest world leader there ever has been and ever will be, where America is great again because Joe has built it back better than it has ever been before, nobody before Joe having a clue as to how to build something back better as opposed to making a real hash of things, above here, when I last left off, we are confronted with two serious question, to wit:
I: What exactly is it that Joe Biden is creating in Ukraine with our tax dollars?
II: And why?
And to properly address those questions, we need context, and in this case, that context has to begin with a document on the United States Department of State website titled “NATO-Russia Founding Act – Fact sheet released by the White House, Office of the Press Secretary, Washington, DC, May 15, 1997,” where we have as follows, to wit:
On May 14, NATO Secretary General Solana and Russian Foreign Minister Primakov announced agreement on the text of the “Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation,” creating a new relationship between the Alliance and Russia.
The Act has been referred to NATO countries and PresidentYeltsin for approval.
Does anyone in Washington, D.C. today, starting with this mental midget who is now Joe Biden’s secretary of state, that being the loser Tony Blinken, remember any of that?
Going back to the document, it continues as follows:
The Clinton Administration has made building a more stable, secure, and undivided Europe one of its key foreign policy priorities.
At the Helsinki summit in March, Presidents Clinton and Yeltsin agreed on the importance of crafting a cooperative relationship between NATO and Russia.
The Act provides the basis for an enduring and robust partnership between the Alliance and Russia, one that can make an important contribution to Europe’s security architecture in the 21st century.
The preamble notes that NATO and Russia do not consider one another adversaries and cites the sweeping transformations in NATO and Russia that make possible this new relationship.
So, if on May 15, 1997, NATO, which let’s face it, is the United States, and Russia did not consider one another adversaries, what has happened since to make them adversaries now that the bellicose, belligerent jingo Biden is in charge in Washington, D.C.?
And before we delve the answer to that question further, because the simple answer is Joe Biden’s massive ego and megalomania (a person who is obsessed with their own power), let’s go to a Washington Post article titled “Opinion Biden’s ‘team of sycophants’ enabled his Afghanistan disaster” by Marc A. Thiessen on August 19, 2021, for a closer look at the shambles which is the decision-making body of the inept and incompetent Biden regime, to wit:
In 2014, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took to the Senate floor to deliver a blistering speech opposing Antony Blinken’s nomination as deputy secretary of state.
It is this very same Tony Blinken who is now Joe Biden’s inept and incompetent but bellicose, belligerent and jingoistic secretary of state whose blunders have now got us entrenched in Ukraine right after Joe’s embarrassing skeddadle out of Afghanistnam, which goes to show how much Joe values having proven losers on his team, which takes us back to the story, as follows:
Noting his years working for then-Vice President Joe Biden, McCain declared that Blinken was “not only unqualified” but also would be “dangerous to America and to the young men and women who are fighting and serving our country.”
And say what you will about John McCain, but the dude was right on the money with that statement about Blinken being dangerous to America, which is the prime reason Joe chose Tony over anyone else, because Tony is a proven quantity in Joe’s eyes, which takes us back to that story for more explanation, as follows:
As evidence, McCain cited a 2013 speech in which “Mr. Blinken discussed a number of the administration’s achievements, including, one, ending the war in Iraq responsibly; two, setting a clear strategy and date for the withdrawal from Afghanistan.”
To call these achievements, McCain said, was “Orwellian.”
The senator then went on to cite a series of Blinken statements that McCain said were “so divorced from reality, one can only draw one of two conclusions: either that Mr. Blinken is abysmally ignorant or he is simply not telling the truth.”
That, people, is the architect of Joe Biden’s misadventure in Ukraine that John McCain was talking about there with his statement, true statement in my estimation based on Tony’s track record, that Joe Biden’s secretary of state is abysmally ignorant of reality outside of Washington, D.C., which takes us aback to the article, to wit:
When President Donald Trump was in office, the media were always celebrating the “adults in the room” — the presidential advisers who restrained Trump from following through on his worst instincts.
To his credit, Trump sometimes invited people who disagreed with him such as H.R. McMaster and John Bolton to join his inner circle.
And when his generals warned him of disastrous consequences, he modified his plans.
Trump wanted to pull all U.S. forces from Syria but was persuaded to leave 900 in place.
He wanted to pull out all U.S. forces from Afghanistan before leaving office but was persuaded to leave 2,500 troops on the ground, pending a conditions-based withdrawal in May.
And when he would not listen to reason, there were people willing to put their stars on the table.
In 2018, after clashing with Trump over the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis submitted his resignation.
Where are the adults in the room today?
Nowhere to be found.
ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos asked Biden this week whether any of his advisers had pushed back on a complete withdrawal and recommended leaving a residual force of 2,500 troops in Afghanistan?
“No one said that to me that I can recall,” Biden replied.
That he can recall?
If someone did push back, and Biden cannot recall it, then we have a 25th Amendment problem.
But if Biden is correct, and not one single person in his circle of advisers — in or out of uniform — pushed back on his plan to withdraw no matter the conditions on the ground, or made the case for leaving a residual force, then that is a shocking indictment of his national security team.
Far from a team of rivals, Biden has surrounded himself with a team of sycophants and enablers who share his worst instincts.
Blinken is an ideologue who has been working toward a full Afghanistan withdrawal since he joined the Obama administration in 2009.
