Hooh – Good Gaw Y’all – What Is It Good For – Absolutely Nothing – Say It Again
It is February 25, 2022 when I am writing these words. Russia has invaded Ukraine proper. Prior to that we know that they were invited in to the ethnically Russian provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk. Now Vladimir Putin has crossed a line. Russian troops are executing a pincers move on the capital of Kiev. Perhaps by the time you read this, Kiev will have fallen. We will not here try to keep up with the war news. It will move quickly. Instead, we will try to give this conflict context, sorting through the lies and half-truths and inaccuracies that accompanies all combat. “In war, truth is the first casualty.” (Aeschylus, 4th century BC Greek playwright)
Let me start with this: Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine is well outside the lines of what is right! We cannot condone what he is doing. However, when we consider the proper reaction of NATO and America, there is a historical context that must be understood. What follows this short intro is a bullet point presentation of what we can know about the origin, nature and likely byproducts of this conflict. To set this up we go back to 2014. Viktor Yanukovych was elected President of Ukraine in 2010, in an election judged to be fair and democratic by foreign observers. A few years later, he moved away from the West and an association with the EU and wanted instead to take a loan bailout from Russia.
That spurred protests helped along by the CIA, the State Department, Soros operatives and massively funded through the US Embassy. (Revolutions are expensive things.)
- Shortly after that, Crimea, which had been assigned to Ukraine by Khrushchev when Ukraine was a part of the Soviet Union held a referendum on whether to join the Russian Federation. Historically and ethnically Russian, Crimeans voted for union with Russia by about 85%. Russia annexed Ukraine.
- Donetsk & Luhansk were also provinces of primarily ethnically-Russian people artificially attached to Ukraine. When Crimea successfully made this move to become part of the Russian Federation, they declared their independence. They wanted out of Ukraine and into Russia too. But recognition was not then forthcoming, not even by Moscow.
- Following their declared independence, the Ukrainian “puppet government immediately began systematic and deliberate attacks upon Russian-speaking populations in eastern Ukraine, and started using the Ukraine army to actually attack those people!” That all quieted down when Trump became President. It resumed, when Biden took office. Since 2014 it is estimated that 14,000 people were killed by Ukrainian forces operating in what Kiev considered their breakaway provinces.
- Now under Obama and again under Biden, the US & NATO have been attempting to bring Ukraine into the NATO orbit and to serve as a potential base for US missiles that would threaten Russia with as short flight time. It was like putting a gun to their head. The missiles would be able to reach Moscow in 5 minutes and the Russian nuclear arsenal in about 7 minutes. That would be too short a time to allow Moscow to put up a defense, making them vulnerable to a first strike. [Perception of that vulnerability, could in turn cause Putin to order a first strike on the US – in a move to save Mother Russia.] …Putin sees that as an existential threat and wanted guarantees from the West.
- Putin’s counter move was to arrange to put Russian missiles in Cuba and Venezuela. This is very much like a mirror image of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
- Now, much has been made of the Russian military buildup near the border of Ukraine that has been going on since last spring. What is not generally reported is that it was the Ukrainian Army that deployed first, on the borders of the breakaway provinces. The Russian move was a response.
- In all the back and forth over this, Russia continued to ask for guarantees of NO NATO MEMBERSHIP & NO MISSILES for Ukraine. The Biden Regime continued to hold the line and refuse to negotiate on those points.
Then very recently, Ukraine, who had recently threatened to launch missiles at Moscow, began to step up their attacks on Donetsk & Luhansk.
- So, the leaders of those breakaway republics asked Moscow for recognition & military assistance
- Putin agreed to give them both, signing a formal recognition and sending troops into those provinces, characterizing them as ‘peacekeepers.’
- Despite the Russians being there…The Ukrainian has resumed operations. In the process they’ve disabled and electrical generating plant and a water purification facility in the two provinces, collectively known as the Donbass.
- Putin warned that if they did not stop, Kiev would “bare the full brunt of responsibility.”
