The narrative: When an invasion is not an invasion

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A brief timeline of recent events leading up to the invasion of Ukraine:

Jan. 20, 2022: “I think what you’re going to see is that Russia will be held accountable if it invades. And it depends on what it does. It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and then we end up having a fight about what to do and not do.” – President Joe Biden.

Then, Biden told the world exactly what was about to happen in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine, which broke away from the Ukrainian government in 2014 and declared themselves “people’s republics.” Russia has been supporting these independent regions, known as the Donbas, with troops, Covid-19 support, and has even issued Russian passports to some 800,000 of the residents.

Jan. 25, 2022: “If he were to move in with all those forces, it would be the largest invasion since World War II. It would change the world.” – Joe Biden.

Jan. 25, 2022: “We have no intention of putting American forces, or NATO forces, in Ukraine. But we — as I said — they’re gonna be serious economic consequences if he [Vladimir Putin] moves.” – Joe Biden.

Feb. 10: Four B-52s from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., deployed to RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, England.

Last week: 5,000 troops from the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division arrived in Poland to assist with processing centers for the tens of thousands of Americans and their families who are preparing to leave Ukraine if Russia launches a full-scale invasion. A dozen F-35A Lightning II fighter jets and 350 airmen from Hill Air Force Base, Utah were deployed to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.

Feb. 19, 2022: 1,000 American troops from the Stryker squadron of the Army’s Second Calvary Regiment (Mechanized Infantry, Vilseck, Germany), moved from Germany to Romania. The U.S. Air Force sent a group of fighter jets to Eastern Europe.

Feb. 20, 2022: Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Joe Biden agreed, in principle, to make an effort one last time for a diplomatic solution; it would come in an in-person meeting later this week.

Feb. 21, 2022: Putin formerly recognized breakaway regions of Ukraine as independent.

Feb. 21, 2022: Putin sent troops into the Moscow-aligned regions of Ukraine.

Feb. 21, 2022: The White House refused to call it an invasion, when asked by the White House press corps. Late Monday, the White House would not commit to the full-fledged sanctions that President Biden had earlier said Russia would face if it invaded Ukraine.

Feb. 22, 2022: The United States has doubled the number of ground troops to 9,000 in Poland and 2,000 in Romania. Russia has assigned 190,000 troops to the border and breakaway regions.

Feb. 22, 2022: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced he is halting the certification of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia, one of the first major sanctions.

This story is evolving rapidly and more announcements of sanctions and NATO reactions are expected today.

14 COMMENTS

  1. Wag Joe’s dog.

    While I believe Joe is gonna blunder us into a war we can’t win, in this case Joe is desperate to distract us from his abomination of a presidency.

  2. Sleepy joe is looking for something to deflect the problems he created here. I’m scratching my head to what Russia would actually gain by invading Ukraine. I know there is no love between the Ukrainians and Russians. When the communist party starves 20 million Ukrainians, they don’t forget.

  3. Occasionally in history we see vivid replays Germany and Czechoslovakia in the late 30s. Invasion of Iraq. Chemical weapon use in Syria. Now this. Polictical ineptitude which results in a bailout by taxpayers either in blood or fruits of our labor.

    Becuase of a lack of realistic foresight, America could have been in a position to provide energy to Europe only 24 months ago. Now that leverage has been removed. Ms Haaland’s promotion from activist to prominence played a role in our lack of energy options.

    • The afternoon host on KENI gets morally offended when one points out similarities between 30s Germany and now.

  4. Weakness attracts tyranny. Look at Alaska. Weakness by the GOP lead us to where we are now.

    Up the creek with no paddle.

  5. Things just look and sound different from the basement bunker in Delaware..!!!..Jill keeps him in the not to worry mode most of the time…

  6. Biden said he would tolerate a “minor incursion.” I guess that’s Biden speak for a light invasion, not a big one. I would like to hear the conversations between Biden and Putin, or maybe I wouldn’t. He probably fell asleep. China is watching and will be even more emboldened to take over Taiwan.

