Minister Sergey Lavrov declaring: “Russia is at the forefront of a global rebellion against United States hegemony…Over the last couple of years, we have been returning to Africa and Latin America…A determination has accumulated never to accept the rules that Washington is imposing…Its role is diminishing, slowly but surely…An increasing number of nations are disillusioned with it”, says this declaration was quickly followed by socialist Western colonial leader European Council President Charles Michel lyingly claiming Russia attacked the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Dam in the Kherson Region, with him stating like a lunatic: “We are shocked by the unprecedented attack of the Nova Kakhovka dam…The destruction of civilian infrastructure clearly qualifies as a war crime – we will hold Russia and its proxies accountable”.
Earlier today, this report notes, Mayor Vladimir Leontyev of Novaya Kakhovka reported: “There were several hits at two o’clock in the morning in the upper part of the hydroelectric power plant, where the flashboards are located, where the valves are, and it was destroyed…The dam was not destroyed, and this is very good”—Mayor Leontyev revealed the key infrastructure was “destroyed as a result of a strike” by Ukrainian forces, which he described as a “major terrorist act”, then he told reporters: “The Kakhovka hydroelectric dam could result in the water level rising by as much as 12 meters, but that it is projected to return to normal within three days…However, we have to survive these 72 hours”– Local emergency services said that 14 out of 28 of the dam’s spans had already collapsed, with more expected to follow suit—and Chairman Andrey Alekseenko of Kherson Region’s administration, said that in total 14 settlements with a combined population of 22,000 people could be flooded.
In 1956, this report continues, the former Soviet Union built the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant in the town of Novaya Kakhovka, that in addition to generating electricity, served to create the Kakhovka Reservoir – a massive, 2,150+ square kilometer, 240 km long pool of 18.2 billion cubic meters of freshwater—This reservoir feeds the Kherson, Zaporozhye and Dnepropetrovsk regions, regulating the flow of water along the Dnepr, preventing floods, and providing fresh water to the North Crimean, Kakhovka, and Dnepr-Krivoy Rog canals—In addition, it feeds local mines, factories and settlements, provides water for farming, and, crucially – ensures the supply of water used for cooling to the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant.
On the first day of the “Special De-Nazification Operation” to liberate Ukraine launched on 24 February 2022, this report details, Russian military forces established control over the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant—due to Ukraine constantly shelling the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant, last October it saw Russia circulating a letter at the United Nations Security Council on the situation around the plant, with Russian Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzya accusing Kiev of a “monstrous provocation” involving the shelling of using up to 120 missiles and shells daily over a five-month period, and he warned at the time that if the dam was destroyed, it could leads to thousands of civilian casualties, and untold damage to local civilian infrastructure along the Dnepr—Nebenzya’s warnings were ignored, and seven months later, came to pass, however, instead of remembering or taking heed of Moscow’s concerns, most Western media have, as expected, rushed to blame Russia for this latest act of terrorism against civilian infrastructure—and today it sees Russian analysts most factually observing:
It took a tabloid to show a bit of fortitude and just a dash of journalistic integrity, with Germany’s Bild newspaper removing the words “Russians Blow Up” from their headline story, re-titling it simply “Huge Dam in Ukraine Destroyed”, and immediately sparking outrage from Ukrainian media.
The story features the same old anti-Russian tropes, relying solely on Ukrainian government and military sources and failing to cite a single Russian source. But at least the headline isn’t just blatant propaganda anymore.
Using the MSM’s logic, it’s totally rational for Russia to preemptively destroy its own multi-billion dollar infrastructure, force the evacuation of nearby settlements, threaten Crimea’s supply of fresh water (which the peninsula restored last year only after a grueling eight year long water blockade by Kiev) and potentially threaten the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant’s critical cooling systems.
The tone taken in Western reporting, perhaps inevitable given NATO’s proxy war with Russia, is eerily reminiscent of the Western media’s takes on two other major sabotage campaigns: the shelling of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, and la
st year’s attack on the Nord Stream pipeline network.
In those cases too, the legacy media party line has been that the Russians are attacking their own infrastructure.
But each time, including after Tuesday’s attack on the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant, the key question that the MSM has failed in answering is: why?
As to why Ukraine committed its latest act of terrorism, this report concludes, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu revealed: “The Ukrainian forces destroyed the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant to transfer some military units from the Kherson direction to their offensive area…The purpose of these actions, according to available data, is as follows…After failing in offensive operations, in order to strengthen its potential, the enemy intends to transfer units and equipment from the Kherson direction to the area of their offensive operations, thus significantly weakening its positions in the Kherson direction”—a revelation that followed the Ministry of Defense (MoD) reporting: “Russian forces have repelled a renewed large-scale attack by Ukrainian troops in several parts of Donetsk and Zaporozhye Regions…The Ukrainian Armed Forces’ total losses were over 1,500 servicemen, 28 tanks, including eight German-made Leopard tanks and three French-manufactured AMX-10 wheeled tanks, as well as 109 other armored fighting vehicles”.
