LIVE: WH Thinks Russia Will Use Chemical Weapons in Ukraine, Harris Visits Poland
Russia continues to pummel Mariupol, taking out a children’s hospital and maternity ward.
I’ve lost count. Are we on Day 13 or 14? Either way, the war in Ukraine is still going on. The White House believes Russia will use chemical weapons in Ukraine, Russia bombed a children’s hospital and maternity ward, and Russia finally admitted it sent conscripts into Ukraine.
Kamala Harris in Poland
Our lovely VP visited Poland. Once again it was all about strengthening the borders of our NATO allies. All Ukraine got was more strong words towards Russia.
Harris met with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and President Andrzej Duda.
The visit comes after the Pentagon told Poland not to send MiG-29 planes to the Ukrainian military. Harris insisted our relationship with Poland remains stronger than ever.
Harris has got to work on her ability to answer questions without awkward pauses. Just say, “Yes, we need to investigate Putin for war crimes.” See? Simple. If a reporter asks why tell them to turn on a TV.
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Russia admits the obvious:
But on Wednesday Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman of the Russian defence ministry, admitted that conscripts were present in the country.
“Unfortunately, we have uncovered several instances of the presence of conscripts in the Russian units taking part in the special military operation in Ukraine,” he said.
“Almost all of those servicemen have been taken back to Russia.”
Mr Konashenkov did not give any numbers, but confirmed Ukrainian reports that several conscripts have been taken prisoner. He said Moscow was working to bring them home.
It’s hard to believe the White House when it comes to anything. But, honestly, who knows what Putin will do nowadays:
On Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration “took note of Russia’s false claims about alleged U.S. biological weapons labs and chemical weapons development in Ukraine,” and added that officials have also seen “Chinese officials echo these conspiracy theories.”
“To be clear: this is preposterous,” Psaki said, adding that it is “exactly the kind of disinformation operation we’ve seen repeatedly from the Russians over the years in Ukraine and in other countries around the world, which have been debunked conclusively, and an example of the types of false pretexts we have been warning the Russians would invent.”
Psaki said the U.S. is “in full compliance with its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Biological Weapons Convention and does not develop or possess such weapons anywhere.”
“It’s Russia that has a long and well-documented track record of using chemical weapons, including in attempted assassinations and poisoning of Putin’s political enemies like Alexey Navalny,” Psaki said. “It’s Russia that continues to support the Assad regime in Syria, which has repeatedly used chemical weapons. It’s Russia that has long maintained a biological weapons program in violation of international law.”
Psaki also pointed to Russia’s “track record of accusing the West of the very violations that Russia itself is perpetrating.”
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Let’s make sure we understand what the Administration’s deal is exactly:
It is a felony crime punishable under the full extent of the law if an American citizen lies to the US Government or any one of its agencies.
If the Federal Government lies to its citizens, it is only politics.
Harris visited Poland? Isn’t that a country in Europe? Which is of course next to other countries in Europe. Some of those countries in Europe may be bigger. Other countries may be smaller. It would be wrong if one of the bigger countries invaded a smaller country.
I can”t wait for Kamala Harris to come back and give us her book report about her European vacation.
Wonder what odds I’d get on Poland before the end of the day leaving NATO and joining forces with Russia.
It’d be a valid response to Harris visiting.
I forget, was that the bigger country in Europe, or the smaller country in Europe?
Switzerland, That was the bigger country always invading the smaller country..
Or was it San Marino?
Andorra. That’s what I was looking for. F***ing Andorrans. Always invading other countries.
The origins of this school of thought was Senator Rubio asking a question he didn’t know the answer to, having Russian claims about secret bio-warfare labs in Ukraine being CONFIRMED by Victoria Nuland, and her claiming it would be a catastrophe if the Russians took those labs.
The last war Russia fought (Syria) no chemical weapons, before that (Chechnya) no chemical weapons, before that (Afghanistan) still none…….
If you wish to go into Russia’s proxy wars against us Vietnam (no chemical weapons by the North Vietnamese) and North Korea (still none) and if you wish to go further to WW2 (no chemical weapons).
