Lloyd Austin and Mark Milley

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley (R), with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, speaks at a press conference in the Pentagon on January 28, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm / AFP via Getty Images)

Biden to Send Troops to Eastern Europe Amid Calls to End 'Warmongering'

"Russia doesn't want war. Ukraine doesn't want war. The American people don't want war," said CodePink. "The Biden administration needs to get with the program and STOP endangering us all."

Anti-war advocates accused the Biden administration of continued warmongering late Friday into Saturday after President Joe Biden confirmed he plans to send U.S. troops to Eastern Europe.

"I'll be moving troops to Eastern Europe in the NATO countries in the near term," Biden told reporters at Joint Base Andrews late Friday. "Not too many."

Earlier this week, the president announced that 8,500 troops were standing ready for a potential deployment to confront what the White House says is an imminent attack by Russian forces in Ukraine--despite pleas by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to stop creating "panic."

In a phone call Thursday night, Zelensky reportedly questioned the Biden administration's belief--promoted by the corporate media--that a Russian invasion is "imminent."

"I'm the president of Ukraine, I'm based here and I think I know the details deeper than any other president," Zelensky told the press after the call. "The image that mass media creates is that we have troops on the roads, we have mobilization, people are leaving for places. That's not the case. We don't need this panic."

Veteran journalist John Pilger tweeted that Zelensky's comments exposed "the warmongering of Biden... as a crime."

As Common Dreamsreported Friday, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin expressed hope that a diplomatic approach could avoid conflict with Russia, which has demanded a guarantee that Ukraine will be excluded from NATO, along with other security measures.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley also spoke Friday and called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to pursue diplomacy--after Putin reportedly spoke to French President Emanuel Macron about implementing a diplomatic agreement forged in 2014.

Milley warned that there will be "horrific" consequences if Russia invades Ukraine.

"Given the type of forces that are arrayed, the ground maneuver forces, the artillery, the ballistic missiles, the air forces, all of it packaged together--if that was unleashed on Ukraine, it would be significant, very significant, and it would result in a significant amount of casualties," he told reporters.

Peace group CodePink accused the Biden administration of reaching "putting the entire world at risk" while the U.S. public and international leaders make clear their anti-war stance.

"Russia doesn't want war. Ukraine doesn't want war. The American people don't want war," tweeted the group. "The Biden administration needs to get with the program and STOP endangering us all."

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