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In 2014, when Russian President Vladimir Putin responded to a U.S.-backed coup that ousted a pro-Russian regime in Kyiv by occupying Crimea, President Barack Obama did nothing.

When Putin aided secessionists in the Donbass in seizing Luhansk and Donetsk, once again, Obama did nothing.

Why did we not come to the military assistance of Ukraine?

Because Ukraine is not a member of NATO. We had no obligation to come to its aid. And to have intervened militarily on the side of Ukraine would have risked a war with Russia we had no desire to fight.

Last year, when Putin marshaled 100,000 Russian troops on the borders of Ukraine, President Joe Biden declared that any U.S. response to a Russian invasion would be restricted to severe sanctions.

The U.S. would take no military action in support of Ukraine.

Why not? Because, again, Ukraine is not a member of NATO.

Clearly, by its inaction, America is revealing its refusal to risk its own security in a war with Russia over a Ukraine whose sovereignty and territorial integrity are not vital U.S. interests sufficient to justify war with the largest country on earth with its huge arsenal of nuclear weapons.

This is the real world.

And as Ukraine is not a NATO ally, and we are not going to invite it to become a NATO ally, Biden should declare so publicly, urbi et orbi, to remove Putin’s pretext for any invasion.

Biden has already declared that we will not put offensive weapons in Ukraine. If, by declaring that we have no intention of expanding NATO further east by admitting Ukraine or Georgia, we can provide Putin with an off-ramp from this crisis that he created, why not do it?

Speaking last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, “They must understand that the key to everything is the guarantee that NATO will not expand eastward.”

If what Lavrov said is true — that the “key” for Moscow, the crucial demand, is that the eastward expansion of NATO halt, and Ukraine and Georgia never join the U.S.-led alliance created to contain Moscow — we ought to accede to the demand.

If this causes Putin to keep his army out of Ukraine, admitting the truth will have avoided an unnecessary war. If Putin invades anyway, the world will know whom to hold accountable.

The purposes of the Biden declaration would be simple: to tell the truth about what we will and will not do. To remove Putin’s pretext for war. To give Putin an off-ramp from any contemplated invasion, if he is looking for one.

A Russian invasion of Ukraine and the war that would inevitably follow would be a disaster for Ukraine and Russia, but also for Europe and the United States. It would ignite a second Cold War, the winner of which would be China, to whom Russia would be forced to turn economically and strategically.

Thus, to avert a war, Biden should declare what is the truth:

“Ukraine is not a member of NATO, and neither we nor our allies have any intention or plans to bring Ukraine into NATO or to give Kyiv an Article 5 war guarantee.”

ORDER IT NOW

The same holds for Georgia in the Caucasus. We did not come to Tbilisi’s defense when it invaded South Ossetia in 2008 and was driven out by Putin. And we are not going to give Georgia any Article 5 war guarantee. Frankly, the time has come to declare that NATO will expand no further east and that NATO enlargement is at an end.

No more former republics of the Russian Federation — not Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Belarus or Kazakhstan — will be admitted to a NATO alliance whose roster is restricted to present membership.

Indeed, if the purpose of NATO is the defense of Europe from a revanchist Russia, why would we extend NATO so far to the east that it provokes Russia into attacking its neighbors in Europe?

With Russia having issued virtual ultimata, our objective has to be to prevent a catastrophe war that an invasion of Ukraine would ignite.

Such an invasion of Ukraine, a country of more than 40 million, would inevitably end with Kyiv’s defeat. And the longer Ukraine resisted and the fiercer it fought, the greater the number of dead and wounded on both sides and the more enduring the hatred and hostility that would be created between them.

Already, Americans in official circles are reportedly discussing aid to Ukrainians in fighting a guerrilla war against Russian occupation troops.

There is another issue here, and that is the morality of not doing all we can to avoid an invasion and its consequent war.

Would it be moral for the United States to provide arms for a bloody insurgency if there were no realistic chance of quickly expelling the Russian invaders?

Given his problems in Belarus and Kazakhstan, Putin cannot be anticipating happily the military occupation of millions of Ukrainians.

Ending NATO enlargement could be a victory for all of us.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

 
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  1. anonymous[139] • Disclaimer says:

    When did the US become the owners of the planet? The Russians live there and we don’t. The Ukraine regime is an illegitimate coup dictatorship that is being used as tool against Russia. NATO has overextended itself as it enrolled more and weaker members in its drive to the east. It’s gone way too far and is now bumping into alien territory.

    to remove Putin’s pretext for any invasion.

    That’s not enough. The US has been loading up the Ukrainian regime with weapons which may embolden them to try to invade the secessionist eastern areas. If they attack then Russia may intervene to protect them. This entire project has been to isolate, weaken and threaten the Russians and they are now drawing a red line. American/NATO aggression is going to create another war if it doesn’t pull back.

