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Paul Plante says:

To put things in to their proper historical perspective here, and it is interesting that only the Cape Charles Mirror is willing to do that, to dig deeper into this matter so the whole story can be put forth, that of Joe Biden and his crowd being treaty breakers, as opposed to the false narrative being put out by the propagandists of the Biden regime that this is all on Putin, with no provocation whatsoever from Joe Biden, Tony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, Victoria Nuland and Ukraine itself, we need to go back to a document on the United States Department of State website titled “NATO-Russia Founding Act – Fact sheet released by the White House, Office of the Press Secretary, Washington, DC, May 15, 1997,” where we have the following statement to consider, to wit:

Commitment by NATO and Russia to work for prompt adaptation of the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty to reflect the changed security environment since CFE was completed in 1990.

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And once again, for all practical purposes, NATO is the United States of America, so that sentence really should read as follows:

Commitment by the United States of America and Russia to work for prompt adaptation of the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty to reflect the changed security environment since CFE was completed in 1990.

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But was it really a commitment by the United States of America to work for prompt adaptation of the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty to reflect the changed security environment since CFE was completed in 1990?

Or is that horse****?

Let’s dig a bit deeper and see what we can see on that subject by going to an article on the Arms Control Association titled “The Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty and the Adapted CFE Treaty at a Glance,” Fact Sheets & Briefs last Reviewed August 2017, where the first thing we see is the list of CFE States-Parties, to wit:

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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So there we see Ukraine and all of Joe Biden’s crowd who are today fomenting war against Russia by pouring arms into Ukraine being for arms reduction and peace with Russia back then.

So what has changed?

And that answer is Joe Biden, Tony Blinken, Jake Sullivan and the half-pint twerp Zelensky of Ukraine.

They are what has changed, which takes us back to that article for essential background, to wit:

Negotiated during the final years of the Cold War, the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty is often referred to as the “cornerstone of European security.”

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And now that the Biden regime is in power not only in America but in the world as well, that treaty is no longer the cornerstone of European security, which “European security” no longer exists thanks to Biden, Blinken and the dimwitted mouth runner Jake Sullivan, who was just quoted in a Bloomberg article titled “Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine Forces Biden to Rewrite US Security Plan” by Peter Martin and Jennifer Jacobs on 3 June 2022, as follows with regard to Joe Biden single-handedly keeping the world safe from Russia and China, to wit:

“For us, there is a certain level of integration and a symbiosis in the strategy we are pursuing in Europe and the strategy we’re pursuing in the Indo-Pacific,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters on May 18.

“President Biden’s unique capacity to actually stitch those two together is, I think, going to be a hallmark of his foreign policy presidency.”

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The only hallmark of Joe Biden’s foreign policy presidency is stupidity and idiocy, which takes us back to the CFE treaty article, to wit:

The treaty, signed on November 19, 1990, eliminated the Soviet Union’s overwhelming quantitative advantage in conventional weapons in Europe by setting equal limits on the amount of tanks, armored combat vehicles (ACVs), heavy artillery, combat aircraft, and attack helicopters that NATO and the Warsaw Pact could deploy between the Atlantic Ocean and the Ural Mountains.

The CFE Treaty was designed to prevent either alliance from amassing forces for a blitzkrieg-type offensive, which could have triggered the use of nuclear weapons in response.

Although the threat of such an offensive all but disappeared with the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, member states have repeatedly touted the enduring value of the treaty’s weapons limits and inspection regime, which provides an unprecedented degree of transparency on military holdings.

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And thanks to this idiot Biden and his morons Blinken and Sullivan, all of that is now gone, and the world is the worse for it, as Joe Biden and “TOODLES” Yellen and Wally Ademyemo work diligently to totally upend and destroy the world’s economic system.

Going back to the original CFE Treaty, its principal features were:

Treaty Limited Equipment (TLE): NATO and the former Warsaw Pact were each limited to 20,000 tanks, 30,000 ACVs, 20,000 heavy artillery pieces, 6,800 combat aircraft, and 2,000 attack helicopters for the treaty’s area of application.

Member states of each alliance then divided their respective “bloc” limit among themselves, in effect creating national limits.

(The Soviet Union’s limits were subsequently parceled out among eight of its successor states in 1992.)