Instead of letting our government off the hook for the revelation it is running likely ILLEGAL chemical and biological weapons research (there is absolutely no reason legit facilities can’t be public in America) with wild accusations about what Russia will do next that has no evidence behind it lets TRY at least to keep our government in line.
The people who funded the reckless Wuhan Gain of Function research are all Americans.
Let that sink in the Chinese weren’t dumb enough to fund that garbage, it was us and we funded it in China to avoid American law; what laws did our government break in Ukraine?
Stop letting Russia be Biden’s shield we need a government that follows our laws.
Except that spot of bother with Zyklon B and undesirables.
PS: great post, Danny.
Could you perhaps cite Nuland’s alleged confirmation about secret bio-warfare labs in Ukraine.
Specifically and explicitly, bio-warfare.
Just that I’ve seen no evidence – from her or elsewhere – that the biolabs were engaged in or for biological warfare or bio-weapons research or development.
Oh, and “The last war Russia fought (Syria) no chemical weapons” is laughable, given Syria used multiple chemical weapons multiple times and their ally Russia explicitly shut down the investigations into this: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-opcw-timeline-idUSKBN1HG1M7
I wonder what Russia was trying to hide.
Syria used the weapons. Sadam used chemical weapons . Sometimes there is more than a fine line between direct use and an ally using them. Then there was the question of U.S. Using nerve has to clear an area to save a downed pilot in Vietnam.
Iraq. Yep, and they still had some. Materials were recovered and cleaned up once the US invaded. Bush never pushed back on the ‘No WMD found’ narrative.
Who gave Saddam the gas weapons to fight Iran, our enemy. We helped Saddam in many ways in his war. Were there Made in USA inscriptions on the bombs?
Nuland is the cite, or else she would not have been in front of that Senate committee. She is what Twitter, Google and Facebook call “experts”.
BTW, that Reuters article doesn’t cite or link anything to back up their timeline.
Nuland did not in front of the Senate committee mention biowarfare or bioweapons. Unless she did and I missed it, which is why I’m inviting people to correct me.
I know she mentioned biolabs. Commochief mentions them having ‘nasty stuff’ in them. They’re biolabs. Everything in them is ‘nasty stuff’. That doesn’t make it bioweapons.
For example, how do you research a cure for COVID without a biolab? Would a biolab have COVID samples? Yes! Could they be intentionally leaked to cause illness in the local (and further) population? Yes. Does that make the biolab a bioweapons research facility?
Where’s the evidence for these spurious propaganda claims of illegal chemical and biological weapons research? That’s all I’m asking.
Fair enough about the fact that any bio lab working with various pathogens to discover treatments could be used to develop or release bio weapons. IOW, all these facilities are potentially dual use.
What is suspect is the claim by Nuland that any chemical or biological weapon use will be by the Russians. What specific evidence does she have to support that? That seems like a sketchy attempt to pin blame without investigation on Russia for an event that has yet to happen.
Why was the msm running spurious stories the no bio labs in Ukraine partnered with or received US govt funding? Why did US govt not put out an immediate correction instead of letting the inaccurate framing of this issue to persist?
No one wants bio or chem weapons to be used. If they are used then a very thorough investigation by disinterested third parties must take place before we presume to affix blame onto either Russia or Ukraine. Frankly it’s not far fetched to imagine a third party actor using them in an attempt to further the propaganda efforts of one belligerent.
Sorry, I forgot to respond to your comment on the Reuters article. Rather than callously invite you to enter ‘syria chemical weapons’ into a Google search perhaps you’d like to start here: https://www.opcw.org/fact-finding-mission
I found that by, erm, reading the Reuters article, which provides a summary if you lack the time to go through the full detail on that website.
I don’t know perhaps the fact that they are destroying the actual research in those facilities had to be destroyed so Russians don’t get it.
Because, of course, we don’t want the Russians getting a cure for cancer.
I don’t know perhaps the fact that they are destroying the actual research in those facilities so Russians don’t get it.
Because, of course, we don’t want the Russians getting a cure for cancer.
So it was Russians and not Syrians who used chemical weapons? Funny because every report on Russian action in Syria was of Russians using conventional weapons.