    • Agree: Stones, Max Maxwell, Derer, Decoy
    • Thanks: 36 ulster
  2. Why can’t Biden explicitly state that Ukraine will never be admitted to NATO?
    B/c that would suggest that Russia is in some ways an equal, for whom some respect is due. No — the US is “exceptional” & can never be “dictated” to. And, anyway, the Ukraine – NATO is a perpetual threat to be waved at Russia & who knows, one day some idiot president may actually want to do it.
    As for this constant repetition of the “Russia wants to/is going to invade” nonsense — why?
    Who in their right mind would want take responsibility for a failed state like the Ukraine? To gain some strategic buffer space? And given the shit show that would inevitably occur in response — again, not worth it.
    Really, the only potential invasion issue would involve a Ukrainian assault on the Donbass. And, again, unless it appeared that a Ukrainian victory was near inevitable, why would Russian “invade” ? The tiny ethnically Russian republics have had years to train & structure their defense. Naturally Russia would support them logistically & with intelligence & training. Maybe a even few Russian “volunteers” might happen by.
    So let’s basically forget the Russia invades meme.

    • Agree: Max Maxwell, 36 ulster
    • Replies: @Greta Handel
    , @36 ulster
  3. Biden’s Zionist masters say otherwise.

    • Replies: @Anon
  4. Let me modestly say that I have a vastly better idea.

    If I were Biden, I’d … kill myself. No, wait, let me start again. If I were in Biden’s position, I’d tell Putin that I couldn’t speak for NATO, especially because the US is withdrawing from NATO and shutting down all European military bases (in favor of establishing, and maintaining, control of the border with Mexico. I would then suggest to Putin that, after the US withdrawal, whatever NATO concerns he has would probably be greatly reduced.

    Simple. And in the actual interests of the people of the United States.

    That’s why it’ll never happen.

    • Agree: Max Maxwell
  5. Realist says:

    Biden Should Declare NATO Membership Closed

    Biden Should Declare NATO Membership Disbanded.

    FIFY

  6. @animalogic

    Keep in mind that Mr. Buchanan’s job is to reinforce the premise that any targeted foe is bad, while Uncle Sam is good,
    that “we” ideally should run the world. His renowned “anti-interventionism” sounds in practicalities, never principles.

    That’s why every column like this is filled with themes like Russia “occupying Crimea” without acknowledging the Crimean referendum. Here are my favorite doozies of the day, though:

    Biden has already declared that we will not put offensive weapons in Ukraine. If, by declaring that we have no intention of expanding NATO further east by admitting Ukraine or Georgia, we can provide Putin with an off-ramp from this crisis that he created, why not do it?

    There is another issue here, and that is the morality of not doing all we can to avoid an invasion and its consequent war.

    Would it be moral for the United States to provide arms for a bloody insurgency if there were no realistic chance of quickly expelling the Russian invaders?

    Sadly, many Americans still slurp it up.

    • Agree: Derer
    • Replies: @haha
    , @follyofwar
    , @raga10
  7. It is imperative to understand that in the eyes of those who matter
    in Sodom-on-the-Potomac the (((“Ukrainian”))) “regime” has more legitimacy than the US one; this is far from over.

    NATO should not be declared “closed” but disbanded – or, at the very minimum,
    reformulated. Last time I looked the North Atlantic did not extend to
    the Hindu Kush nor to the South China Sea – time for some Russo-German talk.

  8. TGD says:

    Why is the US still in NATO? Europe is economically strong and can handle its own defense. IMO the reason why the EU countries want the USA in NATO is fear of a resurgent Germany. 76 years after the end of WW2, most Europeans don’t trust and don’t like Germans. Without the USA, the Germans would dominate NATO just as they dominate Europe economically.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @Derer
  9. haha says:
    @Greta Handel

    Good catch! Buchanan is very consistent in slipping-in some weasel words and innuendos in his writings. Were he a Math teacher he would say, “Well, we have seen that in evil Russia 2+2 = 3 but here in the good ole USA we make 2+2 go up to 5 because we are truly great and, unlike the Chinese Communists and the Russian evildoers, we are truly blessed.”

  10. anon[336] • Disclaimer says:

    Biden should scootch over and let nurse Ratched sponge his anus, there, that’s better! All nice and clean! Get it through your thick skull, there is no Biden. You are addressing Biden’s CIA ventriloquists.

    And Biden’s CIA ventriloquists should invoke Charter Article 13, which will save them losing a war with a country that will hang them gently by their pencilnecks. But they won’t.

    This whole genre of hortatory pieces is poignant bullshit. CIA doesn’t give a shit what you think. They do what they want until they get wiped out. Let’s get on with it.

  11. Last year, when Putin marshaled 100,000 Russian troops on the borders of Ukraine, President Joe Biden declared that any U.S. response to a Russian invasion would be restricted to severe sanctions.

    The U.S. would take no military action in support of Ukraine.

    I really hope that this is not a bait and switch ploy by America. By this I mean that USA quietly gives Ukraine the nod to keep up provocations to force Russia to intervene with Russia thinking that USA is keeping out. The Brandon ‘bows to pressure’ to intervene.

    Remember that prior to Gulf War I that Saddam Hussain had spoken to April Glaspie about America’s attitude to an Iraq intervention in Quwait, and she after consulting GHW Bush said something along the lines of “America has no opinion on this’ thus leading Iraq to understand that America would take no action.

    • Replies: @Max Maxwell
  12. Hearing Pat’s speech at 1992 Republican National Convention, I thought I’d never agree with him on anything, but only two years later (1994) he wrote a column strongly advising not to poke/provoke the Russian bear by expanding NATO–which the new Clinton administration was planning/beginning to do.

