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Biden's Political Exit On Foreign Policy

by Oui Thu Jul 11th, 2024 at 12:14:41 AM EST

I do welcome some great persons writing articles with quite similar opinions as my own posting over many years.

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The Foreign Policy Biden Is Putting In the Ballot | Seymour Hersh | 9 July 2024 |

His presidency has been a disaster for the world--would another Democratic candidate do better?

I was admonished early in my reporting career by William Shawn, the famed editor of the New Yorker for thirty-six years, to "use words" instead of cliches, and always try to do so. But it is time to talk about the foreign policy elephants in the room in the current crisis over Joe Biden's political future, which is also the immediate future of the fractious Democratic Party.

And they are the current disasters in Ukraine, where a reviled Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, is winning, and in Gaza, where Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, is losing a murderous war with Hamas and the respect of much of the world. Joe Biden's policies in both instances have been both a political and a humanitarian disaster.

Biden and his foreign policy gaggle, led by Antony Blinken, his secretary of state, and Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser, helped to provoke a war in Ukraine and have supported Netanyahu with words and a lot of American bombs and other weaponry in his decision to respond to the Hamas assault last fall with an all-out war against Hamas that has devastated the innocent civilian population of Gaza.

Yes, Putin initiated the war in Ukraine, but there are many in the foreign policy world here and in Europe who believed that he might not have done so had the White House earlier authorized Blinken to assure Putin that Ukraine would not become a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

NATO begins a seventy-fifth anniversary meeting today in Washington and, according to a predictable announcement to the press, it "will focus on ways to reassure Ukraine of NATO's enduring support."

Keir Starmer meets Volodymyr Zelenskiy at Nato summit in Washington

Despite some early losses, Russia, with its advantage in air and ground forces, is now dominating the war and, despite scant interest in Washington, there are serious peace talks going on. A senior American official told me that Putin "has what he wants" in Ukraine and delayed an all-out assault on Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, while a possible settlement is being negotiated, with no known direct involvement of the crisis-ridden White House.

It also is not clear what the future holds for Volodymyr Zelensky, the reportedly dispirited president of Ukraine. "No one knows what is going to happen to Zelensky," the official told me. "The chain for him is getting shorter by the day." Constant Russian attacks on power stations have left urban areas throughout the country, including Kiev, with only a few hours of power a day--not enough to prevent refrigerated food from going sour. Russia began targeting energy facilities throughout Ukraine in March, according to Reuters; the projected cost of repair and replacement is, as of late June, more than $16 billion. Russia escalated its missile attacks yesterday on cities across Ukraine, with one missile striking a major children's hospital in Kiev, killing at least thirty-six people and injuring 140 others. It was not immediately known how many victims were children.

The political situation in Israel is equally grim, as the Israeli government--still being supplied daily by the Biden administration with American 2,000-pound bombs--continues to pound away in its more and more unsuccessful war against Hamas. The IDF was unable on October 7 to prevent Hamas from seizing hundreds of hostages. The mood of anxiety and fear has darkened, increasing Netanyahu's political hold on many with his insistence that Israel will stay in Gaza until victory over Hamas is achieved. ...

The US says it is going to put its new long-range strike missiles, including hypersonic weapons, in Germany

Ukraine: Joe Biden wagging the dog ... election year for Democratic incumbent candidate with foreign policy crashing ...

Is the Confrontation Over Ukraine Joe Biden's "Wag the Dog" Moment? | The Nation - 16 Feb 2022 |

The people now gunning for a showdown with Putin were gunning for a showdown with Saddam Hussein two decades ago--with the same promises of a happy outcome.

John Mearsheimer: In the unipolar moment, America was genuinely interested in remaking the world in our own image.

Those days are gone--we're now in a world where the U.S. is going to knock off democracies that we think are unfriendly to us and cozy up to autocrats.

Quincy Institute John Mearsheimer

A Foreign Policy for the World as It Is | Foreign Affairs - Summer 2024 |

Biden and the Search for a New American Strategy

"America is back." In the early days of his presidency, Joe Biden repeated those words as a starting point for his foreign policy. The phrase offered a bumper-sticker slogan to pivot away from Donald Trump's chaotic leadership. It also suggested that the United States could reclaim its self-conception as a virtuous hegemon, that it could make the rules-based international order great again.

