What Year Is It?

I recall when I was in the military we were always hearing about the probes the Russians were sending into our airspace….I guess testing our response time in case it was needed in the event of a war with the US and her allies……but after the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War such “war games” were not needed any longer….but guess what, sports fans?

While you were worried about the NFL and its stellar reputation things were changing……..

Russian military pilots seem to be getting a little adventurous these days. A pair of US military jets intercepted six Russian aircraft near the coast of Alaska Wednesday evening, reports AP. The Russian pilots never entered US airspace, but instead remained in something called the Air Defense Identification Zone, which extends about 200 miles from the coast. Still, NORAD sent up two US jets “basically to let those aircraft know that we see them, and in case of a threat, to let them know we are there to protect our sovereign airspace,” says a spokesperson. The six Russian planes—two fighter jets, two long-range bombers, and two refueling tankers—eventually looped back toward Russia.

Hours later, Canadian fighter jets intercepted two Russian long-range bombers over the Beaufort Sea, near the Canadian coast but again in the international zone. While such incidents aren’t all that uncommon, one US official tells CNN that Moscow was likely expressing its displeasure about a visit by Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko to the US and Canada. Elsewhere, two Russian military aircraft entered Swedish air space without authorization, reports the BBC. Sweden’s foreign ministry called it a “serious violation” and has summoned the Russian ambassador to complain.

Yep, that is right Gertrude….the probes have returned.  Russia is once again probing our airspace and our response time……why would they be doing that?…(he asked smilingly).

Do We Have To Destroy Ukraine In Order To Save It? by Vladimir Golstein — Antiwar.com

The Ukrainian situation gets more confusing by the day…..Ukraine sez there is a peace deal….Russia sez that they are not party to the conflict…….separatists are killing everyone not to their liking……..West is scrambling to find an answer…..and in all this confusion….what of Ukraine?

The really large question staring the world in the face…….can Ukraine survive?

 

Do We Have To Destroy Ukraine In Order To Save It? by Vladimir Golstein — Antiwar.com.

European “Rapid Reaction” Force

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The world has been distracted by so many situations being thrown out there and the media gets to pick and choose what the American audience gets to see and hear…….another beheading, more BS from the war hawks, more explanation of IS and of course there is Ukraine and the daily confusion they call news…….

But my concern is the visit that Obama made to Estonia…..this tiny little NATO country has been trying to convince the US to build a permanent base in the country…..and now it looks like thanx to Russia and its aggression it may be in the offing……

In a press conference in Tallin the capital of Estonia the prez and his counter-part kept mentioning the NATO charter and especially article 5and of course NO one bothered to explain just what article 5 is and what does it do……….let me help…….

Article 5 is known as the “one-for-all and all-for-one” article, the keystone of NATO as an organization. It states that an “armed attack” against one member is an attack against all and sets in motion the possibility of collective self-defense.

However, it only commits members to “assist the party or parties so attacked” and to take “such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force….” It does not automatically result in military action.

Nice huh?  But there is another news story that may pertain to this article in the near future……..well since the prez used the term liberally at the presser in Tallin…..could there be more to the this story than the press is willing to share?

Maybe this news piece will help your thinking about this…………

Tough talk as NATO-Russia relations continue to deteriorate: NATO leaders, who meet in the UK later this week, are planning a “rapid reaction” force that can deploy to Russia’s worried Eastern European neighbors within 48 hours, reports the New York Times. The “spearhead” force would have a permanent command center to allow it to respond swiftly to threats, the Globe and Mail notes. “This spearhead … could include several thousand troops, ready to respond where needed with air, sea, and special-forces support,” NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters.

The NATO summit in Newport, Wales, is especially important because “Russia thought it can change the borders of a sovereign European country by force, and this is happening not very far from NATO’s borders,” says Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, calling for fresh plans to ensure all members of the alliance are “equally and strongly protected.” Russian defense chiefs, meanwhile, say NATO’s actions are “evidence of the desire of US and NATO leaders to continue their policy of aggravating tensions with Russia” and that Moscow plans to craft a new military doctrine in response to NATO plans and the Ukraine crisis, the BBC reports. In Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of “direct and undisguised aggression” yesterday as government forces continued to suffer reverses, including a retreat from the Luhansk airport, where the Ukrainian military says a Russian tank battalion supported pro-Russia rebels, Reuters reports

Okay sports fans…..is all this just business as usual or is there something bigger in the works?  I understand the confusing by the West….I mean Ukraine sez there is a ceasefire deal…..Russia sez nope that they are no part of this conflict……which is accurate and which is just posturing?

