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[ Editor’s Note: The warmongers have their sights on stirring up another dead-end war, where no Americans will ever die, but their pocketbooks will be riddled with holes that the defense contractors will put in them.

It’s an old game, and as long as they are generous contributors to both Republican and Democrat Congresscritters, we are always in danger of these wars. When can we remember a post war investigation in modern history that discovered that it was a Western manipulated event?

Thus, I was happy to see mentioned in this article that Obama, Trump and Biden were clear that Ukraine was not worth a shooting war and risking the embarrassment of losing.

At the time we still have forever wars going on in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya with piles of dead and wounded, endless broken families, and the only people who benefited are those that made the money.

Sadly, these include US veterans who professionally go rogue, as the money is wonderful and accountability almost zero from what VT can see. US vets who become mercenaries prance around like American defenders, while active-duty US military people are killing non-American mercenaries and soldiers in a national army defending their countries.

The four countries I mentioned above should be proof enough that US troops are to a large degree serving no good use in either our defense or reputation as the defender of freedom and democracy.

Ask the Syrian people who have had the US jackboot on their necks, or the starving Yemeni children victims of US blind support for the Saudi terror war upon freedom seeking Yemenis, ask them what they think of American ideals.

We have an expensive and malfunctioning Forever War system that we have been lulled into supporting with the con that it is the patriotic thing to do. Let me know how you feel in the commentsJim W. Dean ]

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First published January 18, 2022

In the technical argot of diplomacy, what’s going on in the Ukraine crisis is nuts.

With 100,000 troops massed on Ukraine’s border, Russian President Vladimir Putin has demanded a written response this week from the United States and its NATO allies regarding his demands for a guarantee that NATO will not expand eastward.

…We do guns — with about 800 military bases outside the United States, more bases than diplomatic missions. (Russia’s only military bases outside the former Soviet Union are in Syria.)

We do economic sanctions, imposing or threatening them for countries from Venezuela to Russia. We talk about a rules-based international order but respect it only if we make the rules, often exempting ourselves from their application.

…Three U.S. presidents — Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Biden — have already made it clear that the United States has no national interest sufficient to commit U.S. troops to defend Ukraine or Georgia against invasion.

NATO is unlikely ever to admit either one (and because NATO’s own agreements prohibit admission of any country with a contested border, Russia can easily ensure they will never be eligible). Yet we’re prepared to go to the mat to insist that Ukraine has the right to join a defensive military alliance that requires the United States to defend it militarily.

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