Yerp, what Washington is trying to accomplish in Ukraine is anyone's guess, and now that Putin is taking the gloves off the people of Ukraine are going to really suffer. All over issues that could easily have been settled without a war. [original.antiwar.com]
Putin is the Hitler of our times. There's so much nonsense in Stockman's piece it would take an essay to debunk it all. It's always easier and quicker to propagate a lie than disprove it. Hitler also had his apologists and appeasers before 1939 who also larded their lies and misinformation with a few extenuating facts.
Stockman ignores the fact that every former Soviet Union country that joined NATO, decided to do it as part of their foreign policy. Neither the US nor Russia has the right to dictate another nation's foreign policy. The choice to join NATO was basically a statement that they would rather be part of Europe than return to being a satellite of Russia. This was driven by Putin's invasions of Chechnya and Georgia.
If anybody is to blame for NATO's expansion, it is Putin. It may just happen to be slightly more obvious in the cases of Finland and Sweden.
As for the war in Ukraine, the only person responsible is the person who ordered it, Vladimir Putin. He started it, and he can stop it at any time.
For Washington/NATO to even try to end the war Stockman, himself, says that they would have to cede parts of Ukraine to Putin. Sorry, David, but they have neither the authority nor the right to do that.
And in case Stockman has forgotten his history, I suggest that he Google Neville Chamberlain and review what happens when you appease aggressors.
I actually feel for press ganged Russians. The French had Algerians fighting in the Dien Bien Phu disaster. Then Algeria fought back. How will Chechens take being cannon fodder? In the US before I was born people protested fighting in a shit war based upon lies. Russian citizens are protesting and getting press ganged for that. Are you sure you’re not seriously miscalibrated on this one?
I think the reporting has been very bad, nuclear conflict is no joking matter. If Ukraine artillery keep crossing the border Russia will view it as an attack on them and use all means to defend themselves which is exactly what the USA, UK, China, Nth Korea etc all nuclear powers will say.
I'm all for the removal of Russian military forces from Ukraine but if any counter offensive continues to push into Russia proper ie Putin's "bluff" is called.................
Ukraine is a picture perfect example of a proxy war with those arming Ukraine not doing it for the Ukraine people, but to prolong fighting with Russia in an attempt to bankrupt them like Afghanistan did with the USSR. Helped to quicken the USSR's demise for sure, but what were the consequences of arming/ training Afghani "mujahideen" in the decades that followed?
I fear Ukraine will be a failed state like Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq which endangers the whole region.
Peace talks and diplomacy are needed now more than ever.
How could it have been settled peacefully when Putin has stated, many years ago, that it was his intention to reunite the former Soviet Union. Crimea was a test of the world’s ambivalence towards Putin’s plan. The world did nothing to support Ukraine then so Putin thought he had a pass.