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U.S. Hawks Beat War Drums Over Ukraine. Where Is The Free Press?

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President Obama held an outwardly inconclusive bilateral strategy meeting Feb. 9 at the White House with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, shown below in a White House photo, that masked a deep struggle between war hawks in the United States and European allies.

The president and several of his advisors have so far resisted intense, bipartisan pressures from Congress, Wall Street and the establishment media to escalate U.S. support for the faltering Ukrainian government with arms, which almost inevitably means U.S. advisors and a march towards escalation.

We have followed this debate closely for more than a year since it was revealed by taped conversations that the United States had orchestrated the coup in February 2014 that changed the country’s government and installed the current leaders.

Our research spans a full range of commentators such as the announcement at the Atlantic Council Feb. 2 of its major position paper seeking escalation and a conference call the next day with the Ukraine’s new finance minister in which she answered questions from prominent news organizations. The research includes also alternative commentators from the United States and Europe, including from the rebellious largely Russian-speaking sectors of Eastern Ukraine known as the Dombass.

The current situation appears to be extremely dangerous. Reuters reported over the weekend, Reuters, Merkel defends Ukraine arms stance in face of U.S. criticism. 

Her concerns were pooh-pooh by those making the case for U.S. escalation at an important forum hosted by the Atlantic Council Feb. 2, “The Ukraine Crisis: Withstand and Deter Russian Aggression.”

The New York Times broke the story: U.S. Takes New Look at Arming Ukraine Forces, Officials Say. Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott helped lead the way in a joint report by him and even other prominent centrist former diplomats and military leaders in urging a $3 billion “non-lethal” arms and training rescue package for the Kiev-based Ukrainian government, to begin as soon as possible and extend over the next three years. Talbott said Russia has committed “Act of War” in the Ukraine.

It is has been widely reported also that NATO”s top commander in Europe, General Philip Breedlove, shown in his official photo, as saying that weapons and equipment and other equipment were an option. This is an unusual statement of policy by uniformed military, which have traditionally deferred to civilian leadership.

Commentator Robert Parry, who broke the Iran-Contra scandal in the 1980s as an Associated Press and Newsweek reporter, wrote this week in Wretched US Journalism on Ukraine that he has never witnessed the media march so much in lock-stop to the leaks and pronouncements of the U.S. Department of State and other Western authorities. This includes, he wrote, the media’s parroting of the “Weapons of Mass Destruction” canard enabling the Iraq war in 2003.

Parry’s warning is extremely apt and worrisome, especially given the seldom reported historical background, recent events, and imminent decision-making.


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