But wait is this part of the ‘rapid reaction’ force?

Approximately 200 U.S. soldiers are headed to Ukraine for peacekeeping exercises in mid-September, the Pentagon announced Wednesday.

The soldiers will be the first U.S. ground troops in Ukraine since the government in Kiev began fighting pro-Russian separatists

The exercise, called Rapid Trident, will run Sept. 15–26 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center located in Yavoriv, Ukraine, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said

God I love this stuff…..if you are not paying attention then you have NO idea what is going on or how it will effect the US…….and that is where they have us……..ignorance allows them to do so much more than they tell us.

One final question:  Is the West willing to go to war to save Ukraine?

I’m glad I asked that question………….

Krynica (Poland) (AFP) – European military assistance to Ukraine could lead to a nuclear conflict between Russia and NATO, according to Poland’s iconic cold warrior and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa.

“It could lead to a nuclear war,” the anti-Communist legend told reporters when asked whether the EU should send weapons to Ukraine to help it fights off separatist rebels and Russian aggression.

There is so much happening…..and the news is not reflecting the need for caution……..the media is feeding the flames of this fire.

The US is at a true crossroad and which way will we lean?  MI-C has the directions we will take and the Prez and his buds in Europe will go where told.

 

 

Is A Ukraine War Beginning?

While everyone is focused like a laser beam on IS….the Russians and Ukrainians held a possible chance for a peace talks……all reports are that it was contentious but semi-productive.  Only days after the talks there is a report coming out of Ukraine

(Newser) – Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted a pair of hashtags last night—#UkraineUnderAttack and #RussiaInvadedUkraine—which appear to sum up the situation on the ground, the Washington Post reports. Pro-Russia separatists backed by Russian troops, artillery, and armored vehicles are now attacking on two fronts, authorities in Kiev say, with fierce fighting along a new southeastern front. The Russian tanks and armored personnel carriers seen in the area—which would give Russia a land bridge to Crimea—appear to have come straight over the border instead of from separatist-controlled areas in eastern Ukraine, the Los Angeles Times reports. President Petro Poroshenko canceled a trip to Turkey, citing sharp aggravation of the situation in Donetsk region, as Russian troops were actually brought into Ukraine,” according to a statement.

Russia has not acknowledged any troop movements. A rebel commander says there are around 4,000 Russians fighting with the separatists, but they are all volunteers. “Many former high-ranking military officers have volunteered to join us. They are fighting with us, considering that to be their duty,” he tells the BBC. “There are also many in the current Russian military that prefer to spend their leave among us.” The US has expressed its “deep concern” about Russian involvement in the rebel offensive. “Russia is clearly trying to put its finger on the scale to tip things back in favor of its proxies,” a senior American official tells the New York Times. “Artillery barrages and other Russian military actions have taken their toll on the Ukrainian military.” After days of fighting, the strategic southeastern town of Novoazovsk now appears to be under rebel control, the AP reports.

If true it sounds like a misdirection on the part of the Russians to have those “peace” talks.  Nothing is official but it would make perfect sense that this would be actually happening.

What Would Putin Do?

Opinion from the desk of the Editor

Today I will tackle the rest of the world and its obscene conflicts……

We have so much on our plate….there is Gaza, Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Russia…..which way to turn…..which crisis to deal with first……who do you call?

For now let’s talk about Putin…..6 months ago the American Right was having a bromance with him because of his forcefulness and his decisiveness….and now he is Satan incarnate to the Right….they really need to pick a stand and stick with it.

V. Putin grew up in the now defunct USSR, he worked as a KGB operative and now he is the Prime minister of Russia, after being the president and after being the prime minister…..anyway when he grew up he watched the USSR act as a power in world politics with influence throughout the world and now as the leader he wants to see his beloved Russia return to global prominence.

Should we condemn him for this desire?

To me it sounds like the babble coming from the mouths of Graham and McCain they keep rattling on and on about the US needing to return to its place as the power in the “civilized” world.

So what is he doing wrong?  Is it his tactics?  Is it his verbiage?  Just what is he doing that is not to their liking?

The problem is, as I see it, he is doing what he thinks is best for his country…..we may not agree….but then we are not Russian either.

So for as I see it the only difference between Putin and what the duo of McCain/Graham wants is……..Putin is acting……McCain and Graham are talking.

