DISPATCH #1, BY LARRY JOHNSON/ SUBJECT: THE US PROXY WAR AGAINST RUSSIA
UNDERSTANDING THE SCALE, BRUTALITY, and GLOBAL STAKES OF THE WAR IN UKRAINE
Dateline: 17 March 2023
"Smearing people is the only weapon the West apparently has left to launch against Russia..."
Take a good look at the map above. It shows clearly that fighting is taking place from the Black Sea in the south to the border of Belarus in the north. That is roughly 1,000 miles. Now, ask yourself, who has the manpower, weapons and resources to press the fight along this broad front? Simple answer, only Russia.
Russia still has at least 500,000 troops in reserve that have not been committed to the battles. Ukraine does not. Ukraine is running out of artillery shells and neither the United States nor NATO have the ability to replace and sustain Ukraine’s rate of fire, according to the Washington Post and the New York Times. Russia, notwithstanding Western claims that it too is running dry, continues to show otherwise:
Russian Forces launched a massive kamikaze drone strike against targets in Ukraine this evening.
Targets have been hit (https://t.me/rybar/44768) in #Novomoskovsk in #Dnepropetrovsk region, #Konstantinovka, #Dnepropetrovsk and #Kiev region. Explosions have also been reported in #Zhytomyr, #Rovno, #Khmelnytsky and #Volyn region.
The situation on the ground, as I reported in my previous post, is beyond grim.
Ukraine has demoted a top battlefield commander after he admitted his unit had been decimated in fighting around the city of Bakhmut.
The battalion commander, known by his call sign Kupol, gave an unusually frank assessment of Ukrainian losses in an interview from the front lines earlier this week.
He revealed that all of the original 500 soldiers in his unit had either been killed or injured, a rare acknowledgement from inside the Ukrainian ranks, where losses are kept strictly confidential.
The Ukrainian high command is at pains to present a positive spin on the increasingly bloody defence of the East. US officials have estimated that the Ukrainian army may have taken 120,000 casualties compared to 200,000 by the Russian army.
Kupol told the Washington Post this week that the Ukrainian army training was often poor and that some of the rookie replacements didn’t know how to throw a hand grenade or fire a rifle.
No amount of spin can cover up the catastrophic casualties Ukrainian troops are suffering because of unrelenting Russian artillery strikes. Demoting officers who dare to tell the truth about the situation is but one more symptom of the growing dysfunction and ineffectiveness of the Ukrainian military.
There also is the canard that Russian soldiers are incompetent and the Ukrainians are masterful warriors. More nonsense. Watch the following video. You will see a Russian soldier, Alexander Maltsev, creep up on the bottom of the screen on a well-defended Ukrainian trench. He is outnumbered at least six to one. Also, pay close attention to the Ukrainian soldiers. They are clearly poorly trained and undisciplined. Look at them firing their rifles using the old “pray and spray” method — i.e., hold the rifle above your head, do not aim and empty your clip. Maltsev, by contrast, does it right. He aims and makes accurate shots, killing at least two of the Ukrainian troops and taking the rest as captives. Shades of Sergeant Alvin York.
Note: As usual, YouTube (Google) is trying to choke the reach of this video, so it throws up phony "alerts" and warning screens to dampen the number of people who finally see the video. It's also very likely that, consistent with US/Western social media dirty tricks, they have shadowbanned this video. So what you see below is the Rumble.com version, which certainly does not try to censor this material.
Russian soldier cleaning out Ukies in a trench.
SIDEBAR: Accusing Pres. Putin of War Crimes.
How the shameless US media blast their Putin smears wide and far
Putin war crimes indictment puts him in ‘new zone of risk’
David Scheffer, who served as the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes during the Clinton administration, joins MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart to discuss the implications of the International Criminal Court's issuance of an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his appointee, Maria Lvova-Belova.
What the war crimes charges could mean for Putin
CBS Evening News
Margaret Brennan, CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent and moderator of "Face the Nation," examines whether the International Criminal Court will be able to hold Russian President Vladimir Putin accountable for war crimes.
