Over the last 24 hours, the Obama administration has escalated the war rhetoric, with unnamed senior officials telling Fox News and others that “the likelihood of a major Russian incursion into Ukraine has increased.” Unnamed administration officials and named ones, including Pentagon spokesman R. Adm. John Kirby and NATO commander Gen. Phillip Breedlove, and the pro-nazi coup regime in Kiev, were all telling Congress and the press yesterday that Russia has massed troops along the border and it’s unlikely that they’re there for training exercises, as the Russians claim.
“The thinking in the U.S. government is that the likelihood of a major Russian incursion into Ukraine has increased,” a senior U.S. official told Fox News. “We’re all concerned about what Russia is doing on the border of Ukraine,” Breedlove said after one closed Congressional briefing. “The size of the forces have a message that are not congruous with respecting the borders.” Kirby noted, during a press briefing, yesterday, that the Russians have assured U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that they don’t intend to invade and “Our expectation is they’re going to live up to that word.”
Josh Rogin in the Daily Beast also reports on a senior Obama administration official stating: “At this point, they [Russia] are amassed and they could go at a moment’s notice if Putin gave the go ahead.” He also says the objective would be to establish a land bridge from Russia to Crimea.
Obama himself told CBS today that, “to de-escalate the situation,” Russia should “move back those troops and begin negotiations directly with the Ukrainian government as well as the international community.” Russia has consistently refused to recognize the de facto Yastenyuk government in Ukraine, that was installeed by a coup d’etat run by London and Washington, in an alliance with on-the-ground neo-nazi forces in Ukraine, which continue to terrorize the country.
In covering all this, Fox news lies that there is a “consensus view of intelligence agencies and the U.S. military that Putin likely has the desire to create a land bridge into Crimea.” And they quote unnamed congressional sources saying that “there are senior people here who are more concerned than I have ever seen them. . . I can’t tell you how awful this is.”
This is all grist for the mill of the war party on Capitol Hill. Eight senior members of the House Armed Services Committee, led by chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) wrote an open letter to Obama on March 26 demanding that he act, because “there is deep apprehension that Moscow may invade eastern and southern Ukraine, pressing west to Transdniestria, and also seek land grabs in the Baltics.” In a statement accompanying the letter’s release, committee chairman McKeon said Russia’s “war on Ukraine has already started.” And Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH) asserted that Russia has massed as many as 80,000 troops on the border with Ukraine, with 50,000 additional troops flooding the region in the last few days.