At last our serious American publications and authors are "coming out of the closet." The situation in Washington policy has come to such a dangerous place that those who kept their silence are refusing to do so any longer. I don't agree with all that is in this September 22 article, but in the main, as far as the history and consequences go, do agree wholeheartedly. Surely as others come forward, it will force a change in current Russia policy.
September 22, 2014
The Seething Anger of Putin's Russia
By Jeffrey Tayler
MOSCOW-The standoff between Russia and the West over Ukraine is a relatively recent development, but it is sickeningly familiar to anyone who grew up in the Cold War decades. It is, most of all, uniquely ominous: When nuclear-armed America and Russia quarrel, peace and life as we know it are threatened the world over. The risks of errors, miscalculations, unintended escalation, and culture-based misunderstandings loom large-especially when mutual trust has been shattered and little remains of a working relationship between Washington and Moscow.
Such risks are especially high right now. NATO and NATO-allied forces are conducting military exercises in western Ukraine, while Russian-backed separatists and Russian troops remain entrenched in that country's east. Last Wednesday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu warned that "the situation in Ukraine has escalated sharply and the presence of foreign military has increased in the immediate vicinity of our borders," while announcing the deployment of the first of six stealth submarines to its Black Sea fleet. This came just days after Russia's successful submarine-based test launch of a Bulava ICBM-a long-range nuclear missile designed to hit targets in the United States. Russia's $700-billion defense buildup, scheduled to be completed in 2020, continues unabated.