    I’d been saying the same thing ever since the Berlin Wall came down(1989) and the USSR imploded (1991)–NATO should dissolve because its purpose had evaporated. To find myself agreeing with Pat on such a major issue almost gave me a heart attack. Ever since, I’ve read him with a certain degree of respect–“paleo” though he may be in so many ways.

    • Agree: Max Maxwell
    • Replies: @Greta Handel
    , @Anonymous
  13. SteveK9 says:

    Pat is not an idiot, but he is old, very, very old. And that is not a function of years. His thinking is really outdated now. Time for a real retirement.

  14. Eminently logical; but it is doubtful the US Government will follow Pats advice; NATO is a Cold War anachronism a relic and it should be disbanded. American officials seem to have a difficult time accepting reality. Some have said Ukraine has a right to make its own choices; true; but it does not have a right to join NATO or to be defended by the US Military. It is a mystery why the US even wants Ukraine as an ally; the country would be a huge liability to the US if it were. If Russia did invade it would thankfully put an end to NATO’s eastward expansion. US is caught at an impasse; it is likely never to admit Ukraine and Georgia into NATO but does not want to admit it that for fear of being accused of ”appeasing” Putin. US should dissolve NATO but failing that it should stop stringing Ukraine along; tell it it is om its own so Ukraine can make the best deal it can vis a vis Russia. Some have suggested neutrality for Ukraine; another logical step. America will never send her sons and daughters to defend Ukraine.

  15. @Spender_CGB

    There is no chance of US intervening. What it is is US officials wanting to continue to expand NATO and Russia finally taking a stand. If Russia invades the USA will do what it did when Georgia was attacked in 2008 and Putin seized Crimea in 2014: nothing. Russia is not Iraq. The US would be defeated if it tried to intervene and it knows it. You should look at actions not words and the US is not moving troops and armor toward Eastern Europe. US government would not want American people to see the shock and humiliation of fighting a major power; you must have will and the means to fight a major war and the US has neither. Also probably a war with Russia would mean bringing back conscription and that is not happening.

  16. @Total Misfit

    Total misread?

    … NATO should dissolve because its purpose had evaporated. To find myself agreeing with Pat on such a major issue …

    Nowhere in this column does he say that. Whatever you recall about things he said decades ago, today and for a while he’s securing the NATO mindset.

  17. @Greta Handel

    It may not be often, Greta, but I totally agree this time. Another Buchanan whopper that stood out is this one: “If by declaring that WE have no intention of expanding NATO further East…WE can provide Putin with an off-ramp from this crisis that HE created.” I find it hard to believe (actually I don’t) that “non-interventionist” Buchanan thinks it was Putin who created this crisis! How? By stationing Russian troops, INSIDE Russia, close to Ukraine’s border?

    Pat seems to think that senile Biden has the power to control events in Ukraine. Trump supporters naively thought the same thing but found out differently when their fearless leader was impeached over a phone call to Ukraine’s president.

    Truth is that the Military-Security Complex NEEDS Russia as an enemy to justify its trillion dollar budget. And the State Dept is filled with Russia-hating Jews like “F” the EU Vicky Nuland and Ukrainian-born Jew “Lt. Colonel” Vindman, not to mention its Jewish Secretary of State Tony Blinken.

    Hindsight is 20/20 but given years of constant NATO aggression since the CIA-orchestrated Feb. 2014 coup of Ukraine’s legally elected government, some, like PC Roberts, think that Putin should have rolled his tanks into the streets of Kiev and crushed this junta in its infancy.

    • Agree: Max Maxwell
    • Replies: @Quartermaster
  18. SafeNow says:

    One of the main aspects of the Zionist-type mental state is an obsession with irresolvable conflict. In fact, the paradigm for U.S. policy-makers is exactly the same as the case-management paradigm of lawyers: Complex, expensive, drawn-out and hostile. So, how to draw this out?

    The U.S. should announce to Russia that the U.S. will not be pressured into doing something precipitate, and needs to form a commission to study this complex situation. It’s too darn complicated. We’ll get back to you, Russia, in three years, when the commission reports back with its findings. Meanwhile, of course NATO will not expand, and no arms will be shipped to Ukraine.

    • Agree: Max Maxwell
  19. All policy at this point is about halting the demise of the Dollar.

    A skirmish with Russia is only a pretext to send a message to the world: “you’re either with us, or you’re with Putin. If you choose Putin, we will use sanctions to destroy your economy and overthrow your puny country”.

    Minor angry shots are meant to destabilize the markets, and send investors to the safety and security of the US dollar.

    The US is trying a mad plan to corral the global supplies of strategic energy, minerals and financial capital to use as extra leverage on anyone who doesn’t join their team.

    It’s about rescuing the Dollar from the inevitable, by ginning up Cold War 2.0.

    • Agree: Yee
    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @JR Foley
  20. Rurik says:

    Putin with an off-ramp from this crisis that he created,

    I remember the last time someone said something as profoundly stupid to Putin

    the Biden declaration would be simple: to tell the truth

    cue gif of Putin laughing again

    A Russian invasion of Ukraine and the war that would inevitably follow would be a disaster for Ukraine and Russia

    exactly!

    why would we extend NATO so far to the east that it provokes Russia into attacking its neighbors in Europe?

    because that is ((our)) wet dream Pat. Duh

    our objective has to be to prevent a catastrophe war that an invasion of Ukraine would ignite.

