US/NATO Preparing for War on Russia?
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Wars by hot and other means are all about Washington’s main strategy to advance its imperium — seeking dominance over other nations, their resources and populations by brute force if other methods don’t achieve its objectives.
From inception, the US has been addicted to war, glorifying it deceptively in the name of peace.
In 1982, founder of the Pentagon’s nuclear navy Admiral Hyman Rickover explained the risks to Congress in the age of super-weapons able to end life on earth if used in enough numbers, saying the following:
“The lesson of history is when a war starts every nation will ultimately use whatever weapons it has available” to win, adding:
“I think the human race is going to wreck itself, and it is important that we get control of this horrible force and try to eliminate it.”
Rickover regretted his role in what became a nuclear arms race.
“I would sink…all” US nuclear powered ships, he said. “I am not proud of the part I played in” their development.
“That’s why I am such a great exponent of stopping this whole nonsense of war.”
Bertrand Russell noted the risk, saying:
“Shall we put an end to the human race, or shall mankind renounce war.” It’s the only way to live in peace. The alternative risks annihilation.
World powers have a choice. End wars or sooner or later they’ll end us.
Russia is a prime US target. In 1961, hardline US Air Force chief of staff General Curtis LeMay believed nuclear war with Soviet Russia was inevitable and winnable — at the time, calling for preemptive war on the country with overwhelming force.
Joint Chiefs chairman Lyman Lemnitzer at the time urged a surprise nuclear attack on the Soviet Union during a National Security Council meeting.
Expressing disgust, Jack Kennedy walked out of the session, telling then-Secretary of State Dean Rusk:
“And we call ourselves the human race.”
JFK’s Defense Secretary Robert McNamara rejected what LeMay and Lemnitzer called for.
Their recklessly dangerous ideas never went away. In an age when super-weapons can end life on earth in days if detonated in enough numbers, the risk of mass annihilation is real.
Weeks earlier, Russia’s Defense Ministry accused US-led NATO of conducting “provocative” military drills near its borders — what goes on with disturbing regularity. See below.
In June, Russian Colonel-General Sergey Rudskoy, head of its General Staff sent NATO a letter that called for scaling down military exercises by both countries.
With US-led NATO drills in the Barents Sea at the time, he accused the Pentagon of simulating strikes on Russian territory and intercepting its retaliatory ICBMs.
According to Rudskoy, provocative Barents Sea drills at the time were the first of their kind by US-dominated NATO since Soviet Russia’s 1991 dissolution.
He also criticized increasing numbers of flights by Pentagon nuclear-capable strategic bombers near Russia’s borders — at times forcing its military to scramble warplanes and put air defense forces on high alert.
Since the Obama regime’s 2014 coup d’etat in Ukraine, replacing democratic government with neo-Nazi infested fascist tyranny on Russia’s border, bilateral relations sank to a post-Cold War low.
Moscow considers the deployment of US-led NATO forces near its borders a destabilizing threat to its national security.
Rudskoy said “(t)he US and its allies are continuing to destroy Europe’s security system under the guise of a perceived ‘Russian aggression’ ” that doesn’t exist.
The US refused Moscow’s offer for dialogue to reduce tensions and the risk of conflict by accident or design.
On Sunday, Rudskoy again highlighted the threat of provocative US-led NATO actions near Russia’s borders, including increased surveillance and aerial operations to test its air defenses.
In August, provocative US/NATO aerial maneuvers increased about 30% over the comparable 2019 period, he explained, including simulated missile strikes on Russian targets.
Shoigu called what’s going on “alarming,” notably because several incidents occurred close to Russia’s borders.
Last week, Russia scrambled warplanes to intercept three US nuclear-capable B-52 bombers over Ukraine and the Black Sea near Crimea, a statement saying:
“Violations of the state border of the Russian Federation by American aircraft were prevented.”
Two weeks earlier, a similar incident occurred in international airspace over the Black Sea.
Days earlier, Moscow slammed the US for holding live-fire exercises in Estonia near its border.
A statement by its Washington embassy said the following:
“Russia has repeatedly proposed to the United States and its allies to limit training activities and to divert the exercise zones from the Russia-NATO contact line,” adding:
“Why do this demonstrative saber-rattling? What signals do the NATO members want to send us?”
“Who is actually escalating tensions in Europe? And this is all happening in the context of (a made-in-the-USA) aggravated political situation in” Belarus.
“(H)ow would the Americans react” if Russia conducted similar provocative exercises near its borders?
According to NATO, the following US-led military exercises are ongoing or soon to begin in Europe (and near Iranian waters the Mediterranean):
Operation Dynamic Move II 20 — ongoing through September 10 in waters near Italy, explaining:
“To exercise naval mine warfare (NMW) tactics and procedures, the Allied Worldwide Navigational System (AWNIS), and Naval Cooperation on and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) procedures in order to enhance participant’s ability to conduct littoral and amphibious operations.”
Operation Steadfast Pyramid 20 — begun in Latvia on Sunday will continue through September 11, NATO explaining:
“An Exercise Study focused on further developing the abilities of commanders and senior staff to plan and conduct operations through the application of operational art in decision making based on the ACO Comprehensive Operations Planning Directive (COPD) and utilizing a complex, contemporary scenario.”
Operation KFOR III 20 will be held from September 8 – 16 in Herzegovina, explaining:
“Conducted to familiarize future Key Leaders of HQ KFOR with their new tasks, the overall situation in KFOR AOR (Area of Responsibility), and to prepare a smooth transition without loss of continuity.”
Operation Ramstein Guard 9 20 is scheduled for Romania from September 13 – 17, explaining:
“The NATO Electronic Warfare Force Integration Program is a means to exercise the NATO designated regional elements of NATO’s Integrated Air and Missile Defence System conducted through the CAOCs (Combined Air Operation Center) while also including some national systems and assets.”
“It is designed to train Air Command Ramstein and subordinate units on the reporting/coordination requirements while exposing them to a wide variety of EW (electronic warfare) tactics and techniques in a controlled environment.”
Operation Steadfast Pinnacle 20 is scheduled for Latvia from September 13 – 18, explaining:
“An Exercise Study focused on further developing the abilities of commanders and senior staff to plan and conduct operations through the application of operational art in decision making based on the ACO (Allied Command Operations) Comprehensive Operations Planning Directive (COPD) and utilizing a complex, contemporary scenario.”
Operation Ramstein Guard 10 20 is scheduled for Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania from September 20 – 24, NATO explaining:
“The NATO Electronic Warfare Force Integration Program is a means to exercise the NATO designated regional elements of NATO’s Integrated Air and Missile Defence System conducted through the CAOCs (Combined Air Operation Center) while also including some national systems and assets. It is designed to train Air Command Ramstein and subordinate units on the reporting/coordination requirements while exposing them to a wide variety of EW (electronic warfare) tactics and techniques in a controlled environment.”
Exercises like the above go on at all times near the borders of Russia, China, Iran, and other nations on the US target list for regime change.
From now through yearend 2020 near the borders of Russia and Iran alone, other US-led NATO military exercises will be held in Turkey, France, the UK, Kosovo, the Mediterranean Sea, Spain, Lithuania, Estonia, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia, Poland and Norway.
Instead of prioritizing world peace, stability, and cooperative relations with the world community of nations, US-dominated NATO is preparing for greater wars than already ongoing in multiple theaters by its forces.
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