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Ukraine fatigue: Kiev and the West are tiring of war and each other

© Adam Gray/Getty ImagesUkraine President Volodymyr Zelensky • United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)
September 19, 2023 • New York City
The idea of some form of compromise solution to Kiev-Moscow conflict is creeping up on foreign hawks and on more and more locals...

What a small band of objective-though-long-disparaged observers in the West have long warned about is now happening: Ukraine and the West are losing their war against Russia. The strategy of using Ukraine to either isolate and slowly suffocate Russia or to defeat and degrade it in a proxy war is coming to its predictable catastrophic end.

This reality is now being acknowledged even by key media and high officials that used to be uncompromising about pursuing the extremely ill-advised aim of military victory over Russia. A Washington Post article has explained that with "no way out of a worsening war," Ukrainian President Zelensky's options "look bad or worse." NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg has discovered the option of ending wars by concessions - Ukraine's concessions, that is. The sturdy old hardliner Edward Luttwak warns of a "catastrophic defeat" - for the West and Ukraine. True, Luttwak is still spreading desperate illusions about a direct NATO deployment to avert the worst. In reality, it would, of course, only make things much, much worse again, as in World War III worse. But his fear, not to say panic, is palpable.


US may revoke Houthis terrorist designation as Red Sea attacks persist

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© NEOHouthis strike in Red Sea
In an underreported new development, Washington said it could revoke its recent designation of the Iran-backed Ansar Allah Shia islamist political and military movement, commonly known as the Houthis, as a "terrorist" group in a kind of quid pro quo if the Houthi-based movement stops its ongoing campaign against shipping in the Red Sea. The US special envoy for Yemen, Tim Lenderking, stated, during a press briefing on April 3 that their hope is to "find diplomatic off-ramps" and to find "ways to deescalate", which would allow Washington to "pull back, eventually, the designation and of course to end the military strikes on Houthis' military capability." Most analysts doubt this will work. Interestingly, Lenderking added the US favors "a diplomatic solution", and admitted that "there is no military solution."

Comment: Sorry US, the Houthis will not be dismissed.


New conscription wave could cause 'panic' in Ukraine - WaPo

Ukrainian BMP tank
© Ignacio Marin / Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesFILE PHOTO: A Ukrainian BMP tank.
Ukrainian leaders are unlikely to publicly acknowledge the scale of a new mobilization campaign, fearing it would send shockwaves across the country and demoralize the population, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

The Ukrainian parliament passed a long-awaited mobilization bill this week, which is awaiting signature by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. It significantly simplifies procedures for the draft and forces all men aged 18 to 60 - including those residing abroad - to register with the military authorities.

In a last-minute move, the bill was stripped of a clause envisaging the demobilization of men who had served for three years, meaning that many troops would have to remain in the army until the conflict is over. Aleksandr Syrsky, the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army, reportedly lobbied for the change.

Kiev officials have signaled that they need around 500,000 troops to reinforce the frontline, although they later said that this number had been reduced.

Comment: Stoking a panic is likely an understatement. Were the real numbers of anything regarding this conflict to make it to the soldiers and population of Ukraine, Zelensky would be overthrown overnight.


Pro-Trump Republicans kill spy bill

Donald Trump
© AFP / Spencer PlattDonald Trump attends a campaign event in Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 2, 2024
A group of conservative lawmakers have defeated an effort by House Speaker Mike Johnson to hold a vote on funding the FISA surveillance act. While the act once enjoyed bipartisan support, the GOP's pro-Trump faction have soured on it since it was used to wiretap the former president's campaign.

Drafted in 2008, Section 702 of the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) grants US intelligence agencies the power to monitor messages from abroad made through American networks like Google. The provision, which must be reauthorized every year by Congress, also allows these agencies to 'indirectly' collect data from millions of American citizens.

Once collected, this intelligence is stored for five years, during which it can be searched - for example by name, phone number, or email address - by the agencies without a warrant.

Ahead of an April 19 deadline to renew Section 702, 19 conservative Republicans opposed a procedural vote on Wednesday that would have brought the measure - along with three other unrelated bills - to a full floor vote later this week. With 193 votes in favor and 228 against, the floor vote has effectively been postponed unless Johnson can win back the support of the 19 defectors.


Breaking! Putin found "Not Guilty" of corrupting the corrupt of Europe

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Be serious now. If you woke up to Good Morning America and heard Vladimir Putin personally shot JFK with a Makarov pistol from the grassy knoll, would you be surprised? After all, Russia's president surely rules the world already. And, he's superhuman, too. He's survived cancers, brain disorders, Russian uprisings and revolutions. Okay, the uprisings and revolutions were just figments of Washington's imagination, but the other stuff is real, aren't they? So, Putin being the cause of European corruption is no surprise.

