US Aims to
Break Russia With Arms Race
December 26, 2016 "Information
Alarm bells about a new arms race between the US and
Russia went off this week around the world.
President-elect Donald Trump reportedly told US news
media "let's bring it on" after Russian leader Vladimir
Putin earlier called for a "strengthening" of his
country's nuclear capability.
clarified that it had no intention of inciting an
arms race. Trump’s side though
remained ambiguous about what the new president
meant by “greatly expanding” the American nuclear
There is a
seductive strategic incentive for Washington to incite a
nuclear arms race with Russia. The main objective is not
to launch an eventual catastrophic war in which neither
side would survive. But rather the objective is to break
Russia financially. It’s still a kind of warfare, albeit
in a different form.
of breaking Moscow financially would, in turn, lead
eventually to Russia’s subjugation by the US. Russia and
its rich natural resources would henceforth be just just
another domain ruled over by American capital. And
geopolitically, Washington would have a free hand
to kick the rest of the world around in the absence
of any counterweight from a strong Russia, as recent
events in Syria all too well illustrate.
for this war-by-finance scenario can be best seen
during the US presidency of Ronald Reagan in the 1980s.
Arguably all through the Cold War decades, since the
Second World War, the US and its NATO military alliance
always acted aggressively towards the then Soviet Union.
The latter was continually obliged to divert inordinate
economic resources to maintain some kind of defensive
Reagan presidency, the US embarked on a surge
in military spending which inevitably induced the Soviet
Union to respond likewise. Both countries incurred
massive financial problems owing to the accelerated arms
race. In the case of the Soviet Union, the unsustainable
arms expenditures led to the collapse of its economy,
and consequently its political system dissolved in 1991.
However, in the
case of the US, it could postpone financial and
political disaster because the American dollar as the
top international reserve currency allowed Washington
to simply keep printing dollars and pile up a mountain
of debt. A quarter of a century after the official end
of the Cold War, the US stands out as the biggest debtor
nation on the planet with a total of $20 trillion
in arrears. A day of reckoning is long overdue.
In other words,
the US appeared to win the Cold War, not because
of superiority from its political, economic or military
systems over the Soviet Union. On the contrary, it was
only because the US could print money and pile up debt
with seeming abandon that gave it a decisive edge;
whereas the Soviet system had no such privilege
to offload its financial problems on to the rest of the
President Vladimir Putin is therefore prudent when he
said this week that he would not allow his country
to once again become embroiled in any arms race with the
US. One suspects that Putin and his advisors have
studied history well and understand that such an arms
race – if precipitated – would lead to much more
grievous economic and political problems for Moscow
than it would for Washington; simply because of the
peculiarity of US dollar being unfairly privileged
by the global financial system.
also suspects that an arms race with Russia is exactly
what powerful elements within the US ruling system want.
There are several
reasons for this. Firstly, American capitalism would not
function without the lifeline of government subsidies
in the form of its elephantine military-industrial
complex. Every year, Washington spends some $600 billion
on military – about half of the total government
expenditure on education, health and public welfare.
Taken together, the US and its NATO allies spend
about ten-fold on military sectors what Russia does.
capitalism as a supposedly “free market”, “private
enterprise” system is a myth. In reality, it is,
by contrast, a centrally planned, subsidized support
system for elite profit-making. Massive US military
spending year-on-year is crucial to the support system
for this kind of economic parasitism. Logically then an
arms race induced against Russia would be a welcome boon
for the military-industrial complex of corporate
manufacturers, Wall Street bankers and mega-rich
to be aware of this, given his recent admonitions
to Lockheed Martin over its exorbitant, publicly
subsidized program to build the F-35 fighter jet.
Whether Trump is willing to overcome the parasitical
nature of the US military-industrial system is another
question. It’s doubtful. For what is required is a
systematic change brought about by a mass political
movement, which Trump, the capitalist billionaire
magnate, certainly does not represent.
reason for why the US desires an arms race with Russia
is that statecraft planners and ideologues in Washington
know well that such an escalation would lead to a
repetition of the old Cold War strategy of breaking
Moscow through a futile financial hole-digging
as virtually every other nation is, is limited by how
much of its economy can sustain military spending. Not
so the Americans. Washington can pile up debt
with impunity for as long as the global financial system
relies on the dollar as the primary reserve currency.
of aiming to break Russia through financial warfare
as triggered by an arms race would also explain why the
US-led NATO alliance has intensified its goading
of Moscow in recent years. The pretext of “defending
Europe” from “Russian aggression” is transparently
ludicrous. Contrived grievances of Russia “annexing
Crimea” are orchestrated in order to give Washington and
its NATO lackeys an excuse to ramp up militarism
on Russia’s borders.
Any sane person
can see that the objective situation is one of NATO
aggression and intimidation towards Russia, in complete
reversal of what the Western governments and their
servile mass media allege.
This would also
explain why the US unilaterally walked away from the
anti-ballistic missile (ABM) treaty in 2002. Washington
needs to foster instability and insecurity because its
otherwise bankrupt economy is only propped up by such
instability and war proneness.
purpose is not to instigate World War III with Russia,
but instead to coerce Moscow into another disastrous
It is essential
that Russia continually strengthens its defense
capability. That means upgrading existing systems. The
key word here is “strengthening”. Putin was not
referring to “expansion”. He was specifically talking
about optimizing military capability by being
economically and technically efficient.
warmongering by Washington is a decades-old tendency
since the Second World War. Unfortunately, European
allies are too subservient or ideologically malleable
to stand up to this American belligerence. In that case,
Russia must always be vigilant to have the best defense
systems to deter any American ultimate aggression.
referred to Russia being capable of defending itself
against “any aggressor”.
However, at all
costs, Russia must avoid an arms race that would shatter
its economy and eventually its national sovereignty.
That is exactly what American adversaries want.
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