NATO Expansion – Russia justified in Crimea

9 03 2014

At the top of today a number of articles that explain what the US and EU have done with NATO since the “end of the Cold War” and thus why Russia’s counter-actions in Crimea and the Ukraine are both understandable and justifiable.    One of the best articles is by William Blum whose work over the years is essential in understanding what are the real policies of the US, how they are pursued, and why.   Here’s an short excerpt from Bill’s latest “Anti-Empire Report”:

Since the end of the Cold War the United States has been surrounding Russia, building one base after another, ceaselessly looking for new ones, including in Ukraine; one missile site after another, with Moscow in range; NATO has grabbed one former Soviet Republic after another.  [The U.S.] would love to rip Ukraine from the Moscow bosom, evict the Russian Black Sea Fleet, and establish a US military and/or NATO presence on Russia’s border. (In case you were wondering what prompted the Russian military action.)  Kiev’s membership in the EU would then not be far off; after which the country could embrace the joys of neo-conservatism, receiving the benefits of the standard privatization-deregulation-austerity package and join Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain as an impoverished orphan of the family…