Why sting the bear if you are not a grizzly?


Writing for Sputnik International, British journalist Finian Cunningham describes the actions of US Under Secretary of State Karen Donfried as “stinging the bear.” The recently rehabilitated neoconservative of the George W. Bush era said that “all options are on the table regarding Russia’s policy towards Ukraine.”

“As you can understand, all of the options are on the table, and there is a toolkit that includes a whole range of options.”

The term “all options” is a not-so-diplomatic nomenclature for war. Donfried was in Turkey recently and, speaking on the tensions between the two NATO allies, Turkey and Greece, said she regretted that the US presence in Greece had caused discomfort in Ankara. Like “all options”, the term “regret” in diplomatic parlance is a very subtle way of blaming the other party. You made me put all my options on the table. If you hadn’t threatened Ukraine, I wouldn’t have considered all of these options… or – Why are you making such fuss that we are turning almost a third of Greece’s arid lands into a military base? Do you see what you did? Now we are so sad, so disappointed in you … shame, shame …

Donfried’s story

Donfried worked in several US government civilian intelligence and strategy offices and agencies. She has collected as many college degrees and honors, awards and praise as possible. His last stint was at the German Marshall Fund. She belongs to the cohort appointed by US President Joe Biden to the White House and State Department that would represent the new US militarism (National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Wendy Sherman the former adviser Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright / Hillary Clinton, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, et al.)

As all International Politics-101 students around the world know: (a) The United States cannot attack Russia as long as Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) is there as a military doctrine that guarantees “use at all times. large-scale nuclear weapons by two or more opposing sides would cause complete annihilation of both attacker and defender ”and (b) Russia has nothing to gain from occupying Ukraine. Still, Donfried uttered the idiom “all options,” which was not used by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, after speaking to his Russian counterpart in Ukraine a few times. days earlier.

The Ukrainian table

Milley, after discussing with Gen. Valery Gerasimov the growing tensions over the Ukrainian conflict and the Black Sea region, returned to his job of defusing the tension by saying nothing. But no! The White House and State Department faction were not satisfied and Donfried had to put all options on the table. This only helps a Kiev regime that has amassed $ 3 billion in weapons since 2014. They even bought Turkish air attack drones and tested them in a provocative assault on US-backed separatists. Russia in eastern Ukraine, urging a Kremlin spokesperson to warn Turkey against arms sales to Ukraine.

Turkey’s only motive in these sales was cash; yet its NATO membership was immediately misused by the Russian (as well as the American) media as if Turkey were part of this new pattern of American militarism, which, unlike Turkey’s policy, has many reasons unrelated to foreign trade. They want to sting the Russian bear, as Cunningham points out, by interpreting “the ominous formula of words” that Washington deploys to signify a military attack on targeted countries like Iran, North Korea and Venezuela.

American filmmaker Bill Standish used to warn not to sting the bear unless you were a grizzly yourself! The United States is not yet a bear, let alone a grizzly. Former US President Donald Trump played with the remnants of Bush and Barack Obama for a time, but he never invested billions of dollars in the Pentagon like his predecessors did. Biden himself complained about overspending in these endless wars which in effect robbed the United States of its vital strike power. Biden’s $ 2 trillion spending bill will eventually restore that power as well as infrastructure, but the United States isn’t there yet. In addition, the 1998 evaluation of the “flexible response” defense strategy, written by John F. Kennedy in 1961, showed that the United States can hardly fight multiple wars simultaneously. Now, on the one hand, to enlist India and Australia against China, and on the other, to agitate poor Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a Ukrainian comedian turned politician who still wonders how he became president against the Russian bear , would be too much for Biden.

It is plausible that members of the White House and State Department will light the fuse before Vice President Kamala Harris and like-minded progressives take over in the event that Mr Biden unexpectedly retires. . We know how easily a bushfire on the shores of the Black Sea could easily engulf the entire democratic establishment, liberal as well as socialist; Kamala, the “squad,” even Bernie Sanders and others will eventually get on the war chariot.

But there are adults in the US Senate, the Pentagon and other places who don’t know that Ms. Donfried’s reckless rhetoric towards Russia must be stopped before it leads to war hysteria. We only hope that if Biden does have a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, this provocation will end.

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