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American Lethal Military Aid to Ukraine is a Throwback to Iran-Contra Day

By Wayne MADSEN – Strategic-Culture.org

It was inevitable. As calls increased by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and NATO military commander General Philip Breedlove, among others, for lethal military equipment to be shipped by the United States to the putschist regime of Ukraine, a flurry of Ukrainian cargo transports landing at military supply airports in the United States and Europe hearkened back to the days when non-descript transports plied the world’s air routes clandestinely and simultaneously delivering weapons to Iran and Nicaraguan rebel forces.

In a repeat of the Central Intelligence Agency’s globe hopping weapons transport cargo planes of the Iran-Contra scandal era and the more recent Libyan rebel supply caper to overthrow Muammar Qaddafi, a Ukrainian Antonov AN-124 (tail number UR-82072) heavy lifter military transport plane, denoted as an «International Cargo Transport» and belonging to the «Antonov Transport Bureau», astonished residents around Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla International Airport in Serbia when it landed there on January 28, 2015. The Ukrainian plane, the world’s largest aircraft, was a rare sight at an airport in a country that generally supports Russia in its conflict with Kiev.

Kerry and Breedlove are talking about commencing an arms shipment by NATO that actually began last year. In September 2014, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated that a number of NATO countries agreed to deliver weapons to Ukrainian forces, which consist not only of regular Ukrainian troops but irregular battalions supported by billionaire Ukrainian-Israeli warlord Ihor Kolomoisky consisting of neo-Nazis, U.S. and other private military forces, and ex-Israel Defense Force personnel. At the time of the September 2014 NATO summit in Wales, Ukrainian presidential adviser Yuri Lutsenko said that the United States, France, Poland, Norway and Italy had agreed to supply weapons to Ukraine and Canada later revealed that it had also commenced weapons transfers to the Kiev putschists.

Ukraine’s military forces have received so much NATO military aid and assistance and personnel, Russian President Vladimir Putin recently said that the Ukrainian Army is acting as NATO’s «foreign legion.» There are also credible reports that NATO has supplied the Kiev regime with deadly cluster bombs that are being used against the largely Russian-speaking civilian population of the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.

The AN-124 that landed in Belgrade appears to have been ferrying weapons from a number of known NATO air terminals used for such purposes. After arriving in Bucharest, Romania on January 23, 2015 from the Italian island of Lampedusa, off the coast of Libya, the aircraft departed on January 23 for New Jersey in the United States. Lampedusa was a major staging base for NATO weapons supplies to Libyan rebels during the Western- and Islamist-inspired rebellion against the Qaddafi government. Bucharest has become a major base for NATO military support to Kiev.


On January 25, the Antonov departed Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey for Trondheim, Norway. On January 26, the Ukrainian transport plane left Trondheim for Prestwick Airport, Glasgow, Scotland. The plane departed Prestwick on January 28 and touched down the same day at Belgrade. Prestwick was a favorite transit hub used by the CIA for the rendition of detainees following 9/11.

The United States has positioned six storage units located in the mountains of Norway’s central Trøndelag region, the capital of which is Trondheim. U.S. military equipment, including tanks and armored personnel vehicles, are stored at two Norwegian Air Force stations in the area, one of them being co-located with Trondheim Airport Værnes where the Ukrainian Antonov landed on January 26, 2015.

The Antonov’s destination after it left Belgrade was Mombasa, Kenya via Athens. The plane was reported by Serbian sources to be carrying «special cargo» weapons. It is conceivable that UR-82072 dropped off in Athens for further shipment to Ukraine weapons loaded at NATO airports in Lampedusa, Glasgow, and Trondheim, as well as Serbian caches placed on board in Belgrade and, perhaps, U.S. weapons stored at Picatinny Arsenal in Morris County, New Jersey, the Defense Department’s Specialty Site for Guns and Ammunition, and Naval Weapons Station Earle, New Jersey. Both weapons bases are in close proximity to Newark Liberty International. The AN-124 is permanently based at Kiev’s Gostomel Airport. The plane’s visit to Newark airport was said to be “rare” by local plane spotters.