    Finally you used a pronoun in the proper way.

    Yes, it is Pat. But the main obstacles to us accomplishing that are in the Z.U.S. State Dept. ((Them)), iow.

    (You see how pronouns are supposed to work?)

    And the longer Ukraine resisted and the fiercer it fought, the greater the number of dead and wounded on both sides and the more enduring the hatred and hostility that would be created between them.

    I think you just made Kolomoiski cum in his pants

    There is another issue here, and that is the morality of not doing all we can to avoid an invasion and its consequent war.

    again, proper pronoun use

    and just read that, and feel how right it feels, when you’re reading words that finally make sense.

    Rather than the mendacity of using ‘us’ and ‘we’ and ‘our’, when what you’re refering to is our enemies, as if they’re us. It’s mentally cacophonous to process those perfidious pronouns Pat persistently ploys.

    Ending NATO enlargement could be a victory for all of us.

    again, proper use

    but what it concurrently implies, is ‘yes, but a disappointment for ((us))!

    • Agree: El Dato, Derer
    • Replies: @Quartermaster
  21. El Dato says:
    @TGD

    NATO is essentially a US construction under US management, complete down

    Without the US, it wouldn’t exist. In fact, efforts to kickstart an purely European defense system have gone nowhere (too many divergent interests) or been torpedoed (competitors to NATO will not be allowed).

    76 years after the end of WW2, most Europeans don’t trust and don’t like Germans

    There is absolutely no evidence for this.

    the Germans would dominate NATO

    AFAIK, the Germans cannot field a single functional tank brigade at the present time. Soon they will have no gas. But plenty of immigrants.

  22. Anon[271] • Disclaimer says:
    @Priss Factor

    Exactly
    The AngloZionist rule the world through proxy organizations like the US, NATO IMF, WHO, corporate media, and CIA-invested big Tech. They really are attempting a de facto world government type arrangement via vaccination-passes, climate treaties that hamstring any development they don’t like, and mass education/entertainment propaganda. It’s clear at this point.

    They are encircling both China and Russia with bases (and Iran). I would suggest Syria, North Korea, Venezuela, Iran, and China all move if Russia is forced to do anything militarily, and all hypersonics be used to basically sink as much of the US Navy in a single day as possible. If I was in their shoes, it would look like the only alternative to becoming what blue state America is

  23. El Dato says:
    @beavertales

    Already, Americans in official circles are reportedly discussing aid to Ukrainians in fighting a guerrilla war against Russian occupation troops.

    An “interesting” idea, especially as the brainfart in charge (can’t remember … someone from the General tier) declared that the US has style in successfully implementing this kind of thing in Afghanistan and Iraq (!?! More like being on the receiving end, right?). Maybe the Pentagon should start to weed out IQ 80 medal clusters walking the eternal corridors … Ukrainian ultra-nationalists with Wolfsangel logos directly from the “School of the Americas” are a winning idea. On the weekend they will take the train to Berlin to help out “brothers” or smoothen the contacts between this New Gladio and organized crime. (I hear they will be “vetted”, that worked well in the sandlands right?) During the week, they will hang around in training camps that Russia can then strike inside Ukraine. Morally impeccable as is done practically daily by Israel and the US. More realistically, there just won’t be a guerilla war. These are not the 40s anymore, people have other things to do. Is this kind of fantasy just for US-internal consumption?

  24. raga10 says:

    First, point of order: Biden is not a King of NATO; it is not up to him to make such declarations.

    Second, why should NATO make such concessions? Because Russia wants them to? Well, look at it this way: Russian and Chinese co-operation is not good news for the US, but does that mean US can forbid them from entering into whatever pacts and agreements they want? Of course not – Russia and China are independent countries and they can do what they want whether that pleases Americans or not. The same thing goes for NATO, though: members of NATO (including potential members) are also independent countries and Russia cannot dictate to them what they are allowed to do between themselves.

    Third, remind me – did Warsaw Pact ever declare its membership closed? I seriously don’t know, but I will go out on the limb here and say it probably didn’t.

  25. Political conservatives: The great defenders of the status quo.

    US out of NATO.

  26. (Any nation) whose sovereignty and territorial integrity are not vital U.S. interests…

    If this is the criterion for US intervention we wouldn’t have fought any wars after WW2.

    • Replies: @anonymouseperson
  27. raga10 says:
    @Greta Handel

    every column like this is filled with themes like Russia “occupying Crimea” without acknowledging the Crimean referendum.

    Maybe that’s because Russian forces entered Crimea in February, and referendum was held in March – post-facto.

    I find it hard to imagine that if that referendum went against integration into Russia at that point, Russians would just be like, “OK then, sorry to have bothered you, we’re out of here”…

  28. anonymous[155] • Disclaimer says:

    Why are you telling Biden this? Do you usually go around confusing senile vegetables with complex sentences? It’s cruel.

    Talk to somebody with a functioning brain. Under Charter Article 10 any country can make the same declaration, no more invitations from us. Then the unanimity provision means NATO is closed.

    So ask a member that’s getting fed up with US shit. They all are. Greece hasn’t gotten revenge for the Goldman Sachs asset-stripping. Turkey hasn’t made CIA pay for their attempted coup.

