"America is heading for war with Russia. Some call the current situation “an increase of hostility” or “Cold War II.” There are two sides to this story. I believe that American journalists from all political persuasions are not offering critical analysis. Understanding the Russian side and taking their arguments seriously can help prevent serious consequences.
Americans believe that Russians are fed propaganda by the state-controlled media. If Russians only could hear the truth, the thinking goes, they would welcome the US position. This is not so. There are more than 300 TV stations available in Moscow. Only 6 are state-controlled. The truth is that Russians prefer hearing the news from the state rather than the Internet or other sources. This is different from almost any other country. It is not North Korea where the news is censored. Each night during the Crimea crisis, anyone could watch CNN or the BBC bash Russia.
With regard to Ukraine, Russia has drawn a red line: It will never allow Ukraine to be part of NATO. Russia sees the US as the aggressor, surrounding Russia with military bases in Eastern Europe at every opportunity since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The US sees Russia as the aggressor against its neighbors. A small misstep could lead to war. This time the war will not be “over there.” The Russian bombers flying off the California coast on July 4th clearly demonstrate this point. Russians understand that the US has not fought a war on its soil since the civil war. If new hostilities start, Russia will not let the war be a proxy war where the US supplies weapons and advisors and lets others do the “boots on the ground” combat. Russia will take the war to the US. How did we reach this critical point in such a short time?" Jack Hanick
Somehow the United States has become a militaristic state obsessed with force and enemies. It is true, of course that we face real enemies at present. The jihadis could hardly be more real or dangerous, not as an existential threat to the US, but as all too real a threat for individuals or for targets that might at some point grow to the size of cities.
Nevertheless, it must be said that the US, often at the urging of special interests like AIPAC, is manufacturing enemies as well as allies. It has now become "axiomatic" in the American media to refer to Israel as "our greatest ally." That must be a revelation for Britain, France and Germany!
The Republican debaters this week were totally "on board" in their response to Bibi's dog whistle. Bibi insists that Iran is a country ruled by mad mullah anti-Semites who will never change and who are sobbing and wheezing with desire for the day when they can immolate Israel's Jews (and presumably Arabs as well) in a nuclear strike. That this would result in the destruction of Iran in a counter strike is, for Bibi not anything to be considered since they are, well, mad mullahs. Senator Schumer (D - New York) evidently a man with ears that hear the dog whistle) has announced rather quietly that he will oppose the Iran deal BECAUSE THE IRANIANS WILL NOT CHANGE Hear the dog whistle? He did it as quietly using the GOP debate and Jon Stewart's departure for New Jersey political pastures as cover. IMO Jewish Americans who roll over barking in response to the dog whistle are doing Jewish Americans as a whole a great disservice. The media does not hesitate to say that those in opposition are Jews. The dog whistle connection is impossible to ignore.
Russia does not want to fight us. From our actions and statements in obedience to The Borg, we seem to want to fight them.
A puzzling thing repeated many times by the debate creatures was a line about "re-building our armed forces." What the hell are they talking about? How many more hundreds of billions do they want to spend every year?