Monday, January 17, 2022

After Kazakhstan, the Color Revolution Era Is Over

by Pepe Escobar, The Unz Review:

The year 2022 started with Kazakhstan on fire, a serious attack against one of the key hubs of Eurasian integration. We are only beginning to understand what and how it happened.

On Monday morning, leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) held an extraordinary session to discuss Kazakhstan.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev framed it succinctly. Riots were “hidden behind unplanned protests.” The goal was “to seize power” – a coup attempt. Actions were “coordinated from a single center.” And “foreign militants were involved in the riots.”

Pay Careful Attention, Because The ‘Color Revolution’ In Kazakhstan Has Earth-Shattering Implications For The U.S.

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

I was going to write about something else today, but I feel that I must address the situation in Kazakhstan.  It is just so important.  Sadly, the vast majority of Americans couldn’t care less about Kazakhstan and wouldn’t have a prayer of identifying it on an unmarked map of the world.  But the truth is that we need to be paying very close attention to Kazakhstan, because the drama that is currently playing out over there is moving us a lot closer to World War III.  Russia and China have both accused western powers of stirring up a “color revolution” in an attempt to violently overthrow the pro-Russian government of Kazakhstan.  Of course the corporate media in the western world is carefully avoiding using the phrase “color revolution” to describe the rioting, and they are painting the entire episode as an organic uprising against an oppressive government.  You can believe that if you want, but veterans of prior color revolutions have already admitted that they were involved.

Will the Washington Idiots Bring the End of the Western World in 2022?

by Paul Craig Roberts, Paul Craig Roberts:

According to the World Bank, Russian GDP in 2020 in US dollars was $1.5 trillion. The annual budget of the US military/security complex is $1.0 trillion. Thus, the US military/security complex has a budget that is two-thirds of Russian GDP. Of course, the Americans waste most of the money. Nevertheless, the Kremlin understands that a budget two-thirds as large as their economy requires an enemy. And the enemy is Russia.

The Kremlin is saying, we will play the enemy game with you, but you must not mean it. To convince us that you don’t mean it, you must get off our doorstep. If you don’t, we will throw you off.

This is plain, direct language. It brings the problem directly to Washington where it belongs.

The Next War: Hypersonic Missiles, A.I., Space Combat

by John Rubino, Dollar Collapse:

Excerpted from a much longer Breitbart article. Read the rest here. 

2021 was a year of mounting apprehension about the next great power conflict – perhaps triggered by a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, or a Russian invasion of Ukraine – coupled with uncertainty about what the “next war” will look like.

Has the next generation of missiles made existing defense systems obsolete? Is conventional force projection via aircraft carriers and long-distance warplanes still possible? Will autonomous weapons cause the next war to spiral out of control? Will cyber combat swiftly bring the war into the homes of every civilian?

Putin Warns West: If NATO Continues Its Advance on Russia, ‘We Will Take Adequate Retaliatory Military-Technical Measures and React Toughly’

by Dennis Small, LaRouche Organization:

The Russian government is shouting from every rooftop that their strategic red lines are about to be crossed, and that they will respond unless the U.S. and NATO start negotiating seriously. Yesterday’s expanded meeting of the Defense Ministry Board served as the forum for extensive comments about this by both President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Putin also spoke by phone on Dec. 21 with India’s Narendra Modi, Germany’s Olaf Scholz, and France’s Emmanuel Macron, and hammered on the same point with each of them. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also had blunt comments on the matter.

Russia Advises NATO to (Finally) Honor Its ‘Not One Inch Eastward’ Pledge

by Robert Bridge, Strategic Culture:

Unlike in 1990, Russia has many options left to itself if NATO ignores its proposal for peace and continues to advance on the former Soviet space.

As NATO continues its mission creep inexorably towards the Russian border, Moscow issued a security proposal to the Western military bloc, which is in fact nothing less than an ultimatum: halt any further eastward military advances or Russia will be forced to act on behalf of its national interests.

The date February 9, 1990 will be forever remembered among historians as a ‘day of infamy’ as far as NATO-Russia relations are concerned. That was the date when U.S. Secretary of State James Baker famously assured Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, during glasnost-era talks on German unification that the Western military bloc would not advance “one inch eastward” towards Russia’s borders.

