Eli Lake on the Ukranian Crisis: A comment by Almost Marx

Per Mr. Eli Lake of Feb. 27,2014:


‘U.S. intelligence estimates conclude that Russia has no intention of invading Ukraine. This, despite the launch of a massive, new Russian military exercise near Ukraine’s border and moves from armed men to seize two key airports in the country’s Crimea region.

The latest developments led Ukraine’s interior minister Arsen Avakov Friday to accuse Russia of invading the Russian majority province of Crimea after armed militias took control of the civilian airport in Simferopol, the region’s capital and the military airport in Sevastopol, where Russia’s Black Sea fleet is based. Russian authorities meanwhile have denied any responsibility for the seizure of the two airports in the region.’

Per Mr. Eli Lake and Mr. Christopher Dickey Feb. 28, 2014:


‘On Thursday night, the best assessment from the U.S. intelligence community—and for that matter most experts observing events in Ukraine—was that Vladimir Putin’s military would not invade Ukraine. Less than 24 hours later, however, there are reports from the ground of Russian troops pushing into the Ukrainian province of Crimea; the newly-installed Crimean prime minister has appealed to Putin to help him secure the country; Putin, in turn, is officially asking for parliament’s permission to send Russian forces into Ukraine. It’s not a full-blown invasion—at least, not yet. But it’s not the picture U.S. analysts were painting just a day before, either.’

Eli Lake, the Neo-Conservative adept and friend of Georgia, is doing his part to inflame American Hysteria about the Monster Putin. While he remains utterly and self-servingly mum on the 5 billion dollars spent by the Nuland/Obama axis on the overthrow of a duly elected and utterly corrupt regime: the siren call of the misnomer of ‘Wilsonian Idealism’? Mr. Lake loves to quote from unnamed highly placed officials, he the Walter Winchell of ‘National Security Reporters’ or just a New York Times ‘Reporter’, you be the judge!

Imagine the naivete of President Obama, in daring to provoke Putin in his own backyard, and then having the temerity to lecture him about Russian military action. Without a trace of irony or even modestly engaging in back channel diplomatic negotiation, as the in order to of saving face for this destructive provocation, or could it be agreed that this is worse than a mere blunder?  American Foreign Policy is synonymous with the self-serving lies of the moment, abetted by Mr. Lake and his fellow travelers. A quote seems appropriate to describe the kind of reportage exemplified by Mr. Lake:

‘U.S. officials familiar with the intelligence on the fast moving situation in Ukraine tell The Daily Beast that analytic products from the intelligence community this week did not discount the prospect of Russian provocations and even light incursions in the Russian majority province of Crimea, the home of Russia’s fleet in the Black Sea.’

‘one Senate aide who works closely on the Ukraine crisis.’ ‘This source also stressed ‘ ,’One former U.S. intelligence officer told The Daily Beast’ etc. etc.

And then this hysteria mongering comment from ‘the intelligence officer’ :

‘Putin’s aim is to show that he is in the catbird seat, and there is nothing we can do about it,” this former officer said. “He’s like a kid with a can of gasoline and a book of matches, and he laughs as Obama tries to deliver lectures on how fire is dangerous. Indeed, Putin throws banana peels on the ground, and Obama manages to slip on every one of them. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Already there are signs of Russian trickery. Ukrtelecom, Ukraine’s largest internet and cell phone provider, said Friday that most cell and internet service was down for the Crimea region.’

Enter stage right Mr. Jim Lewis, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a former U.S. Diplomat , to rescue Mr. Lake’s nebulous reportage from the realm of purest speculation, based on unnamed government policy experts. There is more, but I will end my comment here.

Almost Marx

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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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