I have a hunch I know ….

Genuine question here: News reports I see and read from other countries say that there were massive desertions of Kiev-based forces in Crimea, and a welcoming of Russian forces, so that there could be no action against Russia without fomenting an internal rebellion.

What does American news media report?

10 thoughts on “I have a hunch I know ….

  1. Most journalists in the U.S. know to wait for the “leaked memo” from the White House, and the consequences of stepping out of line.

    I thought “fomenting an internal rebellion” was part of the U.S./E.U./NATO/I.M.F. plan all along.

    But it’s complicated by history, culture, language(s) and God knows what else. http://www.victorianweb.org/history/crimea/ottomap.html

    Brzezinski (national security with Carter and foriegn policy with Obama) is never shy about blurting out “classified” strategy, motives and methods.
    http://original.antiwar.com/chris_ernesto/2014/03/14/brzezinski-mapped-out-the-battle-for-ukraine-in-1997/

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  2. ConsortiumNews has a great piece today concerning the media’s role in the Ukraine debacle, “The Danger of False Narrative”:

    “…it wasn’t just that some or nearly all mainstream U.S. news organizations adopted this one-sided and misguided narrative. It was a consensus throughout all major U.S. news outlets. With a uniformity that one would normally associate with a totalitarian state , no competing narrative was permitted in the Big Media, regardless of the actual facts.”

    And more specifically to answer your (seemingly rhetorical) question, here’s a bit from the Los Angeles Times. Seems the tag-a-long in the american press now is that if Ukrainians don’t fight the Ruskis, they’ll lose their government posts:

    Ukraine’s parliament accepted the resignation of the country’s defense minister Tuesday as Ukrainian troops were carrying out a painful withdrawal from Crimea, the peninsula now in Russian hands.

    In parliament, outgoing Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh was criticized by some lawmakers for giving up Crimea without battling back against Russian forces.

    “We are talking about Russia grabbing Crimea from us but I would put it differently: We gave Crimea away to Russia,” independent lawmaker Ihor Palitsa said in televised remarks during a parliament session Tuesday. “We handed Crimea over to Russia with our unprofessional and indecisive actions.

    “When (the Russian aggression) began, we had more troops in Crimea than Russia,” he said. “Why didn’t the defense minister at that moment give an order to open fire and protect the organs of state power? How did it happen that our troops are leaving Crimea today without weapons and with their hands bound?”

    It’s all about the narrative… and CNN gets the story even weirder: enter the Ukrainian military dolphin and sea lion defections.

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  3. Ask and ye shall receive. Links provided by SK and JC highly recommended, especially the Brzezinski and Kissinger historical pieces. Whatever I might think of those two men, they do tend to speak frankly and without regard to what the official news line promoted by the government is.

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  4. The other place heating up is Turkey, which controls the ONLY shipping lane in and out of the Black Sea. While eating my rooftop breakfast (black olives, hard-boiled eggs, white cheese, real bad white toast, and black tea — the coffee is undrinkable) in Istanbul I witnessed the oil tankers all lined up waiting their turn to enter the Bosphorus https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosphorus, which connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, the Dardanelles and Agean Sea.

    Turkey’s victory in the Battle of Gallipoli (1915) may have prevented French/English occupation/colonization.

    Of course, today the stakes are as high, if not higher, when considering the present and future price of light-sweet crude, and the strategic significance to Russia’s oil interests. An unstable Turkey is like adding magnesium to a hot fire. Will the U.S. convince Turkey to invade Syria to force Russia into an unwanted “chess” move. What will Russia do, invade Ukraine first, then sail to Istanbul with a new Ukraine-Russian fleet? With wobbling economies in the U.S., E.U., Russia and China, there is potential in Turkey for a really big (deliberate?) mistake.

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  5. Everybody just chill.

    Everything is going according to the plan.

    Tuesday, August 30, 2005

    “DONETSK, Ukraine – U.S. Senators Dick Lugar (R-IN) and Barack Obama (D-IL) called for the immediate destruction of 15,000 tons of ammunition, 400,000 small arms and light weapons, and 1,000 man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) or shoulder missile launchers that are often sought by terrorists.

    Lugar and Obama toured the Donetsk State Chemical Production Plant, a conventional weapons destruction facility where the U.S. has taken the lead in a three-year NATO program to destroy the weapons. Another 117,000 tons of ammunition and 1.1 million small arms and light weapons are slated for destruction within 12 years.”

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      1. Couldn’t leave ya without this one.

        Some Alaskans apparently are not opposed to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent annexation of Crimea—in fact, they are hoping to be grabbed up next.

        More than 30,000 Alaskans have signed the petition “Alaska back to Russia,” pleading that the White House allow them to secede and join their native land. If the request garners 100,000 signatures by April 20, the White House will make an official response.

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