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If you don’t recall him, Until recently a lifelong liberal, Sachs is a prominent and well-spoken economist, professor, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, President of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and has been a special advisor to three United Nations Secretaries-General. He has been called “one of the most influential economists of our time.”It turns out that Professor Sachs is not too hot about the Proxy War.The interview is astonishing, given The Hill’s left-leaning bona fides. The Hill is so dependably left of center that I regularly source it for the latest official narrative. (I initially watched this episode mostly because I was amused that the show’s title pitched The Hill as a plucky independent outlet battling the mainstream media.) This episode reflects a major narrative shift.Just wait. The interview included spicy rhetorical crescendos like when the “liberal” anchor referred to Ukraine as “this proxy war,” or when Professor Sachs called the war an “absolutely stupid, avoidable conflict,” concluded “Biden played it wrong at every moment,” and advised people not to believe anything the government says.Who does that sound like?Professor Sachs sprinted out of the gate, starting his takedown of the existing narrative by connecting the current proxy war to the U.S.’s meddling in Ukraine back in the 2014 color revolution. But Sachs went further, claiming that Viktoria Nuland and Lindsay Graham bungled the whole thing at great cost to Ukraine:SACHS: “The war’s been going on for nine years since the U.S. participated in the violent overthrow of a Ukrainian president that wanted neutrality for his country — not NATO… During this whole period, the U.S had a weak hand and it played it terribly… at every step Ukraine could have been saved but the U.S. kept upping the ante and Ukraine kept losing more.”According to Professor Sachs — who is an actual expert on international politics — Ukraine’s losses starting with Crimea are directly attributable to U.S. bungling, and he even called out Joe Biden as the bungling co-author. If that’s not a sign that Biden’s political future is numbered, I don’t know what is. People like Professor Sachs don’t get where they are without having a solid sense of politics. ...Professor Sachs not only agreed with the anchor’s cynical sentiments but went further, suggesting — unless I’m misunderstanding something — that Ukraine should just give up and the U.S. should apologize to Russia:SACHS: “Robbie, I’m an old guy. I’ve been through this a lot of times (since) Vietnam. This is standard operating procedures of the United States. Over-promise. Over-Sell. Get into proxy wars. Then, they fail… (Look,) we’ve run out of time. We’ve run out of patience. We’ve run out of budget support. We’ve run out of 155 millimeter shells. And tragically, Ukraine’s running out of soldiers.So that old line, that we’re in there to the last Ukrainian, is tragically, literally happening right now… Ukraine has lost hundreds of thousands of people in this absolutely stupid, avoidable conflict. So it’s gonna stop. It has to stop. NATO — that means the U.S. by the way, it doesn’t mean anything else — has to help to end this in the most favorable way by saying (to Russia), okay, okay, we’re not going to enlarge in in some lamebrain idea of George W. Bush Jr., and we (wrongly) kept it going, and we should’ve negotiated with you, the whole thing was a stupid idea. We’re going to have to say that.” ...Welcome, Dr. Sachs! We have been advising people not to believe anything the government says for at least two years now. Every single thing Dr. Sachs said in this interview tracks with what we’ve all been saying since the Proxy War started. It’s not a good sign for Ukraine. ... The second part also tracked a major C&C topic area. In it, Dr. Sachs explained why he’s no longer a democrat. Can you guess why?
Every single thing Dr. Sachs said in this interview tracks with what we’ve all been saying since the Proxy War started. It’s not a good sign for Ukraine. ...
Unprecedented US Operation to Shelter Zelensky Raises EyebrowsThe Unprecedented Expenditure of U.S. Resources and Citizenship Grants for President Zelensky's Extended U.S. Stay, Unraveling the Uncertain Future of Ukraine's Leadership Amidst Ongoing ConflictA US Secret Service agent who wished to remain anonymous has revealed to DCWeekly details about the arrangements being made for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s relocation to the United States. The agent claims that the Biden administration has issued orders to ensure the safety and accommodation of President Zelensky’s family starting in the spring of 2024. This decision is based on the belief that Zelensky’s presidency in Ukraine may conclude next year, and remaining in Ukraine thereafter could pose security risks.The agent, speaking anonymously, expressed deep concern about this order, as it goes beyond the typical protection provided to foreign dignitaries. He mentioned that many of his colleagues are equally troubled by the plan and have attempted to convey the impracticality of this arrangement to their superiors without success. The operation involves various divisions responsible for the security of foreign leaders, presidential security, and even the Citizenship and Naturalization services within the Department of Homeland Security. Essentially, Zelensky will be granted the privileges of a foreign politician while also enjoying the status of an American citizen. This marks an unprecedented development in US history, and the agent is apprehensive about setting a precedent that could lead leaders of US allied states to demand similar special treatment and pension plans. Fulfilling all the requested conditions will require a substantial allocation of budget funds and the involvement of a significant number of personnel.Zelensky himself is expected to take up residence in Florida, alongside his wife and two children. A lavish estate located in Vero Beach along the Atlantic shore, estimated to be worth $20,000,000, will be provided for this purpose. In addition to accommodation, American taxpayers will cover Zelensky’s security, transportation, domestic staff, and a personal assistant.The agent further reveals that the Office of Protective Operations has an annual budget of approximately $200,000,000. He estimates that the total expenses related to President Zelensky’s stay in the US will amount to at least $20,000,000, which represents a significant 10% of the office’s annual budget. While such expenditures could potentially be justified for the short-term visit of a foreign leader to the United States, the agent points out a concerning aspect: the government order did not specify an end date for Zelensky’s stay in the US. This lack of clarity arises from the operation’s involvement in the process of granting citizenship to Zelensky and his family, with their Certificates of Naturalization already issued.Interestingly, the agent highlights that the citizenship application and interview date was set for September 20, a day when Zelensky made a speech at the NATO summit during his visit to the US. This suggests that the Biden administration had been planning President Zelensky’s relocation well in advance. It raises questions about the incongruity between this behind-the-scenes arrangement and the image of a resilient and fearless fighter that Zelensky portrays to the world, an image strongly supported by mainstream media.In closing, the agent expresses uncertainty about whether this operation was proposed by President Biden or President Zelensky but emphasizes the impracticality of undertaking such a massive operation. He concludes by stating, “We don’t have enough resources or personnel to provide presidential protection to anyone who requests it.”The preparation for this operation implies that the American government does not anticipate President Zelensky remaining in office beyond the spring of 2024. This adds to the uncertainty surrounding the development of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Headlines about a military stalemate and global weariness from the ongoing war, which has already cost the United States over $90 billion, have been increasingly prominent in world media. President Zelensky’s term is set to end next spring, with the next election scheduled for March 31. However, Zelensky has stated on multiple occasions that he may consider canceling the elections due to the ongoing hostilities.
Ukraine, despite what you think - is now one of the most experienced and most heavily armed militaries in Europe and are going to continue killing tens of thousands of foolish Russians
Unprecedented US Operation to Shelter Zelensky Raises EyebrowsThe Unprecedented Expenditure of U.S. Resources and Citizenship Grants for President Zelensky's Extended U.S. Stay, Unraveling the Uncertain Future of Ukraine's Leadership Amidst Ongoing Conflict
UKRAINE bombed Putin's longest railway tunnel 3,000 miles inside Russia cutting its main link to China, security sources claim.Four blasts rocked the ten-mile tunnel in the Severomuyskiy mountains as a train passed through last night - "paralysing" a key weapons supply route.A source claimed Ukraine's SBU intelligence service was behind the attack in Russia's far east.A 41-wagon goods train - including three tankers filled with aviation fuel - was reportedly blown up yesterday.It is unclear if the explosives had been hidden inside the ten-mile tunnel or placed on the freight train before it entered.The target is the deepest behind enemy lines of any sabotage attack so far.Russian media reported a fire in the Severomuyskiy tunnel, but did not elaborate on what had caused it.They said specialist fire trains raced to the scene and no one had been hurt....the blasts had “paralysed” Russia’s Baikal-Amur Mainline which runs for 2,700 miles from central Russia to its Sea of Japan east coast.Ukraine’s SBU did not respond for comments.
