Rupturing of East/West relations was a long time coming.
It’s part of hard-wired US-dominated NATO’s war on Russia by other means since Vladimir Putin succeeded Boris Yeltsin as president.
A Western darling, he presided over
Russia’s lost decade by going along with US shock therapy-produced economic genocide.
Western interests profited at the expense of millions of exploited Russians.
Billions in stolen wealth were secreted in Western banks and offshore tax havens.
Most Russians despised him. Putin turned things around dramatically.
He’s reviled for no longer allowing Russia to be a nation-state pinyata for pillaging by the US-dominated West — for serving his homeland and people, not Western interests like his predecessor.
A previous article explained that Russian/US-led Western relations reached a new low after the Obama/Biden’s 2014 coup replaced democratic governance in Ukraine with pro-Western, Nazi-infested fascist tyranny.
As long as Russia remained free from US control under Putin’s independent leadership, it was just a matter of time before relations with the US-dominated West ruptured altogether.
What was coming for some time is now reality.
And with it comes a heightened risk of conflict between the world’s dominant nuclear powers.
What’s unthinkable is more ominously possible than ever before at a time when Russia’s relations with the US-dominated West appear irreparably ruptured.
In March 2021, I suggested an approaching dead end in US-dominated Western relations with Russia.
It’s now reality.
Operating as a virtual shadow government, the RAND Corporation supports militarism, imperial wars, and technocrat-run world government — master/serf societies unfit to live in for the vast majority of exploited people.
In 2019, RAND published a report, titled “Overextending and Unbalancing Russia.”
It covered what it called “nonviolent, cost-imposing options that the US and its allies could pursue across economic, political, and military areas to stress — overextend and unbalance — Russia’s economy…armed forces and…political standing at home
and abroad,” adding:
“Some of the options examined are clearly more promising than others, but any would need to be evaluated in terms of the overall US strategy for dealing with Russia” — to return the country to vassal state status.
In stark contrast to fantasy versions throughout the US-dominated West, Russian democracy is the real thing.
RAND pretended otherwise by falsely calling its governance “authoritarian” under Vladimir Putin (sic).
Its report called for “imposing deeper trade and financial sanctions…expand(ing) world (energy) suppl(ies) (with) depress(ing) global prices” in mind to deprive Russia of revenue from this vital source.
It urged greater energy imports from other nations, encouraged emigration of Russia’s best and brightest, and called for greater “lethal aid to Ukraine.”
It urged greater support for opposition forces in Syria, expanding Western ties to the South Caucasus, and reducing Russian influence in central Asia.
It called for “flip(ping) Transnistria” to the West, encouraging internal protests in Russia, pursuing propaganda to create “the perception” of its governance not serving the public interest, and undermining its image abroad.
It urged US-dominated NATO to “repostur(e) (warplanes, ballistic missile defenses and tactical nukes) within easy striking range of key Russian strategic targets.”
It called for “break(ing) out of the nuclear arms control regime (to) goad Russia into a costly arms race.”
It urged building up greater numbers of US/NATO land, naval and aerial forces in nations surrounding Russia.
A checklist of other related policies were urged to strengthen the US-dominated West at Russia’s expense in pursuit of achieving control over its land mass, resources and people under pro-Western puppet rule.
Conclusions of RAND’s report stated the following:
“The most-promising options to ‘extend Russia’ are those that directly address its vulnerabilities, anxieties, and strengths, exploiting areas of weakness while undermining Russia’s current advantages.”
“Russia’s greatest vulnerability…is its economy (that’s) highly dependent on energy exports.”
“Russia’s greatest strengths are in the military and info-war realms.”
“Extending Russia… must be considered in the broader context of national policy based on defense, deterrence, and — where US and Russian interests align —cooperation.”
All of the above calls for escalating US/Western war on Russia by other means — short of hot war that would risk mutually assured destruction if involved nukes.