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(7,510 posts)
Sun Jan 30, 2022, 04:37 PM Jan 2022

Most Americans Don't Want War With Russia. Where Are Progressives?

Anti-war politicians have become willing to criticize failed adventurism in the Middle East. They’re more reluctant to pump the brakes on Ukraine.

A new Data for Progress poll shared exclusively with the Prospect finds that the majority of Americans favor diplomacy with Russia over sanctions or going to war for Ukrainian sovereignty.

Most Americans are not particularly animated about the escalating conflict in Eastern Europe, the poll shows, despite round-the-clock media coverage. When asked, 71 percent of Democrats and 46 percent of Republicans said they support the U.S. striking a diplomatic deal with Russia. They agreed that in the effort to de-escalate tensions and avoid war, the U.S. should be prepared to make concessions.

It’s the latest poll showing that Americans are skeptical of the drumbeat of news casting Ukraine as a vital national interest. The findings are echoed in surveys by Morning Consult and YouGov.

Notwithstanding lukewarm public sentiment for escalation, the White House is signaling its intent to impose sweeping sanctions on the Russian banking and energy sectors, and has approved a rush of U.S.-made weapons to Ukraine. A bipartisan push for economic penalties is also moving rapidly through Congress.

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Most Americans Don't Want War With Russia. Where Are Progressives? (Original Post) Klaralven Jan 2022 OP
We made a treaty w NATO partners. Chin music Jan 2022 #1
This is where I am as well Bettie Jan 2022 #2
This message was self-deleted by its author Chin music Jan 2022 #4
The US has no treaty obligation with respect to Ukraine Klaralven Jan 2022 #6
So, you think it would be cool to allow Bettie Jan 2022 #7
Most former Warsaw Pact members are now members of NATO, so they are covered by treaty. Klaralven Jan 2022 #9
This message was self-deleted by its author Chin music Jan 2022 #10
That's the point I was planning to make Bettie Jan 2022 #12
This message was self-deleted by its author Chin music Jan 2022 #14
Ukraine is not a NATO member Klaralven Jan 2022 #15
This message was self-deleted by its author Chin music Jan 2022 #16
I don't know what you mean muriel_volestrangler Jan 2022 #34
This message was self-deleted by its author Chin music Jan 2022 #35
You need to express yourself better muriel_volestrangler Jan 2022 #36
This message was self-deleted by its author Chin music Jan 2022 #46
Ukraine is 'NATO allied' and should be a NATO member radius777 Jan 2022 #43
But they're not n/t Polybius Jan 2022 #49
No war period. Demsrule86 Jan 2022 #32
It's what I've been thinking as well, Chin music. At some point Uncle Sam's word ... Hekate Jan 2022 #26
Re: staring down the jaws of the Russian Bear... Jedi Guy Jan 2022 #38
Putin is attacking the EU the way he's attacking the US: with propaganda and cyber-weapons Hekate Jan 2022 #39
"Security assurances" as presented in your post is a bit vague. Jedi Guy Jan 2022 #40
Didn't mean to be snarky about my search; just indicating there's a lot--and a lot I needed reminding Hekate Jan 2022 #41
We have no treaty with Ukraine. former9thward Jan 2022 #31
Ukraine isn't in NATO Polybius Jan 2022 #48
To defend the West and democracy, radius777 Jan 2022 #53
Screw that Polybius Jan 2022 #54
It's not about nation building like Iraq was, which was a war of choice. radius777 Feb 2022 #62
The Ukraine isn't in NATO iemanja Jan 2022 #55
Yep, this is apples and oranges. GoCubsGo Feb 2022 #59
This message was self-deleted by its author Chin music Feb 2022 #61
America is a one party system when it comes to war. Magoo48 Jan 2022 #3
Russia is already at war with us. Irish_Dem Jan 2022 #5
We were the Ukraine when Trump was President. Texaswitchy Jan 2022 #8
This message was self-deleted by its author Chin music Jan 2022 #11
Calling it "the Ukraine" is Soviet speak -- stop that, please. W_HAMILTON Jan 2022 #30
Ok Texaswitchy Jan 2022 #37
Progressives trust Biden's leadership on Russia wellst0nev0ter Jan 2022 #13
Curious article, the author seems to be taking issue w/ progs taking stances that 80+% of DU agrees Celerity Jan 2022 #17
We now have a President with other tools .... albacore Jan 2022 #18
Yep. Texaswitchy Jan 2022 #20
Good points Hekate Jan 2022 #27
+1 crickets Jan 2022 #29
Anybody who wants to play the Ghandian role and lay in front of Russian tanks has my support. tirebiter Jan 2022 #19
I have cousins distant but still family in Czech Republic. Texaswitchy Jan 2022 #22
How are they doing now? Klaralven Jan 2022 #23
Ok. Texaswitchy Jan 2022 #25
All the best to them Hekate Jan 2022 #28
I'm certainly not on the Russian side... albacore Jan 2022 #33
There isn't going to be war with Russia iemanja Jan 2022 #21
This message was self-deleted by its author Chin music Jan 2022 #24
Media Issue. They're fake not-pushing for War with Russia. haele Jan 2022 #42
This message was self-deleted by its author Chin music Jan 2022 #45
"war" is a Strawman amaico Jan 2022 #44
This should be handled by the European Union and we need to Emile Jan 2022 #47
Thank you! nt GoCubsGo Feb 2022 #60
I wasn't aware we were going to war with Russia... brooklynite Jan 2022 #51
It's a Strawman poll amaico Jan 2022 #52
Some folks posted elsewhere here on DU ... electric_blue68 Feb 2022 #56
This message was self-deleted by its author Roisin Ni Fiachra Feb 2022 #57
Putin is working to destabilize Ukraine from within first. Roisin Ni Fiachra Feb 2022 #58
+1. Putin is waging information warfare across the globe. radius777 Feb 2022 #63

