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No Reassurance for Russia Is Dangerous – PaulCraigRoberts.org

Posted by M. C. on January 13, 2022

The Biden regime has blown the future

https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2022/01/12/no-reassurance-for-russia-is-dangerous/

Paul Craig Roberts

The situation on the Russian front is far more dangerous than is realized. The reason is that the US-Russian conflict resurrected in the 21st century by the neoconservatives and the US military/security complex is far more dangerous than the 20th century Cold War.

I was a part of the Cold War as a member of the Committee on the Present Danger. The present danger was the Soviet Union, and the committee members were concerned that the situation did not get out of hand. There were two aspects to the situation. One was that the Soviets must not acquire military supremacy. The other was that tensions between the nuclear powers had to be kept from boiling over.

In Cold War days there was debate in the foreign policy community. There were knowledgable people, such as Stephen Cohen, to remind us of the Soviet point of view, which served the purpose of corralling a one-sided patriotic view that, if it got loose, could set off nukes. Even in our committee, which was anti-Soviet, there were people who saw both sides of the issue and kept at bay extreme positions such as the neoconservative one.

Today there is no debate. Indeed, there is no foreign policy community. There is only a collection of Russophobes, who see nothing but evil intent in the Kremlin and nothing but good in Washington’s hegemony. Stephen Cohen and the others who helped to keep things in balance are dead.

Consequently, Washington is unable to comprehend Russian concerns. As Scott Ritter recently wrote, “It is as if both Biden and Blinken are deaf, dumb, and blind when it comes to reading Russia.”

You can see how deaf, dumb, and blind Washington is by looking at who Biden’s national security advisor turned to for advice on how to approach the current meetings with Russia over her security concerns. Remember, the talks are happening because Russia feels threatened by a growing ring of US bases on her borders that are potentially sites for US nuclear missiles. It is Russia that feels insecure, not the US. So what did Biden’s advisor do? He turned to Michael McFaul, Obama’s Russophobic ambassador to Russia who has specialized in worsening the tensions with Russia. McFaul’s advice was to up the ante by rushing more weapons to Ukraine. In other words, make the Kremlin feel more threatened.

None of us would be here if this had been President John F. Kennedy’s response to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The Kremlin has been trying for years to get Washington to listen. The current talks, I believe, are the Kremlin’s last effort. Personally, I do not believe that the Kremlin gives the talks any chance of success, and is just testing the conclusion that Washington will not even acknowledge, must less accommodate, Russia’s security concerns.

In other words, when one side does not listen, the other side has no one to talk with. This frustration has been building for years within the Kremlin. All the Kremlin ever hears from Washington is “you are wrong, we are right.”

In the United States the situation is so bad that anyone who explains the Russian point of view is dismissed as a “Russian agent.” President Trump was investigated as a Russian agent for wanting to normalize relations with Russia. By the time of Trump’s presidency all of the arms control agreements reached over previous decades had been discarded by Washington, and it was no longer possible for an American president to work to reduce tensions with Russia. To want good relations with Russia was a betrayal of America. The CIA director actually called President Trump a traitor to America, and the FBI director investigated him as if he were.

It is a tribute to the patience and hopefulness of the Russians that they continued to work for a peaceful coexistence despite the evidence that it could not happen.

As I explained yesterday, the crux of the matter is that Washington does not want Russia to be secure: https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2022/01/11/washington-gives-cold-shoulder-to-russias-security-concerns/
This leaves Russia with two choices. She can accept American hegemony, or she can roll back NATO from her borders with force and intimidation.

The situation is dangerous, because the Kremlin has concluded that the chance of nuclear war is higher from allowing US nuclear missiles on Russia’s borders than from action to roll back NATO to the pre-1997 membership.

