A NEW COLD WAR?
With America’s military machine ramping up for yet another war against “terror,” Russia is putting the United States – and the rest of the world – on notice with a massive round of military exercises.
Russia’s ongoing war games involve an estimated 155,000 troops, 4,000 armored vehicles, 632 planes and 84 naval vessels, according to ITAR-Tass (the official state news agency).
“The exercises are to continue until September 25,” ITAR-Tass stated. “The drills are the final stage of a series of command and staff, and special exercises, drills, and surprise inspections in 2014.”
According to the agency, the drills represent the latest “large-scale checkup of the operational readiness” of Russia’s military – which has been ramping up its alert status in response to the crisis in Ukraine.
While Russia flexes its military muscle, American troops are participating in “Operation Rapid Trident” – a military exercise in western Ukraine. Only 1,300 troops are participating in that exercise, though – including soldiers from America, Azerbaijan, Bulargia, Canada, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania and (of course) Ukraine.
The administration of Barack Obama has imposed harsh economic sanctions on Russia – although those don’t carry the same weight anymore.
“The rest of the world is tired of subsidizing the United States government’s enormous debts, and tired of producing and exporting trillions of dollars of goods to the US, only to receive increasingly worthless dollars in return,” former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul wrote recently in assessing the sanctions.
Paul has been a consistent (and consistently correct) critic of America’s hypocritical Ukrainian policy.