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CNN: US troops may be deployed to Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jan 26 2022

US and allies discussing deploying more troops to Eastern Europe prior to any Russian invasion of Ukraine
CNN, Jan 26 2022

The US and a handful of allies are in discussions to deploy thousands more troops to Eastern European NATO countries before any potential Russian invasion of Ukraine as a show of support in the face of Moscow’s ongoing aggression, three US officials familiar with the discussions tell CNN. Among the countries considering accepting the deployments are Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary. The deployments would number approximately 1k personnel to each country and would be similar to the forward battle groups currently stationed in the Baltic States and Poland.

64k US troops in Europe ready for conflict with Russia
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jan 26 2022

The 60k US troops already based in Europe that Biden can use to defend Ukraine against Russia
Daily Mail, Jan 26 2022

Nearly 64k US troops stationed in Europe could be deployed to the continent’s eastern flank if Biden makes such a call to counter growing Russian aggression at the border with Ukraine. The USS Truman has already been placed under NATO command for the first time since the end of the Cold War, while 40 warships, 175 aircraft and 90 tanks situated throughout Europe could also be readied for conflict. Biden has ordered 8.5k US-based troops to stand ready to deploy to Eastern Europe, while military officials have presented him with a plan to send 50k more if the security situation deteriorates and Russia launches an invasion into Ukraine. The US had about 175k troops stationed abroad as of Sep 2021. A total of nearly 64k of them were stationed in Europe. Command for the US’s 40 warships is based in Italy, and the US has already sent ships to the Black Sea. Germany houses the largest deployment of US troops in Europe, and only Japan and America have more US troops based there. There are 35,468 US troops in Germany: 21,585 Army, 13,009 Air Force and small numbers of troops from the Marine Corps and Navy. There are 21 US military bases across Germany, with the largest presence at Stuttgart, headquarters of EUCOM and AFRICOM, and Ramstein, headquarters of USAF operations in Europe. Italy has the second highest US presence in Europe, with 12,436 troops, 4,081 belonging to the Army, 4,742 Air Force and 3,497 Navy. The Naples port is the headquarters of the Sixth Fleet, or US Naval Forces Europe-Africa. The Aviano Air Base is home to two US F-16 fighter jet squadrons. The F-16 is a popular air-to-air combat jet used by 25 air forces. In the UK there are 9,576 US troops, almost entirely members of the Air Force with small numbers of service members from other branches. Spain has 3,423 US troops, Belgium has 1,143, Greece has 429, Portugal has 259, and Romania has 132. A handful of other nations have a US troop presence smaller than 100. There are also currently more than 150 US military advisers in Ukraine who have operated at a training ground near Lviv for years. It includes SOF, mostly Army Green Berets, and National Guard trainers from Florida’s 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Romania ready to host more US, NATO troops, serve as southern spearhead against Russia
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jan 26 2022

As it did in 1941. Transnistria should be very apprehensive, boxed in as it is by Moldova/Romania and Ukraine.

Decision to send US troops to Romania exists, it is not conditioned by possible intervention of Russia in Ukraine
Agerpres.ro, Jan 26 2022

The Minister of National Defence, Vasile Dincu, declared on Wednesday evening that the decision regarding the deployment in the next period of a contingent of 1k American troops in Romania has existed for a long time and is not directly related to the situation in the region and, as such, it is not conditioned by a possible Russian intervention in Ukraine. The minister thus responded when asked on Antena 3 to comment on a CNN piece of news according to which the American administration has already decided the number of American troops to be sent to Romania, and that, based on the high-level dialogue, three NATO member states on the flank Eastern Europeans agreed to receive 1k US troops on their territory: Romania, Poland and Hungary.

President after the CSAT meeting: Romania must be prepared for any possible scenario
Nineoclock.ro, Jan 26 2022

President Iohannis welcomed again the announcements of his American and French counterparts regarding the readiness of the US and France to increase their presence in Romania. He said: “The current security crisis created by Russia is not just about Ukraine, it’s not just about regional security in the Black Sea and not even about European security, it’s about the security of the entire Euro-Atlantic area. Romania continues to support the current approach at the Euro-Atlantic level, showing that the country has been very actively involved from a diplomatic point of view in adopting decisions at NATO and EU level using its geographical position and strategic interest in the stability of NATO’s Eastern Neighbourhood and the European Union. I have said this constantly and I repeat that we are ready to host an increased NATO presence on our soil. In fact, following the announcements of the US and France, we are in contact with the two allies to establish concretely the arrangements for the military presence of the two partners.”