Ditto for national security adviser Jake Sullivan.
But others such as Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark A. Milley knew better.
Why didn’t one of them have the courage to do what Mattis did, and resign rather than carry out a policy they knew — or should have known — would lead to the disaster we see unfolding?
In his speech seven years ago, McCain noted that former defense secretary Robert M. Gates famously said Biden has been “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”
He did not make those blunders — or this one — alone.
And there for the moment we shall rest with the thought in our heads that Joe Biden is no Bill Clinton, and not by a long shot!
Stuart Bell says
This country is used to 30 years of threatening and interfering in the sand-knee-grows affairs in the middle east. They now wish to play that same game with Russia….I am afraid Russia will retaliate on our soil. and when it does, your liberal neighbor will be the one to blame.
There is nothing in the Ukraine worth the loss of one American life.
Idiots one and all.
Paul Plante says
To put things in to their proper historical perspective here, and it is interesting that only the Cape Charles Mirror is willing to do that, to dig deeper into this matter so the whole story can be put forth, that of Joe Biden and his crowd being treaty breakers, as opposed to the false narrative being put out by the propagandists of the Biden regime that this is all on Putin, with no provocation whatsoever from Joe Biden, Tony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, Victoria Nuland and Ukraine itself, we need to go back to a document on the United States Department of State website titled “NATO-Russia Founding Act – Fact sheet released by the White House, Office of the Press Secretary, Washington, DC, May 15, 1997,” where we have the following statement to consider, to wit:
Commitment by NATO and Russia to work for prompt adaptation of the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty to reflect the changed security environment since CFE was completed in 1990.
And once again, for all practical purposes, NATO is the United States of America, so that sentence really should read as follows:
Commitment by the United States of America and Russia to work for prompt adaptation of the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty to reflect the changed security environment since CFE was completed in 1990.
But was it really a commitment by the United States of America to work for prompt adaptation of the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty to reflect the changed security environment since CFE was completed in 1990?
Or is that horse****?
Let’s dig a bit deeper and see what we can see on that subject by going to an article on the Arms Control Association titled “The Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty and the Adapted CFE Treaty at a Glance,” Fact Sheets & Briefs last Reviewed August 2017, where the first thing we see is the list of CFE States-Parties, to wit:
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
So there we see Ukraine and all of Joe Biden’s crowd who are today fomenting war against Russia by pouring arms into Ukraine being for arms reduction and peace with Russia back then.
So what has changed?
And that answer is Joe Biden, Tony Blinken, Jake Sullivan and the half-pint twerp Zelensky of Ukraine.
They are what has changed, which takes us back to that article for essential background, to wit:
Negotiated during the final years of the Cold War, the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty is often referred to as the “cornerstone of European security.”
And now that the Biden regime is in power not only in America but in the world as well, that treaty is no longer the cornerstone of European security, which “European security” no longer exists thanks to Biden, Blinken and the dimwitted mouth runner Jake Sullivan, who was just quoted in a Bloomberg article titled “Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine Forces Biden to Rewrite US Security Plan” by Peter Martin and Jennifer Jacobs on 3 June 2022, as follows with regard to Joe Biden single-handedly keeping the world safe from Russia and China, to wit:
“For us, there is a certain level of integration and a symbiosis in the strategy we are pursuing in Europe and the strategy we’re pursuing in the Indo-Pacific,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters on May 18.
“President Biden’s unique capacity to actually stitch those two together is, I think, going to be a hallmark of his foreign policy presidency.”
The only hallmark of Joe Biden’s foreign policy presidency is stupidity and idiocy, which takes us back to the CFE treaty article, to wit:
The treaty, signed on November 19, 1990, eliminated the Soviet Union’s overwhelming quantitative advantage in conventional weapons in Europe by setting equal limits on the amount of tanks, armored combat vehicles (ACVs), heavy artillery, combat aircraft, and attack helicopters that NATO and the Warsaw Pact could deploy between the Atlantic Ocean and the Ural Mountains.
The CFE Treaty was designed to prevent either alliance from amassing forces for a blitzkrieg-type offensive, which could have triggered the use of nuclear weapons in response.
Although the threat of such an offensive all but disappeared with the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, member states have repeatedly touted the enduring value of the treaty’s weapons limits and inspection regime, which provides an unprecedented degree of transparency on military holdings.
And thanks to this idiot Biden and his morons Blinken and Sullivan, all of that is now gone, and the world is the worse for it, as Joe Biden and “TOODLES” Yellen and Wally Ademyemo work diligently to totally upend and destroy the world’s economic system.
Going back to the original CFE Treaty, its principal features were:
Treaty Limited Equipment (TLE): NATO and the former Warsaw Pact were each limited to 20,000 tanks, 30,000 ACVs, 20,000 heavy artillery pieces, 6,800 combat aircraft, and 2,000 attack helicopters for the treaty’s area of application.
Member states of each alliance then divided their respective “bloc” limit among themselves, in effect creating national limits.
(The Soviet Union’s limits were subsequently parceled out among eight of its successor states in 1992.)
