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.
For the Steering Group, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
- William Binney, former Technical Director, World Geopolitical & Military Analysis, NSA; co-founder, SIGINT Automation Research Center (ret.)
- Marshall Carter-Tripp, Foreign Service Officer & former Division Director in the State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research (ret.)
- Bogdan Dzakovic, former Team Leader of Federal Air Marshals and Red Team, FAA Security (ret.) (associate VIPS)
- Graham E. Fuller,Vice-Chair, National Intelligence Council (ret.)
- Robert M. Furukawa, Captain, Civil Engineer Corps, USNR (ret.)
- Philip Giraldi, CIA, Operations Officer (ret.)
- Mike Gravel, former Adjutant, top secret control officer, Communications Intelligence Service; special agent of the Counter Intelligence Corps and former United States Senator
- John Kiriakou, former CIA Counterterrorism Officer and former Senior Investigator, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
- Karen Kwiatkowski, former Lt. Col., US Air Force (ret.), at Office of Secretary of Defense watching the manufacture of lies on Iraq, 2001-2003
- Edward Loomis, NSA Cryptologic Computer Scientist (ret.)
- Ray McGovern, former US Army infantry/intelligence officer & CIA presidential briefer (ret.)
- Elizabeth Murray, former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East & CIA political analyst (ret.)
- Pedro Israel Orta, CIA Operations Officer & Analyst; Inspector with IG for the Intelligence Community (ret.)
- Todd E. Pierce, MAJ, US Army Judge Advocate (ret.)
- Scott Ritter, former MAJ., USMC, former UN Weapon Inspector, Iraq
- Coleen Rowley, FBI Special Agent and former Minneapolis Division Legal Counsel (ret.)
- Kirk Wiebe, former Senior Analyst, SIGINT Automation Research Center, NSA
- Sarah G. Wilton, CDR, USNR, (ret.); Defense Intelligence Agency (ret.)
- Robert Wing, U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Officer (former) (associate VIPS)
- Ann Wright, U.S. Army Reserve Colonel (ret) and former U.S. Diplomat who resigned in 2003 in opposition to the Iraq War
I can not think of an interest more keen on “burning the b.tch(Ukraine) to the ground” in order to destroy the evidence that that of the Biden clan…
…and that is just one of the arguments on the table…
I feel the inevitability creeping closer and closer,
Well done VIPS. Unfortunately, you are assuming rationality on the part of the Hegemon.
These intel officers are obviously aware of all the repercussions in case of a new war in the Donbass. However, their letter was addressed to Sleepy Joe Biden, who is nothing more than a neocon puppet, who does as told. It will be the neocons who decide if Ukraine will attack or not. I fear hey will risk a war in order to satisfy their globalist Agenda.
Sure, it was formally addressed to Bidet. But it was published, made public. It was actually addressed to everybody might make a real difference.
Exactly like in 08.08, US planners push a land to war with Russia in swearing unwavable stand. And let them loose.
In 2008, Russia was officialy an occidental colony since 1992. Good boys.
Suddendly, in 08/08 US planners created a New Vilain to fear and hate. More consistant than small Irak.
With a bloody and total Ukies defeat, they will be able to launch a new iron curtain and tighten more again the necklace on européens throat.
A total victory.
Will Ukies soldiers stupid enough to go dying for US projets? We’ll see.
You wouldn’t know there was the possibility of a third World War if you lived in Australia as I do?
The National Broadcaster (The ABC) has been totally silent on this matter but has 3 Articles this week on Navalny and quoting Amnesty International…… “Human rights group Amnesty International earlier on Wednesday said Mr. Navalny had been incarcerated in conditions that amount to torture and may slowly be killing him.” ……..
Adding to this abysmal lack of information they attached or Led each Article linking Putin to Navalny and Navalny’s plight?
The saturation of misinformation by what the ABC says is….. “Australia’s Most Trusted News Network” …. is eye watering.
So how much thanks do you have to give to these wonderful people who understand what it all means? I could never thank them enough.
I Can tell you a true story. In the earl 30’s, a French Big farmer, feeling wars coming, decided to sell everything in France and to go find peace where he was absolutly sure that never War would Come there. The place he bought in a far, far far away unknown island called: Guadalcanal… :)
Many years ago, when I worked in the legal profession, I had a client who had been called up to serve in the Korean War. He was so outraged at the British government that after his discharge he emigrated to Australia, and found himself called up to serve in Vietnam (from which Britain steered clear).
