|Reuters: NATO in Estonia|
In the days leading up to the Warsaw summit held recently, a Polish general and chairman of NATO's military committee said the deployment of more NATO multinational troops along Russia's Baltic border with Europe was a "political not a military act" arising out of necessity. General Pavel went further, telling a news conference, "such [Russian] aggression is not on the agenda and no intelligence assessment suggests such a thing." Nevertheless NATO espouses exactly that in its joint communique, condemning "Russian aggression". A classic example of Washington group think swallowed whole by the militarily dependent nations of Europe. This comes just days after Britain's Chilcot Inquiry showed in minute detail how the Iraq War was caused not by Hussein's non-existent WMD, but by a steady drumbeat of agitprop emanating from the Bush White House, specifically from the Vice-President's office.
Instead of the truth about relations between Russia and the West, western leaders endorse dangerous lies. The NATO communique also says Russia invaded the Crimea, conveniently eluding the fact that 96% of ethnic Russians living in Crimea voted to join their motherland. It also ignores the elephant still in the room: two recent western alliance 'interventions' in Libya and Iraq. NATO calls Russia's military maneuvers within its own borders "provocative", while NATO transports four new battalions eastward to the Baltics, a move it characterizes as merely a response to Russia's "fundamental challenge" to the alliance.
Why do NATO leaders engage in such elaborate double-think? Are they insane? No, but they are critically sensitive to their countries' economic interests. Weapons are big business and America is the world's biggest arsenal. Reassuring our European allies is costing us $789 million in 2016 and that expense will climb to $3.4 billion in 2017. The alliance recently completed its largest military exercise ever, "Anakonda 2016", involving 31,000 troops, half of which were American. No wonder Putin reverently wishes in his public remarks that NATO would come to its senses before an irreversible mistake is made. However, the Pentagon has decided anti-insurgency is not its thing. What it is built for is "high end" conflict in a game of great power competition. Just call US Person a misanthropic "stooge" for fearing the Pentagon's contemplation of the unthinkable: all-out nuclear warfare. Russia is no stateless group of terrorists marauding the desert from the back of pick-up trucks. As one perceptive blogger put it, "We are the Empire".