Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/10/12/nuclearization-american-diplomacy
Thanks for writing about this critically important set of developments.
My only criticism, and disappointment, is that what is essentially bipartisan war-mongering is reduced to an assailing merely of Trump and Pompeo.
It’s true that Obama was given a Nobel Peace Prize - which in hindsight has tarnished the credibility of the Committee; for Obama not only ratcheted up wars around the globe, but in fact committed the U.S. to a trillion dollar expenditure on upgrading of nuclear weapons, a move that was roundly assailed by defense analysts here and elsewhere. (See, e.g. " In modernizing nuclear arsenal, U.S. stokes new arms race", published at Reuters: h ttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-nuclear-modernize-specialreport/special-report-in-modernizing-nuclear-arsenal-u-s-stokes-new-arms-race-idUSKBN1DL1AH .
Furthermore, of course, the article omits an important context to some of these acts of provocation by US bombers near Crimea. It omits that the U.S. played a large role in encouraging the Ukrainian putsch that overthrew the elected leader (who had planned on increasing trade relations with Russia) and which directly threatened Russian assets in Crimea - leading Crimeans to vote to separate from Ukraine and annex to Russia- a move that Western media then portrayed as Russian aggression.
That the current administration’s reckless war-games / show of force is happening at all is a natural unfolding of the stage set in part by that the US-engineered / supported Ukrainian putsch and the media’s (and Democratic Party’s) constant repeating of the narrative that Russia is threatening Ukraine and therefore the West. And that stage-setting is to a large extent the product of Obama (and especially Biden, given his role as “point” in the selection and empowering of the new Ukrainian President), and the Democratic Party’s incessant anti-Russia rhetoric.
So, while I appreciate the attention given to the increasing acts of military provocation and the increased danger level they are triggering, it does no good to try to inform the public about growing nuclear tensions if we are going to cover them in partisan terms and ignore the fundamental truth that the US is “War, Inc.” and imperialism and war are unquestioned areas of agreement by both sides of the duopoly.
I urge the writer, Michael T. Klare to correct this post haste.