CNN Toys with Nuclear Showdown, Launches Wild Provocation against Biden
Jan. 28, 2022 (EIRNS)—CNN made a wild provocation against President Biden yesterday. It is not clear from the White House readout of the phone call between President Joe Biden and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy what occasioned the assault. The readout did explain that “President Biden made clear that despite the departure of American family members of embassy personnel, the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, remains open and fully operational.” The announcement days ago, that the Embassy was allowing non-essential personnel to leave due to the possibility of an imminent attack, has been a sore point with Ukraine. Biden also “relayed the United States’ support for conflict resolution efforts in the Normandy Format, expressing his hope that the sides’ recommitment on Jan. 26 to the terms of the July 2020 ceasefire will help decrease tensions and advance the implementation of the Minsk Agreements.”
British subject Matthew Chance, working for CNN in Kiev, provided a much more riveting account, claimed to be from an unnamed senior Ukrainian official. On CNN’s “The Lead,” he reported on the phone call: “The capital, Kiev, this city here, could be ‘sacked.’ That’s the word he [Biden] apparently used, according to this Ukrainian official. Sacked by Russian forces. President Biden telling his Ukrainian counterpart that Ukraine should prepare for impact. Quite a stark warning there from the U.S. leader.” Zelenskyy had objected to all the talk of an imminent invasion, saying that their intelligence didn’t back that up. Biden pushed back, calling the invasion almost guaranteed, Chance claimed. In the blink of an eye, London’s Independent, Express and Daily Mail all ran with the story—though, according to RT, later the Twitter account of “The Lead” deleted it.
National Security Council Spokeswoman Emily Horne chose to respond to CNN’s senior national security correspondent, Alexander Marquardt, who had tweeted: “A Russian invasion is now virtually certain once the ground freezes, Biden said to Zelenskyy, a senior Ukrainian official told @mchancecnn. Kyiv could be ‘sacked,’ Russian forces may attempt to occupy it, ‘prepare for impact’, Biden said, according to this official.” Horne responded, also last night, “This is not true. President Biden said that there is a distinct possibility that the Russians could invade Ukraine in February. He has previously said this publicly and we have been warning about this for months. Reports of anything more or different than that are completely false.” Later, Horne told CNN that “some anonymous sources are ‘leaking falsehoods’ ” about the call.
CNN appears to be unrepentant, evidently believing that lying one’s way into a nuclear confrontation means never having to say you’re sorry.