On Friday we said, half-jokingly, that it feels like a false-flaggy weekend...
Feels like a false flaggy weekend— zerohedge (@zerohedge) January 21, 2022
... and while so far luckily
World War III fighting has not erupted (even if the German head of the navy lost his job for telling the truth), moments ago the US has once again done everything in its power to further inflame tensions when it ordered family members of US government workers at the US embassy in Kyiv to leave Ukraine “due to the continued threat of Russian military action,” the State Department said Sunday.
“There are reports Russia is planning significant military action against Ukraine,” the State Department said in the advisory. “The security conditions, particularly along Ukraine’s borders, in Russia-occupied Crimea, and in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine, are unpredictable and can deteriorate with little notice.”
The advisory also urged U.S. citizens in Ukraine to consider leaving the country now using commercial or other private travel options, while a travel advisory elevated Ukraine to "Level 4: Do Not Travel":
The decision represents a further turn of the screw in a standoff between Russia and the U.S. and its alllies over President Vladimir Putin’s military buildup along the border with Ukraine. Meanwhile, the NYT reported that Joe Biden is contemplating deploying troops to Eastern Europe and the Baltics in the clearest attempt yet to escalate tensions to an all out war just to deflect attention from his catastrophic presidency.
Biden is also considering deploying warships and aircraft to NATO allies. According tot he Times, Biden is weighing sending 1,000 to 5,000 troops to Eastern European countries and could increase that number tenfold if necessary.
According to Bloomberg, "the moves mark an escalation of tension, which the U.S. has sought to diffuse" and we wonder what AI algo editorialized that particular piece of trash propaganda.
The latest escalations come after Blinken spoke earlier on Sunday during the TV media circuit, rejecting pressure to immediately escalate sanctions on Russia for its military buildup, saying it would limit western options in the future. He said the U.S. has focused with its European allies on building up the threat of “massive consequences” for Russia to dissuade Putin from sending forces into Ukraine and on leaving the door open to diplomacy.
“The purpose of those sanctions is to deter Russian aggression and so if they’re triggered now, you lose the deterrent effect,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
He said the U.S. is tracking a U.K. warning that Russia is plotting to install a pro-Kremlin government in Ukraine as part of the Kremlin’s playbook for encroaching on its neighbor.
“We’ve been concerned and have been warning about exactly these kinds of tactics for weeks,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
What we are more concerned about is just who is so earnestly pushing the US into World War III, because it certainly is not the senile president who barely has any idea where he is half the time, and whose puppet strings are controlled by dozens of special interest groups. Unfortunately we doubt anyone in the media will inquire into whose actions are pushing the US to the brink of all out war, with potentially tens of millions dead, until it is too late. We are, however, certain that the deflationary impact of another world war should delay any rate hikes from the Fed sending futures limit up.