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NY Times Shifts Prowar Narrative, Documents Failure of U.S. in Ukraine
Suggests the U.S. End Its the Proxy War on Russia
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The New York Times has a job to do – and it has done that job spectacularly well over the past few months. The Times is a leader, in the opinion of this writer, the leader in spelling out the US narrative on the war in Ukraine, a tale designed to keep up morale, give the war a high moral purpose and justify the untold billions pouring from the taxpayers’ pockets into Joe Biden’s proxy war on Russia. Day in and day out in page after page of word and picture it has been instructing one and all, including politicians and lower level opinion shapers, exactly what to think about the war in Ukraine.

So, when the Times says that things are not going well for the US and its man in Kiev, Volodymyr Zelensky, it is a man bites dog kind of story. It tells us that some truths have gone from uncomfortable to undeniable. Such was nature of the page one story on May 11, headlined “Russians Hold Much of the East, Setbacks Aside.”

Even that anti-narrative headline softens the bitter truth. The first paragraph of the story fesses up more completely, stating, “Obscured in the daily fighting is the geographic reality that Russia has made gains on the ground.” Not “holding” ground but “gaining” ground. Not exactly a morale booster.

The Times goes on, “The Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday that its forces in eastern Ukraine had advanced to the border between Donetsk and Luhansk, the two Russian-speaking provinces where Moscow-backed separatists have been fighting Ukraine’s army for eight years.”. Here it reminds us that the first shots in this war were not fired on February 24, as the narrative goes, but eight long years ago in the Donbas. It is a jolting reminder for those who base their support for the war on “who fired the first shot,” that their “moral” view has a considerable blind spot.

The Times continues: “…. the Donbas seizure, combined with the Russian invasion’s early success in seizing parts of southern Ukraine adjoining the Crimean peninsula ….gives the Kremlin enormous leverage in any future negotiation to halt the conflict.”

It goes on: “And the Russians enjoy the added advantage of naval dominance in the Black Sea, the only maritime route for Ukrainian trade, which they have paralyzed with an embargo that could eventually starve Ukraine economically and is already contributing to a global grain shortage.” More bad news.

More, “Russia has all but achieved one of its primary objectives: seizing a land bridge connecting Russian territory to the Crimean peninsula.” And, “The last stronghold of Ukrainian resistance in this area, at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, has been whittled to a few hundred hungry troops now confined mostly to bunkers.” Ouch!

Finally, turning its attention to the economy, the Times states: “The war has “put Ukraine’s economy under enormous stress, with the heavy devastation of infrastructure and production capacities,” the bank said in an economic update. It estimated that 30 percent to 50 percent of Ukrainian businesses have shut down, 10 percent of the population has fled the country and a further 15 percent is displaced internally.” That is a grand total of 25% of the population displaced from their homes.

This sad tale of failure, misery and death is broken up by considerable verbiage, some anecdotes from the front and the testimony of Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence, whose testimony is guarded but bleak. But read with thought, there is a big failure looming over the enterprise.

So, in a panic the US continues to throw mountains of cash at the problem, about \$63 billion if one includes the recent infusion of about \$40 million about to whistle through the Senate and already passed by the House with only 57 Nays, all Republican. (And therein lies another story, the demise of antiwar sentiment in the Democratic Party and its rebirth among the populist Tucker Carlson Republicans who have joined with the GOP libertarians on this one.)

But why this abrupt shift in tone by the Times. Lax editorial oversight? this does not appear to be the case, because right on cue on the same day we are treated to an Opinion piece entitled: “America and Its Allies Want to Bleed Russia. They Really Shouldn’t.” It suggests that it is time for the U.S. to wave the white flag

The piece concludes thus:

“But the longer the war, the worse the damage to Ukraine and the greater the risk of escalation. A decisive military result in eastern Ukraine may prove elusive. Yet the less dramatic outcome of a festering stalemate is hardly better. Indefinite protraction of the war, as in Syria, is too dangerous with nuclear-armed participants.

“Diplomatic efforts ought to be the centerpiece of a new Ukraine strategy. Instead, the war’s boundaries are being expanded and the war itself recast as a struggle between democracy and autocracy, in which the Donbas is the frontier of freedom. This is not just declamatory extravagance. It is reckless. The risks hardly need to be stated.”