And that note about the Soviet Union’s limits being subsequently parceled out among eight of its successor states in 1992 takes us to the website of the Office of the Historian of the United States Department of State, the same agency now headed up by the vacuous Tony Blinken, and an article titled “The Collapse of the Soviet Union” where we have some relevant history that must be considered as we assess the responsibility Joe Biden has for getting this war going in Ukraine, which is clearly Joe Biden’s war of choice, while Putin is merely his dance partner, following Joe’s lead, to wit:
After his inauguration in January 1989, George H.W. Bush did not automatically follow the policy of his predecessor, Ronald Reagan, in dealing with Mikhail Gorbachev and the Soviet Union.
Instead, he ordered a strategic policy re-evaluation in order to establish his own plan and methods for dealing with the Soviet Union and arms control.
Conditions in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, however, changed rapidly.
Gorbachev’s decision to loosen the Soviet yoke on the countries of Eastern Europe created an independent, democratic momentum that led to the collapse of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, and then the overthrow of Communist rule throughout Eastern Europe.
While Bush supported these independence movements, U.S. policy was reactive.
Bush chose to let events unfold organically, careful not to do anything to worsen Gorbachev’s position.
With the policy review complete, and taking into account unfolding events in Europe, Bush met with Gorbachev at Malta in early December 1989.
They laid the groundwork for finalizing START negotiations, completing the Conventional Forces in Europe treaty, and they discussed the rapid changes in Eastern Europe.
And there we see the CFE popping up as an important treaty to the United States, this at a time when Joe Biden, a worthless hack politician who never held a real job in his life because he could not cut it in the real world, was in the senate where he served for thirty-six years from 1973 to 2009, and according to his bio, during those 36 years, Biden served in leading roles on both the Judiciary Committee and the Foreign Relations Committee, including eight years as chair of the Judiciary Committee and four years as chair of the Foreign Relations, so clearly, Joe would be as aware of this basic American history as I am, which makes what he has done since to completely dismantle that forward progress totally reprehensible, which takes us back to the article of the Office of the State Department Historian, as follows:
Bush encouraged Gorbachev’s reform efforts, hoping that the Soviet leader would succeed in shifting the USSR toward a democratic system and a market oriented economy.
Gorbachev’s decision to allow elections with a multi-party system and create a presidency for the Soviet Union began a slow process of democratization that eventually destabilized Communist control and contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
This, people, is basic high school history we are talking here.
You don’t need a Ph.D. in poly sci from Harvard or Yale or Princeton to
understand it, it is that basic, and I was alive when this was all happening, and I clearly recall it, so why doesn’t Joe Biden?
Anyway, who were the eight successor states to the Soviet Union in 1992?
Let’s see what the Office of the Historian of the State Department has to say about that:
In early December, Yeltsin and the leaders of Ukraine and Belarus met in Brest to form the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), effectively declaring the demise of the Soviet Union.
And hey, look, everybody, there is Ukraine, the same Ukraine that Joe now claims as a jewel in his crown as LEADER OF THE WORLD, which takes us back to that article as follows:
On December 25, 1991, the Soviet hammer and sickle flag lowered for the last time over the Kremlin, thereafter replaced by the Russian tricolor.
Earlier in the day, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned his post as president of the Soviet Union, leaving Boris Yeltsin as president of the newly independent Russian state.
People all over the world watched in amazement at this relatively peaceful transition from former Communist monolith into multiple separate nations.
And believe me, having grown up with all this constant hysterical BULL**** back then about what a threat the Soviet Union was to us, having to endure drills where we sat under our desks in school as if a Soviet nuclear strike was coming, and sitting under your desk was the surest way to survive, I was one of those people and I welcomed that peaceful transition, as did the world.
And Joe Biden and his pack of morons have put an end to that, big time, which again takes us back to the Office of the Historian of the State Department, to wit:
With the dissolution of Soviet Union, the main goal of the Bush administration was economic and political stability and security for Russia, the Baltics, and the states of the former Soviet Union.
Bush recognized all 12 independent republics and established diplomatic relations with Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.
And here we are coming to what clearly could be construed as a betrayal by Joe Biden, because as a member state of the “bloc” that included Russia, the former limits on arms of the Soviet Union were subsequently parceled out among eight of its successor states in 1992, which included Ukraine, which takes us back to the Arms Control article to wit:
To prevent any country from amassing a significant asymmetrical stockpile of weapons, the treaty prohibits a single state from possessing more than a third of the TLE total.
As of January 2007, NATO’s 22 CFE states-parties claimed collective holdings of 61,281 TLE versus a cumulative limit of 101,697.
Russia reported holdings of 23,266 TLE against limits of 28,216. 
From 1992 through 2008, CFE states have reduced more than 52,000 pieces of conventional armaments under the treaty.
Many states reduced their holdings more than required – with over 17,955 voluntary reductions or conversions below treaty limits.
And then along came Joe Biden and his pack of morons who started to pour weapons into Ukraine, and in the process, have blundered their way into getting us on the verge of WWIII while wrecking the economy of the world.
And let me rest there a moment, because there is a lot yet to consider here, too much for one post, so stay tuned, and with the courtesy of the Cape Charles Mirror, we shall develop this history of Joe Biden as a treaty breaker further.
