The Russian menace is back for more.
Dormant for nearly a decade after Reagan’s Star Wars
bankrupted his commie predecessors, the new and I dare say
improved (in some respects) Russian Bear is prowling o’er the
globe once again. And
as was the case the first time around, the Kremlin has one
principle aim in their renewed contentious demeanor:
To challenge the hegemonic status of the United States at
every possible point, across the globe.
But this edition of the Bear is potentially
more dangerous and more fearsome than even those old Soviets.
Vladimir Putin is seeing to that.
The former KGB secret agent has struck a decidedly
defiant, even disrespectful posture in his attempts to undermine
American influence around the world.
Putin’s penchant for overt assistance to rouge nations,
to states with the ability to agitate American primacy in
certain regional power schemes, is particularly disheartening,
because such openly defiant behavior on the part of Russia
testifies and directly contributes to a general erosion of
American super-power status throughout the world.
And although this “war by proxy” sort of agitation
was the chief modus operandi employed by the Soviets
throughout the Cold War, Putin’s version is not the least bit
covert; the fearless Russians aren’t shy about telling any and
everyone who they’re doing business with (Without fear of
reprisal from the U.S., why should the Russians be afraid to do
just this?). The
Bear unambiguously sells weapons and technology to the Iranians
and to the Chinese and to the North Koreans and to the Syrians
and to the Sudanese and to the Libyans and to the Indians.
In other words, to anyone who has or might
have a beef with the United States or American allies.
Russia’s selling of arms to all states,
belligerent or otherwise, strikes me as further evidence of a
declining American deterrence, worldwide.
Sure, Russia is desperate for cash, and state of the art
technologies and even Cold War relics bring a pretty penny on
the open market; the typical third-world Arab or Asian dictator
is more than eager to purchase ballistic missile technology at
or below cost and more than willing to have Russian experts
build nuclear reactors inside their state (The Russians are
happy to oblige, as they can raise funds and at the same time,
weaken the hated Americans). But the fact that Putin exhibits
such a fearless disregard for the status quo in regards to tacit
agreements with the U.S. and other nations in areas of
non-proliferation (see recent weapons-purchase accord signed
with Iran), speaks of a bold contempt for American sentiment.
If you doubt the seriousness of the matter,
allow me to catalog just the past four months worth of defiant
Putin’s stance against President Bush’s
proposed missile defense shield;
Moscow and communist Beijing’s growing alliance
and scheduled summit for early summer;
Putin’s blatant lie to NATO and to the United
States concerning the transporting of nuclear weapons from the
mainland of Russia into the formerly “nuclear free” region
of Kaliningrad--this denial despite conclusive satellite
reconnaissance that shows nuclear tipped missiles in this Baltic
The alluded to agreement reached between Tehran
and Moscow, March 13th, which cemented the
abandonment of a 1995 agreement Russia had entered into with the
And last month, the Russians completed
negotiations with India that will see Moscow sell some $600
million worth of battle tanks and various weapons systems to the
Much of the blame for the recently flagrant
behavior of Putin can be placed at the feet of the preceding
American administration, a cabal of utopians who looked at
Russia through rose-colored glasses.
Instead of holding Russia accountable for it’s
violations of bi-lateral agreements and for it’s wasting of
billions in foreign aid, the Clinton administration seemingly
looked the other way (See algore).
Meanwhile, the Bear broke every rule in the book, dishing
out technology and ships by the tonnage. Consequently, President
Bush has inherited a crisis-in-waiting, a geopolitical landscape
that hourly, grows increasingly unfriendly to American
interests, because stronger enemies pose stronger threats to
Consider the missile procurement by Iran.
The Islamic radicals in charge, like their Islamic Arab
allies to the west, are stridently anti-Israeli and
stronger Persia makes for a more credible Arab-Iranian effort to
“liberate” Palestine from those eeeevil Israelis.
Consequently, the United States must now pay more
attention to the Palestinian-Israeli crisis at a time when many
world observers feel the United States, as peace broker, is a
And this is just one of the many
complications that a resurgent, defiant Russia poses to the
United States. Russia’s hypocritical aversion to an American missile
defense shield is particularly puzzling, seeing as Putin
maintains his desire to stay on good terms with the U.S. (though
there is substantial evidence documented by a former CIA agent
that says Russia has it’s own version of an ABM shield).
But why then would he oppose an anti-ballistic missile
defense built by Americans for Americans??
Unless of course, he plans on one day lobbing nukes
towards a conveniently defenseless United States.
But the new administration must not treat
these recent actions of an impudent Russian Federation as merely
the dealings of a peaceful nation in need of cash flow to
jump-start a burgeoning capitalist economy.
We know that’s a load!
Indeed, in order to regain leverage in the geopolitical
arena, America must return to its policy of firmness and
resolve, wherein we aren’t afraid to ruffle the feathers of
our enemies, ala the tactics of Clinton and Albright.
If we don’t contain the Russians and head off their
attempts to arm our enemies around the globe, we’ll have only
ourselves to blame when the United States gets pulled into
multiple crises in Asia, the Middle East and perhaps even
Hegemony depends on President Bush not treating these commies as
“strategic partners”, whatever that means, and instead
presenting a credible, decisive deterrence to Russian insolence.
That means punishing them when they break accords with
Putin’s boldness notwithstanding, we must
remember that this edition of the Russian Bear is not as
formidable as the USSR, although it seems like some American
policy makers think it so.
Firmness worked for the great Ronald Reagan when he
finished off those godless Reds.
And now, all George W. Bush has to contend with is some
bankrupt upstart, whose claim to fame is being a former Russian
We, therefore, have no choice but to win
one for the Gipper.
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