Yet even though a return to competent normalcy was in order, the Biden administration's mindset of restoration has occasionally struggled against the currents of our disordered times. An updated conception of U.S. leadership--one tailored ..

Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden on Foreign Policy at a Camapaign Event | New York - 26 April 2012 |

Today, I will -- this is the fifth in the series of those speeches, and I want to talk about an American President's single most important responsibility -- single most important responsibility -- and that's keeping our fellow citizens safe and our nation secure, particularly at a time of such extraordinary challenge and change.  The poet William Butler Yeats writing about his Ireland in the year 1916 in a poem called Easter Sunday 1916, said, "all's changed, changed utterly; a terrible beauty has been born."

The world has utterly changed during your young life and your early adulthood.  It's not the world it was in 1990 and -- even as recently as 1990.  And the question is:  How are we going to deal with this beautiful -- this beautiful -- change that also has with its -- fraught with so many potential difficulties.

On this fundamental issue, foreign policy, keeping America safe, the contrast between President Obama, his record, and Governor Romney, and his rhetoric, in my view cannot be greater.

Three and a half years ago, when President Obama and I took office, and stepped into that Oval Office, our nation had been engaged in two wars for the better part of a decade.  Al Qaeda was resurgent and Osama bin Laden was at large.  Our alliances were dangerously frayed.  And our economy -- the foundation of our national security -- was on the precipice of a new depression.

President Obama began to act immediately.  He set in motion a policy to end the war in Iraq responsibly.  He set a clear strategy and an end date for the war in Afghanistan, which has been going on for close to a decade.  He cut in half the number of Americans who are literally serving in harm's way.  He decimated al Qaeda's senior leadership.  He repaired our alliances and restored America's standing in the world and he saved our economy.  He saved our economy from collapse with some very unpopular but bold decisions that have turned out to be right, including the rescue of the automobile industry, all of which has made us much stronger not only at home but abroad.

"America Is Back"

If you're looking for a bumper sticker to sum up how President Obama has handled what we inherited, it's pretty simple:  Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.  (Applause.)

Governor Romney's national security policies, in our view, would return us to a past we've worked so hard to move beyond.  And, in this regard, there is no difference in what Governor Romney says and what he has proposed for our economy than he has done in foreign policy.  In every instance, in our view, he takes us back to the failed policies that got us into the mess that President Obama has dug us out of, and the mess that got us into this in the first place.

    Governor Romney, I think, is counting on collective amnesia of the American people.  Americans know -- American know that we can't go back to the future, back to a foreign policy that would have America go it alone -- shout to the world you're either with us or against us, lash out first and ask the hard questions later, if they get asked at all, isolate America instead of isolating our enemies, waste hundreds of billions of dollars and risk thousands of Americans' lives on a war that's unnecessary -- and see the world through a Cold War prism that is totally out of touch with the realities of the 21st century.

On this and everything else, President Obama, in my view, has demonstrated that he is totally in touch with our times.  He has acted boldly, strengthening America's ability to contend with the new forces shaping this century and to attend to the challenges and opportunities around the world that have been neglected over the past -- or previous past eight years.

Under President Obama's leadership, our alliances have never been stronger.  He returned Europe to its rightful place as a partner of first resort in dealing with global threats, while at the same time reclaiming America's place in Asia as an Asian Pacific power -- a region where U.S. exports are producing new jobs and driving our economic recovery.  We've forged a new relationship based on mutual interest with emerging powers like China, Russia, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa -- all of which are helping advance American security.  

We reduced our reliance on nuclear weapons, achieved major arms control agreements with Russia, and brought the world together to secure nuclear materials from getting into the hands of terrorists.  We've isolated countries like Iran and North Korea whose nuclear programs threaten peace and stability.  And we've taken far more terrorists off the battlefield in the last three years than in the previous eight, putting al Qaeda on a path to defeat.

At the same time, the President shut down secret prisons overseas, banned torture, and in doing so demonstrated that we don't have to choose between protecting our country and living our values; and, as a consequence of those decisions, enhanced the security of our own soldiers abroad and the power of our persuasion around the world.

We plan for conflicts in the future with a new defense strategy, supported by the entire Defense Department's senior leadership.  Our military will be more agile, flexible, better able to confront aggressors and project power, with strong partnerships to share the burden and smart investments in cutting edge capabilities.

We proposed a budget that will fund this strategy and keep faith with our wounded warriors, our veterans and their families.