He was so angered by the Ozzies that he came back to Britain.
This person sounds like a confused and misguided fool. makes one feel sorry for him.
What are you still doing watching the ABC? Surely you should have ditched them all by now. I have my selection of (internet) news sources gained over many years that I find fairly accurate and I’m happy with. I get quite genuinely sickened when I watch any main stream media source – and that usually only happens by accident. The last one I saw (partially) was the 60 Minutes episode getting stuck into Putin, just to see what/how they are setting him up for the upcoming Ukraine problems.
I was fortunate enough to have done a survey recently of media outlets, and I sure let them know that I watch/read lots of news but get ZERO from the MSM sources.
I don’t low where you live Rob, but here in Australia the ABC is the Organisation which has maintained the Australian Culture since the 1930’s as it covers every way of life. It is the most important Institution we have and when if has now been saturated with a “Woke” US mentality even more toxic that it used to be I watch it among 30 other sites across the Planet including several in the US so I’m informed about the rest of the world. You may like to only look at what you believe is all that matters but that is what the Neocons and others who have blinkers make their way of life.
I constantly rebuke the ABC for lying, calling them Liars and put it in writing! I have been doing so for several Years and am yet to be sued because in Australia no case will have any legs if what you say can be proven and in every case I send as an Email I set out what the lie is.
So Rob enjoy reading fellow believers of what you believe and I’m sure you will never come into any conflict?
When the ABC lies about Venezuela and Syria and Putin and Biden and Trump they need to be called out because Australians believe them?
……/Human rights group Amnesty International earlier on Wednesday said Mr. Navalny had been incarcerated in conditions that amount to torture and may slowly be killing him.” ……..
Scum. Not ever a bloody word about Assange.
Wonder if they’ve made the same complaint about Assange. But of course they haven’t. Corporate broadcasters are the Devil.
“Human rights group Amnesty International earlier on Wednesday said Mr. Navalny had been incarcerated in conditions that amount to torture and may slowly be killing him.”
W.E Kieran, are you sure your Australian Broadcasting Corporation said Mr.Navalny and not Mr.Assange? Surely Assange would make more sense, being an Australian citizen incarcerated in England under conditions that amount to torture and may slowly be killing him”.
My reply to the ABC was this email………..
Has the ABC just become a mouthpiece for a Shyster?
Webster /definition……………. a person who is professionally unscrupulous especially in the practice of law or politics!
Something of which Navalny is a standout being one in the first and a “Wannabe” in the other!
Over the last two days since Easter Alexei Navalny has featured in at least three Articles all about him being treated badly in poor conditions in Gaol!
The ABC blew both its Te(n)ticles off ( If I’ve got that right) by posting the below Photo of conditions claimed to be by Amnesty International……
Human rights group Amnesty International earlier on Wednesday said Mr Navalny had been incarcerated in conditions that amount to torture and may slowly be killing him.
What are you MUGS up to?
Navalny’s a convicted crook on at least two occasions and a performing Acrobatic Cockroach killer in one video with a Team of Performing Liars and Eric Campbell in another!
But you slimy Scum of a National Broadcaster have nothing to say about an Australian held in isolation and indeed intimidating and inhumane conditions of punishment amounting to Torture!
As far as you appear to be concerned he doesn’t exist! ….. Is it because you get your directions from Washington?….. It seems like that to me!
Not a consoling word about someone who is an actual Hero and who hasn’t embezzled on two occasions Hundreds of thousands of Dollars Value of other people’s money!
Let alone feature him 3 times and the week hasn’t finished yet.
You are disgusting beyond description!
Where are all the WOKE PEOPLE in your Ranks because Navalny would dispose of them like he wants to dispose of Muslims?
And you have the unmitigated GALL to talk about being Honest?
This is a very clear-sighted warning. We must hope Mr. Biden’s handlers heed it.
These are entirely reasonable demands by the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. Unfortunately they will be dismissed as ‘weakness’ by the junta in Washington.
Leave it to the military people (and a handful of spooks) to be the sane ones in the room. Probably should have addressed this to whoever’s giving orders to Biden if they want it acted upon. I doubt the old coot’s capable of reading much of anything these days.
