United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is enroute to Sochi, Russia for a meeting with Russia President Vladimir Putin and Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. This is widely expected to be the final meeting between the two super-powers before "all hell breaks loose" in world affairs: Iran, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, China-Taiwan, North Korea-South Korea, India-Pakistan and so on.
The world is like a giant chess board; with various players making moves either to their own advantage, or to the intentional disadvantage of another player. The pieces are now in place and REAL TROUBLE is coming, head-on, right at us.
During the incompetent Obama years, the US, NATO, EU played Ukraine to take it away from the Russian sphere of influence. The US invested about $5 Billion in Ukraine to set the stage for social and political upheaval. That upheaval took place, resulting in then-President Victor Yanukovich fleeing the country. The US/NATO and EU then installed a puppet government inside Ukraine to finish bringing that country into the EU sphere of influence, to the detriment of Russia.
Russia, however, saw through the plan and fought back by providing and arming "little green men" to fight-off the US/NATO/EU forcible takeover of Ukraine. Russia's efforts resulted in a stalemate, with ethnically-Russian eastern Ukraine declaring Independence from the capital, Kiev, and cozying-up to mother Russia.
Washington and Brussels want Ukraine resolved to their benefit; Moscow wants the opposite.
Soooooooo . . .
The US, NATO and EU were given a hard time elsewhere; like in Syria for instance. At the time, Syrian President Bashar Assad was standing in the way of a new natural gas pipeline which was being planned to run from Qatar to southern Europe.
The plan was to be able to replace Russia-supplied natural gas in Europe, thereby freeing Europe from dependency on Russia gas supplies and harming Russia economically by cutting off natural gas sales to Europe.
Assad refused to allow the Qatar pipeline to run through Syria.
Under the incompetent Obama regime, the US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and that crew funded, trained and armed "rebels" to overthrow Syria President Bashar Assad. They turned on the full court propaganda press, calling Assad a "brutal Dictator" and FALSELY claiming he "used chemical weapons against his own people." It was all lies.
The chemical weapons were provided by the west, and used by "White Helmets" (allegedly a humanitarian organization trying to alleviate suffering in Syria). When those "attacks" took place, France, UK, US (FUKUS) used the attack as an excuse to launch barrages of missiles at Syria. Russia stepped-in to protect Syria and blew the FUKUS plans all to hell.
Now, Syria is defeating the "rebels" and winning back control of their country. The west doesn't like this and still has designs to smash Syria permanently; both to install the natural gas pipeline, and assist in the "Greater Israel" project.
Meanwhile, Iran stepped-in to help Syria because Iran wants to run its own natural gas pipeline to Europe. But FUKUS, Israel, and NATO do not want Iranian hardliners to be profiting from such massive sales of natural gas. So Israel has taken to launching air strikes against Iranian targets inside Syria for which Iran is itching to pay back the Israelis.
One such strike resulted in the accidental shoot down of a Russian Intelligence jet, killing about 20 Russian military onboard. Russia has never forgiven Israel for that.
So the Syria situation has multi-faceted aspects, and the only way the west can resolve it is to go in and win decisively. Russia won't sit back and allow that. So The US/Israel et al, are stepping-up pressure on Russia ally, Iran.
Military assets are being rapidly moved into the Middle East and it now appears Iran is on the chopping block the way Saddam Hussein in Iraq found himself on that same chopping block.
It is now expected that war will break out between Iran and . . . . several other players (Israel, US, etc.).
When that fighting begins, look for other global hot spots to erupt almost immediately.
China has been economically raping the US and the west for decades via bad trade policieis and President Trump has made trade imbalances with China a top aspect of his administration. Trump has imposed sweeping Tariffs upon China, in an effort to re-negotiate trade deals. China is failing to renegotiate. In fact, the Chinese government is absorbing US Tariffs so as to keep Chinese product prices in the US low.
But China is quickly seeing it will be broken economically and cannot sustain what it is doing - so China is stepping up building artificial islands and military bases in the South China sea. This will allow China to put a stranglehold on about $6 TRILLION in worldwide trade which must pass through that area.
The US has been conducting freedom of navigation exercises to the absolute disdain of China; which has turned around and gotten aggressive with Taiwan.
It is now expected that when the Middle east goes hot, China will make a sudden, massive move to conquer Taiwan.
To keep the US deflected, China joined with Russia to being making trouble in the Western Hemisphere, in Venezuela. So the US stepped-up to make certain the western hemisphere is solely under US control.
Things are not progressing well for the US in Venezuela, and as the outbreak of hostilities there draws near, look for China, Russia and others to go ballistic in their own areas of influence, to resolve issues like Taiwan, Ukraine, Syria, Iran, and so forth.
Of course, India and Pakistan have been at each others throats for decades and things started heating up between those two countries earlier this year. While things have cooled down for the moment, look for the outbreak of war between India and Pakistand as soon as the rest of the globe flares up.
Similarly, North Korea is suddenly back in the negative news, launching rockets and belly-aching to the west. If things go wild weasel globally, look for North Korea to move against South Korea.
The world is coming to an almost "perfect storm" of hostilities and once the match gets lit, things will go to hell very fast.
Americans should not be lulled into thinking nothing will happen here in the USA. Our adversaries have terrorist sleeper cells already in our country, to make our lives hard. Americans would do well to make certain they have preparations including emergency food, water, fuel, and medicines to get through the coming troubles.
A list of suggested "Preps" is HERE.
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