  29. @raga10

    And is that why you imagine Mr. Buchanan didn’t even bother to mention it?

    • Replies: @raga10
  30. Why Buchanan writes an article like this and pulls his punches makes me wonder what has happened to him? He was always a hard scrabble type of guy who wrote better than anyone else, but now he writes like someone ensnared in the Stockholm Syndrome.

    • Replies: @houston 1992
  31. @Minnesota Mary

    PJB wants to retain his toehold in the Republican Party and still get some audience. Maybe one last speech at the RMN library–November 2022 will be the 50th anniversary of the crushing 1972 -61% of the vote captured by the now disappearing deplorable silenced majority.

    Enoch Powell pulled his punches also in order to keep an audience.

  32. Anonymous[373] • Disclaimer says:
    @Total Misfit

    Let’s clarify a couple of terms: in simplest terms a neoconservative is someone who wants all war, all the time, and yes, many of them are Jews; many are not. So what? The root problem is the willingness, indeed eagerness to go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. A paleoconservative is someone who thinks we should stay our ass home.

    • Agree: anonymouseperson
  33. raga10 says:
    @Greta Handel

    And is that why you imagine Mr. Buchanan didn’t even bother to mention it?

    It’s possible – I imagine he knows the order of events as well as I do. Perhaps he doesn’t even go as far as I do in imagining that Russia could ever leave – he knows perfectly well that when conducted by the Russians, that referendum had only one possible outcome.

  34. Derer says:

    What is NATO defending in Europe, Russian invasion? Kremlin abandon their satellite countries and East Germany, in fact allowed unification of Germany while Paris and London opposed. Now, after weaken their position in Europe they would invade – some idiots suggest exactly that. Remember, NATO is American foreign policy instrument and what is NATO defending in Europe is the European market from Russian resources flow. By expanding NATO the Washington has even greater controls of European dummies. Europe is not threaten by anyone, perhaps overwhelming flood of unskilled immigrants is a real threat, but NATO is not defending European against that. The need of NATO in Europe is only a metaphysical lie orchestrated by the Washington neocons. Who won the cold war?

    • Agree: Max Maxwell
    • Replies: @anonymouseperson
  35. Derer says:
    @TGD

    NATO is US foreign policy instrument and in Europe is not defending its population (why would anybody think that) but it is defending against any rise up of anti-Americanism.

  36. JR Foley says:
    @anonymous

    Could Ukraine be the solution to the USA Black problem? Either go back to Africa or Ukraine–the choice is Blackie’s. Now this is democracy !

  37. JR Foley says:
    @beavertales

    It is snowing but there is something Black in DC —a homeless waif —no such luck –it is Black Swan swimming at the White House fountain.

  38. @follyofwar

    Putin did create the situation he is complaining about. He has already invaded Ukraine, and is threatening more. Recall, Hitler stationed the Wehrmacht on German soil and still started WW2.

    There was no coup in 2014. The assertion that it was created by the US is simply giving into Putin’s agitprop. Yanukovich was under no threat and could have remained in office to the end of his term. He chose to run to Russia and abandon his office.

    NATO is not, and never has been a threat to Russia, or the USSR before it. Putin is simply playing the same sort of game he did while actively with the KGB. Remember well, there is no such thing as “former KGB.”

  39. @Rurik

    Putin created the situation. Putin is a good actor and just because he can feign laughter doesn’t mean someone said something stupid.

    In this situation, Putin is an idiot. His country can not afford the stupidity of his imperial ambitions. Russia is already suffering economically from Putin’s idiocy. The Russian economy has been cut by a third since 2010 and the problems are increasing. He’s trying to continue the idiocy Brezhnev set up for the USSR and is starting from a weaker position than Gorbachev left the USSR when the fake collapse took place.

    I like Pat and voted for him, but he’s being very silly about Russia.

    • Troll: follyofwar, Derer
    • Replies: @raga10
    , @Derer
  40. anonymous[595] • Disclaimer says:

    And here’s Quartermaster, a fake Mossad Ukie, strumming his balalalalalalaika. Just shut up and go fight to the last broke irradiated peasant, the Izzies need your corpses for war propaganda cause the Russians haven’t pogrommed them lately.

  41. raga10 says:
    @Quartermaster

    The Russian economy has been cut by a third since 2010 and the problems are increasing.

    I do wonder why is Russia suddenly in such a hurry to push for military conflict? Possibly because they know the outlook for their economy is not great and this, right now, is as strong as they are going to get.

    • Replies: @Derer
    , @RadicalCenter
  42. @anonymous

    When did the US become the owners of the planet?

    This is rather unfair, and reflects the narrow, parochial mindset that Mr. Buchanan also adopts:

    Indeed, if the purpose of NATO is the defense of Europe from a revanchist Russia, why would we extend NATO so far to the east that it provokes Russia into attacking its neighbors in Europe?

    It is not a question of “ZOG ruling the world,” but of Russian aggression attempting to impose arbitrary limits on every human’s right to experience the joys of human rights democracy (HRD). By opposing Russian aggression and promoting HRD, NATO is not attempting to incorporate Ukraine into some sort of “empire,” but simply attempting to ensure a “sovereign, independent and stable Ukraine, firmly committed to democracy and the rule of law.” That this also contributes to “Euro-Atlantic security” is merely a cohencidence.

