Cold War never really thawed
NATO a threat to Russian Stability?
Many commentators had felt that digital enterprise and globalisation with the surge of multinational companies would have reduced the power of nation states. In return it was felt this greater interdependence would reduce the likelihood of significant military conflicts.
However successive American presidents such as Bill Clinton, George Bush and Obama have only solidified the tensions. They have all pushed for more former Russian states to become NATO members. Such a position lays the foundation for America to place troops and armaments within touching distance of Russian territories. As George Kennan, an architect of cold war containment declared post-Cold War era.”
“Expanding Nato would be the most fateful error of America policy in the entire A game of charades enthused potentially doing wonders for voter numbers across the pond. This would create an aura of harmony amongst the nations. Bush was seen visiting St Petersburg in 2002, as if old school chums were meeting up. Yet in reality Putin’s despotic tendencies were not satiated in 2008 he invaded Georgia. This ‘peace enforcement operation’ was clearly seen as a takeover of a weaker nation. The problem with Bush invading Iraq, any objection could be seen as hypocrisy.
Post 9/11 Faultiness Redrawn
America post 9/11 had been on its own marauding escapades invading Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait. Even after Russian intervention in Syria, Obama failed to respond to the chemical attack in Syria. It seems now weary from such incursions, Putin ever the opportunist senses the green light to follow the same policy. Soon after Putin annexed Crimea and now he has established a foothold in Ukraine.
The collapse of the Berlin Wall signified the near extinction of communist tendencies and led to the need for Russia to reinvent themselves. At the time Bush did not make a song and dance about this and consequently tensions were temporarily relieved.
Joe Biden has now entered the frame and with his own desire to promote himself as leader of the free world seems poised to react. He has mobilised the international community and expressed the need to impose sanctions on Russia. He has lit the powder keg with his bold but duplicitous statement ‘Freedom will always triumph over tyranny.’