A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
The Russian bear is raging around the globe again. The "Russkies" are up to their old tricks once more. Probing, tweaking, testing, aggravating, and in general -- making a complete nuisance of themselves as they strut across the world stage in what they hope is an intimidating posture to strike fear in the hearts of well, EVERYBODY.
Russia is STILL so far behind the remainder of the world that they are pitiable.
However, if the Russians ever decide to climb out of the Vodka bottle and sober up, they could actually become the great country they SAY they want to be.
They are a strange people. Fearful of everything and everybody out side the borders of Russia. As a country, they are convinced that someone is going to attack them and take their treasures.
The United States has been the preferred target of their ire since, well, since we bade them leave the North American continent in 1867 with the purchase of Alaska from Russia's Emperor Alexander II. They've seemed sour toward the US ever since.
OK. OK. So we DID invade Russia -- ONCE -- back during the First World War. Oh, yes. We did.
"Although few people know it, in 1918 President Woodrow Wilson sent 5,500 American soldiers — including some from Missouri and Kansas — to northern Russia in the last days of World War I. Thanks to harsh conditions that cut off communications, the troops were left there for eight months after the war ended."
"President Woodrow Wilson was pressured by the British to send American soldiers to Russia to fight a new force called the Bolsheviks, an early name for Communists . Winston Churchill (then Britain's secretary of war) saw that the Bolsheviks were pulling the czar's forces — our allies — out of the war as they were taking over Russia. So Churchill thought that if we could amass forces in northern Russia, we could stop communism at its birth." Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/11/27/104384/think-us-troops-never-invaded.html#storylink=cpy
The war ended about two months after the Americans got there -- but THEY DIDN'T KNOW IT! They were left for eight months in sometimes waist deep snow. Many died of exposure. So, believe me when I tell you --we REALLY don't want to invade Russia -- AGAIN! Now, if we could only convince the Russians of that!
Lately, though, the Russian military has been probing US defenses around the world -mostly in the Pacific region and down the west coast of the US.
From the Free Beacon we learn: "A Russian bomber recently carried out simulated cruise missile attacks on U.S. missile defenses in Asia, raising new questions about Moscow’s goal in future U.S.-Russian defense talks.
According to U.S. officials, a Russian Tu-22M Backfire bomber on Feb. 26 simulated firing air-launched cruise missiles at an Aegis ship deployed near Japan as part of U.S. missile defenses.
A second mock attack was conducted Feb. 27 against a ground-based missile defense site in Japan that officials did not identify further." SOURCE: http://freebeacon.com/russian-bomber-roulette/
From the same article in the Free Beacon we also learn: "The bomber targeting of U.S. missile defenses also followed stepped up Russian bomber activities targeting other U.S. missile defense sites, including ground-based interceptors in Alaska and California. A large-scale Russian military exercise in the Arctic in June included flights by two Tu-95 Bear bombers that Russian military officials said had simulated attacks on U.S. missile defenses in Alaska.
Another pair of Tu-95s flew on July 4 the closest to the California coast that a Russian bomber had flown since the days of the Soviet Union, when strategic bomber flights near U.S. coasts were a routine feature of the Cold War."
This is important. While the US is cutting back it's military and nuclear arsenal, the Russians are building up their military preparing especially for war with the US. (So is China, but that is for another day, another column.)
Winston Churchill once said that "appeasement is nothing more than feeding the alligator in hopes that he will eat you last."
While the Obama Administration is busy feeding the Russian alligator the gator is growing bigger and meaner with every passing day.
Appeasement does not work with the Russians. They will bleed you dry then eat your bones.
It seems strange that the only US President able to handle the Russians would not appease them and he brought on the collapse of the old Soviet Union. His name was Ronald Reagan.
There is no Reagan to deal with the Russians today. And THEY KNOW IT! The Russians see Obama as a joke. They are happily running circles around Obama's diplomatic team and going hell bent for leather to build up their military while the US has such a weak administration in power.
Yes, the "Russian Bear" is back prowling and growling in the woods. This time the US is too weak to contain the bear. It will be decades until the US has another conservative president to order a huge build-up in America's military force. Until then, the world cannot count on the US to counter the Russians as it did for the forty-year Cold War. Besides, the US today more closely resembles the old Soviet Union -- with our current socialist President and government -- than we do the old America. Heck, we might even be invited to join the Russian Federation.
© J. D. Longstreet
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