We led the fight to free Libya and the Libyan people from Qaddafi, using our unique military assets to clear the way for our allies, who stepped up -- stepped up -- to meet their own responsibility.  And the result was something that the General and others before him sought time and time again but rarely achieved:  genuine burden sharing and an end to the Qaddafi regime that had murdered so many, including hundreds of its fellow citizens.

Now, we're ratcheting up the pressure on other brutalizers, people who brutalize their citizens, like Bashar al-Assad in Syria, while engaging the forces for change in the Arab Spring and putting America firmly on the side of freedom around the world.

Number of Refugees to Europe Surges to Record 1.3 Million in 2015 | Pew Research - Aug 2016 |

Eastern European countries like Kosovo and Albania still contribute to the overall flow of asylum seekers into the EU, Norway and Switzerland, but about half of refugees in 2015 trace their origins to just three countries: Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Conflicts, both fresh and long-standing, in each of these states have led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. Some have been displaced within their homelands; others have sought refuge in neighboring countries; and still others have made the often perilous journey to Europe (and elsewhere) to seek asylum.

Since 2012, Germany has been the primary destination country for asylum seekers in Europe, receiving 442,000 asylum applications in 2015 alone. Following Germany, Hungary (174,000 applications) and Sweden (156,000) received the highest number of asylum applications in 2015. Meanwhile, France (71,000) and the UK (39,000) received roughly the same number of applications in 2015 as in years just prior to the refugee surge in 2015.

Refugees did not disperse equally across Europe, with some countries taking in more asylum seekers than the European average. In 2015, the EU-28, Norway and Switzerland as a whole had 250 asylum applicants per 100,000 residents. By comparison, Hungary had 1,770 applicants per 100,000 people (the highest of any country) and Sweden had 1,600 applicants per 100,000 people. Meanwhile, Germany had 540 applicants per 100,000 people, still well above the total European rate. By contrast, France had only 110 applicants per 100,000 people in its total population in 2015 and the UK had only 60 asylum seekers per 100,000 people.

Worst of the worst ... on television today the Russophobe warmonger Ivo Daalder. The idiot crossed my writings for over a decade ...

New Dutch Prime Minister ... repeat after me the NATO creed ...

NATO allies: Orbán's Moscow visit fails to advance peace and unity | EuroNews |

Incoming Dutch Prime Minister Dick Schoof, ahead of his first NATO summit, said Orbán has "no mandate" to speak on behalf of the EU to Putin.

Daalder says the rise of far-right parties is troubling because it threatens the unity and trust needed for NATO and other international institutions to function.

"There is certainly a wind that is blowing pretty strongly towards the far right. And we are seeing that throughout Europe and indeed in the United States in spades," he added.

He said the far-right is not only more authoritarian in its outlook but more nationalist, which goes against the promise of collective security.

"And in a world in which the European Union is all about sharing sovereignty and NATO's all about the idea of collective security, the idea that the security of your neighbour is vital to your own security," he said.

War fought by 40-year-olds

Meanwhile, Daalder says both Ukraine and NATO need to do more to increase the likelihood of Russia being defeated, including mobilising younger men and women to fight in Ukrainian forces.

"Ukraine needs to mobilise manpower. This is a war being fought by 40-year-olds. No other war in history has been fought by 40-year-olds".

"You need to get 18-year-olds, and you need to get 20-year-olds, and you need to get 21-year-olds, which is what every army in the rest of the world relies on'', he said.

Daalder is also critical of the ambitions of allies for this momentous summit, saying Ukraine should be invited to join the alliance.

"It would have been better if we could have had a more strategic commitment for NATO membership for Ukraine".

"It's not enough to say that they will become a member".

"Russia will not give up its goal of controlling Ukraine unless and until Ukraine is integrated in the Western institutions, in the European Union, NATO."

