Very few people with a Ukraine flag in their profile picture could tell you why it is in the national interest of the U.S. to fund and thereby prolong a proxy war in Ukraine. Fewer still could tell you about Burisma and Crackhead Hunter Biden and that most of the “aid” we send is either being blown up in short order or is being pocketed by Zelenskyy with 10% for The Big Guy. These people don’t know why they “support Ukraine” and they don’t care, they simply are doing what they are told.
What the average peasant wage slave/tax cattle in America doesn’t understand is that the war in Ukraine is about many things but one thing it is not about and never has been about is the welfare of the Ukrainian people.
Ukraine has been a godsend for the military-industrial complex and the ruling class. The official policy of the U.S. as it pertains to Ukraine is much like the response to the Chinese coronavirus “pandemic” in that it is off limits for debate or questioning. Either you support endless “aid” to Ukraine or you hate freedom, just like you had to wear the mask, social distance and get the jab or you literally wanted to kill grannie.
The casualties in Ukraine are hard to pinpoint, partly because of the fog of war and mostly because those figures are being obfuscated by the Lügenpresse. Still reasonable estimates I have seen of combat casualties are in excess of 400,000 of Ukraine’s young men, and this in a nation of only 36 million people. That doesn’t account for civilian casualties or the millions of Ukrainians who have fled their homeland and are unlikely to return.
In addition to gutting the young male population of Ukraine, the nation itself is a disaster. It was a backward country before the war relative to the rest of Europe but now their infrastructure has been devastated and this would be far worse if not for the relative forbearance of Russia. This is also by design. The Russian invasion of Ukraine kicked off in February of 2022 but by September of 2022 with the war still raging, They were already angling for those sweet reconstruction shekels. From the New York Times…
By December the agreement had been formalized….
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and BlackRock CEO Larry Fink agreed to coordinate investment in rebuilding Ukraine, Kyiv announced Wednesday following a meeting between the two men.https://archive.vn/0nuq6
Zelenskyy and Fink both happen to be Jewish, just a coincidence, as is the fact that most of the neocons who are clamoring for an endless proxy war also happen to be Jewish. While Ukrainian men were dying on the battlefield, Volodymyr Zelenskyy was meeting with Larry Fink to arrange for BlackRock to coordinate all of the “reconstruction” funds that will come in and those funds will be massive. From the NY Times article.
Estimates of the cost to rebuild the infrastructure hit hardest by the war with Russia, and revive the country’s shattered economy, vary widely. The Ukrainian government has put the bill at $750 billion, while others have estimated $100 billion, still a significant sum. The International Monetary Fund has said Ukraine needs $5 billion per month to pay government salaries and pensions, and to cover other expenses. The fund has already provided over $1 billion to help Ukraine keep up on government debt payments.
Much of the money to rebuild Ukraine’s economy would probably come from donor countries, in the form of grants or long-term loans, given the precarious state of the Ukrainian government’s finances. The United States, the European Union and others have provided billions of dollars in security assistance to Ukraine, in addition to pledging extensive economic aid.
I suspect the real figure will be closer to the $750 billion mark than the low end $100 billion figure. Billions of dollars in “grants” will require someone to administer those funds and guess who will almost certainly be doing that? If you guessed “BlackRock”, then you win a cigar. I assume that the discussion and negotiation over the management of the funds with BlackRock mostly focused on how BlackRock would arrange to siphon off significant chunks of the aid funds to be funneled into accounts owned by Zelenskyy, his family and his cronies. Think that is unfair? Look at the last paragraph of the NYT story…
Ukraine’s postwar investment push also has to overcome perceptions of systemic corruption. Transparency International, an anticorruption watchdog, ranked Ukraine 122nd out of 180 countries on its corruption index in 2021.
You don’t say? That isn’t stopping BlackRock and in fact it probably encouraged them as Ukraine is tailor made for graft. Ukraine’s corruption and especially her corrupt leader is a feature, not a bug.
This is important to understand about Ukraine. The death, destruction and devastation is being prolonged intentionally. The people who are pushing for escalation and prolonging the conflict, ruling out any sort of negotiated settlement, want Ukraine devastated because more devastation equals more reconstruction aid that They get a cut of and more arms sales, that They also get a cut of. The longer the war goes on, the more it costs Russia in terms of lives lost and money spent, and that is also to Their liking because of a deep seated ancestral grudge against Russia. Rather than having Their own kids fight in these wars, they pit White Slavic men against one another.
That brings me to the loathsome toad Robert Kagan. Robert Kagan, the son of a Lithuanian Jew, is married to Victoria Nuland, the acting Deputy Secretary of State, and the daughter of a man born to Ukrainian Jews, named Sherwin Nuland although he was born Shepsel Ber Nudelman. The Zman refers to him and his followers as The Kagan Cult and mocks him regularly but also makes these same points, like here: The Odious Carbuncle Problem, emphasis mine….
This is what comes to mind reading this post in First Things. George Weigel is a well-known neocon and warmonger. The timing of the post is a bit odd, given that we are in the end phase of the war. The time for making the “moral case” for yet another war on the world was a year ago. It suggests the Kagan cult is planning to keep the war on Russia going long after the Ukraine portion is settled. Weigel has been dispatched to turn virtue into vice for the suckers of Conservative Inc.