The latest supervillain feat of Mr. Putin, according to the geniuses at the Atlantic Council, is that he's set in motion a plan to create crooked Europeans. Or, to be more specific, the Russian superman is now "weaponizing corruption" in order to further weaken the EU. No, really, I am serious. Research assistant Francis Shin reveals, MEPs from France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, and Hungary are crooked, and it's Putin's fault!

The story focuses on a Ukrainian political figure named Viktor Medvedchuk, whose biggest mistake has been his opposition to Russophobia. To be more specific, Medvedchuk became a political prisoner once the Zelensky Nazis took over. Labeled "pro-Kremlin" because of his efforts to mediate in Ukraine's parliament. He was placed under house arrest and then exiled to Russia in a prisoner exchange. Medvedchuk, who led the Opposition Platform — For Life party, was labelled a traitor for basically representing Russian speakers in Ukraine. The regime called him a financier of terrorism. Oh, and he actually did say the EU is just like the Nazi Third Reich. This won him no friends in Washington, and especially not in Berlin.

The whole fuzzy mess revolves around a Czech media outlet called Voice of Europe, which Medvedchuk is supposed to have been a financier of. As most of you realize, alternative or even moderate ideas in opposition to the Fourth Reich, uh, excuse me, Washington's EU puppets are not desirable. In most cases, these days, ideas about NATO expanding, the Euromaidan being an American coup, or anything that does not paint the Russians as inhuman barbarians - well, you understand. However, the former Ukraine lawyer's biggest crime was to paint the EU's most horrific criminal activity correctly. Viktor Medvedchuk was brazen enough to say the EU (and its benefactors) intend to turn Ukraine into a "raw material appendage." (See Lithium reposits in Donbas for reference)


Korybko: At the US' behest it is judge Moraes, not Musk, that's meddling in Brazil's democracy

(L) President of Brazil’s Superior Electoral Court Alexandre de Moraes   (R) Elon Musk
© Copyright(L) President of Brazil’s Superior Electoral Court Alexandre de Moraes [yes, that's really him] (R) Elon Musk
The government that Moraes represents works hand-in-hand on the climate agenda, COVID, countering "disinformation", LGBT+, and persecuting political opponents on "national security" pretexts after Lula's "Faustian deal" with the US Democrats.

President of Brazil's Superior Electoral Court Alexandre de Moraes has become infamous in recent days after Elon Musk rebelled against his dystopian censorship demands of X. Musk had hitherto pledged to comply with national legislation across the world but said that "The final straw was we were being given demands to suspend sitting members of the parliament and major journalists" within two hours "or face major fines". He also objected to Moraes' demands to lie about why they were being suspended.

Comment: See also: Musk lifts restrictions on X accounts in Brazil despite country's 'fake news' court orders


Yemen's 'uninhibited' attacks drive French warship out of Red Sea

NATO navy france warship
© French navyNATO forces have been unable to deter the pro-Palestine operations of the Yemeni armed forces despite heavily militarizing the Red Sea
France's Aquitaine-class FREMM frigate Alsace has turned tail from the Red Sea after running out of missiles and munitions repelling attacks from the Yemeni armed forces, according to its commander, Jerome Henry.

"We didn't necessarily expect this level of threat. There was an uninhibited violence that was quite surprising and very significant. [The Yemenis] do not hesitate to use drones that fly at water level, to explode them on commercial ships, and to fire ballistic missiles," Henry told French news outlet Le Figaro in an exclusive interview published on 11 April.

Comment: Commercial ships only serving genocidal nations.

"We had to carry out at least half a dozen assistances following [Yemeni] strikes," he added.

Comment: It would appear that, with this incident, the majority of nations involved in Operation Properity Guardian/Aspides (because both operations are basically working for the same agenda) have succeeded in utterly embarrassing themselves: See also:


Best of the Web: France, US, Russia, India warn against traveling to Middle East in coming days, cite Iran response to Israel's consulate attack

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France on Friday warned its citizens to "imperatively refrain from travel in the coming days to Iran, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories", the foreign minister's entourage told AFP.

Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne issued the recommendation after Iran threatened reprisals over an Israeli strike on the Iranian consulate in Syria, sparking fears of an escalation of violence in the Middle East.

Comment: CBS reports on the US travel advisory:
U.S. issues travel warning for Israel with Iran attack believed to be imminent and fear Gaza war could spread Israel is bracing for a worst-case scenario that U.S. officials believe could materialize within just hours — the possibility of a direct attack on Israeli soil by Iran in retaliation for a strike almost two weeks ago that killed seven Iranian military officers. Iran has vowed to take revenge for Israel killing its commanders, who were hit by an April 1 strike on the Iranian embassy in Syria's capital.