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And that note about the Soviet Union’s limits being subsequently parceled out among eight of its successor states in 1992 takes us to the website of the Office of the Historian of the United States Department of State, the same agency now headed up by the vacuous Tony Blinken, and an article titled “The Collapse of the Soviet Union” where we have some relevant history that must be considered as we assess the responsibility Joe Biden has for getting this war going in Ukraine, which is clearly Joe Biden’s war of choice, while Putin is merely his dance partner, following Joe’s lead, to wit:

After his inauguration in January 1989, George H.W. Bush did not automatically follow the policy of his predecessor, Ronald Reagan, in dealing with Mikhail Gorbachev and the Soviet Union.

Instead, he ordered a strategic policy re-evaluation in order to establish his own plan and methods for dealing with the Soviet Union and arms control.

Conditions in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, however, changed rapidly.

Gorbachev’s decision to loosen the Soviet yoke on the countries of Eastern Europe created an independent, democratic momentum that led to the collapse of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, and then the overthrow of Communist rule throughout Eastern Europe.

While Bush supported these independence movements, U.S. policy was reactive.

Bush chose to let events unfold organically, careful not to do anything to worsen Gorbachev’s position.

With the policy review complete, and taking into account unfolding events in Europe, Bush met with Gorbachev at Malta in early December 1989.

They laid the groundwork for finalizing START negotiations, completing the Conventional Forces in Europe treaty, and they discussed the rapid changes in Eastern Europe.

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And there we see the CFE popping up as an important treaty to the United States, this at a time when Joe Biden, a worthless hack politician who never held a real job in his life because he could not cut it in the real world, was in the senate where he served for thirty-six years from 1973 to 2009, and according to his bio, during those 36 years, Biden served in leading roles on both the Judiciary Committee and the Foreign Relations Committee, including eight years as chair of the Judiciary Committee and four years as chair of the Foreign Relations, so clearly, Joe would be as aware of this basic American history as I am, which makes what he has done since to completely dismantle that forward progress totally reprehensible, which takes us back to the article of the Office of the State Department Historian, as follows:

Bush encouraged Gorbachev’s reform efforts, hoping that the Soviet leader would succeed in shifting the USSR toward a democratic system and a market oriented economy.

Gorbachev’s decision to allow elections with a multi-party system and create a presidency for the Soviet Union began a slow process of democratization that eventually destabilized Communist control and contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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This, people, is basic high school history we are talking here.

You don’t need a Ph.D. in poly sci from Harvard or Yale or Princeton to
understand it, it is that basic, and I was alive when this was all happening, and I clearly recall it, so why doesn’t Joe Biden?

Anyway, who were the eight successor states to the Soviet Union in 1992?

Let’s see what the Office of the Historian of the State Department has to say about that:

In early December, Yeltsin and the leaders of Ukraine and Belarus met in Brest to form the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), effectively declaring the demise of the Soviet Union.

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And hey, look, everybody, there is Ukraine, the same Ukraine that Joe now claims as a jewel in his crown as LEADER OF THE WORLD, which takes us back to that article as follows:

On December 25, 1991, the Soviet hammer and sickle flag lowered for the last time over the Kremlin, thereafter replaced by the Russian tricolor.

Earlier in the day, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned his post as president of the Soviet Union, leaving Boris Yeltsin as president of the newly independent Russian state.

People all over the world watched in amazement at this relatively peaceful transition from former Communist monolith into multiple separate nations.

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And believe me, having grown up with all this constant hysterical BULL**** back then about what a threat the Soviet Union was to us, having to endure drills where we sat under our desks in school as if a Soviet nuclear strike was coming, and sitting under your desk was the surest way to survive, I was one of those people and I welcomed that peaceful transition, as did the world.

And Joe Biden and his pack of morons have put an end to that, big time, which again takes us back to the Office of the Historian of the State Department, to wit:

With the dissolution of Soviet Union, the main goal of the Bush administration was economic and political stability and security for Russia, the Baltics, and the states of the former Soviet Union.

Bush recognized all 12 independent republics and established diplomatic relations with Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.

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And here we are coming to what clearly could be construed as a betrayal by Joe Biden, because as a member state of the “bloc” that included Russia, the former limits on arms of the Soviet Union were subsequently parceled out among eight of its successor states in 1992, which included Ukraine, which takes us back to the Arms Control article to wit:

To prevent any country from amassing a significant asymmetrical stockpile of weapons, the treaty prohibits a single state from possessing more than a third of the TLE total.

As of January 2007, NATO’s 22 CFE states-parties claimed collective holdings of 61,281 TLE versus a cumulative limit of 101,697.

Russia reported holdings of 23,266 TLE against limits of 28,216. [2]

From 1992 through 2008, CFE states have reduced more than 52,000 pieces of conventional armaments under the treaty.

