an openly nazi US military attaché is no surprise

US Attaché’s ’Death’s Head’ Insult Fans Flames Threatening World War in Ukraine
Martin Sieff, Strategic Culture, Apr 17 2021

The irresponsible, tasteless and plain obscene action of US military attaché to Kiev Colonel Brittany Stewart in publicly wearing a Ukrainian armed forces death’s head insignia in her visit to the Donbass war zone in a time of deadly escalating tensions on Apr 9 defies belief. Her action suggests that under Biden and Austin the Pentagon has fallen into the hands of deadly dangerous sloppy idiots. Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation command said Stewart had traveled to Donbass to assess the situation on the ground. In photos taken during her visit, Stewart is seen wearing on her shoulder sleeve a “Ukraine or death” skull insignia, which is the patch of the 72nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade. When I first saw the reports and photographs of Stewart’s action, I automatically assumed that she must be an ignorant, impressionable amateur catapulted into a situation way out of her depth. Out of her depth, Stewart certainly is, but lack of experience should be no excuse for it. She is a presumably seasoned USAF officer who previously served as air attaché with the US Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, another former Soviet republic. So this is not her first such quasi-political appointment. She should certainly have known what she was doing.

What she was doing was unprecedented. No servicing US armed services officer is ever permitted to wear the insignia of any other nation, however innocuous, without receiving the prior approval of the Pentagon. The only known exception to this rule, and it is a revealing one, was when Colonel Clare Chennault at a time when the US was still at peace and neutral in WW2, flew his Flying Tigers group of P-40 combat aircraft against the Japanese in support of the Kuomintang regime in China. Even that was only done by the express personal approval of FDR himself. And within months, Japan had attacked the US, sinking all its Pacific Fleet battleships at Pearl Harbor on Dec 7 1941. Chennault’s Flying Tigers helped convince Japan’s war planners in Tokyo that the US was already their inveterate enemy set on their destruction and therefore in order to survive, Japan needed to attack the US first. Is that really the lesson Biden and Austin want to send to the government of Russia? Ukraine is not a member of NATO. The US has no treaty obligations to come to Kiev’s aid in times of war, and neither does NATO. Yet Trump approved and Biden now continues the open supply of Javelin anti-armor missiles whose clear and obvious purpose denied by no-one, is to kill ethnic Russian militia forces fighting for their freedom in the two secessionist provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.

Stewart not only openly displayed partiality for the crushing of the secessionist provinces, she did so in a way guaranteed to enrage all Russian and Ukrainians whose grandparents and great-grandparents fought and all too often were mercilessly killed by the Nazis and their collaborationist allies during WW2. For the death’s head was the insignia of the SS, the most murderous, racist and infamous murder force of barbarians in recorded human history. The current regime in Ukraine claims to be democratic. But it has always been ferociously anti-Russian: It came into existence in 2014 by toppling Yanukovych in a violent, bloody coup openly and shamelessly supported by the US government, including Joseph Biden and Victoria Nuland, who even handed out cookies to the violent rioters and revolutionaries storming through the streets of Kiev at the time. The death’s head insignia adopted by the current armed forces of Ukraine therefore has truly horrific connotations of hatred, genocide and the merciless waging of a world war dedicated to the enslavement of the Slav peoples, including Ukrainians as well as Russians. You do not need to be a professor of European history to know that: And since the US military repeatedly boasts of the “professionalism” and exceptionally high standards of all its senior officers, Stewart in particular should have known that. Or maybe she did, and she just didn’t care.

In any case, her action was disgusting, shameful and stupid, and senior retired US officers are already publicly saying so. Retired US Army Col Doug Macgregor, a senior Pentagon adviser during the Trump administration, told Sputnik that Stewart’s action was virtually without precedent in the history of the US Army and armed forces. In any competent military, Stewart would be ignominiously kicked out. Instead, judging by recent patterns, she’ll be promoted to three star general and given the Congressional Medal of Honor. Stewart’s move comes amid an escalation in tensions in Donbass and between Ukraine and Russia. On Wednesday, the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, said the situation at the contact line was deteriorating. Sputnik reported that the Kremlin described the situation on Russia’s border with Ukraine as “frightening” and vowed to bolster security in response to the increased NATO presence. Also on Apr 9, the Pentagon refused to comment on reports from Turkey’s Foreign Ministry that the US was deploying two warships to the Black Sea. The Pentagon under both the Obama and Trump administration’s recklessly approved the deployment of US attaches and liaison officers to the Ukrainian armed forces who were exceptionally partisan and who often openly expressed their loathing of Russia. Instead of sending firefighters to quench the dangerous flames of hatred and craving for war in Ukraine, the US government persisted in sending arsonists to pour gasoline on the flames. And they should have known full well that those flames would not stay chemical and local, they could far too easily go nuclear and engulf the entire world.

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