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Who Restarted the Cold War?

"Putin's Hostile Course," the lead editorial in the Washington Times of Oct. 18, began thus:

"Russian President Vladimir Putin's invitation to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to visit Moscow is just the latest sign that, more than 16 years after the collapse of Soviet communism, Moscow is gravitating toward Cold War behavior. The old Soviet obsession – fighting American imperialism – remains undiluted. ...

"(A)t virtually every turn, Mr. Putin and the Russian leadership appear to be doing their best in ways large and small to marginalize and embarrass the United States and undercut U.S. foreign policy interests."

The Times pointed to Putin's snub of Robert Gates and Condi Rice by having them cool their heels for 40 minutes before a meeting. Then came a press briefing where Putin implied Russia may renounce the Reagan-Gorbachev INF treaty, which removed all U.S. and Soviet medium-range missiles from Europe, and threatened to pull out of the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty, whereby Russia moved its tanks and troops far from the borders of Eastern Europe.

On and on the Times indictment went. Russia was blocking new sanctions on Iran. Russia was selling anti-aircraft missiles to Iran. Russia was selling weapons to Syria that found their way to Hezbollah and Hamas. Russia and Iran were talking up an OPEC-style natural gas cartel. All this, said the Times, calls to mind "Soviet-era behavior."

Missing from the prosecution's case, however, was the motive. Why has Putin's Russia turned hostile? Why is Putin mending fences with China, Iran and Syria? Why is Putin sending Bear bombers to the edge of American airspace? Why has Russia turned against America? For Putin's approval rating is three times that of George Bush. Who restarted the Cold War?

To answer that question, let us go back those 16 years.

What happened in 1991 and 1992?

Well, Russia let the Berlin Wall be torn down and its satellite states be voted or thrown out of power across Eastern Europe. Russia agreed to pull the Red Army all the way back inside its border. Russia agreed to let the Soviet Union dissolve into 15 nations. The Communist Party agreed to share power and let itself be voted out. Russia embraced freedom and American-style capitalism, and invited Americans in to show them how it was done.

Russia did not use its veto in the Security Council to block the U.S. war to drive Saddam Hussein, an ally, out of Kuwait. When 9-11 struck, Putin gave his blessing to U.S. troops using former republics as bases for the U.S. invasion.

What was Moscow's reward for its pro-America policy?

The United States began moving NATO into Eastern Europe and then into former Soviet republics. Six ex-Warsaw Pact nations are now NATO allies, as are three ex-republics of the Soviet Union. NATO expansionists have not given up on bringing Ukraine, united to Russia for centuries, or Georgia, Stalin's birthplace, into NATO.

In 1999, the United States bombed Serbia, which has long looked to Mother Russia for protection, for 78 days, though the Serbs' sole crime was to fight to hold their cradle province of Kosovo, as President Lincoln fought to hold onto the American South. Now America is supporting the severing of Kosovo from Serbia and creation of a new Islamic state in the Balkans, over Moscow's protest.

While Moscow removed its military bases from Cuba and all over the Third World, we have sought permanent military bases in Russia's backyard of Central Asia.

We dissolved the Nixon-Brezhnev ABM treaty and announced we would put a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic.

Under presidents Clinton and Bush, the United States financed a pipeline for Caspian Sea oil to transit Azerbaijan and Georgia to the Black Sea and Turkey, cutting Russia out of the action.

With the end of the Cold War, the KGB was abolished and the Comintern disappeared. But the National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House and other Cold War agencies, funded with tens of millions in tax-exempt and tax dollars, engineered the ouster of pro-Russian regimes in Serbia, Ukraine and Georgia, and sought the ouster of the regime in Minsk.

At the Cold War's end, the United States was given one of the great opportunities of history: to embrace Russia, largest nation on earth, as partner, friend, ally. Our mutual interests meshed almost perfectly. There was no ideological, territorial, historic or economic quarrel between us, once communist ideology was interred.

We blew it.

We moved NATO onto Russia's front porch, ignored her valid interests and concerns, and, with our "indispensable-nation" arrogance, treated her as a defeated power, as France treated Weimar Germany after Versailles.