International Criminal Court seeks Putin arrest for Ukraine war crimes
Mar 18, 2023
The International Criminal Court is calling for the arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin -- accusing him of involvement in the abductions of Ukranian children. https://abc7.com/putin-arrest-warrant...
TGP editor's note: The fact this latest smear on Putin is just pure propaganda is proven by the following: (1) Despite its prominent role as a proponent of the ICC (International Criminal Court), the US is not a ratifying party to this organisation and it has in fact aggressively attacked it and threatened it in the recent past when the ICC moved to indict US military personnel for crimes in Afghanistan and other nations invaded by the US/NATO machine; (2) The ICC can only act semi-legally upon instructions from the UN, which it has not received; (3) The ICC has no independent enforcement arm. As of this writing, Spring 2023, the US government's position toward the ICC remains confusing and contradictory. It's clear the US instigated the formation of the ICC in 2002 as another tool for international propaganda and hybrid war purposes. Washington, as previously stated, has never joined the ICC, and refuses to ratify its protocols. The ICC existence is another sneaky effort by the US to solidify the legitimacy of its self-serving and fully arbitrary "rules-based international order", which Washington contends is now above the UN statutes in global legitimacy.
This will have no detrimental effect on the Putin/Xi summit next week. If anything, it will remind Xi that the so-called “rules-based international order” is a one-way street that is only used to serve the interests of Washington. Like the American founders in 1776, Putin and Xi understand that if they don’t hang together they will hand separately if the West gets its way.
Russia’s incredible Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, called out the staggering hypocrisy of the West in leveling such charges:
The experiments of the “enlightened West” on sex change in children, the persecution of doctors who believe that there are only two sexes, the perverted interpretation of juvenile law, the destruction of the institution of the family, the replacement of “mom” and “dad” with degenerate terms “parent A” and “parent B”, the propaganda of perversions among minors – all these are not annoying accidents, but a large-scale policy in NATO-centric countries. And those states that, like Hungary, are trying to resist within the Alliance, are being subjected to real persecution.
Sanctions and harassment against Leonid Roshal (Noted pediatritian, Chairman of International Charity Fund to Help Children in Disasters and Wars) and Maria Lvova-Belova (Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights in Russia) are signs of the dehumanization of liberal dictatorships.
Zakharova’s comments will resonate with parents in the Western world who still believe in science, particularly biology, and are fighting against the deviant agenda trying to erase the reality of the differences between men and women. Russia understands that this war is not just about eliminating Nazis in Ukraine and saving the people of the Donbas. There is a global cultural war underway and the very foundation of Western culture’s philosophical and religious roots is at risk. Russia realizes that it is fighting to preserve the religious truth embraced by Christianity, Judaism and Islam — God created man and woman.
Russian attempts to save children from the ravages of war is being viciously attacked while most Western governments and media outlets remain mum on the murder of Ukrainian children during the last 9 years by the Government of Ukraine in its relentless shelling of civilians in the Donbas.
I anticipate more moves by Washington and NATO to try to disrupt the meeting of Putin and Xi. Those moves will fail and the summit will solidify the agenda to create a new multi-polar world that eschews Western control.
TWEEDLEDEE AND TWEEDLE-DUMBER DISSEMBLE ON UKRAINE / by Larry Johnson
DISPATCH #2, BY ANDREI MARTYANOV & SCOTT RITTER / SUBJECT: THE APPALLING IGNORANCE AND HUBRIS OF WESTERN LEADERS. A DEADLY COMBINATion.
In the West, especially in the Anglo sphere, the quality of political and often even military leadership is appalling. They also happen to lead the NATO alliance.
Larry Saved Me From Torture...
... of seeing and listening to these two guys (Milley and Austin) and I am eternally grateful to him for that.
Tweedledee and Tweedle-dumber Dissemble on Ukraine.
