With Afghanistan and Syria touted as “models” for the “coming Ukraine insurgency” – if the history of CIA-backed insurgencies is any indicator – it heralds significantly more destruction and more suffering for Ukrainian people than the current Russian military campaign. Those in the West cheering on their governments’ support for the Ukrainian side of the conflict would do well to realise this as it will only lead to the escalation of yet another deadly proxy war.
Soon after Russia began military operations in Ukraine, Foreign Affairs – the media arm of the Council on Foreign Relations (“CFR”) – published an article entitled ‘The Coming Ukrainian Insurgency’ authored by Douglas London, a self-described “retired Russian-speaking CIA operations officer.”
Douglas London isn’t alone in promoting past CIA-backed insurgencies as a model for “covert” US aid to Ukraine. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared on MSNBC on February 28th to say essentially the same.
In her interview, Clinton cited the CIA-backed insurgency in Afghanistan as “the model that people [in the US government] are now looking toward” with respect to the situation in Ukraine. She also references the insurgency in Syria in similar fashion in the same interview. It is worth noting that Clinton’s former deputy chief of staff when she was Secretary of State, Jake Sullivan, is now Biden’s National Security Adviser.
MSNBC on Twitter, 1 March 2022 (3 mins)