UKRAINE bombed Putin's longest railway tunnel 3,000 miles inside Russia cutting its main link to China, security sources claim.
Russian general just KIA by a Russian land mine! LOL!
Got to keep Russia's meat waves going with new cannon fodder.
How many Russian casualties do you think there are at this point?
If Russian casualties are even 1/3 of what
Doesn't matter what you 'think', just what is.
I suppose Australia or NZ? Maybe Sweden and other Nordic countries?
"As dumb as Americans are. Is there any evidence that Russians and Eastern Europeans have more intelligence?"
Not around here. They are quite the diehard fan boys and agitprop repeating stations. Where they get the agitprop I shudder to contemplate.
The bigger the lies, the louder and longer the agitprop screamers. I guess when they are afraid of losing their paid ministries, they curl and shake fists and yell the programmed lies hoping the masters will continue to employ and deploy them.
• They did not abolish their borders like the USA. Question: Is the USA still a country? Hello?
• They did not send their manufacturing plants (including equipment floor bolts) to China. That must have saved the elites a lot of money huh? Question: Are they still saving?
• Unlike the US economy that was flushed down the drain the Russian economy is booming and they are experiencing a shortage of workers.
Got a reliable Russian casualty figure yet?Do you have any metrics that can define a Russian "win" so we know how to properly evaluate? If you have none of this, you are just talking out of your ass.
define what a Russian "win" looks like
define what a Russian "win" looks likeRegime change in America and a negotiated peace. Russia keeps Crimea and eastern Ukraine and the Bidens get prosecuted for crimes against humanity.
Not what I'm hoping for, just being realistic. We need a hot civil war for there to be any meaningful changes. Not happening. I don't see the status quo changing in my lifetime.
Not what I'm hoping for, just being realistic. We need a hot civil war for there to be any meaningful changes. Not happening. I don't see the status quo changing in my lifetime.Agree, system needs to fail. It will be really painfully and will probably take a generation. Sad that it has to happen and at one time could have been avoided.
🚀 Well, this seems like a bad sign. Politico ran a gloomy story yesterday headlined, “NATO should be ready for ‘bad news’ from Ukraine, Stoltenberg warns.” Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who is probably still mad about getting a girl’s name, tried to put a good spin on his dark warning. The sub-headline explained, “‘We have to support Ukraine in both good and bad times,’ NATO chief says in ARD interview.”But … Do we though? Especially, and this is the sticky bit, and it was fun while it lasted, of course, but do we really ‘have to support Ukraine’ in the bad times? Why? Why do we have to support Ukraine in the bad times?It’s not like we got married or anything.Whether or not bad times are coming, bad news for Ukraine has already arrived. Politico’s article unenthusiastically noted that, over the weekend, Russia increased the size of its army — again — this time by 170,000 more soldiers, bringing its estimated total military to over 2.3 million service members. Meanwhile, visible on a clear day from Siberia, Ukraine’s rich uncle Daddy Warbucks is not expanding his army. Uncle Sam faces critical recruiting problems, has a porous border arguably even worse than Ukraine’s, and by all accounts has snapped its wallet closed and jammed it back down the old trouser pocket.In other words, it’s all bad news. Quibble if you like, but the weekend’s headlines can hardly be called good news. ...And, behold this exquisitely-painful sentence that WaPo editors must have anguished over leaving in its article (or maybe dutifully added per instructions by their government handlers, either way):Haha! Reached a stalemate! How many billions did it cost to achieve this “stalemate”? And, how times have changed. Back in the day, if I’d written a sentence like that, I would have been kidnapped from the law firm’s parking lot and woken up with a headache and a face tattoo branding me a “Putin-lover!” Maybe Ukraine needs to get itself some new “senior military officials” who don’t love Putin.
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