• A War Like No Other in Ukraine

    June 17, 2023

    Posted in: Biden

    Joe Biden created for the U.S. a war like no other, one where others die and the U.S. simply sits back and pays the bills on a gargantuan scale. No attempts are made at diplomacy by the Americans, and the diplomatic efforts of others like the Chinese are dismissed as evil attempts to gain influence in the area (similar for Chinese diplomatic work in the Yemen war.) Biden is coming close to achieving 1984‘s goal of perpetual warfare while only putting a handful of American lives at risk. He has learned lessons from the Cold War, and already put them into play. Can we call it the Biden Doctrine yet?

    Biden’s strategy is clear enough now after well more than a year of conflict; what he has been sending to Ukraine jumped from helmets and uniforms to F-16s in only 15 months and shows no signs of stopping. The problem is U.S. weapons are never enough for victory and always “just enough” to allow the battle to go on until then next round. If the Ukrainians think they are playing the U.S. for suckers for free arms they best check who is really paying for everything, in blood.

    Putin is playing this game himself in a way, careful not to introduce anything too powerful, such as strategic bombers, and upset the balance and offer Biden the chance to intervene in the war directly (one can hear old man Biden on TV now, explaining American airstrikes are needed to prevent a genocide, the go-to excuse he learned at Obama’s knee.) That’s what the current escalation holds, airpower. Ukraine will find even with the promise of the F-16 it can’t acquire aircraft and train up pilots fast enough (minimum training time is 18-24 months), and next will be begging the U.S. to serve as its air force. As it is the planes are likely to be based out of Poland and Romania, suggesting NATO will pick up the high-skilled tasks of maintaining and repairing them. Left unclear is the NATO role in required aerial refueling to keep the planes over the battlefield. F-16s aside, a spin off bonus to all these weapons gifts is that the vast majority of transfers to date have been “presidential drawdowns.” This means the U.S. sends used or older weapons to Ukraine, after which the Pentagon can use the Congressionally-authorized funds to replenish their stocks by purchasing new arms. The irony that war machines once in Iraq are now on the ground in Ukraine can’t be missed.

    The U.S. strategy seems based on creating a ghastly tie of sorts, two sides lined up across a field shooting at each other until one side called it quits for the day. Same as in 1865, same as in 1914, but the new factor is today those armies face off across those fields with 21st-century HIMARS artillery, machine guns, and other tools of killing far more effective than a musket. It is unsustainable, literally chewing up men, albeit not Americans. The question meanwhile of how many more Ukrainians have to die is answered privately by Joe Biden as “potentially all of them.” Anything else requires you to cynically believe Biden thinks he can simply purchase victory,

    Up until now this has all been the Cold War playbook. Fighting to the last Afghan was a strategy perfected in Soviet-held Afghanistan in the 1980s. Yet what is different is the scale — since Russia invaded Ukraine, the United States sent over $37 billion worth of military aid to support Kiev’s war effort, the single largest arms transfer in U.S. history and one with no signs of stopping. A single F-16 costs up to $350 million a copy if bought with weapons, maintenance equipment, and spare parts kits.

    Yet despite the similarities to Cold War Strategy 101, some lessons have been learned over the intervening years. One of America’s fail-points throughout the Cold War and the War on Terror was the use of puppet governments largely imposed or direly supported by American money and muscle. Because these governments lacked the support of the people (see Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan) they were non-starters with the lifespan of fruit flies. Ukraine is different; the puppet government is the government, beholden to the U.S. for its very survival but more or less supported directly by the people for now.

    The other lesson learned has to do with nation building, or rebuilding or reconstruction, whatever the vast post-war expenditures will be called in this conflict. No more straight-up governmental efforts as in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. This time it will be all private enterprise. “It is obvious that American business can become the locomotive that will once again push forward global economic growth,” President Zelensky said, boasting that BlackRock, JP Morgan, and Goldman Sachs, and others “have already become part of our Ukrainian way.”

    The NYT calls Ukraine “the world’s largest construction site” and predicts projects there in the multi-billions, as high in some estimates as $750 billion. It will be, says the Times, a “gold rush: the reconstruction of Ukraine once the war is over. Russia is stepping up its offensive heading into the second year of the war, but already the staggering rebuilding task is evident. Hundreds of thousands of homes, schools, hospitals and factories have been obliterated along with critical energy facilities and miles of roads, rail tracks and seaports. The profound human tragedy is unavoidably also a huge economic opportunity.” Earlier this year JP Morgan and Zelensky signed a memorandum of understanding stipulating Morgan would assist Ukraine in its reconstruction.

    And maybe those large American companies have learned the lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan. Of the billions spent, much money was wasted on dead ends and much was siphoned off due to corruption. But success or failure, the contractors always got paid in our Wars of Terror. With that in mind, more than 300 companies from 22 countries signed up for a Rebuild Ukraine exhibition and conference in Warsaw. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, a standing-room-only crowd packed Ukraine House to discuss investment opportunities.

    The eventual gold rush in rebuilding makes for an interesting addendum to the Biden strategy of fighting to the last Ukrainian. The more that is destroyed the more that needs to be rebuilt, and the potential for more money to pour into U.S. companies smart enough to wait by the trough for the killing to subside. But why wait? Drones operated by Danish companies have already mapped every bombed-out structure in the Mykolaiv Oblast region, with an eye toward using the data to help decide what reconstruction contracts should be issued.