Chin music

(23,300 posts)
1. We made a treaty w NATO partners.
Sun Jan 30, 2022, 04:51 PM
Jan 2022

Nobody WANTS war. It's red herring argument imo. It's like saying you are against "life' because a woman has a right to choose what happens to a clump of cells. That's a horseshit virtue signaling position and we all know it. War happens sometimes. This time it seems to me, it's worth it. If we aren't going to use the military, why are we paying fo it? We know what a military is for. It's all volunteer on top of it.
We all better be real mindful of our obligations to others bc we may need somebody's help real soon too. We have every day of our lives to deal w the MIC, but even when there's no war, we don't. We may need to be rescued ourselves. Soon.
The reality is putin has been waging a silent war on us for the last 5 years. He installed trmp just like he's been warned not to do in Ukraine. When do we intend to deal with that reality? When they steal the next election and our military is turned on us?
We have been called on to help other nations in Europe that we PROMISED by treaty we would. That's called being reliable. Keeping promises, being trustworthy, even when it's hard. Europe and Asia already don't trust us as business partners after trmp, and are making deals w other countries. How far are we going to let that go?
NO I don't want war. I don't want cancer either. Sometimes shit happens and you deal with it. Life isn't pretty. This isn't Iraq as far as what's up. This is filling a promise w made in my humble opinion. Anti war is a a set-up to be over run by the likes of russia and others. i respect what I've been given as a citizen of this nation. I want to give this nation to the next generation as good as, or better than how we got it. That includes our reputation and standing in the world. Not just as a trading partner for the 1% to thrive on. We all live here too and have a duty to those that have come before, and will come later...hopefully. It's worth fighting for.
That's my 2 cents I guess.


(16,549 posts)
2. This is where I am as well
Sun Jan 30, 2022, 04:53 PM
Jan 2022

Few want war.

But, if Putin decides to invade Ukraine, well, there will have to be consequences.

Response to Bettie (Reply #2)


(16,549 posts)
7. So, you think it would be cool to allow
Sun Jan 30, 2022, 04:57 PM
Jan 2022

Putin to take Ukraine and simply say "OK, that's fine, but don't do it again..." and then, he'll move on another former Soviet state and we'll have to say "OK, this one, but not one more!" wash, rinse, repeat?

At some point, someone has to say NO.

