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  • The Russian Threat to Ukraine (and elsewhere)

    Figure this deserves its own thread given that it's becoming something of a global threat.


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    After decades of getting schooled in information warfare by President Vladimir Putin of Russia, the United States is trying to beat the master at his own game.

    In recent weeks, the Biden administration has detailed the movement of Russian special operation forces to Ukraine’s borders, exposed a Russian plan to create a video of a faked atrocity as a pretext for an invasion, outlined Moscow’s war plans, warned that an invasion would result in possibly thousands of deaths and hinted that Russian officers had doubts about Putin.


    Then, on Friday, Jake Sullivan, President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, told reporters at the White House that the United States was seeing signs of Russian escalation and that there was a “credible prospect” of immediate military action. Other officials said the announcement was prompted by new intelligence that signaled an invasion could begin as soon as Wednesday.

    All told, the extraordinary series of disclosures — unfolding almost as quickly as information is collected and assessed — has amounted to one of the most aggressive releases of intelligence by the United States since the Cuban missile crisis, current and former officials say.

    It is an unusual gambit, in part because Biden has repeatedly made clear that he has no intention of sending U.S. troops to defend Ukraine. In effect, the administration is warning the world of an urgent threat — not to make the case for a war, but to try to prevent one.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-battles...154439003.html



    I agree with the action that Biden is taking. He's doing a good job. Putin is an old KGB thug. He likes to work in the shadows, like the false flag bombing he used to attack Georgia and the false flag "threat" he used to invade Crimea. The best antidote is illumination. Every time Putin pulls something, broadcast it. Highlight it. Show the world what the murdering mobster is up to.

    Putin has no reason to invade Ukraine, other than his thirst for money and power.

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    • #3
      "Open source" intelligence is exactly the right way to beat Putin.

      Putin slaughtered almost 300 by shooting down MH317, and tried to make it look like Ukraine did it.

      The man is evil. I expect war any time.

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      • #4
        Somewhere, in a bunker far, far away, Der Gaffo is creaming his jeans…

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        • #5
          Can you imagine if tRump were still POTUS right now?

          We’d be sending military aid to Russia.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by L.A. BRONCOS FAN View Post
            Somewhere, in a bunker far, far away, Der Gaffo is creaming his jeans…
            Lol, I just saw your post. I love that we had the same exact thought only 8 minutes apart. Too funny! 🤣

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            • #7
              Looks like this treasonous little weasel is at it again...


              Democrats vow to advance Biden nominee with Russia expertise as Hawley slows Senate process

              Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri objected to quick consideration of President Biden's Pentagon nominee with expertise on Russia. Democrats reacted angrily, as the move came amid Russia's threats to Ukraine.

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              • #8

                How far is China willing to go to help Russia?

                China is Vladimir Putin’s best bet, and in the shadow of the escalating Ukraine crisis, the two nations have appeared to forge tighter bonds built on shared strategic interests — and enemies.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by L.A. BRONCOS FAN View Post
                  How far is China willing to go to help Russia?

                  China is Vladimir Putin’s best bet, and in the shadow of the escalating Ukraine crisis, the two nations have appeared to forge tighter bonds built on shared strategic interests — and enemies.
                  Xi and Putin coming together is like throwing two vipers into a basket. Let's just say there are "trust" issues.

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                  • #10
                    Sounds like a lot of Ukrainian government websites and banks have went through cyber attacks today.

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                      • #12
                        How long after Putin invades Ukraine before Fox News blames it on Biden?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Roh View Post
                          How long after Putin invades Ukraine before Fox News blames it on Biden?
                          It’s already started. “This wouldn’t be happening under Trump.” 🥴

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                          • #14
                            This is similar to the Cuban missile crisis. Except instead of jfk we have an old child sniffing pants shitting demented retard leading us. Hope the world doesn’t explode, I’ve made plans and have shit to do.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mile High Salute View Post

                              It’s already started. “This wouldn’t be happening under Trump.” 🥴
                              That's because Trump would agree with Putin.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by spdirty View Post
                                This is similar to the Cuban missile crisis. Except instead of jfk we have an old child sniffing pants shitting demented retard leading us. Hope the world doesn’t explode, I’ve made plans and have shit to do.
                                Are you suggesting Biden blockade Ukraine? I don't think Ukraine is mentioned in the Monroe Doctrine, though.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Roh View Post

                                  Are you suggesting Biden blockade Ukraine? I don't think Ukraine is mentioned in the Monroe Doctrine, though.
                                  I highly suggest that Biden just sit this out and go color.