It appears some in the Foreign Policy Elite and other precincts of the Deep State have seen the looming disaster for the proxy war on Russia being waged by Biden, Nuland, Blinken and the rest of the neocon cabal. The prospect of nuclear holocaust lying at the end of this road may be enough to rouse them from their Exceptionalist torpor. They seem to want to stop the train that they have set in motion before it runs off the cliff. It is not clear whether they will prevail. But it is clear that we need to drive those responsible for this dangerous debacle out of power -before it is too late.

 
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  1. Rahan says:

    There was a time when krelinologists would analyze official Soviet media word by word to try to figure out what is going on behind the scenes.

    Now the same needs to be done with official US media.

    • Agree: Tsigantes, Fluesterwitz
    • Replies: @TG
  2. Yes, for those who don’t know, the easiest way to understand the nature of this conflict is this.

    Once Vladimir Lenin transferred the Donbas area to Ukraine. Later Nikita Khrushchev transferred the Crimea area to Ukraine. And later a bunch of Nazis seized power in Ukraine.

    And then they said: You Russian bastards. We hate Lenin, but he gave this land to us. So it’s ours. Speak our language and do what we say, or else we will make you.

    And the Russians said: Screw you. We also hate Lenin, and we don’t care what he told you. This land is ours, we will live how we want and if you disagree, come and take it.

    This is it, in a nutshell.

  3. Cookie says:

    The problem with the morons that get elected now is they listen to the “expert.”

    Unfortunately the expert in this situation are people who spend their lives practicing war and yearn for the day when they can practice their “models” – sound familiar, the scamdemic was based on models- in real life at the cost of other people’s lives.

    This was a bad war from the start with very little success for both sides. Russia really didn’t want to fight it but had no choice because of the “expert” in Washington.

    A more reasonable regime in Washington would of kept the American Empire intact by been pragmatic, removing assistance to Ukraine militarily and agreed on Ukraine as a buffer state.

    Now the U.S has made the world a dangerous place through their stupidity and has now started a rapid decline in its economic power.

    • Replies: @James of Africa
  4. Senator Blutarski begs to differ:

  5. @Cookie

    The world is rotten with “experts”. No-one is qualified enough to criticize them, according to Western orthodoxy. That’s why we are censored, we are discouraged from critical thinking, from knowing facts or having opinions that are not forced on us. You are the enemy if you contradict expert opinion, no matter if no-one notices your opinions. Why would social media even bother to raise objections to the opinions of nobodies? Their ideology demands that they win every trivial argument, and put all doubts to rest. That Jankowicz woman from the disinformation council is just more honest about what she believes, maybe naively so.

  6. Proverbs 14:12
    There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end of it leads to death.

    [MORE]

    From a Chinese scholar, via RT’s Worlds Apart:

    7-28-1914 … WWI
    7+2+8+1+9+1+4=32
    3+2=5
    9-1-1939 … WWII
    =32
    3+2=5
    9-11-2001 … 9/11
    =14
    1+4=5
    2-24-2022 … Ukraine
    =14
    =5

    5555????

  7. meamjojo says:

    Meanwhile, I see that Ukraine is making strong gains pushing the Russians back on CNN/BBC and read articles like the below. As long as the West continues to ship in heavy duty arms to Ukraine then I believe that Russia will eventually be pushed back to ist pre-2014 borders and Crimea will be returned to Ukraine. Time will tell.
    ———-
    Russia downfall mapped: Charts show Russian tactical vulnerability as Ukraine triumphs
    RUSSIA’S “special military operation” in Ukraine has hit a wall, according to the latest maps from intelligence agencies charting Putin’s progress in the country.

    15:38, Fri, May 13, 2022

    Putin’s bloody military campaign in Ukraine has lasted nearly four months as of May 13, and left thousands of military and civilian casualties. The invasion has failed to overwhelm Ukraine’s leadership, with President Volodymyr Zelensky firmly in power and fighting back. While Russia’s military capabilities should have outmatched and overwhelmed the country, recent maps show Putin’s forces have forfeited vast tracts of land.
    ….
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1609533/Russia-territory-map-Ukraine-military-evg

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
  8. Bad things tend to happen to countries that give warmongers power. That’s what happened in Ukraine. Zelensky received 73% of the vote by running as the peace candidate. But the will of the vast majority of Ukrainians was circumvented by Ukraine’s dangerous Russian hating warmongers. Essentially, these Russian hating warmongers achieved veto power over the vast majority of the Ukrainian people’s will to peace.

