Reckless US/NATO Saber-Rattling

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by Stephen Lendman
When lunatics run the asylum, all bets are off. America can’t bear the thought of other rising powers challenging its unipolarity – so much so, it appears willing to risk humanity’s destruction to maintain sole dominance of planet earth, its resources and populations.
Russia, China and the vast majority of other countries support multi-world polarity, nations working cooperatively with each other in peace for the betterment of all.
Washington wants none of it, demands all other countries accept its dominance, obey its diktats, pay homage to the master of the universe – or else.
Endless wars of aggression, raping one nation after another shows it means business – maintain independence and you’re next.
Former top US Defense Department official Alexander Vershbow is de facto NATO chief – US-installed Jens Stoltenberg a convenient potted plant, doing Washington’s bidding.
He and Vershbow recite pre-scripted speeches, railing about the so-called Russian menace, the latter most recently days earlier at the Warsaw Security Forum, a venue for him to sound off irresponsibly.
Europe today is threatened, he blustered. “For the first time in NATO’s history, we are under pressure on two flanks,” he claimed from:
  • Middle East “chaos and violence, failed and failing states” – ignoring Washington’s full responsibility, its endless wars of aggression, raping one country after another, turning them to rubble, killing millions, creating the severest human refugee flood since WW II; and
  • “to the east, a newly assertive Russia…throwing its military muscle around in an attempt to get its own way and re-establish hegemony over its neighbors, undermining the foundations of the post-War and post-Cold War order.”
Fact: No nation more dedicates itself to world peace and stability than Russia. None wages more endless aggressive wars than America – the greatest threat to humanity’s survival in history.
Fact: Provocative US-led NATO troop deployments and military exercises close to Russia’s borders threaten world peace.
Vershbow: “Russia seeks a return of the Great Game of influence and control over (nations) weaker than itself. This is not a game we wish to play.”
Fact: Russia’s “Great Game” is fostering mutual cooperation among all nations in peace. America’s “Dirty Game” is waging one war of aggression after another for unchallenged global dominance.
Vershbow’s solution to a nonexistent Russian “threat” is greater US-led saber-rattling than already – more provocative military exercises and larger troop deployments close to its borders.
“NATO will always do whatever it takes to keep our allies safe,” he blustered…This means” potentially far greater belligerence than already – a ticking nuclear bomb he calls “an ounce of prevention.”
It bears repeating. When lunatics run the asylum, all bets are off. Today is the most perilous time in world history. US-dominated NATO’s recklessness may kill us all.
On November 7, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter addressed the Reagan National Defense Forum – repeating the same belligerent drumbeat, at the same time ludicrously claiming US leadership “help(s) keep the peace, lifts (people) out of poverty, and give(s) (everyone) a greater voice in their own affairs.”
Fact: America’s agenda is polar opposite, responsible for endless conflicts and more human misery than any other nation in world history.
Carter took dead aim at so-called “Russia(n) provocations and China’s rise” – threatening US aims for dominance over planet earth.
“In Europe, Russia has been violating sovereignty in Ukraine and Georgia and actively trying to intimidate the Baltic states,” he blustered. “Meanwhile, in Syria, Russia is throwing gasoline on an already dangerous fire, prolonging a civil war that fuels the very extremism Russia claims to oppose.”
“At sea, in the air, in space, and in cyberspace, Russian actors have engaged in challenging activities. And, most disturbing, Moscow’s nuclear saber-rattling raises questions about Russia’s leaders’ commitment to strategic stability.”
Fact: Reality is polar opposite Carter’s hyperbole. He lied saying “(w)e do not seek a cold war, let alone a hot war with Russia. We do not seek to make Russia an enemy.”
Fact: The former Soviet Union was a longstanding US enemy. So is the current Russian Federation. America wants its sovereign independence eliminated, its resources stolen, its population exploited like serfs.
Carter: “We are…work(ing) to deter Russia’s aggression, and to help reduce the vulnerability of our allies and partners. The United States is (acting) accordingly, making a number of moves in response” – preparing for WW III, he stopped short of explaining.
“NATO needs a new playbook,” he claimed – creating a greater menace to humanity’s survival than already, strength and dominance through naked aggression, fabricating the pretense of democracy building.
Washington declared proxy war on Russia in Syria – the same policy against China by entering its waters provocatively on the phony pretext of free navigation, calling it the first of more hostile acts to follow, risking the unthinkable, possible war with Beijing in Asia as well as Russia in Europe and the Middle East.
America deplores peace and stability. It bears repeating. It’s the greatest threat to humanity’s survival in world history. Its self-proclaimed preeminence and stewardship represent a toxic prescription for disaster.
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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.