U.S. Proxy War Against Russia in Ukraine: The Afghanistan-Syria Redux Option

by Finian Cunningham, Strategic Culture:

The escalation of violence by the Kiev regime with U.S. and NATO support means that there is a directive from Washington for widening the war.

The United States is planning to redouble its weapons supply to Ukraine. What is shaping up is an intensified proxy war against Russia in which the Russophobic Kiev regime acts as Washington’s catspaw. The objective is to debilitate Russia in the same way the U.S. sapped the Soviet Union with a quagmire war in Afghanistan during the 1980s.

7 Signs That War With Russia Just Got Even Closer

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

In this article I am going to write about something that the vast majority of the U.S. population couldn’t care less about.  Sadly, most Americans simply do not care about Ukraine, Russia’s military preparations for war, or pretty much anything else that is happening on the other side of the globe.  But over in Russia, things are completely different.  There is constant talk about the potential for war with the west, and there is a lot of pessimism that it will be able to be avoided.

No U.S. Boots – But Plenty of Arms – on the Ground in Ukraine

by Finian Cunningham, Strategic Culture:

By sending massive shipments of offensive weapons to a rabidly Russophobic regime Washington is demonstrating its witting culpability.

Following his set-piece video call with Vladimir Putin this week, U.S. President Joe Biden said there would be no American military forces sent to Ukraine to defend against alleged Russian invasion.

Answering media questions at the White House, Biden categorically dismissed any possibility of U.S. troops being deployed to Ukraine. The president pointedly noted that Ukraine is not a member of the NATO military alliance and therefore there was no legal obligation to defend that country.

Ukrainian Crisis: Are We on the Verge of WWIII or Pax Multipolarity?

by Tim Kirby, Strategic Culture:

The highpoint in the Ukrainian crisis and the big visits by Nuland to Moscow and Austin to Kiev might actually be attempts by Washington to make lemons out of lemonade, Tim Kirby writes.

The Mainstream Media Eye of Sauron has turned its horrid gaze to the Ukraine. This is always cause for concern because it indicates that this is what the elites want America to be focusing on. This would not be so much of a problem if this growing game of chicken in the Donbass did not resemble a Cuban Missile Crisis for the 21st century. The Mainstream Media’s headlines read of warnings to Russia not to attack, and move their own troops away from the border within their own territory for the sake of peace, while at the same time pumping up Kiev with support-based confidence to do just that – escalating the war in the Donbass towards a potential apocalyptic scenario. Since Moscow has already handed out citizenship to the residents of the breakaway republics and even given their leaders party membership into Putin’s dominant United Russia, along with executing many forms of bureaucratic “integration” the Donbass, we can clearly see that the region is de facto Russian again.

Senator Wicker Won’t Rule Out a Nuclear Strike of Russia Over Ukraine

by Mish Shedlock, The Street:

On Fox News, Sen. Roger Wicker floated the idea of bombing Russian military assets and says he wouldn’t even rule out a first strike with nuclear weapons.

Nuclear War Insanity

GOP Senator Says Don’t Rule Out First-Use Nuclear Attack On Russia

from ZeroHedge:

A GOP senator who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee said in a Fox News interview while commenting on Tuesday’s Biden-Putin virtual talks which focused on soaring Ukraine tensions he won’t rule out a major American ground war with Russia.

Even more eye-brow raising was Senator Roger Wicker’s (Mississippi) suggestion that the United States should not rule out “first-use nuclear action” against Russia in the event Moscow threatens Ukraine with a military offensive.

Now There Is Talk In Washington That A Nuclear First Strike Against Russia Should Be “On The Table”

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

59 years after the Cuban missile crisis, a new source of tension threatens to bring the United States and Russia to the brink of war.  But instead of John F. Kennedy, we have Joe Biden and his hapless minions in the White House.  I wouldn’t trust Biden and his national security team to navigate us through a pancake crisis at the local Waffle House, and so I am definitely not optimistic that they will be able to handle the crisis in Ukraine.  Unfortunately, at this point there isn’t much wisdom in the halls of Congress either.  For example, on Tuesday U.S. Senator Roger Wicker went on television and told Fox News viewers that a nuclear first strike against the Russians should be an “option” that the Biden administration should keep open…