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Olympian Calm in Ukraine Over Russia Invasion Threat vs US Hype and Panic

If you believe US hype, a Russian invasion of Russia is likely "any day now". That's been the message for at least a month.
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Heated exchange over State Department claims. Image from C-Span video clip. 

Heated exchange over State Department claims. Image from C-Span video clip. 

Biden Says Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Won’t Go Forward if Russia Invades Ukraine

Yesterday, president Biden said Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Won’t Go Forward if Russia Invades Ukraine

“If Russia invades, that means tanks and troops crossing the border of Ukraine, again, then there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2. We will put an end to it,” Mr. Biden said at a joint appearance with Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany after the leaders met at the White House. “I promise you, we will be able to do it.”

Struggle For a United Front

The Financial Times says US and Germany struggle to present united front on Nord Stream 2

The FT reports Chancellor Scholz repeatedly dodged questions on the fate of the pipeline and refused to even mention it by name. Instead, he offered a generic assurance that “there won’t be any measures in which we have a differing approach” and said Russia would pay a “high price” for any attack.

Any Day Now

Evidence US Won't Share

Heated Exchange Between State Dept. & Media on Evidence Russia Fabricating Attacks by Ukraine

The US State Department claims Russia about to stage a "False Flag" incident to invade Russia.  

A US media hero asks "where's the evidence". 

US State Department: "One possible option the Russians are considering, and which we made public today, involves the production of a propaganda video - a video with graphic scenes of false explosions depicting corpses, crisis actors, mourners, and images of destroyed locations, entirely fabricated."  

Reporter "This is Alex Jones Territory. What evidence do you have that there is some propaganda film in the making?"

Please play the video, at least the first five minutes fore the claim and the reporter's questions.

Olympian Calm in Ukraine

Finally, please consider the WSJ article Ukraine’s Zelensky Wants to Fend Off Russia—And America, Too

With Russian military forces gathering on three sides of Ukraine last month, advisers to President Volodymyr Zelensky urged a low-key response. His top national security adviser, in a cellphone call, counseled him with two words: “Olympian calm.”

The following day, Mr. Zelensky addressed the nation on television and said the threat of war was no greater than any other time since Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded portions of the country in 2014.

This is the tack chosen by Mr. Zelensky, a 44-year-old ex-comic with no political experience prior to his election, in his bid to fend off both Russian aggression as well as the American response it has kicked off. 

Mr. Biden spoke by phone with Mr. Zelensky not long after the TV appearance to warn about the increased security threat from Russia, U.S. officials said. When Mr. Zelensky argued that the threat has been constant since 2014, Mr. Biden disagreed, the officials said. Russian troops were not far away in southern Belarus, the U.S. president noted, posing a potential game-changer.

Mr. Zelensky built a career on the Ukrainian and Russian comedy circuits. His role in a sitcom as an honest schoolteacher-turned-president propelled him to a landslide victory in the April 2019 election, where he ran as an outsider who would bring peace and uproot Ukraine’s corrupt political system.

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Russia! Russia! Russia!

We've seen this "Boy Screams Wolf" movie before, many times: Vietnam, Syria, Iraq, Libya, and of course Russia allegedly costing Hillary the 2016 election. 

There is no reason for anyone to believe the US State Department. 

That is not the same as believing Russia. They are all a pack of liars. 

This time the US state department wants us to believe Russia is creating "a video with graphic scenes of false explosions depicting corpses, crisis actors, mourners, and images of destroyed locations, entirely fabricated."  

Yes, this is Alex Jones territory. 

Will Russia invade? Color me more than a bit skeptical. If Putin wanted to invade, I suggest he would have done so already. But yes, it's possible. 

Regardless, the US State Department hype is more than a bit over the top and grounds for huge skepticism in and of itself. 

Where Does Germany Stand

Circling back to the top, Germany does not appreciate US meddling either. 

As noted on January 29, 2022, The Battle for Europe Integration Has Failed and Russia Provides Proof

Germany and Russia are natural allies. Chancellor Olaf Scholz would rather the US mind its own business, and so would I. 

The US cannot solve every global problem and should not even try. History provides proof: Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya all come to mind.

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