That exchange between Rulan and Rubio was part of the WH gaslighting us to prepare us for a chemical/biological warfare event. Rubio was caught off-guard but salvaged Nulan’s surprise response to put it back on message. Whatever happens, Russia will be blamed.
Rubio is a dyed-in-the-wool neocon and card-carrying member of the McConnell Gang of 19. Trump disrupted the neocon plan for a NWO and Rubio is part of the machine that wants to restore the globalist demise of America.
Yep pure propaganda spin by Nuland. In essence she states that:
1. Ukraine has biolab facilities
2. US govt fears Russia taking control of these facilities because they have nasty stuff in them
3. Any use of bio or chem will be by Russian
She confirmed last weeks ‘conspiracy theory’ that the US and Ukraine partnered in biolabs, despite a coordinated msm blitz to the contrary. Then says the labs have nasty stuff, then proclaims that any release or use of bio or chem will be Russian.
A cynical person might view this as a laughably transparent attempt at CYA on the part of the State dept. It’s important to recall that State was also caught out by the Polish Govt on the green light Sec Blinkin gave for transfer of MIG from Poland to Ukraine. When the Polish Govt offered to send them to Ramstein AFB, placing these MIG in the hands of the US for transfer to Ukraine the Defense Dept immediately put the kibosh on the transfer.
What exactly is the State dept up to in Ukraine?
The “pee pee tape” team moving on to their next project.
I think he just didn’t know the answer to the question. That said a failure to say “HELL NO!!!!” was not a position Rubio would have allowed her to get into if they were working together instead of this being a surprise to Rubio along with us.
Unless of course she had been provided the questions in advance and the decision was made to use Rubio’s question as the vehicle for the revelation without his knowledge……
“Rubio is a dyed-in-the-wool neocon and card-carrying member of the McConnell Gang of 19….”
He proved to be a real waste of a senate seat.
“…having Russian claims about secret bio-warfare labs in Ukraine being CONFIRMED by Victoria Nuland”
I’ve seen Nuland’s interview and that is simply not true.
I am loving the line some are drawing here. Hey, we have have had heretofore unmentioned biolabs in Ukraine that we are funding through 3rd or 4th parties so it doesn’t tie straight back to us, They may have really nasty stuff that, if THE RUSSIANS!!!! release, would look a lot like biological warfare. In fact, they are so nasty the Russians won’t take any time at all to turn them from how they are in to WEAPONS!!! But, that doesn’t mean that WE weaponized the samples. No, no, no, we’re the good guys. We don’t do stuff like that. It is a total coincidence that despite having absolutely wonderful research labs in our country, our government funds these labs over there to do the research instead. Don’t be suspicious. You conspiracy theorist. It’s the Russians.
Those 4000 hitherto unmentioned biolabs.
The ones that were mentioned explicitly by non-Russian sources back on the day of the invasion.
The ones that Russia have never mentioned as a target or reason to invade.
The ones that nobody has yet provided any evidence to support claims that they’re involved in biological warfare or weapons.
Forgive me for being the sort of conspiracy theorist that uses available evidence and invites more.
Make sure you keep up your Russia hate so you don’t stop to question anything. Keep drinking in and spewing out the WEF propaganda. Remember, our country is the good guys and would never do anything bad. Keep saying it over and over and over again. Extra points for calling anybody with a higher than room temperature IQ a traitor.
I strongly suspect your country is not ‘our’ country.
I’m just asking for evidence to support these extravagent claims and.. your response is to attack me instead of providing it.
What I’ve learned the previous decade is what ever leftists accuse their enemies of planning or engaging is exactly what leftists themselves are perpetrating.
****Our enemy is in the WH, not in Russia.****
Here’s hoping enough of us have that epiphany.
“The visit comes after the Pentagon told Poland not to send MiG-29 planes to the Ukrainian military.”
You are engaging in a tiny bit of misdirection… what happened was:
State Department: “Poland is sending Mig-29’s to Ukraine”
Poland: Wait, what??!! That is fake news. But, hey, we’re allies right? Tell you what — we’ll send those Migs to a US airbase in Germany and you guys can take it from there.
Pentagon: Wait, what??!! Hey Poland, we forbid you to send those jets. That is too high of a risk for escalating a shooting war. We disapprove.
