Insanity: US Pushes For War With Russia! (And China And North Korea and Iran-Allies of Russia)
|“Ready to Respond”: US Mulls Sending Warships to Black Sea to “Send Message” to RussiaPosted: 08 Apr 2021 06:52 PM PDTA US defense official has told CNN on Thursday that the Biden administration is seriously considering sending warships into the Black Sea amid reports that Russia is mustering forces near the border with Ukraine in response to a renewed uptick in fighting in nearby Donbas.The warships could be deployed “in the next few weeks in a show of support for Ukraine,” the unnamed defense official described. And further, “The US Navy routinely operates in the Black Sea, but a deployment of warships now would send a specific message to Moscow that the US is closely watching, the official said,” according to the CNN report.Typically the US gives 14-days notice prior to sending warships into the Black Sea, according to a long established treaty with Turkey regarding use of the Bosporus to enter the waters.Importantly, the new CNN reporting comes two days after Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky personally urged NATO to immediately expand its Black Sea presence.He had said in a phone call with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg,“Such a permanent presence should be a powerful deterrent to Russia, which continues the large-scale militarization of the region and hinders merchant shipping,” the president’s press service indicated in a readout.Despite a slew of international reports this week hyping threat of a Russian “offensive” in eastern Ukraine – based largely on Kiev officials loudly claiming as much – the Pentagon’s official assessment still appears to be that the Kremlin is not preparing for some kind of offensive move on Ukraine.Comes as Russia’s Defence Ministry said today that it will be moving more than 10 vessels including warships into the Black Sea…https://t.co/yDHhMqIdNM https://t.co/A3ty97IHMx— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) April 8, 2021Surprisingly even CNN is bluntly stating that the US doesn’t see this as imminent, despite all the breathless reports over extra Russian troops in Crimea and near the border:Although the US does not see the amassing of Russian forces as posturing for an offensive action, the official told CNN that “if something changes we will be ready to respond.”Their current assessment is that the Russians are conducting training and exercises and intelligence has not indicated military orders for further action, the official said, but noted that they are well-aware that could change at any time.But should US battleships indeed enter the Black Sea (though they semi-regularly conduct drills there) during this particular period of heightened tensions, we can expect Russia will “answer” with a greater naval build-up in its own backyard – something which appears to have already begun in a preemptive fashion.Republished from ZeroHedge.com with permissionThe post “Ready to Respond”: US Mulls Sending Warships to Black Sea to “Send Message” to Russia appeared first on We Are Change.|
|Veteran Intelligence Officials Issue Letter to Biden Urging Him to Avoid War in UkrainePosted: 08 Apr 2021 05:56 PM PDTMEMORANDUM FOR: The President|
FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)
SUBJECT: Avoiding War in UkraineDear President Biden,We last communicated with you on December 20, 2020, when you were President-elect.At that time, we alerted you to the dangers inherent in formulating a policy toward Russia built on a foundation of Russia-bashing. While we continue to support the analysis contained in that memorandum, this new memo serves a far more pressing purpose. We wish to draw your attention to the dangerous situation that exists in Ukraine today, where there is growing risk of war unless you take steps to forestall such a conflict.At this juncture, we call to mind two basic realities that need particular emphasis amid growing tension between Ukraine and Russia.First, since Ukraine is not a member of NATO, Article 5 of the NATO Treaty of course would not apply in the case of an armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia.Second, Ukraine’s current military flexing, if allowed to transition into actual military action, could lead to hostilities with Russia.We think it crucial that your administration immediately seek to remove from the table, so to speak, any “solution” to the current impasse that has a military component. In short, there is, and can never be, a military solution to this problem.Your interim national security strategy guidance indicated that your administration would “make smart and disciplined choices regarding our national