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March 11, 2014

Why Bloodshed in Ukraine Can Help the United States

No one wants to speak about people dying or living a life saturated by military conflict through the lens of such atrocity being a “good thing.” Well, contrary to popular belief, violence and chaos can actually be a good thing and, in the case of the Ukrainian crisis, it’s potentially a great thing for the United States.

Prior to the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, I was sent to Ukraine. Due to the nature of the mission, I will not address in any detail what it was I or my team was involved with. I will say, however, through a very broad and open-ended statement that our mission did have to do with Ukrainian involvement in assisting Saddam Hussein’s regime during the “no-fly zone” era.

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is an internationally recognized security, terrorism, and intelligence professional. He has taught domestic and international organizations in counter-terrorism, intelligence, and physical security related issues. He has briefed some of the highest government officials ranging from ambassadors to members of Congress and Pentagon staff. He is author of the book Contracted: America's Secret Warriors and Contracted II: America's Terror Trackers, and Going Rogue: The Compilation.

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  • JohnChristopher1

    "Late 70's early 80's we became best buddies with the TALIBAN in Afghanistan." The Taliban is hardly a direct descendent from the original mujahideen of the 1980s. The similarities are more skin-deep than genetic. "Russia would be a better ally than an enemy." Russia doesn't have allies: She has clients, dependents, and nominal fellow travelers. Or, in the words of Alexander III: "Russia has only two friends in the world: its army and its navy."

  • rickvafd

    As far as Russia owes us something we should bring up a sore subject. Late 70's early 80's we became best buddies with the TALIBAN in Afghanistan. We gave them SAM systems to counter Russian air power. At the time they were involved in combating what would later become our worse enemy. Kerry I cannot come close to your intimate knowledge of this subject but I wonder as time goes by if Russia would be a better ally than an enemy. It looks like much of Europe has been infiltrated by radical Islam that they cannot get rid of. The US has a bad history of making friends with those who will eventually turn on us and attack us. Maybe its time to shed the cold war mentality and rethink things. Just my opinion but Ukraine is a piece of crap we cannot change. I think Russia can handle this without our help or interference. Thanks KP .

  • gazooks

    Fred82  You've asked the pertinent question, Fred. The broad answer was given by Brzezinski in context to CFR strategic objectives in an unguarded interview moment. To paraphrase; The objective is to 'co-opt' Russian sovereignty and by doing so gain control of essential basic materials and energy trade with China. Sounds simple. The potential instability of Russia and its consequences, maybe not so much. Maybe WWIII. But, that's what's viewed as essential leverage over China's future ability to compete with Anglo/American global hegemony. NWO. Ukraine's considered a sacrificial pawn to initiating that longstanding CFR agenda.

  • clluelo

    Well said . Always has and will always be Putin !

  • morenda

    No. I understand what you're talking about, but those people on the Maiden were trying to take their country back from all the crap you just mentioned. They've vowed to not leave that square until all the criminals are out of the government. I would never pardon anyone who participated in the taking of American lives. At the same time, you're talking about destroying a lot of people here, and the protesters are not the ones you hate. They've suffered too under these criminals, It's not like us to want to see more of them take sniper fire in the face---with American flags clutched in their hands---just to encourage chaos. That's not what we do. I agree we should support the opposition. I don't agree we should do that while wishing destruction on all Ukrainians, especially since the majority of the American public seems to have no clue who is who, and what is what. Then again, I'm used to that, and so are you. The enemy is Putin. Always has been, whether he wears the face of the Bratva, or the It's him. And considering that he just moved his troops outside of Crimea, I'd say what he wants is pretty obvious, and it's not just the Ukrainians who are going to suffer.