Nonbelligerent Russia an Existential Threat?

May 2, 2021

By Stephen Lendman

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Democratic Russia is a leading proponent of world peace, stability, cooperative relations with other countries, and compliance with the rule of law.

In stark contrast, hegemon USA and its imperial partners represent an unparalleled threat to everyone everywhere — at home and abroad worldwide.

Since established after the Soviet Union’s dissolution in December 1991, the Russian Federation never attacked or threatened other nation.

Its geopolitical agenda is polar opposite how hegemon USA operates.

Throughout the post-WW II period, the US raped and destroyed one country after another — for the “crime” of not bowing to a higher power in Washington.

From preemptive war on nonbelligerent North Korea to the present day, Washington’s only enemies were and remain invented.

No real ones existed since WW II ended.

None exist today — not Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, or any other nation poses a threat to US sovereignty, territorial integrity, or overall security.

Claims otherwise by its ruling authorities and press agent media over the last 75 years were fabricated to maintain a heightened state of national emergency over barbarians at the gates that haven’t existed since the Civil War ended in 1865.

Yet in recent years, spurious claims otherwise keep surfacing with disturbing regularity.

In summer 2015, then-US joint chiefs chairman General Joseph (fighting Joe) Dunford defied reality by falsely claiming that Russia’s threat to US security is “nothing short of alarming (sic),” adding:

“If you want to talk about a nation that could pose an existential threat to the United States, I’d have to point to Russia (sic).”

Whenever claims like the above surface, no evidence supports them because there is none.

So they’re invented to unjustifiably justify spending as much or more on militarism, warmaking, and a global empire of bases than all other nations combined — while homeland needs vital to most people go begging.

In April 2019, then-US army chief of staff/current joint chiefs chairman General Mark Milley falsely claimed the following:

Moscow is likely to “threaten our interests for the next 20 years (sic) as they attempt to regain control of historic spheres of influence (sic) and shape European economic and security structures in their favor (sic),” adding:

Moscow seeks to undermine US-dominated NATO in “all regions of the world (sic).”

Around the same time, head of the  US Strategic Command General John Hyten expressed concern about the Pentagon’s ability to defend the nation against a Russian threat that didn’t exist and doesn’t now.

Last February, US European Command/Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Tod Wolters falsely accused Russia of “engag(ing) in destabilizing and malign activities across the globe (sic), with many of those activities happening close to home” in Europe (sic),” adding:

Moscow “remains an enduring existential threat to the United States and our European allies (sic).”

Last week, US Defense Intelligence Agency director General Scott Berrier resurrected the myth of a Russian “existential threat” to the US.

Throughout the Cold War and its aftermath to the present day, Russia’s only threat to the US was and remains retaliatory against preemptive US aggression if occurs.

Earlier and current claims otherwise by US politicians, generals, and admirals are all about wanting virtual open-checkbook amounts spent on preparing for and waging endless preemptive wars on invented enemies.

Since Soviet Russia dissolved, countless trillions of dollars were poured down a black hole of waste, fraud and abuse to defend the US against Russia, China, Iran, and other nonexistent enemies.

There’s no ambiguity about US hegemonic aims.

They’re all about seeking dominance over other countries, their resources and populations worldwide — by whatever it takes to achieve its aims, notably by brute force and other hostile actions.

Under both right wings of its war party, the US poses an unparalleled threat to world peace, stability, and humanity’s survival.

Their rage for unchallenged global dominance makes unthinkable nuclear war ominously possible by accident or design.

Psychologist Abraham Maslow once explained that when all someone has “is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”

That’s how US Pentagon and political militarists think and operate.

They plot ways to use their hammer against one nation after another.

At a time when no nations remotely threaten US security, dominant militarists in Washington threaten to immolate planet earth by their rage to own it.

US Hostility Toward Russia Unchanged Under Biden

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US war by hot and/or other means rages against all nations free from its control — notably against China, Russia and Iran.

During his Thursday address, Biden signaled continued US dirty business as usual against invented enemies — not a new course toward cooperative relations with other countries.

He falsely accused China and Russia of “advancing authoritarianism…to damage and disrupt our ‘democracy (sic),’ ” adding:

“(T)he days of the United States rolling over in the face of Russian aggressive actions (sic), interfering with our elections (sic), cyberattacks (sic), poisoning its citizens (sic) are over.”

“We will not hesitate to raise the cost on Russia and defend our vital interests and our people, and we will be more effective in dealing with Russia when we work in coalition and coordination with other like minded partners.”

Aggression and other dirty tricks reflect how US ruling regimes operate.

Under Vladimir Putin, Russia is governed by higher standards, ones the US and its imperial partners long ago abandoned.

The same goes for China, Iran, and other nations the US seeks to transform into pro-Western vassal states.

The more forcefully it tries, the more greatly its decline is hastened, the sooner it arrives in history’s dustbin where it belongs.

It’s long past time for the Kremlin to abandon diplomatic outreach to hegemonic USA that’s hellbent for eliminating its sovereign independence.

Toughness is the only language the US understands. 

Giving it a taste of its own medicine is the only way to counter its hegemonic rage for dominating other nations.

On Friday, Moscow acted properly by declaring German, Polish and Swedish “diplomats” persona non grata for support of and participation in violent po-Navalny/anti-Russia rallies on January 23, a Foreign Ministry statement saying:

“In compliance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of April 18, 1961, ‘diplomats’ who took part in unauthorized rallies have been declared persona non grata.” 

They’re hostile toward Moscow and “must leave Russia as soon as possible.”

Revoking their credentials requires their swift departure.

“The Russian side expects that” these nations and officials respect Russia’s sovereign rights and the rule of law.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called on these and other nations to cease “meddl(ing) in the internal affairs of a sovereign state.”

Sweden’s Foreign Ministry’s said it “considers this entirely unjustified (sic), which we have also conveyed to the Russian side.” 

“The ministry regrets Russia’s actions and reserves the right to take appropriate measures in response.”

Poland’s Foreign Ministry said it “reserves the right to take adequate steps,” in response — vowing to expel a Russian diplomat.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel falsely called Russia’s action “a step away from the rule of law,” suggesting a retaliatory action to follow.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry slammed what it called a “coordinated global campaign to contain Russia and interfere in its internal affairs.”

Suggesting US dirty hands behind it, Zakharova said Moscow intends having “a serious talk” with Biden regime officials on the issue.

Separately, Sergey Lavrov slammed fake news claims about Navalny’s alleged poisoning by novichok, a bald-faced Big Lie, stressing:

“Today we simply bogged down in a topic that for some reason the West is now trying to sideline, focusing all of its attention on protests and demonstrations in the Russia.” 

“I am referring to the topic of finding the truth about what happened to Navalny and when and where it happened.”

Despite “numerous requests” by Russia to Germany, France, Sweden and the OPCW for information they have on Navalny’s illness, “(t)hey just won’t give us any answers,” said Lavrov — calling their behavior “categorically unacceptable.”

In response to Biden’s hostile rhetoric toward Russia, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the following:

“This is very aggressive and unconstructive rhetoric, to our regret.”

“We have already said that we will not heed such statements, which are some kind of mentoring lectures.”

US hostility toward Russia and other nations free from its control is unbending, diplomatic outreach by their ruling authorities to their US counterparts a waste of time.

Throughout the post-WW II period, the US waged endless wars by hot and/or other means on nations unwilling to subordinate their sovereign rights to its interests.

Looking ahead under Biden/Harris and whatever US regimes succeed them, no evidence remotely suggests a new leaf turned for cooperative relations with these countries over endless confrontation.

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