- Apr 17, 2009
Russia is 'hitting back' and so some vestige of the Cold War appears to have resumed and the world becomes a dangerous place.RUSSIA ANNOUNCES DEPLOYMENT OF BOMBERS OVER GULF OF MEXICO
Announcement follows NATO moves in Eastern Europe
Russia will send long-ranger bombers on regular patrols over the Gulf of Mexico, according to military officials.
Following moves by NATO in response to the crisis in Ukraine, Sergei Shoigu, the Minister of Defense for the Russian Federation and General of the Army, said "we have to maintain military presence in the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific, as well as the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico."
In June, U.S. fighter jets intercepted Russian bombers off Alaska and California.
Earlier this week, the European Leadership Network released a report, Dangerous Brinkmanship: Close Military Encounters Between Russia and the West in 2014, stating there has been an increase in military encounters between Russian and NATO since the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region in March.
The foundation supported think tank says three out of nearly 40 incidents had a "high probability" of triggering military confrontation. It reports the incidents "include harassment of reconnaissance planes, close overflights over warships, and Russian 'mock bombing raid' missions."
The increased flights are designed to demonstrate Russia is capable militarily as NATO increases its military cooperation with Eastern European nations on its border.
"It's interesting the way these multiple violations have been quite carefully choreographed to show it can encircle NATO," Justin Bronk, a research analyst for the Royal United Services Institute think tank, told Channel 4 News in October.
"They forced as many players within NATO as possible to deploy intercepts."
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Given this report, it is more of patrolling over the Gulf of Mexico and not quite a classical deployment wherein the planes should have a base. Of course, that is cutting the term fine. Deployment, after all could also mean, filling a void.
Nonetheless, the probability of contests for the airspace cannot be ruled out and that could lead to dire situations, causing imbalance in the world peace.
Le Monde diplomatique editorialized that the era of America's diktat "is now over. Its death knell sounded the day Russia had had enough of 'losing' and realized that its ritual humiliation would never come to an end, with one neighbouring country after another being persuaded - or bribed - into joining an economic and military alliance against it." It seems to have come true. Dangerous!
It is unfortunate that speaking in Brussels in March this year, President Barack Obama stressed that "Today, NATO planes patrol the skies over the Baltic and we've reinforced our presence in Poland. And we are prepared to do more." This surely must have been taken as if the NATO was cocking a snook and so could it be that the Russians have been provoked?
French analyst, Emmanuel Todd, in After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order postulated that the American empire is a listing Titanic barnacled with a rising national debt of $116 trillion, and weighed down by imperial overstretch. If that is so, the meme is not very encouraging.
America would be better served if it dispensed with its overloaded moral baggage and that would be accepted, indeed welcomed, while undertaking the responsibilities of its imperium.