Paul Plante says
And while we are on the subject of contemporary history unfolding before our eyes here in the pages of the Cape Charles Mirror, and before we go back to the CFE and its provisions, let us look at some recent events that have unfolded in the world since the start of Joe Biden’s war of choice in Russia using the people of Ukraine as his pawns in his sick “power” game where Joe is quite literally trying to make himself the autocrat of the whole world, with all other leaders serving merely as Joe’s puppets, while autocrat Joe dictates to them what it is they shall think and do on a minute-by-minute basis.
And first, for some necessary historical background, let us go to an Associated Press article titled “AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts Obama-Biden aid to Ukraine” by Robert Burns, Aamer Madhani and Hope Yen on March 27, 2022, where we have as follows as to what policy towards Ukraine was when Joe Biden was Hussein Obama’s executive assistant president, to wit:
While the Obama administration refused to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons in 2014 to fight Russian-backed separatists, it offered a range of other military and security aid — not just “blankets.”
The administration’s concern was that providing lethal weapons like Javelin anti-tank missiles might provoke Russian President Vladimir Putin to escalate the conflict in the separatist Donbas area of Ukraine near Russia’s border.
Now, here we have an unanswered question before us, to wit: when the Associated Press tells us that the “administration’s concern was that providing lethal weapons like Javelin anti-tank missiles might provoke Russian President Vladimir Putin to escalate the conflict in the separatist Donbas area of Ukraine near Russia’s border,” who really was the “administration?”
More specifically, was that a policy that Joe Biden agreed with back then, or was that a policy imposed on the belligerent, bellicose, jingoistic Biden by Hussein?
And that article also makes mention of the fact that in the last year of the Obama administration, the U.S. established the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which provided U.S. military equipment and training to help defend Ukraine against Russian aggression, which takes us to a Congressional Research Service analysis titled “U.S. Security Assistance to Ukraine” updated June 6, 2022, where we have some relevant background history, to wit:
The United States has been a leading provider of security assistance to Ukraine, both before and after Russia renewed its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
From 2014, when Russia first invaded Ukraine, through June 1, 2022, the United States has provided more than $7.3 billion in security assistance “to help Ukraine preserve its territorial integrity, secure its borders, and improve interoperability with NATO.”
Since the start of the 2022 war, the Biden Administration has committed a total of more than $4.6 billion in security assistance to “provide Ukraine the equipment it needs to defend itself.”
FY2022 security assistance packages are being funded via more than $23 billion in regular and supplemental appropriations, including the Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022 (P.L. 117-103, Division N), and
the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022 (P.L. 117-128).
In total, FY2022 appropriations include $12.55 billion to replenish Department of Defense (DOD) equipment stocks sent to Ukraine via presidential drawdown authority; $6.3 billion for DOD’s Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI); and $4.65 billion in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for Ukraine and “countries impacted by the situation in Ukraine.”
FY2022 supplemental appropriations also have included funds for additional U.S. troop deployments to Europe.
So there we are getting an idea of the costs to we, the American people are being forced to bear with absolutely no say in the matter of this foreign war that Joe Biden and his pack of incompetent morons have provoked in Ukraine so that Joe Biden can have a chance to crush his hated and greatly feared rival Putin, to make Joe the undisputed strongman ruler of the world, after he gets rid of the Chinese dude when he is done mopping up the floor with Putin.
And this is just the start, because having provoked the war, thinking he had all the power in his hands, which was a fallacy fed to him by the bootlickers, sycophants and lickspittles and small minds who make up Joe’s national security teams, Joe now has no way to stop it, which means Joe has to keep hemorrhaging our tax dollars in Ukraine, while Putin appears to be getting stronger, not weaker, which takes us to a Rigzone article titled “Gazprom Suspends Gas Supplies to Orsted” by Andreas Exarheas on June 01, 2022, where we had as follows:
Gazprom has announced that it has completely suspended gas supplies to Denmark’s Orsted Salg & Service A/S “due to failure to pay in Rubles”.
In a statement posted on its Twitter page on Tuesday, Gazprom announced that it had completely suspended gas supplies to Netherlands’ GasTerra B.V. “due to failure to pay in Rubles”.
In a market note sent to Rigzone in April, Rystad Energy analysts Kaushal Ramesh and Nikoline Bromander noted that Russia had fired the first shot back at the West with a gas embargo on Poland and Bulgaria.
Joe and his pack of morons starring the incompetent Janet “TOODLES” Yellen and Wally Ademyemo think they are the masters of economic warfare, and they believed that they can cripple Putin and Russia and destroy the economy of Russia to hurt its people, and all those fools have managed to do is to cripple the world economy, while Putin keeps on keeping on.
And then there is a Business Insider article titled “Russia’s Gazprom says it’s cutting off some natural gas to Germany after Shell refused to pay for it in rubles” by Huileng Tan on 1 June 2022, where we learn more of the fallout from Joe Biden’s war of choice in Ukraine, to wit:
Gazprom said it would halt its natural-gas supply to Shell, which supplies Germany.
The suspension from June 1 is due to Shell’s refusal to pay for supplies in rubles, Gazprom said.
S&P Global Ratings noted the risk premium on European emerging-market corporate debt is now almost double its five-year average, compared to a roughly in-line reading at the start of the year.
Formerly lucrative firms, such as banks, energy producers and mining companies, have been reduced to junk status.
Will there be repercussions from that?
