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US Strategy of Isolationism and Non-intervention

by Oui Wed Mar 20th, 2024 at 10:34:30 AM EST

AmericaFirst! or back to the 1930s

For the long haul, the creation of the Capability Coalition Leadership Group (CCLG).

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and other participants of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group speak at 11:30 a.m. ET on March 19 to reporters following their daylong meeting at Ramstein U.S. Air Base in Germany.

Ukraine's Survival 'In Danger' if West Fails to Help, Austin Says

Why the West is losing Ukraine

U.S. Republicans blocking aid. European right-wingers pushing to abandon Kyiv

Vladimir Putin must be enjoying this moment.

Not only did the Russian president manage to snuff-troll the Munich Security Conference with news of the death of his main political rival, Alexei Navalny ("slowly murdered" by his jailers in Siberia, according to the European Union's top diplomat Josep Borrell); he also scored a well-timed battlefield success when, over the weekend, his troops finally took the town of Avdiivka in eastern Ukraine following a tactical retreat by ammunition-starved Ukrainian troops who had defended the town since 2014.

According to one participant in Munich, the mood at the gathering of Western security and diplomatic elites -- typically a chance to project unity and resolve between exclusive cocktail receptions -- was grim. "There is a sense of urgency, without a sense of action," said Jan Techau, Germany director for the Eurasia Group, a think tank. "It's a very strange state of affairs."

One of the links in article is from The Interpreter and Lowy Institute.

Lying Liars and Warmongers

Tools of the hegemonic power America: Five Eyes and NATO. US intelligence extended to Nine- and Fourteen Eyes plus Israel's Mossad and Unit 8200.

U.S. Intelligence: Lying Liars and Warmongers

(Reposted) Better times ...

Our European Identity | by Frank Schnittger Fri Dec 14th, 2007 |

A pivotal moment in history, making Russia a pariah state ...

Georgia: oil, neocons, cold war and our credibility | by Jerome a Paris Sun Aug 10th, 2008 |

Khodorkovsky - The Interpreter - Henry Jackson Society (UK) 

Decades of Disinformation and Propaganda by the West ... some foolish attempts quite short-lived --PropOrNot-- although succeeded in its effect of initiating conspiracy theories which echoed across social media and remained on the Internet.

Via the early HJS archived website I found this article which fits quite well in events and incidents Europe is confronted with ... Georgia - Ukraine - Black Sea - Caspian Sea environs. After Afghanistan, America losing its grip on Central Asia as regional powers exert their influence and cooperation: Russia, Türkiye and China.


The US Grand Strategy and the Eurasian Heartland in the Twenty-First Century | 2009 |

From an offensive realist theoretical approach, this paper assumes that great powers are always looking for opportunities to attain more power in order to feel more secure. This outlook has led me to assert that the main objective of the US grand strategy in the twenty-first century is primacy or global hegemony. I have considered the US grand strategy as a combination of wartime and peacetime strategies and argued that the Caspian region and its hinterland, where I call the Eurasian Heartland, to use the term of Sir Halford Mackinder, has several geo-strategic dimensions beyond its wide-rich non-OPEC untapped hydro-carbon reserves, particularly in Kazakhstan. For my purposes, I have relied on both wartime strategy (US-led Iraq war) and peacetime strategy of supporting costly Baku-Tbilis-Ceyhan (BTC) to integrate regional untapped oil reserves, in particular Kazakh, into the US-controlled energy market to a great extent. This pipeline's contribution to the US grand strategy is assessed in relation to potential Eurasian challengers, Russia and China. The article concludes with an evaluation of the prospects of the US grand strategy in the twenty-first century.

A proud Dutch warmonger from the early start after signing deals to import and distribute Russian gas through Nord Stream 1 & 2 in joint effort with Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (CDU/CSU) and Russian president Medvedev.

Ukraine: €50 billion in extra support from the European Union | NL Gov News item on 06-02-2024 |

On 1 February 2024, EU member states reached agreement on an additional €50 billion in support for Ukraine. Find out what the package includes and what else the Netherlands is doing to support Ukraine.

Members of the European Council spoke with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the meeting in which the support package was announced.

The Netherlands stands behind Ukraine

The Netherlands will continue to support Ukraine so that it can defend itself against Russian aggression. We are actively collaborating with fellow EU and NATO member states and with other like-minded partner countries. Working in concert with as many countries as possible, our aim is to show that this aggression has consequences for Russia, and that the Netherlands stands for freedom and cooperation and rejects the ideology of 'might is right'. [What a gotspe from an almighty NATO - WTF Mark!]