Many states reduced their holdings more than required – with over 17,955 voluntary reductions or conversions below treaty limits.

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And then along came Joe Biden and his pack of morons who started to pour weapons into Ukraine, and in the process, have blundered their way into getting us on the verge of WWIII while wrecking the economy of the world.

And let me rest there a moment, because there is a lot yet to consider here, too much for one post, so stay tuned, and with the courtesy of the Cape Charles Mirror, we shall develop this history of Joe Biden as a treaty breaker further. ... ent-626424
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And while we are on the subject of contemporary history unfolding before our eyes here in the pages of the Cape Charles Mirror, and before we go back to the CFE and its provisions, let us look at some recent events that have unfolded in the world since the start of Joe Biden’s war of choice in Russia using the people of Ukraine as his pawns in his sick “power” game where Joe is quite literally trying to make himself the autocrat of the whole world, with all other leaders serving merely as Joe’s puppets, while autocrat Joe dictates to them what it is they shall think and do on a minute-by-minute basis.

And first, for some necessary historical background, let us go to an Associated Press article titled “AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts Obama-Biden aid to Ukraine” by Robert Burns, Aamer Madhani and Hope Yen on March 27, 2022, where we have as follows as to what policy towards Ukraine was when Joe Biden was Hussein Obama’s executive assistant president, to wit:

While the Obama administration refused to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons in 2014 to fight Russian-backed separatists, it offered a range of other military and security aid — not just “blankets.”

The administration’s concern was that providing lethal weapons like Javelin anti-tank missiles might provoke Russian President Vladimir Putin to escalate the conflict in the separatist Donbas area of Ukraine near Russia’s border.

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Now, here we have an unanswered question before us, to wit: when the Associated Press tells us that the “administration’s concern was that providing lethal weapons like Javelin anti-tank missiles might provoke Russian President Vladimir Putin to escalate the conflict in the separatist Donbas area of Ukraine near Russia’s border,” who really was the “administration?”

More specifically, was that a policy that Joe Biden agreed with back then, or was that a policy imposed on the belligerent, bellicose, jingoistic Biden by Hussein?

And that article also makes mention of the fact that in the last year of the Obama administration, the U.S. established the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which provided U.S. military equipment and training to help defend Ukraine against Russian aggression, which takes us to a Congressional Research Service analysis titled “U.S. Security Assistance to Ukraine” updated June 6, 2022, where we have some relevant background history, to wit:

The United States has been a leading provider of security assistance to Ukraine, both before and after Russia renewed its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

From 2014, when Russia first invaded Ukraine, through June 1, 2022, the United States has provided more than $7.3 billion in security assistance “to help Ukraine preserve its territorial integrity, secure its borders, and improve interoperability with NATO.”

Since the start of the 2022 war, the Biden Administration has committed a total of more than $4.6 billion in security assistance to “provide Ukraine the equipment it needs to defend itself.”

FY2022 security assistance packages are being funded via more than $23 billion in regular and supplemental appropriations, including the Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022 (P.L. 117-103, Division N), and
the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022 (P.L. 117-128).

In total, FY2022 appropriations include $12.55 billion to replenish Department of Defense (DOD) equipment stocks sent to Ukraine via presidential drawdown authority; $6.3 billion for DOD’s Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI); and $4.65 billion in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for Ukraine and “countries impacted by the situation in Ukraine.”

FY2022 supplemental appropriations also have included funds for additional U.S. troop deployments to Europe.

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So there we are getting an idea of the costs that we, the American people are being forced to bear with absolutely no say in the matter of this foreign war that Joe Biden and his pack of incompetent morons have provoked in Ukraine so that Joe Biden can have a chance to crush his hated and greatly feared rival Putin, to make Joe the undisputed strongman ruler of the world, after he gets rid of the Chinese dude when he is done mopping up the floor with Putin.

And this is just the start, because having provoked the war, thinking he had all the power in his hands, which was a fallacy fed to him by the bootlickers, sycophants and lickspittles and small minds who make up Joe’s national security teams, Joe now has no way to stop it, which means Joe has to keep hemorrhaging our tax dollars in Ukraine, while Putin appears to be getting stronger, not weaker, which takes us to a Rigzone article titled “Gazprom Suspends Gas Supplies to Orsted” by Andreas Exarheas on June 01, 2022, where we had as follows:

Gazprom has announced that it has completely suspended gas supplies to Denmark’s Orsted Salg & Service A/S “due to failure to pay in Rubles”.

