were blindly speculating about
whether or not Russia would attack Ukraine,
the US intelligence cartel
was fully aware that the US
was taking actions ensuring that
that would happen...!
In an interesting speech about the way US imperial aggression provokes violence around the world, antiwar commentator Scott Horton made reference to an April 2022 article from Yahoo News that had previously escaped my attention.
The article is titled "In closer ties to Ukraine, U.S. officials long saw promise and peril," and it features named and unnamed veterans of the US intelligence cartel saying that long before the February 2022 invasion they were fully aware that the US had "provoked" Russia in Ukraine and created a powderkeg situation that would likely lead to war.
Dorfman writes that initial support provided to Ukraine during the Obama administration had been,
So while we members of the public were blindly speculating about whether or not Russia would attack Ukraine, the US intelligence cartel was fully aware ,
That's the environment the US security state knew it was operating under when it continued to taunt the idea of adding Ukraine and Georgia to NATO right up until the final moments before the invasion.
This war wasn't just provoked, it was knowingly provoked...
Off ramp after off ramp was sped past by the US war machine at a hundred miles an hour on its beeline toward a horrific proxy war, because empire managers had calculated that such a war would serve US interests.
They really couldn't be more obvious about it if they tried.
It's been funny to watch the response of empire apologists to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's surprising refutation of a year and a half of empire propaganda, by openly admitting that NATO expansion provoked the invasion of Ukraine and acknowledging that NATO powers rejected Moscow's proposed compromises which could have averted the war.
Basically the only argument they now have after this admission is to say that Russia should not have viewed NATO expansion as an existential threat.
Their only remaining trick is to argue with reality; to basically say that yes it's reality that NATO expansion provoked this war because Moscow saw it as a threat, but reality shouldn't have been what reality was.
They argue that Russia should have felt completely different feelings about a military threat on its border than nations like the United States would feel, since as we've discussed previously the last time there was a credible military threat near the US border the US responded so aggressively that the world almost ended.
That's really all they've got:
If all westerners deeply understood all the suffering and danger that has been unleashed upon our world by this war, and deeply understood the fact that their own governments played a role in starting it, the political status quo of the western world would be impossible to maintain.
Which is why such unprecedented levels of propaganda and internet censorship have gone into preventing westerners from coming to such an understanding:
Westerners were deceived into supporting yet another evil war, which once again is showing every sign of dragging on for the foreseeable future with no exit strategy in sight.
The only difference between this war and all those other wars is that this one is laden with the risk of nuclear annihilation, a risk which the US empire has been treading less and less carefully around as the bloodshed continues.
The more you think about it, the more horrifying it gets.
These people are absolute monsters...