As a person with Polish descent let me translate what happened.
The US told Poland “send these planes, we are willing to let every last Pole die for Ukranian independence”,
Poland responded “Tell you what, we’ll give you the planes, then you can let every last American die for Ukranian independence”.
The US responded “No thanks.”
12 or 13 days?
The fastest modern war on record was the partition of Poland which took 35 days., and that was fighting two of the larget countries on two fronts.
When Germany finally decided to stop negotiating and attack France it took 6 weeks.
We are barely in Phase 1.
Phase 1? Russia’s losing, badly.
Hey, Six day War(1967) here. Am I a joke to you?
Kamala speaking in Poland, “We will defend every square inch of NATO except for the U.S. southern border.”
Of course Russia will use chemical weapons. That is to be expected. But if that isn’t enough to get them victory, they will keep escalating, and will use nuclear weapons. Putin can’t afford to lose. Russian History says that regimes that lose wars tend to fall. Putin is desperate, and he will have no choice but to use nukes.
When have they ever used chemical weapons on a foreign adversary? They didn’t even use chemical weapons when the Germans were battering the gates of Moscow.
A better question is why the hell do we have biolabs in Ukraine and why exactly China and Russia’s propaganda was confirmed in senate testimony?
Use of chemical weapons and tactical nukes has been the doctrine of Russian forces since de ole Soviet days.So there is some cause for concern. Luckily the Russian invasion is such a shambles that the use of chem or nuke weapons would probably hurt them more than the Ukrainians.
The US plan for the defense of Western Europe called for use of tactical nukes in Europe v Soviets under certain conditions and battlefield scenarios. No nation with nuke capabilities and certainly not one who also possesses legit delivery capacity should be taken lightly.
Events since the end of the cold war have clearly demonstrated that nations without a legit nuke capability are far more likely to be abused than those with a true nuclear deterrence.
Take a step back and look at the pattern of events going on. Step way back. Think pattern recognition.
The “friction” between the “US” and Russia is being manufactured for our dis-benefit. When I say our, I mean the average person on the street in Ukraine, Russia, here and pretty much elsewhere on the planet.
The manufacturer is the same folks that have been using war, famine and pestilence in their quest for a one world government to save us from ourselves. And they now believe it is time to rev up the fear porn to get us to rev up their change engine with our eager support.
World Economic Forum spokes leader Klaus Schwab tells us what they want to do – you will own nothing and you will be happy. How can that be? Look to see the donors and politicians the WEF has been sending to school to further the plan – folks like Justin Trudeau, Gavin Newsom and others. And in 2021 take a look at the WEF headline: where they claim that Russia is on for the fourth industrial revolution.
These folks balkanize society to destroy culture and thus their destruction of our existing society will eventually have no frame of reference other than their own. And as the comedian George Carlin so succinctly stated, it’s a club and we are not members.
Since COVID did not completely destroy our economy, we’ll now have the political class continue to ramp up the destruction with no real concern about the fall out.
By the way, I’m an optimist in that while history may repeat itself, the truth will survive and be transparent in the long term.
Cockroaches will survive. The world needs optimists. But also pessimists.
The Russians thought that was a success. I can give you examples of how in the first world countries with tier 1 special forces think it’s a disaster if a hostage is killed.
Do you know how much ammo you have to expend to achieve that level of excellency?
The White House thinks that Russia will expose Kiev’s chemical weapons, perhaps billions of dollars in state of the art house warming gifts a la Taliban/Afghanistan, left following the violent Western-backed coup and 32 trimesters of diversity, inequity, and exclusion in order to force disenfranchised Ukrainians to take a knee.
despite all the noise, cannot see that vlad is stupid enough to resort to “tactical” nukes–the casualties in ukraine and the consequences for vlad/the russians would be extreme–not only would such an act galvanize the defense(both in ukraine and the rest of europe)would also leave the russian people/their country exposed to in-kind retaliation and, once that got under way, who knows?–difficult to predict the sequence of events after the first exchange–once that genie’s out of the bottle all bets are off
and we have a dementia-addled fool and a giggling idiot sitting in the wh