Who restarted the Cold War? Bush and the braying hegemonists he brought with him to power. Great empires and tiny minds go ill together.

By Patrick J. Buchanan

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  • Bang on and no amount of waffling and derision from conservatives is going to escape the facts pointed out in this article.

    I've watched with a mixture of disbelief and horror at the steps the US has taken in the past 16 years. Note that I'm not saying that Russia is completely innocent here. Just about any country, even Canada, has made political and military decisions that have negatively impacted world relations.

    But the stunningly asinine, self-centered, myopic actions of the governme More..

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    TrulyMorbid: "Bang on and no amount of waffling and derision from conservatives is going to escape the facts pointed out in this article.

    I've watched with a mixture of disbelief and horror at the steps the US has taken in the past 16 years. Note that I'm not saying that Russia is completely innocent here. Just about any country, even Canada, has made political and military decisions that have negatively impacted world relations.

    But the stunningly asinine, self-centered, myopic actions of the government of the United States have served to take away almost all of t More..
    TrulyMorbid is right.. the US needs to get a grip on themselves before it's too late. They may well be the most powerful nation in the world.. but, if they keep on pissing the rest of the world off are they powerful enuogh to take on an allied world? The NeoCon policies are making it very easy to alienate...well, everyone...they've even pissed off the Welsh and we are probably one of the most easy going, pro-US nations in the world! or were anyway...That Blair/Bush relationship has made even the most unlikeliest people suspect things like the NWO and global elite. The Labour party has lost a hell of a lot of it's old supporters as a result....slightly off the point but, to return to it, if the US carries on as they are, they'll stand alone. The bully of the world...and bullies ALWAYS lose in the end."
    "New World Order" - sound's like Hitler's "Neue Ordnung".

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  • TrulyMorbid: "Bang on and no amount of waffling and derision from conservatives is going to escape the facts pointed out in this article.

    I've watched with a mixture of disbelief and horror at the steps the US has taken in the past 16 years. Note that I'm not saying that Russia is completely innocent here. Just about any country, even Canada, has made political and military decisions that have negatively impacted world relations.

    But the stunningly asinine, self-centered, myopic actions of the government of the United States have served to take away almost all of the hope I had buil More..
    TrulyMorbid is right.. the US needs to get a grip on themselves before it's too late. They may well be the most powerful nation in the world.. but, if they keep on pissing the rest of the world off are they powerful enuogh to take on an allied world? The NeoCon policies are making it very easy to alienate...well, everyone...they've even pissed off the Welsh and we are probably one of the most easy going, pro-US nations in the world! or were anyway...That Blair/Bush relationship has made even the most unlikeliest people suspect things like the NWO and global elite. The Labour party has lost a hell of a lot of it's old supporters as a result....slightly off the point but, to return to it, if the US carries on as they are, they'll stand alone. The bully of the world...and bullies ALWAYS lose in the end.

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  • oscrogo: "For right or wrong, we've totally disrespected the former Soviet sphere of influence. At first, the Russia didn't have the power or international influence to put up a fight. But don't forget, Europe also took advantage of the Russians diminished sphere during the 90's also. We along with Europe flaunted NATO in their face during the multiple Balkins conflicts and they took it. Former Eastern Bloc countries were lobbied for and granted NATO and European Union membership, much to the consternation of the Kremlin. Not saying we haven't done anything to stoke tensions, but don' More..
    WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

    All Soviet leaders were dictators which could order what ever they wanted.

    Khrushov, for instance, ordered the whole Crimea to become a part of the Ukraine because his wife was Ukrainian. Once he had visited a modern art exhibition and didn't like - he simply ordered a few bulldozers and destroyed the museums including the works which were inside. And the artists were standing and watching it silently.

    Khrushov also was in love with maize and ordered the whole country to cultivate it. There was no cabbage, no cucumbers - only maize because Khrushov loved it.

    The same was with Brejnev.

    Nothing similar can be done by Putin.

    Russia is a democracy - unlike Bush, Putin was elected totally legally and was never accused of any ballot ringing. He has never violated a single provision of the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

    And, the most important thing, Putin has made the average Russian guy RICH - as rich as this simple Russian guy has never been in the whole Russian history.

