Austin-Milley team suddenly realized that — the really-really bad things they helped instigate, may be about to happen

© 2023 Peter Free


16 March 2023



So now . . .


. . . they're considering oozing toward a safely camouflaged exit.


That's by riding the wings of the following massaged story — about the US Reaper drone that Russia 'unprofessionally' knocked out of the sky near Russia's Crimean border.


From AP:



The Pentagon and U.S. European Command said that two Russian Su-27 aircraft dumped fuel on the MQ-9, which was conducting a routine surveillance mission over the Black Sea in international airspace.


They said the Russian jets flew around and in front of the drone several times for 30 to 40 minutes, and then one of the Russian aircraft “struck the propeller of the MQ-9, causing U.S. forces to have to bring the MQ-9 down in international waters.”


It’s not clear if the collision was an accident or intentional, but both sides agree the Russian aircraft were trying to intercept the drone.


© 2023 Lolita C. Baldor and Tara Copp, What’s known and not about US drone-Russian jet encounter, AP (15 March 2023)



And here, with more of outrage's spittle, from NBC News:



A Russian fighter jet harassed and then collided with a U.S. drone over the Black Sea on Tuesday, forcing the U.S. to bring the MQ-9 Reaper drone down in international waters, U.S. European Command said.


“Our MQ-9 aircraft was conducting routine operations in international airspace when it was intercepted and hit by a Russian aircraft, resulting in a crash and complete loss of the MQ-9,” said Air Force Gen. James B. Hecker, the commander of U.S. Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa.


“In fact, this unsafe and unprofessional act by the Russians nearly caused both aircraft to crash.”


Two Russian Su-27 fighter jets tracked the U.S. surveillance drone as it flew in international airspace over the Black Sea, which borders Turkey, Ukraine and Russia, among other countries. Before the collision, the jets “dumped fuel on and flew in front of the MQ-9 in a reckless, environmentally unsound and unprofessional manner,” according to a statement from U.S. European Command.


That's American military wokeness at its max. Russians are (we insist) "unsafe, unprofessional and environmentally unsound."


© 2023 Courtney Kube and Mosheh Gains, Russian jet harasses and then collides with U.S. Reaper drone over Black Sea, NBC News (14 March 2023)



'After all' (implied the Americans) . . .


All were doing was drone-surveilling Russian troop movements in the war that we instigated in Ukraine.


By doing this, we 'Muhrikans provide Ukraine with Russia's precise military positions.


Then, our brave Ukro-Nazi buddies kill them.


We've only been doing these acts of war for a year. So, what possible justification could Russia have for bringing our unmanned aerial vehicle down?


This conundrum about Russian law-violating aggressiveness baffles our 'exceptional nation' minds.



With that self-righteous thought in mind . . .


. . . Secretary of Defense Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Milley got on the phones to their Russian counterparts:



The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the call and said it was held at the request of the US.


The ministry said on Telegram that Austin and Shoigu exchanged “views on the causes and consequences of the incident with the crash of a US unmanned aerial vehicle on March 14 in the Black Sea.”


The US says a Russian fighter jet collided with the drone’s propeller, causing it to crash.


The Russian side insists the aircraft did not collide and says the drone crashed after making a sharp maneuver.


The Russian Defense Ministry said that Shoigu told Austin that “the cause of the incident was the actions of the United States on non-compliance with the restricted flight zone declared by the Russian Federation.”


Russian officials said the drone entered airspace that Russia declared off limits due to its military operations and accused the US of sending the MQ-9 as an intentional provocation.


Austin insisted the drone was on a “routine” surveillance flight in international airspace and vowed such flights will continue.


“As I’ve said repeatedly, it’s important that great powers be models of transparency and communication, and the United States will continue to fly and to operate wherever international law allows,” he said.


© 2023 Dave DeCamp, Austin Speaks With Russian Defense Minister About Drone Incident, AntiWar (15 March 2023)



Notice that US leadership never misses an opportunity to engage in self-righteously delivered pomposity, of one abrasively arrogant kind or another.



Meanwhile, the 'Ever-Warmongering Pissant' . . .


. . . meaning US Senator Lindsey Graham — was shouting that the US  should shoot Russian planes down.


We can count on him to voluminously represent American neocon thinking, as well as its toddler-level emotional maturity.



Interpreting the crashing drone incident


US spy flights that are immediately proximate to Russia's Ukraine war zone — like the one that crashed — probably will not continue quite so blatantly.


That is, unless the United States wants to overtly enter the proxy Ukraine War that it started with Russia.


With this recent drone-downing, the Russian Federation's 'enough is enough' message has been delivered.



Notice in all of this . . .


The account of the accidental jet versus drone propeller collision was almost certainly concocted by one or both of the opposing sides as a way to reroute both (at least temporarily) around beginning an immediate war.



The moral? — Russia and China have now signaled that . . .


. . . they are done tolerating American provocations.


We will see what the moral and intellectual neocon slimeballs in US leadership do in response. My guess is that they will opt for still more anti-Russia and anti-China pokings.


As Larry Johnson stated — here paraphrased — it would be nice for this planet's humans, if the hostile diaper crowd in Washington DC were replaced with grown-ups capable of elementary thinking and at least pseudo-maturity.