From Jordan to Japan: US invites 14 non-NATO nations to Ukraine defense summit
Interestingly, the inclusion of Kenya, Liberia, Morocco and Tunisia may be less about Russia and more about combating China’s growing influence on the continent, said Elizabeth Shackelford, a former State Department official who served in several East African countries.
“China has been a strategic partner to both Kenya and Liberia, but the US still holds greater sway in each. Kenya is an influential country on the continent, so getting it on board with the west is important,” said Shackelford, now with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
“Inviting these countries to this meeting signals that their position on [Ukraine] matters, to the US and to the broader coalition,” including host Germany, a major economic power, she added. “This is a level of engagement that China’s transactional relationship doesn’t offer. Don’t forget, it’s an election year in Kenya. International engagement on major global issues at the invitation of the US is a good look.”
All of the African countries are part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
What happens to weapons sent to Ukraine? The US doesn’t really know
Because the US military is not on the ground, the US and NATO are heavily reliant on information provided by Ukraine’s government. Privately, officials recognize that Ukraine has an incentive to give only information that will bolster their case for more aid, more arms and more diplomatic assistance.
“It’s a war — everything they do and say publicly is designed to help them win the war. Every public statement is an information operation, every interview, every Zelensky appearance broadcast is an information operation,” said another source familiar with western intelligence. “It doesn’t mean they’re wrong to do it in any way.”
For months, US and western officials have offered detailed accounts about what the West knows about the status of Russian forces inside Ukraine: how many casualties they’ve taken, their remaining combat power, their weapons stocks, what kinds of munitions they are using and where. [BS!]
But when it comes to Ukrainian forces, officials acknowledge that the West — including the US — has some information gaps.
Western estimates of Ukrainian casualties are also foggy, according to two sources familiar with US and western intelligence.
The risk of a similar scenario happening in Ukraine also exists, the defense official acknowledged. In 2020, the Defense Department inspector general released a report raising concerns about the end-use monitoring of weapons being sent to Ukraine.
But given the nearly insatiable short-term needs of Ukrainian forces for more arms and ammunition, the long-term risk of weapons ending up on the black market or in the wrong hands was deemed acceptable, the official said.
That fact that the WHO is advising the destruction of the “high risk pathogens” verifies and confirms these labs do exist. They are real. They are present. They are dangerous. And this is NOT Russian spinWHO Says “High Risk Pathogens in Ukrainian Labs Should Be Destroyed”
Biowarfare lab row goes to the Security Council
It’s being reported that there was a meeting and the US denied the allegations (of course). Also, AFP is reporting that the UN Security Council dismissed Russia’s claims.
Must see video from Vanessa Beeley: Mariupol hospital, another side of the story. Who do you trust?
The truth behind this incident has yet to be determined, but observers should be extremely cautious in taking anything that the Mainstream Media says as fact. Rather, they should apply a copious amount of skepticism to everything that the US-led West and their Ukrainian proxies claim because the military-strategic dynamics have always decisively been against Kiev so there’s reason to believe that the fascists became desperate enough to do the seemingly unthinkable.Who’s To Blame For The Mariupol Maternity & Children’s Hospital Bombing?
Disarming Ukraine Day 15: A Curious Hospital Bombing And ‘No-Fly Zone’ Pressure
US Formally Ends Combat Mission in Iraq, But No Troops are Leaving
Keeping troops in Iraq will achieve little but create a tripwire for further conflicts with Iraq’s Shia militias. The US troops are technically staying in Iraq to advise and train the government in its fight against ISIS remnants. But the US presence is likely more about curbing Iranian influence and supporting the US occupation of eastern Syria.
Up to 12,000 Air Force Vaccine Holdouts Are Facing Dismissal, Says Report
A wave of dismissals could jolt the Air Force personnel system and cause significant challenges within units that must be ready to respond to crises at a moment’s notice, especially if some vital jobs — like pilots or aircraft maintainers — are overrepresented among those who could face expulsion, said Katherine L. Kuzminski, a military policy expert at the Washington think tank Center for a New American Security.