Page one August 17th Washington Post story tells US intelligence knew almost without doubt that Putin would invade Ukraine.
In October 2021, the U.S. obtained “extraordinary detail” about the Kremlin’s secret plans for a war in Ukraine.
President Biden pressed his advisers. Did they really think that this time Putin would strike? Yes, they said.
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This comprehensive Washington Post account of US efforts to stop the Ukraine invasion you will find heart wrenching.
The article’s title tells its main point: “Road to war: U.S. struggled to convince allies, and Zelensky, of risk of invasion”.
The fact of nations going to war by inadvertence or missed diplomatic signals is historic, but never before in a nuclear age.
Wars in the past before nuclear weapons were often started by inadvertence. The lead up to the Civil War for example makes riveting reading. By the time Lincoln was faced with the secession of South Carolina followed by 6 other Southern states, the first shots fired by the rebels at Fort Sumter in 1861 was decades in the making.
Read that sad story here.
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Read here some quotes from this Ukraine-Russian history as the roots of this war had substantial precedence.
Biden, who had taken office promising to keep the country out of new wars, was determined that Putin must either be deterred or confronted, and that the United States must not act alone. Yet NATO was far from unified on how to deal with Moscow, and U.S. credibility was weak. After a disastrous occupation of Iraq, the chaos that followed the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and four years of President Donald Trump seeking to undermine the alliance, it was far from certain that Biden could effectively lead a Western response to an expansionist Russia.
Ukraine was a troubled former Soviet republic with a history of corruption, and the U.S. and allied answer to earlier Russian aggression there had been uncertain and divided. When the invasion came, the Ukrainians would need significant new weaponry to defend themselves. Too little could guarantee a Russian victory. But too much might provoke a direct NATO conflict with nuclear-armed Russia.
This brilliant account of the lead up to the first big war after WWII where nuclear powers are engaged provides a story which should be a must read for us all.
What will this cornered rat do? Tactical nukes use is almost unthinkably dangerous and the current story of the Russian’s use of the Ukrainian captured nuclear power plant as an army defense base posits anther dire risk.
Read about that here.
Russian forces occupying the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant have turned the site into a military base to launch attacks against Ukrainian positions, the head of Ukraine's nuclear power company says. https://t.co/cxR55qxzz2
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The gauntlet against Russian/Ukrainian negotiation has been clearly put down by both sides.
The need for the grain production from both countries makes peace mandatory.
The carnage from the American Civil War and every world war since would be minor compared to what a nuclear war would bring.
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