Who Lost Russia?
They had just signed the greatest arms reduction
agreement in history—eliminating all Soviet SS-20s
targeted on Europe, in return for removal of the
Pershing and cruise missiles Reagan had
deployed in Europe.
"Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, But to be young
was very heaven!" wrote Wordsworth about his
first hearing the news of the fall of the Bastille.
Many of us felt that way then.
Within three years, the
Berlin Wall had come down, the puppet regimes of
Eastern Europe had been swept away, Germany was
reunited, the Red Army had gone home, the Soviet Empire
had vanished and the Soviet Union had broken up into 15
nations. The Baltic republics were free. Ukraine was
Yet, on the eve of the G-8 summit,
Vladimir Putin has announced that Russia would re-target
missiles on NATO. We must, he said, counter Bush`s
decision to put anti-missile missiles in Poland and
radars in the Czech Republic.
The United States says the ABM system in Europe is to
defend against an Iranian attack. But Tehran has no atom
bomb and no ICBM.
We appear to be headed for a second Cold War—and, if
we are, responsibility will not fully rest with the
Kremlin. For among those who have mismanaged the
relationship are presidents Clinton and Bush II, the
baby boomers who appear to have kicked away the fruits
of a Cold War victory won by their Greatest Generation
How did they do it?
When the Red Army went home
from Eastern Europe, the United States, in violation
of an understanding with Moscow, began to move NATO
east. We have since brought into our military
alliance six former members of the Warsaw Pact and
three former provinces of the Soviet Union:
Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
Anti-Russia hawks are now
pushing to bring Ukraine and Georgia into NATO. If
they succeed, we could be dragged into future
confrontations with a nuclear-armed Russia about who
has sovereignty over the Crimea and whether South
Ossetia should be part of Georgia.
Are these vital U.S. interests
worth risking a war? Why are we moving a U.S.-led
military alliance into the front yard and onto the side
porch of a country with thousands of nuclear weapons?
Would we accept any commensurate Chinese or Russian move
in the Caribbean?
After Moscow gave us a green
light to use the former Soviet republics of Central
Asia to base U.S. forces for the
Afghan war, the United States has sought
permanent bases there. Russia and China have now
united to throw us out of their back yard.
America colluded with
Azerbaijan and Georgia to build a
Baku-Tiblisi-Ceyhan pipeline to transmit Caspian Sea
oil across the Caucasus to the Black Sea and Turkey,
cutting Russia out of the action.
In 1999, the United States
bombed Serbia 78 days to
punish her for fighting to hold her cradle
province of Kosovo, which
Muslim Albanians were tearing away. Orthodox
Russia had long seen herself as protectress of the
Balkan Slavs. That Clinton ignored Russia in
launching this unprovoked war on Serbia was seen in
Moscow as proof that Russian concerns had become
irrelevant in Washington.
After helping dump over the
government in Belgrade, our
Neocomintern—the National Endowment for
Democracy, Freedom House and other fronts—interfered
in Ukraine and Georgia, helping oust pro-Moscow
regimes and install pro-American ones. Since then,
NED has been run out of Belarus and its subsidiaries
are about to get the boot from Moscow.
Can we blame the Russians for being angry? How would
we react to left-wing NGOs in Washington, flush with
Moscow oil money, aiding elements hostile to the Bush
The United States has been
constantly hectoring Russia on backsliding from
democracy. But compared to Beijing, Moscow is
Montpelier, Vt. And why, if the Cold War is
over, are Russia`s political arrangements any of our
Harry Truman is often blamed for having started the
Cold War. He didn`t.
Stalin did. But Clinton, George W. and the
neocons have a strong claim to having started the
second. A first order of business of the next president
should be to repair the damage this crowd has done—and
to get out of Russia`s face.
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