U.S. Wakes Up to New (Silk)
By Pepe Escobar
May 16, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - "Asia
The real Masters of the Universe in the U.S. are no weathermen, but arguably
they’re starting to feel which way the wind is blowing.
History may signal it all started
with this week’s trip to Sochi, led by their paperboy, Secretary of State John
Kerry, who met with Foreign Minister Lavrov and then with President Putin.
Arguably, a visual reminder clicked the bells for the real
Masters of the Universe; the PLA marching in Red Square on Victory Day side by
side with the Russian military. Even under the Stalin-Mao alliance Chinese
troops did not march in Red Square.
As a screamer, that rivals the Russian S-500 missile systems.
Adults in the Beltway may have done the math and concluded Moscow and Beijing
may be on the verge of signing secret military protocols as in the
Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. The new game of musical chairs is surely bound to leave
Eurasian-obsessed Dr. Zbig “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski apoplectic.
And suddenly, instead of relentless demonization and NATO
spewing out “Russian aggression!” every ten seconds, we have Kerry saying that
respecting Minsk-2 is the only way out in Ukraine, and that he would strongly
caution vassal Poroshenko against his bragging on bombing Donetsk airport and
environs back into Ukrainian “democracy”.
The ever level-headed Lavrov, for his part, described the
meeting with Kerry as “wonderful,” and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described
the new U.S.-Russia entente as “extremely positive”.
So now the self-described “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” Obama
administration, at least apparently, seems to finally understand that this
“isolating Russia” business is over – and that Moscow simply won’t back down
from two red lines; no Ukraine in NATO, and no chance of popular republics of
Donetsk and Lugansk being smashed, by Kiev, NATO or anybody else.
Thus what was really discussed – but not leaked – out of Sochi
is how the Obama administration can get some sort of face-saving exit out of the
Russian western borderland geopolitical mess it invited on itself in the first
About those missiles…
Ukraine is a failed state now fully converted into an IMF
colony. The EU will never accept it as a member, or pay its astronomic bills.
The real action, for both Washington and Moscow, is Iran. Not accidentally, the
extremely dodgy Wendy Sherman — who has been the chief U.S. negotiator in the
P5+1 nuclear talks — was part of Kerry’s entourage. A comprehensive deal with
Iran cannot be clinched without Moscow’s essential collaboration on everything
from the disposal of spent nuclear fuel to the swift end of UN sanctions.
Iran is a key node in the Chinese-led New Silk Road(s)
project. So the real Masters of the Universe must have also — finally — seen
this is all about Eurasia, which, inevitably, was the real star in the May 9
Victory Day parade. After his pregnant with meaning Moscow stop — where he
signed 32 separate deals — Chinese President Xi Jinping went to do deals in
Kazakhstan and Belarus.
So welcome to the New (Silk) World Order; from Beijing to
Moscow on high-speed rail; from Shanghai to Almaty, Minsk and beyond; from
Central Asia to Western Europe.
By now we all know how this high-speed trade/geopolitical
journey is unstoppable — spanning the Beijing-led, Moscow-supported Asian
Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the BRICs Development Bank. Central
Asia, Mongolia and Afghanistan — where NATO has just lost a war — are being
inexorably pulled into this trade/geopolitical orbit covering all of central,
northern, and eastern Eurasia.
What could be called Greater Asia is already shaping up — not
only from Beijing to Moscow but also from business center Shanghai to
gateway-to-Europe St. Petersburg. It’s the natural consequence of a complex
process I have been examining for
a while now — the marriage of the massive Beijing-led Silk Road Economic Belt
with the Moscow-led Eurasia Economic Union (EEU). Putin described it as “a new
level of partnership.”
The real Masters of the Universe may have also noted the very
close discussions between Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and the deputy
chairman of the Central Military Council of China, Gen. Fan Changlong. Russia
and China will conduct naval exercises in the Mediterranean Sea and the Sea of
Japan and will give top priority to their common position regarding U.S. global
There’s the not-so-negligible matter of the Pentagon “discovering” China
has up to 60 silo-based ICBMs – the CSS-4 – capable of targeting almost the
whole U.S., except Florida.
And last but not least, there’s the Russian rollout of the
ultra-sophisticated S-500 defensive missile system — which will conclusively
protect Russia from a U.S. Prompt Global Strike (PGS). Each S-500 missile can
intercept ten ICBMs at speeds up to 15,480 miles an hour, altitudes of 115 miles
and horizontal range of 2,174 miles. Moscow insists the system will only be
operational in 2017. If Russia is able to rollout 10,000 S-500 missiles, they
can intercept 100,000 American ICBMs by the time the U.S. has a new White House
Once again, the real Masters of the Universe seem to have done
the math. Can’t reduce Russia to ashes. Can’t win in the New (Silk) World Order.
Might as well sit down and talk. But hold your (geopolitical) horses; they might
still change their mind.