We’ll have to stay tuned and see, which takes us to another Rigzone article titled “U.S. Split Over Next Round Of Russia Sanctions” by Nick Wadhams on June 02, 2022, where we have the reality facing the incompetent, out-of-control, in over its head Biden administration, to wit:
Biden administration officials are divided over how much further the US can push sanctions against Russia without sparking global economic instability and fracturing transatlantic unity.
While President Joe Biden’s team rallied behind a sanctions plan it rolled out just after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the debate is more heated now that President Vladimir Putin has shrugged off the early economic penalties and is forging ahead with his war, according to officials familiar with the discussions.
The people, who asked not to be identified discussing internal deliberations, said factions have emerged over how hard to push.
One group, which includes many officials at the State Department and White House, advocates even stricter measures known as secondary sanctions in response to Russian atrocities, arguing opposition from allies can be overcome.
Another group of officials, many based at Janet Yellen’s Treasury Department, worry about further strains on a global economy already suffering from supply-chain woes, inflation, volatile oil prices and a potential food crisis.
Some fret about the looming midterm elections and Democrats’ chances if prices at the pump stay high.
“We’re now just coming up to the limit of how severely you can impose sanctions against a major economy without it having such bad spillover effects that you are creating a ton of bushfires elsewhere,” said Nicholas Mulder, a Cornell University professor and author of “The Economic Weapon,” a history of sanctions policy.
The debate mirrors broader tensions in the trans-Atlantic alliance, with agreement harder to find on how much more pain to inflict on Putin.
A harbinger of the challenges to come emerged in recent days, when the European Union agreed to pursue a ban on oil imports — but only after granting carve-outs to Hungary — and then were unable to decide on what to do next or how aggressively to go after gas imports.
Until now, unity had been a defining characteristic of the US and European response to the war.
“We continue to look at what other sanctions we can impose,” Jose Fernandez, the undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment, said in an interview.
Yet with Putin undaunted by the economic chokehold and pressing ahead with his war, there are growing calls within the administration to test that unity by taking action against other countries and companies that help Russia evade sanctions or provide what the US calls “material support” to sanctioned entities.
They argue that such moves would be narrowly targeted, nothing like the broad sanctions campaign that sought to stifle Iran over its nuclear program by targeting almost any country or company that did business with Tehran.
Many US allies and humanitarian groups argued that approach was counterproductive.
But supporters of the harder line say that, with the war in its fourth month, its time has come.
“There’s a time and a place for considered US unilateral action,” said Edward Fishman, a former State Department official who is now an adjunct professor at Columbia University.
“There’s no good argument against maximizing sanctions on Russia.”
“And the sooner you do it, the better because time isn’t really on our side.”
But that’s testing the limits of what sanctions can do in the face of a evidence that even crippling penalties fail to force stubborn regimes to capitulate.
Skeptics point to sanctions programs against nations such as North Korea, Venezuela, Syria and Cuba that have only entrenched adversarial leaders determined to hunker down and pass the suffering onto their own populations.
If the US goes forward with more sanctions, it might find itself largely alone in such efforts, in effect inserting the wedge between it and allies that Putin has a history of exploiting.
It could also further roil energy markets, possibly causing new pain at US gas pumps.
The debate is also forcing a wider reassessment of the sanctions campaign.
Officials are confronting the fact that the oligarchs who have been targeted by sanctions may not wield the influence with Putin they once had.
And the administration has shifted away from its argument that sanctions could hasten the end of the war to the claim that sanctions, export controls and other restrictions will take a long time — perhaps years — to weaken Putin.
There, people, is reality staring us right in the face, and here we now are, neck deep in the Big Muddy, and the big fool Biden says to push on, which raises the serious question of whether or not this pack of morons, mouth breathers, bottom feeders, idiots, fools, half-wits, and mental midgets surrounding Joe Biden can actually single-handedly destroy the economy of the world and my bet is most certainly.
But this is only a fraction of the what is, so stay tuned for more and be sure to give thanks that we have the Cape Charles Mirror giving us facts with which to counter the Biden propaganda pouring out of the so-called “legacy” media who are now scrambling to get over onto the right side of history since the American people have seen through all their lies as they were Joe Biden’s enablers and protectors in order to get Joe into office in place of Trump, a huge mistake they are now paying for as their credibility has been stripped from them in shreds.
Paul Plante says
And while we are on the subject of Putin not getting weaker despite the ferocious and ever-increasingly frantic efforts of the autocrat Joe Biden and his pack of losers, lunatics, morons, and just plain fools like Janet “TOODLES” Yellen and Wally Ademyemo to make that happen, let us go to a Reuters article titled “Russia’s energy revenue higher now than just before Ukraine war, U.S. official says” by Timothy Gardner on June 9, 2022, where we have some of the reality facing the fools in the out-of-control, in-over-its-head Biden regime, to wit:
WASHINGTON, June 9 (Reuters) – Russia may be getting more revenue from its fossil fuels now than shortly before its invasion of Ukraine, as global price increases offset the impact of Western efforts to restrict its sales, U.S. energy security envoy Amos Hochstein told lawmakers during a hearing on Thursday.
“I can’t deny that,” Hochstein told the Senate Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation in response to a question about whether Moscow was making more money now off its crude oil and gas sales than a couple of months before the war started.