NATO allies: Albania pivotal to Turkey, Turkey key to pan-Albanian, pan-Islamic project in the Balkans
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jan 26 2022

President Erdogan’s visit to Albania of strategic importance
Anadolu, Jan 26 2022

It is estimated that more Albanians and Bosnians live in Turkey than in Albania and Bosnia. Most emigrated to Turkey after the establishment of the Turkish Republic in 1923 and during Yugoslavian rule in the 50s and 80s to escape systematic repression. They are organized in various Balkan and Rumelian associations and actively try to influence Turkey’s policies towards the Balkans. Therefore, whatever happens in the Balkans has a direct impact on Turkey as well. Turkey itself is an inseparable part of the Balkans. Turkey has done its best to promote relations with all Balkan countries, wherein Albania sits at the center of this perspective. Albania is a full member of NATO since 2013. It has the potential to directly influence events in Kosovo, as the second independent Albanian country; in North Macedonia, where Albanians conprise one third of the country; and Montenegro where the government directly depends on the Albanian minority. The country strongly supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Bosnia and Herzegovina and opposes the nationalistic claims of Serbia to create Greater Serbia at the expense of Bosnia, Kosovo and Montenegro. Kosovo is only Kosovo because of pan-Albanianism. The agreements signed during the visit of Prime Minister Edi Rama to Turkey on Jan 6 2021 were a new and historic starting point. As a result of that visit, the Joint Political Declaration on the establishment of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council was signed between Turkey and Albania, which has been on the agenda for years, and relations between the two countries were raised to the level of Strategic Partnership. Cooperation between Albania and Turkey is built by NATO. Turkey has continuously provided military education to Albanian military personnel in various areas related to security, including logistics, modernization of the armed forces, and infrastructure of the Albanian army. Albania has signed a contract for the purchase of surveillance drones as well. Albania and Turkey also held many joint military exercises. Turkish policy-makers have always stated that Ankara supports the membership of the Western Balkan countries in transatlantic institutions. Many studies have shown that Turkey and the EU are not competitors in the Balkans but complementary actors.

Over 30k Ukrainian troops trained so far, Canada to extend, increase troop deployment
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jan 26 2022

Canada extends military operation in Ukraine for three years
CTV News, Jan 26 2022

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday the extension of Operation Unifier for three years, and the deployment of 60 more troops to Ukraine in the coming days. Trudeau made the announcement following a cabinet meeting, alongside Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly, and Defence Minister Anita Anand. On top of the additional 60 personnel, Trudeau said there is capacity to increase the number of boots on the ground to up to 400. “The biggest contribution that Canada can make to Ukraine right now is people. We have trained, our soldiers have trained over 30k Ukrainian soldiers. We should not underestimate the importance of this training mission,” said Anand.

Democrats rush through bill to make Ukraine third-largest recipient of US military aid in the world
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jan 26 2022

Democrats Are Rushing Through a Massive Ukraine Defense Bill (Abridged)
Sara Sirota, The Intercept, Jan 25 2022

Democrats in the House of Representatives are planning to expedite a massive bill that would dramatically increase US security assistance to Ukraine and lay the groundwork for substantial new sanctions on Russia, hastening a war-friendly posture without opportunity for dissent as concerns over a military invasion abound. Pelosi told members on a caucus call Tuesday that she’s looking to skip marking up the bill and move it straight to the House floor, setting up the possibility of a vote as soon as early next week, two congressional sources told The Intercept. One of the sources, a senior Democratic aide, told The Intercept: “This is how the space for non-military options gets slowly closed off in Washington, without any real debate.” Last week, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Gregory Meeks introduced the legislation, which has 13 co-sponsors, as a companion measure to the Senate’s Defending Ukraine Sovereignty Act proposed earlier this month. The Senate bill, introduced by Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Menendez, boasts 41 Democratic co-sponsors, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Whip Dick Durbin and progressives Chris Murphy and Jeff Merkley. The legislation would send $500m from the Foreign Military Financing program to Ukraine for 2022. That amount would have made Ukraine the third-largest recipient of funding from the State Dept’s FMF account in 2020, surpassed only by $3.3b to Israel and $1.3b to Egypt. That year, the FMF program gave Ukraine $248m. The legislation would also give Ukraine priority for excess defense equipment transfer and funds to counter Russian disinformation through programs like RFE/RL. It would further aim to bolster Ukraine’s cyber-defense and direct the president to consider imposing sanctions on Russia in the event of a cyber-attack on Ukraine. The Democrats’ effort to accelerate the bill comes days after a group of senators met with Ukrainian leaders in Kyiv to extend US support for the country’s sovereignty. Despite the show of Democratic and Republican unity during the trip, no Republicans have co-sponsored Meeks’ or Menendez’s bills. Senate Democrats also have not publicly indicated the timeline on which they would like to vote on their legislation.

