Ukraine War, June 14, 2024: Putin’s shameless statements suggest he is living in an alternate universe

1) “Putin wirft G 7 „Diebstahl“ vor – und fordert von Kiew Rückzug aus vier Regionen,” Die Welt, den 14. Juni 2024;

2) “Putin accuses G 7 of “theft” – and demands Kiev’s withdrawal from four regions,” Die Welt, June 14, 2024;

3) “Zu hohe Wellen – US-Pier für Hilfslieferung muss abgebaut werden; Um mehr humanitäre Hilfe in den Gaza-Streifen liefern zu können, hatte das US-Militär einen Behelfshafen in dem Küstenstreifen errichtet. Wegen rauen Seegangs muss dieser nun abgebaut und verlegt werden.” Die Welt, den 15 Juni 2024 02:49 Uhr);

4) “Too high waves – US pier for aid delivery must be dismantled; In order to be able to deliver more humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, the US military had built a makeshift port in the coastal strip. Due to rough seas, this must now be dismantled and relocated,” Die Welt, June 15, 2924 (02:49 a.m.);

I. See James Rowles, “SATIRE: Putin meets with Lavrov–the legal wheels spin in a KGB mind,”Trenchant Observations September 22: 2022.

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If you follow events closely with a historian’s eye, even the smallest fiasco may suggest the utter incompetence and lack of cleat thinking at the highest level of government,

The fact tgat tge White Hiuse decided to build a pier in order to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza directly by sea as iyself ludicrous, as if it be a waynaround Israel’s intransigence without using the levers of real power tge use controls to force Israel to open up its border crossings to allow massive amounts of humanitarian aid that are urgently neeed to counter the effects of Israel’s siege and quasi siege if tge Gaza Strip.

Now turns out that the U,S.-buikt pier must be dismantled because ut was not buukt high enough to prevent tge sea waves from wahingnover it.

One would be hard-pressed to imagine such sheer incompetence even in a science fiction movie.

Tge alternative to building this pier was to use American power tonforce Israel to open up its border crossings to allow massive humanitarian aid into Gaza.

he United coukd have dropped its vero in the U.N. Security Council to resolutions requiring Israel to open its border crossings for aid.

The U.S. could have actually halted military aid to Israel until it opened its border crossings for such aid.

The U.S. should has insisted–a long time ago–that Israel drop its incrediblely restrictive insoectiin requirements aimed at insuring non weapons not a single rifle get through to Hamas with the shipments. In this regard, Israel has no sense of proportionality between the potential harm and tge draconian restrictions that have costvand are costing thousands of Pslestinian lives.

The U.S. pier fiasco is eerily reminiscent of the Afghanistan withdrawal decision in April 2021, abd its calamitous implementation in August if tgat year.

We are witbessing in a micrcosm the of the muddled thinking and sheer incompetence of at the highest levels of the awhite House, i.e., President Joe Biden and his foreign policy tesm.

Ukraine War, May 28, 2024: Biden must drop U.S. restrictions on Ukraine hitting targets in Russia

1) Siobhán O’Grady and Serhiy Morgunov, “NATO chief and European allies urge U.S. to let Ukraine strike inside Russia; NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and a growing chorus of Western leaders are urging Washington and its allies to drop restrictions on how Ukraine uses donated weapons,” Washington Post, May 28, 2024 (Updated att 12:41 p.m. EDT);

2) Andrew Van Dam, “America’s best decade, according to data; One simple variable, more than anything, determines when you think the nation peaked,” Washington Posr, May 24, 2024 (6:00 a.m. EDT);

3) Warren Murray and agencies, “Ukraine war briefing: Macron, Scholz agree Kyiv should use allies’ weapons against launchers in Russia; Nato secretary general says alliance members should allow deep strikes, which White House says it doesn’t ‘encourage or enable’. What we know on day 826,” The Guardian, May 2o, 2024 (01.38 BST);

4) “Macron spricht sich für Erlaubnis für Ukraine aus, russische Abschussbasen anzugreifen; Nach Ansicht von Frankreichs Präsident Macron sollte der Ukraine ermöglicht werden, militärische Stützpunkte in Russland anzugreifen. Das sagte der Politiker am Dienstag in Meseberg. Auch Kanzler Scholz äußerte sich,” afie Welt, den 28. Mai 2024;;

