Four years ago, Hillary Clinton offered a “reset button” to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Among countries vulnerable to and apprehensive of Russia, this was considered an American submission.
As a sign of goodwill by the Obama administration and to prove an openness to negotiate, the U.S. gave up the anti-missile bases in Poland. This act betrayed Eastern European allies who have lived under Russian threats and domination. Three years later, President Obama made another promise over an open microphone to Russian President Medvedev, offereing yet more unilateral policy resetting after his reelection.
The Obama administration ignored the uprising by (and calls for help from) the people of Iran, but responded to the Libyans’ request to help remove Gaddafi.
The administration jumped at the opportunity to “rescue” the people of Egypt, but has stayed non-committal at best regarding the uprising of the Syrian people.
It seems that the Obama administration is relinquishing the people of Iran and Syria to Russian domination.
While the Obama administration has been resetting and retreating, Russia has kept the same adversarial stance, and has continued to vote against the U.S. at the UN and elsewhere. Yet President Obama does not recognize Russia as an adversarial aggressor. During the presidential debates, he made a remark against his opponent: “After all, you don’t call Russia our number one enemy — and not al-Qaeda — unless you’re still stuck in a Cold War time warp.”
Although the recorded history of the 20th century is rife with disinformation and misrepresentation, we are now able to conduct research and investigate matters and facts about Russia and the Cold War. In reality, the Cold War was not about Russian communism and American capitalism — it was about Russia drawing the line in the sand for a new, emerging superpower to secure its domination of what was left of the defenseless Middle East and North Africa. (English historian Christopher Andrew and former KGB archivist Vladimir Mitrokhin verify this in The World Was Going Our Way: The KGB & The Battle for the Third World.)
The Cold War, for America, was in reality about preventing Russia from continuing to take lands that did not belong to it. And the United States was the power able to stop the Russian domination of the Persian Gulf through the annexation of Iran at the end of World War Two.
It would be an error to believe that because the specter of Communism has been lifted from Russia, the leadership does not still have the intent of dominating as much of the world as they can.
Soviet Communism ended in the 1980s, but the Cold War did not. In 1947, President Truman forced the Russians out of Iran after a hundred years of domination, but in 1979 President Carter’s naïve foreign policies handed Iran back to the Russians.
For the last 33 years, Russians have been propelling the Iranian regime to follow their policies. The alliance between Russia’s plutocracy (whether it be Czarist Russia or the Russian Federation) and the Iranian clergy exists on a host of matters; standing against the United States is a mutually beneficial factor.
Russia has used the Iranian regime and money to establish Hezbollah in Lebanon and to support and arm the Palestinians, specifically Hamas, against Israel. Does that not remind one of Cold War tactics?
The Iranian regime is using Russian weapons to keep Bashar Assad in power. After all, Syria has been a Russian satellite ally since Assad’s father was set up and supported by the KGB during the Iron Curtain era. Russia continues the Cold War against America by proxy.
Unlike President Obama who wants to be loved and popular among certain powerful governments and groups, Putin does not feel the need to be loved — he wants to be feared and respected. Though American presidents like Carter and Obama have betrayed American friends, Putin stands by the regimes that Russia has helped set up, no matter who they are.
Russia’s president is more concerned about power and control than his image and approval in the global public opinion. Putin’s focus remains firmly on his own modus operandi and a foreign policy of domination. Russian disrespect for the sovereignty of others and their indifference to international opinion have been proven time and again.
Terrorist gangs like Khomeinists and al-Qaeda come and go, but Russia should remain a concern, as not only the enemy of the U.S. but as an enemy to the peoples of the neighboring countries who look to America for protection.