Even John Kirby Sometimes Gets It Right About Russia, But for the Wrong Reasons

Kirby inadvertently spilled the beans about the fact that the SCO isn’t an “alliance” unlike what the Golden Billion’s perception managers have falsely claimed because he expected that it would advance his follow-up point twisting the Chinese and Indian leaders’ words in an anti-Russian way.

National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby surprisingly shared some truth about Russia for what might be the first and only time ever, but he did it for the wrong reason. Here’s the relevant exchange that he had with a reporter on Friday, which will then be analyzed:

“Q: Thank you so much.  I had one about the Asian leaders summit going on in Uzbekistan. This was supposed to be a show of unity around Vladimir Putin, and the Indian Prime Minister just told him it is not the time for war in Ukraine.  So, is it your view that maybe the alliances that Putin was able to forge or to maintain around the war in Ukraine are, you know, weakening or crumbling?  And do you expect other countries to change their stance publicly like India just did?

MR. KIRBY:  I think labelling what Mr. Putin — Mr. Putin’s relationships as an alliance is stretching the word ‘alliance’ way, way beyond its limits.  These aren’t alliances.  And I think what you heard in Uzbekistan by both the leaders of China and in India are indicative of the fact that Mr. Putin doesn’t have a whole lot of sympathetic ears out there to what he’s been doing in Ukraine and he is only further isolating himself from the international community.”

To be absolutely clear, the only part of the above excerpt that’s true is that the SCO isn’t an “alliance”, let alone a Russian-centric one. That, however, is important enough to draw attention to since many in the Mainstream Media (MSM) and Alt-Media Community (AMC) wrongly continue to think that it is.

Kirby inadvertently spilled the beans about the fact that the SCO isn’t an “alliance” unlike what the Golden Billion’s perception managers have falsely claimed because he expected that it would advance his follow-up point twisting the Chinese and Indian leaders’ words in an anti-Russian way.

About the first part of this explanation, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the SCO Secretariat said earlier in the week that all attempts to falsely frame the SCO as a NATO-like bloc are “done to make NATO look not that bellicose, to find an additional justification of this structure’s existence”.

That answers the question of why the MSM pushes this counterfactual comparison, while the AMC probably does it because they think in their own mind that Russia should indeed turn the SCO into a NATO-like bloc, hence why they engage in wishful thinking by pretending that it already is one.

As for the second part of this explanation, President Xi and Prime Minister Modi’s “concerns” that their Russian counterpart acknowledged in his meetings with them almost certainly have to do with the way in which the Golden Billion reacted to the special operation and aren’t criticisms of Russia’s campaign.

Building upon this observation, the West has an interest in maliciously manipulating perceptions about the intentions behind the Indian leader’s words as a form of punishment for his country’s proud refusal to sanction Russia, exactly as I predicted would happen in my pre-bunking piece here.

If one remains under the false impression that the SCO is an “alliance”, especially a supposedly Russian-centric one, then the optics of its latest summit where not a single member explicitly supporting Moscow’s special operation would indeed suggest that this bloc is “weakening or crumbling”.

But if one acknowledges the truth about the SCO not being an alliance, exactly as Kirby inadvertently admitted in his blind bloodlust to inflict a follow-up infowar blow against Russia, then there’s actually no reasonable ground for speculating about whatever the Chinese and Indian leaders allegedly meant.

That, however, would eliminate one of the bases upon which the latest phase of the Golden Billion’s infowar campaign against Russia is being waged. These states are furious at their Global South counterparts for refusing to sanction Russia, which is why they’re now trying to divide and rule them.

There’s nothing new in principle behind this approach, but it’s since evolved to the point of actively trying to drive wedges between RIC, which is the core of the BRICS-led Global South. President Xi and Prime Minister Modi’s “concerns” are being decontextualized and manipulated to that end.

Everything falls apart though once one realizes that Kirby accidentally told the truth about the SCO with respect to it not actually being an “alliance” unlike many in the MSM and even the AMC claim, each for their own reasons of course.

That explains the importance of drawing attention to this leading US official’s admission. He just threw a wrench not only in his side’s latest infowar narrative, but also the prior one related to spinning false perceptions about the SCO in order to justify NATO’s existence, though he did so for the wrong reason.


By Andrew Korybko
Source: OneWorld

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