Which is considered Iranian territory, and therefore can be construed as an act of war.

Two U.S. officials told CBS News that a major Iranian attack against Israel was expected as soon as Friday, possibly to include more than 100 drones and dozens of missiles aimed at military targets inside the country.

The officials said it would be challenging for the Israelis to defend against an attack of such a magnitude, and while they held out the possibility that the Iranians could opt for a smaller-scale attack to avoid a dramatic escalation, their retaliation was believed to be imminent.

Tehran has not indicated publicly how or when it will return fire — so it's unclear how far Iran's leaders will go. If they decide to carry out a direct attack on Israel, there's fear it could blow Israel's ongoing war against Iranian ally Hamas up into a much wider regional conflict.

With the Iranian retaliation expected at any time, the U.S. State Department on Thursday warned Americans in Israel not to travel outside major cities, which are better protected from incoming rocket fire by the country's Iron Dome missile defense system.

Except if Iran and the axis of resistance launched an attack against the cities, the Iron Dome probably wouldn't be able to fend it off entirely.

The latest guidance noted that travel by U.S. government employees in Israel could be further restricted with little notice as things develop in the tinderbox region.

"Whoever harms us, we will harm them," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Thursday as he visited troops at an Israel Defense Forces airbase. "We are prepared... both defensively and offensively."

Sima Shine, a security expert and former official with Israel's national intelligence agency Mossad, told CBS News it was a dangerous moment for the region, and the "most worried" she has been. She said anxiety over an all-out war was likely just as high "on both sides, in Israel and in Iran."

If Israel was so 'worried' it wouldn't have attacked Iran. As it is, it seems that Israel's intent is to escalate and widen the war, as well as to drag the US further into it.

If Iran does choose to strike Israel directly, it could involve a complex missile and drone attack similar to the one Iranian forces launched against a Saudi oil facility in 2019.

"They will try to do it on the military or some military asset," Shine predicted. "But the question will be the damage. If there would be many injured people, killed or injured... I think it has the potential for a huge escalation."

Shine stressed, however, that she still believes neither side actually wants a regional conflict.

U.S. "really trying to avoid war"

The U.S. sent a senior general to Israel this week to coordinate with the close American ally on any response it might make to an Iranian attack and, speaking Friday on "CBS Mornings," America's top military officer said, "we're really trying to avoid war."

"This is part of the dialogue that I have with my counterparts within the region, to include the Israeli chief of defense, who I talked to yesterday," said Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., adding that the U.S. military was "doing things not only to prevent a war, but at the same time, one of my primary things is to make sure all the forces in the region are protected."

"My role, as the chairman of the joint chiefs, is to plan and prepare," Brown said. "That's one thing we do very well."

The dilemma for Iran, said Israeli expert Shine, is to figure out how to deliver its promised response to Israel's attack in Syria, but in a way that does not lead to further escalation. Likewise, Shine said Israel could choose to show restraint when it responds to whatever Iran eventually does.

If either side gets the balance wrong, the consequences for the region, and even the world, could be dire.
New Arab for Russia:
Russia on Thursday advised against travel to the Middle East and German airline Lufthansa extended a suspension of its flights to Tehran, as the region was kept on edge by Iran's threat to retaliate against Israel for an attack in Syria.

"We strongly recommend that Russian citizens refrain from traveling to the region, especially to Israel, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, except in cases of extreme necessity," it said.

"The tense situation in the Middle East region persists," said the foreign ministry, which first issued such travel advice in October when it urged Russians not to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories after Hamas attacked Israel.

Israel has not declared its responsibility for the April 1 attack, for which Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday Israel "must be punished and it shall be", saying it was tantamount to an attack on Iranian soil.
Hindustan Times for India:
India on Friday issued an advisory urging citizens not to travel to Iran or Israel following a sharp rise in tensions between the two sides and asked all Indian nationals living in the two countries to observe "utmost precautions" for their safety.

"In view of the prevailing situation in the region, all Indians are advised not to travel to Iran or Israel till further notice," said the advisory issued by the external affairs ministry.

"All those who are currently residing in Iran or Israel are requested to get in touch with Indian Embassies there and register themselves. They are also requested to observe utmost precautions about their safety and restrict their movements to the minimum," the advisory said.


The first batch of 64 Indian workers travelled to Israel on April 2 and 6,000 more were expected to be sent during April and May to help Israel's construction sector overcome a labour shortage created by the withdrawal of work permits for Palestinian workers.

