Cold War 2.0 Is a Creation of the West

Cold War 2.0 Is a Creation of the West

For more than 15 years Russia discontinued Cold War activities; however, the US and NATO continued to encroach towards Russia despite treaties and promises
Before the jingoistic cheer leading and Russia-hating catcalls start pouring from the poorly informed but enthusiastically irrational peanut gallery, let’s take a moment to review a few important facts. Maybe facts are not quite as spectacular or emotionally satisfying as burping up bilious gas balls of MSM propaganda, but they can provide perspective.

During the 90s, following the dissolution of the USSR, the military flights and air-space patrols and probing by Russia as part of their stand-off with the West __ mirrored 24/7 by the U.S. and NATO with similar fleets of fighters, bombers, reconnaissance planes, refueling tankers __ stopped completely. The reconnaissance and war readiness exercises by the Western powers, however, continued uninterrupted.

Reacting to this unbroken protraction of war readiness by the West, Russia started up their long range bomber patrols again July and August 2007, returned to guarding its air space and borders, keeping a sufficient number of planes in the air to let the West know that they were not to be permitted carte blanche superiority in the skies near Russian air space.

This means, for over 15 years Russia suspended a major component of the Cold War years confrontation, taking itself completely off of a war footing. Rather than take advantage of this historic opportunity, the West continued, and if anything increased, its intimidation of Russia, which by both choice and circumstance __ its empire had disintegrated and the country itself was in dire economic straits __ tried to pursue peaceful relations.

During the 90s Russia was understandably preoccupied with putting its house back in order and trying to rebuild the functional framework of a nation. With calculating deftness but in direct violation of recorded assurances made to Russia that NATO would davidstockmanscontracorner.com/bill-clintons-epic-double-cro of Germany __ a trade-off for Russia’s quickly withdrawing its troops from East Germany to permit an orderly, uncontested reunification of the German nation __ NATO at the prompting of the U.S. proceeded to rapidly rt.com/news/221367-gorbachev-nato-war-russia/.en.wikipedia.o Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Slovenia. All of these countries are considerably more than an inch east of Germany.

Then in December 2001, the U.S. announced that it was unilaterally edition.cnn.com/2001/ALLPOLITICS/12/13/rec.bush.abm/, signaling that it claimed the right to now put anti-ballistic missiles in any country in the NATO alliance. This move was unprovoked, meaning there was no specific incident or level of tension between Russia and the U.S. prompting such a sudden breach of the agreement, one that had been in force since 1972. Ominously, this was the first time in U.S. history that America had walked away from such a major agreement.

Since the U.S. at the time and for many years afterwards, claimed that the anti-ballistic missiles were purely to prevent rogue nations like Iran and North Korea from attacking Europe, Russia offered to become part of a unified system of missile defense of Europe, offering its own sophisticated missile tracking radar to the mix.

America turned down this offer from the Russians.

While there is much more, sometimes less is more.

Here less is enough.

Encapsulating …

NATO moves its military alliance and bases to Russia’s borders. The U.S. starts deploying ABMs near Russia’s borders. The U.S. wants no part of Russian cooperation in optimizing those systems against the “enemies”.

Who is Russia to conclude is the real enemy being targeted by these ABMs?

What is Russia to conclude from the relentless move east, right up to its borders, of the www.counterpunch.org/2015/04/03/nato-is-building-up-for-war/?

What is Russia to conclude from what appears to be a “containment” policy directed at them, currently implemented by jdrachel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/U.S.-Bases-Near-Russ, with possibly more yet to come?

Then to pour gasoline on the embers of suspicion, last year the U.S. assisted the www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/12/head-stratfor-private-cia-sa, a nation with long historical ties going back centuries to Russia, located right on Russia’s “underbelly”.

Concurrently, a venomous www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article47125.html began in the West.

Everything became Russia’s fault: The whole Ukraine crisis, the downing of Malaysian Flight 17, the deaths in eastern Ukraine, the “invasion” and annexation of Crimea.