Response to Klaralven (Reply #6)

Response to Bettie (Reply #12)



(7,510 posts)
15. Ukraine is not a NATO member
Sun Jan 30, 2022, 05:10 PM
Jan 2022

And NATO is not mobilizing. In particular, Turkey, with the second largest army in NATO, is not mobilizing. Activity is largely the US, UK, the Baltic states, and Poland. NATO currently has 30 members, and some decisions, such as admitting new members, require unanimity.

Response to Klaralven (Reply #15)


(101,806 posts)
34. I don't know what you mean
Sun Jan 30, 2022, 09:13 PM
Jan 2022

You started by talking about obligations; but NATO is about obligations to defend member countries, not to support whatever one or more members decide to do in non-member countries. That's why NATO is not involved in Korea, and NATO countries were not obliged to join the USA in Iraq.

Some NATO members are not going to send military help to Ukraine (eg Germany); some will send help, but not combat troops (eg USA or UK). I'm unaware of any that have declared they'll send combat troops.

So, no, I don't know what your point is about how to react to Russia, when you think saying "we are with NATO" is enough. It seems like an unwillingness to talk the problem through.

Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #34)


(101,806 posts)
36. You need to express yourself better
Sun Jan 30, 2022, 09:19 PM
Jan 2022

because its comes across as you not understanding what NATO is, but you thinking it obliges the USA to go to war over a Russian invasion of Ukraine. Since you've been told it doesn't, then clearly your position is now unexplained. No-one knows what you think apart from you.

Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #36)


(3,702 posts)
43. Ukraine is 'NATO allied' and should be a NATO member
Mon Jan 31, 2022, 12:26 AM
Jan 2022

and only isn't due to the West appeasing Putin.

Ukraine would like to be a member. However NATO has a rule which prevents membership if there is an ongoing conflict, because this would require all other members to join in the conflict.

The conflict is of course with Russia, who invaded and annexed Crimea, and then invaded Donbass region of East Ukraine and continues aggression with attacks almost everyday despite a ceasefire agreement.

But despite this, Ukraine participates in joint exercises with NATO, gets defensive weapons from members including USA. It seems inevitable that Ukraine will join someday, despite Putin’s objections. That is because Putin only invades non-NATO nations.

Before the Russian aggression towards Ukraine, Ukraine was not able to join NATO because Russia opposed.
After the Russian aggression towards Ukraine (2014), Ukraine was not able to join NATO because Ukraine has no control over all its territories.
It is up to Ukraine now. If the Ukrainian Parliament (the Rada) writes off all the territories already in the mouth of the Bear as irretrievable, then Ukraine will be granted NATO-membership ‘the next day’


(92,460 posts)
26. It's what I've been thinking as well, Chin music. At some point Uncle Sam's word ...
Sun Jan 30, 2022, 08:09 PM
Jan 2022

…is not going to be worth jack shit. Trump did us profound damage in that regard, starting with pulling us out of treaties and agreements negotiated and signed by past administrations, especially Obama’s. Lest we forget, it was Trump who ended the war in Afghanistan in such a half-assed manner, leaving it for Biden to deal with.

NATO is absolutely foundational, and if I understand correctly, its provisions have only been called on once: to help America after 9-11.

The point of the Ukraine problem — well there’s several, but let me start with Uncle Sam’s word of honor: after the breakup of the USSR, Ukraine was left with incredible amounts of nuclear weaponry put there by Russia and pointed towards Europe. We said: you get rid of all this (or permit it to be gotten rid of) and don’t you worry, WE will take care of YOU.

And now look at us. Just look at us.

Other than that — well, our NATO partners are staring down the jaws of the Russian Bear as it decides who to eat next. Russia is doing to the EU what it has been doing to America — trying to break it up by any means necessary.

And thanks to Trump, all of America’s isolationist tendencies have kicked in again: same as prior to WWI and WWII.

No, I do not “like” war — what sane person does? But we have been attacked repeatedly and have been nearly overthrown from within with Russia’s enthusiastic help.

