The great narrative shift on Ukraine and fate of the US military

The official US position on Ukraine over the last few weeks has gone from we are not sending troops in to we might send troops in to there are already boots on the ground to under no circumstances will we send troops in. I understand that flip-flopping all over the place is kind of the Biden administration’s jam, but this is beyond absurd.

When Biden decided to send deployment notices to thousands of US troops, it was with the logic that the United States was “standing with Ukraine” and “willing to provide material support” in the event Russia invades.

Now they are saying that the entire purpose of sending troops to Poland is to help assist American citizens with an evacuation. But American citizens need to figure out on their own how to get across the border safely, as the US would not be sending any American troops into Ukraine to assist with an evacuation from there.

Why? The Biden administration is now telling every news outlet that Putin terrifies them, so much so that they would not risk offending him by interfering with his planned invasion of Ukraine to help our own citizens (and certainly not to help millions of innocent people staring down urban combat, who will no doubt become Europe’s latest and greatest refugee crisis). No, really, they are flat-out saying that now. Behold this stunning vision of strength and purpose….

From Biden’s NBC interview:

President Joe Biden issued a warning Thursday to any Americans who remain in Ukraine as Russia continues to threaten an invasion: Leave.

“American citizens should leave now,” Biden said in an interview with NBC News anchor Lester Holt.

“It’s not like we’re dealing with a terrorist organization. We’re dealing with one of the largest armies in the world. It’s a very different situation, and things could go crazy quickly,” he said.

Holt asked Biden what scenario could prompt him to send troops to rescue Americans fleeing the country. Biden replied: “There’s not. That’s a world war when Americans and Russia start shooting at one another.”

“We’re in a very different world than we’ve ever been,” he added.

Separately on Thursday, the State Department issued an advisory warning that the U.S. “will not be able to evacuate U.S. citizens in the event of Russian military action anywhere in Ukraine.” It warned that regular consulate service — including aiding citizens trying to leave the country — would be “severely impacted.”

According to a U.S. military and intelligence assessment, the Russian military could launch a full-scale invasion, with tanks that potentially could reach Kyiv, the capital, within 48 hours.

Biden argued that if Russian President Vladimir Putin is “foolish enough to go in, he’s smart enough not to, in fact, do anything that would negatively impact on American citizens.”

“Have you ever told him that?” Holt asked.

“Yes,” Biden responded.

“You’ve told him that, that Americans will be a line that they can’t cross?” Holt asked.

“I didn’t have to tell him that. I’ve spoken about that. He knows that,” Biden said.

A senior administration official said Friday that Biden would host a virtual meeting on Ukraine with the leaders of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, the European Union, NATO, Italy, Romania and Poland in the morning. The White House said the leaders would “discuss our shared concerns about Russia’s continued buildup of military forces around Ukraine and continued coordination on both diplomacy and deterrence.”

“They aren’t a terrorist organization,” he says. Yeah, take a look at how a third-world terrorist organization made the United States its little bitch less than a year ago – walked away with heavy military equipment, fortified bases constructed by US taxpayers, cash, intelligence documents, hostages to slaughter, a general population to starve and rape. Now try to imagine how much worse it would be if the US engaged a real enemy! The President of the United States is actually saying this stuff on national television. It’s really strange that the US is having to offer fifty grand to new recruits because no one wants to serve in the military anymore with leadership like this, isn’t it?

These are not great images (sorry), but check out what the Secretary of the Army sent out to members of the military this week, outlining the Army’s major priorities. What are they most concerned about as war comes to Europe? Climate change. Safe spaces. Woke recruitment. White supremacy.

We have watched across election cycles as the political left has advocated for slashing military spending. I think at this point it is abundantly clear they simply want to destroy the US military altogether. We are watching the equivalent of “Abolish the Police” in the military, as Biden has stacked the Pentagon with Chesa Boudins to sabotage the military from within. They want to demoralize the troops, to the point of the military having an acute labor shortage. They want the military to be associated with strategic and tactical failure across the globe, even to the point of genuflecting before the world’s worst tyrants ahead of predictable humanitarian crises and allowing Iran to resume its nuclear program (it’s only civil nuclear infrastructure, you know, just like how the Taliban is woke and wants international recognition now). They want to redirect military spending toward domestic political grift like climate emergency start-ups. Instead of cutting the budget, they are going to burn the organization down from the inside.

These aren’t mistakes, but desirable outcomes for this crowd. We have anti-government extremists on both sides of the political spectrum in this country – that’s important to remember.

Of course, the end result here is that the United States will be left functionally unprotected. It would be really interesting to know what interests whomever is running the Biden administration (we know it is not the memory ward patient or the overgrown sorority girl) actually serves, such that they would even desire to behave this way.

I have always found it entertaining how what country people regard as the greatest threat to the United States depends on where your bread is buttered. For people like me, who come from an economics-finance-technology background, China seems like the most obvious problem. My friends who work for military contractors, however, insist it is Russia, upon the belief that Russia has far more advanced military technology than Americans could even dream of right now. (China is not far behind.) But this is a pissing contest that only exists in the American imagination, as these folks have joined forces. It doesn’t matter which one has the most resources when they are working in concert.

We know that Russia, China, and Iran have formed a military alliance (on top of an economic alliance). They are holding joint military drills ahead of Ukraine. They talk openly about wanting to acquire new territory by force. They have acquired control of critical supply chain infrastructure, ports, and energy resources across the planet, including right on our doorstep in Latin America (where economically dysfunctional governments have likewise created a refugee crisis for the west… interesting pattern, eh). And the message the United States is giving this alliance is that it can clearly do whatever it wants, we are too busy dismantling our own institutions over here. It’s absolute insanity, and even the conservative chattering class is smiling and nodding along – we can’t be the policemen of the world, you go build that totalitarian military alliance, what could possibly go wrong?

It is really unfortunate how illiterate this country has become, especially on issues surrounding world history and the wealth of nations. The message of the world wars was not that they could be avoided by minding your own business. It was that countries were roped into the conflict long before the first shots were fired.

The seeds of global conflict have already been planted, and they will move toward the light – whether you like it or not, and whether you like/trust/respect who is in charge or not. It’s a lot easier to deal with a bad seed than to wait until it is a vine that has consumed your entire house and is pulling the structure off its foundation. Instead we are totally eliminating our ability to respond to any threat whatsoever.

This is the ultimate cost of people in our country failing to get along in basic ways, which itself is a phenomenon manufactured and goaded by rotten actors.

10 thoughts on “The great narrative shift on Ukraine and fate of the US military

  1. I’ve been wondering what is going to happen to the mark… do you believe it will crash again? Also worried about the value of the dollar…. (Having computer problems… it’s, “liking,” your post over and over for some reason so sorry 😦 )

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    1. Depends on how bad things get… There are two NATO minesweepers in the Gulf of Finland today. 250 million tonnes of oil go through there a year. Big issue is this is not going to make any goods and services cheaper.

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