The Netherlands to send six more F-16 fighter jets to training center in Romania | Romania Insider |

See previous diary on latest NATO propaganda and web if obvious lies for next phase of escalation towards direct confrontation with Russia.

European Union a Bunch of Losers

Netherlands joins coalition to provide Ukraine with hi-tech, long-range [attack] drones | Reuters - 14 Feb. 2024 |

The Netherlands is joining a military coalition with allies including Britain that will supply Ukraine with advanced drone technology and bolster its offensive capabilities in the war against Russia, the Dutch defence minister said.

The pledge from the Netherlands comes in addition to F-16 fighter jets, artillery, ammunition and air defence systems provided by the Dutch to Kyiv.

Ukraine's defence ministry had announced Britain's participation last month.
Drones have become a crucial part of both Ukraine and Russia's wartime strategies for reconnaissance and striking targets, thanks in large part to their relatively low cost.

They are also growing their fleets of larger, longer-distance unmanned craft that can fly much further and carry heavier cameras or more explosives.

Both Britain and the Netherlands had already been helping Ukraine build out its drone fleet.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 20th, 2024 at 09:02:23 PM EST
In caretaker function as Dutch PM ...

Ukraine and the Netherlands signed a ten-year security agreement | Military UA |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 20th, 2024 at 09:04:54 PM EST
Outgoing Minister Kajsa Ollongren (Defence) has traveled to Kyiv to further discuss the Mark Rutte and Zelenisky security agreement signed on March 1 with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Representative of the Dutch defense industry signed a declaration of intent for innovation.

Netherlands is providing Ukraine with 350 million euros for F-16 fighter jet ammunition and advanced reconnaissance drones, Dutch Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren announced in Kyiv.

The Netherlands to conclude a 10-year security agreement with Ukraine

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 20th, 2024 at 09:05:43 PM EST
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Why the US and NATO have long wanted Russia to attack Ukraine | LSE Robert H. Wade - 30 Mar 2022 |

Vladimir Putin's decision to invade Ukraine has come at a substantial cost for Russia, with the country so far failing to achieve its military objectives and the Russian economy suffering under unprecedented western sanctions. Robert H. Wade argues that while nothing can excuse Russia's invasion, the Kremlin has effectively fallen into a trap laid by the US and NATO that is intended to bring down Putin's regime.

On 26 March, President Biden, speaking in Warsaw, said, unscripted: "For God's sake, this man [Putin] cannot remain in power." Such an overt statement of intention for regime change in Russia has not gone down well in most of Europe. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken later clarified Biden's Warsaw remark: "As you know, and as you have heard us say repeatedly, we do not have a strategy of regime change in Russia, or anywhere else, for that matter". Blinken has apparently forgotten Vietnam, Chile, Iraq, Afghanistan, and quite a few more.

Consider the following quotes. On 24 February, during a White House press conference on the first day of Russia's invasion, Biden said sanctions are designed not to prevent invasion but to punish Russia after invading "... so the people of Russia know what he has brought on them. That is what this is all about."

On 27 February, James Heappey, UK Minister for the Armed Forces, wrote in the Daily Telegraph: "His failure must be complete; Ukrainian sovereignty must be restored, and the Russian people empowered to see how little he cares for them. In showing them that, Putin's days as President will surely be numbered... He'll lose power and he won't get to choose his successor." Finally, on 1 March, Boris Johnson's spokesperson said the sanctions on Russia "we are introducing, that large parts of the world are introducing, are to bring down the Putin regime."

These statements reflect long-standing US strategy for regime change in Moscow, with Ukraine as the pivot. On one hand, send sufficient military and other equipment to Ukraine to sink the Russian military in a quagmire. On the other hand, impose severe, far-reaching sanctions on Russia so as to cause major disruption to the Russian elite and a major contraction of living conditions for the Russian middle-class. The combination should last long enough for Russians to rise up to overthrow Putin and install a Yeltsin-like President more sympathetic to the West.

But this weapons-plus-sanctions strategy needed a cause. Putin's invasion was the required casus belli. It in no way excuses Russia's invasion and its despicable tactics to say that the Kremlin fell into a US and NATO trap.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 3rd, 2024 at 07:01:45 PM EST

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