Zelensky Urges NATO Partners to Wage Total War

Zelensky urges Nato leaders to 'drop all limitations' on striking military targets in Russia | BBC News |

We've just been hearing from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Here's a round-up of what they said:

  • Zelensky said that Nato's support for Ukraine is crucial for curbing Russia's "appetite for aggression"
  • He said he will "do everything" to ensure that Ukraine joins Nato
  • Stoltenberg said Ukraine's "future is in Nato" and that the country is on an "irreversible path" to membership
  • Asked about restrictions on Ukraine using weapons from Nato members to attack targets inside Russia, Zelensky said it should be able to respond if Moscow kills its civilians
  • "If we really want to have Ukraine on the map ... we need to do concrete steps, very quick steps," Zelensky said

What Putin's defeat could mean for the West | Times Radio Interview Ivo Daalder |

My follow-up diary …

Israel's Two-State Option: Biden Fools the World


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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 11th, 2024 at 12:30:06 AM EST
"I'm in this to complete the job war I started," US President Joe Biden said at a high-stakes press event on the final day of the 2024 NATO summit.

His comments came amid calls for him to end his reelection bid.

Biden's Putin gaffe

President Biden drew gasps on Thursday evening (local time) when he referred to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as "President Putin", confusing him with the Russian tyrant whose forces have invaded Ukraine for the past two-and-a-half years.

Next gaffe

Cameras have captured the reaction of Joe Biden's senior officials when he made a major gaffe at today's press conference.

Mr Biden made an unfortunate gaffe on the very first question, calling Vice President Kamala Harris "Vice President Trump".

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 12th, 2024 at 04:34:48 AM EST

It took some quick thinking ...

Next his close advisors may need to frogmarch Joe out of office 😂

Joe a security risk once the shield was lowered a wee bit.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 12th, 2024 at 04:43:28 AM EST
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Biden's press conference will be a key test for him. But he's no master of the big rhetorical moment | AP News |

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Permission to strike Russia with UK missiles 'not a done deal,' British officials tell Telegraph | Kyiv Independent |

    "Just as usual, the allies are shit scared of f,ing Russia I can't get my cap on. What should happen is nato countries and America should bomb them crap out of Russia and Finnish it once and for all."

    "The address came a day after Russia launched a deadly mass missile attack on July 8 that killed over 200 civilians and targeted a children's hospital.

    U.S. National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said the U.S. would not change its policy on Ukrainian strikes within Russia in light of the attack."

    So what the hell WILL it take????? A children's hospital isn't enough to change the US's mind????? Utterly shameful.

    At this point Kirby might as well be working for the Russians.

Answer: Ukraine with a Jewish leader is not the same as the Jewish State with knucklehead Netanyahu as leader.

War In Ukraine | CFR |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 12th, 2024 at 04:50:11 PM EST
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The cost of Biden's complacency in Ukraine | The Hill |

The speed of Biden and the NATO bureaucracy that follows it is an existential threat to Ukraine's existence. Ukraine is under attack now and needs relief now -- not another announcement full of empty platitudes.

The United Kingdom answered the call when new British Prime Minister Keir Starmer reauthorized Ukraine to strike military targets inside Russia with Storm Shadow missiles, continuing the previous government's policy on the use of its long-range weapons.

Poland is considering shooting down Russian missiles over Ukrainian territory. That proposal was met with an immediate response from National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby, who told reporters, "We want to look for ways to make Ukraine effective, but we don't want escalation."

Not A Proxy War ... please repeat ...

Kirby continued, saying, "It wouldn't be good for Ukrainians, it wouldn't be good for Poles, it wouldn't be good for would not be good for everyone else .... We don't want to give Putin arguments that the war was provoked by NATO, that it is a war between Russia and the West or between Russia and the U.S.

As then-presidential candidate Ronald Reagan responded to President Jimmy Carter during a presidential debate in 1980, "There you go again." Only now, it is more Biden administration escalation paralysis.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 12th, 2024 at 04:51:46 PM EST
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If Biden steps aside, Dems have 'a deep bench' to replace him, Rep. Seth Moulton says

Moulton said his call for Biden to step aside is not a personal slight to the president.

"I have a lot of loyalty to him, and I think he's been an amazing president who's accomplished so much for our country," he said. "This is about the future of our country, the future of our democracy, which so many of us feel is on the line. That's what's at stake in this election."

Moulton said he believes his colleagues in the Massachusetts delegation understand the importance of keeping Trump from taking office again. But there's a debate as to how to best accomplish that, he said.

"We just need to make sure we have the best plan to defeat Donald Trump," he said. "If the party decides at the end of the day that that's Joe Biden, then of course we'll wholeheartedly support him. We'll do everything we can to ensure he wins. But when you have a strategy that's not working, when you see the poll numbers getting worse, you shouldn't be dismissive of those facts. You should change your strategy."

