by Larry Johnson
Have you ever played poker with a novice? I am talking about the person who does not understand the concept of a poker face. The rookie is dealt a hand of five card stud and breaks into a wide grin accompanied by a face flushed red as he or she gazes on at a full house. Only one teeny problem — the poker master on the other side of the table is holding four aces.
That is what happened today as Ukraine and the West reacted to news, confirmed by Russia’s own Ministry of Defense, that a U.S. Himars hit an improvised barracks of Russian soldiers and killed at least 63. Why the big deal? We have been told repeatedly over the last 8 months that Russia is suffering catastrophic casualties. What makes this so special and deserving of so much attention?
The answer is simple — this is the first time since the war started in February 2022 that Russia has suffered more than 50 casualties in one engagement in one day. How do I know? Because the Russian telegram channels lit up immediately when this happened. This is the first time I have seen that kind of reaction from the Russian side in the last 10 months.
The reaction to this missile attack highlights the stark contrast between Russia and Ukraine. The spokesman for the Russian MOD freely and frankly admitted to the “success” of the Ukrainian strike while the Ukrainian military — which is losing at least 200 men every day — covers up their losses and insists they are beating the hell out of Russia. The Ukrainians have told so many lies over the course of the last 10 months — e.g. the Ghost of Kiev, capturing a Russian border outpost, shooting down all Russian cruise missiles, driving the Russians out of Kherson, etc. — that this successful missile strike finally gave them something real they could celebrate.
But this attack is a lie. It was not carried out by highly trained Ukrainian troops sitting on an ample supply of Himars. This was done with Western supplied intelligence that identified the troop concentration and provided the coordinates for launching a precision strike. Moreover, it is highly likely that NATO troops were helping operate the Himar system. This attack actually is a sign of Ukrainian and Western desperation. It changes nothing in terms of the strategic picture.
The Saker beat me to it in making the correct observation that there is more to this Himars attack than the destruction of a company of Russian troops:
Still, NATO does not act just to show that it can act. There is a real, military, purpose behind these strikes. And it is not “just” to provoke Russia into some kind of response (not with tens and even hundreds of Russian missile strikes every day already taking place). . . .
Why would NATO want the Russian offensive sooner rather than later? In all its other actions, the AngloZionists have tried to draw out this war for as long as possible, so why would they want to make the Russians attack sooner rather than later?
Because the Russian General Staff is waiting for all the “ducks to be lined” up before attacking. Thus by trying to force the Russians into a premature attack date, NATO is, very logically, trying to prevent all the said “ducks” to be “lined up”. In other words, NATO is trying to force the hand of the Russian General Staff by increasing the pressure on the Kremlin to “finally take action”.
I make a point of watching how the media played this story today. I watched Sky News, Fox News and Al-Jazeera. All portrayed this as another major setback for the Russians and one more piece of evidence that the Ukrainian counter-offensive is achieving great success. It is mass delusion.
Ukraine has about FIVE TIMES MORE EQUIPMENT AND WEAPONRY then they had at the start of the war. This is due to capturing Russian gear as well as NATO support.
Russia hasn’t remotely committed a significant number of troops to this war yet, but will in May when the mud-season is over. That’s when we’ll see which way this goes.
Otherwise, Ukraine has no army, but it has a force of mercenaries and others who pretend to be one.
This war has began like EVERY war Russia has waged in it’s history. It’s too early to tell if American and NATO troops, both actively fighting in Ukraine, will be able to keep pretending that it’s “noble Ukrainian patriots” fighting when not a single sane person on the planet believes that.
Genocide-bringers Zelenskyy and Putin are very different people, however. There’s far too many other Russians that would take up Putin’s place and continue doing THE EXACT SAME THING, so the idiocy of saying “it’s just madman Putin” is dismissed a stupid. Really stupid.
Zelenskyy is an actor who landed a role with the US as the leader of a sort-of-country, and besides greenscreens and hanging out with fellow actors, he’s not responsible or leading jack-sh*t.
It is mass delusion.
Its standard propaganda all covered it all the same way. Only its the government in their earpiece telling them what to say and how to say it.
What are they not covering
Mariupol was were 80% of the world’s neon gas was made, and while they are rebuilding, it will take years.
Neon is what’s used to focus the appartures in lasers that cut silicon for chip manufacture.
Along with Biden (whoever his string-puller is) banning our tech, specialists, and citizens from working for the CCP in the chip sector, China is DONE as a country.
Get your Apple iPhone now. There won’t be any for a few years, if ever again.
They keep writing articles about China challenging the West and a “space race” and all that. What a joke.
China is done. DONE.
They are turning on Xi.
They have a fatal demography, with not enough people under 40 to work or consume.
They NEVER had the skills or tech to manufacture things without Westerners coming in to quality inspect and run the processes.
They are just now having the covid wave kill millions.
They’re labor is going to rise to be three times the cost of Mexico, with Mexico being more skilled and value-added.
China is done. DONE.