Chuck Spinney: Balanced Assessment of Ukraine

Chuck Spinney

Chuck Spinney

Jonathan Steele reviews Richard Sakwa’s important new book, “Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands.”

Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands by Richard Sakwa review – an unrivalled account

At last, a balanced assessment of the Ukrainian conflict – the problems go far beyond Vladimir Putin

Jonathan Steele, Guardian, 19 February 2015 05.29 EST

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Feb 26

William Blum: Greek Tragedy, US Hypocrisy

William Blum

William Blum

The Greek Tragedy: Some things not to forget, which the new Greek leaders have not.

American historian D.F. Fleming, writing of the post-World War II period in his eminent history of the Cold War, stated that “Greece was the first of the liberated states to be openly and forcibly compelled to accept the political system of the occupying Great Power. It was Churchill who acted first and Stalin who followed his example, in Bulgaria and then in Rumania, though with less bloodshed.”

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Feb 24

Mike Flynn: Iraq Offensive Will Fail — Robert Steele: Yes But…

Michael Flynn

Michael Flynn

Why the Iraq Offensive Will Fail

Unless the president faces up to the real threat, the plans to retake Mosul don’t have a chance.

Politico, 20 February 2015

We, as a nation, must accept and face the reality that we and other contributing nations of the world are at war, and not just in Iraq. We are in a global war with a radical and violent form of the Islamic religion, and it is irresponsible and dangerous to deny it. This enemy is far broader than the 40,000 or so fighters in the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. There also exists a large segment of this radical version of Islam in over 90 nations abroad as well as here at home. Just ask those countries from which foreign fighters are flowing into the Levant to support this “jihad.”

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Feb 22

Antechinus: Ukraine Selling NATO Weapons UPDATE 1

Antechinus

Antechinus

On the first day of the negotiations in Minsk a bill to “provide lethal weapons to the Government of Ukraine in order to defend itself against Russian-backed rebel separatists in eastern Ukraine” was introduced in the US Congress. Its sponsor, Sen. James Inhofe, understands that Kiev will inevitably violate the cease-fire and that Washington will soon have to explain why the militias in the devastated region are in possession of such a vast number of captured weapons originating from NATO countries. Senator Inhofe’s bill is not about rendering military assistance to the government in Kiev, but is rather a way to legitimize the shipments that are already being sent. Only the most aged, decrepit weapons are ending up in the region – Ukrainian officials are re-exporting everything that is worthy of resale to third countries, including Syria. No one can guarantee that the weapons that will pass to Ukraine legally will not soon be used against America’s interests in global hot spots. It seems that this threat is the last thing on the minds of US senators. Learn more.

UPDATE 1

A similar story appeared here and contains a scan of the presidential drawdown notice for the anti-mortar radar from the US government.

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Feb 22