As we wrote last week, we are skeptical that the neocons will finally put their chicken necks where their mouths are and muster the U.S. military to fight Russia directly in Syria, after Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff James Dunford poured cold water on several idiot Senators' notions of a magical no fly zone that doesn't lead to American pilots confronting Russian jets and SAMs. In addition to the CJCS expressing reluctance to go to war with Russia like his predecessor Martin Dempsey did in August 2013, there is a severe gap in the psychological conditioning of Americans for war versus that of the Russians.
Washington's anti-Russian propaganda campaign appears to be a mile wide and an inch deep in terms of impact. Most Americans seem to preoccupied with health or economic problems or who robbed Kim Kardashian in Paris to really pay all that close attention to the arguments on Fox News or MSNBC about why we need to go to war with Russia to save the children in east Aleppo -- especially when Washington isn't saving kids in Yemen from Saudi bombs made in the U.S. or UK.
In contrast to the first Cold War, there appears to be little appetite among ordinary Americans or even much of the all-volunteer military for direct confrontation with Moscow. Unless of course, we've got to fight those evil Rooskies because they're supporting Donald J. Trump, and everyone knows The Donald is a sexist pig. Just ask Alicia Machado! And because we all know from the retired military and intelligence professionals supporting Hillary that Trump is a loon who despite being best buds with Putin, is way more likely to start a nuclear war than the 'we came, we saw, he died' cackling war hag! It is perhaps only in this way -- sleepwalking, sedated on porn, football, SSRIs and opiods -- that Americans can be dragged into a global war for reasons they don't understand in places they don't know anything about by and for globalists and jihadists who hate their guts. That at least is how the Russia Analyst fears it a global conflagration that escalates to nuclear weapons use could happen:
As Mexico-based American expat Fred Reed writes, the military industrial complex wants big, multi-billion dollar weapons systems and lots of promotions with cushy MIC jobs in retirement for generals and colonels. But it isn't too keen to see turkeys like the F-35 get shot down under combat conditions or AEGIS ships that supposedly can protect America's sitting duck carriers get sunk by comparatively cheap Russian or Chinese supersonic/hypersonic missiles in an actual war. If the neocons think the Russian contingent in Syria is vulnerable by fact of geography and long supply lines stretching around NATO member Turkey through Iran/Iraq and through the Bosporus that the Turks can easily cut off, it should be pointed out to them that NATO forces in the Baltics and especially Ukraine are similarly at the end of a long logistical lifeline that can be easily attacked by the Russians:
Instead, ramped up proxy warfare via 'moderate' jihadists, more Russian troops coming home in 'body bags' from Syria and terror attacks on Russian soil are threatened. The thought of course that covert and proxy wars go both ways -- and that Russia is more than capable of sending CIA officers or private military contractors inside Syria, eastern Ukraine or Saudi Arabia/Yemen aka the Houthis' happy hunting ground in 'body bags' too -- does not seem to matter to an increasingly desperate neolibcon Washington Establishment.
However, PolitRussia's Ruslan Ostashko did notice that State Department puke John Kirby's 'body bags' threat against Russia came after pro-Moscow and Iranian media reported on an alleged Kalibr cruise missile strike that took secretly took out an operations room full of U.S., British, Saudi/Qatari and Israeli spooks assisting the Syrian jihadists near the Turkish border. Ostashko suggested that Kirby's threat was about declaring that the U.S. would avenge its secretly killed assets in Syria without acknowledging that they had ever been there or that the Pentagon had deliberately targeted Syrian troops and perhaps Russian advisers at Deir Ez Zor prior to Russia's response:
The sheer amount of jawboning and threats being issued everywhere from the State Department to Sen. John McInsane's War Street Journal op-eds do not seem to be matched by a build up demonstrating that an American strike on Assad's forces as well as the Russian air defense units protecting them is imminent. However, Moscow is taking additional steps to deter American aggression against Syria, by deploying the S-300V4 as well as other components of an integrated air defense system that operate via encrypted datalinks with the long range S400 battery at Kheimmim and shorter range Pantsir SAMs.
