WASHINGTON GIVES COLD SHOULDER TO RUSSIA’S SECURITY CONCERNS

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By Paul Craig Roberts, Institute for Political Economy 

As Stephen Lendman reports, “Biden Regime Rejects Russia’s Security Demands.”

The bad news is there cannot be normal, friendly relations between the U.S. and Russia for two reasons.

One reason is that the annual budget of the U.S. military/security complex is $1,000 billion. A budget this large and the power that goes with it requires a large enemy. Russia has been designated that enemy. It works with the American public and academics because of the long Cold War with the Soviet Union. Americans are accustomed to seeing Russia as the enemy.

The other reason is Washington’s commitment to American hegemony. The neoconservatives characterize the United States as the exceptional and indispensable country which has a right to hegemony. Russia, and also China, but especially Russia because Russia borders the American European empire, is considered to be a constraint on Washington’s hegemony.

As Russia is a constraint on Washington’s hegemony, Washington is committed to the destabilization of Russia with sanctions, demonization, color revolutions, indeed, by any means. U.S. nuclear missile bases on Russia’s borders are a way of achieving hegemony over Russia via intimidation. Because of these facts, it is not possible for Russia to negotiate a solution to the security problem.

Washington does not want Russia to be secure.  

That is the crux of the matter.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has long fooled itself, mistakenly thinking that once the Americans understood Russia’s good intentions, normal relations could be established. This was uninformed, wistful and unrealistic thinking.

Washington has left Russia with two choices. She can accept American hegemony, or she can roll back NATO from her borders with force and intimidation. 

I think the Kremlin has concluded that the chance of nuclear war is higher from allowing U.S. nuclear missiles on Russia’s borders than from action to roll back NATO to the pre-1997 borders.

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3 Comments
  1. ZEBB 2 weeks ago

    Washington does not want Russia to be secure.
    That is the crux of the matter.?????? I doubt that!!!

    But there is one FACT that the USA has not mentioned. Russia’s new missile systems has made the whole of Americas weapons systems obsolete. Putting them light years behind. Also Russia has no interest in the Ukraine, so that’s no carrot in front of the proverbial Donkey-Lion. America is going to be a failed state, because of the leeches of another foreign power that has taken over all of its home based power. All America can do is bark and commit suicide.

  2. Walter Baumgarten 2 weeks ago

    It will always be my opinion that the Russia threat at the front door is only a ruse, a distraction from the real problem which is the Chinese at the back door. The Biden Boys have both been bought off by both the Russians AND the Chinese, so for me, it is clear that while all eyes look to Europe, Asia will slip in in smoothly and take over, probably without a shot being fired. Heck they may even be welcomed by the American public after dual diaper man Joe (one mouth one butt) screws things up totally.

  3. Eagle11 1 week ago

    I think a lot of this irrational and self destructive behavior by the American MIC has to do primarily with the fact Russia holds almost no US Treasury debt and is settling trade in local currencies instead of the US Dollar.

    Threatening Dollar hegemony is a big no-no. For if/when we lose reserve status then we turn into Venezuela overnight.

    Of course weaponizing the dollar over and over again accelerated the world’s plans to bypass the USD as much as possible.

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