    The c̶u̶r̶r̶e̶n̶t̶ ̶r̶e̶g̶i̶m̶e̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶D̶C̶ leading defenders and promoters of human rights democracy worldwide recently expressed their opposition to Russian aggression — and their determination to defend HRD everywhere that it is under attack — in this stunning and brave proclamation. A few highlights:

    …the bonds between the United States and Ukraine are stronger than ever. Our shared values and commitment to a Europe that is whole, free, democratic, and at peace provide the basis for our strategic partnership. We are working together to address shared global challenges, including energy security and diversification, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Are you opposed to democracy? To “green energy?” Are you questioning the laudable goal of achieving true weather stasis? Are opposing the science by claiming that eradication of a coronavirus transmitted as a respiratory aerosol after it is widespread in humans is not a realistic goal? What are you, some kind of ignorant, hate-filled bigot? Probably a “racist” and a “transphobe” as well — and an “anti-semiticist” as well.

    Our relationship serves as a cornerstone for security, democracy, and human rights in Ukraine and the broader region. We are committed to Ukraine’s implementation of the deep and comprehensive reforms necessary to fulfill its European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

    Clearly, you are deeply — and irrationally — opposed to HRD and reform. And to progress as well.

    We are also united in our commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of continued Russian aggression.

    You must hate sovereignty and territorial integrity, and love Russian aggression. And don’t start talking about Serbian territorial integrity in the face of Albanian aggression — that’s a long-discredited canard.

    Ukraine’s success is central to the global struggle between democracy and autocracy.

    Clearly, you support autocracy — and likely populism as well.

    …deliver justice, enhance prosperity, and bolster security for Ukraine. Ukraine has achieved progress in building institutions with integrity and intends, with U.S. support, to continue to counter corruption, ensure accountability, safeguard human rights, realize the aspirations of its citizens, and create favorable conditions for attracting foreign direct investment and driving growth

    Look at all of these good things that you’re trying to deny to the Ukrainian people. Obviously you love corruption. And don’t try to tell me that “foreign direct investment” is some kind of “dog whistle” — that’s just another trope.

    Deepening Strategic Defense Cooperation: The United States and Ukraine have finalized a Strategic Defense Framework that creates a foundation for the enhancement of U.S.-Ukraine strategic defense and security cooperation and the advancement of shared priorities, including implementing defense and defense industry reforms, deepening cooperation in areas such as Black Sea security, cyber defense, and intelligence sharing, and countering Russian aggression.

    See “dog whistle” above.

    As the United States and Allies reaffirmed in the June 2021 NATO Summit Communique, the United States supports Ukraine’s right to decide its own future foreign policy course free from outside interference, including with respect to Ukraine’s aspirations to join NATO.

    Why do you want to crush Ukraine’s aspirations? Clearly, you want to deny them their human rights.

    Fortunately, more informed, progressive, tolerant, democratic individuals have made it clear that we cannot heal the world if we allow Ukrainians to surrender their HRD to Russian aggression. The leading organization in defending HRD, progress, green energy, weather stasis (and every other good thing) in this setting is clearly the National Endowment for Democracy (it’s right there in the name, for Pete’s sake!). And what do they have to say about the issue?

    https://www.ned.org/a-fight-for-democracy-why-ukraine/
    https://www.ned.org/ned-presidents-remarks-to-the-ukrainian-american-bar-association/
    https://www.ned.org/region/central-and-eastern-europe/ukraine-2020/
    https://www.ned.org/region/central-and-eastern-europe/ukraine-2018/

    Well that settles it. For anyone who still harbors any irrational doubts, let’s check in with Democracy Digest:

    “Putin does not fear NATO expansion,” argues @McFaul, a former American ambassador to Russia. “He fears Ukrainian democracy

    And they’re quoting none other than the universally-respected publication The Economist.

    Let this be a lesson to you ignorant, hate-filled democracyphobes and anti-humanrightsicists — educate yourselves, and try to be more tolerant in the future. Thank you.

  43. @James Forrestal

    Fortunately, all true supporters of democracy are forthrightly opposed to Russian aggression, democracyphobia, and anti-humanrightsicism. We should all be thankful to to NATO for its courageous stand in support of the forces of progress, tolerance, equity, etc.:

    Jens Stoltenberg, the Nato secretary general, also vowed that Nato would never withdraw its conditional offer of membership to Ukraine, arguing the true threat to Russia was Ukraine’s secure democratic politics.

    And, of course, to Anthony Blinken, “our” brave, selfless Secretary of State, whose unremitting commitment to the thankless cause of healing the world is an inspiration to us all:

    Tony Blinken warns progress impossible while Russia escalates pressure along border and ‘gaslights’ world

    Always remember — anyone who claims that they “just want to be left alone” is implicitly othering the diverse targets of their barely-concealed hatred. By “expanding the circle of human concern,” we can utilize our praxis to equitably protect diverse oppressed victims against the horrors of Russian aggression… and all other forms of White Supreeemism/ fragility/ rage/ privilege/ etc.

    Thank you.