The International Energy Agency said in May that Russia’s oil revenue was up 50% since the beginning of the year to $20 billion a month, with the EU taking the biggest share of its exports.
The EU’s ban on Russian oil, expected to take full effect at the end of the year, could cut that revenue.
India’s purchases of Russian oil more than doubled in May from the previous month to hit a record high above 840,000 barrels per day and will likely rise again in June, according to commodity analysts Kpler.
Hochstein said he has asked Indian officials not to purchase too much Russian oil, and told them the United States cannot ban its purchases of the crude because it has not imposed secondary sanctions on those sales.
While Russia provided about 45% of the EU’s natural gas last year, Hochstein has been working to decrease that dependency by encouraging the diversion of shipments to the EU of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States, Qatar and Australia.
In the first four months of the year U.S. LNG shipments to Europe jumped 18% from the 2021 annual average.
Now think about the that phrase “Hochstein has been working to decrease that dependency by encouraging the diversion of shipments to the EU of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States,” and the use of the word “diversion” while asking yourselves this pertinent question not being asked elsewhere, to wit: just who the hell is Amos Hochstein, and where does he get the authority to divert anything, let alone our LNG, so he can supply Europe, instead?
And that answer is that Amos J. Hochstein, born January 4, 1973, is a U.S. businessman, diplomat, and lobbyist who has worked in the U.S. Congress and who has testified before congressional panels, and most importantly as far as Joe Biden is concerned, Joe being concerned with political loyalty above all else, Amos served in the Hussein Obama administration under Secretaries of State Clinton and Kerry, and he was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in 2011 and as Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs.
In 2015, Obama nominated Hochstein to be the Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources but the Senate did not act on the nomination.
And lo and behold what do we have here: while at the State Department, Hochstein worked as a close advisor to Vice-President Joe Biden, serving in the administration from 2011 to 2017.
As I say, with Joe, it is about loyalty, not competence.
Then, in March of 2017, Amos joined Tellurian, a private Houston-based LNG company, where he served as Senior Vice President Marketing until his departure in September of 2020, and now Amos serves on the boards of the Atlantic Council and U.S.-India Business Council.
And look at this: Hochstein is a former member of the supervisory board of Ukrainian Naftogaz, from which he resigned in October 2020 by writing an opinion piece that highlighted the return of sabotage in the form of corrupt forces.
Thereafter, on August 10, 2021, the loser Joe Biden made his secretary of state, that being Tony Blinken, announced that he was appointing Hochstein as the Senior Advisor for Energy Security.
And now, our supplies of diesel are diminishing, gas is through the roof, along with home heating oil and propane and natural gas, so what exactly has Amos Hochstein done to make us more “energy secure?”
Think about it, people, what this farce in Ukraine is costing us, and ask yourself why?
Paul Plante says
And believe me, people, not only what a long strange trip this Biden Ukraine situation, but what a long, strange trip it continues to be, which takes us back to the statement above that Joe Biden’s man Amos Hochstein is a former member of the supervisory board of Ukrainian Naftogaz, from which he resigned in October 2020 by writing an opinion piece that highlighted the return of sabotage in the form of corrupt forces, let’s delve into that matter a bit more by first going back to when Hussein Obama was in the white house and Joe Biden was Hussein’s executive deputy president, and a White House Press Room statement dated November 21, 2014 and titled “FACT SHEET: U.S. Assistance to Ukraine,” where we had as follows from Hussein’s propagandists, as follows:
The United States remains firmly committed to supporting Ukraine as it works to establish security, restore economic stability, strengthen the rule of law, advance the fight against corruption, and carry out democratic and constitutional reforms.
Democratic and constitutional reforms?
You’re kidding me, because right now, Ukraine is under martial law with constitutional provisions suspended while political parties the ruling Biden-friendly government doesn’t like because the Biden regime doesn’t like them have been outlawed, denying their followers a voice in what is becoming a fascist government with the full backing of our tax dollars being provided to it by Washington, D.C.
And as to that bit about advancing the fight against corruption, according to the Hochstein op-ed, that fight is a losing battle.
Going back to 2014 and the Obama press release, it continues as follows:
The United States stands with the Ukrainian people and their choice of democracy, reform, and European integration.
In pursuit of these objectives, Vice President Joe Biden announced today in Kyiv, Ukraine that, pending approval from Congress, the White House will commit $20 million to support comprehensive reform in the Ukrainian law enforcement and justice sectors, including prosecutorial and anti-corruption reforms.
Going back to that press release once more, we come to this relevant item with respect to corruption in Ukraine and Amos Hochstein’s op-ed, to wit:
We are supporting Ukrainian efforts to enhance its own energy production, including through technical assistance to help restructure Ukraine’s national oil and gas company, Naftogaz, and through the introduction of new technologies to boost outputs from existing and new conventional gas fields in Ukraine.
And there, it would seem, we have Hussein Obama and Joe Biden both tied to this Naftogaz, and that brings us to a Radio Free Europe article on May 04, 2021 by Todd Prince, a senior correspondent for RFE/RL based in Washington, D.C. who lived in Russia from 1999 to 2016, working as a reporter for Bloomberg News and an investment adviser for Merrill Lynch and has traveled extensively around Russia, Ukraine, and Central Asia, titled “Ukraine’s ‘Internal Threat’ On Blinken’s Plate After Naftogaz CEO Fired” where we learn as follows, to wit:
When U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Kyiv this week and meets with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, he will seek to demonstrate strong Western support for Ukraine from the external threat of Russian aggression.