I admit, pretty much anything emanating from the Beltway, be that in writing or visual, is cringe-worthy. I feel embarrassed, those guys--don't. Meanwhile, boy Marco Rubio decided to demonstrate his professional grasp of Air Forces' operations and Scott (Ritter) nearly exploded:
I agree, what this boy lawyer, who never served a day in any armed forces, is suggesting is the start of WW III. Rubio is an Exhibit A of a majority in the US Congress--cowardly chickenhawks. I also have some issues with the competence of a few "combat veterans" in US Congress, such as Tom Cotton, who has no clue about real war and neither studied nor experienced it. None of them.
DISPATCH #3, BY ANDREI MARTYANOV
Martyanov's musings on the astonishing implosion of Western power, and rather obvious reasons thereof.
Who Will Take The Part...
... from the Russian side during Xi's visit. While losers from the AP bemoan Xi's visit to Moscow:
ABOVE: Breathless propaganda by one of the major TV networks in the USA. (NBC)
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to visit Moscow next week, offering a major diplomatic boost to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the same day the International Criminal Court announced it wants to put the Russian leader on trial for alleged war crimes. Xi’s visit was the latest sign of Beijing’s emboldened diplomatic ambitions, and came amid sharpening East-West tensions over the war in Ukraine, now in its 13th month. The U.S. on Friday said it would oppose any effort by China at the meeting to propose a ceasefire in Ukraine as the “ratification of Russian conquest.”
They fail to understand, which is natural for Western office plankton due to it being uncultured ignoramuses, that it is, actually, the other way around. And here comes a bit of a framework. This is not me talking, this is a real Sinologist:
Профессор РУДН Андрей Виноградов уверен, что США не хотят воевать с Китаем, но создают институты, которые нужны в условиях перехода к многополярному миру. "Их нельзя назвать в полной мере конфронтационными, но они будут противодействовать китайскому влиянию в Индо-Тихоокеанском регионе", — поясняет китаист.При этом Виноградов считает, что у КНР не так много вариантов ответа. Гонка вооружений выгодна скорее американцам, чем китайцам, которые должны решать проблему модернизации экономики. "Пекин не хочет повторить опыт Советского Союза, но Штаты ставят его в невыгодное положение. Китай мог бы противопоставить AUKUS если не собственный союз, то хотя бы военно-политическое сотрудничество с сильными игроками. Можно договориться с Москвой, но в нынешней ситуации есть риск, что это навредит", — отмечает эксперт.Как бы то ни было, США и их союзники продолжат окружать китайцев военными блоками. А те вынуждены будут проводить внешнеполитический курс, которого придерживаются с начала 1980-х: представлять интересы развивающихся стран и выступать за мирное урегулирование конфликтов. Пока у Пекина нет других вариантов, заключает Виноградов.
I largely agree with Vinogradov here, with some minor caveats, and I write about it for years. Some of those things I wrote and continue to write often are met with disdain and disbelief by many enthusiastic supporters of China but I will repeat it here again: China is still not in the same league militarily as US and Russia, granted that the US is in the process of departing from largely self-proclaimed military superiority. Still, China has a long way to go here. And that is where those first signals started to be sent out by Russia, such as yesterday with Konstantin Biyurulin of KRTV articulating the readiness of KRTV to transfer hypersonic technologies to friendly countries. Now Ria published the list and it is a peculiar one for special meetings in a limited capacity. There will be meetings in an expanded capacity too.
МОСКВА, 17 мар - РИА Новости. Зампред Совбеза РФ Дмитрий Медведев, глава МИД Сергей Лавров, вице-премьер Дмитрий Чернышенко, глава ЦБ Эльвира Набиуллина, министр обороны Сергей Шойгу, глава Роскосмоса Юрий Борисов и директор Федеральной службы по военно-техническому сотрудничеству Дмитрий Шугаев примут участие в первом раунде российско-китайских переговорах, которые пройдут 21 марта, заявил помощник президента по международным делам Юрий Ушаков."У нас намечено с учётом важности визита большое представительство... Переговоры в узком составе - в них предполагается участие Медведева, Лаврова, Чернышенко, Шойгу, я буду участвовать, Набиуллина, Шугаев, Борисов и посол Моргулов. Круг участников позволяет подсказать, какие темы могут быть затронуты", - рассказал Ушаков журналистам.