    That's why don't compare Putin to Stalin who has killed 40 million of Soviet citizens and ordered to gun down his own generals for fun - from time to time.

    And Europe is an old whore. Old and cheap whore. It has lost all the wars and has an underling mentality. It's always with the one who has power and money.

    My fellow Americans, be sure, if the Eagle gets wounded and the Bear will control the situation - Europe will spit at us and mock at us the same way it has done it (and is still doing it - on America's approval) with Russians.

    Then, somehow everybody will discover that America has never done anything good to Europe and WWII monuments to American soldiers will be rooted out and brought to the junk yard as "symbols of American imperialism".

    AMERICA REALLY SHOULDN'T HAVE DONE THIS TO RUSSIA.

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  • For right or wrong, we've totally disrespected the former Soviet sphere of influence. At first, the Russia didn't have the power or international influence to put up a fight. But don't forget, Europe also took advantage of the Russians diminished sphere during the 90's also. We along with Europe flaunted NATO in their face during the multiple Balkins conflicts and they took it. Former Eastern Bloc countries were lobbied for and granted NATO and European Union membership, much to the constern More..

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  • TrulyMorbid: "Bang on and no amount of waffling and derision from conservatives is going to escape the facts pointed out in this article.

    I've watched with a mixture of disbelief and horror at the steps the US has taken in the past 16 years. Note that I'm not saying that Russia is completely innocent here. Just about any country, even Canada, has made political and military decisions that have negatively impacted world relations.

    But the stunningly asinine, self-centered, myopic actions of the government of the United States have served to take away almost all of the hope I had buil More..
    How true you are the cold war never ended, all waring countries need an enemy no matter who it may be and lets face it all of the dominant states thrive on or the threat of war and destruction. and in the background China is building up it's own country with the know how to rule the world one day.

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  • We need to deport all conservatives because they are the true anti - americans ruining my god damn country.

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  • Sgt Phil McGroineg: "
    TrulyMorbid: "Bang on and no amount of waffling and derision from conservatives is going to escape the facts pointed out in this article.

    I've watched with a mixture of disbelief and horror at the steps the US has taken in the past 16 years. Note that I'm not saying that Russia is completely innocent here. Just about any country, even Canada, has made political and military decisions that have negatively impacted world relations.

    But the stunningly asinine, self-centered, myopic actions of the government of the United States have served to take away almost More..
    We're putting ourselves right back into the Cold War....but lets face it, maybe Russian military build-up is what is needed for there to be stability in the region....Its not like the fall of the Berlin Wall was such a great thing, everyones fighting now for a piece of that economic pie in the sky...We have a lot more instability in todays world than twenty years ago...We really need to embrace Russia to help police the world, America sure as hell can't...






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    However, the American policy, once anti-Soviet, has IMMEDIATELY become anti-Russian straight after the fall of the USSR.

    The USA have NEVER supported the Russian Federation.

    All America has been doing since the fall of the USSR was fanning up wars in the areas of the former Soviet influence - and today's Russia's influence.

    It's neither fair, nor friendly.

    But now, as we're facing toooo many problems, we say: "Russia, be our friend!"


    It's as naive and hypocritical as it can be, I must say.

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  • PowerrCorruptss: "We need to deport all conservatives because they are the true anti - americans ruining my god damn country. "
    Don't lump Neo-Cons in with Conservatives, they aren't conservative.

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  • Larson_01: "
    sariel-777: "
    oscrogo: "
    PowerrCorruptss: "We need to deport all conservatives because they are the true anti - americans ruining my god damn country. "
    Don't lump Neo-Cons in with Conservatives, they aren't conservative."
    really? I thought neo-conservatives were just uber conservatives...what's the difference then?"
    Actually these so called neo-conservatives are really political opportunists. Most of them began their political carriers as Trotsky More..
    really? that's just what Hitler did, he was a communist before he was a nazi.

    Why do you allow them the power they have? The US in general MUST support them otherwise they wouldn't be in positions of power.