In a statement posted on its Twitter page on Tuesday, Gazprom announced that it had completely suspended gas supplies to Netherlands’ GasTerra B.V. “due to failure to pay in Rubles”.

In a market note sent to Rigzone in April, Rystad Energy analysts Kaushal Ramesh and Nikoline Bromander noted that Russia had fired the first shot back at the West with a gas embargo on Poland and Bulgaria.

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Joe and his pack of morons starring the incompetent Janet “TOODLES” Yellen and Wally Ademyemo think they are the masters of economic warfare, and they believed that they can cripple Putin and Russia and destroy the economy of Russia to hurt its people, and all those fools have managed to do is to cripple the world economy, while Putin keeps on keeping on.

And then there is a Business Insider article titled “Russia’s Gazprom says it’s cutting off some natural gas to Germany after Shell refused to pay for it in rubles” by Huileng Tan on 1 June 2022, where we learn more of the fallout from Joe Biden’s war of choice in Ukraine, to wit:

Gazprom said it would halt its natural-gas supply to Shell, which supplies Germany.

The suspension from June 1 is due to Shell’s refusal to pay for supplies in rubles, Gazprom said.

S&P Global Ratings noted the risk premium on European emerging-market corporate debt is now almost double its five-year average, compared to a roughly in-line reading at the start of the year.

Formerly lucrative firms, such as banks, energy producers and mining companies, have been reduced to junk status.

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Will there be repercussions from that?

We’ll have to stay tuned and see, which takes us to another Rigzone article titled “U.S. Split Over Next Round Of Russia Sanctions” by Nick Wadhams on June 02, 2022, where we have the reality facing the incompetent, out-of-control, in-over-its-head Biden administration, to wit:

Biden administration officials are divided over how much further the US can push sanctions against Russia without sparking global economic instability and fracturing transatlantic unity.

While President Joe Biden’s team rallied behind a sanctions plan it rolled out just after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the debate is more heated now that President Vladimir Putin has shrugged off the early economic penalties and is forging ahead with his war, according to officials familiar with the discussions.

The people, who asked not to be identified discussing internal deliberations, said factions have emerged over how hard to push.

One group, which includes many officials at the State Department and White House, advocates even stricter measures known as secondary sanctions in response to Russian atrocities, arguing opposition from allies can be overcome.

Another group of officials, many based at Janet Yellen’s Treasury Department, worry about further strains on a global economy already suffering from supply-chain woes, inflation, volatile oil prices and a potential food crisis.

Some fret about the looming midterm elections and Democrats’ chances if prices at the pump stay high.

“We’re now just coming up to the limit of how severely you can impose sanctions against a major economy without it having such bad spillover effects that you are creating a ton of bushfires elsewhere,” said Nicholas Mulder, a Cornell University professor and author of “The Economic Weapon,” a history of sanctions policy.

The debate mirrors broader tensions in the trans-Atlantic alliance, with agreement harder to find on how much more pain to inflict on Putin.

A harbinger of the challenges to come emerged in recent days, when the European Union agreed to pursue a ban on oil imports — but only after granting carve-outs to Hungary — and then were unable to decide on what to do next or how aggressively to go after gas imports.

Until now, unity had been a defining characteristic of the US and European response to the war.

“We continue to look at what other sanctions we can impose,” Jose Fernandez, the undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment, said in an interview.

Yet with Putin undaunted by the economic chokehold and pressing ahead with his war, there are growing calls within the administration to test that unity by taking action against other countries and companies that help Russia evade sanctions or provide what the US calls “material support” to sanctioned entities.

They argue that such moves would be narrowly targeted, nothing like the broad sanctions campaign that sought to stifle Iran over its nuclear program by targeting almost any country or company that did business with Tehran.

Many US allies and humanitarian groups argued that approach was counterproductive.

But supporters of the harder line say that, with the war in its fourth month, its time has come.

“There’s a time and a place for considered US unilateral action,” said Edward Fishman, a former State Department official who is now an adjunct professor at Columbia University.

“There’s no good argument against maximizing sanctions on Russia.”

“And the sooner you do it, the better because time isn’t really on our side.”

But that’s testing the limits of what sanctions can do in the face of a evidence that even crippling penalties fail to force stubborn regimes to capitulate.

Skeptics point to sanctions programs against nations such as North Korea, Venezuela, Syria and Cuba that have only entrenched adversarial leaders determined to hunker down and pass the suffering onto their own populations.

If the US goes forward with more sanctions, it might find itself largely alone in such efforts, in effect inserting the wedge between it and allies that Putin has a history of exploiting.