Ever since fighting broke out between Ukrainian forces and Russian-speaking separatists in eastern Ukraine, the mysterious Ukrainian AN-124 has been spotted around the world, likely picking up weapons. On June 18, 2014, it was seen at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport. Before that, it was seen on May 22, 2014 at Las Palmas, Canary Islands, in what may have been a refueling stop. On January 1 and 6, 2015 and November 23, 2014, it was spotted at Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany; on July 2, 2014, it was Luqa International in Malta (Malta was another staging base for weapons supplies to anti-Qaddafi forces during the Libyan civil war); and on April 15, 2014 at Francisco Sa Carneiro Aiport, Porto, Portugal and a week later, on April 27, at Schwechat Airport in Vienna. In June 2014, the Ukrainian transport plane was at Boston Logan Airport, Tulsa International in Oklahoma (the home of Tinker Air Force Base, a major logistics center), and Philadelphia International Airport (near Boeing’s Rotorcraft Systems in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania). The Ukrainian plane was reported to have arrived from Ben Gurion in Tel Aviv to pick up an Agusta Westland ICH-47F Chinook helicopter, licensed by Boeing, for the Italian army. However, it is anyone’s guess what the Ukrainian plane picked up in addition to the Italy-bound Chinook and where such “extra cargo” may have ended up.

On May 14, 2014, the Ukrainian Antonov was seen at Calgary International Airport in Alberta. Calgary is a major nexus for the Canadian and American military-industrial complex, hosting Raytheon Canada’s missile production division and plants producing the rotary Phalanx machine gun and infrared and targeting equipment for armored vehicles, and General Dynamics, Harris Corporation, and NovAtel factories manufacturing everything from avionics systems to satellite communications gear.

Also in June 2014, the globe-hopping Ukrainian weapons transport was seen at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska. In June 2014 it was seen in Buenos Aires. In October 2013, just a month before the outbreak of CIA and State Department-supported Maidan protests in Kiev, UR-82072 was seen on the runway at Dulles International Airport, which sits in the middle of an American military-intelligence industrial complex that includes the CIA, Defense Logistics Agency operations, and major war contractors like Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Dulles also hosts a German military base on American soil.

On April 4, 2014, the Antonov weapons carrier was sighted at Portsmouth International Airport, the old Pease Air Force Base, which is now a New Hampshire Air National Guard Base. It is said to have departed for Dakar, Senegal. However, one of the most common tactics of the CIA and U.S. military during the heyday of Iran-contra was to file false flight plans and bogus bills of lading. Israel’s Mossad assisted in the clandestine shipment of U.S. weapons, such as the TOW anti-tank missile, to Iran.

In September 2014, the Ukrainian weapons hauler was spotted on a runway at Tbilisi International Airport in the Republic of Georgia. Not far from it was a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster cargo plane that was supposedly delivering weapons to Georgia. The close proximity of the Ukrainian weapons heavy lifter to the C-17 at Tbilisi airport coincided with the NATO Summit in Wales. In 2013, the Ukrainian plane was involved in the transfer

There is little doubt that Breedlove, an unapologetic Cold Warrior, had previously authorized the transfer of NATO weapons to Ukraine via Tbilisi. Georgia and Ukraine have formed an “aspirant NATO member alliance” against Russia on a front line extending from South Ossetia, through Abkhazia, through eastern Ukraine and Crimea, to the Transnistrian Republic north of Moldova. It is this front line that NATO war planners now dream of directly confronting indigenous and Russian troops protecting the independence of the phalanx of states of South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Donetsk, Lugansk, and Transnistria but also Russia’s southern flank, including the Russian autonomous republic of Crimea and the Russian federal city of Sevastopol.

It is clear from the arrivals and departures of Ukraine’s gigantic weapons hauler, Breedlove’s comments about arming Ukraine with lethal weapons were ex post facto. Once again, America has chosen a foolhardy strategy of war over diplomacy. And, once again, it will pay a terrible price in terms of blood and treasure.


Kerry Cementing Covert Deal of U.S. Arms Flow to Ukraine

By Wayne MADSEN – Strategic-Culture.org

Amid the meme being spread by Pentagon «sources» to the media that Russia is currently more unpredictable militarily than at any time since the Cold War, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is arriving in the Ukrainian capital to obviously «seal the deal» on American «lethal defensive weapons» and military advisers being sent to Ukraine to help it battle self-determination seekers in the Donbass region. Although Kerry said in Kiev that the U.S. will not provide weapons to Ukraine, he is either naïve or lying about previous U.S. arms shipments to the Kiev authorities.

Ukrainian military transport aircraft have, for the past year since the Zionist/fascist putschists overthrew the government of President Viktor Yanukovych in Kiev, been flying around the world, including the United States, collecting everything from weapons and military helicopters to armored vehicles and ammunition for Ukraine’s polyglot army of regular troops and neo-Nazi militia units.

Kerry’s move comes as all signs from the Obama administration point to an impending overt outflow of U.S. weapons to the putschist regime in Kiev. During Secretary of Defense-nominee Ashton Carter’s confirmation hearing before Senate Armed Services Committee chairman John McCain, the chief war monger calling for the U.S. to support Ukraine militarily, Carter all but promised to send Ukraine U.S. weaponry. Carter told McCain: «I’m very much inclined in that direction [sending Ukraine weapons], mister chairman, because I think we need to support the Ukrainians in defending themselves.»

