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UK SENDS MILITARY ADVISORS TO THE UKRAINE

While this story appeared a little over a month ago, it's worth considering in the light of everything else going on, and in the light of what appears to be a real meltdown in the western alliance over competing points of view about what to due with respect to the Ukraine. On Feb 24th, Great Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron met with the Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko, and agreed to send 75 British military advisors to help train the Ukraine's military, whose performance against the Donbass rebels has been anything but stellar:

​UK stuns Europe by sending troops to Ukraine

What interests me here for my high octane speculation is that this might tend to be further corroboration of something that I've been arguing we might be witnessing with respect to the Ukrainian crisis and the strains it is placing on the European Union and the Atlantic Alliance(NATO). Recall that only a month ago, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel journeyed to visit Mr. Putin for private talks regarding a resolution of the Ukrainian crisis. Clearly neither France nor Germany are comfortable with the sanctions regime against Russia, and an escalation of the crisis is certainly not in the long term economic or geopolitical interest of either country. The sanctions regime, we are reminded almost incessantly, is an agenda being promoted largely in Washington.

Yet there too, we are met with ambiguous signals within the Obama administration. Up until recently, the American president has come up just short of supplying Kiev with any real military aid, in spite of pressures on him to do so. Yet, at the same time, and as has been remarked upon several times on this website, the USA appears to be closing bases in Western Europe only to shift its military assets eastward into Poland and Romania, and, one may assume, eventually the Baltic states, if it has not already done so covertly. The strategy, as I've tried to understand it, may be a twofold one. First, by reviving the old post-Versailles idea of a cordon sanitaire in Eastern Europe as a buffer against Communist expansion(the current expression is "Russian aggression"), the USA appears to be taking up in the 21st century where Britain and France left off in the 20th. Only this time, unlike Britain and France, the USA is backing up its guarantees to Poland with bases and troops. Not that the Poles are all that reassured, since Warsaw has beefed up its defense spending considerably in the wake of the Ukrainian mess.  As I've pointed out, however, this places American military resources in the unenviable military position of being sandwiched between Russia to the East, and Germany and France to the West. But the second reason for such American maneuvering might be a more subtle one, as I've also suggested: positioning American military assets in Eastern Europe allows the US military to interdict those energy supplies flowing from Russia to western Europe. It is, in other words, a not-so-subtle way of making sure that Paris and Berlin remain under the American thumb, in case there's any talk of revolt.

So in spite of these pressures, the Obama administration has not followed its rhetoric with any really appreciable action. Indeed, Frau Merkel made a beeline to Washington for talks with Obama as soon as she and Hollande were done with their talks with Mr. Putin. Whatever the results of those talks, either with Mr. Putin or Mr. Obama were, we can only guess at.

Enter Mr. Cameron's United Kingdom. Alone of the European big four, Great Britain has decided to take the step of sending actual military advisors to the Ukraine. You'll recall our recent blog about Germany's Rheinmetall firm training Russian spetznaz in the latest Western techniques and tactics... a not-so-subtle indicator, perhaps, of where Berlin's ultimate sympathies lie. And M. Hollande let be known he was quite unhappy with the sanctions, which have hurt France's armaments industry dramatically, and crippled its reputation as a reliable arms supplier, to the point that India has cancelled contracts with France, to engage in joint development of fighter aircraft with - you guessed it - Russia. India's message? If you're going to buckle at the first signs of pressure from Washington, then we'll do business with someone more reliable. Hollande expressed his displeasure publicly, you'll recall, on the French radio network France inter... and a few days later we had the Charlie Hebdo incident.

So the bottom line here? Cameron's actions are signalling the deepening divide not only within the EU but the NATO alliance itself, and reading between the lines a bit, London is not only unhappy with Paris and Berlin, but perhaps with Washington as well and with what may be, for the British elite, too much footdragging on Washington's part. It may even be an effort to prod Washington into a more overt and obvious role.

See you on the flip side...

 

17 thoughts on “UK SENDS MILITARY ADVISORS TO THE UKRAINE”

  1. The British always are there to get things moving along at first but its mostly american blood and treasure that are wasted in the conflict. After the Haarp program demonstrated the enormous natural wealth laying in Mother Russia’s earth,the western elite know Russia is the future global power to deal with and the advantage of europe to use her resources will be too great for america and england to overcome. Fighting to stay poor is now the mantra of the west but Germany and France ain’t buyin it at the moment. Don’t forget the NSA is founded by Nazi collaborators and their mentors so Germany at least may not have a choice in the end and France never stands alone.

  2. Frankie Calcutta

    Fed up with the Ukrainian oligarch Kolomosyki’s exorbitant war time prices for Orthodox Christian children, the pedophiles in the British government decided it would be cheaper to send in their own forces to harvest children. This rift has sent shockwaves across the planet and oligarchs everywhere are now concerned that western governments may no longer rely on oligarchs to traffic children for their powerful politicians, bankers and entertainers and may start resorting to using their own militaries for this purpose. Not only would this punish the greedy and depraved oligarchs, but would have the added pleasure of putting the burden of payment for the kidnapped children directly on the shoulders of the taxpayers, thereby relieving these influential pedophiles in the west from having to pay for the children with their own stolen money. In the case of Kolomsyki, it is rumored that he intends to retaliate against the British government and Crown by flooding the Ukraine with heroin he will procure from non-western intelligence sources. It is even rumored the Kolomosyki has offered the Taliban the loan of some Ukrainian nazis for the purpose of overthrowing the current pro-western government in Kabul in return for a steady heroin pipeline to the Ukraine and possibly all of Eastern Europe. When asked how Washington would view a nazi regime in Afghanistan, Kolomsky quipped: “DC has never had a problem with nazis so long as they are funded by zionists. Besides, I am the biggest contributor to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign on this side of the Danube. I don’t think she will have any problem with nazis in Kabul so long as the heroin profits make it into her political campaign war chest. Now if you’ll excuse me, it is Tuesday and I must dance. And when I am finished, I will eat a delightful lunch while watching the carnage in East Ukraine on closed circuit television. I have ordered my foreign mercenaries to blow up a hospital today.”

