The Prime Minister of India – wait, sorry – the Indian Prime Minister of the UK, a man named Riki-Tiki Tavi, has walked back these statements, saying the “Defence” [sic] Secretary only meant that maybe this would happen sometime in the distant future, in what is obviously an endless war.
According to the PM, the defense secretary actually meant that “it might well be possible one day in the future for us to do some of that training in Ukraine.”
“But that’s something for the long term, not the here and now, there are no British soldiers that will be sent to fight in the current conflict. That’s not what’s happening,” he insisted.
London continues to provide military training to the Ukrainians, but it’s “doing that here in the UK,” Sunak assured.
I don’t think this was a “gaffe” by the secretary. I think this is one of those things I’ve told you about, where they float an idea and walk it back in order to get you used to the idea. It’s a psychological technique. You feel relief when the thing is walked back, but your brain has already registered it, and will be less opposed the next time it is presented, because there is familiarity.
There are all kinds of studies about this sort of thing in the public sphere, and you can only imagine what they do in private.
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We always said, this war could go one of two ways:
- The Ukraine would get totally destroyed by Russia, and forced to offer a more of less unconditional surrender, or
- The West would send in their own troops, and it would turn into World War III.
There are some signs that either possibility is still on the table.
But we’re now increasingly seeing items implying the latter is the plan.
The newly-appointed Defence Secretary, Grant Shapps, has unveiled ongoing discussions about expanding the UK-led training program for Ukrainian troops and potentially relocating British instructors into the country itself, as well as offering Kiev unspecified naval support in the Black Sea.
“I was talking today about eventually getting the training brought closer and actually into Ukraine as well,” Shapps told The Telegraph after a visit to a Salisbury Plain training ground, on Friday.
During his trip to Kiev earlier this week, the new defense chief, who got his post in a government reshuffle a month ago, apparently saw an “opportunity” to “bring more things in country.” Shapps explained he meant “not just training,” but also weapons manufacturing, as he praised the British arms giant BAE Systems for its plans to localize in Ukraine.
“I’m keen to see other British companies do their bit as well by doing the same thing. So I think there will be a move to get more training and production in the country,” he added.
My main hope for this war is that everyone on earth dies.