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Friday, October 21, 2016

White House: CIA Chief Visited Kiev At The Weekend

White House: CIA Chief Visited Kiev At The Weekend

Washington (AFP) – Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan visited Kiev at the weekend, the White House said Monday, amid U.S. ire over the storming of official buildings in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian gunmen.

“We can confirm that the director was in Kiev this weekend,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. Brennan’s visit was part of a routine trip to Europe, and any claims that it was anything other than that by Russia were “absurd,” he added.

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  • Dominick Vila

    Hopefully, confrontational actions such as sending the head of the CIA to Kiev while ethnic Russians in the Ukraine are calling for secession, and having a U.S. destroyer barely outside Russian territorial waters, will be replaced by cool heads and pragmatism before this crisis gets out of control.
    There is no question that Russia is delighted by the turn of events in Ukraine, but before we formulate policies and decide on a course of action, we should take time to review the history of the region, the loyalties and traditions that exist in that part of the world, and we must try to understand the differences that exist between the population make up of the USA and those of so many European countries. Artificial borders don’t mean anything for people whose ancestors have been loyal to their ethnic brothers rather than a new world order. What is happening in the Ukraine and Russia is for the people in those countries to resolve.
    If a U.S. President was able to say that what was happening in the Islamic world was not our war, and called for an unconditional withdrawals after more than 200 Marines were slaughtered at the Beirut airport, President Obama should definitely be able to keep his hand off what is happening in a part of the world that has never been pro-American and whose interests and values are diametrically opposed to ours. Let the Europeans solve their problems. This is definitely not our fight and we have no vested interest in this mess. Our role should be limited to the usual diplomatic condemnations. Period.