U.S. May Position for a War Against Russia

Russia Says It Will Respond If U.S. Does So

Eric Zuesse

On Saturday, June 13th, The New York Times bannered, “U.S. Is Poised to Put Heavy Weaponry in Eastern Europe,” and Russia’s response to the announcement wasn’t long in coming.

The Russian equivalent of America’s Wall Street Journal and Britain’s Financial Times, which is Kommersant (or Businessperson), headlined on June 15th, “US may redeploy heavy weapons to the borders of the Russian Federation,” and reported that, “According to sources in the Russian Government, the implementation of this plan will force Moscow to post on the border with the Baltic countries Russia’s own offensive military capability that can destroy US facilities in the event of a hypothetical conflict.”

The report in the Times had noted that, “The proposal, if approved, would represent the first time since the end of the Cold War that the United States has stationed heavy military equipment in the newer NATO member nations in Eastern Europe that had once been part of the Soviet sphere of influence.” 

The Soviet Union (and its communism, which the U.S. always said was the basis for the Cold War) ended in 1991. That was the same year when the Warsaw Pact — Russia’s equivalent of NATO — also ended. In Russia, the expectation was that that would be that — there would be no more hostility between the governments of the U.S.A. and Russia. Russian leaders had assumed this, but it turned out not to be the case. (Perhaps this explains part of the reason why it turned out not to be so: Dick Cheney’s Halliburton Corporation in the 1990s estimated that Russia has enormous oil deposits.)

The U.S. has thus been expanding NATO right up to the very borders of Russia, after the Soviet Union’s Warsaw Pact ended in 1991. (Russia did no such thing to the United States; Russia hasn’t been trying to surround the U.S. with enemy nations.) The NATO expansion started in 1999, when U.S. President Bill Clinton brought into NATO the former Warsaw Pact member-nations of Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary. Then, this threatening (if not aggressive) U.S. move, expanded even further in 2004, when U.S. President George W. Bush brought into NATO other former Warsaw Pact members: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia. 

Next, in 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama brought into NATO two more former Warsaw Pact nations, Albania and Croatia. 

Finally, President Obama, in a 2014 very bloody coup d’etat, overthrew the neutralist government of Ukraine, and replaced it with a government which is filled with politicians whose political heritage goes back to the pro-Hitler and rabidly anti-Russian political movements in Ukraine during World War II, and these fascist U.S.-client politicians have many times spoken of their aim being to join NATO and — with NATO’s help — to destroy Russia. America’s threat to Russia is very real.

Russian intelligence had, even earlier than Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision on 20 November 2013 to decline membership in the EU, gotten wind of the Obama Administration’s preparations ever since the Spring of 2013, to overthrow the neutralist Yanukovych and replace him with a racist-fascist anti-Russian regime in next-door Ukraine: a bunch of nazis who are Russian-hating fascists even more than they are Jew-hating fascists. They hate the Russian people. What nation wants a rabidly hostile regime like that on its doorstep? Consequently, within even less than a month after the American coup, Russia prevented America’s planned follow-on takeover of Russia’s main naval base, which is on the then-Ukrainian island of Crimea. The Soviet dictator Nikita Khruschev had donated Crimea to Ukraine in 1954, though Crimea had always been part of Russia; and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin provided, immediately after the coup, Russian protection to Crimeans, so that they could hold their own vote on whether to rejoin with Russia. Even the hard-like anti-Russian Forbes magazine commentator, Kenneth Rapoza, headlined on 20 March 2015, “One Year After Russia Annexed Crimea, Locals Prefer Moscow To Kiev,” and he reviewed several polls, some taken by U.S.-owned polling organizations, all showing almost 100% support among Crimeans for the switch back to being Russians again and no longer being subject to rule from Kiev — especially not this Russia-hating Kiev regime. Rapoza concluded simply, “At some point, the West will have to recognize Crimea’s right to self rule.” But U.S. President Obama, and his followers within the European Union, still refuse to do that. The people of Scotland are allowed to vote on whether to secede from the UK, but the people of Crimea (who never self-identified as Ukrainians nearly to the extent they self-identified as Russians) cannot do likewise? That’s what the West’s hypocritical leaders are saying — and now a World War III could result from it.

So, Obama and the EU slapped economic sanctions on Russia (for what are actually the consequences of America’s coup); and, when the new Ukrainian Government started a bombing campaign to eliminate the inhabitants in the Donbass region of Ukraine, which had voted over 90% for Viktor Yanukovych (which is the only way to get Obama’s regime-change in Ukraine to survive future elections — i.e., to get rid of the voters there) the West then blamed Russia for assisting the residents in the Donbass region to defend themselves against the exterminationist invasion from Kiev. And President Obama still insists that Ukraine seize back both Donbass and Crimea.

And this brings us to today, and, perhaps, to the brink of a U.S.-Russian war.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity, and of  Feudalism, Fascism, Libertarianism and Economics.

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  • crybaby fatigue

    obama remains convinced by his handlers that he will receive ample warning in advance of any real russian counterattacks on his aggression.
    the same powers who installed obama now obviously have many agents in the kremlin. those agents seem to know their military moves will go unopposed until putin suffers too many humiliations and is removed. zionist agents are uncanny things
    day to day, just how does obama know he remains in the good graces of his patrons? by tuning in to espn and by seeing the usual media lapdogs at their usual white house pressroom guard posts.
    this emboldens obama.
    growing weary of crybaby russians and eric too!

    • Rocky Racoon

      they seemed to have underestimated the will of the miner’s and farmer’s who beat them back twice already and promised there will not be a Minsk 3. Given that every military adventure undertaken by the US from Korea on down has ended in defeat perhaps they should reanalysis their intelligence apparatus.

  • Алексей К.

    This is all true, the US-backed fascist regime turned life for ordinary people here in Ukraine to real hell. With the collapse of local currency 3-fold over one year and all prices skyrocketing into universe the overwhelming majority of population is on the verge of starvation. Corruption is hitting all time highs and still we are forced to serve combat military service to defend this fascist regime. Only three options available: either paying a bribe of up to usd 3000 so they fake you incapable for military services, going on a military service with a high chance of being injured or killed in combat or facing a prison term of up to 8 years. This is what the american-style democracy has brougth to Ukraine. As an american writer once wrote, anglo-american expansion brings debt and death…

    • cettel

      I have just now written an article that quotes in full your comment, because your comment is extremely succinct and well-written, and because I know from all the research I’ve been doing, that it is entirely accurate, too. You have put the matter so well.

    • Rocky Racoon

      or if possible to get through checkpoints, seek asylum in Donbass region and fight against Nazi regime-I hope military deserts even more than they are already.

  • Man on the street

    The Americans being pushed by the Israelis to antagonize President Putin, and RUSSIA, and our media is silent on the deadly consequences of pushing too far. As if the media, the government, and the Zionists have a place to hide from the potential total destructions? And even if they do have such a place, how are they going to enjoy living post apocalypse? The sheeple who are consuming their worthless merchandise, and making them filthy rich will not be around!

  • Joze

    Slovenia was not a member of a Warshaw pact. (Shouldn’t really be member of NATO pact either.)