Looks like a strong sense of jealousy by the Babbling duo……..the only action we see out of McCain/Graham is when they dash to the closest microphone to rattle on and on…..

I am not by any means trying to justify Putin and his attempts to grab land and influence……all I am saying is that I can understand why he would be ass deep in the internal affairs of Ukraine…..it is his longing for the “good old days”.

MH17: How long?

How long is the media going to keep their news circus going?

MH17 is very similar as the other Malaysian flight……not the action that caused it but rather the media and its handling of the tragedy.  Both disasters had very little info to report but yet the MSM kept the missing plane and now the shot down plane in the news with so much filler that it is becoming nauseating.

Do not get me wrong……there is nothing routine about the deaths of so many people……what is disgusting is how long they, MSM, can keep the world focused on the fact that they have NO real facts to go on.

MH17….it has been a week of he said she said….accusations and limited amount of facts…….conspiracies should be flying……it was US fault…..then it was Russia’s fault…..then it was the separatists fault and then the Ukrainians were to blame…….and in all this time they facts they have are sparse…..people died, plane crashed and a rocket was fired……debris is scattered over 10 miles and it is not secure….there are the facts and we have heard the same ones over and over…the redundancy is getting sickening.

The US has issued report after report that it was a missile that brought the plane down….and the question is who fired it?

(Newser) – Senior US intelligence officials said today that Russia was responsible for “creating the conditions” that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement. The intelligence officials were cautious in their assessment, noting that while the Russians have been arming separatists in eastern Ukraine, the US had no direct evidence that the missile used to shoot down the passenger jet came from Russia.

The officials briefed reporters today under ground rules that their names not be used in discussing intelligence related to last week’s air disaster, which killed 298 people. The plane was likely shot down by an SA-11 surface-to-air missile fired by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, the intelligence officials said, citing intercepts, satellite photos, and social media postings by separatists, some of which have been authenticated by US experts. But the officials said they did not know who fired the missile or whether any Russian operatives were present at the missile launch. (See who Russia blames for the horrific crash.)

Okay, Russia did not fire the missile….then why the sanctions?

Is it because that Russia has sent military hardware to the separatists and it was possibly used to cause death?

Keeping with that moronic logic should not the US be sanctioned for the military hardware we send to Israel that is used to cause so many deaths?

Help me out here.

Beyond all that…the media needs to let the people mourn and only report when there is actual new information that needs to be put out there.

Here is another thought to contemplate……..we know how much McCain and his band of lunatics has railed about sending weapons to the Syrian rebels…..could MH17 be a warning?  MH17 is an example of what could go wrong while arming militants.

http://theweek.com/article/index/265098/a-lesson-for-america-from-mh17-dont-arm-the-syrian-rebels?utm_source=links&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=twitter

Ukraine: “A Nasty Surprise”

Since my stay in the Army and having to participate in a war I have been fascinated with what causes war…..the conditions, the actions and the words…….so after Vietnam I returned to university and studied international relations…….now I read a lot and am always looking for a situation that could deteriorate into an armed conflict…..or a full scale war……..

Syria is smoldering…..Iraq is a flame and Gaza is waiting the next BIG attack……..and all the while the Ukraine/Russia confrontation is continuing….few are noticing because the media has them jerking off about some poor kids that need help……

The Ukraine thingy has been back and forth…in word and in actions….it seems that Ukraine has gotten the upper hand on the separatist….for now……and of course all the false bravado is just mind numbing but I read a piece that made me feel uncomfortable for the future of that conflict……

Having taken Slovyansk earlier this week, Ukrainian officials are increasingly bellicose about their ongoing civil war, demand unconditional, unilateral disarmament by the rebels before any future discussions.

“There will be no more unilateral ceasefires” by Ukrainian troops, announced Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey, while other officials promised a “nasty surprise” for any of the eastern rebels that continue to resist their takeover.

Since the takeover of Slovyansk, most of the rebels in Donetsk Oblast have moved into the city of Donetsk itself, and have been barricading themselves in pending a Ukrainian military invasion.

Defending the city is likely to be difficult, as the Ukrainian military is increasingly using not only airstrikes, but armored vehicles in its offensives. Donetsk and Luhansk remain the two major strongholds of the ethnic Russian rebels, who seek increased autonomy.

 

A nasty surprise?  That sounds like a threat to me…..but what type of threat and what would the “nasty surprise” consist of…..is it just chest thumping or could it be more to it than bravado?

Please tell what you think this could mean…….