My friend The Saker believes this is again, not an indication that Russia wants war, but that it is stepping up its deterrence capacity as part of a strategy to race the costs of any American aggression on Syria and Russian forces to a politically unacceptable level. That is, not only would the U.S. risk widespread condemnation from weak or tottering allies across Europe, but also a backlash at home when the war turns out to cost dozens of pilots and scores if not hundreds of American servicemen in the Mideast their lives:
Whether the Russians will have the will to use these air defense weapons if the U.S. attempts only 'limited' air strikes on Assad's forces as another test of Moscow's resolve remains to be seen. Writing for the Kuwait newspaper Al-Rai, Damascus and Beirut-based correspondent Elijah J. Magnier says on Twitter that Putin has assured his Syrian and Iranian allies that Russia is prepared to go all the way to defend its servicemen and allies in the country.
The Russians are also warning their population in far more stark terms and with a much higher audience acceptance that war is on the horizon -- while the neocons sell Americans on a fanciful standoff cruise missile war against Syria that will be just as low-casualty and easy as the air campaigns against Serbia (1999) or Libya (2011). For all their talk about martial virtues and the invincibility of America's military, the neocons certainly don't like to discuss the willingness of Americans as well as the Joint Chiefs themselves to accept casualties, or the fact that it won't be their children or neighbors in Reston, Virginia or Manhattan's Upper West Side coming back by the thousands in American flag-draped coffins from the Middle East or Ukraine in even a 'limited' war with Russia. It certainly wasn't their friends and neighbors who were the ones or who had family members dying in Iraq and Afghanistan after all:
While Putin and the Russians await the big 'October Surprise' move by the Empire of Chaos/Exceptionalistan, whether proxy attack or false flag provocation (there are no doubt at this moment plenty of Ukrainian Right Sector/Azov Battalion members ready to dress up as 'Polite People' in green Russian Army uniforms to attack a police station or army base in the Baltics), Russia will continue arming and preparing. And the psychological preparations by the Russian State of its people and armed forces for a confrontation with Washington's increasingly erratic and desperate empire we've been observing since the 'Russian Spring' of 2014 will expand down to the village civil defense leader and stocking of school basements in Siberia level.
Moscow's rail and road mobile ICBM forces will continue to drill and test their readiness to rapidly disperse and then launch their weapons. Russia's western border missile troops will fine tune their Iskander launch response times in Kaliningrad. Russian corvettes will likely test fire Kalibr missiles perhaps in the Far East to send the signal that any American attack on Russian forces in Syria or on the Crimea or Kaliningrad could result in a counterstrike against U.S. soil, starting with Alaska. The VDV paratroopers, especially the legendary Pskov division, will likely remain on high alert, as Moscow deliberately allows radio chatter from exercises and indications of mobilization and reserve call ups to be picked up by U.S. low earth orbit satellites and NSA antennae in Eastern Europe.
'Polite People' vacationers will assist the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics in triangulating and silencing some of the Ukrainian guns shelling the breakaway LDNR with expert counterbattery fire. And if Russian servicemen and Wagner contractors must die in Syria because the neocons have decreed it, then watch out for a wave of 'Taliban suicide bombings' no one witnessed to explain the American special forces, CIA and son of Blackwater types coming back in coffins from Hasakah, Jizan, or Mariupol. World War IV will remain a rumor, but nonetheless, a rumor that involves real blood and real losses albeit kept in the shadows as they were during World War III.
The Bear will continue to sharpen its claws and show its teeth. And the rumors of war with Russia will continue, though without a decisive resolution until the financial time bombs set to go off start exploding, taking out the fiat engine of the Empire's war machine with them. Because as horrible as it may be, the inevitable financial collapse beats the alternative the Georgia Guidestone building Satanic globalists have planned for us: