RUSSIA IS A DANGEROUS DISTRACTION
by Michael F. Martin, MichaelfMartin.com:
On a daily basis I scan the headlines of the mainstream media. Most of the news articles I see are distractions from the important problems facing our country. To see the important news, I instead have to turn to
Breitbart News, ZeroHedge, and Drudge Report. I see more of the important news on these sites, and less of the distractions. One distraction subject does come up because it is becoming increasingly important and dangerous. Russia is a dangerous distraction.
The American government and Obama administration are labeling Russia as a dangerous threat to our interests. Vladimir Putin is not what I consider any better than other politicians around the world.
He was a high ranking KGB officer in the brutal regime of the USSR. As the Russian President and Premier, Putin rules with strongman tactics. Putin is suspected of assassinating rivals and critics and is accused of corruption within Russia, but still pales in comparison to the crimes of the Bill and Hillary Clinton. He’s a politician and bureaucrat which equates to a corrupt man.
America moved aggressively and repeatedly to threaten Russia in the last two decades. It began shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union. Part of the deal to allow the breakup of the Soviet Union was an agreement for NATO not to expand towards Russian borders. In 1999 under Bill Clinton we broke that agreement by bringing Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic into NATO. NATO has further expanded in eastern Europe in 2004 and 2011 to now include twenty-six nations. This has encircled the western Russian border.
Russia and Putin viewed this expansion of NATO as a danger to their national sovereignty. This led to the 2008 Russo-Georgian War and more recently Russia annexing Crimea in 2014. This recent action the mainstream media portrays as naked Russian aggression. What isn’t told is that Crimea became part of Russia in 1783. It remained part of Russia until it was transferred by Nikita Krushchev in 1954 to the Ukraine. They barely mention that our State Department and CIA engineered a coup against the legally elected government of the Ukraine earlier that year. Nor does the mainstream media mention the newly installed government is Neo-Nazi and very anti-Russian.
Russia annexed the Crimea from the Ukraine for two reasons. The first reason was to protect their naval seaport on the Black Sea. Second, the heavily ethnic Russian population of Crimea opposed the new regime and voted in favor of rejoining Russia. Although the media portrays Russia as an aggressor, America acted first by enabling the coup. This situation continues to get more tense by the week with media stories calling for America to intervene by attacking Russian forces. As NATO slowly builds up troop and heavy weapons levels on Russia’s borders, the mainstream media fails to give this information voice.
The next situation that America chooses to demonize the Russians on their intervention in Syria. You are told by the media that Russian planes regularly bomb the moderate Syrian rebels and kill civilians. The moderates are allied and supplied by the Obama administration.
What the media fails to report is that the supposed moderates include groups like Al Nusra. This group used to be Al Qaeda, but changed its name to make it palatable in the minds of the American public. The media also fails often to mention that somehow ISIS always ends up with our weapons. Whether through incompetence or plan, the Obama administration arms known terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.
More terrible than that is that fact that our intervention in Syria beginning in 2011 is completely unconstitutional. The Obama administration with Hillary Clinton running the State Department began the illegal intervention in Syria after illegally going to war with Libya. This destabilized the entire region worse than it was before. Congress never voted to declare war on either of those two nations. The fact that America’s involvement in these wars is a criminal act is rarely reported or debated by the mainstream media.
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