The people said Indian authorities are working on various contingencies, including the possible evacuation of Indian nationals from Iran and Israel.
Some worthwhile commentary on the possible Iran response below. What isn't considered, however, is the slim possibility of the looming Iran response being hijacked with some kind of false flag:

US / Israel Threats Against Iran Are Almost Certainly A Bluff

Here's why I think so:

Russia and China have now made their mutual defense alliance EXPLICIT.

But, as tensions with Iran rise to a boil, few seem aware that both Russia and China now regard Iran as a KEY geopolitical ally and a paramount geostrategic interest — and have therefore forged long-term economic and military agreements with Iran.

Russia and China will NOT stand idly by as the US and Israel make war against Iran.

That said, Iran can almost certainly defend itself quite successfully for at least many weeks against a US / Israel air campaign. In fact, in the face of even a few dozen aircraft losses, and severe damage to US bases in the region, I believe the US would seek an early exit from the conflict.

The simple fact is that US air power as a theater-wide undertaking could not be sustained in the context of a non-permissive battlefield against a peer adversary.

As for Israel — without direct and massive US assistance, the Israelis could not sustain a credible air campaign against Iran, and the Iranians would inflict substantial damage against both Israeli aircraft and their bases.

US/Israeli strike missile inventories would be exhausted LONG BEFORE the Iranians lost the capacity to shoot back.

And, make no mistake, if the Iranians ask for material assistance from Russia and/or China, they will not be denied.

The Russians and the Chinese are FAR PAST being intimidated by US threats. They will act without hesitation to protect their interests. They understand perfectly well that the US military is fatally overextended and acutely depleted.

In light of these realities, I remain highly dubious that the US will make open war against Iran.

In fact, if the Iranians do little more than execute a relatively proportional counterstrike against Israel in retaliation for the Iranian embassy attack, I don't believe the US/Israel will escalate the situation any further. I think their tough talk in recent days is nothing but an empty bluff.


I doubt Iran will strike Israel within the next 24-48 hours. The claims from NATO intelligence, Mossad, and the mainstream media lead me to believe it's unlikely. It seems they're attempting to coerce Iran into premature action or provoke a major escalation that would involve the US, UK, and other allies.

Israel has been eager to involve US and NATO in this conflict, as seen with their bombing in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Iran.

If Iranian intelligence has been leaked, it could suggest a weakness in Iranian intelligence, which seems improbable.

The evacuation of embassies and the media reports, along with claims from intelligence agencies about an imminent attack, appear to be part of a psychological operation aimed at pushing Iran into a strategic misstep.


Nuclear power: Ukraine is using this simple trick to hurt the EU

Zaporizhzhya Nuclear power plant

Strikes on the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant are being leveraged to push for sanctions that could impact Western Europe.

Ukraine says that in the wake of recent unattributed drone attacks on the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, Moscow just has to give it back. Not that Kiev had anything to do with it, of course. No doubt it was just the Ghost of Kiev and the Heroes of Snake Island making a comeback after spending some downtime consulting with Hollywood on some new superhero franchises.

Russia expressed concerns that Ukraine was attacking the plant again in a series of incidents over the past week. In denying it, Kiev issued a statement addressing "recent Russian provocations at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant" - but then dodged the issue of the attacks themselves. "The only source of threats [to the nuclear powerplant] has been and remains the illegal and criminal actions of the Russian invaders," it said.

"We once again insist that [the nuclear power plant] be returned under the control of its rightful owner, Ukraine, and Russia be held accountable for all its crimes." So you're implying that Russia wants to blow up a nuclear powerplant it controls, and that if it gives the power plant back, it will suddenly stop wanting to blow it up? Because that makes logical sense.

Comment: The West is playing Nuclear Russian roulette as Ukraine keeps attacking the nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye.

Comment: The West is delusional and dangerous in allowing its puppets in Ukraine to attack the biggest nuclear power plant in Europe

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Russia has spies in Ukraine's top military echelons - Zelensky

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky
© Chip Somodevilla / Getty ImagesUkrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.
Kiev claims its 2023 counteroffensive was derailed because the battle plans were leaked.

Ukraine's large-scale counteroffensive last year was most likely foiled due to Russian spies operating in Kiev, President Vladimir Zelensky has claimed, while promising that the next offensive will be more successful.

In an interview with the German media conglomerate Axel Springer, which was published by Politico and other outlets on Tuesday, Zelensky admitted that Kiev's military push last year - which started last June before getting bogged down in Russian defenses - was "not so successful."

Comment: Making excuses after the fact is not a particularly good look. As many reported from the beginning, the over-hyped 'counter-offensive' was doomed before it even began, and 'Russian spies' were never the issue.

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