Thursday, January 25, 2018

Stephen F. Cohen — The American Bipartisan Policy Establishment Declares Its ‘Second Cold War’ vs. Russia After Years of Denying It

The most influential US foreign-policy membership society has issued a report affirming the new Cold War and its eagerness to fight it.
Here we go again. Cold War = arms race.

The US military has been advancing on Russia and China for years and Russia and China have responded to the perceived threat predictably by arming up. Now the US is claiming that Russia and China are threatening US interests and the US needs to commit more resources in order to stay on top.

It's a self-augmenting cycle and that the rate it is going it won't end until WWIII.

American Committee for East-West Accord
The American Bipartisan Policy Establishment Declares Its ‘Second Cold War’ vs. Russia After Years of Denying It
Stephen F. Cohen | Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies, History, and Politics at New York University and Princeton University

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