Friday, May 26, 2023

Read My Lips...

Ha, not my only. 

Average American politician, top bottom, has zero grasp of warfare. Yeomanry efforts of the Congressional Research Service to fit a colossal complexity of the modern warfare into a few pages of general descriptions of military issues are still not enough to explain some rah-rah Congressman or Senator what they are incapable of grasping and what Sergei Lavrov repeated again today:

США сильно заблуждаются, считая, что их самосохранение обеспечено Атлантическим океаном. Такое заявление сделал министр иностранных дел РФ Сергей Лавров в программе «Москва. Кремль. Путин» телеканала «Россия 1». Фрагмент интервью опубликован 26 мая в Telegram-канале журналиста Павла Зарубина. «Вашингтон-то считает, что его самосохранение обеспечено Атлантическим океаном, это тоже сильное заблуждение, если они пытаются подвести мир к черте третьей мировой войны», — сказал Лавров, комментируя эскалацию из-за обещанных поставок Киеву истребителей F-16. Министр добавил, что пока США «науськивают своих европейских сателлитов на Россию», полагая, что им всё сойдет с рук.

Translation: The United States is greatly mistaken in believing that its self-preservation is ensured by the Atlantic Ocean. This statement was made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov in the program “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin" TV channel "Russia 1". A fragment of the interview was published on May 26 in the Telegram channel of journalist Pavel Zarubin. “Washington thinks that its self-preservation is ensured by the Atlantic Ocean, this is also a strong delusion if they are trying to bring the world to the brink of a third world war,” Lavrov said, commenting on the escalation due to the promised supply of F-16 fighters to Kiev. The minister added that for now, the United States is “inciting its European satellites against Russia”, believing that they will get away with everything.

For people, which is majority of the US body politic, who are still enamored with great visuals of the US Navy's Carrier Battle Groups, it is difficult to explain that ocean today not only is not any kind of geopolitical moat but quite opposite--it is a great medium of delivering strike weapons close to the US proper, not to mention the fact that Russia's strategic deterrent, ranging from newest SSBNs to such things as hypersonic Avangards, makes US the deterrent look rather... drab. But then again, what do you expect from people who judge the war through the eyes of Hollywood or degree mills of Ivy League schools of government and foreign relations.

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