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Israeli Army Acknowledges Oct. 7 Failures, Including Slow Response Times, Disorganization

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 12th, 2024 at 10:57:48 AM EST
Media fails to mention the Hannibal Directive ... the IDF intentionally striking Israeli captives during the battle on 7th Oct.

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tabloid USA | Israel targets Hamas military chief; Gaza officials say at least 71 killed, 13 July
Mohamed Dief was one of the masterminds sof Hamas' Oct.7 attack on Israel that triggered the war in Gaza. He has survived seven Israeli assassination attempts, the most recent in 2021, and has topped Israel's most wanted list for decades.

The Gaza health ministry said at least 71 Palestinians had been killed in the strike and 289 injured.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant was holding special consultations, his office said, in light of "developments in Gaza." It was unclear [?!] how the strike would affect cease-fire talks underway in Foha and Cairo.

middleeasteye | US lobbying UK to block ICC's move for Netanyahu arrest warrant, Netanyahu and Gallant
The Labour Party opposed the former Conservative government's case when it was in opposition. According to the US intelligence official, Starmer's government was on track to drop the legal challenge, but it has vacillated amid US pressure. [...] MEE contacted the White House and State Department for comment and was referred to Blinken's statement. MEE also contacted Starmer's cabinet office and the UK Foreign Office but did not receive a reply by the time of publication.
F24 | Air strike on Gaza 'safe zone' kills more than 70; Israel says it targeted Hamas chief
by Cat on Sat Jul 13th, 2024 at 05:26:07 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 12th, 2024 at 05:56:06 PM EST
Is this the beginning of the end of the war in Ukraine? | Responsible Statecraft - 8 Nov 2023 |

The Western media is suddenly teeming with signs of fatigue and even .... diplomacy?

Zelensky is facing pressure both from within Ukraine and from without. Growing pressure from within is coming from both the political and military leadership; growing pressure from without is coming from Ukraine's key partners.

The battle is largely being played out in the Western media. Most intimately, Zelensky has faced criticism from his political inner circle. TIME magazine reports that some of the president's advisors have become worried that his "belief in Ukraine's ultimate victory over Russia . . . "verges on the messianic." One of Zelensky's "closest aides" said that Zelensky "deludes himself." The aide complained, "We're out of options. We're not winning. But try telling him that."

Some Zelensky aides say his intransigence hampers Ukraine's ability to adapt to the changed reality on the battlefield and worry that negotiating a settlement with Russia remains "taboo."

Additional reading...

Next Ukrainian counteroffensive will be more successful, Zelenskyy says

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 12th, 2024 at 05:58:08 PM EST
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TIME correspondent Simon Shuster

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President Joe Biden Launches the "Ukraine Compact", 11 July
Today, President Biden launched the Ukraine Compact at an event with 32 allies and partners as part of our commitment to Ukraine's long term security. This Compact fulfills the promise President Biden and these countries made in Vilnius in 2023 to negotiate long-term bilateral security agreements with Ukraine to support Ukraine as it defends itself now, and to deter aggression against Ukraine in the future as part of its bridge to NATO membership. Leveraging each of our agreements, this historic Compact creates a unified and comprehensive security architecture to support Ukraine today and in the future, in war and in peace. Together, will achieve our collective goal: a Ukraine that is free, sovereign, democratic, independent, and prosperous, and able to defend itself and deter future aggression
Ukraine pursues its pathway towards future membership in the EU, NATO, and the broader Euro-Atlantic community.  Other countries that wish to contribute to this effort to ensure a free, democratic, independent, and sovereign Ukraine may join this Compact upon completion of a bilateral security agreement or arrangement with Ukraine.

Endorsed at Washington, this 11th day of July, 2024, by the leaders of:

United States of America,Belgium, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, The European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom

25 nation states + "The European Union"= 26 signatories
president.gov.ua | Endorsement of the Ukraine Compact Marks the Solemn Conclusion of the NATO Anniversary Summit, 12 July
This document serves as a supplement to the Joint G7 Declaration
gov.uk | Joint Declaration of Support for Ukraine
agreed upon a year ago at the previous NATO Summit in Vilnius. In total, 32 [?] participants have already joined it, all of whom were present today, including 23 leaders of countries with which Ukraine has signed bilateral security agreements.
nato.int | Vilnius Summit Communiqué
"I thank President Biden for his leadership and all the efforts to ensure that our security cooperation is filled with decisive actions. There are 23 [?] strong agreements, and there will be agreements with other countries. We have a historically important security agreement with the United States," said the Head of State.
archive July 2023 ECON&FIN value chain bankruptcy, 11 July "vicinity of the Euro-Atlantic area" in My Critical Elements