It could also further roil energy markets, possibly causing new pain at US gas pumps.

The debate is also forcing a wider reassessment of the sanctions campaign.

Officials are confronting the fact that the oligarchs who have been targeted by sanctions may not wield the influence with Putin they once had.

And the administration has shifted away from its argument that sanctions could hasten the end of the war to the claim that sanctions, export controls and other restrictions will take a long time — perhaps years — to weaken Putin.

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There, people, is reality staring us right in the face, and here we now are, neck deep in the Big Muddy, and the big fool Biden says to push on, which raises the serious question of whether or not this pack of morons, mouth breathers, bottom feeders, idiots, fools, half-wits, and mental midgets surrounding Joe Biden can actually single-handedly destroy the economy of the world and my bet is most certainly.

But this is only a fraction of the what is, so stay tuned for more and be sure to give thanks that we have the Cape Charles Mirror giving us facts with which to counter the Biden propaganda pouring out of the so-called “legacy” media who are now scrambling to get over onto the right side of history since the American people have seen through all their lies as they were Joe Biden’s enablers and protectors in order to get Joe into office in place of Trump, a huge mistake they are now paying for as their credibility has been stripped from them in shreds. ... ent-628948
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Paul Plante says:

And while we are on the subject of Putin not getting weaker despite the ferocious and ever-increasingly frantic efforts of the autocrat Joe Biden and his pack of losers, lunatics, morons, and just plain fools like Janet “TOODLES” Yellen and Wally Ademyemo to make that happen, let us go to a Reuters article titled “Russia’s energy revenue higher now than just before Ukraine war, U.S. official says” by Timothy Gardner on June 9, 2022, where we have some of the reality facing the fools in the out-of-control, in-over-its-head Biden regime, to wit:

WASHINGTON, June 9 (Reuters) – Russia may be getting more revenue from its fossil fuels now than shortly before its invasion of Ukraine, as global price increases offset the impact of Western efforts to restrict its sales, U.S. energy security envoy Amos Hochstein told lawmakers during a hearing on Thursday.

“I can’t deny that,” Hochstein told the Senate Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation in response to a question about whether Moscow was making more money now off its crude oil and gas sales than a couple of months before the war started.

The International Energy Agency said in May that Russia’s oil revenue was up 50% since the beginning of the year to $20 billion a month, with the EU taking the biggest share of its exports.

The EU’s ban on Russian oil, expected to take full effect at the end of the year, could cut that revenue.

India’s purchases of Russian oil more than doubled in May from the previous month to hit a record high above 840,000 barrels per day and will likely rise again in June, according to commodity analysts Kpler.

Hochstein said he has asked Indian officials not to purchase too much Russian oil, and told them the United States cannot ban its purchases of the crude because it has not imposed secondary sanctions on those sales.

While Russia provided about 45% of the EU’s natural gas last year, Hochstein has been working to decrease that dependency by encouraging the diversion of shipments to the EU of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States, Qatar and Australia.

In the first four months of the year U.S. LNG shipments to Europe jumped 18% from the 2021 annual average.

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Now think about that phrase “Hochstein has been working to decrease that dependency by encouraging the diversion of shipments to the EU of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States,” and the use of the word “diversion” while asking yourselves this pertinent question not being asked elsewhere, to wit: just who the hell is Amos Hochstein, and where does he get the authority to divert anything, let alone our LNG, so he can supply Europe, instead?

And that answer is that Amos J. Hochstein, born January 4, 1973, is a U.S. businessman, diplomat, and lobbyist who has worked in the U.S. Congress and who has testified before congressional panels, and most importantly as far as Joe Biden is concerned, Joe being concerned with political loyalty above all else, Amos served in the Hussein Obama administration under Secretaries of State Clinton and Kerry, and he was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in 2011 and as Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs.

In 2015, Obama nominated Hochstein to be the Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources but the Senate did not act on the nomination.

And lo and behold what do we have here: while at the State Department, Hochstein worked as a close advisor to Vice-President Joe Biden, serving in the administration from 2011 to 2017.

As I say, with Joe, it is about loyalty, not competence.

Then, in March of 2017, Amos joined Tellurian, a private Houston-based LNG company, where he served as Senior Vice President Marketing until his departure in September of 2020, and now Amos serves on the boards of the Atlantic Council and U.S.-India Business Council.

And look at this: Hochstein is a former member of the supervisory board of Ukrainian Naftogaz, from which he resigned in October 2020 by writing an opinion piece that highlighted the return of sabotage in the form of corrupt forces.