The United States also announced that it was providing $16 million in «humanitarian aid» to Kiev. One of the lessons of the Iran-contra scandal of the 1980s was that U.S. «humanitarian aid» to the right-wing Nicaraguan contras was often in the form of air-parachuted guns and ammunition delivered by CIA contract airlines like Southern Air Transport.

Carter’s comment came as NATO commander General Philip Breedlove told a NATO defense ministers’ meeting in Brussels that Ukraine needed «defensive» weapons to defend its eastern border. U.S. ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute asserted that regular Russian troops were active in Donbass since the outbreak of hostilities in April 2014. However, Lute offered not a single shred of evidence to support his assertion.

Lute is a retired U.S. Army general who served as George W. Bush’s «war czar.» Lute is among several neo-conservative Bush administration holdovers in the Obama administration. Another such neo-con holdover is Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. Before newly-inaugurated Barack Obama decided to appoint Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State, by-passing Kerry who believed he would become Obama’s first Secretary of State, it is known that Kerry personally pushed Nuland, Bush’s ambassador to NATO, for her current job. Nuland, one of the architects of the «Maidan Square» coup against Yanukovych who is known for her lack of diplomatic tact and her foul-mouth, is married to the infamous neo-con policy maker Robert Kagan, one of the promoters of the U.S. invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Carter wants to send «non-lethal» aid to Ukraine but Breedlove may have tipped his hand when he recently stated that the type of weaponry Ukraine should get from NATO should be able to help it «counter sophisticated and heavy weaponry» being supplied to eastern Ukrainians by Russia. What Breedlove is stating is that Ukraine should be able to counter alleged «sophisticated weaponry» with «sophisticated weaponry» from NATO. Such NATO weapons would be as «offensive» in nature as «defensive.»

Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel represented the United States at the NATO meeting. Breedlove’s comments came as the Pentagon admitted to «losing» $400 million worth of weapons it had sent to Yemen’s government. There is little doubt that the «defensive» weapons of helicopters, small arms, ammunition, tanks, and artillery have ended up in the hands of the Islamic State and Al Qaeda.

Carter’s statement came as Vice President Joe Biden, whose son, R. Hunter Biden serves on the board of directors of chief Ukrainian war lord and Zionist billionaire provocateur Ihor Kolomoisky’s Burisma Holdings natural gas conglomerate, planned to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at a Munich security summit on his upcoming trip to Europe, which will also include a stopover at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Biden’s family is not the only one with a stake in putschist-run Ukraine. Kerry’s step-son Christopher Heinz is a close friend and business associate of Devon Archer, who also serves on the board of Burisma Holdings. Archer and Hunter Biden are managing partners of Rosemont Seneca Holdings/Partners/Advisers, a typical «investment firm» used by politicians and their families to make a profit on having «insider ties» with foreign governments and business tycoons like Kolomoisky.

Speaking at a February 4 news conference in Paris with Canadian Defense Minister Robert Nicholson, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that France would not follow the U.S. lead in supplying «defensive weapons» to Ukraine if Washington publicly announced such a move. Nicholson said Canada had already supplied Ukraine with «defensive weapons.» Ukraine lost a powerful advocate in the recent surprise resignation of Canadian External Affairs Minister John Baird, whose sudden departure from politics sent a shockwave through the political establishment in Ottawa.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande turned up suddenly in Kiev during Kerry’s visit to the Ukrainian capital. The German and French leaders were expected to deliver a new peace proposal Kiev before flying to Moscow.

The words of NATO nations’ leaders in seeking a peace accord between Ukraine and Russia were not matched by actions. Even as Merkel and Hollande set out for Kiev and Moscow, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was announcing a more than doubling of the size of NATO’s multinational rapid reaction force, aimed at Russia, from 13,000 to 30,000 troops. NATO command and control centers were to be established in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Bulgaria. Meanwhile, former NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, due to be sworn in as President of Croatia on February 19, 2015, began making bellicose statements aimed at Serbia, a traditional Russian ally, about eventual independence for the Serbian province of Vojvodina, a region with a large ethnic Hungarian population.

Even if one were to believe that Kerry, Hollande, and Merkel were well-intentioned in their efforts with regard to bringing about a peace agreement in Ukraine, the actions of Stoltenberg, Lute, and Breedlove point more to a NATO intent on seeking a military showdown with Russia. NATO should have long ago shuttered the doors in its headquarters in Brussels. It is a military bloc that only represents the interests of neo-con war hawks like the aging McCain and his «drama queen» friend Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and money-hungry war companies like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and General Dynamics, eager to sell their expensive war «toys» to new NATO members.



By Wayne MADSEN – Strategic-Culture.org



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