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REMEMBER THOSE FRENCH MISTRAL CLASS WARSHIPS? GUESS WHO MIGHT BUY ...

Sometimes, you just have to marvel at how well some pieces fit together. Take, for example, those two very expensive amphibious assault aircraft carriers, the Mistral class ships, built in France for the Russians, that the French were told by Washington not to sell to Russia because Russia was not playing nice when it annexed historically Russian territory in the Crimea following an election, in response to the USA's perfectly acceptable and reasonable violent overthrow of a legitimately elected government in Kiev to install Neo-Nazi thugs and ne'er-do-wells.

The French, who were already paid the billion or so dollars for the warships by the Russians, were, as one might imagine, none too happy about the deal. Nor did Washington, in the spirit of being a good ally, offer to take them off of France's hands. France, in the meantime, has of course offered to refund Russia's money, but in the meantime, it is stuck with two helicopter carriers sitting on concrete blocks in the front lawn. (Nor can we really imagine Paris wanting to sell them to Washington, but we'll get back to that.)

Well, a buyer might have been found:

France could sell those Russian Mistral warships to China

Now, I think most of us can probably read between the lines here, and this can be summed up very succinctly: Paris is thumbing its nose at Washington by selling the ships not to Mr. Putin's Russia (Public Enemy Number One) but to Mr. Xi's China (Public Enemy Number One and a Half). France gets its money, China gets two helicopter carriers (and a considerable insight into French technology to boot) without having to build them, and the USA gets two more ships to worry about.

The deeper story here is, of course, the familiar one that I've been blogging about over the past few years: American heavy-handedness and unipolarism are driving our allies - powerful ones like France(a thermonuclear power, we need to remember), away through a short sighted policy vis-a-vis Russia.

And of course, there's another possibility here too.

China might decide that it doesn't like its shiny new helicopter carriers, and decide to sell them to someone else after they're safely berthed in Shanghai.

And Vladivostok is, of course, more or less a "short trip" up the coast.

The USA could, of course, object once again (and it would be foolish to do so, but then again, we haven't seen much sanity from Washington lately) and insist that France not sell the carriers to China.And the reasons would be, from a military and geopolitical standpoint, even more pressing. After all, two helicopter carriers in Russia's hands, bottled up in the Baltic, Black, or Mediterranean seas would be one thing, but the same carriers in the Straits of Formosa would be quite another. Think Taiwan here.

Such pressure would be difficult for France, having caved once, to resist, but I am inclined to think that it would be even more difficult for France to cave in twice. Its reputation as a global high-tech arms supplier would be ruined. And it would "lose influence" within the European Union vis-a-vis Germany. For Paris, these are not options.

See you on the flip side.

 

8 thoughts on “ REMEMBER THOSE FRENCH MISTRAL CLASS WARSHIPS? GUESS WHO MIGHT BUY ...”

  1. Easy Solution to France’s dilemma. Sell one carrier to Vietnam. Sell the other to the Philippines. Vietnam and the Philippines can play war games to no end with each other right off the Chinese coast. Boo-yah

    1. The US was blowing a billion dollars a day in Iraq. Back door financing two carriers to SE Asia would be cheaper than waging war somewhere where we don’t want to be.

  2. I find this an interesting bit of propaganda. Where IMO, there is but one MIC and it has global reach. It is Ike’s warning come to pass in spades. Where all they care about is arms sales and they don’t care to who. Warfare is the growing trend of choice. It whittles down the useless eaters and enriches the PTB. Sanctions and other political rhetoric are for the consumption of Blue Pill types. Who think their Gummints are here to protect them. In the end, the MIC gets it’s money. Which invariably comes from public coffers.

  3. marcos toledo

    So the deal is to sell the Mistral carriers to China. And China then sells them or gives them to Russia great thinking Neo-Confederates but then when have these Viking Raiders ever known about making a honest living. They first trade to find out what worth stealing from their newest victims first. War torture murder plunder is all these criminals have always known throughout the centuries that’s all they live for.

    1. Confederates? Hmmm, Where are all the riots? Union Demoncrat-towns. Much better forward thinking group of union libs there.

    2. Holy Toledo,your on to something there batman. War ,torture,murder ,plunder for centuries,,,,does this ring a bell,especially the centuries part,only the royal families have been using this modus operendi and it has served them well.It was the Rothschild’s that handled all this accumulated booty and the hired hand is now worth more than 100 trillion dollars,imagine what the murder ,plunderers are actually worth if the family that only handle’s their money is sooooo rich.

  4. Those pushy relentless arrogant NeoZioCon criminal idiots running Washington’s foreign policy (into the ground) can chalk up another failure, though I suspect they will find a silk lining and rachet the pivot-to-Asia war-mongering and alarums another octave to milk more $$$ for “defense.”

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