Just how close are we to war with Russia?
It didn't get much attention at the time, but a week ago, right after warmonger Nikki Haley threatened to bomb Syria, Russia warned of retaliation against U.S. forces if that happened.
This was not an empty threat, despite what many in America might think. Russia is scared, and it's always a mistake to make a nuclear armed nation fear for its existence.
A leading Russian diplomat has accused the U.S. of trying to bring conflict to Moscow under the cloak of exporting democratic values—something he said Washington has already done in parts of Europe and the Middle East over the past two decades.
.."The United States’ continued policy aimed at achieving political goals under the guise of the struggle for democracy has been creating chaos in the past 20 years, causing wars and destroying a number of countries," Ryabkov said, according to the state-run Tass Russian News Agency. "Yugoslavia is no more, Iraq and Libya are bursting at the seams and events in Ukraine are also worth mentioning."
"U.S. hotheads wouldn’t mind to do [sic] the same to Russia as they consider us the major threat to their global dominance," he added.
Now many may disagree with that statement. We are the good guys, right? We don't seek global dominance.
Do you know who doesn't disagree with the assessment that the source of this tension and fear is U.S. imperialism? The U.S. Army.
The US Army’s Culture, Regional Expertise, and Language Management Office last year released a relatively even-handed study analyzing the drivers behind the current geopolitical tensions between the US and Russia, I recently found out.
The study in question states quite bluntly that the primary driver for US-led interference in Russian politics during the 1990s and onwards, and the ongoing expansion of NATO in the region, has been the desire by the US to dominate the oil and gas reserves of Central Asia, and also any pipeline routes through the region — as well as to install economic systems beneficial to the US.
In other words, the study acknowledges that the primary driver of increasing conflict between the US and Russia has been American efforts to exploit the resources of regions that Russia considers to be within its natural “sphere of influence” … and that Russia’s increasing militarism only makes sense within that context.
This shouldn't surprise anyone who's been paying attention.
Back in March 2001, VP Dick Cheney's Energy Task Force consisted mainly of a map of Iraq's oil reserves.
Any potential war with Russia won't start on the border of Latvia or Poland or even Ukraine.
It'll start in Syria, and it could start at any time.
Anderson's commander, Rear Adm. Steve Koehler, told USNI that "the threat picture in Syria is just crazy."
"How many different countries can you cram in one different place, where they all have a different little bit of an agenda? And you put a tactical pilot up there and he or she has to employ ordnance or make defensive counter-air decisions with multiple people - Russians, Syrians, Turks, ISIS, United States," Koehler said.
As a result of the multi-faceted geopolitical complexity, US pilots are now in much more danger than a regular combat mission, according to retired US Marine Corps Lt. Col. David Berke.
"If you misinterpret what someone does, you can create a massive problem, you can start a war," Berke said. "I can't think of a more complex place for there to be or a greater level of risk."
Meanwhile, the news media, despite the real danger, is busy beating the drums of war.
To Undermine Russian and Iranian Influence in Syria, the U.S. Must Go on the Offensive
Trump Should Block Iran’s Air Corridor to Syria
Putin is stoking the hellish war in Syria and no one is stopping him
That last CNN headline contrasts with reality.
On March 16, 2017, UN Resident Coordinator in Syria Ali al-Zaatari during his speech at a closed meeting on the humanitarian situation on Syria in Geneva noted the Russian Reconciliation Center leading role in the evacuation of civilians from Eastern Ghouta. He also emphasized the full assistance of the Reconciliation Center officers to the international observers in the area of operation.
And then there is this:
US-led coalition bombed convoy of pro-#Assad forces in vicinity of #Hisham & #Marat in #Syria's Deir ez-Zor province with many casualties & a lot of destroyed military equipment reported. Possibly another instance of #Russian PMCs killed. https://t.co/XZCdW6YC21
— Alex Melikishvili (@A_Melikishvili) March 23, 2018
I haven't been able to verify it, but since we repeatedly bomb pro-government forces in Syria, while our allies are frequently al-Qaeda jihadists, who exactly is stoking this hellish war?
One last thing, going to war with Russia in Syria doesn't just mean going to war with the Syrian government. It also means going to war with Iran, and all of its proxy forces everywhere.
An official from the Secretariat of the Iraq Council of Ministers, speaking to al-Arabi al-Jadeed on condition of anonymity, claimed the US had taken the threats by some of the Hashd al-Shaabi factions seriously.
The Iraqi official said the US and other coalition member states with troops in Iraq have created “no-man zones” around their bases and have informed the Iraqi government that Hashd al-Shaabi forces are not permitted “within 20 kilometers” of those areas.
The alleged US measures come at a time when several Iranian-backed Shia militias have recently increased their threatening rhetoric against America’s military presence in Iraq.
Even with a $1 Trillion military budget, can we put troops everywhere in the world, and fight everyone in the world at the same time? I don't think so.