- When the civilian population heard the Russians were on their way their were celebrations, fireworks and chants of Rus-si–a.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the nation: “Ukraine joining NATO is a matter of time. The risk of a sudden strike on Russia will be increased several times…. That is a knife to our throat. Russia has the right to take actions to protect ourselves and we plan to do that.”[i]
And there it was! In the Russian / Putin mind, this was the justification for the invasion. Moscow sees this as an existential threat. Now, it is to be noted that Putin has been saying that Russia has no intent of occupying Ukraine. There is talk of arresting the Ukrainian government and possibly re-installing the ousted President Viktor Yanukovych pending new elections.[ii]
Putin launched what he describes as “special military operation” to demilitarize Ukraine. Martin Armstrong offered this regarding the American / NATO approach to the pre-invasion negotiations. “In all honesty, it is hard to imagine that the West actually made an honest diplomatic effort when you reject every request of Putin. Even Zelinsky [President of Ukraine] could have agreed to democratic elections where there are more than 720,000 people living in Donetsk and Luhansk. No concession had been made which is not how you engage in diplomatic relations.”[iii]
In the early going there are reports that the fighting has proven costly for the Russians. They are said to have lost a good number of helicopters and tanks with casualties possibly in the thousands.
THE US RESPONSE & THE EFFECT ON AMRICA & THE WEST
- Do not expect to see America entering directly into the conflict. Biden has said as much.
- Sanctions have been put in place on both Russian businesses and the financial interests of Putin and his cronies.
- HTR reports: “British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is now pushing hard to throw Russia out of the global financial system SWIFT. Johnson already knows that if this takes place, Russia has said they will view it as an Act of War and will immediately go to war. Yet Johnson is out there TODAY, pushing for this very action. German chancellor Olaf Scholz warned Boris Johnson that Germany would not support kicking Russia out of SWIFT, and neither would the EU.” In fact, Hungary, Italy and Cyprus joined Germany in blocking a move to kick Russia out of SWIFT
- Weapons will be provided to what has proved to be a traditionally corrupt Ukrainian regime
- Embassy personnel are being evacuated
- The Ukrainian President Zelensky has in the past, arrested his political opponents and silenced any criticism of his regime in the media.
- And don’t forget, we are supporting a regime whose government made possible the corruption that has enriched the Biden family to the tune of millions of dollars.
- There have been economic consequences and there will be more. Stocks are volatile first down and then up again. We can expect to see significantly higher prices at the pump. Already, $6 a gallon has been reported in California. And that in turn will drive inflation. After all, everything gets delivered.
Since it took office, the Biden regime has been all about limiting the access to new sources of energy. Because you know the biggest issue we have is global warming and we all need to reduce our carbon footprint.
- First Biden shut down the Keystone Pipeline, destroying our energy independence in the process. Now it’s reported that he “quietly halted new drilling on Federal lands.” That’s a great plan as war pressures will be driving energy prices up.[iv]
- Then there is the complicating factor of the West’s dependence on Russian energy. “Russia is a major supplier of oil and gas to the European Union, making the current situation all the more complex. The European Union’s trade surplus crumbled in the face of surging energy prices in recent months, as the bloc’s energy imports swelled more than 70 percent.”[v]
- The price of natural gas in Europe went up 57% in one day!
- A war with its’ chief supplier of energy will not help that situation. The EU imports 40% of its’ natural gas from Russia and Germany over half.
- That pattern was driven by the Climate Chage Crowd who hornswoggled the Europeans into closing down nuclear power plants. So, Vlad became the supplier of Europe.
- And by shutting down it’s own excess supply of energy – by limiting production – America will be able to be of little help.
- Oil is expected to go to $100 a barrel.
- Finally, there’s the issue of the sanctions. America and Britain and the West may hit the Russians hard. [But methinks Germany, with its’ dependence on Russian energy will walk softly down that road.]
Still, some Western officials continue to saber rattle. One French official saw fit to remind Putin that NATO is a nuclear alliance. And HTR reports: “Biden has been presented with options for massive, unprecedented cyberattacks against Russia. Among the options: Disrupting internet connectivity across Russia, shutting off electric power, and tampering with railroad switches to hamper Russia’s ability to re-supply its forces. That would be crazy and nothing less than an Act of War. The US considers cyber attacks to be and Act of War. “A year ago that same US government was still talking about using limited nuclear options in retaliation for a cyber attack on the US?”[vi]
Former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard warned, “The hardships that people are dealing with every day now with Biden’s sanctions plan, we’re only going to see that continuing to get worse. And it doesn’t end there…. You think Russia is not going to respond? You think Putin is not going to respond? He will respond. And it’s likely he’ll retaliate using cyberattacks on our financial systems, our communication systems, on our basic infrastructure.”[vii]
Now, Tucker Carlson offered three goals America should be pursuing now that war is here.