Stoltenberg address and what it means for world peace
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jan 26 2022

Stoltenberg has just finished an address and virtual press conference on NATO and the US State Dept separately presenting their written responses to Russia’s security demands of the past couple months. The Russian demands include a pledge for NATO not to admit Georgia and Ukraine, both which border Russia, into the military alliance, to guarantee that the US and NATO not base missiles in Ukraine within a few minutes’ striking distance of Moscow, and to withdraw forces and military equipment from some of the fourteen Eastern European nations brought into NATO since 1999. Those are reported to have been Russia’s demands. But there has been a disturbing lack of transparency on both sides. The State Dept has insisted that Russia not release or divulge the contents of the response it delivered to Russia within the past two hours, and today Russian government news media report that Russia has agreed to that stipulation. The American ambassador to Russia delivered the US response to the Kremlin late at night Russian time. The delivery wasn’t confirmed until that time, at least. The NATO secretary general was the first Western official to publicly speak about the US and NATO responses, although he spoke at night Belgium time, whereas it was the middle of the workday for Blinken and Biden. The US has just delivered 300 more Javelin missile systems to Ukraine, but rather than addressing Russia’s concerns over the steady US and military build-up all along its western flank, which is increasing by the day, Stoltenberg began his talk by insisting Russia withdraw its forces from Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. What he was referring to was Crimea (and possibly the Donbass), the independent political entities of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and Transnistria. There are 1,500 Russian peacekeepers in Transnistria and Russian troops in Abkhazia and South Ossetia (reinforced since the Georgian-Russian war of 2008). Crimea has been part of Russia since 2014. The sole consolation he offered was more talk in several formats. Not a single compromise on anything specific. What Stoltenberg did by not mentioning them but the NATO partners who claim them as “occupied territories” (the exact terms used by the US and NATO), is to cast Russia as the aggressor in all four cases, a military occupier. In plain language, on behalf of the collective West, he gave Russia an ultimatum to retreat from the above four locations. Most ominously, he laid stress on NATO’s Article 5 collective military response mechanism. He also highlighted the fact that Biden recently announced the activation of the first tranche of 8.5k US troops for service with the 40k-troop NATO Response Force, a combat-ready, rapidly deployable strike force. Far from attempting to even symbolically assuage any of Russia’s concrete security concerns, the US and NATO are issuing diktats to Russia as above. By delivering the two responses to the Russian government at night, the West has assured its narrative reaches the world several hours before Russia can respond. The prognosis for peace is as dire as it can be.

TASS: Ambassador delivers US response to Kremlin, leaves without comment
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jan 26 2022

US ambassador gives Russian Foreign Ministry US response to Russian security proposals
TASS, Jan 26 2022

US ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan on Wednesday delivered Washington’s written response to Russian proposals for security guarantees to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko. “The head of the US diplomatic mission delivered a written response from the US administration to the draft bilateral agreement on security guarantees that was earlier proposed by the Russian side,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The meeting was requested by the US ambassador, who spent slightly more than a half hour inside the Foreign Ministry building. Lavrov told the State Duma earlier on Wednesday that Russia won’t publish a US response on security guarantees, if asked, but will disclose the general meaning of the replies. On Dec 17 last year, the Russian Foreign Ministry published draft agreements on security guarantees addressed to the US and NATO, which say NATO won’t expand eastward, deny membership to Ukraine and limit deployment of serious offensive weapons, including nuclear ones.

