Games Near Russia 'Pushing Humanity Towards World
NATO has begun its Anaconda-16 war game, calling for
the largest assembly of foreign forces in Poland
since World War II.
June 08, 2016
Monday, NATO launched its largest war game in
decades, near the Russian border, as part of what
analysts call the "summer of provocation," a bid to
reignite the Cold War intended to force Moscow to
starve its domestic economy to ramp up its military
to meet a growing external threat.
The war game, titled Anaconda-16, will take place in
Poland ahead of next month’s NATO summit in Warsaw,
where officials are expected to approve permanent
troops to be stationed in the country and throughout
eastern Europe, to combat what they consistently
refer to 'Russian aggression.'
The 10-day military exercise calls for the
participation of some 31,000 NATO troops and
thousands of military vehicles, in what will be the
single largest movement of foreign forces inside of
Poland since World War II, rehashing painful
memories for many Russians.
In June 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin
sought to disarm the ‘Russian aggression’ talking
point disseminated by neoconservative Beltway think
tanks, pointing to the absurdity of Russia
instigating a war against NATO member states.
"I think that
only an insane person, and only in a dream, can
imagine that Russia would suddenly attack NATO,"
said Putin, adding, "I think some countries are
simply taking advantage of people’s fears
with regard to Russia."
of the motives, the escalation of a NATO military
presence close to Russian borders has reached a
fever pitch, with the US establishing a
missile-defense system in Romania and undertaking
the development of a separate missile shield
in neighboring Poland.
attempting to strangle Moscow’s nuclear deterrent,
the Obama administration has also increased Pentagon
spending in countries neighboring Russia
administration is not alone in its efforts
to increase a rhetoric of threat. In recent months
Poland has called for an influx of US troops and
military aid, citing concerns that Russia may seek
to invade. Germany has agreed to dispatch troops
into the country for the war game, marking the first
time that German soldiers have entered Polish
territory since the Nazis used it as a route
to invade the Soviet Union.
Loud & Clear’s Brian Becker sat down with security
analysts Daniel McAdams and John Wight
to discuss the latest round of provocations
on Russia’s border, and whether NATO war hawks seek
is the purpose of the Anaconda-16 War Game?
is a series of so many NATO exercises on Russia’s
borders during the summer, you can call it the
summer of provocation," said McAdams. "This is the
largest of the military exercises, and is the
largest movement of foreign forces within Poland
since World War II, so that is very significant and
it is all being sold to everyone else as a
protection against Russian aggression."
reality, it is NATO troops that are outside of
Russia’s borders and it is absolutely a provocation,
another step in trying to poke Russia in the eye,"
explained the security analyst.
Poland important to the United States strategically?
massively important because of the historical enmity
between the Poles and Russia along with the
location," explained John Wight. "Daniel is
absolutely right in calling this the summer
of provocation, what we are witnessing is the
recrudescence of the policy of containment that was
devised after the Second World War."
"Containment, however, is a bit of a misnomer
because it isn’t a policy of containment, it is a
policy of aggression designed to surround Russia
politically, economically, and ultimately
militarily, in order to keep Russia’s government
paranoid and to apply pressure on Russia to cause it
to implode internally," said Wight, explaining the
existential threat that Moscow faces from US-led
Russia a counter-hegemonic force against the United
say that Russia set out to be counter-hegemonic,
but certain events have taken place," suggested
McAdams. "You know the famous Putin speech where he
essentially said ‘We’ve had it, we’ve had enough,
and we’ve taken it for a number of years,’ and this
was right before Russia accepted Syria’s invitation
to put down the jihadists."
Russia has been pushed into this position, but if
you talk about the early dates of the Obama
administration, there was still this idea
of resetting relations," said McAdams. "Instead,
what happened in the Obama administration, and it
happens in every administration, in which the
neocons swoop in and take over foreign policy."
people like Victoria Nuland who served Dick Cheney
prior to President Obama. What on earth were they
thinking by allowing somebody like this to have
control of power, somebody who is a member of the
Kagan neocon crime family, as the wife to Robert
Kagan. This is how the neocons do it and they
swallowed the Obama administration like a cancer
that keeps growing," stated the security analyst.
neoconservatives now have control of Obama’s Russian
policy and I think they are pushing us towards World
War III," asserted McAdams.