Dmitry Peskov expressing concern over reports of a coup against close Russian ally Kyrgyzstan President Sadyr Japarov, with him stating: “So far, obviously, very alarming news is coming in”, says along with videos appearing showing Kyrgyzstan Special Forces rounding up coup plotters, it was reported: “Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee for National Security launched simultaneous operations today against individuals who were found to have attempted a coup in the country…In operations organized in various parts of the country, people who were likely to participate in the coup were detained…According to initial reports, 110 soldiers and bureaucrats were detained”.
In immediate response to the current events, this report notes, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced: “In accordance with the training plan for the military command and control bodies of the forces of the Baltic Fleet for 2023, from 5-15 June, an operational exercise began with the Baltic Fleet groupings under in the Baltic Sea and at combat training grounds in the Kaliningrad region under the leadership of the Commander of the Baltic Fleet, Vice Admiral Vladimir Vorobyov…About 40 ships and vessels, over 3,500 military personnel, up to 500 units of military equipment, as well as up to 25 aircraft and helicopters, are involved in operational exercises of the Baltic Fleet” and reported: “Russia’s Pacific Fleet has launched large-scale naval exercises in the Far East, which are scheduled to last two weeks…More than 60 warships and support vessels, 35 naval aircraft, coastal defense troops, and more than 11,000 military personnel will be involved in the drills, which are taking place in the Sea of Japan and Sea of Okhotsk”.
Immediately preceding the current events, this report continues, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak announced: “Russia will extend its voluntary production cuts of oil by 500,000 barrels a day until the end of December 2024 as a measure of precaution under the agreement with the countries participating in the OPEC+ deal”—an announcement joined by OPEC+ member Saudi Arabia announcing plans to cut production by an extra 1 million barrels per day, starting from July—the effect of which is pushing global oil prices higher for the already battered economies of the socialist Western colonial powers.
Also preceding the current events, this report details, it saw top socialist Biden Regime official National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan declaring about the Ukraine Nazi Regime puppet state yesterday: “Exactly how much, in what places, that will be up to developments on the ground as the Ukrainians get this counteroffensive underway…But we believe that the Ukrainians will meet with success in this counteroffensive…The outcome of the operation will have a major impact on future negotiations”—a declaration followed by the leftist New York Times article “Nazi Symbols On Ukraine’s Front Lines Highlight Thorny Issues Of History”, wherein it revealed: “Ukrainian troops use of patches bearing Nazi emblems risks fueling Russian propaganda and spreading imagery that the West has spent a half-century trying to eliminate…So far, the imagery has not eroded international support for the war…It has, however, left diplomats, Western journalists and advocacy groups in a difficult position: Calling attention to the iconography risks playing into Russian propaganda…Saying nothing allows it to spread”.
Though the socialist Western colonial powers are “in a difficult position” over how to defend the genocidal Nazi demons they flood with weapons in Ukraine, this report notes, Russia knows exactly how to deal with them, and as the MoD reported this morning: “Ukrainian troops attempted to attack Russian forces using six mechanized and two tank battalions…As a result of the actions of the ‘East’ military grouping, as well as owing to air strikes and artillery fire near the settlements of Neskuchnoye and Novodarovka, both of which are some 100km west of Donetsk, the Ukrainian forces incurred significant losses…As a result of the botched attack, in the last 24 hours Ukraine has lost up to 300 service members, 16 tanks, 26 armored and 14 ordinary vehicles…The enemy failed to accomplish its goals”.
With more Americans starting to question why the socialist Biden Regime is supporting demonic Nazi forces in Ukraine, this report continues, it has now become an issue in the upcoming 2024 presidential election, one of whose Republican Party candidates Vivek Ramaswamy assessed yesterday: “The job of the U.S. president is to look after American interests…Militarily backing Ukraine’s continued resistance to Russia’s invasion is a less compelling goal than dealing with Beijing…I think the No. 1 threat to the U.S. military is right now, our top military threat, is the China-Russian alliance…I think that by fighting further in Russia, by further arming Ukraine, we are driving Russia into China’s hands”—after which Republican Party candidate Nikki Haley assessed: “This is bigger than Ukraine…This is a war about freedom, and it’s one we have to win…Everybody wants to know well how does this war end?…It would end in a day if Russia pulls out…If Ukraine pulled out, then we’re all looking at a world war”.
