Pentagon Hypes Nonexistent Russian Threat

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by Stephen Lendman
Today is the worst of times. Reckless US fear-mongering persists. No Russian threat exists. Claims otherwise are fabricated – a hoax proliferated by irresponsible media scoundrels, paid to lie, trashing journalistic ethics. 
Putin gets no credit for being the world’s preeminent peacemaker – polar opposite Obama, Hillary Clinton and other neocons infesting Washington. 
US Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Michael Carpenter hyped fear irresponsibly, ludicrously suggesting Russia can overrun Baltic states Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in 60 hours.
He cited a months earlier RAND Corporation report, the organization a largely Pentagon funded military think tank, paid to produce material serving US imperial interests.
It’s report spuriously claimed a nonexistent Russian threat, saying NATO “cannot successfully defend the territory of its most exposed members,” urging increased numbers of Alliance troops deployed to their territory – provocatively close to Russia’s borders.
According to Carpenter, the Russian Federation “clearly possesses a time-distance advantage, if it were to decide to be an aggressor in the Baltic states.”
“We are making the investments…to have forces prepositioned, along with more fighting equipment, so that we are better able to deter Russian aggression in the first place.”
Quadrupled US fiscal year 2017 military spending in Europe is planned, despite no threat justifying it – none from Russia, China, Iran or any other sovereign independent state.
America’s only enemies are ones it invents, pretexts for waging endless wars of aggression against nonbelligerent nations, threatening world peace, stability and security.
No nation matches US ruthlessness, the greatest purveyor of violence in world history, its recklessness and barbarity unequaled.
Its rage for dominance risks WW III. Flashpoint conditions in Syria and Ukraine could launch it. So can its megalomaniacal determination to transform all nations into US vassal states.
America’s agenda is pure evil. Its odious history is violent, blood-drenched, glorifying war in the name of peace – believing war is peace, making the world unsafe and unfit to live in.
Survival depends on stopping this monster, a maniacal threat to life on earth.
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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.