Political Observer comments.
A possible historical framing of the comments by Jens Stoltenberg, must embrace the American withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the looming catastrophe of famine, as a consequence of American Imperial fatigue, or is it disenchantment? The the modulated bellicosity is better coming from Stoltenberg, than Biden whose political capital has been spent. Stoltenberg does not speak from himself, he is an operative of the American National Security State, to state the obvious.
Headline: Biden’s Latest Cabinet Picks and the Neocons Who Love Them
Sub-headline: The incoming president’s choice for secretary of state for political affairs is among several nominees who have ties to hawkish figures.
They are all here: Jon Finer, , Jake Sullivan, Wendy Sherman, , Bruce Stokes, Victoria Nuland, and AIPAC groveler Kamala Harris.
Another vital factor is to consider that Right Sector, Svoboda, and the Azov Battalion all notorious fascists, have been integrated into the Ukrainian Military, in resistance, to ‘Russian Revanchism’ . All to quash any possible critique, that might cast a shadow over that ‘popular resistance’. A careful public relations strategy – Neo-Cons, and their allies, have been schooled, in the past, by ‘bad publicity’ generated by this trio of fascists.
Here is a telling reply, in the comments section, that places History at the center of debate on Ukraine, and the promises made to Gorbachev : Developmental Economics44 in reply to Hewer of wood
You might be interested in listening to this recent statement by Sir Edward Leigh MP on the floor of the House of Commons:
Sir Edward Leigh MP @EdwardLeighMPLet’s be honest: we’re not really prepared to lose a single British soldier dying in a war to defend Ukraine. We should be frank with everyone and just admit that Ukraine will never be a NATO member state. January 6th 20224 Retweets16 Likes
For a copy of the document Sir Edward Leigh readout on the Floor of the House, this can be accessed on line at National Security Archive at George Washington University (see link below). You will see that on the 12 December 2017 the National Security Archive posted online 30 declassified US, Soviet, German, British and French documents revealing a raft of assurances about Soviet security given by Western leaders to Gorbachev and other Soviet officials throughout the process of German unification in 1990 and on into 1991. Some of the documents have been publicly available for several years, others were revealed as a result of Freedom of Information requests.
US Secretary of State James Baker’s famous “not one inch eastward” assurance about NATO expansion in his meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on 9 February 1990 was only part of a raft of similar assurances. The documents also show that multiple national leaders considered and rejected Central and Eastern European membership in NATO as of early 1990 and through 1991, and that discussions of NATO in the context of German unification negotiations in 1990 were not at all narrowly limited to the status of East German territory. The Archive reveals that subsequent Russian complaints about being misled about NATO expansion are founded in written contemporaneous memcons and telcons.
The documents reinforce former CIA Director Robert Gates’s criticism of “pressing ahead with expansion of NATO eastward [in the 1990s], when Gorbachev and others were led to believe that wouldn’t happen”.
Here is the companion piece to the above ‘news story’.
Headline: West treads narrow path to common ground in Russia talks
Sub-headline: Vladimir Putin’s red lines are expected to be rebuffed by US and European officials
US officials will sit down with Russian diplomats in Geneva on Monday in the first of a sequence of meetings that could prove crucial to European security.
Russia has laid out its red lines in two draft treaties — and with about 100,000 troops amassed close to Ukraine’s eastern border, has threatened military action if they are not met. US and European officials will counter with their own demands that Moscow abide by the fundamental principles of European security: that countries can decide their own foreign and defence policy and that borders are not changed by force.
Expectations of an agreement this week on a new security arrangement between Moscow and the west are low.
The Cast of Characters has been expanded, for this ‘news story’ :
Antony Blinken, Wendy Sherman, Sergei Ryabkov , Rose Gottemoeller, Andrew Weiss, Jens Stoltenberg, Patricia Lewis, Michael Kofman, Samuel Charap. The names I have italicized are all Think Tank Propagandists! This can’t even be a surprise, this is The Financial Times! The New Cold War propaganda gazette!