Thereafter, on August 10, 2021, the loser Joe Biden made his secretary of state, that being Tony Blinken, announced that he was appointing Hochstein as the Senior Advisor for Energy Security.

And now, our supplies of diesel are diminishing, gas is through the roof, along with home heating oil and propane and natural gas, so what exactly has Amos Hochstein done to make us more “energy secure?”

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Paul Plante says:

And believe me, people, not only what a long strange trip this Biden Ukraine situation has been, but what a long, strange trip it continues to be, which thought takes us back to the statement above that Joe Biden’s man Amos Hochstein is a former member of the supervisory board of Ukrainian Naftogaz, from which he resigned in October 2020 by writing an opinion piece that highlighted the return of sabotage in the form of corrupt forces, let’s delve into that matter a bit more by first going back to when Hussein Obama was in the white house and Joe Biden was Hussein’s executive deputy president, and a White House Press Room statement dated November 21, 2014 and titled “FACT SHEET: U.S. Assistance to Ukraine,” where we had as follows from Hussein’s propagandists, as follows:

The United States remains firmly committed to supporting Ukraine as it works to establish security, restore economic stability, strengthen the rule of law, advance the fight against corruption, and carry out democratic and constitutional reforms.

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Democratic and constitutional reforms?


You’re kidding me, because right now, Ukraine is under martial law with constitutional provisions suspended while political parties the ruling Biden-friendly government doesn’t like because the Biden regime doesn’t like them have been outlawed, denying their followers a voice in what is becoming a fascist government with the full backing of our tax dollars being provided to it by Washington, D.C.

And as to that bit about advancing the fight against corruption, according to the Hochstein op-ed, that fight is a losing battle.

Going back to 2014 and the Obama press release, it continues as follows:

The United States stands with the Ukrainian people and their choice of democracy, reform, and European integration.

In pursuit of these objectives, Vice President Joe Biden announced today in Kyiv, Ukraine that, pending approval from Congress, the White House will commit $20 million to support comprehensive reform in the Ukrainian law enforcement and justice sectors, including prosecutorial and anti-corruption reforms.

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Anti-corruption reforms?

Joe Biden?

Yeah, right!

Going back to that press release once more, we come to this relevant item with respect to corruption in Ukraine and Amos Hochstein’s op-ed, to wit:

We are supporting Ukrainian efforts to enhance its own energy production, including through technical assistance to help restructure Ukraine’s national oil and gas company, Naftogaz, and through the introduction of new technologies to boost outputs from existing and new conventional gas fields in Ukraine.

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And there, it would seem, we have Hussein Obama and Joe Biden both tied to this Naftogaz, and that brings us to a Radio Free Europe article on May 04, 2021 by Todd Prince, a senior correspondent for RFE/RL based in Washington, D.C. who lived in Russia from 1999 to 2016, working as a reporter for Bloomberg News and an investment adviser for Merrill Lynch and has traveled extensively around Russia, Ukraine, and Central Asia, titled “Ukraine’s ‘Internal Threat’ On Blinken’s Plate After Naftogaz CEO Fired” where we learn as follows, to wit:

When U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Kyiv this week and meets with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, he will seek to demonstrate strong Western support for Ukraine from the external threat of Russian aggression.

Behind the scenes, however, there could be tension between the two over what Blinken often calls Ukraine’s “internal threat”: corruption and weak institutions.

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Timelines, people, timelines are all important in determining the flow of history from past to present!

In 2014, Hussein Obama and Joe Biden were bragging up them spending U.S. tax dollars to clean up corruption in Ukraine, and seven (7) years later, in 2021, we see corruption in Ukraine as still being an issue.

Going back to the RFE article, we have more as follows, to wit:

One week before Blinken’s expected arrival on May 5, Zelenskiy’s government did exactly the kind of thing that has raised questions in the West about Kyiv’s dedication to reforms, which observers and officials say are needed to make the system strong enough to withstand persistent pressure from Moscow.

The government dismissed Andriy Kobolyev, the respected chief executive officer of Naftogaz, the state-owned energy company that has been at the center of some of Ukraine’s biggest corruption scandals over the past three decades, using a legal loophole to get around Western corporate governance practices it had promised to uphold.

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And this is the same corrupt lash-up in the corrupt ****-hole of Ukraine under Joe’s puppet Zelensky that Joe Biden is continuing to pump our tax dollars into, while telling us that we have a duty to stand in solidarity with the Ukrainians while suffering economic harm as a result.