ChatGPT RBCukraine | European Commission reveals NATO Summit's Ukraine Compact details

Leaders of 20 [?] European Union member countries issued a joint declaration, explaining the essence and objectives of the Ukraine Compact agreement signed on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Washington.
Kyiv Security Compact International Guarantees for Ukraine: Recommendations
In the statement, the leaders highly valued the security agreements and arrangements made with Ukraine by 20 countries and the European Union as part of the Joint Declaration of Support for Ukraine, announced on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Vilnius in 2023. They also welcomed all other signatories of the Joint Declaration who will soon complete their respective security agreements and arrangements with Ukraine.
Following the meeting, US President Joe Biden presented a new agreement regarding Ukraine—Ukraine Compact. Its goal is to unite over 20 [?] states that have concluded bilateral security agreements with Kyiv. The signatories committed to providing Ukraine with ammunition, weapons, and training to resist Russian aggression. The agreement participants also committed to helping Ukraine create an army to defend Ukraine and deter new Kremlin aggression.
ChatgGPT newvoiceofukraine |U.S. Government publishes Ukraine compact agreement
U.S. President Joe Biden introduced a diplomatic agreement Ukraine Compact which will provide a unified framework for over 20 [?] bilateral security deals Ukraine has signed since early 2024.
This includes working in the framework of:
• Contact Group on Ukrainian Defense [AKA Ramstein Group]
• A coalition of possibilities [?]
• Security Support and Training Command for Ukraine [FKA Security Assistance Group-Ukraine FKA NATO-Ukraine Council FKA NATO-Ukraine Commission
• The EU mission to provide military aid to Ukraine
yahoo! kyivindependent | NATO summit ends with 32 [?] countries signing Ukraine Compact
The newly announced Ukraine Compact builds upon the joint G7 declaration [sic] made at last year's NATO summit in Vilnius.
"This Ukraine Compact we are forming takes our relations to a new level—a significant achievement for Ukraine and all of us," Zelensk* said.
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2024 NATO Public Forum | Day 2, 11 July 2024
co-hosts: NATO, US, Atlantic Council, Center for a New American Security (CNAS), GLOBSEC, German Marshal Fund of the US (GMF), Hudson Institute
head case: Josep Borrell

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BORRELL @ 05:31:28: Don't forget that almost all members of the European Union are members of NATO. So when you say NATO is turning to the European Union, in fact the European Union is inside NATO, because my member states are part of NATO, and some of them make an important contribution. But the world itself has changed. Today is not just about tanks invading a territory. It's people inviting your mind. It's colonizing your spirit. It's disinformation cutting the cyber systems in order to paralyze you without sending a single bullet. The new forms of war require a different kind of answer, and on that we are certainly very much engaged.[...@ 05:32:31] People are suffering attacks on their mind[s], trying to resist a thing that fails but looks true. Then, how do you resist against that? You need a different kind of army.[...@05:33:23] You see, when you go to some African countries, and you see people supporting Putin, supporting what Putin is doing in Donbas, saying Putin has saved Donbas. Now he will come to Africa and save us. What kind of intellectual process is behind this kind of attitude? Well, a lot of people invading the networks, a lot of people disseminating the lies, a lot of people colonizing the mind[s] of the others.
bignewsnetwork | Africans support Russia - EU's Borrell, 12 July
"We need a different army. We need people watching the network and people explaining what is going on, re-programming the listeners, giving them correct information, in order to prevent an intervention in electoral processes," the EU foreign policy chief stated.
odysee. No responsible African will abandon Russia or BRICS for Western interests - Adamu Garba II, 13 JUly
archive recurring nightmare, free grain to Afica is an attempt to revive slavery
by Cat on Sat Jul 13th, 2024 at 04:42:46 PM EST
What a smart a$$ guy Borrell is 😡

His garden and jungle book story is a copy of ...