defense and the responsible use of our military, while elevating diplomacy as our tool of first resort.” Right now is the perfect time to put these words into action for all to see.We strongly believe:1. It must be made clear to Ukrainian President Zelensky that there will be no military assistance from either the US or NATO if he does not restrain Ukrainian hawks itching to give Russia a bloody nose — hawks who may well expect the West to come to Ukraine’s aid in any conflict with Russia. (There must be no repeat of the fiasco of August 2008, when the Republic of Georgia initiated offensive military operations against South Ossetia in the mistaken belief that the US would come to its assistance if Russia responded militarily.)2. We recommend that you quickly get back in touch with Zelensky and insist that Kiev halt its current military buildup in eastern Ukraine. Russian forces have been lining up at the border ready to react if Zelensky’s loose talk of war becomes more than bravado. Washington should also put on hold all military training activity involving US and NATO troops in the region. This would lessen the chance that Ukraine would misinterpret these training missions as a de facto sign of support for Ukrainian military operations to regain control of either the Donbas or Crimea.3. It is equally imperative that the U.S. engage in high-level diplomatic talks with Russia to reduce tensions in the region and de-escalate the current rush toward military conflict. Untangling the complex web of issues that currently burden U.S.-Russia relations is a formidable task that will not be accomplished overnight. This would be an opportune time to work toward a joint goal of preventing armed hostilities in Ukraine and wider war.There is opportunity as well as risk in the current friction over Ukraine. This crisis offers your administration the opportunity to elevate the moral authority of the United States in the eyes of the international community. Leading with diplomacy will greatly enhance the stature of America in the world.For the Steering Group, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for SanityWilliam Binney, former Technical Director, World Geopolitical & Military Analysis, NSA; co-founder, SIGINT Automation Research Center (ret.)Marshall Carter-Tripp, Foreign Service Officer & former Division Director in the State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research (ret.)Bogdan Dzakovic, former Team Leader of Federal Air Marshals and Red Team, FAA Security (ret.) (associate VIPS)Graham E. Fuller,Vice-Chair, National Intelligence Council (ret.)Robert M. Furukawa, Captain, Civil Engineer Corps, USNR (ret.)Philip Giraldi, CIA, Operations Officer (ret.)Mike Gravel, former Adjutant, top secret control officer, Communications Intelligence Service; special agent of the Counter Intelligence Corps and former United States SenatorJohn Kiriakou, former CIA Counterterrorism Officer and former Senior Investigator, Senate Foreign Relations CommitteeKaren Kwiatkowski, former Lt. Col., US Air Force (ret.), at Office of Secretary of Defense watching the manufacture of lies on Iraq, 2001-2003Edward Loomis, NSA Cryptologic Computer Scientist (ret.)Ray McGovern, former US Army infantry/intelligence officer & CIA presidential briefer (ret.)Elizabeth Murray, former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East & CIA political analyst (ret.)Pedro Israel Orta, CIA Operations Officer & Analyst; Inspector with IG for the Intelligence Community (ret.)Todd E. Pierce, MAJ, US Army Judge Advocate (ret.)Scott Ritter, former MAJ., USMC, former UN Weapon Inspector, IraqColeen Rowley, FBI Special Agent and former Minneapolis Division Legal Counsel (ret.)Kirk Wiebe, former Senior Analyst, SIGINT Automation Research Center, NSASarah G. Wilton, CDR, USNR, (ret.); Defense Intelligence Agency (ret.)Robert Wing, U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Officer (former) (associate VIPS)Ann Wright, U.S. Army Reserve Colonel (ret) and former U.S. Diplomat who resigned in 2003 in opposition to the Iraq WarVeteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPs) is made up of former intelligence officers, diplomats, military officers and congressional staffers. The organization, founded in 2002, was among the first critics of Washington’s justifications for launching a war against Iraq. VIPS advocates a US foreign and national security policy based on genuine national interests rather than contrived threats promoted for largely political reasons. An archive of VIPS memoranda is available at Consortiumnews.com.The post Veteran Intelligence Officials Issue Letter to Biden Urging Him to Avoid War in Ukraine appeared first on We Are Change.