A United States warship, a Destroyer named USS Nitze, was seen to be operating in the Black Sea. This is the closest a US warship has been to Russia since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began. 

Nitze operates as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group. 

The ship entered the region and visited Turkey on February 3rd, which was confirmed on the Twitter account of the US Navy's Sixth Fleet.

Japan shouldnt bind itself to detonators of US military: Global Times editorial MikeRivero Tue, 02/07/2023 - 11:11

The US and Japan have once again released a "sounding balloon" on the deployment of medium-range ballistic missiles (MRBMs) to US forces in Japan. Japanese media recently quoted sources saying that Washington has proposed to deploy such missiles in Japan as part of a plan to strengthen "defense against China." The report also noted that the deployment could include long-range hypersonic weapons and Tomahawk cruise missiles.

China could 'make strategic response' if US deploys medium-range missiles in Japan MikeRivero Tue, 02/07/2023 - 11:11

The US and Japan will discuss new weapons deployment, including medium-range missiles, Tomahawk cruise missiles and long-range hypersonic weapons, in some Japanese islands close to China's Taiwan under the pretext of "defense", according to some media reports. Chinese military analysts warn that the plan poses a serious threat to regional countries including China, North Korea and Russia. China is right and capable of making a "strategic response" to counter the potential provocative act, they noted.   

Russias Strategic Aims In Consequence to a Collapsing U.S. Empire MikeRivero Tue, 02/07/2023 - 10:50

Weak leadership has lifted the lid on the European Pandora’s box, Alastair Crooke writes.

The Anglo-American foreign policy hawks imagine that the world is yearning to be liberated from Beijing’s nefarious agenda to end poverty

As the trans-Atlantic world is pulled into the vortex of a McCarthyite nightmare with a renewed wave of anti-Russian and now anti-China hysterics, a wave of new “Asia Pacific” doctrines have emerged across captured states… I mean “member” states throughout NATO.

Konstantin Kosachev, a deputy speaker of the Federation Council, on Monday said the US is developing components of biological weapons to seek complete military superiority, putting at risk the entire humankind.

Bloomberg reported on US plans to impose a duty of 200% on aluminum from Russia MikeRivero Tue, 02/07/2023 - 10:38

The United States is preparing to impose 200 percent duties on Russian aluminum this week on the eve of the anniversary of the start of the military operation, Bloomberg reports, citing sources. Russia is the second largest producer of aluminum in the world, the metal supplied from Russia accounts for about 10% of the total US imports. In the event of the introduction of 200 percent tariffs, aluminum imports from Russia to the United States will actually stop, Bloomberg notes.

WALLS FOR ME, NOT FOR THEE: Fence Goes Back Up At Capitol Ahead Of Biden SOTU Address MikeRivero Tue, 02/07/2023 - 10:32

Democrats claim walls don’t work and are racist, except when they think they need them.

Ahead of Biden’s state of the union address on Tuesday night, the fence has gone back up at the Capitol Building. The same fencing Democrat put up after J6.

One of the strangest things about the American response to Ukraine has been the willingness of the Left and the establishment Right to discount completely that the war is heading toward a rendezvous with ever-deadlier weapons and staggering fatalities—even as we witness increasing nuclear threats from a weakened and adrift Vladimir Putin. They insist that Putin is merely saber-rattling. And he might be. Supposedly, in his diminished and discredited state, Putin would not dare to set off a tactical nuclear weapon (as if diminished and discredited leaders are not more likely to do so).

State of the Union (SOTU) addresses tend to include laundry lists of proposals that will never see the light today and Tuesday’s speech will probably be similar to past speeches, but President Joe Biden’s speech could be notable and potentially market moving for a few reasons.