Israel's castle - 19 Jan 2014 |

So goes Israel's longstanding "bad neighborhood" argument. It's always a desert jungle out there.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 13th, 2024 at 05:31:25 PM EST
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"Peace, Not NATO": German MP Decries NATO's 75 Years of War & Hypocrisy | Democracy Now |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 15th, 2024 at 07:16:53 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 14th, 2024 at 07:14:53 AM EST

Before September 2015 the West and NATO partners had supported rebels, foreign fighters, jihadists which led to a full blown civil war with over 400,000 deaths. Barbaric acts by the Islamic State rooted and created after the Iraq invasion and atrocities by U.S. Armed Forces in Abu Ghraib [WARNING: propaganda from US Army War college targeting the messenger] and Camp Bucca detention center led to an resistance force led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi that established the Islamic Caliphate in the Levant (ISIL) later joined by foreign fighters like Al Nusra Front in Northern Syria. A logistical role by NATO partner Turkey.

Looking at the casualties, the Russian effort led to lower deaths and wounded and an end to the war engaged by foreign powers. Silence is deafening. Late 2010 Israeli prime minister Netanyahu nearly completed and signed a peace treaty with Bashar Assad of Syria which included the Syrian Golan Heights.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 14th, 2024 at 04:47:08 PM EST
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Arab Americans react with shock at attempted assassination of former president Trump
Bishara Bahbah, chairman of Arab Americans for Trump, blamed "the atmosphere of hatred against President Trump" that has been intensifying over the past several years.

"The Democrats have been demonizing him, making all kinds of horrible attacks against him and against his family. I am not saying they are behind this, but, at the same time, the hatred emanating from the Democratic Party and some of its leaders and members of Congress is making its way down to people like this person who tried to assassinate him," Bahbah told Arab News.

Israel promotes battalion commanders who committed 'gross human rights violations' to senior positions
Josh Paul, a former director in the State Department's political-military affairs bureau, stated that a charity reported the rape to the State Department, which raised the "credible" allegation with the Israeli government. "And do you know what happened the next day? The IDF went into the (charity's) offices and removed all their computers and declared them a terrorist entity," Paul told CNN's Christiane Amanpour.
archive 2024 re-runs 2020

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by Cat on Mon Jul 15th, 2024 at 02:47:27 AM EST
democracy in America UPDATE!

"Media Operator" PAUSE

...CNN reported Monday, citing a person familiar, that the decision to not air "Morning Joe" after the shooting was made to "avoid a scenario in which one of the show's stable of two dozen-plus guests might make an inappropriate comment on live television that could be used to assail the program and network as a whole."...
by Cat on Mon Jul 15th, 2024 at 05:02:45 PM EST
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New poll has Trump leading Biden in Virginia

Presidential election intentions

When respondents were asked whom they would vote for if the election for president were held today and they had to decide now, former President Trump, the Republican, slightly leads, with 39% saying they would vote for him, compared with 36% who would vote for President Biden, the Democrat. The difference between the two is less than the margin of error for this poll but sees a shift towards President Trump compared to VCU Wilder School's December Commonwealth poll which had President Biden leading President Trump (43% - 40%).

For the remaining candidates, 9% of Virginians in the new poll say they would vote for Robert Kennedy Jr., 2% for Jill Stein and 1% for Cornel West. Three-quarters of Democrats say they would vote for President Biden, while 82% of Republicans would vote for former President Trump. Six percent of both Democrats and Republicans indicate they would vote for Robert Kennedy Jr. Also, Independents are most likely to vote for Robert Kennedy Jr., with 27% supporting him. Black Virginians are more likely to vote for President Biden (46%), but this number has dropped by 20 points since the winter poll, when 67% supported him.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 16th, 2024 at 09:45:13 PM EST
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IVO DAADLER: What Ukraine needs to do is to mobilize manpower. This is a war being fought by 40-year-olds. No other war in history has been fought by 40-year-olds. < wipes tears > It's time that Ukraine really have a serious conversation. How important is this war and succeeding in this war to them? You can't do that just with 28-, 29-, 30-year-olds let alone 40-year-olds, which is the average age of people on the front line. You need to get 18-year-olds, and you need to get 21-year-olds, which is what every army in the rest of the world relies on
euronews | Ivo Daalder (πρώην Αμερικάνος πρέσβης στο ΝΑΤΟ): Η Ουκρανία πρέπει να στείλει στο μέτωπο 20χρονους, 10 July
Ο Ντάαλντερ, πρώην πρέσβης των ΗΠΑ στο ΝΑΤΟ και νυν διευθύνων σύμβουλος του Συμβουλίου Παγκόσμιων Υποθέσεων του Σικάγο, μίλησε στο euronews στο περιθώριο της συνόδου κορυφής του ΝΑΤΟ στην Ουάσινγκτον, όπου οι σύμμαχοι συγκεντρώθηκαν για να γιορτάσουν τα 75 χρόνια της συμμαχίας.