Just as Trump was beholden to dual-citizen Likudniks and Christian Zionists, Biden is beholden to AIPAC and the very same neocons who gave us 9/11. That horrible event was the pretext for all the wars of this century, all for Israel. This is the same neocon baggage that Obama had to deal with: color revolutions, the coup in Ukraine, and the never-ending war in Syria, but most importantly, the same Ashkenazi hatred for Russia that started way back in 965 when Sviatoslav I destroyed the Khazar city of Sarkel and its capital at Atil. A visitor to Atil wrote soon after Sviatoslav’s campaign: “The Rus’ attacked, and no grape or raisin remained, not a leaf on a branch.” The Khazars went on to become the Ashkenazim, who comprise most of US neocons, and the rest is history.
Biden will have to do the “little dance” with these neocons to avoid war in Ukraine and Iran. Problem is, all the wars of this century were because of the false-flag events of 9/11, blamed on the Arabs. A new war in Ukraine would also not be the result of careful deliberation. A redo of 9/11, this time blamed on the Russians or Iran, would be all it would take to set in into motion. May Heaven help us all.
Ray McGovern supported electing Biden, despite the obvious problems with Biden as a candidate and based on his past record of warmongering….
I wonder if he has any regrets….There is a fair number of us, who foresaw trouble if Biden were elected, just as we saw the problems that would result had Trump been reelected.
Hanging or Firing Squad, Cyanide or Arsenic…such are the choices that make it through the vetting process for President of the US.
Been reading letters like this for decades and decades.
Reason is never in the calculus of the Hegemon or its leadership.
Most of the Bidens, Bushes, Obamas, et al just love war-making.
They can shine on the few US casualties, hide and body-wash the big casualties and benefit from the corporations selling them military death machines and accessories.
This is the business of the US. The primary business. It employs millions. It touches every state and county. The budget and debt created for it is enormous.
So, dollars and votes and contributions all fuel the need for more war.
Biden wants to keep the corrupt money machine in Kiev alive. The Dems launder the money loaned to Kiev and take it back home for election rigging.
There is also siphoning off of millions and millions for the personal benefit of scores of people working for Biden, Clinton, Podesta, Obama, et al.
There is nothing on the other side of the equation to stop them from continuing this policy.
The West does not care about children and grandmothers being killed by Ukie mortars and shelling, or snipers (“advisors”) killing Donbass citizens.
The goal is to drag or entice Russian invasion. They will continue this until it happens.
What do they gain with no threat of war? Nothing.
Zelensky will be overthrown.
Minsk 2 becomes the only roadmap for Kiev.
Less money flows to Kiev.
Less opportunity to steal money and weapons to sell.
All that is left if there is no war is Ukie human sex trafficking and drugs.
That’s paltry monies when there could be billions on which to pig out.
They lose the easy money from human organs trafficking if there is no war.
Biden won’t even see this letter.
Get ready for war. It benefits Biden and Zelensky. Their wallets are calling the shots.
“The goal is to drag or entice Russian invasion. They will continue this until it happens. “
Resort to “intelligence” is useful in aiding purpose by increasing the noise/signal ratio, constrained by What are The United States of America and how are they facilitated ?
“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. ”
“Analysis” ignoring the opportunities of others is always ill informed, although prevalent with others schooled in the exceptionalism of belief in sole/prime agency.
Stop the Empire’s war on Russia?
Strange it was the same intelligence organizations who created the coup in the Ukraine originally, and now they are saying that the situation is just to their liking so back off, before they undo all the work and billions of U.S. taxpayer money that’s been dumped down the rathole known as the Ukraine with no means of repaying it.
These are the few smart ones who know that if Russia or the Russian-speaking people are attacked that Russia will clean them out and yes the U.S. military is a paper tiger which they full well know still trying to float on their reputation from WW11 which is suspect from the beginning, but yet fell flat in Korea Nam Iraq and Syria not to mention Afghanistan and a few others, NATO is not going to get involved for they still remember what Russia will and can do if aroused, and they want no part of that. There’s an old saying around here that if you can’t run with the old dogs stay on the porch, and that’s damn good advice for those war dogs up in Washington..
Am I to believe that the signatories of this petition really see their current “president” as their leader? The submission could as well have been to “Mickey Mouse” at one of the Disney Worlds. Make another copy and address it to any one of your Deep State members that comes to mind.
The flag of the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany on display in Marinka during the photo-op of Zelensky’s review of the Ukrainian troops.