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Lawson & Garvey: Biden’s ‘incursion’ bungle hikes NATO tensions

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Lawson & Garvey: Biden’s ‘incursion’ bungle hikes NATO tensions

The United States and its NATO allies have worked to patch together an amalgam of sanctions, concessions and diplomatic promises that could convince Vladimir Putin to back down from his threat to re-invade Ukraine. It’s proven difficult, with even the harshest warnings failing to deter the steady buildup of weaponry and troops along the countries’ shared border.

It didn’t get any easier Wednesday. “We’ve had very frank discussions, Vladimir Putin and I,” President Joe Biden told reporters. “And the idea that NATO is not going to be united, I don’t buy. … I think what you’re going to see is that Russia will be held accountable if it invades. And it depends on what it does. It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and then we end up having a fight about what to do and not do.”

The admission — which Biden expounded upon later in the press conference, publicly conceding there are “differences” in NATO countries’ willingness to stand up to Putin’s aggression — set off shockwaves in Washington, Kyiv and, likely, Moscow. The White House scrambled to clarify Biden’s remarks — a Wednesday press release asserted any Russian military movement across the Ukrainian border would be met with “a swift, severe and united response from the United States and (its) Allies” and Biden himself said Thursday there is “no doubt” Russia will pay a “heavy price” for any further aggression — but the damage was done.

Biden clarified Thursday that what he meant by “minor incursions” were cyberattacks and paramilitary invasions. But Ukraine is plenty worried about those “gray-zone” attacks as well. “We want to remind the great powers that there are no minor incursions and small nations,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy tweeted Thursday.

Biden’s “minor incursions” remark generated the most news, but what came next may have been even more damaging. “It wasn’t only the comment that he made, but the fact that he qualified it by saying that there would be fighting within NATO. He openly acknowledged that NATO is not on the same page,” Peter Dickinson — the Ukraine-based editor of the Atlantic Council’s UkraineAlert — told The Dispatch.

Whether Biden copped to them or not, NATO’s divisions were bound to come to the fore — and they have. On Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron called on the European Union to “conduct (its) own dialogue” with Russia separate from NATO and the United States. And in a joint press conference with Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock dodged a question about her country’s willingness to halt the operations of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the event of an invasion.

Blinken has spent most of the week in Europe, meeting with the Ukrainians on Wednesday and Germans on Thursday. Friday he was slated to sit down with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva, Switzerland, for what could be one last-ditch effort to find a “diplomatic off-ramp” before things start to get truly messy. But Biden admitted Wednesday his “guess” is that Putin will move on Ukraine at some point.

“(Putin’s) got these forces that he’s got to do something with,” said Jim Townsend, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for European and NATO policy. “They can’t stay on high readiness forever. They will begin to deteriorate in terms of their capability.”

Russian officials announced Tuesday an unspecified number of troops would be deployed to Belarus for “major war games,” but the Biden administration isn’t buying it. “This is neither an exercise nor normal troop movement,” a senior State Department official told reporters this week. “It is a show of strength designed to cause or give false pretext for a crisis as Russia plans for a possible invasion.”

The Kremlin continues to deny such plans, with Sergey Nechaev, its ambassador to Berlin, describing the move as “normal” preparation for joint military exercises. “We are reacting to the fact that our Western negotiating partners are flooding Ukraine with weapons,” he added.

British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace announced Monday the United Kingdom had begun supplying Ukraine with “light, anti-armor defensive weapons systems,” and Biden said Wednesday the United States has already shipped over $600 million worth of defensive equipment. It’ll be enough to make Russia’s increasingly likely invasion more costly, but not enough to stop it.


Charlotte Lawson is a reporter at The Dispatch. Declan Garvey is an associate editor at The Dispatch. This column was provided by Inside Sources.

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Yankees still waiting on injury update on righty reliever Chad Green: ‘It’s definitely a concern right now’

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Yankees still waiting on injury update on righty reliever Chad Green: ‘It’s definitely a concern right now’

After years of having their pitching depth tested by injuries, the Yankees came into this season feeling they were fully stocked for the rotation and the bullpen. That stockpile will likely be tested. Chad Green was examined on Friday after leaving Thursday’s game with right forearm discomfort and while there was no diagnosis made public, Aaron Boone said that it was “definitely a concern” now.

On top of that, pitching prospect Luis Gil, who made a spot start for the Yankees a week ago, has a “significant” injury,  the Yankees manager announced after Friday night’s series opener against the White Sox at Yankee Stadium was postponed by rain.

“I think there’s that fear, sure,” Boone said when asked if he thought Green’s injury was significant. “But, again, it’s definitely a concern right now. But I’d rather get with the doctors and kind of see where we’re at by the end of the day tomorrow.”

The fear with any forearm discomfort is obviously damage to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). A significant compromise of that ligament is what leads to Tommy John surgery. This is not the first time Green has dealt with forearm discomfort. In 2016, Green was diagnosed with a flexor tendon strain in similar circumstances and he recovered through rest.

Green was in the clubhouse before the game was canceled on Friday and told reporters they were looking for more information to make decisions about his path forward.

Gil left his start with Triple-A Scranton on Wednesday night with an elbow injury. Boone said that Gil is going to be out of the mix for a while.

“It’s a significant injury. But they’re still kind of working through opinions and all that so I don’t want to get too far into it,” Boone said. “But it’s significant.”