«Αυτό που πρέπει να κάνει η Ουκρανία είναι να κινητοποιήσει ανθρώπινο δυναμικό. Αυτός είναι ένας πόλεμος που διεξάγεται από 40χρονους. Κανένας άλλος πόλεμος στην ιστορία δεν έχει διεξαχθεί από 40χρονους....

euronews | [US Ambassadof makes statement about Orbán], 10 July
Others, such as former US Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder [60], say Orbán doesn't have the clout to be so disruptive.
euronews | European Commission boycotts Hungarian presidency over Orbán's trips to Moscow and Beijing, 15 July
"Orbán is too insignificant and too small to impact Western security," said Ambassador Daalder. "Ultimately, he's just not important enough. Ultimately, he's not able to set a different course. Ultimately, he has to accede to where the majority, the large majority, to where most of the people want to go," he told Euronews. Daalder, now the CEO of the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, spoke on the < wipes tears > margins of the NATO summit in Washington, where allies are gathering to mark 75 years of the alliance.
bignewsnetwork | Conscript 18-year-olds, Obama-era envoy to NATO tells Kiev, 15 July

archive Blinken delivers, Fraught Mobilization Bill

by Cat on Mon Jul 15th, 2024 at 07:36:50 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 17th, 2024 at 02:04:57 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 17th, 2024 at 02:10:09 AM EST
"legacy chip over-capacity"
scmp | How Boeing's electronic war fighter runs into China's 'kill web' in the South China Sea, 14 July
..."Cognitive intelligent radar has capabilities such as proactive environmental sensing, arbitrary transmit and receive design, intelligent processing, and resource scheduling. It can effectively counter the complex and variable electromagnetic jamming of the EA-18G," wrote the project team led by Professor Liu Shangfu, a radar expert with the Naval Non-Commissioned Officer School in Bengbu, in southeast China's Anhui province....
on the UPSIDE

kommersant | AI doesn't rush to the machine, 2 July

Artificial intelligence technologies are poorly represented in production
The development and application of artificial intelligence technologies in production as independent solutions in the Russian Federation is still very limited, experts from the Institute for Statistical Research and Knowledge Economics (IIEZ)conclude Higher School of Economics. In 2023, only 3% of the total number of advanced manufacturing technologies (APTs) created were related to AI. The share of such solutions in the total number already used in the production of PPTs does not exceed 0.5%....
by Cat on Wed Jul 17th, 2024 at 10:11:37 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 17th, 2024 at 10:32:06 PM EST
ChatGPT | Joint Chiefs chair: `That'd be great' if Trump ends Ukraine war quickly , 19 July
Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum, Brown, whom Trump appointed as Air Force chief of staff before President Joe Biden tapped him to serve as his top military adviser, was asked by Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin to comment on the Republican nominee's pledge to quickly broker a peace deal between Moscow and Kyiv.

"If he can get it done in 24 hours, that'd be great," Brown said. "It stops the conflict ... and then we get back to more global security."

Brown's comments come as worries grow on both sides of the Atlantic that Trump will walk black America's commitments to transatlantic partnerships and reduce military support for Ukraine as it struggles to repel Russia's two-year invasion. Trump's allies have insisted that he will support Ukraine as president, provided that European allies meet their defense spending goals.

by Cat on Fri Jul 19th, 2024 at 07:08:21 PM EST
Are these people dumb ... or just blinded by years of indoctrination and propaganda?

Taking the world to the brink of nuclear annihilation NUCLEAR THREAT M.A.D.

So we are now reading more articles how the West can survive a limited nuclear war in Ukraine. Human Kind cannot stoop any lower. The paid jobs in so-called "Think-Tanks" apparently are just for war hawks and fascist element in society today. Have been warning for such a development for over a decade now. It's a tragedy to see the worst case scenarios evolve into reality.

Research by RIVM for health effects of a nuclear bomb exploding over the Ukraine

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 23rd, 2024 at 09:24:36 AM EST

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