Ukraine: US Pushes Back Russia’s Red Lines with Unprecedented Arms Supply to Ukraine as World War 3 Warning

WASHINGTON: Amid warnings from its own lawmakers that it risks provoking World War III if it pushes Moscow’s red lines too far, the United States is pushing Poland and Ukraine to stand up to Russia while opening up an unprecedented weapons pipeline in strategy reminiscent of the 1980s when he successfully bogged down the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.
What followed was ruinous for Afghanistan, the Soviet Union and the United States itself in the long run, but the salutary lessons seem furthest from anyone’s mind as Washington – under pressure from Western public opinion – rushed, facilitated and authorized hundreds of millions of dollars of weapons to Ukraine this weekend to avoid a Russian invasion.
This Russian invasion already appears to be bogged down as the United States and its NATO allies sent a staggering 17,000 anti-tank weapons – mostly American-made Javelin missiles – and other lethal artillery pieces to Ukraine in one just under a week. On top of that, officials said on Sunday that the United States had given the “green light” to NATO countries that wanted to supply fighter jets to Ukraine.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken told CBS that Washington was in talks with Poland to give Ukraine its jet fighters (mainly Russian MIG-29s) and that Warsaw would, in turn, be compensated with the planes. Americans.
“We are currently discussing with our Polish friends what we could do to meet their needs if, in fact, they chose to supply these fighter jets to the Ukrainians. What could we do? How can we help make that they get something to fill the planes they hand over to the Ukrainians,” Blinken asked.
Supplying arms to Ukraine through third parties seemed to flirt so dangerously with Russian red lines that Poland publicly rejected the idea, saying it would not send its fighter jets to Ukraine or allow Ukrainian pilots to use Polish airports.
Alarm that the United States could provoke a direct confrontation with Russia and possibly trigger World War III has been voiced in Washington by US lawmakers who have rejected Ukrainian President Voldymyr Zelensky’s call for the United States and NATO impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine.
“I think people need to understand what a no-fly zone means. It is not a rule that you adopt and that everyone must respect. This (means) the will to shoot down the planes of the Russian Federation, which is essentially the beginning of the Third World War,” Republican Senator Marco Rubio warned on Sunday.
“Frankly, you can’t put those planes there unless you’re ready to destroy the anti-aircraft systems that the Russians have deployed – and not just in Ukraine, but in Russia and also in Belarus,” a- he added. Sunday talk show.
The Biden administration has also dismissed the idea of ​​a no-fly zone, but other than that and putting boots on the ground in Ukraine, it appears ready to do whatever it can to shore up Kyiv, including aligning a succession for the embattled Zelensky if the Russians kill him.
US officials said over the weekend that more than 70% of the $350 million in military aid authorized for Ukraine last week had already been delivered at what was described as ‘lightning speed’. and indicated that even more was in the works.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration is also considering banning the import of Russian oil and gas to further stifle Moscow, even at the risk of hurting Americans.
Gas prices crossed a national average of $4 a gallon on Sunday and are poised to surpass the all-time high of $4.11, set July 17, 2008. Washington is already preparing to embrace and reconcile with Venezuela to ensure supplies and there is even talk of dealing with Iran if Russia is excluded.

Martin E. Berry