JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: PUTIN IN AN INTERVIEW REJECTS THE IDEA OF A NEW COLD WAR – BUT IT SURE LOOKS LIKE POWERFUL AMERICAN INTERESTS WANT ONE – COMPLICATIONS TO GOOD RELATIONS FROM NEOCONS AND ISRAEL   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

Putin Schools Megyn Kelly: The Arms Race Was Started in 2002 When US Abrogated the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty

I think I understand Putin’s reluctance to admit to or discuss a new Cold War with the United States.

And, as seems obvious from the Russian side, there is no desire for one.

But I do think he misspeaks when he says analysts who speak of Cold War are only doing propaganda. That is in fact quite wrong, although he likely says it out of concerns of state.

There are very powerful forces in the United States looking to start a new Cold War, whether you choose to give it that name or another.

I don’t know what other name to apply to a seemingly endless stream of provocations like the coup in Ukraine, provocations like the NATO roll-up of tanks right to the Russian border, efforts to sabotage Russian armament sales abroad, efforts to prevent Russian gas sales in Europe, provocations like America’s illegal occupation of parts of Syria, constant slights by the State Department in its statements, the idiocy about Russian election interference, and a whole list of still other matters.

If that isn’t a deliberate effort to regenerate the Cold War, then we need new language for what it is they are doing.

Those in America’s establishment who adhere to the doctrine, “full-spectrum dominance” and who are spending absolutely sinful amounts of money on the Pentagon and security services sure seem like Cold Warriors to me.

They view Russia as a unique problem, the only country in the world that can obliterate them, and it endlessly rankles them. China will likely reach a similar capacity, but it is not there yet.

The Neocons, very influential elites in Washington for about two decades and generators of a whole stream of destruction in the Middle East with the Neocon Wars, certainly look at Russia this way.

Their basic axiom is that the United States should use the power it has to dominate. They do this, I believe, mainly because they are focused on Israel and have come to believe only a fairly ruthless United States can provide Israel’s best security guarantee.

Israel enjoys a rather unusual position in the world, being both an ostensibly independent country – and one with an inordinate set of demands, given its size – yet also being a de facto colony of the United States, a dual reality fraught with dangers.

Now, Russia keeps reasonably good relations with Israel, but Israel’s drive to dominate its region can only unavoidably come into conflict with Russia’s aim of increasing its influence in the region, assisting its allies, and perhaps gaining new ones. The case of Syria sticks out.

So, while I am an admirer of President Putin, I cannot agree with just what he has said here, but I know he has good reasons for saying so.

Posted March 5, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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