Weigel is a rare non-Jewish neocon but like virtually every neocon, his military service has consisted of making arguments for other people to send their kids to die in neocon wars. Robert Kagan wrote this massive snoozefest, approaching 8,000 words, for Time magazine: How the Ukraine Counteroffensive Can Still Succeed.
It starts off like this and goes downhill from there.
The situation in Ukraine still favors Kyiv despite the limited progress made in the counteroffensive so far.
It reminds me of the old joke: “Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?”. Other than the utter lack of any progress while suffering calamitous losses, the counter-offensive has been a huge and costly bust.
It’s far too soon to evaluate the outcome of that effort, which is underway as of the time of this writing, but it is vital to manage expectations. Ukrainian forces are fighting now to break through the first line of long-prepared Russian defenses. Several lines lie behind it, stretching for many miles. Ukrainian progress will very likely alternate periods of notable tactical advances with periods, possibly long periods, of pause and some setbacks. Much as we might hope that the road to the Sea of Azov will simply open for Ukrainian forces the odds are high that fighting will remain hard, casualties high, and frustration will be a constant companion. All of which is normal in war.
Not that Kagan would know, as he has never been in a war. But throughout the essay there are pie in the sky “what ifs” like “what if the Russian morale collapses and their lines break”, something we have been told will happen any second now since the war began, while lots of talk of “managing expectations”, code for “nothing is going to happen soon or ever”. In fact the very last thing people like Kagan or Weigel want is a quick resolution on either side, because the people paying their salaries want to drag this war out for as long as possible. In a later paragraph we get back to the “managing expectations” theme, emphasis again mine.
The third is the most probable path to Ukrainian success. It will be slower and more gradual than the other two—and slower than Ukraine’s Western backers desire and expect. It depends on the West providing Ukraine with a constant flow of equipment likely over many months so that Ukraine can maintain its pressure until the Russian forces offer the kinds of frontline cracks the Ukrainians can exploit. It is not primarily a matter of attrition. The slow pace of the pressure campaign Ukraine had been using before July 26 is designed to minimize Ukrainian losses. It is not primarily oriented towards attriting Russians either, but rather towards steadily forcing the Russians out of their prepared defensive positions in ways that the Ukrainians can take advantage of to make operationally significant advances. It is still maneuver warfare rather than attritional warfare, just at a slower pace. It therefore requires patience, but it can succeed.
The message is the same: keep sending an endless flow of munitions and “aid” as quickly as possible while any progress will be at best very slow and gradual. The paymasters of the Kagan cult are seeing the war fatigue settling in with Americans and know they need to maximize the graft as quickly as possible. When you read between the lines, you can smell the bullshit that Kagan is slinging.
Ukraine has reportedly committed the main body of the forces it had prepared for counteroffensive operations, although it is not clear what proportion of those forces are actively engaged in combat.
In other words, who the hell knows what the Ukrainians are doing because they certainly aren’t making much progress and when they do throw themselves against the Russian defenses, they get butchered. That isn’t slow and steady progress, that is beating your head against a wall. Kagan’s article is full of theoretical gobbledegook that sounds like stuff someone that has never been shot at might say, talk of “Theater Geometry” and “Lateral transfers of forces”. Overall it is a load of wishful thinking and bullshit. Because Western backers are growing impatient, Ukraine appears to be throwing men into the teeth of a prepared defense at enormous cost but no real benefit, while people like Kagan opine about Russian strategic thinking as if he has any clue. He doesn’t know and he doesn’t care because his role is to make the case for pouring more money and munitions into this conflict in order to dangle the false hope of a mythical Ukrainian breakthrough. He closes with this:
We must therefore focus less on how to end this war quickly and more on how to ensure that another war does not soon follow. That means committing to Ukraine’s success in this endeavor and avoiding the temptation to say, “Well, we gave them what they needed to take a shot and they missed. What a shame.” It will be more than a shame if Western support for Ukraine erodes to the point of compelling Kyiv to accept a peace (which Russia is still not offering, it is important to note) on lines that make the renewal of war on unfavorable terms more likely. It will be a major policy failure. It is also unnecessary.
Ukraine is still very much in the game, and the many structural advantages it has offer good reason to expect that Ukrainian forces will liberate vital lands and the people living on them if only the West holds firm in its support.
That is saying that victory is not the goal without saying victory is not the goal, and honestly without the promise of massive Western aid this would have been over a long time ago and likely never would have started in the first place. Kagan and his Ukrainian Jew wife Victoria Nuland don’t care about the death and suffering of Ukrainians, they only care about hurting Russia and maximizing the war profits of the people pulling their strings. The war in Ukraine truly is the grift of the century.
If you are espousing the same talking points as Kagan, Nuland, Li’l Bill Kristol, David Frum, Lindsey “Barely in the closet” Graham and John Bolton, you are wrong and should be told you are wrong at every opportunity. That isn’t being “pro-Russian”, it is just being anti-White people killing each other so They can profit by their deaths.