With the rainout, the Yankees have 10 games in the next nine days and will once again need a spot starter. Gil made a spot start for the big league club in Chicago last week allowing four earned runs on five hits over four innings. He walked two and struck out six.

He is obviously out of consideration.

“JP Sears has been down there starting and getting built up too. So that’s one of the things now we’ll kind of talk about and see just where we want to insert that sixth guy,” Boone said. “But it could be a number of the candidates and a number of different ways you can go about it.”

Gil made a big splash when he came up to the big leagues last season. He did not give up a run through his first three starts. He ended up making six emergency starts for the Yankees as they dealt with injuries and finished with a 3.07 ERA. He struck out 38 over 29.1 innings pitched, but also walked 19.

Right-hander Ron Marinaccio was back in the Yankees clubhouse Friday afternoon as part of the taxi squad, Boone said.

“In case we have to make a move for Green with the IL,” Boone said.

RAIN PUSHES NESTOR TO SATURDAY

The Yankees and White Sox will make up Friday night’s rained-out game on Sunday in a single-admission doubleheader. The first pitch will be at 3:05 p.m. with the regularly scheduled Sunday Night Game to follow at 7:05 p.m.

With the rainout, the Yankees’ third in the last two weeks, they are still working out their rotation. Nestor Cortes, who was scheduled to start Friday night’s game, will start the afternoon game on Saturday now. The lefty made his last start on Sunday against the White Sox in Chicago.

“Nestor will go tomorrow. And then we’ll talk about how we want to line it up moving forward,” Boone said. “We may just stay on line with [Luis Severino] and [Jameson Taillon on Sunday],” Boone said. “But we’ll get together and talk about [Sunday], but for sure Nestor on [Saturday].”

Only tickets for Sunday night’s game will be honored for the doubleheader. Fans with paid tickets for Friday’s game may exchange them for tickets to a similar regular season game at Yankee Stadium. See the Yankees’ rain check policy on their website.

The Andy Pettitte bobblehead promotion from Friday night has been rescheduled for June 10.

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Charlotte Knights manager Wes Helms placed on ‘indefinite leave’ from the Chicago White Sox Triple-A affiliate

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Charlotte Knights manager Wes Helms placed on ‘indefinite leave’ from the Chicago White Sox Triple-A affiliate

Wes Helms was placed on “indefinite leave” as the manager of the Chicago White Sox Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte, the team announced Friday.

The Sox did not provide additional information, calling it a “personnel issue.”

2022 marked Helms’ fourth season in the Sox system and his second as Knights manager. He was a coach at Double-A Birmingham in 2019.

Helms, 46, played for the Atlanta Braves (1998, 2000-02), Milwaukee Brewers (2003-05), Florida (now Miami) Marlins (2006, ‘08-11) and Philadelphia Phillies (2007), hitting .256 with 75 home runs and 374 RBIs in 1,212 career major-league games.

According to reports, Julio Mosquera will serve as Charlotte’s acting manager.

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Gaslit Episode 5: May 22 Release, Time, Where To Watch And Plot Speculations

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Gaslit Episode 5: May 22 Release, Time, Where To Watch And Plot Speculations

Gaslit is a historical drama that takes a modern peek at the 1970s political Watergate Scandal. We infer from the synopsis that the series focuses on untold stories and forgotten-era characters.

Before we go on to the 5th episode, let’s refresh ourselves on what happens in the 4th episode. We’re thrown into August 1972, about 2 months after the Watergate break-in. We’re given a little peek into Dean’s newfound closeness to Nixon after John Mitchell was removed from his role following the findings of his closeness to the break-in. There’s also a fictional version of Alexander Butterfield being involved in some surveillance tapes.

From here, we pan the camera immediately onto Martha. She has PTSD, and the nightmares of what happened when she was in her hotel room in California haunt her. Their daughter Marty develops a drinking problem when she finds herself in splits. She plays the classic sipping drinks and fluttering around the house during parties and watching movies to play it off.

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We’re also shown that John might not be happy about being fired, despite his happy outward self. He is seen drinking uncontrollably, trying to drown his sorrows while listening to Nixon on the tele. Martha notices this when she walks into his room high from her prescription drugs for her trauma.

Howard now has cold feet about being accused of the break-in. He asks Liddy to plead to the administration or the President to promise them some relief if they’re found guilty. Liddy does not take this well and asks him to keep his mouth shut and not to talk to the involved authorities. After a while, the judge announced the final sentencing to be done in two months.

The FBI continues with its investigation. The director, who works with the President, tries to misdirect the investigation by telling his agents that they aren’t allowed to investigate or question higher officials without a concrete case.

Dean, unable to decide what he wants, seeks some solace in Mo. She breaks up with him after having had enough of his two-sided behaviors and inability to choose sides. Dean, however, goes back to meet her at the end of the episode.

Now for speculations for the next episode. As of now, we have no spoilers floating around. The synopsis says, “Martha finally speaks out, putting a strain on her marriage; the FBI comes closer to answering the real story behind Watergate, and John Dean is forced to come clean to Mo on their Camp David honeymoon.” We might see how Martha handles the issues she faces in California and how it affects her new life outside politics. We may also see the drama that ensues post-John coming clean.

Where To Watch

Gaslit is available on cable as well as OTT on Starz. It is also available on the Starz Play app on Amazon Prime and Hulu for the USA. The episode, “Honeymoon,” releases on Sunday, May 22nd, at 8 p.m. ET. The episode should be available shortly after, with Amazon Prime releasing it at around 8 a.m. UTC on Sunday.

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