  3. Lets ask Victoria Nuland what is the situation in Ukraine.

    Eh Victoria, how’s that thing going in Ukraine?

    Well it’s going just great, we’ve got Putin scared, we’ve got a new government who jumps when we say how high, and it’s cost the US taxpayer about $5 billion, a total success. AND the world doesn’t know that we did all of this on the QT.

    1. And now they say that Victoria Nuland will be rewarded with the post of Secretary of State (or maybe even Secretary of Defense?) in a Republican administration. It just shows you that psychopaths can always spot their own in a crowd.

  4. There’s one other aspect to consider. Remember Bosnia. The European countries dithered a bit when they had the chance to do more (militarily speaking) and avoided bombs like the plague. Then the US took over the watch and started bombing the hell out of the Bosnians and were applauded for their forthright action.

    So now the Europeans are dithering. The US will let this continue for a good while until the whole thing is a shambles and then use this “European ineptitude” as the justification for sending the marines into Kiev. And they will do it as an overnight attack – Job Done before breakfast. Any response from Russia will then have the appearance of an unprovoked attack on American peacekeepers and the moral high ground will go to the USA.

    1. “Then the US took over the watch and started bombing the hell out of the Bosnians and were applauded for their forthright action.”

      I cannot conceive of any good guys who would have been applauding this. You must mean that the psychopathic global elite were applauding this, right?

      I am an American and I clearly recall that that Bosnian business had absolutely nothing to do with my country, which meant that my country should have had absolutely nothing to do with it. The only “official” justification for my country’s involvement was “NATO.” Of course NATO had been created to counter the Soviet threat. However, the Soviet Union ceased to exist in 1991, at which point NATO quite obviously should have ceased to exist. And since NATO should no longer have existed by the Bosnian War, my country had no business whatsoever interfering in that, regardless of any official lies given as feigned justifications. This is black and white without the slightest bit of gray.

      The globalist jig was up when NATO “miraculously” survived the death of its raison d’etre, the Soviet Union. And it remains the dishonest justification for the US’ immoral activities in Eastern Europe today, 25 years later. Imagine a shadow surviving the disappearance of the very object casting the shadow. But then as puppet for the psychopathic global elite, Junior Bush, advised us, don’t concern yourself with the truth, just “create your own reality.”

      1. Leon:

        “bombing the hell out of the Bosnians”

        Not really.

        And the bombing of Serbia only really started after Kosovo. (Which isn’t Bosnia.)

  5. Robert Barricklow

    Again F William Engdahl has some prescient analyses in regards to the Us/Ukraine/Russian powder keg conundrum.
    Two recent posts; 29, & 24 March: a video[below/11 minutes] & an article on the recent visit of Putin to Cyprus & Egypt – as Washington forces Russia into the geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea; with an anticipated possible NATO confrontation.

    http://williamengdahl.com/

  6. You have to understand Joseph we are dealing with the Confederate States of America-NAZI International alliance to enslave the World. An now with the oncoming elections in Europe assuring fascists governments in place throughout Western Europe the big rumble against Eurasia can begin. The Kyiv Post seems to be a mouthpiece for Ukraine fascist in control of that country. Any thoughts on Boeing force field technology development that have recently been talked about lately force shields to protect our elites redoubts where they will be hiding during the grand slaughter.

  7. Makes sense, if the long term game in Ukraine, and central Europe, is for Russia+England+the USA to counter another power.

    1. I agree, and in light of the comments about the US cooperating with Russian space activities, one has to wonder if that other power is even a terrestrial one. I think these leaders are trying to deal with much greater issues than just the Ukraine unrest, sometimes I think it’s a distraction.

      1. loisg,

        Russia, the US, the UK, France and particularly Poland don’t wish a very powerful, and armed, Germany to exist as the central power of Central Europe.

  8. Good points. And yet . . .

    How in the world can Russia agree to continue to “cooperate” with the US in space matters?

    http://rt.com/news/244797-russia-us-new-space-station/

    It just doesn’t make sense. I would say that for Russia and the US to continue cooperation in space at this time would be like the US and Nazi Germany cooperating on jet technology during the middle of WWII.

    Something just doesn’t add up here.

    1. The public version of the US space agency that is in “cooperation” with Russia. Not only do they hitch a ride, they probably get to spy on Russian space matters too

      1. Rockets, even better Russian ones, a very likely primitive space “travel” devices compared to what’s available.

    2. Well, perhaps the RT story is not very accurate:

      http://io9.com/no-nasa-is-not-planning-to-build-a-space-station-with-1694484773

      But still, Russia is the one erring on the side of cooperation . . . how could they cooperate with the Ukraine situation of the past year? If I had to guess, I’d say the “conflict” between Russia and the US of the past year is a complete facade, just for public consumption. But the massive amount of suffering in the Ukraine would lead me to guess that SOMETHING is going on in the Ukraine that causes the US (and Russia?) to allow (or cause) all of that suffering. I would not even try to guess what that SOMETHING might be.

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