  7. How convenient, a completely contrived conflict that will provide distraction from the ongoing disaster that is the Usurper Biden regime, as well as — and maybe fundamentally more importantly — the truckers-led protests in Canada, and the assumption of totalitarian powers and complete criminalization of dissent by the tyrant Trudeau.

  8. Let’s see where that Ukraine thing started:
    1. Khrushchev added the two eastern Russian Oblasts (provinces) that are now trying to detach from Ukraine, to Ukraine from Russia in 1956. Khrushchev was from the Ukraine and was the head of the Soviet Union at the time. Most of the people in these two oblasts are still Russian-speaking.
    2. The Obama administration conducted a coup in the Ukraine to replace the elected government because it wanted to trade with both the West and the East. Was it corrupt? Most Ukrainian governments have been corrupt since the Communists took over. The idea was to have NATO on Russia’s borders. Recordings were made of phone calls between the Assistant Secretary of State and the Ambassador to the Ukraine confirming this. There were plenty of atrocities on both sides.
    3. The two oblasts kept fighting to be free of the Ukraine because of the fascists in the government and the jailing of contesting political parties members.
    4. 2021 – The Ukrainians started building up troops to invade Donetsk and Luhansk, which they had been shelling sine the coup and had tried to invade before.
    5. The Duma called on Putin to declare Donetsk and Luhansk independent. He did and Russian Troops have gone in now, as far as we know from the news to protect the two eastern oblasts. This is contrary to US interests, which are still following the MacKinder doctrine established in 1905 by the British historian who claimed that whoever ruled that part of the world occupied by the Russians, would rule the world. Great Britain made plans to see Russia deposed or at least reduced to a minor power. This was well within reality under Boris Yeltsin, who had neglected all Russian armed forces and defense capabilities. When Putin succeeded him, Putin started rebuilding the armed forces and strengthening Russia. This could not be tolerated, as Putin was to find out when he first offered to join with NATO. As the British Lord Ismay, one of the founders of NATO said, NATO was formed to keep the United States in Europe and Russia out.
    6. US presidents have used wars to silence their critics when thing got bad at home since WWII. George W. Bush’s numbers were tanking before the US went to war with Iraq. We all know what is happening now in the US and Canada. Inflation out of control and supply line problems in the US and the Trucker protest in Canada has Trudeau locking down Canada. Problems at home always seems to produce these situations.
    7. Any action against another nuclear power carries the threat of nuclear war. For some reason, we never seem to get the point. Maybe it is time for Americans to start doing history again.

  9. This never would have happened under a real president like President Trump. *resident Joey is incompetent at best, and corrupted by Ukrainian payoffs (the big guy) at worst.

    I don’t trust Brandon, nor believe anything he says.

    Honk for Joey!
    LGB.

  10. “I hold both countries responsible. I think that the United States has been foolish. I think we’ve all been foolish. … And I think we’re all to blame.” Donald Trump, joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, 2018.

    I know who is to blame.

  11. Too many politicians from in and around the Obama regime and Gibberish Joe’s regime are financially benefitting from the mafia disguised as the nation of Ukraine. The Clinton foundation benefitted when Ukraine placed their bets on Hillary. Ukraine is the money laundromat of the world.

    Yet with all the hand-wringing by the elites getting their flows of corrupt cash cut off, no one has mentioned that Ukraine artillery has been pounding the crap out of the Donbass region for the last eight years in violation of the Minsk Ceasefire Accords, or that they dammed up a canal on the Ukraine controlled side that supplied the majority of fresh water to the Donbass creating water shortages and crippling, if not destroying agriculture in the region.

    It’s NOT an invasion. It’s a series of SWAT operations to rescue two provinces from international criminal depredation.

  12. The Ukraine boundaries of today are not their historic boundaries are they. The people there know and don’t support the recent expansion and have reidentified with the historic connections. Unfortunate bad practices have happened around money having to do with kidnapped persons. Putin is intolerant of such activities. Isn’t the Ukraine a territory of Russia? Hopefully this conflict will resolve with justice and peace can resume and rebuilding. Putin is not destroying electricity of the people. Jiden plans on changing the electrical reliability of the US with dam removal right? Let’s not distract from our own interests.

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