Biden approves tanks to Ukraine, as Kyiv asks for F-16s

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Ukraine will now push for F-16 fighter jets, government adviser says
  • Yuriy Sak, an adviser to Ukraine’s Defense secretary, told The Hill that he was optimistic about receiving Western fighter jets such as the American F-16s, which Ukrainians have sought since early last year when Russia first invaded.
  • “Every type of weapon we request, we needed yesterday,” Sak said. “We will do everything possible to ensure Ukraine gets fourth-generation fighter jets as soon as possible.”
  • Reuters first reported the news that Ukraine was setting its sights on fighter jets.
  • Ukraine scored a major win on Wednesday with the announcement from President Biden that the U.S. will donate 31 American-made M1 Abrams main battle tanks to Kyiv.
  • German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Wednesday also said he would supply Ukraine with the country’s Leopard 2 tanks and approve the transfer of other Leopards from European allies.
  • So far, the U.S. has resisted sending the F-16 fighter jets and does not appear ready to announce their transfer anytime soon.
  • But national security adviser John Kirby told reporters on Wednesday the U.S. was “in constant discussions” with Ukraine and “we evolve those as the conditions change.”

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Important read: Michael Whitney geopolitical and social analyst lays out what is taking place in Ukraine and where it’s headed

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Ukraine: Is the Hammer About to Fall?
  • The ultimate strategic objective of the current policy, is to tighten the grip of western elites on the levers of global power and to prevent the dissolution of the “rules-based international order.” But after 11 months of nonstop warfare in Ukraine, the US-backed western coalition finds itself in a worse position than when it began.
  • One of the biggest surprises of the current war, is simply the lack of preparedness on part of the US.
  • Otherwise, how does one explain these glaring errors in judgement:
    • They never thought the sanctions would backfire
    • They never thought they’d run out of weapons and ammo
    • They never thought Russia’s oil receipts would skyrocket
    • They never thought that the majority of countries would maintain normal relations with Russia
    • They never figured they’d actually need a coherent military strategy for fighting a ground war in Eastern Europe.
  • Excerpt from an interview with ex-Brigade General Erich Vad who served as Angela Merkel’s policy advisor from 2006 to 2013:
  • Let’s summarize:
    • The media is “overestimating the (effect of) Ukrainians’ regionally limited offensives”. In short, the Ukrainians are losing the war.
    • The Russians are winning the war. (“The Russians are clearly advancing. They will probably have completely conquered the Donbass before long.”)
    • Russia can mobilize up to two million reservists
    • Weapons alone will not change the outcome of the war. (“the martens and leopards are not enough.”)
    • There is no evidence that the west has clearly defined strategic objectives. (“Do you want to achieve a willingness to negotiate with the deliveries of the tanks? Do you want to reconquer Donbas or Crimea? Or do you want to defeat Russia completely? There is no realistic end state definition. And without an overall political and strategic concept, arms deliveries are pure militarism…Military operations must always be coupled with attempts to bring about political solutions.”)
  • Remember the Powell Doctrine [Colin Powell]? “The Powell Doctrine states that a list of questions all have to be answered affirmatively before military action is taken by the United States:
    • Is a vital national security interest threatened?
    • Do we have a clear attainable objective?
    • Have the risks and costs been fully and frankly analyzed?
    • Have all other non-violent policy means been fully exhausted?
    • Is there a plausible exit strategy to avoid endless entanglement?
    • Have the consequences of our action been fully considered?
    • Is the action supported by the American people?
    • Do we have genuine broad international support?
  • Colonel Douglas MacGregor said in a recent interview:
    • “There are now 540,000 Russian troops stationed around the outskirts of Ukraine preparing to launch a major offensive that I think will probably end the war in Ukraine.540,000 Russian troops, 1,000 rocket artillery systems, 5000 armored fighting vehicles including at least 1,5000 tanks, hundreds and hundreds of tactical ballistic missiles. Ukraine is now going to experience war on a scale we haven’t seen since 1945.”
  • Bottom line: While Washington and its NATO allies do not have a coherent strategy for winning the war in Ukraine…
  • We expect that the outcome of this conflict will reshape Europe’s outdated security architecture and force a realignment that will mark the end of the unipolar era.

