Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Why Are We Not Being Told the Truth About Ukraine?

 Readers might think this blog would shy away from anything published on a site that calls itself American Greatness - not because we have anything against such ideas but because we prefer political comment and criticism to polemical campaigning, but the site has published an insightful article on the war in Ukraine that we think is worth sharing - Ian Thorpe:

Why Are We Not Being Told the Truth About Ukraine?

 by Michael Wilkerson, American Greatness, 15 November 2022

While I wish it were otherwise, the unpleasant fact is that Ukraine cannot win the war against Russia. The Biden Administration and the leaders of the U.K. and European Union know this full well. The question is, how much longer will they persist in deceiving the public and wasting the resources of their nations on an unwinnable proxy war?

There is precedent for this behavior. As historian Barbara Tuchman writes in The March of Folly: 

[I]gnorance was not a factor in the American endeavor in Vietnam pursued through five successive presidencies . . . The folly consisted not in pursuit of a goal and ignorance of the obstacles but in persistence in the pursuit despite accumulating evidence that the goal was unattainable, and the effect disproportionate to the American interest and eventually damaging to American society, reputation and disposable power in the world.

We are watching history repeat itself. A new generation of American leadership is rushing headlong into the same traps that ensnared the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations in Vietnam. The mistakes made then: veering outside of U.S. strategic interests, a ratcheting escalation of commitment of manpower and weapons, concomitant massive government spending contributing to an inflationary crisis, the institutionalized cognitive dissonance that refuses to acknowledge counterfactuals against the prevailing narrative, and finally, massive lying to the American public about the facts on the ground, are all being repeated in the war in Ukraine. These leaders’ actions are driven by the arrogance of power, an illusion of invincibility, a willful blindness, a refusal to admit error, and the Western obsession with dismantling the Putin regime and weakening Russia at any cost. 

And the costs have already been staggering.

Year-to-date through September, the United States has committed over $52 billion to support Ukraine, including nearly $28 billion in military aid. This is more than the United States spent in total during the five most expensive years of U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan. The EU, which has more to lose from the regional conflagration, has committed a relatively paltry $16 billion. The U.S. military-industrial complex is alive and well, and more than happy to see this war continue for as long as possible. This is not in America’s best interest. 

As terrible as the war and the suffering of the Ukrainian people are, Ukraine has never been in the United States’ core strategic interest. It is, however, clearly in Russia’s and in Europe’s. Once again, the United States has been suckered into doing the EU’s work. The U.S. government is now wading deeper and deeper into a conflict that the American people clearly did not want from the beginning of the war. Using a euphemism common in the early years of the Vietnam War, the U.S. government is now sending “advisors,” which the Pentagon has confirmed are military personnel, ostensibly to monitor and track the weapons it has contributed. At the same time, the U.S. Army’s elite 101st Airborne Division has been deployed to Europe for the first time since World War II, on what has been officially described as a “combat deployment.”

The American public repeatedly has been told that the Russian army is demoralized, that the Ukrainian military is prevailing on the battlefield, that Putin is dying of cancer and/or his generals are revolting, that sanctions are working, and that Russia’s economy is now worse than it was before the war. Like all good lies, these are built on kernels of truth exaggerated, twisted, or grossly inverted. The fact, as distasteful as it feels to most Americans and to me, is that Putin has a firm grip on power, Russian national income remains strong, and Russia has the upper hand in the conflict. Russia will outlast Ukraine and the West in this conflict. ... Continue reading >>>


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