Translation: MOSCOW, March 17 - RIA Novosti. Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko, Head of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Head of Roscosmos Yuri Borisov and Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugaev will take part in the first round of Russian-ChinesePresidential Assistant for International Affairs Yuri Ushakov said. "We have a large representation planned, taking into account the importance of the visit ... Negotiations in a narrow format - Medvedev, Lavrov, Chernyshenko, Shoigu are supposed to participate in them, I will participate, Nabiullina, Shugaev, Borisov and Ambassador Morgulov. The circle of participants allows us to suggest what topics can be touched upon," Ushakov told reporters.
Ushakov is correct--easy to understand once you see these names: Shoigu, Borisov and Shugaev. Those are movers and shakers of Russia's Armed Forces and Military-Industrial Complex and I can guarantee you that in Xi's shopping list there will be many very advanced toys present which China will need to push back on the US in general, and AUKUS in particular. Those toys will also serve as a deterrent. It is absolutely clear that China will ask for hypersonics and for aviation. Now, will China ask for S-500? Recall, that India stated that she will be the first recipient of this complex. China DOES need Russia's support and it will be fascinating to hear and see the results of this undeniably monstrously important summit in Moscow. Per space--yes, I am sure the commitment to new space station and Lunar permanent station will be confirmed.
Why They Are "More Adequate"
Vzglyad's observer Dmitry Bavyrin asks this question.
Пентагон резко снизил накал страстей вокруг упавшего в Черное море беспилотника. Его шеф Ллойд Остин лично позвонил Сергею Шойгу, назвал Россию великой державой и подчеркнул важность контактов с ней. Такое легко можно было представить десять лет назад, но для нынешней политики США это нечто невообразимое. Чем Остин отличается от тех американцев, которые засели в Госдепе и Белом доме?
Translation: The Pentagon has sharply reduced the intensity of passions around the drone that fell into the Black Sea. Its boss Lloyd Austin personally called Sergei Shoigu, called Russia a great power and emphasized the importance of contacts with her. This was easy to imagine ten years ago, but for current US policy, it is something unimaginable. How is Austin different from those Americans who settled in the State Department and the White House?
I answered this question many years ago and continue to answer it ad nauseam. The answer is because the US military is the one who does the dying for the American political circus populated by ignoramuses, chickenhawks and cowards, who never bear responsibility for their words and actions. This, plus the US military deals with tangibles--personnel, hardware, technology--some of it very advanced--plus they have to rely on a more realistic view of the outside world and, especially, key enemies. Such as Russia. Most American politicians, media personalities and "intellectuals" are BSers with zero applicable skills in any meaningful field of human activity. That's the answer.
I am on record--middle to middle-high level of Pentagon people, those colonels and major generals, and rear-admirals who have to deal with resources, operational planning and warfare are the last vestiges of professional competence left in any American governmental institutions. We know that CIA is being purged of people who try to deal with facts, US military was purged and partially corrupted by neocon and woke psychopaths, but the rest of US government institutions are de facto functional failures, which cannot perform effectively functions they have been created for. Same goes for many businesses, which are nothing more than financial manipulators producing nothing. So, yes--last American professionals ARE in Pentagon.
That also explains a desperate attempt to simulate a useful activity such as by kangaroo ICC which issued today an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin.
THE HAGUE (AP) — The International Criminal Court said on Friday it issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin for war crimes because of his alleged involvement in abductions of children from Ukraine. The court said in a statement that Putin “is allegedly responsible for the war crime of unlawful deportation of population (children) and that of unlawful transfer of population (children) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation.”
This is a logical conclusion to the activity of utterly corrupt European "justice" and just another proof of a correct Russian strategy designed to drown Europe in its own excrement and then see what kind of regime changes will occur there. To explain matters in more detail, the ICC President is this guy:
Piotr Józef Hofmański (born 6 March 1956) is a Polish jurist and judge who has served as President of the International Criminal Court (ICC) since 2021. He has been a judge of the ICC since 2015. His election into the Presidency of the ICC is for a three-year term. Prior to his tenure as a judge of the ICC, Hofmański was a legal expert and advisor at the Council of Europe.