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  • oscrogo: "
    PowerrCorruptss: "We need to deport all conservatives because they are the true anti - americans ruining my god damn country. "
    Don't lump Neo-Cons in with Conservatives, they aren't conservative."
    really? I thought neo-conservatives were just uber conservatives...what's the difference then?

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  • By the way, it's incredible how appeasable Russians are.

    Russians are truly the MOST appeasable nation of the world.

    But the West will never appreciate it.

    The West has created an image of Russia which has all the negative featues the West, in fact, has itself - and is still trying to treat Russia as a permanent threat which must be annihilated, while Russians have been so friendly to us for all these post-Soviet years. And are still now.

    How often have we heard in our Western media More..

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  • TrulyMorbid: "Bang on and no amount of waffling and derision from conservatives is going to escape the facts pointed out in this article.

    I've watched with a mixture of disbelief and horror at the steps the US has taken in the past 16 years. Note that I'm not saying that Russia is completely innocent here. Just about any country, even Canada, has made political and military decisions that have negatively impacted world relations.

    But the stunningly asinine, self-centered, myopic actions of the government of the United States have served to take away almost all of the hope I had buil More..
    We're putting ourselves right back into the Cold War....but lets face it, maybe Russian military build-up is what is needed for there to be stability in the region....Its not like the fall of the Berlin Wall was such a great thing, everyones fighting now for a piece of that economic pie in the sky...We have a lot more instability in todays world than twenty years ago...We really need to embrace Russia to help police the world, America sure as hell can't...

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  • sariel-777: "
    Larson_01: "
    sariel-777: "
    oscrogo: "
    PowerrCorruptss: "We need to deport all conservatives because they are the true anti - americans ruining my god damn country. "
    Don't lump Neo-Cons in with Conservatives, they aren't conservative."
    really? I thought neo-conservatives were just uber conservatives...what's the difference then?"
    Actually these so called neo-conservatives are really political opportunists. Most of them began their political c More..
    really? that's just what Hitler did, he was a communist before he was a nazi.

    Why do you allow them the power they have? The US in general MUST support them otherwise they wouldn't be in positions of power."
    ... of we must say that the USA is NOT a democracy.

    Either this or that.

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  • that picture is cool.

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  • It's interesting how the author of this article avoids to explain us WHY America's policy towards Russia is as it is.

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  • damn good article..and that picture is wicked. Thanks.

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  • Oh, dear!: "
    sariel-777: "
    Larson_01: "
    sariel-777: "
    oscrogo: "
    PowerrCorruptss: "We need to deport all conservatives because they are the true anti - americans ruining my god damn country. "
    Don't lump Neo-Cons in with Conservatives, they aren't conservative."
    really? I thought neo-conservatives were just uber conservatives...what's the difference then?"
    Actually these so called neo-conservatives are really political opportunists. Most of them began More..
    really? that's just what Hitler did, he was a communist before he was a nazi.

    Why do you allow them the power they have? The US in general MUST support them otherwise they wouldn't be in positions of power."
    ... of we must say that the USA is NOT a democracy.

    Either this or that."
    the US hasn't been a democracy since at least 2000

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  • It never stopped.

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  • sariel-777: "
    Oh, dear!: "
    sariel-777: "
    Larson_01: "
    sariel-777: "
    oscrogo: "
    PowerrCorruptss: "We need to deport all conservatives because they are the true anti - americans ruining my god damn country. "
    Don't lump Neo-Cons in with Conservatives, they aren't conservative."
    really? I thought neo-conservatives were just uber conservatives...what's the difference then?"
    Actually these so called neo-conservatives are really political opportunists. M More..
    really? that's just what Hitler did, he was a communist before he was a nazi.

    Why do you allow them the power they have? The US in general MUST support them otherwise they wouldn't be in positions of power."
    ... of we must say that the USA is NOT a democracy.

    Either this or that."
    the US hasn't been a democracy since at least 2000"
    But I doubt Americans most of the Americans know that.

    By the way, the West European political elite and most of the West European cornballs would never agree with you. Principally.

    Nice to see you're not one of them :)

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  • Interesting article....

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  • Very well summarised,Putin is the strong leader Russia needed after the Yeltsin sell out of the nation,most Russian recognise this-hence his high approval ratings.
    Voted and thanks.

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