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President Biden received Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the White House on Wednesday to finalize a new $60 million military aid package. Biden cited “the current Russian threat” as behind the decision to further arm and fund Ukraine, which represents more of the decades-long encroachment of NATO into Russia’s near abroad, in line with what Biden lauded as Ukraine’s “Euro-Atlantic aspirations.” Jeremy Kuzmarov of CovertAction Magazine shares his insights. He argues that the war in eastern Ukraine is “money into a black hole” with deep parallels with the recently concluded quagmire in Afghanistan. He also points out that the Ukrainian government is too corrupt to make proper use of US tax dollars. The CIA destroyed infrastructure, ammunition and supplies and evacuated personnel well ahead of the advancing Taliban. (01:26)
Meanwhile, President Biden urged Afghan President Ghani to “change the perception” about the likely outcome of the withdrawal by understating the strength of the Taliban. Former Pentagon official Michael Maloof shares his insights. He says Ghani’s leadership was “pathetic” and he was “the first to run.” He also discusses the trove of US weaponry and equipment left in the hands of the Taliban. Why was the CIA able to dispose of its military equipment but the CIA wasn’t? (08:06)
RT America’s Mollye Barrows reports on the rising death toll amid the devastation wrought by hurricane Ida on the Gulf Coast, which includes a collapsed highway and power outages affecting a million people. (12:55)
New restrictions are set to hit Americans traveling to Europe as the EU removes the United States from its list of “safe countries.” American travelers will need to quarantine and face COVID-19 tests. RT’s Shadia Edwards-Dashti shares the details. (16:19)
Plus, a planned Netflix film by famous comedian, actor and director Adam Sandler saw forced revisions when Beijing forbid its production in China. Filmmaker and author Sean Stone shares his insights. He explains that China is “not necessarily courting Hollywood” and that China’s primary interest is in controlling the narratives present in films, and that China essentially “doesn’t need American films.” (19:40)
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