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Ray McGovern on Russia and Ukraine

Tue April 25, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

Retired intelligence analyst Ray McGovern joins us for a discussion about the war in Ukraine.  Read Ray’s recent article “The Banality of Biden’s ‘Exceptional’ Elite Advisers” here: https://original.antiwar.com/mcgovern/2023/03/26/the-banality-of-bidens-exceptional-elite-advisers/

Ray’s talk will not be a mere situation report. Rather, donning his old hat as presidential briefer, Ray will draw on old-school media analysis and the expertise of weapons experts to examine one key motive behind Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. After the US withdrew from the ABM Treaty, missile holes started to appear in NATO allies Romania and Poland. (They were said to be necessary to meet a threat from Iran). THE PROBLEM: The Kremlin cannot be sure what missiles now dwell – or could eventually dwell – in those holes. Nor could Moscow abide the possibility of similar holes being dug even closer to Russia in Ukraine. Sixty years ago President Kennedy faced a similar situation in Cuba.

Ray McGovern, formerly an Army intelligence and infantry officer, went on to serve at the CIA for 27 years. During this time his duties included chairing the National Intelligence Estimates and preparing the President’s Daily Brief which he briefed to President Reagan’s most senior national security advisors. In 2003, Ray co-created Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) to expose how intelligence was being falsified to “justify” war on Iraq. At his retirement, the CIA awarded Ray McGovern with the Intelligence Commendation Medallion for “especially meritorious service.” In 2006, Ray returned the medal explaining “I do not want to be associated, however remotely, with an agency engaged in torture.” Ray is fluent in Russian, along with English, German, and Spanish.

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Tue April 25, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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