The Next Escalation: Pentagon Offers To Arm Ukraine, McCain Delighted
ZeroHedge, July 31, 2017
The WSJ reports that the U.S. Military-Industrial Complex (or «deep state» for those so inclined) has devised plans to hit Russia where it hurts the most, and supply Ukraine with antitank missiles and other weaponry, and are now seeking White House approval.
American military officials and diplomats say the arms, which they characterized as defensive, are meant to deter aggressive actions by Moscow.
The question of course is, «why now?» Since the start of the Crimean conflict, which in turn was the byproduct of a State Department-facilitiated presidential coup in Ukraine, the US has been supporting Russian-speaking insurgents in the country’s east. However Washington, wary of escalating the conflict, has largely limited its support for Kiev’s military to so-called non-lethal aid and training.
So one attempt at «why now», is because with Trump reeling, why not push the president to escalate the Russia conflict to a point where not even his predecessor dared to take it.
Meanwhile, setting the stage for the escalation, a Pentagon spokeswoman, Lt. Col. Michelle L. Baldanza, said the U.S. has not “ruled out the option” of providing “lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine.” U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis has endorsed the plan, according to U.S. officials quoted by the WSJ.
Going back three years, when the Obama administration considered supplying arms to Ukraine — and ultimately refused to do so — it faced considerable opposition from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other allied leaders and instead provided Kiev with short-range radar, night-vision goggles and other equipment.
So, ironically, just as Trump’s imminent signing into law of the Congressional sanctions against Russia, which have already infuriated Europe, any further escalation in Ukraine will likely add to Europe’s animosity toward the US.
Germany and France remain deeply skeptical about providing arms to Ukraine, fearing that such moves would raise tensions and deepen the conflict there. But U.S. officials said they expect allies, possibly including the U.K., Canada, Poland and Lithuania to be open to increased military support.
As the WSJ notes, U.S. officials say they «worry» that the conflict has intensified, with a rising number of cease-fire violations as progress on peace efforts has faltered.
Meanwhile, NATO continues to deploy even more troops to countries in the Baltics, Central and Eastern Europe, something which Russia has warned it takes as an act of aggression. Over weapons deliveries to Ukraine rebels may be just the spark that finally launches an armed conflict between Russia and NATO.
Under the Pentagon and State Department proposal, the U.S. would provide anti-tank weapons, most likely Javelin missiles, as well as possibly anti-aircraft weapons, in addition to other arms. Ukraine has long sought Javelins to counter Russian-made armored vehicles in rebel-held areas.
Needless to say, the Ukraine is delighted by this latest development:
John McCain is also delighted.
Здешние политиканы, «эксперты», подконтрольные ЦРУ СМ»И» часто нахваливают псевдодемократическую, якобы процветающую Америку.
Те, кто любит «наших американских (государственных) партнеров», «забывают» о грязных, злых уродах США. О таких, как коварный и крайне опасный мошенник, расист, лжец, неофашист и убийца Дональд Трамп. И о таких, как порочный Конгресс, кровавые милитаристы США, нацистские ФБР — ЦРУ, лживые американские СМ”И”…
Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США