In his commentary today, The Real News Network's, Pepe Escobar welcomes us to the New Cold war.
Whatever happened to the fight against Al Qaeda and radical Islam? That's old news. Welcome to the new New Cold War. Exit "evil" Iran and a phantom Al Qaeda enter the remixed Evil Empire, Russia -- a superpower complete with nuclear weapons.
In Feb 1990, Bush Sr. and his Secretary of State James Baker promised Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO would not move eastward. When Clinton started to push NATO eastward Gorbachev said "the issue is not just whether Czechs, Hungarians and Poles join NATO. The problem is more serious: the rejection of the strategy for a new common European system."
6 Warsaw Pact nations and 3 former Soviet republics are now part of NATO. Bush, Cheney and McCain all badly want Ukraine and Georgia as part of NATO.
Zbigniew Brzezinski, a neoliberal hawk, lured the Russians into Afghanistan in 1979 and would have liked Georgia to be the new Afghanistan. He published a doctrine, "The Grand Chessboard" in 1997 where he portrays Eurasia as the ultimate prize. To control Eurasia one has to control the Eurasian Balkans where Georgia is located.
On Camp Obama, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke was peddling false information, "The Russians were funding and arming Ossetian separatists...The Russians deliberately provoked this and timed it for the Olympics". In fact the Georgians timed it for the Olympics. At this time, the US and Poland signed an agreement to deploy US 'interceptor missiles' in Poland.
Vladimir Putin states that a unipolar world with one sovereign is unacceptable. So is this a war of empires? Yes it is. Russia has been a supra-ethnic empire for centuries. This isn't about Georgia and South Ossetia. This is about the US pushing NATO and missile defense right up to Russia's border, a supreme threat to its national security.
Will the US renounce Brzezinski's control over Eurasia, which is the blueprint for the 'war on terror'? Not likely. Whoever wins, McCain or Obama, it is clear that the US establishment still wants full spectrum dominance.
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