Getting back to this bull**** story of Bidenism in action, we have more Joe as follows:

Analysts said the stealth move, coming amid an outpouring of Western support for Ukraine in the wake of a big Russian military buildup on its borders and in occupied Crimea, smacked of direct government interference in the management of a state-owned company, a practice that has had dreadful consequences for the Ukrainian economy in the past and which the West is trying to wean Kyiv off.

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The West is “trying” to wean Kyiv off?

In which century do they expect that to happen?

Going back to RFE, we have more to consider, as follows:

Kobolyev’s dismissal provoked pointed criticism from the European Union and the United States, which have tied financial aid to Ukraine to improvements in corporate governance at state-owned companies and overall anti-corruption efforts.

Philip Reeker, acting U.S. assistant secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, called the move “troubling” during a phone briefing with reporters on April 30 and said the United States will push Ukraine’s leaders to “respect transparent corporate governance practices.”

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The United States will push Ukraine’s leaders to “respect transparent corporate governance practices?”

Oh, really?

But I thought that was what Joe Biden and Hussein Obama were doing back in 2014?

Looks like a pretty slow process to me, because the Ukrainians seem slow learners while the Biden team are poor teachers, which again takes us back to RFE, as follows:

The Naftogaz CEO’s ouster was just the latest in a series of actions by the Zelenskiy administration that have raised concerns about a rollback of the reforms achieved since Moscow-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych was pushed from power in 2014 by the massive Maidan protests, which were prompted largely by anger over corruption.

Blinken’s response to the situation surrounding Naftogaz will send an important signal to Zelenskiy about just how far President Joe Biden’s administration is willing to go to protect the nation’s reform path, analysts said.

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And that answer is not far, at all, and here for the moment I will take a pause, because there is a lot of red meat on this bone to chew on, and so we will do it by the teaspoon full so as to not checked choked by it. ... ent-629805
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And while we are on the subject of the long, strange trip the political career of Joe Biden has been, and continues to be, to our detriment and that of the world, as well, it is interesting how the mere mention of the name Amos Hochstein, a former member of the supervisory board of Ukrainian Naftogaz, from which he resigned in October 2020 by writing an opinion piece that highlighted the return of sabotage in the form of corrupt forces, has opened up the whole can of worms with regard to just how corrupt a ****hole Joe Biden’s pet state and prized possession Ukraine really is under this twerp Zelensky, who thinks OUR America is merely his fetchboy to provide him with whatever he wants when he wants.

As to Amos Hochstein, by all accounts, he was a straight shooter who dared to blow the whistle on Hunter Biden, as we see from this snippet from a Majority Staff Report of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and U.S. Senate Committee on Finance titled “Hunter Biden, Burisma, and Corruption: The Impact on U.S. Government Policy and Related Concerns,” to wit:

Key Findings

* In early 2015 the former Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, George Kent, raised concerns to officials in Vice President Joe Biden’s office about the perception of a conflict of interest with respect to Hunter Biden’s role on Burisma’s board. Kent’s concerns went unaddressed, and in September 2016, he emphasized in an email to his colleagues, “Furthermore, the presence of Hunter Biden on the Burisma board was very awkward for all U.S. officials pushing an anticorruption agenda in Ukraine.”

* In October 2015, senior State Department official Amos Hochstein raised concerns with Vice President Biden, as well as with Hunter Biden, that Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma’s board enabled Russian disinformation efforts and risked undermining U.S. policy in Ukraine.

* Although Kent believed that Hunter Biden’s role on Burisma’s board was awkward for all U.S. officials pushing an anti-corruption agenda in Ukraine, the Committees are only aware of two individuals — Kent and former U.S. Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Amos Hochstein — who raised concerns to Vice President Joe Biden (Hochstein) or his staff (Kent).

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And quite obviously, from the fact that he had the integrity to not only resign, but to pen an op-ed blowing the whistle on corruption under the thuggish twerp Zelensky, to whom we are all supposed to be bowing as the savior of democracy for the world, a crock of horse**** given that Zelensky is a dictator who like Hitler before him has suspended the Constitution of Ukraine, nothing got done by Joe Biden and not only did nothing get done, but the whole matter was buried.

According to an article in the Kyiv Post titled “Sabotage of Naftogaz” in 2020, right after Amos Hochstein penned his op-ed exposing corruption in Ukraine tied directly to the twerp Zelensky, Hochstein was highly thought of, to wit:

National gas company Naftogaz of Ukraine has been through a rough couple of weeks.

