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Russia the World’s Dominant Military Power 

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Russia, not America, is the world’s dominant military superpower, a reality not going down well in Washington.

In March, Putin explained Russia’s technological superiority to America and the West – its formidable weapons enough to give Washington pause about attacking the country.

Moscow’s advanced weapons outmatch the Pentagon’s best. They include:

• a 200-ton Sarmat ICBM able to successfully breach ABM defenses;

• a low-flying stealth nuclear-powered cruise missile with a far greater range than US ones;

• a nuclear-powered, high-speed, unmanned submersible vehicle – able to operate undetected at great ocean depths, armed with conventional or nuclear missiles;

• a new hypersonic missile with greater than Mach-5 speed (Mach-1 the speed of sound), carrying nuclear or conventional warheads, able to penetrate ABM defenses;

• new hypersonic, high-precision missiles able to “hit targets at an inter-continental distance and can adjust their altitude and course as they travel,” Putin explained.

• significant progress made in laser weapons technology, Putin called a new “cutting-edge system.”

The Saker called the above revelations “match and game over for the Empire: there is no more military option against Russia.”

Addressing graduates of Moscow’s military academies in the Grand Kremlin Palace on Thursday, Putin said the nation’s armed forces successfully demonstrated their prowess in combating (US-supported) terrorists in Syria.

New generation armaments were developed, technological breakthroughs unmatched in the West or elsewhere, said Putin stressing:

“A number of Russian weapons’ systems are years, if not decades, ahead of similar foreign products.” 

“(A)n experiment to deploy the latest Kinzhal air-launched missiles in the Southern Federal District is underway.” 

“Avangard intercontinental missile systems (able to travel at 20-times the speed of sound) will be delivered to the army in the near future…” It can change course and altitude in flight, making it “absolutely invulnerable to any air or missile defense means.” 

Sarmat ICBM deliveries “will follow within one year,” able to strike targets accurately anywhere in the world with multiple nuclear or other warheads. 

“This is only part of the modern armaments that are expected to improve Russia’s potential several-fold,” Putin explained.

Advanced nuclear weapons were developed. The Kinzhal hypersonic missile is near-operational.

Against this backdrop, Putin and Trump will meet for summit talks in Helsinki, Finland on July 16.

Longstanding US hostility toward Russia virtually assures no meaningful breakthroughs, at most the false appearance of positive change in bilateral relations alone.

Virtually the entire Congress and US media are militantly hostile to Moscow and Vladimir Putin. 

No matter how well he and Trump get along, Congress can block any positive change in bilateral relations.

America’s near-unanimously passed Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), signed into law by Trump last year, calls for imposing tough sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russia.

Despite DPRK/US summit talks, a state of hostility exists between Washington and Pyongyang, the same true for Tehran and Moscow.

Trump’s summit with Putin and what follows won’t change things. America seeks global hegemony by whatever means it takes to achieve its objectives – wars and color revolutions its favored strategies.

Trump Let Putin Have Syria for Summit Talks?

Washington invested countless trillions of dollars in its imperial project – wars of aggression on sovereign independent countries for regime change its core feature. 

Trump carries the torch handed him by Obama, his agenda more aggressive than his predecessors. Neocons infesting his regime call the shots.

For over seven years, Syria has been a prime US target for regime change. The road to Tehran runs through Damascus. 

Toppling Assad would isolate the Islamic Republic regionally – letting Washington, NATO and Israel focus on replacing its government with a ruthless  Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi-led clone regime.

According to Israel’s military intelligence DEBKAfile (DF) propaganda arm, “Trump quietly decided to let Syria go to Russia in the interests of a successful summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16.” 

“Israel, Jordan…Syrian (US-supported terrorists falsely called “rebels”) and Kurdish groups hitherto backed by the United States were left to fend for their own security as best they could.” 

“As a last concession, the US turned a blind eye to Putin’s pass for Iranian and Hizballah forces to move in along with the Syrian army.”

DF claims “for a few dollars to support their families,” southwestern Syrian refugees will don explosive vests to detonate against bordering Israeli positions.

What DF calls a “disastrous security calamity” is fake news. No evidence suggests it’s credible.

Israel’s only security are invented ones. No others exist. Claims otherwise are bald-faced lies.

The notion that neocon hardliners in charge of Trump’s geopolitical agenda would abandon Washington’s longstanding regime change agenda in Syria for summit talks with Putin or anything else, weakening a similar plot against Iran, is nonsense.

All US-launched post-9/11 wars remain ongoing more or less intensively, Afghanistan the model, entering its 18th year this fall with no end in sight.

Iraq and Libya remain endless cauldrons of violence and chaos following US-led aggression in both countries. Pentagon terror-bombing continues intermittently. US special forces are actively involved in both countries – along with most others worldwide.

Washington’s Global War OF Terror rages. According to the Center for International Policy’s Arms and Security Project director William Hartung, US special forces operate in 149 countries worldwide – provoking greater conflict rather than reducing it, pursuing America’s permanent war agenda.

Trump is hostage to sinister dark forces in Washington controlling him, elements militantly hostile to Russia and other sovereign independent nations.

Chances for a meaningful Reagan/Gorbachev-type deal from the upcoming Putin/Trump summit are virtually nil – regardless of what publicly reported

Russophobic administration, congressional and Pentagon elements in Washington consider Russia America’s main adversary. 

A few hours of Putin/Trump summit talks and whatever follows won’t change longstanding US hostility toward Moscow and Vladimir Putin.

Nor will Washington concede defeat in Syria and leave voluntary, abandoning or at least severely compromising its Middle East imperial project.

Regime change in Damascus and Tehran remain firm US policies. Phony Hezbollah and Hamas threats persist to keep the region boiling – key for Washington and Israel, pursuing endless violence and chaos.

Peace and stability defeat their agenda. Endless wars and turmoil serve it.

Putin/Trump summit talks may cool bilateral tensions temporarily – hardly likely longer-term given US rage to transform Russia into another US satellite state. 

Its sovereign independence undermines longstanding US hegemonic aims to rule the world, wanting all nations subservient to its interests.

Former NATO commander General Wesley Clark earlier explained US plans to “destroy the governments of seven countries:” Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Iran.

He called the scheme a post-9/11 “policy coup,” including war on Afghanistan. No evidence suggests Washington’s agenda changed. 

Russia’s intervention against US-supported terrorists in Syria slowed things. America’s imperial agenda remains on course.

About the author: Stephen J. Lendman

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.

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