Patrick Lancaster reports from Azovstal steelworks, as Scott Ritter's followers consider his new view of Russia's military progress
It was going to expand. The US insisted on it. We will fight to the last Ukrainian.
In the late 70s, Ayatollah Khomenei of Iran used to refer to the US as "The Great Satan." I concede his point.
It's refreshing to hear an expert admit that they changed their mind instead of doubling down to save face!
Just to note, Ritter was interviewed a day *before* the US asked Russia for a cease fire and 2 days before the wounded Azov Nazis surrendered at Mariupol & a few non-wounded emerged to negotiate terms for the rest of them. The sole term being "do not video us" presumably to avoid embarrassing several countries with high ranking military "advisors" in the mix.
It's almost funny to read the western/ Ukr propaganda of "evacuation." They are already in Russian territory.
I have transcribed fully first half interview in my substack
About the couple of howitzer batteries that slipped past Russia & reversed Ritter's position of the state of the war:
1 of them is no more.
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🇷🇺🇺🇦 The Russian Defense Ministry reports that as a result of strikes over the past evening and night, 2 SU-24s at the airfield were destroyed, as well as a battery of American M777 howitzers and 2 locations of foreign mercenaries.
The framing of Ritter’s remarks as some sort of shocking about-face is silly. Ritter is simply doing what he has done all along: give his interpretation of events based on facts insofar as he can determine what the facts are.
'Whoever rules Eurasia, controls the world' Sir Halford John Mackinder
What war was Ritter in whereby he was on the winning side? Panama? Granada?
I wouldn't call it " ..to ensure another unchallenged century of American primacy." I would say "to ensure another unchallenged century of the United Criminals of America Empire."
USA used to be a country until 1945 only, then started destroying so many countries, democracies, civil rights, through wars, torture, terrorism, coups. They are the n°1 Criminal State of Terror of the World! By facts, by history, by their own reality.
I thought Putins hidden objective was to take the Eastern Part of Ukraine from Belarus down to Moldova essentially cutting off the Western Ukraine from the Black Sea and Russias borders. It would have been nuts to take the Western Part since unlike the East they are more Nationalists and anti Russian.
This would give Putin a significant buffer between the Eastern part of Nato backed West Ukraine which he could live with from a security stand point, plus Ukraines most valuable resources are in the East.
Whats concerning Scott is the Russians inexplicable failure to stop hardware from making its way from the West to the front lines, and the slow pace of Russias efforts in the Donbas giving Ukraine time to train on using equipment coming in from NATO countries.
How is it all transport routes (rail, air, road) from West to East have not been pulverized from the air and distribution points for NATO hardware also pulverized
My feeling now is Putin never had any intention of taking anymore than what used to be called New Russia or New Khazaria. Without taking the Northeast as well, Russias security situation will be even worse than before the invasion
Plus Ukraine will never stop trying to reclaim the territory taken. It will be a forever war.
If I were Russian I would suspect Putin Is a Trojan Horse for WEF interests since the only apparent winner of this war as its being prosecuted seems to be WEF and the NATO Military Industrial Complex. Perhaps they have compromised him in some way
This is an interesting viewpoint, but how can we square this with the fact that the US just asked Russia for a cease fire? To me that implies the US is worried about losing more than Russia is.
Scott Ritter is of course allowed to change his mind, but the real question is why. Ukrainian armed forces are currently teetering on the edge of total collapse and Scott knows that.
"Most important, Ukraine is the first battle in a Third World War, a war that was concocted and launched by Washington to ensure another unchallenged century of American primacy."
I believe Ukraine is simply a follow up on the cleansing of Kazakhstan. The US had much invested in Ukraine and watching the downfall of bitcoin, which was called into existence for paying off fraudulent cooperation, is no longer hot. Don't buy crypto for it is meant to buy children and goods that angels do not dare to think about. What we are witnessing is a great draining of a huge stinking swamp, a much filthier and deeper swamp than that in the US. When in coming weeks and months the West is going to be throttled by a self inflicted economic black hole, it will be purified and we will be getting rid of all the clowns and power drunk idiots that play with the levers. Then an era of peace and prosperity will take place. At last.
I don't think Ritter understands end Putin's goals. All anyone can do is make educated or uneducated guesses. He also doesn't seem to take into consideration the financial front of this war.
So far the US & EU sanctions are bleeding themselves dry. China lockdowns (over a few cases of covid in 25m population) are wreaking havoc with the supply chain. And instead of hemmirhaging, Russia's economy is flourishing. It doesn't need the west.
In the meantime, the eastern half of the US is running out of diesel. We may be facing rationing by summer. Per Bloomberg & now at least 1 US congressman on relevant committee (I forget who) we are literally using up our existing hardware.
All the contracts to replace won't matter if 1 supplier or another of a critical part chooses the other side.
And Biden has decided to bomb Somalia & send troops there.
I am shocked that Russia did not realize that, yes, of course, the West will illegally seize all of their assets abroad, and yes, America will fight a proxy war, we are the best in the world at fighting proxy wars. How could Putin et al, not see that? They believed our propaganda.