5) “Macron advocates permission for Ukraine to attack Russian launch bases; According to French President Macron, Ukraine should be allowed to attack military bases in Russia. This is what the politician said on Tuesday in Meseberg. Chancellor Scholz also spoke,” Die zwelt, May 28, 2024;

6) “USA lehnen ukrainischen Einsatz amerikanischer Waffen auf Ziele in Russland noch ab; Bundeskanzler Scholz und Frankreichs Präsident Macron befürworten, dass die Ukraine militärische Stellungen in Russland mit westlichen Waffen angreifen darf. Die USA sprechen sich »zu diesem Zeitpunkt« dagegen aus,” Der Spiegel den 28. Mai 2024 (23.51 Uhr);

7) “USA still rejects Ukrainian use of American weapons on targets in Russia;
Chancellor Scholz and France’s President Macron advocate that Ukraine is allowed to attack military positions in Russia with Western weapons. The USA is against it ‘at this time’,” Der Spiegel, May 28, 2024 (11:51 p.m.);

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8) John Hudson, Emily Rauhala and Robyn Dixon, “Ukraine setbacks nudge Biden toward allowing use of U.S. weapons in Russia; Washington’s reassessment of its policy follows the Kremlin’s assault on the city of Kharkiv and a chorus of pressure from European allies,” Washington Post, May 30, 2024 Updated at 1:57 p.m. EDT|;

9) Michael Birnbaum, John Hudson, Emily Rauhala and Ellen Nakashima,”Ukraine can use U.S. weapons for limited strikes in Russia, Biden says
The dramatic policy shift follows the Kremlin’s assault on the city of Kharkiv and a chorus of pressure from European allies.

By Michael Birnbaum, John Hudson, Emily Rauhala and Ellen Nakashima
Updated May 30, 2024 at 8:12 p.m. EDT|Published May 30, 2024 at 9:58 a.m. EDT

The immorality at the heart of Joe Biden’s support for Ukraine

1) Cyrille Louis, “Ukraine: Zelensky espère lever le tabou de l’utilisation d’armes occidentales pour frapper la Russie,” LevFigaro, le 26 mai 2024 (mis à jour à 19:52);
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2) Cyrille Louis, “Ukraine: Zelensky hopes to lift the taboo of the use of Western weapons to hit Russia,” Le Figaro, May 26, 2024 (updated at 19:52);

3) Phillips P. O’Brien, “Let Ukraine Defend Itself Properly; Biden won’t allow Kyiv to hit targets inside Russia, which is no way to fight,”:Wall Street Journal, May 23, 2024 (5:22 pm ET);

4) “Selenskyj dringt auf Teilnahme von Xi und Biden an Friedenskonferenz,” Die Welt, den 27. Mai 2024;

5) “Zelensky urges Xi and Biden to participate in peace conference,” Die Welt, Zelensky urges Xi and Biden to participate in peace conference,” DiecWely, May 27, 2024,

6) Emmanuel Maxron, “‘”Russia can be here tomorrow’ – Macron’s European speech in front of the Dresden Frauenkirche; On the second day of his state visit to Germany, French President Emmanuel Macron was received in Saxony. In front of the Dresden Frauenkirche, he pleaded for a common European defense strategy. See here Macron’s speech, which he gave in parts in German, in full length (43 minutes),” Die Welt, May 27, 2024.

7) Diana Pieper (Redakteurin Außenpolitik): “Als Macron vom „üblen Wind“ spricht, gibt es nicht nur Jubel,” Die Welt den 28. Mai 2024 03:43 Uhr);

Ukraine War, May 25, 2024: The costs of delay–Russian electronic warfare reduces effectiveness of U.S.-supplied weapons

1) Carlotta Gall and Vladyslav Golovin: (Reporting from Kyiv and the Donetsk and Kherson regions of Ukraine), “Some U.S. Weapons Stymied by Russian Jamming in Ukraine; Two classified Ukrainian reports show that some U.S. precision-guided weapons are vulnerable to electronic warfare, an element in Ukraine’s recent battlefield setbacks, New York Times, May 25, 2024 (2:56 p.m. ET);

2) Isabelle Khurshudyan and Alex Horton: “Russian jamming leaves some high-tech U.S. weapons ineffective in Ukraine; Confidential Ukrainian assessments obtained by The Washington Post show how accuracy rates of some Western weapons fell after Russian jamming disrupted guidance systems,” Washington Post, May 24, 2024 (10:57 a.m. EDT);

