CNN reports, "Vice President Kamala Harris is jetted to Europe Wednesday for a trip that became more complicated after one of her hosts – Poland – caught the United States by surprise
with a proposal to provide its Soviet-era fighter jets to Ukraine
"What seemed like a straightforward mission
turned more fraught when the Polish foreign ministry announced it was prepared to deploy the jets to the US Air Force’s Ramstein Air Base in Germany, which in theory could then be provided to Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has pleaded for more aircraft amid the Russian invasion."
The Polish offer "appeared designed to avoid the appearance of Poland directly arming Ukraine in its battle against Russia, but created a conundrum for the United States, which is also intent on avoiding direct conflict with Moscow," CNN.
Based on geography that reasoning is spurious at best. Poland is far more vulnerable that the U.S. Poland has a long border with the war zone, meaning Ukraine. Also, Poland has a substantial border with Belarus, a Russian puppet that is assisting Putin in his attempts to obliterate Ukraine. The Russian forces attacking Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, come from Belarus.
The U.S. is on a different continent separated by an extremely wide ocean.
The reactions from Moscow and Washington are interesting because they both are disingenuous.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "The [Russian] Defense Ministry has already commented on the possibility of using any other airfields for takeoffs of military planes."
"This is an extremely undesirable and potentially dangerous scenario," he added.
Which, of course, means nothing. Like many threats coming from the Kremlin, they are unsubstantiated.
The American reaction to the Polish proposal is extremely disheartening to many.
The official Pentagon statement reads in part, "The prospect of fighter jets "at the disposal of the Government of the United States of America" departing from a U.S./NATO base in Germany to fly into airspace that is contested with Russia over Ukraine raises serious concerns for the entire NATO alliance. It is simply not clear to us that there is a substantive rationale for it
No substantive rationale for it
. Incredible rationale, indeed, on the part of the Pentagon. Ukrainian cities are being bombed into oblivion, and Putin seems bent on killing as many civilians as possible. The lives of men women, and children mean nothing to this evil man , but the Pentagon does not see the need to fight the monstrous evil.
Putin is isolated and probably deranged by an obsession, but he is not stupid. Putin will not attack NATO.
In diplomat-speak the Pentagon says the MiG transfer "raises serious concerns for the entire NATO alliance," meaning the Pentagon thinks Putin may attack NATO.
In other words, the Pentagon thinks Putin may be suicidal. He is a bastard, but he is not suicidal.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing