By Paul Craig Roberts
February 27, 2021 "Information
Clearing House" - On February 24, General
Tod D. Wolters, who leads the US European Command,
gave a speech that should disturb everyone on earth.
There are a number of reasons we should be
disturbed. General Wolters claims that the
projection of American force abroad “is about
generating peace” and that the US must take on
Russia in order to deliver world peace. We are
locked in a struggle with Moscow, and if Russia
continues to resist US hegemony, General Wolters
says we are prepared to respond “primarily through
General Wolters goes on to blame all destabilizing
activities across the globe on Russia:
“Despite widespread international
condemnation and continued economic sanctions,
Russia engages in destabilizing and malign
activities across the globe, with many of those
activities happening close to home.”
Russia remains an enduring existential threat to the
United States and our European allies.
We could dismiss the general’s speech as
Unfortunately it is worse. It reflects the
self-righteous, self-serving, and therefore blind
American foreign policy position, a position highly
likely to lead to war.
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General Wolters claims that “everything we do
is about generating peace.”
US/NATO war games and military maneuvers
on Russia’s borders are “generating peace,” not
Washington’s incorporation of Eastern
Europe into NATO and subversion of former parts
of the Soviet Union such as Ukraine are not acts
Washington’s two decades old wars in the
Middle East and North Africa also generate peace
as do the constant threats against Iran and
China. The Washington orchestrated attack by the
former Soviet province of Georgia on the Russian
population of South Ossetia was also a peace
generating invasion. Washington’s overthrow of
noncompliant governments in Latin America are
just more peace-making operations.
Constant false accusations and illegal
sanctions against Russia are also in the
interest of peace, as was Russiagate.
That is General Wolters perspective, and the
perspective of the US foreign policy establishment.
From the Russian perspective it looks very
different. Russia is surrounded by military bases of
a power that constantly displays its animosity and
hostility in military maneuvers, false accusations,
Russia witnessed President Trump removed from
office because he expressed his intention to
“normalize relations with Russia.”
Any American policymaker who supports an arms
control agreement with Russia or any reduction in
tensions that serve the US military/security complex
risks being denounced as a “Russian agent.”
Even people, such as myself, who explain the
dangerous situation are labeled “Russian agents.”
The Kremlin has made it clear over and over that
Russia is not a threat to the US and Europe and only
desires normal business-like relations.
The Kremiln has responded to endless
provocations in non-provocative ways.
But now the Russian attitude shows signs of
hardening. Putin and Lavrov cannot forever turn the
other cheek to Washington and European hostility
without eventually being seen inside Russia as
Putin and Lavrov are ideal Russian leaders with
whom the West could arrange friendly and profitable
economic and political relationships, removing the
specter of nuclear war and unnecessary military
The same is true for China and Iran.
But as General Wolters says, “we compete to
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic
Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street
Journal. He was columnist for Business Week,
Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators
Syndicate. He has had many university
appointments. His internet columns have
attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest
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