Jedi Guy

(3,308 posts)
38. Re: staring down the jaws of the Russian Bear...
Sun Jan 30, 2022, 09:38 PM
Jan 2022

Literally everyone else in NATO is closer to Russia's sphere of influence and therefore in more danger than we are, yet none of them are making commitments to send troops to Ukraine, and most aren't making commitments to send weapons and other gear. As far as I know, not all are even onboard with the idea of sanctions. If they're not alarmed at "staring down the jaws of the Russian Bear," why should we be alarmed on their behalf?

As far as I'm aware, there's no treaty or agreement between the US and Ukraine, at least not in the terms you're describing. If Russia does indeed invade Ukraine, we're not compelled to act by anything other than our own geopolitical interest, since Ukraine is not a member of NATO.

Is that to say we should sit on our hands and do nothing? No, of course not. But neither is it to say we should declare war on Russia in that event. The cold truth is that if we were to do that, there's a very good chance of things spinning out of control and ending up as more than a regional conflict. I see where you're coming from regarding standing up to Russia, but that's not a line the US wants to cross without allies at its back, and right now, those allies just aren't here for it.

The only way they would be is if Russia were to attack a NATO state, and I don't think Putin is that stupid.


(92,460 posts)
39. Putin is attacking the EU the way he's attacking the US: with propaganda and cyber-weapons
Sun Jan 30, 2022, 10:18 PM
Jan 2022

He wants to break both entities apart. Well, Brexit worked.

To supplement my memory, here are some resources on the Trilateral Agreement. They are kind of randomly-selected opening paragraphs from a rich first page on a google search.

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Ukraine had the world’s third largest nuclear arsenal on its territory. When Ukrainian-Russian negotiations on removing these weapons from Ukraine appeared to break down in September 1993, the U.S. government engaged in a trilateral process with Ukraine and Russia. The result was the Trilateral Statement, signed in January 1994, under which Ukraine agreed to transfer the nuclear warheads to Russia for elimination. In return, Ukraine received security assurances from the United States, Russia and Britain; compensation for the economic value of the highly-enriched uranium in the warheads (which could be blended down and converted into fuel for nuclear reactors); and assistance from the United States in dismantling the missiles, missile silos, bombers and nuclear infrastructure on its territory. Steven Pifer recounts the history of this unique negotiation and describes the key lessons learned.

Prior to 1991, Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union and had Soviet nuclear weapons in its territory.

On December 1, 1991, Ukraine, the second most powerful republic in the Soviet Union (USSR), voted overwhelmingly for independence, which ended any realistic chance of the Soviet Union staying together even on a limited scale.[1] More than 90% of the electorate expressed their support for Ukraine's declaration of independence, and they elected the chairman of the parliament, Leonid Kravchuk as the first president of the country. At the meetings in Brest, Belarus on December 8, and in Alma Ata on December 21, the leaders of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine formally dissolved the Soviet Union and formed the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Ukraine held about one third of the Soviet nuclear arsenal, the third largest in the world at the time, as well as significant means of its design and production.[2] 130 UR-100N intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) with six warheads each, 46 RT-23 Molodets ICBMs with ten warheads apiece, as well as 33 heavy bombers, totaling approximately 1,700 warheads remained on Ukrainian territory.[3] Formally, these weapons were controlled by the Commonwealth of Independent States.[4] In 1994 Ukraine agreed to destroy the weapons, and to join the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).[5][6]

Ukraine got a signed commitment in 1994 to ensure its security – but can the US and allies stop Putin’s aggression now?
January 21, 2022 9.27am EST

Jedi Guy

(3,308 posts)
40. "Security assurances" as presented in your post is a bit vague.
Sun Jan 30, 2022, 10:51 PM
Jan 2022

Your links are referring to the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances from December 1994, I believe. Here's what assurances were provided:

1. Respect Belarusian, Kazakh and Ukrainian independence and sovereignty in the existing borders.
2. Refrain from the threat or the use of force against Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.
3. Refrain from using economic pressure on Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine to influence their politics.
4. Seek immediate Security Council action to provide assistance to Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine if they "should become a victim of an act of aggression or an object of a threat of aggression in which nuclear weapons are used".
5. Refrain from the use of nuclear arms against Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.
6. Consult with one another if questions arise regarding those commitments.