US ambassador leaves Russian Foreign Ministry’s building without comment
TASS, Jan 26 2022

US Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan has left the building of the Russian Foreign Ministry on Smolenskaya Square, after being there for a little over 30 minutes, a TASS correspondent reported on Wednesday. The diplomat declined to comment both upon his arrival and after visiting the Russian Foreign Ministry. CNN reported earlier that the US intends to hand Moscow written responses to proposals on security guarantees as early as Wednesday. After Sullivan’s arrival at the Russian Foreign Ministry, Bloomberg reported that the US might send Russia a written response to the proposals on security guarantees. Against this backdrop, Stoltenberg announced that he would give an online press conference at 19:00 CET (21:00 Moscow Time). Lavrov told the State Duma earlier in the day that Russia would not publish a US response on security guarantees, if asked, but would disclose the general meaning of the answers. On Dec 17 2021, the Russian Foreign Ministry published draft agreements on security guarantees that Moscow expects from Washington and NATO. The two treaties, one with the US and the other with NATO, stipulate that NATO would halt its eastward expansion, deny membership to Ukraine, and introduce limits on the deployment of serious offensive weapons, including nuclear ones.

Downed pilot in hostile territory: Italian Eurofighters, US Blackhawks in NATO drills in Romania
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jan 26 2022

Italian Jets and US Choppers Train Recovery Drills in Romania
NATO, Jan 26 2022

Earlier in January, the Italian Air Force Eurofighter detachment supporting NATO’s enhanced Air Policing in Romania conducted multi-domain training with the US Army 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion of the 227th Aviation Regiment in eastern Romania. The activity consisted in the simulation of an operational scenario for the recovery of a downed pilot in hostile territory. Four Eurofighter 2000 aircraft were deployed to control the area identified and eliminate any threats. American Blackhawk helicopters then approached the extraction area to locate, secure and extract the survivor. On their way out of the extraction zone, Italian Eurofighters escorted the helicopters on their return to base move, where the downed pilot was taken care of. Colonel Morgan Lovisa, commander of the Italian Eurofighter detachment at Mihail Koglaniceanu, Romania, said: “Our air force team conducted Personnel Recovery drills with the US Army; Personnel Recovery is often referred to as the life insurance for combat pilots. It was a very welcome opportunity to conduct this exercise here during our NATO deployment in Romania. The cooperation of Italian Air Force and US Army on Romanian territory underscores the interoperability among NATO Allies and their ability to stage multi-domain drills together; this fosters cohesion of the Allied armed forces and their operational readiness.”

US ambassador to Georgia blasts “revanchist” Russia for 220 years of barbaric atrocities
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jan 26 2022

Degnan is emblematic of the new breed of post-Cold War American diplomats, using the term in the formal sense. She doesn’t speak the local languages, in her case neither Georgian nor Russian, though her website states she’s “learning basic Georgian,” no doubt as in “take my bags” and “do what I say or you’re fired.” Her academic training is in journalism and law, not international relations, history, languages or Caucasus area studies. What distinguishes the model is its unbridled entitlement and universal contempt for other “inferior” nations, cultures and peoples. Her comments follow, but to understand her and her type the next two paragraphs from her site are useful: “Ambassador Degnan was the Senior Civilian Representative to Brigade Combat Team Salerno in Khost, Afghanistan, where she earned the Sec State’s Expeditionary Service Award, one of many awards she has received throughout her career. Ambassador Degnan was also the Political Advisor to the four-star Commander of US Naval Forces Europe and Africa, and the Political Counselor at the US Mission to NATO. In Washington, Degnan served as the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Dept of State under John Kerry, as a Special Assistant to Sec State Madeleine Albright, and as a Special Assistant to three Under-Secs State for Political Affairs, Marc Grossman, William Burns and Nicholas Burns.”

Degnan helping “Georgia fulfill its trans-Atlantic destiny.”