About the same time, a www.globalresearch.ca/springtime-for-russophobia-putin-the-n went into high gear, initiated and davidstockmanscontracorner.com/behind-washingtons-demonizati via its presstitute media __ direct personal attacks even made by Obama, Biden, and Samantha Power at the U.N. __ and spread across the globe, the truculence championed by England, Germany and France.

What is going on here? What does this look like to you?

I know what it looks like to me. There is not a shred of doubt in my mind that hubris and arrogance, that delusional imperial ambitions and diplomatic megalomania, coupled with just plain horrible judgment has again replaced thoughtful analysis, basic respect for the interests of other nations, and responsible leadership.

stopwar.org.uk/news/do-our-leaders-really-fancy-a-war-with-r are coming to www.globalresearch.ca/washington-seeks-an-excuse-to-wage-a-n: America wants war with Russia.

It doesn’t help that some clueless imbeciles escaped their short bus ride for a day at the Leggo Park and infiltrated our policy-making institutions, preaching the suicidal gospel that www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/06/03/ready-nuclear-war-paul-c. They are joined by self-proclaimed political geniuses __ masters of the universe who think history is a 90s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIStory:_Past,_Present_and_Future,_Boo __ proposing after consulting their Magic 8-Ball that with a few slick moves America can just www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/22/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSKCN and render the entire nation with its vast natural resources a vassal state, ready for easy picking by America’s corporate predators. I’m sure these same Pollyannas also believe that the Russian people will welcome America, weeping for joy, throwing bouquets before our Humvees as they roll through Moscow Square.

America thinks it can bluster and bluff, use color revolutions to www.globalresearch.ca/power-play-behind-regime-change-in-rus and install some bloated puppet in his place like they did with Poroshenko in Ukraine __ though even that’s www.demotix.com/photo/7411729/miners-hold-protest-kiev itself.

America thinks what it says is divine truth and to hell with anyone who disagrees.

America thinks its military might and economic power confers it a special, unassailable place in the world, a position of supreme and unquestionable leadership and iron rule.

With these recent dealings with Russia, we’re another 25 years into the tragicomedy of our infantile machinations, self-absorbed exceptionalism, diplomatic myopia, and sociopathic delusions of imperial grandeur. We have engaged some of the best minds and produced some of the worst ideas.


Where do we now stand?

What do we have to show for all of this American ingenuity?

First and foremost, Cold War 2.0 is up and running full-tilt because Russia finally arrived at the inescapable conclusion that thehill.com/policy/defense/228111-russia-nato-expansion-is-b.

The meticulously and arduously fashioned trust and spirit of cooperation gradually built over decades is trashed, relations between the U.S. and Russia www.cnbc.com/id/102086463 for many years to come. Russia now believes all of the talk of integration and cooperation was just lip-service, a cheap smokescreen for America’s real agenda __ www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-05/putin-says-foes-hope-to-disme.

As accusations and hysteria prompted by old habits and grudges now take center stage, hopeful and constructive dialogue have become drown out by the www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2015/mar.

news.antiwar.com/2015/03/23/house-overwhelmingly-passes-call and sabotage of peace initiatives __ mostly emanating from Washington DC __ are becoming pandemic.

The escalation of paranoia and preparation for major conflict keeps ratcheting up and up.

Trying to stop this madness is like trying to stop an avalanche with a pair of wool mittens.

We are way beyond the finger-pointing and blame-game phase. Now it’s tit-for-tat as both sides ramp up their respective militaries, each new step bringing the situation closer to spinning completely out of control.

The Pentagon pushes for a nato.trendolizer.com/2014/12/pentagon-confirms-military-buil along Russia’s border. The world gets to hearhttp://rt.com/news/250981-russian-threat-nato-hodges/ policy and lecture Europe and NATO about preparedness. Friction develops and rt.com/news/210383-nato-baltic-troops-russia/ of troops in the Baltic States and other Eastern Europe NATO countries. There are www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32349308 to train their army. Ukraine President, Petro Poroshenko, claims to have rt.com/news/240705-ukraine-poroshenko-weapons-europe/ to provide military weapons, including lethal ones. rt.com/uk/245085-raf-rising-panther-typhoon-drills/ for Rising Panther, its largest war aerial exercises in a decade, in response to the “Russian threat”. U.S. tanks, Humvees and armored personnel carriers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0aWWp34Ubw. We have www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_118674.htm, a huge deployment of naval ships out of Scotland, for war game exercises.http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/21/us-poland-defence-helicopters-missileshi-idUSKBN0NC1QZ20150421 system to defend against the anticipated Russian invasion. Even the U.S. National Guard has sent rt.com/usa/245013-nationa-guard-jets-europe/ to Europe guarding against Russia.