The security assurance was to "seek immediate Security Council action," which is a joke since Russia has a permanent seat and can unilaterally veto anything proposed by the Security Council. Russia was in breach of the agreement in 2014, and nothing happened. It's an agreement without an enforcement mechanism.

It clearly doesn't say that the US, NATO, or anyone else agreed to respond to a breach with military force or a declaration of war. I also note that you didn't bother to respond to any of my other points.

PS: I'm not sure why you felt the need to include the snarky "rich first page on a Google search" remark. I stated "as far as I'm aware" and I was at work at the time and didn't have time to put together a post with annotated sources. Furthermore, nothing in my reply to you was snarky. In any case, in future responses to your posts, I shall endeavor to set aside the time to do so.


(92,460 posts)
41. Didn't mean to be snarky about my search; just indicating there's a lot--and a lot I needed reminding
Mon Jan 31, 2022, 12:11 AM
Jan 2022

… about. As I never hesitate to say, Europe wasn’t my area of study when I was a History undergrad, and then I switched to Literature for grad school, and long after to Mythological Studies.

But some events are really vivid. After a childhood in terror of a nuclear holocaust; after watching the TV news about the Berlin Wall going up when I was 13, in the presence of a family friend who lived a lot of European history herself — it was breathtaking to watch the Wall come down and the Soviet Union break apart as an adult. I can’t remember if I cried, but it was that monumental.

My husband remembers the agreement with the Ukrainians the same as I do, the one I mentioned in simple form at first. I only looked up the rest to make sure I was right. We have an obligation, we really do. And what I said about Uncle Sam’s word being degraded these days — yes, I believe that.


(3,702 posts)
53. To defend the West and democracy,
Mon Jan 31, 2022, 05:56 PM
Jan 2022

and stop Russian expansionism. They cannot be allowed to invade an sovereign country. The annexation of Crimea was bad enough and should've been dealt with more harshly.

NATO is already helping Ukraine, who wants to be in NATO, and only isn't due to West appeasing Putin, instead of standing up to him like we should.

Bill Clinton and NATO was correct in the 90s to deal with the genocide in Bosnia, and iirc had to go around Russia to do so.

In 1995 in central Europe, Bosnian Serbs had begun wiping out the largely Muslim population in their own country. That July, violence reached a climax when Bosnian Serb soldiers overran the city of Srebrenica and murdered more than 8,000 defenseless men and boys. "That was a real shock for everyone," says Kofi Annan, U.N. Secretary-General. "And for that to happen in Europe, many decades after World War II, was something that nobody could sit back and swallow." In response, President Clinton initiated Operation Deliberate Force, a massive NATO military response. "He didn't blink," National Security Coordinator Richard Clarke said. "We knew that day that we had a commander-in-chief who was rational and comfortable with the use of force."


(3,702 posts)
62. It's not about nation building like Iraq was, which was a war of choice.
Wed Feb 2, 2022, 04:08 PM
Feb 2022

Russian expansionism/Putinism far more resembles the rise of Nazism in Europe in the early 20th century, and the West's turning a blind eye to it until was too late.

Putin is an existential threat to the West - not just Ukraine.


(32,451 posts)
59. Yep, this is apples and oranges.
Tue Feb 1, 2022, 09:33 AM
Feb 2022

Comparing this situation to our "Middle East adventures" is a false equivalence. The whole Iraq invasion was premised on bullshit, and anyone who was paying attention knew that. We were the invaders, and progressives were right to protest our invasion. Meanwhile, the entire world is watching Putin line up his army on the border with Ukraine. Our current president is actually trying to stop a war from happening there. Not sure why progressives need to protest anything here...

Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #59)


(4,853 posts)
3. America is a one party system when it comes to war.
Sun Jan 30, 2022, 04:54 PM
Jan 2022

I believe a review of our foreign policy, and glance at our military spending, from 1945 to the present would support my statement.

War is the long con, a racket, and US taxpayers are the mark while the golden light of freedom and unfettered Capitalism is the unattainable hare on the stick.


