Uniformly Demonizing and Hating Putin distracts us from Important Questions Who Provoked Who? What Motivated Russia to Invade Ukraine?
Scott Ritter former Marine intelligence officer who served in the former Soviet Union, implementing arms control agreements, and served as a Chief Inspector for the United Nations in Iraq and famously warned Iraq had no WMDs returns to Bringing Light Into Darkness along with author and activist Dee Knight to discuss and answer the following questions.
Is NATO a purely defensive organization or an offensive one? Does NATO pose a threat to Russia? Does Russia have reasonable national security concerns based on US led NATO behavior? If so, do those concerns and the red lines Russia put forward have merit in international law? Have US authorities been aware for some time of Russia’s concerns, or have they just become apparent recently? Is Putin a rational actor? Putin has warned that a direct attack on Russia will lead to horrible consequences to any potential aggressor. What does he mean? Does that include anyone who tries to interfere in the Russian Ukraine invasion operation? What does he perceive would constitute an existential threat to Russia? What percentage of Russian conventional forces have been committed to the Ukraine invasion? What is Russia’s nuclear weapons use posture? Hungry, Poland and Romania have ‘defensive strike missile systems’ that are called Mark 41 Aegis Systems, are they interchangeable with offensive strike systems and does Russia have a valid national security concern that they are so close to their border? Are we/NATO deploying potential nuclear missile systems that can hit Moscow in five minutes flight time? What is the military situation and the kill ratio Russian Army vs Ukraine Army losses one week into the invasion as of 3.3.22?
Were there increased attacks on the predominantly Russian speaking areas of the Donbass that the Russians were responding to through their own troop movements to the border areas? Were the Russians responding to NATO and Ukraine Army provocations? Or was the Russian invasion without provocation as was uniformly reported by our MSM? Did the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) paint Russia or the Ukraine government forces as the aggressor in Eastern Ukraine in the lead up to the Russian 2/24/22 invasion? Has the most significant military actions since the invasion been consistent with the Russian desire to protect the Donbass regions and other predominantly Russian speaking areas in the south and southeast. or to take all of Ukraine? Has the Russian or the US actions pointed more or less towards seeking a peaceful resolution to the conflict?