McGovern shared this sentiment during an interview on the "Health Ranger Report," hosted by the Health Ranger Mike Adams. The program host acknowledged that Moscow was really willing to back away from escalation. However, the West has done the opposite, showing intentional provocation in a bid to provoke Putin to overreact.
The founder of Natural News and Brighteon.com continued that Putin has exercised a lot of discipline and restraint in dealing with the ongoing conflict so far – a sentiment his guest agreed with. According to McGovern, the Russian leader is giving the West a chance to admit its mistake of getting involved in the conflict. But the Health Ranger said that Putin is going to have to wait for a very long time before the West makes such an admission, given its overconfidence and incompetence.
"I think one of the great examples of this [is the West] thinking that all of these harsh economic sanctions against Russia would shut down [its] economy and prohibit [it] from being able to manufacture munitions," said Adams. "But what happened instead is that … all its investments remained local. Russia began locally sourcing all the components – including electronic components and obviously, steel and raw materials."
"Russia has now become the largest munitions manufacturer in all of Europe, dwarfing the U.S.'s output, Britain's output and Germany's output combined. So the sanctions backfired." (Related: Russia significantly increases production of tanks and munitions despite Western sanctions aimed at undermining the country’s military industry.)
According to McGovern, a deal between Kyiv and Moscow was already prepared in March 2022. Had this agreement pushed through, it would have ended the war sooner and prevented the death of half a million Ukrainian soldiers.
The Health Ranger meanwhile remarked that Ukraine was trying to find people to keep dying – something he dubbed as absurd as Kyiv was running out of men. Despite commitments by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to hit this number, the removal of the disability exemption from military service and the training of women, the besieged nation will have a hard time hitting this target.
Adams added that more than 10 million people have already left Ukraine. Given this, he expressed belief that Ukraine's plan won't work since it can't create soldiers by printing more money.
McGovern also drew comparisons between Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden. According to him, the Russian leader is a very serious, intelligent, informed and deliberate thinker and brilliant strategist. In contrast, Biden is cognitively impaired and often makes blunders and rash decisions.
The former CIA analyst also recounted that the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), a group he co-founded, had issued a memorandum to Biden suggesting that he ditch his foreign policy and military advisors as they were misleading him on the Ukraine issue. McGovern explicitly named Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines and White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan as two of the officials deceiving the chief executive.
"Ukraine and its patrons have already lost the ground war," McGovern ultimately remarked, adding that everything will depend on what Putin and his forces are going to do next when they break through Ukrainian lines.
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