Western jaws dropped last week when the Washington Post (WaPo) which can’t reasonably be described as even remotely resembling so-called “Russian propaganda” but is more akin to one of the ruling Democrat party’s mouthpieces, reported that Biden chastised Zelensky for his ungrateful begging. That outlet cited an unnamed former White House official who revealed that “Biden understood as a fellow politician that Zelensky had to advocate forcefully for his people, but he also told the Ukrainian leader privately that it would be hard for him to keep asking Congress for money if Zelensky appeared ungrateful and kept saying it was not enough, according to a former White House official.”
That in and of itself was already bad enough since it amounts to the exact same thing that Trump was impeached for, which was him allegedly withholding aid to a close US partner for self-interested domestic political reasons. In this case, Biden reportedly told Zelensky to back off from his ungrateful begging, with it being implied that the optics thereof might harm the Democrats’ already difficult electoral prospects ahead of early November tense midterms. Everything might be even worse than that, however, since Secretary of Defense Austin very strongly implied that the US and its NATO allies’ military stockpiles are running so low that Kiev can no longer be supplied at the same pace.
He hinted as much during a press conference last week where he denied that there’s any “lack of political will” over this but instead suggested that the problem comes down to production capabilities, thus winking in the direction of experts’ fears that the Golden Billion’s stockpiles have been drastically depleted throughout the course of NATO’s proxy war on Russia through Ukraine. Bloomberg already warned about this as early as mid-spring but officials clearly didn’t heed any of these concerns and instead continued giving Kiev tens of billions of dollars’ worth of equipment. The irony is that while the US wanted to weaken Russia’s military capabilities, it ultimately ended up weakening NATO’s own.
Taken together, WaPo’s scandalous report about Biden chastising Zelensky for his ungrateful begging and Austin’s latest remarks very strongly implying an unprecedented depletion of NATO’s military stockpiles show that there are serious concerns among American leaders about the sustainability of their ongoing proxy war on Russia. Simply put, their opponent has succeeded in destroying the bulk of what’s already been sent to Ukraine, which means that tens of billions of dollars’ worth of equipment was just wasted at the taxpayers’ expense. That crumbling former Soviet Republic’s Western patrons can’t replace what’s already been lost, however, hence a likely curtailing of military aid.
This doesn’t automatically mean that the quantity will be reduced, but at the very least the quality of what’s being dispatched will almost certainly suffer. Russia’s gradual erosion of NATO’s military capabilities through its destruction of that hostile bloc’s equipment in Ukraine is creating a crisis for the Golden Billion’s military-industrial complex. On the one hand, related companies will surely secure billions of dollars’ worth of government contracts in response and will thus handsomely profit over time, but on the other, that anti-Russian alliance is losing its edge to an extent, both in terms of its direct and indirect military capabilities for the time being until its drastically depleted stockpiles are replenished.
The preceding insight represents the most “politically incorrect” observation of the Ukrainian Conflict’s strategic dynamics thus far since it smashes so-called “conventional wisdom” that NATO can supposedly wage its ongoing proxy war on Russia through Ukraine indefinitely at the same pace as before. That’s technically impossible to do since that bloc’s finite stockpiles have been immensely depleted throughout the course of just the last eight months, which luckily for them coincides with the upcoming winter and associated reduction in offensive operations by both sides, or at least that’s what many expect. It’ll take time to replace those lost munitions, though, which could intriguingly increase the prospects for peace.
That scenario, while admittedly somewhat far-fetched for the time being considering Kiev and its patrons’ hitherto refusal to even countenance the resumption of peace talks until their political fantasy of “Balkanizing” Russia at least back to its pre-2014 borders is first accomplished, still can’t be discounted since the military-strategic dynamics actually trend in Russia’s favor. All that this newly restored world power has to do is simply continue surviving amidst a potential stalemate in order to proverbially run out the clock by waiting for rapidly evolving multipolar processes to fundamentally transform global affairs in a way that dooms the US’ declining unipolar hegemony once and for all.
With Biden already reportedly doing the exact same thing that resulted in Trump’s impeachment for reasons that are arguably just as connected to his country’s declining military stockpiles as they are to self-interested domestic political calculations, and Austin extending credence to that aforementioned observation during last week’s press conference, it’s indeed very possible that the Golden Billion’s forthcoming reduction of military aid to Kiev (at least in quality if not in quantity) will result in the potential stalemate needed for Russia to still strategically win in this proxy war. Should that be the case, then the writing’s already on the wall and the West would do well to force Kiev to sue for peace now.
Source: One World