    • LOL: nokangaroos, Rurik
  44. Cking says:

    Will the neocon, geopolitical geniuses within the Democratic Party’s Regime recognize the fact that nuclear powered WWIII will absolutely wreck Europe and Catholic founded Western Civilization. It’s been a project of the British Monarchy since the demand to burn Joan of Arc at the stake.

    It’s why WWIII is so impractical, why the cessation of all operations of WWIII is crucial to humanity that is depending on the stabilization of the United States. The present ‘Woke’ driven destabilization of the United States is simply dangerous, intolerable and unacceptable to Reason.

    I wonder now about the ‘Voting Rights Act’ that everyone who’s Woke is so adamant about. What’s the rush to pass this suspicious piece of ? Like the Covid ‘vaccines’ we don’t know what’s in it. I think the VRA is a Trojan Horse since the 2020 Election was all about too many millions of voters who could not be certified as registered voters or residents. When you witness a 80 to 90% voter turn out in any given election, you know something is up. Circumstantial, but it is still evidence. Could it be legislation that, like China’s Communist Party, codifies the Democratic Party as the only party to represent the Head of State? After 2020, 1/6 Electoral Vote, locking up protesters at the Capitol, anything is plausible.

    Invading Europe for the third time is not politically possible. IMHO. And a ‘little’ nuclear war is not possible. US leadership at the State Dept. must be removed at once and the Dangerous, Demonic, Democratic Party terminated at once, barred from all political organization and operations, asap. The whole world, all humanity, is depending on the American people to perform that necessary political operation and statecraft.

  45. In which parallel universe does Buchanan live?

    1. Putin did not create a crisis in Ukraine. It was Obama and Nuland who did by instigating, funding, encouraging, and providing political cover for a Nazi coup there.

    2. There is zero chance the Ukranazi coup regime will “start a guerrilla war”, for the simple reason that almost no Ukrainians, including conscripts, want to fight. The Nazi groups, primarily Azov (now part of the Ukrainian army, which therefore became the Ukranazi army) and Pravii Sektor are good at shelling Donbass villages carrying out Waffen SS pride parades in Kiev, and burning alive unarmed protestors in Odessa, but it is perhaps possible that they may be less than able to survive mass Russian missile barrages and long range artillery fire.

    3. Putin has no “problems in Belarus and Kazakhstan”. All the CSTO countries have already withdrawn all their forces from Kazakhstan, including Russia (as anyone who reads the non Westernaganda should know). Lukashenko has success annihilated the colour revolution in Belarus and has abandoned his overtures to the west for much closer ties with Russia.

    Apart from that the Ukranazi coup regime is fighting itself, with Zelensky now facing protests from the supporters of his predecessor Porky Poroshenko, whom he charged with “treason” and who briefly fled abroad. Zelensky has also shut down all opposition media and arrested the head of the opposition, Medvedchuk (again for “treason”), and his regime has compelled Russian language media in Ukranazistan to include equal content in Ukrainian. Readers of Westernaganda may not know any of this, but the people of Ukraine know well enough, and if anyone needs a (limited) war now it’s Zelensky not Putin.

  46. @raga10

    Crimea had a referendum in 1992 on leaving Ukraine, as it then was, and unifying with Russia. The referendum was held while Ukraine controlled Crimea. Have a guess what the result was.

    So you do agree that the so called referendum in Kosovo, under NATO occupation and conducted by NATO, was legitimate?

    • Replies: @raga10
  47. Too late.
    They’ve been poking that bear for 30 years.
    The bears had it.

  48. What a contrast to George Will’s most recent cheerleading piece in the WaPo.

  49. raga10 says:
    @Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist

    Crimea had a referendum in 1992 on leaving Ukraine, as it then was, and unifying with Russia.

    I’m not aware of such referendum, sorry. I do know of 1994 referendum which dealt with greater autonomy from Ukraine but made no mention of unifying with Russia.

    So you do agree that the so called referendum in Kosovo, under NATO occupation and conducted by NATO, was legitimate?

    I have no opinion on this subject, I never had much interest in what was going on there and it was all very confusing. But generally speaking I don’t trust referendums run by occupying forces.

  50. KenH says:

    Biden Should Declare NATO Membership Closed

    And while he’s at it declare our southern border closed to all the third world wretches streaming across.

    • Agree: anonymouseperson
  51. 36 ulster says:
    @animalogic

    I recently heard some claptrap from a neocon guest on Kilmeade’s radio show. Reacting to the 2014 (usual suspects) coup by praising the “gallantry” of “the Ukrainian people.” Over a million of these gallant souls have sought work in Western Europe; some have travelled eastward to Russia in search of better prospects. I doubt whether Russian forces would invade Ukraine–certainly not in the steamroller, high-casualty warfare of yore. IF such a conflict happens. The Ukrainian forces are just not very good, and advances in Russian military technology would obviate the stuff we’ve sent to them. Those Javelin ATGWs have no doubt bucked up the Ukrainian Army’s spirits (crated or otherwise), but Russian standoff weapons could make those weapons irrelevant, whether they’re launched from the borders or from the Caspian Sea.

  52. Anonymous[191] • Disclaimer says:
    @James Forrestal

    the National Endowment for Democracy (it’s right there in the name, for Pete’s sake!)

    That’s precisely how you know they’re not promoting Democracy.