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Biden administration poured more than $100 billion into the War in Ukraine…Now the question is Can we keep doing this and still protect ourselves?

McConnell Zelensky

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Navy Secretary says US may need to choose between arming itself or Ukraine in the next six months
  • US Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro has stated that within the next six months, the US Navy may need to choose between arming itself or Ukraine, as weapons producers aren’t making them quickly enough.
  • Del Toro was asked by a reporter whether “the Navy might get to the point where it has to make the decision whether it needs to arm itself or arm Ukraine, and has the Navy gotten to that point yet?” according to Defense One.
  • “I wouldn’t say we’re quite there yet, but if the conflict does go on for another six months, for another year, it certainly continues to stress the supply chain in ways that are challenging,” Del Toro added.
  • The Biden administration has poured more than $100 billion into the war in Ukraine. $47 billion alone came from the government’s $1.7 trillion end-of-year federal spending bill which passed the House in December.
  • Republicans have been highly critical of the enormous amounts of weapons and funding that the White House has given to Ukraine, with many of them calling for it to stop.

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Farmers and rural communities, Government wants your water: New Water Regulations coming

Water WOTUS Biden

Revelations 18:23:’For the merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.’

Important Takeaways:

  • Heads up, farmers: Biden is coming for your water
  • If you live in rural America, odds are that hearing the phrase “waters of the United States” – more commonly known as WOTUS – gives you some unease.
  • In 2015, the Obama-Biden administration enacted a WOTUS rule that essentially gave the federal government jurisdiction over every body of water in the country, including streams and ditches.
  • The Biden administration is back with a new WOTUS rule that will create more uncertainty and condemn communities across the country to regulatory limbo.
  • The message is clear: the Biden Administration’s rule will not result in cleaner water, but it will threaten our nation’s food supply chain.
  • Instead of assisting farmers’ and ranchers’ efforts to protect clean water, the EPA’s proposed WOTUS rule is a boon to activists who will use it to stall, delay or halt rural development, eliminate incentives for locally led conservation, and further erode the confidence of America’s farmers and ranchers in the federal government.
  • As farmers, we understand that those of us closest to the land, whose livelihoods depend on clean water, clean air and healthy ecosystems, are the best stewards of our resources – not the federal government. We should not need teams of attorneys to determine whether we can plow a field or make improvements to our land. Unfortunately, that will be the reality with a return to burdensome and confusing water rules.

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After Ukraine’s attack on airbases inside Russia “US say’s we do not encourage activities inside Russia”

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • US made clear about Ukraine’s “attack deep inside Russian territory”
  • Kirby’s comments appeared to be in response to a statement by Aleksey Danilov, head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, a day earlier that Kiev had not ruled out attacks inside Russian territory. .
  • Asked by ABC whether Ukrainian drones should strike airports deep inside Russia, spokesman Kirby said he would let the Ukrainian armed forces have a say about their activities.
  • Kirby later clarified: “We certainly do not encourage or facilitate Ukrainian activities inside Russia. We are trying to make sure that they can defend their territory, regain their territory in Ukraine”.
  • Kirby previously mentioned Washington’s latest $275 million military aid package for Ukraine, which includes missiles for the HIMARS system, artillery shells, air defense equipment and other weapons.
  • This new aid package brings the total amount of military aid provided by the administration of President Joe Biden to Ukraine to about $20 billion, of which $19.3 billion has been awarded since the start of the military campaign of Russia in February.
  • Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova earlier warned that the US supplying Kiev with long-range weapons to attack Russia would cross a “red line” and potentially make Washington “a direct party to the conflict.”

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Unions reject Labor deal. Rail strike could leave US in short supply during holidays. Congress may step in

Revelations 18:23:’For the merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.’