    Unfortunately, we in the US have also given our own dangerous Russian hating warmongers, the neocons, power. Now our dangerous Russian hating neocon warmongers may bring nuclear destruction to ourselves and a large part of the world. As Mr. Walsh said/implied, it is time to get these neocon monsters out of power before it is too late.

  9. @meamjojo

    CNN/BBC

    Yawn.

    Btw, hilarious story about the “geniuses” at CNN–you can’t make up this stuff:

    https://dailycaller.com/2022/05/13/cnn-welcome-packages-laid-off-employees/

  10. Notsofast says:

    ….why this abrupt shift in tone from the times…..after only a year and a half they have also reported that hunters laptop from hell is also real, which contained a treasure trove of evidence of biden family crimes and document their connection to metabiota’s role in the ukrainian bioweapon labs. this is further backed up by russian revelations of metabiota’s involvement in the azovstal nato bioweapons lab run by canadian general trevor cadieu.

    i don’t dare hope for the truth emerging on it’s own but this may well be a continuation of the deep state war that was unleashed by the 2016 election. add to this the slow motion durham investigation, gradually closing in on hillary and fusion gps. if this is the case, it may be only way short of a nuclear war to dislodge these neocon war criminals but i’m not holding my breath.

  11. If it was up to the people telling the New York Times what to write there would be no moderation of the plan to hurt Russia and no matter with destruction of Ukraine. There are people underneath, middle management at Ukraine, who have dug in their heels and will not cooperate with complete destruction of Ukraine. There are limits in the real world. You can only order people to stupidity so far.

    • Replies: @Tsigantes
  12. Protogonus says: • Website

    https://www.academia.edu/76372363/To_Sevastopol_With_Love

    With readers understanding the true basis of the Russo-Ukraine War as being a proxy war of and by the warmongering Anti-Nation in Palestine, they will understand there is only one way for the Russians to bring it to a halt before they are annihilated and, indeed, to win it promptly, practically overnight.

    Russia must focus its ultimate military power against the true enemy, whose locus is not Warsaw, London, or Washington, D.C., but Tel Aviv. Russia must publicly say, “Any nuclear threat deployed against us will be countered with prompt retaliation against Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv will be obliterated if Russia is attacked.”

    It is essential that the Russian threat against the Anti-Nation be made publicly. No one, of course, wants to see it actually come to pass but a separate analysis (https://www.academia.edu/50785276/Critical_Analysis_of_Hartmanns_Life_of_Jehoshua) proves that the Anti-Nation is cowardly in spirit from first to last; it will respond appropriately when it knows the game is up.

  13. Protogonus says: • Website

    With readers understanding the true basis of the Russo-Ukraine War as being a proxy war of and by the warmongering Anti-Nation in Palestine (https://www.academia.edu/76372363/To_Sevastopol_With_Love), they will understand there is only one way for the Russians to bring it to a halt before they are annihilated and, indeed, to win it promptly, practically overnight.

    Russia must focus its ultimate military power against the true enemy, whose locus is not Warsaw, London, or Washington, D.C., but Tel Aviv. Russia must publicly say, “Any nuclear threat deployed against us will be countered with prompt retaliation against Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv will be obliterated if Russia is attacked.”

    It is essential that the Russian threat against the Anti-Nation be made publicly. No one, of course, wants to see it actually come to pass, but a separate analysis (https://www.academia.edu/50785276/Critical_Analysis_of_Hartmanns_Life_of_Jehoshua) proves that the Anti-Nation is cowardly in spirit from first to last; it will respond appropriately when it knows the game is up.

  14. Tsigantes says:
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    There are limits in the real world. You can only order people to stupidity so far.

    Well said! We see this here in the EU where the proposed oil embargo is fast crumbling and the majority of countries have signed up to pay in rubles for gas. Greek shipowners [who own 75% of the world’s oil tankers] have been given a 5 year examption from sanctions – enough time to outlast the neocon cauldronisation of ‘the west’ and with any luck the EU itself.

    Meanwhile note that the Finns are being denied a referendum on NATO by their 36 year old [US:woke / EU: Green) leader. Clearly she hasn’t noticed what happens to countries that bring NATO to Russia’s borders.

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