So, draw your own conclusions.
In related news, the date of Xi's visit to Moscow was announced and it is this Monday. As was correctly stated, many things would be discussed tete-a-tete and rightly so--there is a lot to discuss in terms of the configuration of a new gigantic block emerging in Eurasia. Prepare yourself for the Western media going apoplectic. Meanwhile, the price cap is working, working... ah, wait:
Japan purchased Russian crude oil at $68.5 per barrel in February, TASS news agency reported on Thursday, citing calculations based on statistics from the Japanese Finance Ministry. The figure is above the $60 price cap that Tokyo agreed to with its Western allies, in an effort to punish Russia over the conflict in Ukraine. Last month, Japanese importers reportedly bought 232,700 barrels of oil from Russia with a total value of 2.125 billion yen ($15.945 million). The average cost of a barrel from the February batch totaled $68.52, exceeding the Western price cap for Russian oil supported by Japan.
Not to mention others buying it way above this price cap. But, as I said, it is impossible to explain to Western politicos that they are dumb, because they are dumb--Dunning-Krueger for ya. For people whose only ability is to shake the air, it is inconceivable to relate to reality.
REGARDING IRAQI SOLDIERS TAKING BABIES OUT OF INCUBATORS
The US Empire can manufacture a hoax anytime it wishes. Fake news is its informational staple.
Now they have the gall to accuse Vladimir Putin of war crimes, and, for good measure, some heinous child abduction scheme. It is as true as the "Nayira hoax" described herein.
How False Testimony and a Massive U.S. Propaganda Machine Bolstered George H.W. Bush’s War on Iraq
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What a juxtaposition of absurdity versus reality. On the same day that the Kyiv Independent publishes a horrific report detailing the catastrophic losses of Ukrainian troops in Bakhmut, Lloyd Austin and Mark Milley compete for the “Who is the most stupid” award. I think it is a tie. Judge for yourselves.
Let us start with the article from the Ukraine publication, the Kyiv Independent. We will use this as the benchmark to evaluate what Austin and Milley said at their press conference on Wednesday.
Battle of Bakhmut: Ukrainian soldiers worry Russians begin to ‘taste victory’
The author of this piece tries desperately to put lipstick on the pig of Ukrainian losses by repeating the bogus CNN claim that Russia is losing troops at a five-to-one ratio compared to Ukraine. Yet, the Ukrainian soldiers tell the real story. Russia is shelling them with a seemingly limitless supply of artillery shells and the Ukrainians have no shells [or far fewer shells] to fire in return.
I repeat what I have written before — the side that fires the most artillery shells inflicts the most casualties. Just wishing that Russians are dying in droves does not make it so. The picture painted by the Kyiv Independent is grim and horrific. So keep that in mind as you listen to the Austin/Milley clown show. (I am providing key portions of the transcript below.)
Austin is delusional and a liar. He fails to note that those 40 countries can no longer supply Ukraine with 155 mm artillery shells. That includes the United States. He repeats the canard that Russia is running out of ammunition, weapons and missiles and is forced to use 80-year-old equipment. Has no one briefed him on the Kinzhal hyper sonic missile that continues to wreak havoc on Ukraine? Austin reminds me of Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz (“There is no place like home, there is no place like home). Somebody buy that man some Ruby slippers.
Austin was not the only buffoon at the podium. General Milley demonstrated his skill as an unrepentant sycophant:
Getting a lecture from General Milley on the sanctity of “rules-based international order” is like listening to Jeffrey Dahmer warn about the risks of high cholesterol if you engage in cannibalism. I am sure that the people of Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria, just to mention a few, would have some scathing comments about the U.S. commitment to “rules-based international order.”
Milley also is lacking in self-awareness and irony. He insists that because Russia is allegedly relying on Iran and North Korea for weapons, this is a sign of weakness and failure. Hello? And Ukraine receiving aid from 40 countries is a sign of strength?
I will close with one more iconic moment from the Wizard of Oz. General Milley reminds me of the Scarecrow with a weight problem: