To Russia With Love: Withdraw your 9M729s ASAP

Russia and Putin know exactly what the problem is and Russia and Putin know exactly how to solve the problem.  All the presentations in the world aren’t going to change the American Intelligence Community’s mind on this.

Mark Langfan, | updated: 13:29

Mark Langfan
Mark Langfan
Mark Langfan

There comes a point when you’ve been bluffing at poker, and you realize you’ve lost, and you have to fold. 

Putin and Russia have been playing a deadly hot game of poker with their violations of the INF Treaty, and Russia and Putin have lost badly and gotten burned.  So, instead of creating a bigger problem and a greater loss for Mother Russia, Putin and Russia should just fold and withdraw the offending 9M729 missiles immediately, no questions asked.

For background, the INF Treaty is the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces(INF) Treaty.  An updated, February 8, 2019, Congressional Research Service report stated:

The U.S. State Department, in the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 editions of its report Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments, stated that the United States has determined that “the Russian Federation is in violation of its obligations under the [1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces] INF Treaty not to possess, produce, or flight-test a ground-launched cruise missile (GLCM) with a range capability of 500 km to 5,500 km, or to possess or produce launchers of such missiles.”

In the 2016 report, it noted that “the cruise missile developed by Russia meets the INF Treaty definition of a ground-launched cruise missile with a range capability of 500 km to 5,500 km.” In late 2017, the United States released the Russian designator for the missile—9M729. The United States has also noted that Russia has deployed several battalions with the missile. In late 2018, the Office of the Director for National Intelligence provided further details on the violation.

So, Russia and Putin know exactly what the problem is and Russia and Putin know exactly how to solve the problem.  All the presentations in the world aren’t going to change the American Intelligence Community’s mind on this.  Slick presentations of Russia Army performance claims of the 9M729 will be laughed at.

Let’s get to the heart of Russia’s real problem. Foreign Minister Lavrov has once again catastrophically failed Mother Russia and President Putin by failing to understand and adapt to a simple reality: China has bought off, manipulated, and false-flagged the whole spectrum of American media from news to TV fiction to the Hollywood Film industry into turning Russia into the greatest evil empire while China steals trillions of dollars of military and high technology and steals huge stretches of the South China Sea. 

China has played Russia for a fool, and Russia just seems to go on taking it like an even greater fool. China is acting like SPECTRE in the James Bond movie ‘From Russia With Love’ in which SPECTRE starts a fight between Russia and Great Britain. 

For example, Chinese movie money gets “Crazy Rich Asians” that makes Chines billionaires into loveable slapstick Gucci-buying innocents.  But the same Chinese money buys them Red Sparrow that features a Putin-look-alike as an infinitely evil Cold War spy monster.  I suggest President Putin and FM Lavrov watch Red Sparrow together and ask themselves whether the the supremely evil Russian KGB spymaster isn’t an absolute dead-ringer for President Putin. 

China, along with the desperate Democrats, are pushing America into a Russo-phobic hysteria, and the situation is only going to get worse and more dangerous for everybody.

So, instead of Russia giving the American Congress less to fulminate about, FM Lavrov appears to want to give them more to get excited about by keeping the Russian 2M729 missiles in Europe.

Is Russia really planning to violently invade Europe?  Is Russia really planning to violently occupy millions of extremely hostile people?  Russia’s economy is the size of a small American state, and its economy is dead in the water.  So, does President Putin want to get into an expensive arms race?  Of course not.  So, why deploy a missile that is causing troubles when Russia and Putin already have enough troubles?  

The simple solution is to unilaterally and verifiably withdraw the damn 9M729 missiles, and save your chips for something important.  Start a new page with America where Russia isn’t China’s partner in chaos and evil, but America’s super-power partner for stability and good.




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