• President Donald Trump wants to isolate the U.S.

President Donald Trump wants to isolate the U.S. (Photo : Getty Images)

Former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev recently observed that the atmosphere for World War III seems already prevalent, echoing an earlier statement from Pope Francis that nations are deep into WW3 and two world leaders are to blame - U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

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In a piece he penned for Time, Gorbachev said "the world is preparing for war," and pointed to the situation in Europe where NATO and Russia appear ready to clash at any given time. "More troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers are being brought to Europe. NATO and Russian forces and weapons that used to be deployed at a distance are now placed closer to each other, as if to shoot point-blank," the former Soviet Union leader said.

Fearing that the conflicts involving the great powers could soon escalate into shooting wars - such as the U.S. and its European allies warring with Russia over Ukraine, the U.S. and Russia graduating from the proxy war in Syria to an actual showdown and the U.S. getting into a slugfest with China over the latter's dominant posturing in Asia - Gorbachev sounded alarms and called for political dialogues.

But the Gorbachev call may prove too late by now, according to a report published by the Lombardi Letter. "The WW3 machine has already set its gears in motion," the report said.

That was the case when the Cold War between America and Russia was reignited. It became Cold War version 2.0 when Moscow moved against Ukraine and former U.S. President Barack Obama responded by mustering European support to pressure Russian presence out of the country. The showdown only continued as the two great powers got involved in the Syrian civil war and the U.S. actively challenging China's creeping dominance in the East and South China seas.

In the latter, it appears that Beijing is counting on support coming from the Kremlin, and Putin seems only too happy to oblige.

But really the next Great War is likely to be triggered by the current internal situation in the United States, the Lombardi Letter report said, pointing to Donald Trump as the possible cause, direct and indirect, of the global conflict. "World War 3 could take the form of a regime change or downright revolution ... It could contain the very seeds of destruction that might launch WW3," the report said.

So while WW3 is raging and the American house seems caught in utter disarray, such a situation will only further tilt in favor of one man - Vladimir Putin. The Russian leader, according to the Lombardi Letter, has already scored victories in the initial skirmishes and well on his way in winning the war.