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Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)
SUBJECT: Avoiding War in Ukraine

Dear President Biden,

We last communicated with you on December 20, 2020, when you were President-elect.

At that time, we alerted you to the dangers inherent in formulating a policy toward Russia built on a foundation of Russia-bashing. While we continue to support the analysis contained in that memorandum, this new memo serves a far more pressing purpose. We wish to draw your attention to the dangerous situation that exists in Ukraine today, where there is growing risk of war unless you take steps to forestall such a conflict.

At this juncture, we call to mind two basic realities that need particular emphasis amid growing tension between Ukraine and Russia.

First, since Ukraine is not a member of NATO, Article 5 of the NATO Treaty of course would not apply in the case of an armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

Second, Ukraine's current military flexing, if allowed to transition into actual military action, could lead to hostilities with Russia.

We think it crucial that your administration immediately seek to remove from the table, so to speak, any "solution" to the current impasse that has a military component. In short, there is, and can never be, a military solution to this problem.

Your interim national security strategy guidance indicated that your administration would "make smart and disciplined choices regarding our national defense and the responsible use of our military, while elevating diplomacy as our tool of first resort." Right now is the perfect time to put these words into action for all to see.

We strongly believe:

1. It must be made clear to Ukrainian President Zelensky that there will be no military assistance from either the US or NATO if he does not restrain Ukrainian hawks itching to give Russia a bloody nose - hawks who may well expect the West to come to Ukraine's aid in any conflict with Russia. (There must be no repeat of the fiasco of August 2008, when the Republic of Georgia initiated offensive military operations against South Ossetia in the mistaken belief that the US would come to its assistance if Russia responded militarily.)

2. We recommend that you quickly get back in touch with Zelensky and insist that Kiev halt its current military buildup in eastern Ukraine. Russian forces have been lining up at the border ready to react if Zelensky's loose talk of war becomes more than bravado. Washington should also put on hold all military training activity involving US and NATO troops in the region. This would lessen the chance that Ukraine would misinterpret these training missions as a de facto sign of support for Ukrainian military operations to regain control of either the Donbas or Crimea.

3. It is equally imperative that the U.S. engage in high-level diplomatic talks with Russia to reduce tensions in the region and de-escalate the current rush toward military conflict. Untangling the complex web of issues that currently burden U.S.-Russia relations is a formidable task that will not be accomplished overnight. This would be an opportune time to work toward a joint goal of preventing armed hostilities in Ukraine and wider war.

There is opportunity as well as risk in the current friction over Ukraine. This crisis offers your administration the opportunity to elevate the moral authority of the United States in the eyes of the international community. Leading with diplomacy will greatly enhance the stature of America in the world.

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Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. He was an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then a CIA analyst for 27 years, and is now on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). His (more...)
 
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"We are seeing foreign policy made by Raytheon and the other US military contractors through cut-outs in government like Austin and others. Feckless US foreign policy "experts" believe their own propaganda about Russia and are on the verge of taking us to war over it" - Ron Paul. #RussianTanks. #HorrorWithoutEnd.

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Good to see McGovern returning to a position of moral authority on foreign affairs and not spewing his "Russiagate Hoax" tripe.

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In the event Putin should take back the Ukraine, the Hunter Biden Ukraine 'connection' would no longer 'haunt' Biden's presidency as Biden approaches the mid-term 2022 elections, perhaps fearful what might happen to his presidency and his family if the Republicans should take back the House and Senate in 2022 and start 'investigating Biden and his son Hunter's 'dealings' with the Ukraine and Burisma. Certainly, Republican majorities in the House and Senate would be 'in favor' of 'impeaching' and 'removing' Biden' from office and 'prosecuting' son Hunter for 'corruption' relating to the Ukraine. For Biden, the Ukraine has become 'a festering sore spot', but the Ukraine, back into the Russian Federation, however, would certainly 'heal up Biden's sore spot' just in time for his 2022-2024 1st term in office. Yes, Biden has apparently pledged his support to the Ukraine President Zelensky and his signing 'Ukraine Decree No. 117/2021 - this decree makes it the official policy of the government of Ukraine to retake Crimea from Russia'.

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If that were to happen, there would be a lot more at stake than the Biden presidency.

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Mr. McGovern, I applaud you and the Veterans Intelligence Officials for your petition to President Biden warning him against intervention in Ukrainian affairs. As you know, Biden and Obama were responsible for instituting a regime change there to spite Russia. You probably are also aware that petitions to America's power elite never succeed. To stop their constant regime changes with their bloody tolls, the power elite's "props" supporting and expanding their power must be removed legally and ethically, and a new People's America established for the common good of all Americans and the world. I have estimated that it will take 10 years and 20 million dollars to do this. Ralph Nader was wrong when he wrote that "only the superrich can save us." Both Bill Gates and Warren Buffett never responded to my plea. They are members in good standing of America's power elite. I ask that you read my book, "The Achilles Heel of America's Public Enemy No. 1," and use your influence to organize a group of activist organizations to seek sponsors who would fund the undertaking in order to save the future, which experts say will end later this century from one form or another of doomsday.

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