US Ambassador to Georgia Slams ‘Revanchist’ Russia
Civil.ge, Jan 26 2022

In the lengthy address celebrating the 30th anniversary of US-Georgian diplomatic relations, Ambassador Kelly Degnan highlighted that “we face a resurgent, revanchist Russia, intent on reinstating its empire through establishing a privileged sphere of influence.” Noting that Russia has “clearly demonstrated its lack of respect for Georgia and other countries’ sovereignty,” she asserted that it is the only country in Europe occupying the territory of sovereign nations. [NATO troops in Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia evidently aren’t in that category for her.] She stressed that Georgia has repeatedly faced Russian aggression over the centuries: “Dating back to 1801 when Russia annexed the Kingdom of Kartli-Kakheti in violation of the 1783 Treaty of Georgievsk, then again in 1921 when the Kremlin invaded and occupied the Democratic Republic of Georgia in violation of the Treaty of Moscow, and of course, more recently in 2008. It was Russia that crushed Georgia’s first Republic in 1921, desecrated Georgia’s churches, and unsuccessfully tried to smother the Georgian language. In stark contrast to Russia’s disrespect for Georgia’s culture, faith, language and traditions, the US, Europe, and Georgia have a common vision of shared prosperity, freedom, and dignity based on mutual respect.” [Russia is not in Europe, is instead a primitive Asiatic backwater, in her advanced cosmopolitan view.] Meanwhile, Ambassador Degnan reaffirmed that in Washington there is a “strong interest and bipartisan support” for the common goals of the US and Georgia. “The US has a huge interest and desire to see Georgia fulfill its trans-Atlantic destiny.” She also underlined US efforts to modernize the Georgian Defense Forces, Coast Guard and Border Police, pointing out: “The US has invested over $1.5b in helping Georgia strengthen its resiliency, defend its borders, and support its territorial integrity. The US understands that our global network of alliances and partnerships is our greatest strength, and Georgia is a valued part of that network. That is why the US supports Georgia’s membership aspiration toward NATO, where Allies work together to promote…our collective security.”

State Dept turns its attention to Belarus
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jan 26 2022

Minsk could face US sanctions if Russian forces invade Ukraine from Belarus
112.international, Jan 26 2022

The US government warned Belarus that the White House could take action against Minsk if Russian troops invade Ukraine from the Belarusian territory, State Dept spox Ned Price said during a briefing on Jan 25. Price remarked: “If Belarus allows to use its territory for the attack on Ukraine, it will face a quick and determinated response from the US and our allies.” Besides, NATO could also revise deployment of its forces in the neighboring countries if the Russian troops remain in Belarus permanently.

Biden reaffirms “sacred obligation” to NATO’s Article 5 war mechanism
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jan 26 2022

‘We have a sacred obligation’: Biden threatens to send troops to Eastern Europe
Politico, Jan 26 2022

During the commander-in-chief’s trip to a gift shop. Biden said: “I made it clear to President Putin that we have a sacred obligation, Article 5 obligation to our NATO allies, and that if in fact he continued to build up and/or was to move, we would be reinforcing those troops.”

Ukraine: US delivers 300 Javelin missile systems, 80 tons of arms and equipment
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jan 26 2022

Ukraine receives about 300 Javelin systems, 79 tonnes of security assistance from USA
Interfax Ukraine, Jan 26 2022

The Ukrainian Armed Forces have received about 300 Javelin missile systems and 79 tonnes of security assistance from the United States, the US embassy in Kyiv said in a statement. “Tonight, the third shipment of $200m in assistance authorized by President Biden arrived at Boryspil Airport in Kyiv. The US stands with Ukraine, and we will continue to provide Ukraine the support it needs,” the embassy sad on Facebook.

Ukraine’s hawkish FM thanks seven NATO nations for near-Article 5 support
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jan 26 2022

Additional defense support to Ukraine provided by USA, UK, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Czech Republic
Interfax Ukraine, Jan 26 2022

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has thanked the US, Great Britain, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and the Czech Republic for providing additional “defense support” for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Kuleba said at an online briefing on Wednesday: “Despite the fact that our state is not a member of NATO, and Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty does not apply to Ukraine, we are grateful to the US, Great Britain, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, the Czech Republic and other NATO members for providing additional defense and security support to our Armed Forces, some by their readiness for the coordinated imposition of sanctions against Russia. Some are strengthening the Ukrainian army with weapons and military equipment. Some are strengthening cyber-security. Some help us to keep the financial and economic system calm and stable. We are grateful for the support of our partners at this time of challenges, but it will be in vain if we, Ukrainians, do not do the same.”

