Anatol Lieven writes on “a very dangerous pattern in U.S. and Western behaviour: to believe whatever “our” side in a given crisis tells us, automatically, and without checking facts”:
To repeat the vital point that I made in an article for Responsible Statecraft last month, if Ukraine goes to war with Russia, Ukraine will lose, and the United States and NATO will not fight to save her. The consequences for Washington will be deep humiliation, and Russia will be driven into the arms of China. So the duty of the Biden administration, the CIA, the State Department and the media is clear: find out what is really happening in the Donbas and then use that knowledge to help craft a strategy for preventing a new conflict, not inflaming one.
See further https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2021/04/02/as-usual-official-washington-jumps-to-conclusions-over-ukraine-russia-skirmish/
Anatol Lieven is a British author, Orwell Prize-winning journalist, and policy analyst, currently serving as a professor at Georgetown University, visiting professor at King’s College London, and fellow at the New America Foundation.
Credit to the Finnish facebook group Peace for Ukraine, https://www.facebook.com/Peace-For-Ukraine-2283917274991492, for finding the article.