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The Myth of a Russian "Threat"

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Moreover, despite short-term financial turbulence, the Sino-Russian combined strategy for Eurasia -- an interpenetration of the New Silk Road(s) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) -- is bound to develop their economies and the region at large to an extent that may surpass the EU and the US combined by 2030.

What's left for NATO is to stage military strength made-for-TV shows such as "Atlantic Resolve" to "reassure the region," especially hysteria-prone Poland and the Baltics.

Moscow, meanwhile, has made it clear that nations deploying US-owned anti-ballistic missile systems in their territory will face missile early-warning systems deployed in Kaliningrad.

And Major General Kirill Makarov, Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces' deputy chief, has already made it clear Moscow is upgrading its air and missile defense capabilities to smash any -- real -- threat by the US Prompt Global Strike (PGS).

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In the December 2014 Russian military doctrine, NATO's military build-up and PGS are listed as Russia's top security threats. Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov has stressed, "Russia is capable of and will have to develop a system like PGS."

Where's our loot?

The Pentagon's rhetorical games also serve to mask a real high-stakes process; essentially an energy war -- centering on the control of oil, natural gas and mineral resources of Russia and Central Asia. Will this wealth be controlled by oligarch frontmen "supervised" by their masters in New York and London, or by Russia and its Central Asian partners? Thus the relentless propaganda war.

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A case can be made that the Masters of the Universe have resurrected the same old containment/threat geopolitical alibis -- peddled by what we could dub the Brzezinski/Stratfor connection -- to cover, or conceal, another stark fact.

And the fact is that the real reason for Cold War 2.0 is New York/London financial power suffering a trillion dollar-plus loss when President Putin extracted Russia from their looting schemes.

And the same applies to the entire Kiev coup -- forced through by the same New York/London financial powers to block Putin from destroying their looting operations in Ukraine (which, by the way, proceed unabated, at least in the agricultural domain).

Containment/threat is also deployed on overdrive to prevent by all means a strategic partnership between Russia and Germany -- which the Brzezinski/Stratfor connection sees as an existential threat to the US.

The connection's wet dreams -- shared, incidentally, by the neo-cons -- would be a glorious return to the looting phase of Russia in the 1990s, when the Russian industrial-military complex had collapsed and the West was plundering natural resources to Kingdom Come.

It's not going to happen ever again. So what's the Pentagon Plan B? To create the conditions of turning Europe into a potential theater of nuclear war. Now that's a real threat -- if there ever was one.

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