Since the Cold War's end, "NATO exists to manage the risks created by its existence"
Very good take Brian.
Starker realities here - The Decline of The West, vectored via this US-NATO-UK Ukrainian Proxy War over the lives of the poor Ukrainian people to bring down the Russian State, tip out its government and expropriate its vast resources - failed.
Expressed further under the Decline of The West, vectored via that failed, longest of the long LongShots, this engineered US-NATO-UK Ukrainian Proxy War over the lives of the poor Ukrainian people to weaken Russia, tip out its government and possess its considerable resources.
Judgment shall be by outcomes. Thus far, it is the EU and NATO that will disintegrate. Paradoxically, the present winners are simultaneously the United States and Russia. Those in the way of superpower aspirations invariably are ground up in the geo-political machinery.
Discussed here in lengthy, abstruse and eclectic prose across several essays that will leave the reader visibly aged, yet possibly far wiser although admittedly that is entirely speculative . . . https://les7eb.substack.com
A promise made by a democracy is called a treaty. The US has stacks of them with Russia. Why would anyone, in the US or Russia, think that a single voice was representative of the actions of that democracy to such a degree that that one voice could make a promise for everyone? And why would they believe it meaningful if it, unlike the many other instances, wasn't ratified as a treaty? Claiming a grievance because such a "promise" was broken is just bizarre.
For those who'd like to take a deeper dive, here's a very interesting lecture ("Why is Ukraine the West's Fault?") by University of Chicago Professor John Mearsheimer:
It must be very difficult run a created country not even developed in those few years their own language.
I wonder who compiled that ethnolinguistic map of Ukraine.
I lived there for many years and traveled all over the country and I almost never heard Ukrainian spoken, except in Galicia. "How do you say that in Ukrainian?" was a running joke. For that matter, I was at the signing of an agreement between a Ukrainian businessman (born and raised in Kiev) and a member of the Yushchenko Administration. I don't know where he was from.
Because Ukrainian law required contracts to be written in Ukrainian or a Ukrainian counterpart, both parties asked me to explain the meanings of common Ukrainian words in the contract.
I explained in Russian.
Thank you for the detailed, comprehensive, and what should be to most a thoroughly convincing analysis.