An unverified government auditor’s report was leaked to the media, CEO Andriy Kobolyev took ill with COVID-19 and supervisory board member Amos Hochstein resigned citing a growing opposition to reform and political interference in Naftogaz’s work.

The escalation in pressure has spooked investors, who fear Ukraine may be slipping faster than previously anticipated from its reform-focused track.

Rather than signalling problems within Naftogaz itself, however, experts see these events as a red flag, potentially heralding attempts to reverse gas market reforms implemented in recent years and a return of corrupt schemes.

In Hochstein’s own words, the state-owned enterprise is “facing sabotage.”

In the years following the Euromaidan revolution Naftogaz built a strong reputation among foreign investors and supporters of reform in Ukraine.

Previously used by politicians for personal enrichment and political horse-trading (which left it unprofitable and in need of state subsidies), it changed radically after new management took over in 2014.

An attack on Naftogaz, hence, is viewed by many as an assault on the legacy of reform and successes achieved in previous years.

Even more concerning for many has been the early October resignation of Hochstein.

A former US diplomat who served in the Obama administration, Hochstein was a guarantor of the integrity of Naftogaz and its ability to withstand political meddling.

Ukraine’s gas sector has historically proved to be the country’s Achilles Heel and has served as a source of endless corruption.

“The American’s departure adds to mounting fears of a return to the corrupt practices that plagued Naftogaz for many years prior to a major shake-up in the Ukrainian gas sector beginning in 2014,” explained Sabadus, adding that the resignation was not a “complete surprise to Ukraine observers who have been paying attention to the removal of numerous reformists from key positions in recent months.”

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So why was that all hushed up, which takes us back to the Radio Free Europe article on May 04, 2021 by Todd Prince, a senior correspondent for RFE/RL based in Washington, D.C. who lived in Russia from 1999 to 2016, working as a reporter for Bloomberg News and an investment adviser for Merrill Lynch and has traveled extensively around Russia, Ukraine, and Central Asia, titled “Ukraine’s ‘Internal Threat’ On Blinken’s Plate After Naftogaz CEO Fired” where we have more of that story of endemic corruption in Joe Biden’s Ukraine tied directly to his corrupt little autocratic puppet Zelensky, to wit:

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers on April 28 dismissed Naftogaz’s supervisory board, opening a legal door for the removal of Kobolyev, who has been widely credited with turning around the historically graft-infested company during his seven-year reign.

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And there, people, in the murky world inhabited by Joe Biden and his son Hunter, was the unforgivable sin of Andriy Kobolyev, the respected chief executive officer of Naftogaz, the state-owned energy company that has been at the center of some of Ukraine’s biggest corruption scandals over the past three decades – going after corruption that was feeding Hunter Biden, which made Andriy Kobolyev a direct threat to Joe Biden, who controls who can be what in Ukraine.

According to the RFE story, in testimony to Congress in November 2019, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch called Kobolyev “as clean as they come” and “fearless” in pursuing reforms, which raises questions about what role Joe Biden himself was playing here, which takes us back to the Senate Report named above, where we have the following to consider concerning the role of Joe Biden in protecting Ukraine’s corruption, to wit:

Access to relevant documents and testimony has been persistently hampered by criminal investigations, impeachment proceedings, COVID-19, and several instances of obstructive behavior.

Accordingly, this investigation has taken longer than it should have.

The Chairmen’s efforts have always been driven by our belief that the public has the right to know about wrongdoing and conflicts of interest occurring within government, and especially those conflicts brought about by the actions of governmental officials.

This is a good-government oversight investigation that relies on documents and testimony from U.S. agencies and officials, not a Russian disinformation campaign, as our Democratic colleagues have falsely stated.

What the Chairmen discovered during the course of this investigation is that the Obama administration knew that Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma’s board was problematic and did interfere in the efficient execution of policy with respect to Ukraine.

Moreover, this investigation has illustrated the extent to which officials within the Obama administration ignored the glaring warning signs when the vice president’s son joined the board of a company owned by a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch.

And, as will be discussed in later sections, Hunter Biden was not the only Biden who cashed in on Joe Biden’s vice presidency.

This report not only details examples of extensive and complex financial transactions involving the Bidens, it also describes the quandary other U.S. governmental officials faced as they attempted to guide and support Ukraine’s anticorruption efforts.

The Committees will continue to evaluate the information and evidence as it becomes available.

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And there, people, is a good place to pause and take a rest to let this all sink in – the murky world of Joe and Hunter Biden, so stay tuned, for there is much more of this story yet to come. ... ent-630314
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