Endgame Russia: NATO Sprawl Invades Eastern Europe, No More Illusions, by Robert Bridge

The US and NATO are packing Eastern Europe with armaments and troops, supposedly to counter an imminent threat of Russian invasion. Russia would like a buffer between it and Western Europe, but it has shown no desire to invade Eastern Europe, perhaps remembering what a drain it was during the first Cold War. Russia hasn’t even annexed eastern Ukraine, which would be a piece of cake and which most inhabitants of that area want. From Robert Bridge at strategic-culture.org:

In the past, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) justified its militarization of large swaths of Eastern Europe by pointing to the omnipresent threat of terrorism, or some ‘rogue’ foreign state, inherently understood to be Iran. Today the mask has slipped and it is no longer denied that NATO’s primary target is Russia.

But first, a trip down nightmare lane. The road to ruin – at least as far as US-Russia relations were concerned – began immediately following the 9/11 terror attacks. Three months after that fateful day, in December 2001, George W. Bush informed Vladimir Putin that the US was withdrawing from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, a strange move considering that the treaty had kept the peace between the nuclear superpowers since 1972. This geopolitical “mistake,” as Putin rightly defined it, allowed the US to begin the process of deploying a missile defense system, smack on the border with Russia, allegedly to shield the continent against an attack by Iran. Never mind the fact that Tehran had absolutely no reason, not to mention the wherewithal, to carry out such a suicidal mission. But Washington has never been one to let facts get in the way of a forced move on the global chess board.

Thus, the Bush administration advocated on behalf of a land-based missile defense system with interceptors based in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic. However, due to serious objections from Russia, not to mention the apprehensive citizens of the host countries, the plan had reached an impasse in 2008 – just as Obama was replacing Bush in the White House. Some would call that impeccable timing. What happened next can only be described as a devious sleight of hand on the part of Washington.

In September 2009, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Barack Obama, announced to great fanfare that the US would “shelve” the Bush plan. This announcement was received in Moscow and beyond as a sign that America’s first black president was truly the real deal when it came to working on behalf of global peace. Suddenly, it appeared that the Bush reign of error had been an ugly anomaly, a bad eight-year dream. That grand illusion lasted for about as long as it took to read that sentence.

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2 responses to “Endgame Russia: NATO Sprawl Invades Eastern Europe, No More Illusions, by Robert Bridge

  1. Please, the last time I heard about being invited in to an area involved the Sudetenland. We have seen enough of Russia’s pacifist policies to be more than slightly wary. As far as packing troops into Eastern Europe one must admit that the Girl Scout 123, the 18th mobile bakery platoon, and the Colorado 18th press unit do constitute an alarming military buildup. Especially if one realizes that those typewriters are really brilliant death rays devised by Britain’s M.

    If only Obama had given Moscow 150 billion dollars as he did Tehran imagine how much safer we’d all be.

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