What will the next few decades bring us?
If Hillary is elected, war is certain. If Sanders gains the White House, I think we veer more towards isolationism. If Trump is elected, I have no idea. The guy treads both sides of the aisle and neither.
The problem with the world is that we always yearn for conflict. Peace is but a lull in hostilities for humanity. The world has been at war more often than not. Even during periods which have been described as “Eras of Peace” there have been small, geographically contained wars.
Many folks want to blame the US and our interventions for the conflicts and chaos raging across the planet. There is no truth to this. Humanity was at war with itself long before the ancestors of the founders were born. Humanity will be at conflict with and amongst itself long after America has fallen and been forgotten. Someone else will be blamed but there is never one point of conflict and never one source of conflict. The world is chaos. Humanity will always find some way to divide itself.
We may as well let loose the Dogs of War!
“I say to the people of Estonia and the people of the Baltics, today we are bound by our treaty alliance. … Article 5 is crystal clear: An attack on one is an attack on all. So if … you ever ask again, ‘who’ll come to help,’ you’ll know the answer – the NATO alliance, including the armed forces of the United States of America.”
Committing America to an alliance via NATO to the Balkans is insanity. No intelligent leader of a Nation would do such a thing. Is America responsible for defense of the entire Globe?
Were I Putin, I would test Obama here and now. I would invade Estonia. Show Obama and NATO for the jaw jacking clowns that they have become.
At the end of the Cold War, we gave Russia assurances that we’d not chip away at their regional sphere of influence. The Russian concern was that with the disintegration of the Soviet Union the United States via NATO would attempt to surround Russia with surrogate Nations. This we have done.
We have our military in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Japan, Korea among other places. This gives us a complete encirclement of Russia. There is no reason for these actions. Russia has not acted any more or less belligerent than any other Nation. Nor have they been nearly as bellicose as the United States of America. They have acted on terrorist threats on their border and periphery. America has invaded the Globe and claimed it to be our right with the “pre-emptive strike” strategy/arrogance.
We tell Israel that they are wrong to launch pre-emptive strikes in Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Syria and the farce that is Palestine. Somehow, though, it’s legal when we do it.
The last time that Russia was encircled in this manner, a World War was launched. Germany invaded Poland. The Soviet Union was not long in waiting for their German invasion. One hundred years earlier, France launched their ill-fated Napoleonic effort to defeat Moscow. Not quite one hundred years after the Nazi invasion of the Russian heartland, America finds itself enmeshed in the Ukraine and treating with the nations that are historically used as invasion routes to Moscow.
The Russians must be feeling deja vu.
This is not the only instance where it seems that Barack Obama is historically deficient.
Barack Obama seems hell bent on bringing about World War III. One wonders how long until Putin reacts with more than threats of low level nukes. One wonders how long until Putin tires of Obama’s arrogance and ignorance.