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                                  • #18
                                    The whole thing is fake bullshit.. like everything else you hear about on the news

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by 69bronco View Post
                                      The whole thing is fake bullshit.. like everything else you hear about on the news
                                      I doubt the people of Ukraine agree with you.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Mile High Salute View Post

                                        It’s already started. “This wouldn’t be happening under Trump.” 🥴
                                        No kidding.

                                        If Benedict Donald were still in office, then we’d be sending military aid to Russia instead of Ukraine right now.

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                                        • #21
                                          Don't forget, Putin bombed an apartment building full of Russians (killing 300 of his own people) so he could use it as a means for his rise to power and an excuse to start a war in Chechnya.

                                          The dude is, literally, a terrorist.
                                          Last edited by Roh; 02-18-2022, 04:32 PM.

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                                          • #22
                                            The Russian military on Friday announced massive drills of its strategic nuclear forces, a stark reminder of the country’s nuclear might amid Western fears that Moscow might be preparing to invade Ukraine.

                                            Russian President Vladimir Putin will personally oversee Saturday’s exercise, which will involve multiple practice launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles and cruise missiles, the Defense Ministry said.

                                            Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin would observe the drills from the Defense Ministry’s situation room and supervise the practice missile launches himself.

                                            https://www.huffpost.com/entry/bc-eu...b060c5c1eb0c18


                                            Putin trying to lockdown "Biggest Asshole in History" title before Trump returns to WH.

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                                            • #23
                                              So why is Putin always looking to annex parts of Ukraine when Biden is in the WH

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                                              • #24
                                                Originally posted by Roh View Post
                                                The Russian military on Friday announced massive drills of its strategic nuclear forces, a stark reminder of the country’s nuclear might amid Western fears that Moscow might be preparing to invade Ukraine.

                                                Russian President Vladimir Putin will personally oversee Saturday’s exercise, which will involve multiple practice launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles and cruise missiles, the Defense Ministry said.

                                                Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin would observe the drills from the Defense Ministry’s situation room and supervise the practice missile launches himself.

                                                https://www.huffpost.com/entry/bc-eu...b060c5c1eb0c18


                                                Putin trying to lockdown "Biggest Asshole in History" title before Trump returns to WH.
                                                Wow.

                                                Putin is more upset about losing the White House than I thought.

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                                                • #25
                                                  But maybe change is possible? Maybe the law of the jungle is a choice rather than an inevitability? If so, any leader who chooses to conquer a neighbour will get a special place in humanity's memory, far worse than your run-of-the-mill Tamerlane. He will go down in history as the man who ruined our greatest achievement. Just when we thought we were out of the jungle, he pulled us back in.

                                                  I don't know what will happen in Ukraine. But as a historian I do believe in the possibility of change. I don't think this is naivety - it's realism. The only constant of human history is change. And that's something that perhaps we can learn from the Ukrainians.


                                                  For many generations, Ukrainians knew little but tyranny and violence. They endured two centuries of tsarist autocracy (which finally collapsed amidst the cataclysm of the first world war). A brief attempt at independence was quickly crushed by the Red Army that re-established Russian rule. Ukrainians then lived through the terrible man-made famine of the Holodomor, Stalinist terror, Nazi occupation and decades of soul-crushing Communist dictatorship. When the Soviet Union collapsed, history seemed to guarantee that Ukrainians would again go down the path of brutal tyranny - what else did they know?

                                                  But they chose differently. Despite history, despite grinding poverty and despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Ukrainians established a democracy. In Ukraine, unlike in Russia and Belarus, opposition candidates repeatedly replaced incumbents.

                                                  When faced with the threat of autocracy in 2004 and 2013, Ukrainians twice rose in revolt to defend their freedom. Their democracy is a new thing. So is the "new peace". Both are fragile, and may not last long. But both are possible, and may strike deep roots. Every old thing was once new. It all comes down to human choices.

                                                  https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/opi...-human-history

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