US Lectures Russia to ‘Keep Out of Western Hemisphere’

US Lectures Russia to ‘Keep Out of Western Hemisphere’ by Robert Bridge via Russia-Insider

With US military assets scattered to the four corners of the planet, and entrenched on Russia’s border, Washington believes the world is a playground that no other nation may enter. This is arrogance at its finest.

Imagine how less complicated life would be if American statesmen only took the time to consult a world map before speaking publicly on global events. Had John Bolton, for example, performed this simple exercise he would have avoided appearing like the representative of a nation that is hell bent on conquering every square inch of real estate on planet Earth, or at least the real estate with proven oil reserves.

<figcaption>Demonstrators and activists gather to protest against a US led intervention in Venezuela in front of the White House on March 16, 2019. © AFP / Eric BARADAT</figcaption>
Demonstrators and activists gather to protest against a US led intervention in Venezuela in front of the White House on March 16, 2019. © AFP / Eric BARADAT

The United States will not tolerate hostile foreign military powers meddling with the Western Hemisphere’s shared goals of democracy, security, and the rule of law,” the national security advisor tweeted this week in an apparent early morning bout of Napoleon complex. “The Venezuelan military must stand with the people of Venezuela.”

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For those who haven’t been following the South American saga, the “hostile foreign military powers” that Bolton speaks of is none other than globetrotting Russia, which had the incredible audacity to dispatch two (2!) military planes and some 100 Russian specialists to beleaguered Venezuela. In other words, not exactly an invading army. Judging by the alarmist nature of Bolton’s tweet, however, where he actually gives a command to the Venezuelan military, it would appear as though Attila the Hun had just docked at Caracas with a million bloodthirsty warriors in tow.

This brings us back to the importance of consulting maps. Had Bolton done some basic cartographic research on US and NATO operations worldwide, he would have been possibly, though doubtfully, struck with a sense of awe and even embarrassment by the sheer number of US-NATO flags piercing the paper landscape. Many of those flags, incidentally, are flapping wildly in faraway places like PolandLatvia, and Romania, where a US missile defense shield “went live” in 2016 despite repeated warnings by Moscow that the system would have “an adverse effect on global stability.” Those warnings fell on deaf ears, as Vladimir Putin reminded the world last year with much aplomb.

In cooperation with the 21-member NATO bloc, and under direct supervision of the US, those above mentioned countries regularly conduct massive military exercises – with cuddly, reassuring codenames, like Anaconda and Saber Strike – smack on Russia’s border, and despite the fact that Moscow has never ventured to lift so much as a finger against a single Western nation (A similar sort of threatening posture, by the way, is being taken against China).

Indeed, despite the Western media’s non-stop allusions to an “aggressive Russia” that just can’t quit its latent “imperial ambitions,” it is in fact NATO that looks determined to create a global empire.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, and despite verbal assurances given to Mikhail Gorbachev, the Western military bloc has been encroaching on Russia’s sphere of influence with utter disregard for the consequences. When Moscow is forced to take the next logical step, which is to defend itself with new weapon systems, the United States throws a tantrum and withdraws from major arms reduction agreements, like the ABM and INF treaties. Meanwhile, the European vassal states, despite being in the firing line of any hypothetical future conflict, rarely rebuke Washington for its reckless actions.

This dogged obedience by the European capitals allows Washington to carry on around the world as it sees fit, and without a hint of legality. By way of proof, one need only look at the Arc of Insanity that stretches across the Middle East and Central Asia. Once wholly functioning modern states, like Iraq and Libya, and to a lesser degree, Afghanistan, were methodically beaten into submission by the US-led Western powers. Syria was also perched on the precipice of annihilation until Russia entered the fray to lend its assistance in the battle against Islamic State. Strangely, however, NATO was not receptive to Moscow’s help in routing the terrorist menace, and in fact on several occasions the Western alliance acted like Islamic State’s private air force as Syrian government forces came under repeated attack by US-led airstrikes. So much for the “Western Hemisphere’s shared goals of democracy, security, and the rule of law,” as Bolton alluded to in his delusional tweet.

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