With a very matter-of-fact statement by Blinken on the Sunday shows, we learned that America has become in every meaningful sense except for boots on the ground, an active participant in a war with Russia.
It wasn’t so long ago that we more or less universally recognized that such an open conflict would be a colossally bad idea.
In this MONSTER 20 minute monologue, Tucker lays out who has been pushing this conflict forward for literally years (including a cameo 2016 appearance by Lindsey Graham and John McCain telling Ukraine that their fight was our fight).
Now, whether we like it or not, that seems to be the reality of the case. The statement Blinken made that changed everything was that we had given Poland (a NATO country) a green light to provide fighter jets to Ukraine and we would give them other planes to replace them.
No way Putin could possibly see through such a clever ruse openly discussed on the Sunday shows right? Do we really think he’s going to see that as anything less than a declaration of war?
Tucker raises the specter of a lot of implications that the pro-war crowd hasn’t bothered to think through… including the precedents being set by the global exclusion of an entire nation from economic participation. Including whether that could possibly be turned against us if we fail to abide by some sort of arbitrary moral standard their anti-Western values insist we should abide by?
Or what about the fact that China and Russia are moving into much closer political alignment? Or that these sanctions are driving us into the arms of even MORE morally dubious oil-producing countries like Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and the world’s largest State Sponsor of Terrorism: Iran?
What if this conflict triggers another global recession … or depression?
What if/when the dollar no longer serves as the world’s reserve currency?
And what about other world conflicts that are going on as we speak? Do we care about those ones too?
From the monologue. (Full transcript available here.)
They tell us that Vladimir Putin is unbalanced. We’ll take that at face value. We know that Putin has thousands of nuclear weapons. Putin has said that if he is pushed, he will use nuclear weapons. It could be wise to believe him.
Harry Kazianis does believe him. Kazianis is a foreign policy analyst in Washington. Like a lot of people in his business, he regularly participates in government-sponsored war games. These are designed to map out what would happen if various countries fell into conflict with one another. A couple of years ago, not long ago at all, Kazianis participated in a war game predicated on a war with Russia.
He wrote about this the other day in The Federalist. “In the course of what we call the NATO-Russia War of 2019, we estimated one billion people died.” One billion. “And if we aren’t careful, what happened in a simulation could happen if a NATO-Russia war erupts over Ukraine.”
That war has just erupted. The fact that no one in charge seems to worry about where this could go should concern you quite a bit, but nuclear war is not the only risk. The economic consequences of this war are already profound. They’re history changing, actually and if you don’t believe it, check out commodity prices. They’re out of control. Wheat is up nearly 60% over last year. That’s the highest price ever recorded for wheat. It’s not good news if you plan to eat and it won’t get better. Russia is one of the largest fertilizer producers in the world. So, for example, a ton of Urea fertilizer that cost American farmers $265 per ton last January now goes for $846 this year. And thanks to sanctions, that number will get much higher. No one who farms has ever seen anything like this. You probably don’t farm, but you do buy groceries. It’ll be obvious to you soon.
As he was wrapping up, he pointed out some obvious things we’ve been ignoring as we allow ourselves to be spellbound by the celebrated war in Ukraine.
Many thousands died in the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war that was between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Ever heard of it? It ended less than a year and a half ago. No coverage. There’s been a gruesome war underway in Ethiopia for a couple of years now. It’s n progress as we speak. Tens of thousands, women have been raped by militiamen, many of them intentionally infected with AIDS. Can it get worse than that? How many people have died in the war in Ethiopia? We don’t really know, because no one in our media cares enough to keep track. It’s just Ethiopia. We do know that hundreds of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have died in the war in Yemen. It’s a war the Biden administration has continued to fund. It doesn’t get a lot of attention. It’s just Yemen. Who cares?
All human life is equal. All of us are equal in the eyes of God. The death of someone in Ukraine is exactly equivalent to the death of someone in Yemen in its importance, period.
But hardest of all to ignore, though our media have pulled it off and ignored it, is the civil war that’s underway 100 hundred yards from El Paso, Texas, right now: the Mexican drug war. That’s what we call it. It’s likely killed more than 100,000 people.
In 2019 alone, close to 10,000 Mexican citizens just disappeared, most of them young men. More journalists are murdered in Mexico every year than in any other country in the world. The pictures are awful, but it’s not a crisis. It’s totally normal, says the Biden administration. Open the southern border. The border we care about is Ukraine’s.
And that’s without even acknowledging the thousands in Nigeria being abducted and killed every year for the terrible crime of being a Christian.
Terrible things are happening in Ukraine. But whatever our response must be, let it be a rational response and not a wildly emotional one.
Psalms of War: Prayers That Literally Kick Ass is a collection, from the book of Psalms, regarding how David rolled in prayer. I bet you haven’t heard these read, prayed, or sung in church against our formidable enemies — and therein lies the Church’s problem. We’re not using the spiritual weapons God gave us to waylay the powers of darkness. It might be time to dust them off and offer ‘em up if you’re truly concerned about the state of Christ’s Church and of our nation.
Also included in this book, Psalms of War, are reproductions of the author’s original art from his Biblical Badass Series of oil paintings.
This is a great gift for the prayer warriors. Real. Raw. Relevant.