Behind the scenes, however, there could be tension between the two over what Blinken often calls Ukraine’s “internal threat”: corruption and weak institutions.
Timelines, people, timelines are all important in determining the flo9w of history from past to present!
In 2014, Hussein Obama and Joe Biden were bragging up them spending U.S. tax dollars to clean up corruption in Ukraine, and seven (7) years later, in 2021, we see corruption in Ukraine as still being an issue.
Going back to the RFE article, we have more as follows, to wit:
One week before Blinken’s expected arrival on May 5, Zelenskiy’s government did exactly the kind of thing that has raised questions in the West about Kyiv’s dedication to reforms, which observers and officials say are needed to make the system strong enough to withstand persistent pressure from Moscow.
The government dismissed Andriy Kobolyev, the respected chief executive officer of Naftogaz, the state-owned energy company that has been at the center of some of Ukraine’s biggest corruption scandals over the past three decades, using a legal loophole to get around Western corporate governance practices it had promised to uphold.
And this is the same corrupt lash-up in the corrupt ****-hole of Ukraine under Joe’s puppet Zelensky that Joe Biden is continuing to pump our tax dollars into, while telling us that we have a duty to stand in solidarity with the Ukrainians while suffering economic harm as a result.
Getting back to this bull**** story of Bidenism in action, we have more Joe as follows:
Analysts said the stealth move, coming amid an outpouring of Western support for Ukraine in the wake of a big Russian military buildup on its borders and in occupied Crimea, smacked of direct government interference in the management of a state-owned company, a practice that has had dreadful consequences for the Ukrainian economy in the past and which the West is trying to wean Kyiv off.
The West is “trying” to wean Kyiv off?
In which century do they expect that to happen?
Going back to RFE, we have more to consider, as follows:
Kobolyev’s dismissal provoked pointed criticism from the European Union and the United States, which have tied financial aid to Ukraine to improvements in corporate governance at state-owned companies and overall anti-corruption efforts.
Philip Reeker, acting U.S. assistant secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, called the move “troubling” during a phone briefing with reporters on April 30 and said the United States will push Ukraine’s leaders to “respect transparent corporate governance practices.”
The United States will push Ukraine’s leaders to “respect transparent corporate governance practices?”
But I thought that was what Joe Biden and Hussein Obama were doing back in 2014?
Looks like a pretty slow process to me, because the Ukrainians seem slow learners while the Biden team are poor teachers, which again takes us back to RFE, as follows:
The Naftogaz CEO’s ouster was just the latest in a series of actions by the Zelenskiy administration that have raised concerns about a rollback of the reforms achieved since Moscow-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych was pushed from power in 2014 by the massive Maidan protests, which were prompted largely by anger over corruption.
Blinken’s response to the situation surrounding Naftogaz will send an important signal to Zelenskiy about just how far President Joe Biden’s administration is willing to go to protect the nation’s reform path, analysts said.
And that answer is not far, at all, and here for the moment I will take a pause, because there is a lot of red meat on this bone to chew on, and so we will do it by the teaspoon full so as to not checked choked by it.
Paul Plante says
And while we are on the subject of the long, strange trip the political career of Joe Biden has been, and continues to be, to our detriment and that of the world, as well, it is interesting how the mere mention of the name Amos Hochstein, a former member of the supervisory board of Ukrainian Naftogaz, from which he resigned in October 2020 by writing an opinion piece that highlighted the return of sabotage in the form of corrupt forces, has opened up the whole can of worms with regard to just how corrupt a ****hole Joe Biden’s pet state and prized possession Ukraine really is under this twerp Zelensky, who thinks OUR America is merely his fetchboy to provide him with whatever he wants when he wants.
As to Amos Hochstein, by all accounts, he was a straight shooter who dared to blow the whistle on Hunter Biden, as we see from this snippet from a Majority Staff Report of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and U.S. Senate Committee on Finance titled “Hunter Biden, Burisma, and Corruption: The Impact on U.S. Government Policy and Related Concerns,” to wit:
* In early 2015 the former Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, George Kent, raised concerns to officials in Vice President Joe Biden’s office about the perception of a conflict of interest with respect to Hunter Biden’s role on Burisma’s board. Kent’s concerns went unaddressed, and in September 2016, he emphasized in an email to his colleagues, “Furthermore, the presence of Hunter Biden on the Burisma board was very awkward for all U.S. officials pushing an anticorruption agenda in Ukraine.”
* In October 2015, senior State Department official Amos Hochstein raised concerns with Vice President Biden, as well as with Hunter Biden, that Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma’s board enabled Russian disinformation efforts and risked undermining U.S. policy in Ukraine.
* Although Kent believed that Hunter Biden’s role on Burisma’s board was awkward for all U.S. officials pushing an anti-corruption agenda in Ukraine, the Committees are only aware of two individuals — Kent and former U.S. Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Amos Hochstein — who raised concerns to Vice President Joe Biden (Hochstein) or his staff (Kent).
