Report: Biden Ordered Destruction of Nord Stream Pipelines

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    by R. Cort Kirkwood, The New American:

    The United States destroyed Russia’s Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea in September last year after a covert operation to plant explosives that President Joe Biden could detonate when he wanted, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh revealed yesterday.

    A source with deep knowledge of the covert operation disclosed the details for the former New York Times reporter. Hersh did not name his source.

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    “Last June, the Navy divers, operating under the cover of a widely publicized mid-summer NATO exercise known as BALTOPS 22, planted the remotely triggered explosives that, three months later, destroyed three of the four Nord Stream pipelines, according to a source with direct knowledge of the operational planning,” Hersh reported.

    So Biden wasn’t kidding when he and a top diplomat threatened to destroy the pipelines. And frighteningly, if Hersh is right, Biden committed an act of war against a nuclear power.

    Planning

    To pull off the operation, Biden and his team of warmongering advisors had to keep the plan a secret — from Congress. Thus, Biden didn’t use the U.S. Special Operations Command. Instead, expert divers from the Navy’s divers school in Panama City, Florida, planted the explosives.

    “The divers were Navy only, and not members of America’s Special Operations Command, whose covert operations must be reported to Congress and briefed in advance to the Senate and House leadership — the so-called Gang of Eight,” Hersh reported:

    The Biden Administration was doing everything possible to avoid leaks as the planning took place late in 2021 and into the first months of 2022.

    President Biden and his foreign policy team — National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, Secretary of State Tony Blinken, and Victoria Nuland, the Undersecretary of State for Policy — had been vocal and consistent in their hostility to the two pipelines, which ran side by side for 750 miles under the Baltic Sea from two different ports in northeastern Russia near the Estonian border, passing close to the Danish island of Bornholm before ending in northern Germany.

    Biden wanted to destroy the pipelines for a simple reason: They threatened “western dominance” by providing cheap natural gas to Germany. As well, the two pipelines, Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2, lined Russian’s pockets with a steady and reliable source of “much-needed” income, Hersh observed. Germany and the West “would become addicted” to the cheap gas.

    “Nord Stream 1 was dangerous enough, in the view of NATO and Washington, but Nord Stream 2, whose construction was completed in September of 2021, would, if approved by German regulators, double the amount of cheap gas that would be available to Germany and Western Europe,” Hersh continued:

    The second pipeline also would provide enough gas for more than 50 percent of Germany’s annual consumption. Tensions were constantly escalating between Russia and NATO, backed by the aggressive foreign policy of the Biden Administration.

    Opposition to Nord Stream 2 flared on the eve of the Biden inauguration in January 2021, when Senate Republicans, led by Ted Cruz of Texas, repeatedly raised the political threat of cheap Russian natural gas during the confirmation hearing of Blinken as Secretary of State. By then a unified Senate had successfully passed a law that, as Cruz told Blinken, “halted [the pipeline] in its tracks.” There would be enormous political and economic pressure from the German government, then headed by Angela Merkel, to get the second pipeline online.

    Would Biden stand up to the Germans? Blinken said yes, but added that he had not discussed the specifics of the incoming President’s views. “I know his strong conviction that this is a bad idea, the Nord Stream 2,” he said. “I know that he would have us use every persuasive tool that we have to convince our friends and partners, including Germany, not to move forward with it.”

    When Biden waived sanctions on the Nord Stream company anyway, “Senate Republicans, led by Cruz, announced an immediate blockade of all of Biden’s foreign policy nominees and delayed passage of the annual defense bill for months, deep into the fall,” Hersh explained. “Politico later depicted Biden’s turnabout on the second Russian pipeline as “the one decision, arguably more than the chaotic military withdrawal from Afghanistan, that has imperiled Biden’s agenda.”

    Russia’s anticipated invasion of Ukraine gave Biden the chance to reverse himself.

    In December, just before Russia invaded, a top-secret team of advisors led by National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan began meeting to conceive a plan to destroy the pipelines. Throughout “all of this scheming,” Hersh’s source said, “some working guys in the CIA and the State Department were saying, ‘Don’t do this. It’s stupid and will be a political nightmare if it comes out.’”

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