Friday, August 28, 2015

2015-08-28 The myth of Russian "Threat"

2015-08-28 The myth of Russian "Threat"
The story is pretty clear: What bothers US/UK more than all is "losing the information war", e.g, the phenomenal success of Russia Today. And the response is the only response US/UK, a one trick pony know - naked aggression. The truth is particularly clear, if one compares Russia and China: China has both the capability and the capability and the intention to depose the US. But China, which operates on a different time scale and is indifferent to the information war is not a threat at all... jz
Pepe Escobar writes:
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey entered certified Donald “known unknown” Rumsfeld territory when he recently tried to conceptualize the “threat”; “Threats are the combination, or the aggregate, of capabilities and intentions. Let me set aside for the moment, intentions, because I don’t know what Russia intends.”
So Dempsey admits he does not know what he’s talking about. What he seems to know is that Russia is a “threat” anyway — in space, cyber space, ground-based cruise missiles, submarines.
And most of all, a threat to NATO; “One of the things that Russia does seem to do is either discredit, or even more ominously, create the conditions for the failure of NATO.”
So Russia “does seem” to discredit an already self-discredited NATO. That’s not much of a “threat”.
All these rhetorical games take place while NATO “does seem” to get ready for a direct confrontation with Russia. And make no mistake; Moscow does view NATO’s belligerence as a real threat.
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