What Is A Ukraine Resolution? What Happened To The US After Vietnam?

By Donald A. Collins | 9 March 2022
Church and State

Drone footage shows debris and destroyed buildings in a small town 60km north-west of Kyiv. (Credit: YouTube / screengrab)

A long-time trusted colleague of mine sent me an email about a recent private video conference among several expert analysts who raised the question about who was to blame for Putin’s invasion of Ukraine which immediately caused me to throw up my hands in disgust until I listened to the hour-long plus seminar on their rationale.

These experts whose credibility and credentials you can read about here argue that Putin felt the same kind of pressures we felt when our Monroe Doctrine was threatened by the Russian threat of putting nuclear rockets in Cuba.

It took me over an hour to listen, but it was truly a lecture most of us don’t get from our media.

Principal argument made by these realistic observers was how our US government intelligence operatives engineered the ousting of Putin’s proxy President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to be replaced by Zelensky. Read about that here.

Here is this essence of the above argument about what our government engineered.

The most critical events that have been airbrushed out of the West’s political narrative are the violation of agreements that Western leaders made at the end of the Cold War not to expand NATO into Eastern Europe, and the U.S.-backed coup in Ukraine in February 2014. Western mainstream media accounts instead date the crisis in Ukraine back to Russia’s reintegration of Crimea in 2014, and the decision by ethnic Russians in Eastern Ukraine to secede from Ukraine as the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics.

But these were not unprovoked actions; they were responses to the U.S.-backed coup, in which an armed mob led by the neo-Nazi Right Sector militia stormed the Ukrainian parliament, forcing the elected President Viktor Yanukovich and members of his party to flee for their lives.

Whether the words “personal morality” or “freedom” would be your wished-for basis for our policy (Let’s foster freedom worldwide!) Putin’s is might makes right guy!

Historically that’s great power policy including ours!

So Putin with his cemented Chinese Allies firmly aboard made a terrible strategic judgment error invading a country already (in his mind?) largely contaminated with a well impregnated affection for freedom from Russia.

So where do we go now? ASAP make a deal—something we took years to do in Vietnam.

I have long had questions about the war forays of the Military Industrial (and Congressional) Complex about which President Eisenhower warned us in his final speech in 1962.

Our subsequent stupidity with Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan followed with lingering effects now.

I led a two-month humanitarian study trip to Vietnam in 1993, 18 years after our 1975 helicopter evacuation there as powerful symbolic evidence of our defeat.

The damage my group of 12 tour participants observed in Vietnam was largely gone, replaced by a vibrant Vietnam.

Among our free travels all over, we went to an orphanage and out the back window it took me 3 photos to capture the size of the graveyard behind.

My wife and I later walked on the beach in Danang alone with Vietnamese people milling all around us, apparently not caring who we were.

We did that all over on our visit.

The USA, yes us, lost that war. My fellow travelers went all over Vietnam. Since that trip in 1993, I have often wondered why my tour members including me were so unafraid or naive after the killing we did there to stem Communism!

So now we need to make a deal ASAP. Whatever territory wants to go to Russia, let them go and the rest stays free.

The obvious advantages: The killing of innocent Ukrainian people stops, destruction of their assets stops, Putin gets his off ramp, and a buffer zone and the NATO members offer Ukraine reconstruction aid, and perhaps a deal for no NATO membership for Ukraine for some (negotiable) years.

Tell me why not! But do I expect anything like that to happen? No. We just keep repeating stupidities while the urgent issues affecting the human habitability of our tiny world such as climate, agriculture, and population limitations get put on hold. We really don’t, as Sir David Attenborough and E.O. Wilson and Greta Thunberg have told us repeatedly, have much time to fix.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population” and “Vote”.

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War in Ukraine: What’s driving Putin? | DW News Special

Putin’s Ukraine War Aimed At Regime Change? Why Yanukovych May Be Russia’s Pick To Replace Zelensky

The Vietnam War | Part 1 | Vietnam and the War | Free Documentary History. (Part 2)

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