by MARK WAUCK
Yesterday Zhou announced that the American Empire is still considering sending ATACMS systems to Ukraine. That would be the MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), which is a tactical ballistic missile with a range of up to 190 miles and is capable of precision strikes based on its GPS based guidance system. I have no idea of how the ATACMS would fare against Russia’s world class air defense system, but conceptually this would be a major escalation of the US war on Russia. Even one such missile making it through Russian air defense could cause significant loss of life or infrastructure damage. That is the US “poking the bear” as an active participant of war on Russia, while there is no responsible public discussion of our war in the US. My take on this announcement by Zhou is that it’s probably in line with the other recent escalations: This is part of an effort to bluff Russia into agreeing to a “frozen conflict”—which amounts to a NATO Ukraine. Perhaps the idea is that the pinprick attacks inside Russia that we’ve been seeing will put sufficient public opinion pressure on Putin to agree to lose a war that Russia is winning. Not gonna happen.
Obviously Russia (and China) is taking the American Empire very seriously. They’d be fools not to, considering that the American Empire has an enormous nuclear arsenal, still has global economic and monetary clout, is run by a crazed and fanatical oligarchy and a corrupt political class, with an out of touch populace. Russia (and China) are not run by fools. Here’s how they’re responding.
Yevgeny Prigozhin, perhaps serving as a front runner for Putin, is calling on the Russian government to move to full mobilization. That would, as Douglas Macgregor says, place 2 million Russian soldiers on the borders of NATO—something few NATO countries bargained for when they bought into this insane Neocon adventure. Is this a bluff or for real? Hard to say. It could be preparing the Russian nation for some escalation that would fall short of full mobilization. It is, however, an indication of resolve. Here’s Putin’s own thought on where things stand, and his words indicate an intention to carry this war through to the end. And bear in mind that Putin has never, to my recollection, engaged in empty bluffing:
Significant Development In his daily update today, Alexander Mercouris highlighted something said this week by Vladimir Putin, wherein the following pregnant phrase was employed: “… the territory known as ‘Ukraine’ …” In addition to this statement by Putin, Dmitry Medvedev said: “The only way this war can end is if the government in Kiev is overthrown. Unless it is, the war will continue indefinitely.” This is an extremely meaningful development. I believe it clearly signifies that Russian objectives – and resolve – in this war have now expanded to encompass the complete defeat, unconditional surrender, and effective dissolution of the sovereign state currently known as “Ukraine”. There will be no “negotiated settlement” to this war. Russia will dictate the terms of its ultimate resolution, and that resolution will bring an end to the brief lifespan of the geographic entity currently labeled as “Ukraine” on world maps. As I wrote several months ago, “Russia is in it to win it, and will settle for nothing less”. In for a Poun
Obviously, China is also paying close attention to these events, because they know that if Russia steps down, the American Empire’s planned war on China may begin even sooner than the date of 2025 that US generals have openly stated is the latest date for starting their war on China. China’s awareness of all this lends significance to Xi Jinping’s statement yesterday:
China must “adhere to bottom-line thinking and worst-case scenario thinking, and get ready to undergo the major tests of high winds and rough waves, and even perilous, storm seas,” he said.
Notably, the Chinese military and top level diplomats refuse to speak with their counterparts in the American Empire. China knows that their sovereignty is at stake, so that decision was not taken lightly. With continued provocations taking place on a daily basis and major provocative NATO exercises coming up this summer, there’s not much room for mistakes.
Shifting focus just a bit …
We’ve all seen the increasingly close cooperation between Russia and Iran—economic and military. I don’t say that there are never coincidences, but I certainly advise scrutinizing alleged coincidences closely. Readers may be familiar with events of the last few days between Iran and Afghanistan. A border dispute suddenly led to an Afghan invasion—fueled by the vast amounts of US weaponry that was gifted to the Taliban by the Zhou regime:
Taliban sends a military convoy to a border town near Iran, tanks, ambulances and heavy artillery weapons to Islam Qala, a border town close to Iran, in Herat province.
A convoy of dozens of vehicles including tanks, ambulances and trucks pulling heavy artillery were seen heading towards Islam Qala
Call this wild speculation, if you will, but this leads me to wonder whether there has been coordination between the Sunni Taliban and the Neocons—we gift you the country and a ready made somewhat modern military, and you attack Shiite Iran when when we give the sign.