Oh Crap! Article 5!

First what the Hell is Article 5?

Article 5 is the cornerstone of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)  and states that an attack on one member of NATO is an attack on all of its members.

Now that missile that hit inside Poland.

Poland said early Wednesday that a Russian-made missile fell in the country’s east, killing two people, though U.S. President Joe Biden said it was “unlikely” it was fired from Russia.

The blast, which Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy decried as “a very significant escalation,” prompted Biden to call an emergency meeting of G-7 and NATO leaders. A deliberate, hostile attack on NATO member Poland could trigger a collective military response by the alliance.

(apnews.com)

Now my questions are…..

Who is provoking who?

Is this truly an escalation by Russia?  Trying to draw NATO into this conflict.

It is a Russian made missile then was it fired by some other entity to draw NATO into the conflict?

Shortly after the accusations Biden made a statement…..

President Biden told reporters in Indonesia on Wednesday that it’s “unlikely” the missile that hit a village in Poland Tuesday near the Ukrainian border was fired by Russia and that “preliminary” information indicates otherwise.

“There is preliminary information that contests that,” Biden said when asked by reporters if the missile was fired by Russia. “I don’t want to say until we completely investigate. It’s unlikely in the minds of the trajectory that it was fired from Russia.”

After Biden’s comments, three US Officials told The Associated Press that “preliminary assessments” suggest the missile that hit Poland was fired by Ukrainian forces and was meant to intercept a Russian missile.

Biden is in Indonesia for the G20 summit and held an emergency meeting of NATO and G7 leaders over the news that a missile fell in Poland, killing two people. He said that the allies agreed to find out exactly what happened and make a decision together from there.

“Then we’re going to collectively determine our next step as we investigate and proceed. There was total unanimity among folks at the table,” Biden said.

Over in Poland, President Andrzej Duda told reporters that there’s no clear evidence of who fired the missile. “We do not for the moment have unequivocal evidence of who fired the missile. An investigation is ongoing,” he said.

Poland is considering holding consultations with NATO members under Article 4 of the alliance’s treaty. NATO’s Article 4 states: “The parties will consult together whenever any of them have the opinion that the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any party is threatened.”

Since Poland is a NATO member, there has been concern that the country may ask to invoke Article 5, which states that “an armed attack on any party is an attack on them all.” But so far, there is no sign that Poland is looking to escalate the situation, and there’s no evidence that Russia launched the missile.

When news of the missile landing in Poland first broke, a US official told The Associated Press that Russian missiles hit Polish territory. But when asked about the situation, the Pentagon said it could not corroborate the claim, and Russia issued a strong denial.

The lack of evidence has not stopped Ukrainian officials from accusing Russia of hitting Poland. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote on Twitter that he spoke with Duda and expressed “condolences over the death of Polish citizens from Russian missile terror.”

(antiwar.com)

I will wait to see if the news actually reflects the facts as they are known….or will the warmongers get their way?

Which question is the more accurate?

Final thought…..US is planning yet another $37 billion in aid to Ukraine.

The White House on Tuesday asked Congress to approve $37.7 billion in new aid for Ukraine, which would bring total US spending on the war to about $105 billion.

According to The Hill, the request includes $21.7 billion in military aid for Ukraine and to replenish US military stockpiles that have been sent to the country.

A total of $14.5 billion in budgetary aid to directly fund the Ukrainian government is included, as Kyiv is expecting the US and its allies to pay its budget deficit for 2023.

The request also includes $626 million for the US Strategic Oil Reserve and for nuclear safety for Ukraine and $900 million for healthcare and other services for Ukrainians.

It’s possible Congress will increase the White House requests as media reports said lawmakers in both parties were looking to pass a Ukraine aid bill of about $50 billion before January.

(antiwar.com)

I know no on cares how much we spend on Ukraine but let children get a free lunch and all Hell breaks lose.

How disgusting is that?

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“lego ergo scribo”

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14 thoughts on “Oh Crap! Article 5!

  1. It seems likely to me that this was an anti-rocket missile fired from Ukraine against the recent Russian rocket attacks. The fact is was probably Russian made is no surprise, as most of Ukraine’s air-defence systems were previously sourced from Russia.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Evidence is pointing to the debris found so far, as an S-300 munition. Definitely used by both Russia and Ukraine, but in all probability……a UKR missile that was fired at an incoming Russian one. We have the radar tracks, all will be made public shortly.

  3. I hope only this was not a trick by the Ukrainians to involve the whole NATO into this conflict. In the Ukraine most people lived in poverty before the war starts. This despite the fact that Ukraine had developed into one of the largest arms producers and exporters of agricultural goods. There are some questions I would like the Ukrainian government to answer. 😉 Best wishes, Michael

  4. One misguided missile is one thing and might well be an accident from one side of the conflict or the other. But if it happens again and if the next one hits a target of military value, or if several of them hit military targets inside Poland, then we might have a real problem. But right now it seems like cooler heads will prevail.

  5. Billions for defense but not 23 cents for a kid’s lunch. Actually no big deal. Most is dumped into the garbage unless it looks like a burger, hot dog or slice of pizza. All the veggies, fruit and milk is never touched. At many schools that have free lunch(and breakfast too) , a big chunk of kids get nothing. Their parents may be illegal and a family in that situation can’t invite suspicion or consequences by completing government forms of any kind. I watched it for 34 years in the Miami-Dade County School System.

    1. I do not care where the kids come from….a hungry kid is a crime for the nation….a hungry child will eat whatever is provided…. chuq

      1. In Miami, they did make max effort to get school food to kids no matter the status of their parents. I agree with your sentiment 100 % but the peer pressure from American teens is vicious toward immigrant kids in some environments. For an immigrant kid, to eat all his lunch including those horrible string beans, means he will be called a “boat” by the American kids. They got here on boats (true or not) so the unkind kids call them boats to humiliate them. Children are always the victims. We can be sure the Russians don’t give a hoot about the horrors Ukrainian children are suffering.

      2. Sounds like the 70s here when the Vietnamese began arriving…..I still want to know what our return on the investment in Ukraine will be. chuq

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