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Americans Do Not Know That January 10 Is An Important Day: Accommodation or Conflict? – PaulCraigRoberts.org

Posted by M. C. on January 10, 2022

For Applebaum, it is not aggression for the US to overthrow a democratically elected Ukraine government living at peace with Russia, to arm the nazified replacement government put in office by Washington, and make the Washington-created enemy of Russia a NATO member so that the US can have nuclear missiles on Russia’s border.

Applebaum’s article indicates that the US military/security complex has a hard and unrealistic attitude toward Russia’s security concern. If diplomacy fails, force emerges.

https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2022/01/09/americans-do-not-know-that-january-10-is-an-important-day-accommodation-or-conflict/

Paul Craig Roberts

The Kremlin has expressed concern about Russia’s security when surrounded by US bases and made it clear that Washington must address Russia’s concern. But will Washington? Indeed, can Washington?

The United States is ruled by monied interest groups, the deep state, and lies. The lies affect all, not only the people but also the deep state and monied interests pulling the politicians’ strings. Consequently, the United States cannot have any sensible policy, domestic or foreign.

The domestic policy is to demonize the majority white population as “racists” and “domestic terrorists.” The foreign policy is the use of threats and coercion to create the maximum number of enemies for the sake of the military/security complex’s budget and power.

The American propaganda ministry is so successful that the deep state believes its own lies. Here is Anne Applebaum playing deep state music for patriotic ears in The Atlantic.

“Alarm bells are ringing,” asserts the presstitute Applebaum, “because of the public behavior of Russian diplomats and officials, including President Vladimir Putin, who have spent the past couple of weeks accusing the United States and its allies of nonexistent aggression.” For Applebaum, it is not aggression for the US to overthrow a democratically elected Ukraine government living at peace with Russia, to arm the nazified replacement government put in office by Washington, and make the Washington-created enemy of Russia a NATO member so that the US can have nuclear missiles on Russia’s border.

According to Applebaum or whichever deep state functionary wrote the article for her, this is all a Putin fantasy. The real truth, says Applebaum is that “the sole aggressor in the region is Russia.” The deep state’s line expressed by Applebaum is that Putin intends “to destroy our alliances,” to “undermine all democracies,” to “break up NATO. Destroy the European Union, Remove American influence from Europe and everywhere else, forever.”

Whew! What an agenda. I am reasoonably well informed, and I have never seen Putin say a word about this. All Putin has said is that the” West makes us feel threatened, and we would like for you to stop.”

Applebaum’s article is a compendium of the lies that are the foundation of US foreign policy. These lies constitute the mindset of the US foreign policy establishment, a collection of Russophobes wallowing in the hubris of “American exceptionalism.” The entire point of the Applebaum article is to block White House attention to Putin’s demand that Washington respect Russia’s security concerns.

So, what will be the consequences? Biden is only partly there. He is not a player. The situation is over his head. Who will hand Biden his response to Putin on Monday, January 10?

Considering the zionist neoconservative influence over US foreign policy–Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland, for example–Biden will be scripted to convince Putin that we hear him and will continue, indefinitely, to weigh the matter.

If Putin, needing to present the meeting as a “success,” accepts Washington’s avoidance of the issue, Washington will gain more time to find other ways than Kazakhstan to cause border problems for Russia.

If Putin and the Kremlin, despite the pro-Western Atlanticist Integrationists in the Russian media, Russian universities, and government itself, see through the ruse, they will conclude that Washington’s intent is to worsen Russian security concerns.

If Putin and Lavrov conclude that negotiation is useless when dealing with the West, there is the possibly that the Kremlin will turn to its superiority in force and the US bases in Ukraine, Poland, and Romania could be at risk.

If Israel can take out installations in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon that Israel finds threatening, Russia can take out installations in Ukraine, Romania, and Poland–and anywhere else–that Russia considers threatening. Russians have as much right to security as Israelis.

Applebaum’s article indicates that the US military/security complex has a hard and unrealistic attitude toward Russia’s security concern. If diplomacy fails, force emerges.

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