And quite obviously, from the fact that he had the integrity to not only resign, but to pen an op-ed blowing the whistle on corruption under the thuggish twerp Zelensky, to whom we are all supposed to be bowing as the savior of democracy for the world, a crock of horse**** given that Zelensky is a dictator who like Hitler before him has suspended the Constitution of Ukraine, nothing got done by Joe Biden and not only did nothing get done, but the whole matter was buried.
According to an article in the Kyiv Post titled “Sabotage of Naftogaz” in 2020, right after Amos Hochstein penned his op-ed exposing corruption in Ukraine tied directly to the twerp Zelensky, Hochstein was highly thought of, to wit:
National gas company Naftogaz of Ukraine has been through a rough couple of weeks.
An unverified government auditor’s report was leaked to the media, CEO Andriy Kobolyev took ill with COVID-19 and supervisory board member Amos Hochstein resigned citing a growing opposition to reform and political interference in Naftogaz’s work.
The escalation in pressure has spooked investors, who fear Ukraine may be slipping faster than previously anticipated from its reform-focused track.
Rather than signalling problems within Naftogaz itself, however, experts see these events as a red flag, potentially heralding attempts to reverse gas market reforms implemented in recent years and a return of corrupt schemes.
In Hochstein’s own words, the state-owned enterprise is “facing sabotage.”
In the years following the Euromaidan revolution Naftogaz built a strong reputation among foreign investors and supporters of reform in Ukraine.
Previously used by politicians for personal enrichment and political horse-trading (which left it unprofitable and in need of state subsidies), it changed radically after new management took over in 2014.
An attack on Naftogaz, hence, is viewed by many as an assault on the legacy of reform and successes achieved in previous years.
Even more concerning for many has been the early October resignation of Hochstein.
A former US diplomat who served in the Obama administration, Hochstein was a guarantor of the integrity of Naftogaz and its ability to withstand political meddling.
Ukraine’s gas sector has historically proved to be the country’s Achilles Heel and has served as a source of endless corruption.
“The American’s departure adds to mounting fears of a return to the corrupt practices that plagued Naftogaz for many years prior to a major shake-up in the Ukrainian gas sector beginning in 2014,” explained Sabadus, adding that the resignation was not a “complete surprise to Ukraine observers who have been paying attention to the removal of numerous reformists from key positions in recent months.”
So why was that all hushed up, which takes us back to the Radio Free Europe article on May 04, 2021 by Todd Prince, a senior correspondent for RFE/RL based in Washington, D.C. who lived in Russia from 1999 to 2016, working as a reporter for Bloomberg News and an investment adviser for Merrill Lynch and has traveled extensively around Russia, Ukraine, and Central Asia, titled “Ukraine’s ‘Internal Threat’ On Blinken’s Plate After Naftogaz CEO Fired” where we have more of that story of endemic corruption in Joe Biden’s Ukraine tied directly to his corrupt little autocratic puppet Zelensky, to wit:
Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers on April 28 dismissed Naftogaz’s supervisory board, opening a legal door for the removal of Kobolyev, who has been widely credited with turning around the historically graft-infested company during his seven-year reign.
And there, people, in the murky world inhabited by Joe Biden and his son Hunter, was the unforgivable sin of Andriy Kobolyev, the respected chief executive officer of Naftogaz, the state-owned energy company that has been at the center of some of Ukraine’s biggest corruption scandals over the past three decades – going after corruption that was feeding Hunter Biden, which made Andriy Kobolyev a direct threat to Joe Biden, who controls who can be what in Ukraine.
According to the RFE story, in testimony to Congress in November 2019, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch called Kobolyev “as clean as they come” and “fearless” in pursuing reforms, which raises questions about what role Joe Biden himself was playing here, which takes us back to the Senate Report named above, where we have the following to consider concerning the role of Joe Biden in protecting Ukraine’s corruption, to wit:
Access to relevant documents and testimony has been persistently hampered by criminal investigations, impeachment proceedings, COVID-19, and several instances of obstructive
Accordingly, this investigation has taken longer than it should have.
The Chairmen’s efforts have always been driven by our belief that the public has the right to know about wrongdoing and conflicts of interest occurring within government, and especially those conflicts brought about by the actions of governmental officials.
This is a good-government oversight investigation that relies on documents and testimony from U.S. agencies and officials, not a Russian disinformation campaign, as our Democratic colleagues have falsely stated.
What the Chairmen discovered during the course of this investigation is that the Obama administration knew that Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma’s board was problematic and did interfere in the efficient execution of policy with respect to Ukraine.
Moreover, this investigation has illustrated the extent to which officials within the Obama administration ignored the glaring warning signs when the vice president’s son joined the board of a company owned by a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch.
And, as will be discussed in later sections, Hunter Biden was not the only Biden who cashed in on Joe Biden’s vice presidency.
This report not only details examples of extensive and complex financial transactions involving the Bidens, it also describes the quandary other U.S. governmental officials faced as they attempted to guide and support Ukraine’s anticorruption efforts.
The Committees will continue to evaluate the information and evidence as it becomes available.
And there, people, is a good place to pause and take a rest to let this all sink in – the murky world of Joe and Hunter Biden, so stay tuned, for there is much more of this story yet to come.