It honestly makes me laugh out loud to read these things now. Sadly, this is a lesson we ourselves learned by inflicting crippling industry destroying sanctions on Japan before WWII which caused them to come to view us as the enemy. Unfortunately we have a full generation of military generals and admirals who think they know how to fight an all out war against a near peer adversary but I don't think they have been paying attention to the news over the last 20 years. Russia is a startlingly well armed, well equipped and professional military these days and has weapons that don't just rival our own, they're, in some cases, way better than ours and have been for 20 years or so.
Deliveries of Russian natural gas to Germany through the Yamal-Europe pipeline have been completely halted, data from the country’s transport operator, Gascade, revealed on Tuesday morning. The suspension of the flow comes after a weekend in which the volume being sent through the network dropped significantly, just as demand for energy in both Russia and the rest of Europe reached its winter peak. On Monday, it was reported that state-owned giant Gazprom, the system’s operator in Russia and Belarus, had booked no capacity at all for transiting natural gas on Tuesday.
The Yamal-Europe transnational gas pipeline runs from northwest Siberia to Frankfurt-an-der-Oder in eastern Germany via Belarus and Poland. Last year, around one-fifth of all natural gas sent to Western Europe went via Belarus. Energy supplies through the system vary based on consumption, including within Russia, which Gazprom prioritizes over sending fuel abroad. Temperatures have plummeted in Moscow and other large Russian cities this week.
European gas prices surge. Flows through the pipeline dropped to 6% of capacity on Saturday and 5% on Sunday, before eventually falling to zero on Tuesday morning. Due to the winter cold and the restricted supply, European energy prices have soared.
Officials in the West have accused Moscow of playing politics with the supply of gas to the rest of Europe, allegedly with the aim of forcing the EU to approve the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is yet to be certified, but is ready to operate. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied these allegations, with Gazprom noting that it continues to fulfill its contracts.
I can only imagine what a REturn of FORces to GERmany (REFORGER) would look like if we tried to pull it off in the next 6 months. It can't happen any faster than that and based on the kind of military stupidity on display so conspicuously in Afghanistan as we ran away it is likely to be magnitudes of disaster worse than you can imagine. The ships aren't there, the Divisions and troops don't exist anymore and the weapons suck, are in short supply or low on ammunition and munitions.
I don't think those NATO dullards realize just how totally alone, unarmed and unafraid they are. They're too stupid to know fear and too ignorant to admit that they don't have any armies worthy of the name and only about 1% of their putative male population is in any kind of shape to fight a war that will involve colossal defeats before it ever begins to shade towards victory, if it ever does. President Trump tried to point out to them how naked they were and they did not hear him. Too late now. You know that thing you keep hearing about supply chain difficulties? Most of the components (the little high tech ones) are only made in communist China and only there for about 30 years now. You thought getting your new F150 truck was backed up? Think about putting in an order to China for the components we need to build missiles, radars, seekers, satellites, artillery fuses. Little things like that that aren't made in America anymore.
I don't really expect any fighting. It's not in Western Europeans to fight for anything anymore. Honor is as dead to them as the Holy Roman Empire and nationalism is a filthy dirty word fit only for far right thugboys and they hates them.
Interesting times.... I'd feel some sympathy for the Ukrainians but they really need to learn something from a thousand years of history, don't they? Nobody never said nothing bout not poking the bear with a stick? Really?
We really are in a great deal of trouble, and it may be too late. Greed has brought about our doom. We should never have sent our industry overseas.ReplyDelete