Steve Lendman April 22 2014
A previous article said welcome to Cold War 2.0. The first one never ended. Since Soviet Russia’s 1991 dissolution, Western policy remained hard-wired in place.
Putin and Obama are geopolitical opposites. They’re world’s apart. Their ideologies clash. They represent conflicting values.
Putin defends Russian sovereignty. He opposes US imperial lawlessness. He affirms UN Charter and other rule of law principles.
Obama claims a divine right to pursue unchallenged global hegemony. Washington considers Putin public enemy number one. At risk is potential East/West confrontation.
Russia bashing persists. It’s intense. It rages daily. It exceeds the worst of Soviet era levels.
Daily vilifying reinvents the Evil Empire. It’s back to the future. It doesn’t surprise. Neocons infest Washington. Business as usual continues.
Recklessness defines US policy. At stake is world peace. On April 19, Putin said there’s “nothing to prevent us from normalizing (US/Russian) relations and (reestablishing) normal cooperation.”
At the same time, he knows how Washington operates. He knows its dark side. He knows what hasn’t existed in a century or more.
He knows it takes a giant leap of faith to expect America to act responsibly. It hasn’t throughout its sordid history. Why expect change now.