Important Takeaways:

  • Biggest US rail union rejects labor deal, sparking holiday strike concerns
  • Train conductors represented by the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers-Transportation Division, or SMART-TD, narrowly rejected the proposed deal. The vote drew record turnout among the union’s membership of more than 28,000 conductors and other workers.
  • Due to a preexisting agreement to honor respective picket lines, all 12 unions must sign off on the deal to prevent a strike before the current status quo agreement expires on Dec. 8.
  • The rail industry’s labor unions are pushing for more lenient attendance policies and upgraded sick leave policies to ease pressure on workers. Rail companies argue expanded policies would force them to bring on more staffers.
  • A special board of arbitrators appointed by President Biden outlined the proposed five-year deal, which includes 24% pay raises and a $5,000 bonus for workers.
  • A nationwide rail workers strike could cost the US economy more than $2 billion in lost output per day, according to a September analysis by the Association of American Railroads.

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Biden ignores warnings from Commission reporting need for Military readiness as China plans invasion of Taiwan

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Commission report reveals China’s plan for war on Taiwan
  • The report from the bipartisan panel argues that China under President Xi Jinping this year has “adopted a significantly more aggressive stance toward Taiwan, ramping up displays of military force in addition to diplomatic and economic coercion.”
  • The commission called on Congress to create an executive branch panel to prepare economic sanctions that can be imposed on China in response to military action against the democratic-ruled island state. The congressionally chartered panel also wants Congress to require the Pentagon to produce a classified report on the U.S. military forces needed to resist a Chinese attack on Taiwan.
  • Commission member Randy Schriver said the report details China’s growing capabilities and more aggressive activities toward Taiwan and the need for an expedited American response.
  • Despite the dire warnings, President Biden said this week after meeting with Mr. Xi that there are no signs China is preparing for an immediate attack on Taiwan. He appeared intent on lowering the friction in the U.S.-Chinese relationship.

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Why is Joe Biden ignoring Christian persecution in Nigeria?

Matthew 5:10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

Important Takeaways:

  • ‘Stop Killing Christians’: Biden Admin Hit with Massive Petition Over ‘Puzzling’ Handling of Persecution in Nigeria
  • The Biden administration removed Nigeria last year from the U.S. State Department’s Countries of Particular Concern list, sparking rebuke and concern from persecution watchdogs.
  • “In the same year, Islamic terrorists, militants, and other extremists killed 4,650 Christians in Nigeria! It is not right for America to leave these Christians behind. We must stop the killing.”
  • This year more than 33,000 people have signed a petition imploring President Joe Biden to reinstate the African nation to an important persecution watchlist.
  • “The entire north of the country of Nigeria operates under shariah law,” Curry said. “There are extremist groups [like Boko Haram]. The ideology is the same. They target Christians because of their faith … they’ll attack entire villages.”
  • Open Doors USA’s 2022 World Watch List ranks Nigeria as the seventh most dangerous place in the world to live as a Christian.

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China’s Xi makes hard line warning to Biden over Taiwan

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • China’s Xi Warned Biden Not To Cross Taiwan ‘Red Line’ In Summit Talks: State Media
  • “The Taiwan question is at the very core of China’s core interests, the bedrock of the political foundation of China-U.S. relations, and the first red line that must not be crossed in China-U.S. relations,” Xi was reported to have told Biden, state news agency Xinhua said, following the over three-hour talks

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Trouble ahead as National Economic Director says we only have 25 days left of Diesel

Revelations 18:23:’For the merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.’

Important Takeaways:

  • The US now has just 25 days of diesel supply — the lowest since 2008. Here’s why that’s more alarming than a dwindling ‘oil piggy bank’
  • The U.S. is facing a diesel crunch just as demand is surging ahead of winter — with only 25 days of supply left, according to the Energy Information Administration.
  • National Economic Council Director Brian Deese told Bloomberg TV that diesel inventories are “unacceptably low” and “all options are on the table” to bolster supply and reduce prices.
  • New England’s stockpiles have been depleted to less than a third of its usual levels for this time of year, which is concerning since those states rely on fuel for heating more than other parts of the country.
  • But The Washington Post reports that diesel demand is so high, that if a million barrels of diesel were delivered from the Northeast reserves, they would be depleted in less than six hours.
  • The Biden administration also recently announced it would be tapping into the country’s emergency oil reserves to counter rising gas prices, despite concerns over the long-term efficacy.

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