3) Constant Méheut (Kyiv, Ukraine), “Ukraine Steps Up Attacks With U.S. Long-Range Missiles; The assaults have hit military targets in Russian-occupied territory in Ukraine. Pressure is now mounting on Washington to let Kyiv fire the missiles into Russia itself, “New York Times, May 25, 2024 (Updated 12:05 p.m. ET);

4) Phillips P. O’Brien, “Let Ukraine Defend Itself Properly; Biden won’t allow Kyiv to hit targets inside Russia, which is no way to fight,”:Wall Street Journal, May 23, 2024 (5:22 pm ET);

5) Simon Tisdall, “Call to prosecute Benjamin Netanyahu for war crimes exposes the west’s moral doublethink; US and Britain condemn Hamas and Putin, yet balk at attempts to hold Israel’s leaders to account. But no one should be above the law,” The Guardian, May 25, 2024 (15.07 BST);

Biden’s immoral support of Ukraine

1) restrictions on weapons use against target in Russia
2) urging Ukrain not to hit Russian gas infrastructure because it could drive gas prices up and hurt Biden in the November election
3) giving zykraine just enough mikitarybaid to avoid defeat, never enough to secure victory
4) lack of clarity about negotiated solution
5′ failure tompress the Global South on sanctions
6) failure to mobilize the American people for a long, drawn-out
7 Failure tomunderstand and persuade the American people tgat this is “our war”
8) failure to choose a VP candidarevwho would energize the ticket and be a plausible president

Attacks on the ICC and Prosecutor Karim Khan are attacks on the Rule of Law; Putin a product of Russia or Russia a product of Putin?

1) “Jonathan Alter, “An Attack on Justice Merchan Is an Attack on the Rule of Law,” New York Times, May 21, 2024, (7:03 p.m.);

2) Owen Jones, “As the ICC seeks arrests, I ask those who facilitated the Gaza slaughter: what were you thinking? The deaths, the atrocities – all were predicted. Those who ignored all the warnings should be held responsible too,” The Guardian, May 22, 2024 (14.34 BST);

3) Laure Mandeville, “„Russland hat eine Ökonomie des Todes erschaffen; Es sei eine Illusion, zwischen Putin und dem russischen Volk zu unterscheiden, sagt der Historiker Sergej Medwedjew. Vielmehr seien Putin und der Krieg gegen die Ukraine undenkbar ohne die Russen. Die Parallelen zu Hitler-Deutschland seien frappierend,” Die Welt, den 22. Mai 2024 (16:09 Uhr);

4) Laure Mandeville, “Sergueï Medvedev: ‘Le poutinisme n’est pas une aberration mais une synthèse de l’histoire russe’; ENTRETIEN – L’historien russe, qui a décidé de quitter la Russie après l’invasion de l’Ukraine, revient sur l’histoire longue de son pays et la question de savoir si Poutine a créé le militarisme conquérant et l’autocratie d’aujourd’hui, ou si c’est la Russie qui a produit ce Poutine effrayant et guerrier,” Le Figaro, le 16 mai, 2024, mis à jour le 17 mai 2024 (à 14:00);

5) Laure Mandeville,”Sergei Medvedev: ‘Putinism is not an aberration but a synthesis of Russian history’; INTERVIEW – The Russian historian, who decided to leave Russia after the invasion of Ukraine, returns to the long history of his country and the question of whether Putin created today’s conquering militarism and autocracy, or whether it was Russia that produced this frightening and warrior Putin, ” Le Figoe, May 16, 2024, updated on May 17, 2024 at 14:00);

6) Editorial, “Guerre Israël-Hamas : la justice internationale contre l’impunité; Le procès promptement instruit par certains pays, comme les Etats-Unis, après que le procureur de la Cour pénale internationale a requis des mandats d’arrêt contre les dirigeants du Hamas et ceux d’Israël est peu convaincant,” Le Monde, le 22 mai 2024 (12h00);

7) Editorial, “Israel-Hamas war: international justice against impunity;
The trial promptly investigated by some countries, such as the United States, after the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court requested arrest warrants against Hamas and Israel’s leaders is unconvincing. May 22, 2024 (12:00 p.m.);