(52,835 posts)
5. Russia is already at war with us.
Sun Jan 30, 2022, 04:54 PM
Jan 2022

Installing Trump, interfering with our elections.
Bribing senators.
Constant propaganda and talking points which favor Putin.
Creating chaos and division in the US.

The question is are we going to fight back.


(2,962 posts)
8. We were the Ukraine when Trump was President.
Sun Jan 30, 2022, 04:59 PM
Jan 2022

Putin is playing chicken.

He wants more then the Ukraine.

He wants the former Soviet Union back.

People back before WW2 appeased Hitler.

How did that work out.

Response to Texaswitchy (Reply #8)


(45,291 posts)
17. Curious article, the author seems to be taking issue w/ progs taking stances that 80+% of DU agrees
Sun Jan 30, 2022, 05:21 PM
Jan 2022

with, especially people on here who are not, shall we say, big progressive fans.

...... several progressives have echoed criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin as an authoritarian whose advances must be checked.

“We can’t allow for one nation to violate sovereignty, unprovoked, with no justification,” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) told the Prospect in an interview. Asked whether the United States should be willing, in diplomatic talks, to commit to not bringing Ukraine into NATO, Khanna said, “I would not be blackmailed by Putin in this situation.”

Other major critics of American interventionism declined to call on Biden to pump the brakes.

The 41 co-sponsors of a sanctions package moving through the Senate include progressive heavyweights like Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Jeff Merkley of Oregon. In a press release on the bill, Markey said the legislation was designed to “work in concert with the actions the Biden administration has already taken to demonstrate that we will continue to support Ukraine and its sovereignty.”


(2,439 posts)
18. We now have a President with other tools ....
Sun Jan 30, 2022, 05:37 PM
Jan 2022

...to use against Putin. And the balls to do it.

Putin's personal finances are vulnerable.
All the talk on these posts about "appeasement" ignores the cold realities of war halfway around the world.
I would remind all the enthusiasts that we haven't won a war since 1945.... but spent uncounted $Trillions trying to do so. Are we gonna try it yet again?

Biden actually made Putin squeal...

"An ex-spy to the core of his icy blue eyes, if you stuck a needle in his thigh down to the bone, it is assumed Vladimir Putin would not so much as blink. Yet he cut loose with an uncharacteristic squeal last week when President Biden said he was prepared to go after Putin’s personal assets should Russia invade Ukraine.
By the end of the day, Putin was back under control, the stony poker player showing no trace of emotion. But American diplomats certainly noticed the “tell.”
Putin’s spokesman was quick to say that such a move would be highly “destructive” to U.S.-Russian relations, and Americans with such designs were wasting their time because Putin doesn’t have any overseas assets."
No overseas assets? Bullshit, Vlad. Biden doesn't need to bomb you, all he needs is to make your Swiss/Bahamas/Bahrainian assets vanish.
This isn't trump you are dealing with....no pee tapes of Biden.



(2,962 posts)
20. Yep.
Sun Jan 30, 2022, 05:49 PM
Jan 2022

President Biden has the experience to know what to do.

Putin does not have his boy in the White House.


(2,572 posts)
19. Anybody who wants to play the Ghandian role and lay in front of Russian tanks has my support.
Sun Jan 30, 2022, 05:45 PM
Jan 2022

It’s not like people are enlisting in the army or a Free Ukraine brigrade. The point is getting the Russians to not invade without having to give up the security of Europe and the US. Russia is the aggressor.


(2,962 posts)
22. I have cousins distant but still family in Czech Republic.
Sun Jan 30, 2022, 05:53 PM
Jan 2022

I wrote to these cousins when we were kids.

They were trapped behind the Iron Curtain.



(2,962 posts)
25. Ok.
Sun Jan 30, 2022, 07:55 PM
Jan 2022


They grew up behind the Iron Curtain.

They will fight.

I often wondered what it would be like to grow up like they did.

I am thankful my branch of the family left.


(2,439 posts)
33. I'm certainly not on the Russian side...
Sun Jan 30, 2022, 09:00 PM
Jan 2022

But I think Americans have to be cautious in their use of the word "aggressor". Our record is not exactly one of non-intervention in the affairs of smaller countries around us... and across the world.

