After backing a far-right coup in 2014, the US has fueled a proxy war in eastern Ukraine that has left 14,000 dead. Russia's invasion is an illegal and catastrophic response.
Spot on analysis. Thank you for courage and honesty.
So very accurate. So in depth an insightful. You are one of the few left that I can go to for the truth. Keep up the good work Aaron.
There is a DIRECT connection between Russia-gate hoax concocted by St. Obama, Biden and Hillary and provoking Putin's war by relentless NATO expansion.
The SAME lying team representing the US bipartisan War party
Brilliant stuff. Full on wartime propaganda here in the UK, supermarkets taking Russian vodka off the shelves and other infantile nonsense, and the people lap.it up.
Your thesis is solid, but you undermine it with obsequious, legalistic condemnation of Russia for having “illegally, murderously, and catastrophically… invaded Ukraine.” While convincingly outlining the years-long provocation perpetrated by the US and its plenipotentiaries, you insist that the target of that aggression and those tangible threats of violence can ONLY respond with peaceful pleas and beseeching diplomacy. Clearly, those nonviolent means were tried. Repeatedly. Over more than 8 years! If a dangerous criminal gang invades your neighborhood, occupies your street, and takes over your neighbor’s house, must you wait peacefully until they break down your door and attack you in your sleep before you’re allowed to act? Russia’s stated goal is to disarm and “de-nazify” Ukraine, not to conquer or permanently occupy the country. Thus, Russia’s move is better understood as a justified, defensive police action than as an inexcusable, offensive imperial invasion.
Clinical. Thank you, Aaron!
Thank you for this. A convincing and enviable level of detail. I also greatly benefitted from your discussions with Jimmy Dore. I've linked this post on my own low-low volume substack, for whatever little that is worth.
Some people -- like myself -- might also benefit from some general historical context. So I will shamelessly promote a post I was just finishing when yours appeared in my mailbox. Most of the people I deal with are fervently anti-Putin. But Russia has security concerns that swing entirely of its leader, no matter who that might be.
This is NOT just about Putin, or all about Putin. So that's what I was attempting to explain to the less-informed audience I belong to and know. https://americanexile.substack.com/p/russia-real-security-concerns-real
It's all very sad. Sympathies to the civilian people in Ukraine caught up in the war.
"The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a violation of the UN Charter. Without UN authorization," Neither US's invasion of Afghanistan or Iraq were sanctioned by the UN. When the US asked for permission for Iraq they got laughed out of the institution since everyone in the room, except apparently Colin Powell, knew not a single on of his claims was true.
Future historians will be combing through Mate's archive. His meticulous reporting on Russiagate, the corruption of the OPCW, and the continuing crisis in Ukraine comprehensively documents these events thus preserving the closets thing to the truth for future generations.
I am pushing this far and wide. Thank you for everything you do. Reinventing the Left will be a huge struggle before us.
Analysis good, but we need to make suggestions that even simpletons can understand. Mine is that either Germany (where I live) or the US should immediately declare that Ukraine will never join NATO and that Ukraine will never be allowed to have nuclear weapons (or the infrastructure enabling them). It may be too late for that but we should try.
A new customer for Raytheon and cheap labor for Brussels.
That is what motivated bureaucrats to risk nuclear war.
They were warned.
In a nutshell, my first takes on this on Twitter was this was all provoked, Putin should have been more surgical, and US should not meddle in the politics of other countries, and Hillary did it!! When this, 2014, and RussiaGate all collided in my head in one beg angry volcanic explosion, I had to go double up on my blood pressure meds. I had no idea both sides of the aisle would slaughter me. Poor Peter Daou, he is so freaking at the Left right now.
Lee Camp just tweeted: "74% of Americans say they support a no-fly zone over Ukraine. You people need to learn what that means. It essentially means nuclear war. If NATO creates a no-fly zone then they have to be prepared to shoot down Russian jets, which means it could easily trigger nuclear war."
An analysis packed with facts that gives us much needed background and context. It slices through the propaganda in the mainstream media which is devoid of any facts. Bravo Aaron!
Aaron states that: “Russia's invasion is an illegal and catastrophic escalation.” However, after reading his devastating indictment of US meddling and interference in Ukrainian affairs, I find it hard to see what other choice Russia had. Is it even within the realm of ludicrous possibility that the US would simply abandon its policy toward Ukraine, but even more so, its policy toward Russia. I seriously doubt it.
The US War Party has no serious opposition. Those representing the Left in Congress are unwilling to call out Biden, Blinken, and Sullivan for their criminal encouragement of Zelensk’s insane provocations in the face of Putin’s red lines. Ukrainian blood is on their hands. Perhaps they see the fascist turn the US has taken and simply want to keep their heads.