    Well that settles it. For anyone who still harbors any irrational doubts, let’s check in with Democracy Digest:

    “Putin does not fear NATO expansion,” argues @McFaul, a former American ambassador to Russia. “He fears Ukrainian democracy”

    “They hate us because of our freedoms”

    Pull the other one.

  53. @Sick of Orcs

    Also add WW1 – Wilson’s war – to that list. And WW2. See the book No clear and present danger. The author makes a very compelling case against American involvement. Ditto with the Spanish-American war. Actually Americans have a very long history of fighting wars of choice.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
  54. @Derer

    NATO defends American hegemony over Europe. It also provides space and bases to project US power into the middle east for the benefit of Israel.

    None of this is of any value to ordinary Americans.

    • Replies: @nokangaroos
  55. @anonymouseperson

    … or Europeans, for that matter.

  56. Parbes says:
    @James Forrestal

    How much is the CIA/NSA/whatever-the-fuck-criminal-U.S.-regime-institution paying you by the word to post this collection of black-is-white propaganda one-liners here, scumbag? The “Anonymous” commenter you’re trying to berate here is a sane and decent American scared to use his own name online because of fascist repression against foreign-policy dissenters in the U.S. today; while YOU are a scoundrel deceptively hiding behind the name of a former U.S. navy secretary as your screen-name. The money that they’re wasting on third-rate propaganda trolls like you to post bullshit on websites as part of “information warfare” should be getting used instead to do things to actually help the American people, such as fighting COVID and improving living and working conditions. Dipshit.

    • Replies: @James Forrestal
  57. @Parbes

    This sort of response is — sadly — all too typical of the hate-filled vitriol so often spewed forth by anti-humanrighticists and democracyphobes toward virtuous promoters of democracy such as Anthony Blinken and myself. But this goes beyond a mere nanoaggression. It is clearly an episode of autocratic rage leading to epistemic violence — and obviously stems from a combination of autocratic privilege and autocratic fragility.

    You need to unpack your transparent backpack, Mr. Parbes.

    Unfortunately, much of the irrational, narrow-minded opposition to HRD — and to liberal internationalism in general — is rooted, not only in antihumanrighticism and democracyphobia, but in the world’s oldest and evilest hatred… anti-semiticism:

    https://www.jta.org/2019/04/21/global/ukraine-to-become-first-country-outside-israel-whose-president-and-pm-are-both-jewish
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Nuland#Early_life_and_education
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antony_Blinken#Early_life_and_education
    https://www.algemeiner.com/2014/06/24/ukraine-jewish-billionaires-batallion-sent-to-fight-pro-russian-militias/

    Please try to let go of your rage and hatred, and educate yourself, so that you can inclusively progress forward into a more tolerant, diverse, and equitable person in the future, Mr. Parbes.

    I suspect that you might benefit from the science of psychoanalysis as well, since in appears that you are suffering from some sort of complex due to penis envy in your id.

    • Replies: @Parbes
    , @Derer
  58. Derer says:
    @Quartermaster

    Make that call, they can help you! Do you understand who was Brezhnev? Illiterate people can post only nonsense and nothing else. If Putin is not there Russia would be destroyed by foreign vultures similar to Yeltsin years and they would like that.

    The PPP data refute your suggestion about the economy.

  59. Derer says:
    @raga10

    Stop hallucinating!

    • Replies: @raga10
  60. raga10 says:
    @Derer

    Stop hallucinating!

    Keep on dreaming!

  61. @raga10

    Your last sentence describes the rulers of the US more than it describes any other power involved in this unnecessarily dangerous situation.

  62. Parbes says:
    @James Forrestal

    Hah hah hah, I knew it! Literal Zio-Ukronazi lunatic propaganda, delivered without a hint of irony or self-consciousness. You sound like an asylum escapee, cretin. Which organization’s cubicle are you posting this low-grade disinfo from, and how much are they paying you per word of this crap? That money – ALL of it – should instead be going toward helping the Russian civilians of Donbass actually being slaughtered on a regular basis by the Ukrainian regime of thugs.

    And why are you using the name of an ex-U.S. secretary of the navy as a screen name, moron? Eh?

    • Replies: @James Forrestal
  63. Derer says:
    @raga10

    Tell me, and how Crimea became under Ukraine administration in 1954. I do not see any referendum about that. Never mind, the Crimea’s predominantly Russian population preferred Russia to Ukraine Zionist yoke declining to the level of Zimbabwe. Putin made mistake by not annexing historically Russian Donbas at the same time.

  64. Derer says:
    @James Forrestal

    You ruined your post by the Twitter from the US appointed comedian who will leave his post with the “Yatseniuk grab”.

  65. @Parbes

    Your response clearly confirms that your virulent, unreasoning anti-humanrightsicism and democracyphobia is rooted in your (obviously genocidal) anti-semiticism.

    Please consider letting go of your hatred, and attempting to educate yourself, so that you can become a more tolerant, equitable, diverse person — like Blinken, Nuland, and myself — which will help you to tikkun, not only the Slavs, but ALL of the goyim. Thank you.

  66. Parbes says:

    Get lost you filthy cretin. Even as a parody of a propagandist, you suck. Your criminal “leader” Blinken is a psychopathic Russophobe racist Jew who should be hauled in front of a tribunal for warmongering for world war, and hanged.

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