Can we agree that Russia is the one who is destabilizing the area and leave it at that?


(53,397 posts)
21. There isn't going to be war with Russia
Sun Jan 30, 2022, 05:51 PM
Jan 2022

The question is in whose interest is it to gin up the possibility: The GOP's.

Response to Klaralven (Original post)


(12,878 posts)
42. Media Issue. They're fake not-pushing for War with Russia.
Mon Jan 31, 2022, 12:26 AM
Jan 2022

War is great for ratings. And for the companies that own the media.
Media has always muddied the diplomatic waters for War, whether it was to serve their sources that would make money or ain political power off war, or serve their publishing empires by winning the "scoop" game.
Plus, they can use their fake outrage to make Biden look bad again.

Currently, Russia is playing a game, and using the Media to influence it's opponents moves. Putin wants a buffer between his empire and the West, but he really isn't in as strong a position as he has to pretend to be, and he's wagering on public opinion engineering to gain an advantage, both in Ukraine and with the justifiably anti-war movement.

He wants the West to make the first mistake.
On edit - what does the Ukrainian policy makers and intelligence want? Follow their lead, not the breathless singing of media outlets...


Response to haele (Reply #42)

Tommy Carcetti

(43,333 posts)
Mon Jan 31, 2022, 08:43 AM
Jan 2022



Russia is the one threatening to attack its neighbor.

Our support of that neighbor will be ancillary, not primary (i.e. boots on Ukrainian ground.)

The Ukrainians fully understand this and aren’t asking for our boots on the ground.

They do want our help in other ways, and they should get our help in other ways.

Stop turning Putin into the victim, for fuck’s sake.



(42 posts)
52. It's a Strawman poll
Mon Jan 31, 2022, 10:08 AM
Jan 2022

It's like having a polll asking people whether babies should be forced to work 50 hours a week without a lunch break


(15,840 posts)
56. Some folks posted elsewhere here on DU ...
Tue Feb 1, 2022, 01:03 AM
Feb 2022

a rally in I believe Kyiv thanking all the countries that are
sending ancillary aid. Lot of homemade posters with pasted cut outs of, or colored in flags of all those countries.
(getting teary eyed again)

Another was about citizens in the nearest north east city of Ukraine (the one probably first attacked if the next invasion starts) being trained by their armed forces to fight.

On NPR tonight Mary Louise Kelly has traveled up into the area observing, and interviewing people. She was in a area where right across a short bridge I think where one side was now Russian controlled, and the other where she was still free Ukraine.

Response to electric_blue68 (Reply #56)

Roisin Ni Fiachra

(2,574 posts)
58. Putin is working to destabilize Ukraine from within first.
Tue Feb 1, 2022, 09:20 AM
Feb 2022

A destabilized, weakened country is so much easier to invade, conquer, and occupy than a stable nation.

It's just how he rolls.

Kremlin papers appear to show Putin’s plot to put Trump in White House

There is also apparent confirmation that the Kremlin possesses kompromat, or potentially compromising material, on the future president, collected – the document says – from Trump’s earlier “non-official visits to Russian Federation territory”.

The paper refers to “certain events” that happened during Trump’s trips to Moscow. Security council members are invited to find details in appendix five, at paragraph five, the document states. It is unclear what the appendix contains.

“It is acutely necessary to use all possible force to facilitate his [Trump’s] election to the post of US president,” the paper says.

This would help bring about Russia’s favoured “theoretical political scenario”. A Trump win “will definitely lead to the destabilisation of the US’s sociopolitical system” and see hidden discontent burst into the open, it predicts.



(3,702 posts)
63. +1. Putin is waging information warfare across the globe.
Wed Feb 2, 2022, 04:22 PM
Feb 2022

Trump was elected due to a major Russian campaign of disinformation, which helped him win a close election over Hillary, which then allowed him to appoint 3 Supreme Court justices which now cements the court's rightward tilt for a generation.

Russian hackers hack companies and gov't agencies all over the world on a daily basis. Russian troll farms work to control narratives online.

IOW, Putin has already committed serious acts of aggression against the West, yet has suffered few consequences and feels emboldened as a result.

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