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US Ex-Defense Chief Hawks Escalation in Ukraine

Sputnik News | 15.02.2015

Former US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is arguing for supplying arms to Ukraine, saying the US should counter Russia’s influence in the former Soviet Union and act as a global leader.

Dealing with Russia should be done from a position of “strength, not from weakness,” former US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told Der Spiegel in an interview published on Saturday, saying that giving Ukraine military aid would give Russia a “higher price to pay.”

“I would have provided arms to Ukraine early on because I think they need to have the military aid necessary to send Russia a message,” Panetta told the publication.

Panetta said that he doubts that the current ceasefire will last, saying that “like the last one, it will only be temporary unless the West is willing to enforce it with both economic and military support to the Ukrainians.”

Panetta added that he would act from a position of strength, and would also give more military aid to NATO countries which border Russia.

“The United States has to be a leader in the world, because the problem is: If we are not leading, nobody else will,” he added.

France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Finland have all rejected the idea of providing Ukraine with lethal assistance. Russia has warned that the proposed US arms deliveries to Kiev could lead to a sharp increase in violence in Donbas, where fighting intensified at the start of 2015. In addition, Russia denies that it is militarily involved in the conflict.

Leon Panetta was the director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009 to 2011 and US Secretary of Defense from 2011 to 2013.

February 16, 2015 - Posted by | Militarism, War Crimes | , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. At what point does Russia go nuclear. Kennedy’s Cuba conflict forced an agreement, both sides reduced their missile sites.

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    Comment by richard123456columbia | February 16, 2015 | Reply

  2. At what point would the western peasants of Europe stop going to bed with a gun under their pillow. These peasants are engaged in a perpetual war with self and see anyone outside of self as an enemy. Why do they want o bring death and suffering on the Russian people? Why do they want to arm Eastern Europe heavily, knowing very well that Europe has had its own addiction to violence? If the War on Drugs and now the War on Terror fooled global citizens to the sickness that resides within the United States, the Ukrainian conflict ought to rip the bandage off to expose the cancer of the west that the peasants of Europe have created.

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    Comment by ribeekah | February 16, 2015 | Reply

  3. Leon Panetta is a Zionist. Here is an excerpt and the URL to the article from which it came.:

    PREPARE FOR
    A JEWISH POLICE STATE
    By Brother Nathanael Kapner, Copyright 2011

    ;…… An example of Jewry’s control of the US Military finds Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, the keynote speaker at the Jewish warmongering Haim Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings on December 2, 2011. Panetta spent most of his speech bowing before the Jewish altar of “Israel First.” (It’s time for the Generals to STOP taking orders from the JEWS!) ……’ http://www.realjewnews.com/?p=682

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    Comment by Bill Mitchell | February 16, 2015 | Reply

  4. Is Israel trying to start a war between all nuclear power countries so that Israel will be the only country with nukes after to take control of the planet by threats.

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    Comment by richard123456columbia | February 16, 2015 | Reply


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