    So let’s put some lipstick on this pig of a strategy and call it the Biden Doctrine. Part I is to limit direct U.S. combat involvement while fanning the flames for others. Part II is to provide massive amounts of arms to enable a fight to the last local person. Part III is to transform the home government into a puppet instead of creating an unpopular one afresh. Part IV is to turn the reconstruction process into a profit center for American companies. How long the war lasts and how many die are cynically not part of the strategy. The off ramp in Ukraine, a diplomatic outcome that resets the map to pre-invasion 2022 levels, is clear enough to Washington. The Biden administration seems content, shamefully, not to call forcefully for diplomatic efforts but instead to bleed out the Russians as if this was Afghanistan 1980, albeit in the heart of Europe.

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  • Recent Comments

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Poor Peter, still under the delusion that political parties are in control. Do you really think Biden will counter The Great MIC, which has been calling the shots since Vietnam? The “Biden Strategy” is the same as the Bush Strategy: Go along to get along. No one likes a political party pooper. JFK tried and …well, you get the point.

      06/17/23 10:09 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      I prefer: The Biden/Nuland Doctrine.

      06/17/23 10:20 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Robert Kennedy seems to not be aligned with the MICC………yet. If he starts to look like a real threat to the MICC- I mean Biden- will he join this empire’s global rule plan or risk being labelled unAmerican. Will Kennedy appear to be too “diplomatic”and thus unappealing to the masses of Americans who want continuous war- “over there” of course.

      06/19/23 10:11 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Of course, if Demented was Presidense he too would have created a UKraine War like no other. Putin’s Puppet would have applauded Putin destroying Kiev, the assassination of Zelenski and the dismantling of NATO. Of course, the MIC would have much different ideas about that. See JFK.

      Now facing prison for Espionage, Trump is the biggest loser. He can claim he was a whistleblower, just holding secret military documents. But he nothing in common with Reality Winner. He also has nothing in common with Terry Albury or Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards.

      Winner, Albury, and Edwards each performed a public service by leaking to the press while Trump was president. All three were later prosecuted by the Trump administration and went to prison for telling the truth to the American people.

      But don’t confuse Trump’s actions in his classified documents case with what they did. He’s accused of stealing classified information and lying about it, apparently for his own selfish reasons. Public service was never on his mind when he ordered that boxes filled with classified documents be moved around Mar-a-Lago to hide them from the FBI.

      After Trump was indicted last week, there were plenty of facile comparisons in the media between his case and those of others like Winner who have been targeted in leak prosecutions. But Winner, Albury, and Edwards were whistleblowers, not narcissists who wanted to hoard government secrets as if they were rare gold coins.

      Trump claims he is a winner, but the fools who are betting on him in 2024 should back another horse.

      06/19/23 10:38 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Watched Fox News the Grifter channel tonight as Demented dug his way to a long prison sentence talking nonsense sentences about his secret documents. Never imagined Fox was part of the Deep State too. No doubt Demented will demand to take his Last Stand in court and accuse Fox and the Deep State of setting him up.

      Let US put some lipstick on this pig. Demented the Great Exaggerator demands to rule like a king…a mad one, but wont take any responsibility for his actions. If anyone had any doubts the guy was losing the next election, then they are losing touch with reality too.

      06/20/23 12:41 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      I believe I read that Blinken told the Chinese that there could come a time when Chinese diplomatic efforts to end the Ukrainian War would be acceptable to the USA but they’d need to wait until given the green light by us. Can the politics of war become even more surreal than they seem today? Maybe Stanley Kubrick knows the answer.

      06/20/23 9:14 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...



      Kubrick was way ahead of his time. His HAL A I 2001 warnings are coming true in our time. Of course we don’t need computers to destroy us, cause we are quite capable ourselves.

      Speaking of self-destruction, Demented can’t helps hisself. Since he really believes he is the only important person in the world, perhaps he stole those classified documents as a way to get out of jail. He either believed he could use them to blackmail the government or pay the price to get asylum in PutinLand.

      06/20/23 6:16 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Demented: Russia, if you’re listening, I have hundreds of secret documents that I am willing to trade for political asylum.

      06/21/23 2:28 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Deeming oneself indispensable- the resting default of all narcissists. both Clintons, Reagan, Bush, Obama, Trump and now Biden and of course Putin and Zelenskyy.

      06/21/23 4:17 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Demented still has his passport, his junkie jet and lots of property abroad. For everyone’s sake, especially the Repug money people who stand to lose the election again in 2024, the door is wide open for Demented to flee. No trial, no riots. If only the MAGATs would flee with him. Saudi would be the only place that would take him. Those missing Iran War plans could be sold for permanent residency.

      06/23/23 12:45 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      A War Like No Other in…Russia

      So now the founder of the Russian private military group Wagner, on Friday accused Russia’s military leadership of killing a “huge amount” of his mercenary forces in a strike on a camp.

      And he vowed to retaliate. “Many dozens, tens of thousands of lives, of Russian soldiers will be punished,” Prigozhin said. “I ask that nobody put up any resistance.”

      Prigozhin’s comments prompted Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) to launch a criminal case, accusing the mercenary force’s chief of calling for “armed rebellion,” the state news agency TASS reported.

      So the Russians are quite capable of bleeding out themselves.

      06/23/23 9:43 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      While Putin puppet Demented wished for civil war in the US, looks as if civil war is about to begin in Putinland.


      Wagner mercenary troops loyal to Yevgeny Prigozhin are heading north in a convoy that could reach the Russian capital of Moscow by Saturday evening.

      The convoy of lorries, tanks and infantry fighting vehicles is hoping to take advantage of the element of surprise and reach Moscow before it is intercepted by a larger detachment of Russian regular troops, according to analysts and Russian military bloggers.

      Video from the convoy showed it had broken through barricades in the Lipetsk region, which borders Moscow from the south. The Russian government has been hurriedly preparing defences, including anti-tank ditches dug into major highways, in order to prevent the convoy from reaching Moscow.

      Maybe Putin and Demented can share an apartment in Saudi.

      06/24/23 12:26 PM | Comment Link

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