The US State Department is finally, after five years of an illegal Russian invasion, aggression, provocation, annexation, and occupation of Ukraine, in both Crimea and Donbas, stepping up to the plate and exposing Russia’s mendacity.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s about time the US officially takes on Russia’s information warfare by officially exposing Russia. But it’s a band-aid, a one-page effort. Where are the press releases? Where is the press conference? Where are the conferences of esteemed speakers to the masses? Where are the press officers talking with reporters? Where is the President, the Secretary of State, the US Ambassador to the UN, the UN Ambassador to Ukraine, the US Ambassador to Russia, and every other pertinent government official simultaneously releasing a coordinated, synchronized, and overwhelming information barrage exposing Russia? Why aren’t these activities then broadcast on VOA, RFE/RL, and a myriad of other sites, official and otherwise? Why isn’t the press being notified of our outrage and Russia’s perfidy? Why aren’t OpEds being released to all the important news outlets? Why aren’t we educating the public about Russian propaganda, disinformation, misinformation, and fake news? Why aren’t we pressing for far tougher sanctions? Why aren’t we shutting down de facto Russian proxy propaganda sites like Russia-Insider? Why isn’t the Department of Justice seizing Russian propaganda sites that have neglected to register under FARA? Why isn’t our Congress legislating propaganda, disinformation, and fake news for oversight and regulation? Russian disinformation is a National Security Threat, so why isn’t the DOJ working on the real, actual threat to the US? Why isn’t the Department of Homeland Security working to prevent US home and small business computers from being used as zombies for Russian botnets? Why isn’t the Department of Education helping to educate US citizens about Russian disinformation, propaganda, and fake news?
Additionally, why isn’t the US government fully implementing our information warfare defenses and properly appointing and approving key personnel? Why is there not a Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications? Why is there not an Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, not an acting? Why is there not a Director for the Global Engagement Center and not an acting?
Do we not want to properly organize, synchronize, and coordinate our information in defense against Russian Information Warfare? Do we not want to integrate with corporate, private, academic, and foreign efforts?
Where is our outrage? Where are our tangible efforts and not just this showpiece?
Ukraine is under attack.
In the wake of Ukraine’s 2013-2014 Revolution of Dignity (aka Euromaydan), Russia illegally seized and occupied Crimea and started an armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. Five years on, Russia continues to arm, train, lead, and fight alongside the anti-government forces in eastern Ukraine, while falsely insisting it is not a party to the conflict. The fighting has resulted in approximately 13,000 deaths, caused the internal displacement of 1.5 million people, and forced more than 3.4 million more to require assistance and protection in a largely forgotten humanitarian catastrophe. Critical civilian infrastructure continues to be damaged or disrupted, exacerbating humanitarian needs. Russia continues to stall diplomatically as the situation deteriorates.
Russia is directly responsible for pain and suffering in Ukraine.
U.S. and EU efforts to deter further aggression include applying restrictive measures. EU sanctions must be renewed periodically and are negotiated throughout the year.