Putin in 2022 and Yeltsin in 1999
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jan 26 2022

For years Western governments, their loyal oppositions and their servile (and controlled) news media have portrayed the Russian government of President Vladimir Putin as irrationally hostile toward NATO, often contrasting his alleged behavior to that of his predecessor Boris Yeltsin. The above characterization of Putin is inaccurate. He didn’t say much if anything about the unprecedented NATO expansion in 2004, when seven nations (Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia) were incorporated into the military bloc. Six of those were formerly in the Warsaw Pact and three of them former republics of the Soviet Union which now border Russian territory. When Putin was prime minister in 2010 President Dmitry Medvedev attended the NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal, the first time any Soviet or Russian head of state had done so. The following year Russia offered NATO the use of an airfield at Ulyanovsk for the transport of non-lethal aid for the war in Afghanistan. If there’s anything noteworthy about Putin in regard to NATO over the past twenty-two years it’s the indisputable fact that he has not challenged it. Nevertheless (if not indeed exactly because of that), for the past several years, particularly since April of last year, he has been accused in the West of bearing a visceral, virulent, ineradicable animus toward NATO, which is portrayed as something barely short of a social service agency instead of the usurpation of the OSCE and the UN it is. As has been typical of wars waged by NATO, openly and in a barely disguised manner, as those against Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq and Syria, the propaganda model has never varied. It can be described as that of the three Ds: demonize the leader, dehumanize the people, destroy the nation. Yugoslavia, the first test case, no longer appears on the map. How would what the US touts as a reasonable Russian leader have dealt with the current Ukrainian crisis? How would the person Putin is regularly compared to, and never to his credit, Boris Yeltsin, have acted? He who was the most complacent, the most compliant pro-American head of state in Russian history, routinely coached by American ‘advisers’? Roughly two weeks into NATO’s air war against Yugoslavia in 1999, the first such war against a sovereign European nation and the first time a European capital was bombed since WW2, Yeltsin made a comment that was published in newspapers and on websites around the world. What even the most subservient, the most forbearing of Russian leaders said was this: “I told NATO, the Americans, the Germans, don’t push us towards military action. Otherwise there will be a European war for sure and possibly world war.” The news articles containing that quote also reported that the then-chairman of the State Duma, Gennady Seleznyov, stated Yeltsin had issued an order to point Russian strategic (nuclear-tipped) missiles at the NATO nations involved in the war against Yugoslavia. A spokesman for Seleznyov later “clarified his remarks,” but the message had been delivered. This was in reference to a nation that was separated from Russia by two others (Romania and Ukraine) and not one that shares over 1,400 miles of land and sea borders. Not one, Ukraine, where over a decade ago the US Missile Defense Agency discussed deploying components of the US-NATO anti-ballistic missile shield. What the world should be amazed at is not Russia’s misgivings over NATO effecting a cordon militaire along what the alliance terms its eastern flank, from the Arctic Circle to the South Caucasus, thus blocking Russia off from Europe, but the fact that it’s taken so long for Russia to voice those concerns.

Letter (and j’accuse): Full-scale nuclear conflagration isn’t inconceivable
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jan 26 2022

A recent letter in the Herald-Times of Bloomington, Indiana
John Linnemeier, Letters, Bloomington Herald-Times, Jan 24 2022

According to a recent international Gallup poll, the US is overwhelmingly considered the greatest threat to world peace, with Pakistan, China, North Korea, Israel and Iran (in that order) trailing distantly behind. The Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars cost trillions of dollars and killed millions of people (mostly civilians). We now regret starting them, and never would have if we’d had a basic understanding of the situation we were getting into. We’re about to embark on a new war with Russia, a far more formidable foe. Full-scale nuclear conflagration isn’t inconceivable. Those who underrate the possibility of nuclear apocalypse haven’t looked carefully at the numerous times we’ve come close in the past. Consider the Russians’ point of view. Since the hopeful days of Perestroika and Glasnost, they’ve seen a nuclear-armed NATO expand right up to their borders. Does anyone remember how the US reacted to nuclear missiles 70 miles from our coast? Can we blame them for feeling threatened? Russia has demanded a guarantee that Ukraine not become a member of NATO. American negotiators call that non-negotiable. We’re teetering on the edge of unimaginable horror. Why aren’t Americans who yearn for a peaceful world speaking out? Why aren’t you?

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