None of this has escaped rt.com/news/250401-nato-activity-increase-russia/, so understandably they have responded with their own build-up and heightened alert status. They conducted huge rt.com/news/214667-russia-drills-kaliningrad-region/ in Kaliningrad, and have deployed a new missile defense radar system there which covers the entire Atlantic. Russia is sending advanced rt.com/news/241441-strategic-bombers-crimea-redeployment/ for global training exercises, as well as rt.com/news/193152-crimea-missile-warning-radar/ in the recently annexed territory. They have also announced the launch of a new advanced www.oneworldofnations.com/2014/07/doomsday-sputnik-russia-sa. There have been reports of an www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/08/07/russia-bombers- near U.S. airspace, and www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/full-list-of-inciden at the apparently growing number of “incidents” involving Russian planes and seagoing vessels, with of course no mention of the provocations emanating from NATO itself and its allies. Recognizing that Russia will stand toe-to-toe with the West in the face of aggression by NATO, rt.com/usa/253025-europe-stryker-vehicle-upgrade/ and want bigger, better weapons.

Through all of this, jdrachel.com/2015/03/24/obamas-neocons-and-other-hawkish-lun, outright condemnation, shoddy fabrication, angry provocation, and malicious innuendo continued to spew from President Obama, Vice-President Biden, Secretary of State Kerry, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, aided and abetted naturally by the main stream media.

Then yesterday, as I was finishing this article, Geoffrey Pyatt, a man with a long sleazy record of diplomatic disservice, who is currently U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine, was reported to have rt.com/news/252545-ukraine-fake-russian-missiles-pyatt/, claiming they were there in the country, when in fact the photo was actually taken outside of Moscow two years ago at an International Aviation and Space Show. Mr. Pyatt has thus expanded the range of his incompetence to even being pathetic at lying __ making him more dangerous.

So we now have the perfect storm: hubris, idiocy, and paranoia.

The military one upsmanship coupled with diplomatic dysfunction is sheer madness.

I keep listening for a www.thenation.com/article/204209/why-we-must-return-us-russi, appeals for restraint, some thoughtful analysis __ occasionally there have been a few rt.com/news/218271-eu-confrontation-ukraine-russia/ __ but mostly I’m hearing adolescent boys shouting at one another, as they rev up for a serious scrap in the schoolyard.

At the same time, as with most fights someone had to start it. Usually that gives us some clue who needs to stop it.

No matter what spin you put on everything I’ve laid out in this article, no matter how you rationalize it, hide it behind the thin vapor of noble intentions, without any equivocation, doubt, or splitting of hairs, it is the www.thenation.com/article/181399/patriotic-heresy-vs-new-col thishttp://www.globalresearch.ca/flashpoint-in-ukraine-how-the-us-drive-for-hegemony-risks-world-war-iii/5410571 and counter-productive confrontation.

It’s not even in America’s long term interests to keep this rt.com/news/251889-us-russia-war-attrition/ going.

Russia is not Zimbabwe, Iraq, or Yemen. It’s not Grenada or Haiti.

Russia is not going to be intimidated by a chest-beating schoolyard bully.

This can only end badly for the U.S., its allies, and the rest of the world.

Obama, Kerry, Biden … COME ON! … man up a little!

Admit your mistakes. Show some self-respect. Let’s see real leadership.

Stand up to the neocon crazies and psychopathic empire builders.

Thoughtful judgment and common sense go a long way.

Drop the arrogant posturing and cut your losses.

History will judge you more kindly.

Give peace a chance.




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