Biden is acting tough and he is once more recklessly escalating
the war with Russia with his latest move on sending F-16s.
May 30, 2023:
Information Clearing House --
-- It’s no coincidence that U.S. President Joe Biden made a
sharp U-turn to send F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine on the same weekend that
the NATO-backed Kiev regime just lost the strategic battle for Artyomovsk (Bakhmut).
Recall that Biden had emphatically said no to supplying the American
warplane to Ukraine partly out of concern to not antagonize Russia.
The battle for the transport hub city in the Donbass region had been
raging for eight months. Some commentators have compared the pivotal fight
for Artyomovsk – a “meat grinder” – to Stalingrad in World War Two which
largely determined the final victory of the Soviet Red Army over Nazi
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Russian forces claimed to have finally taken full control of Artyomovsk
on May 20, despite Kiev
denials and a reluctance in the Western media to admit reality. Indeed,
the relentless Western narrative of defiant Ukraine sticking it to the
Ruskies is also a casualty here, lying bloodied on a stretcher, as is the
supposed entire authority of this same media (aka Western propaganda
This major defeat for the Kiev regime at the weekend completely upends
Washington and NATO’s presumed prowess. The Biden administration has
bankrolled President Vladimir Zelensky’s forces with $38 billion in military
aid over the past 15 months. Other NATO members, Britain, Germany, France
and Poland have likewise pumped Ukraine with all sorts of advanced weaponry.
The defeat of Zelensky’s forces at Artyomovsk is as much a defeat of the
US-led NATO alliance.
That embarrassing blow would explain Biden’s
about-turn on now giving the go-ahead for F-16 fighter jets. The
announcement is aimed at shifting the news headlines from a crucial military
On one hand, the prospect of the American warplane flying over Ukraine
sounds like an ominous intervention threatening Russia. The F-16 is the
workhorse of the US Air Force having seen combat action in dozens of
countries backing up American ground forces. It is nuclear-capable and has a
maximum strike range of 800 kilometers. That is roughly the distance from
Kiev to Moscow. Potentially, the U.S. jets could launch air strikes on the
President Biden, in making his
announcement, said that he “was assured” by former comedian Zelensky
that the F-16s would not strike the territory of the Russian Federation.
Such an assurance is worthless, as countless sabotage, drone attacks and
assassination attempts by Kiev agents in Russia have shown. Also, Team Biden
has already made it known that they don’t consider Crimea to be Russian
territory which would therefore not rule out F-16s making air raids on the
Black Sea peninsula, yet Moscow is adamant that Crimea is an integral part
In any case, on the other hand, the F-16 “breakthrough move” can be seen
as an empty gesture that won’t alter the outcome of the war in Russia’s
For a start, Washington is saying that its fighter jets are not going to
be supplied from the U.S. inventories directly but rather will be
re-exported from other NATO countries. So far, NATO members Poland, Italy
and Germany have ruled out any supply of their American-made jets. No doubt,
the European allies have balked at the provocation of such a move toward
Uncle Sam’s slobbering bulldog, Britain, is always game for provocation,
but the Brits do not have F-16s.
Another factor is the logistics and training. It would take at least six
months for Ukrainian pilots to attain competence in combat performance.
Ukraine’s pilots are trained up on Soviet-era MiG jets and most of them have
been shot down by the Russians. It will also take months for F-16 mechanics
and ground crew to be established, which would make American personnel
targets. The Americans, British and other NATO states are offering F-16
training to Ukraine. But by the time, these jets are able to take off for
combat sorties it will be towards the end of this year. That implies another
delay in the already much-delayed and hyped Ukrainian counter-offensive.
Russia’s long-range air defense systems are reckoned to be the best in
the world, exceeding the American Patriot system which was put out of action
by Russian hypersonic missiles last week. The Russian air defense systems
will give the F-16s a daunting challenge. The American warplane has appeared
to operate successfully in various countries against non-state militant
groups who have had negligible air defenses. In these theaters, the F-16s
have been able to dominate the skies with impunity.
Not so in Ukraine. Russia’s multilayered air defense systems are a
different matter. The S-400 ground-to-air missiles have a deadly range of
400 kilometers. Several locations along Russia’s western border can cover a
distance to Kiev. That means the F-16s can be blown out of the sky long
before they get within strike range of Russia. It also means that the
warplanes could be targeted for destruction even before they get off the
Biden’s F-16 bravado is a flight of fancy. It’s all about creating a
commotion from ostensible muscle flexing. But it’s all so absurdly futile.
Washington can’t even pay for its shambolic debt-ridden government, which in
turn is throwing F-16s and missiles around like confetti.
Militarily, the Russians have got this covered, just like they have had
with every other supposed advanced weaponry that the tech-fetish Western
militarists have pumped into Ukraine to prop up their pet Nazi regime in
If Biden and his hubristic Western minions had any sense, never mind
morals, they would call off the whole proxy war in Ukraine, knowing that the
war is un-winnable and is potentially liable to spiral out of control into
an Earth-ending nuclear conflagration. But then, what do you expect from
people who pat themselves on the back at a G7 summit in Hiroshima while
obscenely declaring more weapons for Ukraine?
No, these blind, self-righteous, arrogant imperialists don’t know when to
stop digging a hole for themselves – and, despicably, for the rest of us.
The Western regimes and their lackey media have invested so much of their
narcissistic, fraudulent, and lying images in trying to beat Russia, they
don’t know how to capitulate. But capitulate they will have to, eventually.
Mr Biden is acting tough and he is once more recklessly escalating the
war with Russia with his latest move on sending F-16s. But it’s a desperate
throw of the dice by a loser who is going to be seen as an even bigger loser
when the chips are finally down.