In attempting to understand the contradictory assessments about Ukraine, this report details, world-renowned international affairs expert Professor Glenn Diesen at the University of South-Eastern Norway interviewed former top Pentagon advisor and decorated combat tactical legend retired US Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor, Ph.D.—an interview that saw Colonel Macgregor explaining to Professor Diesen that socialist Western colonial policy makers are deluded warmongering idiots knowing nothing about Russia, while warning that the conflict in Ukraine was stripping the façade off NATO and it will soon disintegrate—and was an interview followed by Professor Diesen releasing his open letter “How The US Military-Industrial Complex Has Used Think Tanks To Hijack EU Policymaking”, wherein he revealed:
Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga has warned that the European Union has become a stumbling bystander of history and is increasingly unable to resolve the challenges of its citizens. Varga blames the malaise partly on the absence of political leadership. She believes that the bloc is run by think tanks and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) which dictate how it should be led.
Meanwhile, Clare Daly – an Irish MEP – similarly stated recently in the EU Parliament that “the paranoid imaginations of the security sector think tanks that parade here day after day” are able to dictate policies based on the “flimsiest of evidence.”
NGOs have long been used as an instrument to gain influence in the civil society of various nation states. The US has been an innovator in developing cutouts which it funds and ensures are often also staffed by people linked to official Washington. Eventually, the EU adopted the same practice, albeit in a different way, mainly focused on Europe itself. As a result, state-funded NGOs are now increasingly manipulating Western policies.
As think tanks and NGOs increase their influence over EU policymaking, it begs the question: What are the consequences of outsourcing political leadership to these entities?
Think tanks – when they work in the classic sense – can play an important role in policymaking processes by providing expertise, representing diverse interests, and advocating for specific causes. As the world becomes increasingly complex, politicians must make decisions on a wide variety of complicated topics on which they often have limited knowledge. It is simply unrealistic to expect that elected leaders would have sufficient expertise and in-depth understanding in all areas of policymaking.
However, by relying increasingly on the expertise of think tanks and NGOs, power shifts from elected officials to what can be considered lobbyists and advocacy groups. As the EU emulates the Anglo-American model of think tank governance, it is also necessary to explore its weaknesses and consequences.
In the US, think tanks have acquired an immense influence over policymakers and the public. They provide research reports and analysis for politicians which they base their decisions on. The think tanks also function as a waiting room for politicians who are out of government in a revolving door system, enabling the groups to put their own “fellows” into the highest positions in Washington. Think tanks also provide analysis for Congressional hearings and dominate in the media as a source of expert opinions. As a result, they have become an important center of political power.
As the power of think tanks continues to grow, it begs the question: who funds them – and why?
Overwhelmingly, both liberal and conservative think tanks in the US are financed by the arms industry.
This is related to the sheer power of the military-industrial complex in America.
As a consequence, even with the extreme political polarization in Washington, there is nonetheless reliable bipartisan support for warfare as the solution to most problems as the business places its bets on both political parties.The option of demilitarizing American foreign policy and reducing the military budget is thus increasingly outside democratic control.
For policy makers in America today wishing to assess Ukraine, this report concludes, they can choose the warmongering neocon Gatestone Institute think tank, whose just released policy paper “Biden Is Not Serious about Ukraine Defeating Russia”, wherein it notes: “Biden’s announcement about sending F-16s to Kyiv could prove to be little more than an empty gesture, one that raises serious doubts about whether the Biden administration really has any genuine interest in Ukraine winning this bloody war”—they can also choose the socialist-globalist Council on Foreign Relations think tank, whose just released Foreign Affairs policy paper “An Unwinnable War” states: “The United States and its allies thus face a choice about their future strategy…They could begin to try to steer the war toward a negotiated end in the coming months…Or they could do so years from now…If they decide to wait, the fundamentals of the conflict will likely be the same, but the costs of the war—human, financial, and otherwise—will have multiplied…An effective strategy for what has become the most consequential international crisis in at least a generation therefore requires the United States and its allies to shift their focus and start facilitating an endgame”—or they can choose the realist Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft think tank, whose just released policy paper “America’s Compulsion To Intervene Is Intact And Ready For More” warns:
Washington’s preoccupation with Ukraine only testifies to the impoverished state of American strategic thinking.
In some quarters, framing the present historical moment as a contest between democracy and autocracy passes for fresh thinking, as does characterizing American policy as focused on defending a so-called rules-based international order.
Neither of those claims, however, can withstand nominal scrutiny, even if it seems bad form to cite close U.S. ties with autocracies like the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Egypt or to point out the innumerable instances in which this country has exempted itself from norms to which it insists others must adhere.
Think of U.S. participation in the Ukraine War as a means of washing away unhappy memories of its own war in Afghanistan, an Operation that began as “Enduring Freedom” but has become “Instant Amnesia”.
In Central America, the Persian Gulf, the Maghreb, the Balkans, and Central Asia, successive administrations embarked on a series of interventions that rarely produced any long-term successes, while exacting staggering cumulative costs.
Since 9/11 alone, U.S. military interventions in distant lands have cost American taxpayers an estimated $8 trillion and still counting.
And that’s not even considering the tens of thousands of G.I.s killed, maimed, or otherwise left bearing the scars of war or the millions of people in the countries where the U.S. fought its wars who would prove to be direct or indirect victims of American policy-making.