Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sputnik — Old Habits Die Hard: US Digs Up Cold-War Tool Seeking to 'Bankrupt Russia'

US-Russian relations continue hanging in the balance with NATO's expansion in Eastern and Central Europe and the Pentagon's controversial actions in Syria. While the US continues portraying Moscow as an adversary, the standoff is unlikely to translate into a nuclear conflict, American academic Vladimir Golstein told Sputnik.

The US and the NATO are no longer hiding their goals, they are beefing up their military presence on Russia's borders, Vladimir Golstein, Associate Professor of Slavic Studies at Brown University, told Sputnik, adding that the West is trying to manipulate Moscow into engaging in yet another arms race with the Atlantic bloc....
Professor Goldstein argues that the US is provoking another arms race to force them to drain funding from domestic projects, believing that the Reagan arms buildup forced the collapse of the USSR.

Goldstein doesn't mention it but this is also happening in the case of China.

This has the advantage of direction government spending in the US toward the military-industrial complex and away from domestic welfare. What's not to like?


3 comments:

Kaivey said...

Yeah, this is a big money making scam for the Military-Industrial Complex. US citizens don't get to debate it, no discussion for or against, whether people might like to spend the money on something else. Zero democracy. But who pays for it, the people who make profits out of it offshore their wealth to tax havens? Everyone else pays for it. If only there was a way to inform the public.

Matthew Franko said...

All Putin has to do is tell Trump that he would like to buy a lot of the equipment for Russia's military buildup from the US defense industry and all will be well...

Tom Hickey said...

Instead Russia is selling the US rocket engines.