October 20, 2015 "Information
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- The whole Global South is now informed about how the Russian
campaign in Syria has swiftly smashed all of
‘Exceptionalistan’s’ elaborate plans for a “Greater Middle
These plans span everything from the Wolfowitz
Doctrine to Dr. Zbig “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski’s
categorical imperative of preventing the emergence of a
strategic competitor across Eurasia.
the subtext is even more intriguing: The Pentagon never saw it
coming. And they are absolutely terrified of the inevitable
was palpable, as relayed by Dr. Strangelove, sorry, NATO’s top
commander Gen. Philip Breedlove, a.k.a. Breedlove/hate, the man
who announces every week Russia is invading Ukraine.
Although proverbially handicapped in his
geopolitical analysis – Russia wants to hinder US and
“coalition” operations in the region - Breedlove/hate is clearly
puzzled by the new, unforeseen, intricate layers of Russia’s
In his own words:
“We’re a little worried about another A2/AD bubble being created
in the eastern Mediterranean.”
In Pentagonese, A2/AD means anti-access/area
Translation: a mix of surface-to-air missiles
and anti-ship missiles that can be deployed to prevent any
player from entering or crossing a certain area.
Breedlove/hate goes as far as to admit this is
Russia’s “third denial zone” around Europe. The first
is in the Baltics – via the Kaliningrad base. The second – based
in Crimea – covers the Black Sea. In his own words:
“Their cruise missiles range the entire Black
Sea, and their air defense missiles range about 40 to 50 percent
of the Black Sea.”
He is convinced the deployment of these
“very sophisticated air defense capabilities” is not about
purging Syria from the Salafi-jihadi constellation. It’s about
And the point about “something else”
is that the Pentagon knows it, but cannot possibly admit it
publicly. Neocons and neoliberalcons at best can transform their
apoplexy into vociferous demands for a mega-upgraded Pentagon
budget, or to force Obama into keeping troops in Afghanistan
indefinitely – as if any informed observer would doubt there
would never be an exit.
Here is just a sample of how the battlefield has been
But the real game-changer, once again, has
been the show-stopping performance of the 26 Kalibr-NK cruise
missiles launched by the Russian Caspian fleet against 11
Salafi-jihadi targets 1,500 km away, destroying them all.
Breedlove/hate cannot possibly admit the
Caspian cruise “message” was directed at NATO. The
Kalibr-NK flew over both Iran and Iraq, at a maximum altitude of
100 meters – not to mention speeding by a US drone.
Translation: this spells out the absolute
irrelevance of all – multibillion - elaborate plans for missile
defense deployed in Eastern Europe. Remember, those US missiles
which would be deployed against the “Iranian threat”.
NATO is also terrified that all its
state-of-the-art C4i software – command, control,
communications, computer, intelligence – has been totally jammed
by Russian technology, all across Syria and southern Turkey.
Essentially, reduced to sitting ducks. Imagine a similar, much
amplified scenario in a hypothetic war on European soil over
Ukraine which neocons never cease to itch for.
We have A2/AD too
No wonder these military breakthroughs
translate, in terms of public opinion, into fabulous PR for
Russia. Just check
Putin the Hajji in Iraq. Incidentally, if one really wants to
know how ‘Exceptionalistan’ destroyed Iraq in the first place –
creating the conditions for the rise of Al-Qaeda in Iraq and
then ISIS/ISIL/Daesh – might as well ditch Claire Danes in
Homeland and check
out: Iraq Year Zero, by Abbas Fahdel, which hits
the screen in France next year.
As for the non-stop uproar in US corporate
media, if this is the best American
‘Putinologists’ can come up with it, the Kremlin certainly
does not need enemies.
Putin reaches record highs with almost 90% of the people
approving his handling of events. Another NATO success
Meanwhile, in the economic front, Russian
domestic oil demand is growing. What this means is Russia is
slowly but surely shifting from an import economy to a
manufacturing center, replacing US and EU imports, moving
towards self-sufficiency and focusing on domestic credit
expansion for productive investments. The military breakthroughs
are a “don’t mess with us” message inbuilt in a complex
economic transformation process.
In addition, Chinese oil imports grew 8
percent for January through September year over year –
especially in the petrochemical and transport sectors,
outweighing any apparent slowdown in the use of industrial oil.
Next week comes the crucial announcement of the next Chinese
five-year plan. No, China is not crashing, as much as the
China-Russia strategic partnership keeps expanding.
Beijing is following in close detail the
“messages” sent by Russia in Syria. And don't forget that
in the A2/AD department, China has its own set of messages,
including the bunker-busting DF15B, the DF-16 with a 1,000
kilometer range, and the DF-21D “carrier killer” - 2,500
kilometer range and capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
Expect many a naked lunch between Dr.
Strangelove and his masters in the Beltway.
Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia
Times/Hong Kong, an analyst for RT and TomDispatch, and a frequent
contributor to websites and radio shows ranging from the US to East
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