- Keep this from becoming a World War. Do not let it go nuclear. Article 5 of the NATO Treaty Alliance says if a NATO member is attacked, all nations must go to war against the aggressor. Suppose Russia launches a cyber attack against Ukraine but it spills over into Poland. Should that be considered an act of war? Some, like Senator Mark Warner have already suggested that it should. But fighting Russia is a very bad idea. Tucker Carlson: “That hypothetical that he outlined could happen in the cyberattack on Ukraine could well affect the infrastructure of the eastern European countries. That would be bad. It would be a crime. The civilized world would deplore it. But Article Five is not a mechanical mechanism. Human beings have to decide to invoke it and the question is: Is what the senator just described something that is worth risking a nuclear conflict over?”
- “Keep the energy flowing.” Energy is what drives the economy. Plentiful energy is a factor in keeping prices down. So, shutting down the Keystone Pipeline and cutting off drilling on Federal lands is not a good plan to keep the economy rolling. [It does however please the Far Left’s Woke power center.
- “Protect the US Dollar.” The dollar is the world’s reserve currency. When that is no longer true America will quickly fall into Third-World status. “Our debt will come due. Our government will go bankrupt and millions of Americans will become poor immediately.”[viii]
So, there are a lot of potential losers in this scenario. But who has something to gain? Well, for one, the group once known as the Military Industrial Complex, so dubbed by Eisenhower in his farewell speech. There’s money to be made in armaments. There’s power to be gained. And a lot of those same people are part of the New World Order crowd. The Globalists want war because they are trying to engineer Order Out of Chaos. It’s a game they like to play. Brandon Smith of Alt-Market offers this. Western media, globalist toadies that they are, will offer an oversimplified narrative painting Russia as the personification of evil in today’s world. The “monstrous aggressor.” [The truth is there is plenty of blame to go around.] “The goal will be to convince the public that our involvement in Ukraine is a moral and geopolitical necessity. There will be attempts to gain American favor and a call for US boots on the ground. Joe Biden will be at the forefront of this push.” [That’s an insane idea….So I guess Joe Biden would be the man to try to carry that out. We’ll have to watch for that.]
Smith goes on. “Ironically, Russia is happy to support the unrest of separatists in Ukraine while also helping to silence unrest in Kazakhstan. Keep this pattern in mind because it will help in understanding how events surrounding Russia reflect a global trend that might effect Americans in the future. The diplomatic mess between Ukraine and Russia can be blamed in part on both sides, and it’s this kind of historical ambiguity where globalists tend to thrive. The fog of war helps to obscure establishment activities and often it is hard for people to see who is truly benefiting from the chaos until it’s too late. It is my belief that the Ukraine problem is at least partially engineered and that it is designed as a first domino in a chain of intended crises….Globalists exploit such catastrophes to further the agenda of total centralization of power.”
Smith argues that the perception of Russia as an anti-globalist power – and Putin as its’ champion is merely a façade to advance the cause. He sites the cozy relationship Vlad has had with Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum. The Globalists are “playing both sides of nearly every war over the past century from the Bolshevik Revolution to WWII and onward….Ukraine is a Plan B attempt to conjure more smoke and mirrors where the covid pandemic failed to satisfy the Great Reset plan. As Klaus Schwab and the WEF has constantly asserted, they saw the pandemic as the perfect ‘opportunity’ to force the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the world.” But it appears that the Covid Plan is petering out. So, on to the next. NOTHING IS AN ACCIDENT! It is all part of the New World Order Plan.
[i] Ukraine Resumes Fighting, Hal Turner Radio, February 22, 2022
[ii] 18 Planes With Paratroopers Headed for Kiev?, Hal Turner Radio, February 24, 2022
[iii] Martin Armstrong, All-Out War Begins in Ukraine, The Burning Platform, February 24, 2022
[iv] Jesse Watters: Biden’s message is Ukraine’s problems are more important than America’s problems, Fox News, February 21, 2022
[v] Russian Trade Surplus Surges Amid Rising Tensions, Zero Hedge, February 20, 2022
[vi] 18 Planes With Paratroopers Headed for Kiev?, Hal Turner Radio, February 24, 2022
[vii] Tucker: How will this conflict affect you?, FOX News, February 24, 2022
[viii] Tucker Carlson, These should be America’s top three goals amid Russia-Ukraine war, FOX News, February 24, 2022