Why Russia Resents Us

By Pat Buchanan

Hammer And Sickle
Hammer And Sickle
Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

USA –  -(Ammoland.com)- Friday, a Russian SU-27 did a barrel roll over a U.S. RC-135 over the Baltic, the second time in two weeks.

Also in April, the U.S. destroyer Donald Cook, off Russia's Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad, was twice buzzed by Russian planes.

Vladimir Putin's message: Keep your spy planes and ships a respectable distance away from us. Apparently, we have not received it.

Friday, Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work announced that 4,000 NATO troops, including two U.S. battalions, will be moved into Poland and the Baltic States, right on Russia's border.

“The Russians have been doing a lot of snap exercises right up against the border with a lot of troops,” says Work, who calls this “extraordinarily provocative behavior.”

But how are Russian troops deploying inside Russia “provocative,” while U.S. troops on Russia's front porch are not? And before we ride this escalator up to a clash, we had best check our hole card.

Germany is to provide one of four battalions to be sent to the Baltic.

But a Bertelsmann Foundation poll last week found that only 31 percent of Germans favor sending their troops to resist a Russian move in the Baltic States or Poland, while 57 percent oppose it, though the NATO treaty requires it.

Last year, a Pew poll found majorities in Italy and France also oppose military action against Russia if she moves into Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia or Poland. If it comes to war in the Baltic, our European allies prefer that we Americans fight it.

Asked on his retirement as Army chief of staff what was the greatest strategic threat to the United States, Gen. Ray Odierno echoed Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, “I believe that Russia is.

He mentioned threats to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine.

Yet, when Gen. Odierno entered the service, all four were part of the Soviet Union, and no Cold War president ever thought any was worth a war.

The independence of the Baltic States was one of the great peace dividends after the Cold War. But when did that become so vital a U.S. interest we would go to war with Russia to guarantee it?

Putin may top the enemies list of the Beltway establishment, but we should try to see the world from his point of view.

When Ronald Reagan met Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik in 1986, Putin was in his mid-30s, and the Soviet Empire stretched from the Elbe to the Bering Strait and from the Arctic to Afghanistan.

Russians were all over Africa and had penetrated the Caribbean and Central America. The Soviet Union was a global superpower that had attained strategic parity with the United States.

Now consider how the world has changed for Putin, and Russia.

By the time he turned 40, the Red Army had begun its Napoleonic retreat from Europe and his country had splintered into 15 nations.

By the time he came to power, the USSR had lost one-third of its territory and half its population. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan were gone.

The Black Sea, once a Soviet lake, now had on its north shore a pro-Western Ukraine, on its eastern shore a hostile Georgia, and on its western shore two former Warsaw Pact allies, Bulgaria and Romania, being taken into NATO.

For Russian warships in Leningrad, the trip out to the Atlantic now meant cruising past the coastline of eight NATO nations: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Great Britain.

Putin has seen NATO, despite solemn U.S. assurances given to Gorbachev, incorporate all of Eastern Europe that Russia had vacated, and three former republics of the USSR itself.

He now hears a clamor from American hawks to bring three more former Soviet republics — Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine — into a NATO alliance directed against Russia.

After persuading Kiev to join a Moscow-led economic union, Putin saw Ukraine's pro-Russian government overthrown in a U.S.-backed coup.

He has seen U.S.-funded “color-coded” revolutions try to dump over friendly regimes all across his “near abroad.”

“Russia has not accepted the hand of partnership,” says NATO commander, Gen. Philip Breedlove, “but has chosen a path of belligerence.”

But why should Putin see NATO's inexorable eastward march as an extended “hand of partnership“?

Had we lost the Cold War and Russian spy planes began to patrol off Pensacola, Norfolk and San Diego, how would U.S. F-16 pilots have reacted? If we awoke to find Mexico, Canada, Cuba, and most of South America in a military alliance against us, welcoming Russian bases and troops, would we regard that as “the hand of partnership”?

We are reaping the understandable rage and resentment of the Russian people over how we exploited Moscow's retreat from empire.

Did we not ourselves slap aside the hand of Russian friendship, when proffered, when we chose to embrace our “unipolar moment,” to play the “great game” of empire and seek “benevolent global hegemony”?

If there is a second Cold War, did Russia really start it?

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

  • 17 thoughts on “Why Russia Resents Us

    1. Now Obama is trying to out do LBJ! Remember, LBJ said that we would not go to war In Viet Nam! Obama said that Republicans were stupid to worry about Russia because the Cold War was Dead!!!!!!!!!! Just another count of Treason for the Bastard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. Russia does not “resent” us. They think we are idiots with a pussy for a President and rightfully so because we are idiots for allowing this sham to continue.

      1. That’s absolutely right ! The strafing runs on our ships and Putin calling Hussein a pissant and a poodle. Putin is spot on about Hussein. A strong US president could easily work and negotiate with Putin,but we have Hussein. People can say what they want about Putin but he is a strong and dynamic leader. In that respect the people of Russia are very lucky.

    3. Russia doesn’t hate us, and I will never hate them. I married one, they are wonderful people!

      Pat, you are exactly correct, I hope Trump asks you to be his VP!!!

      1. Lol oh man we live in different worlds. I’m retired military and yes they do hate us. You and your “bride” might be happy. Pat was/is part of the political issue and we’ve had enough of that.

        1. While everyone appreciates your service, it do not make your opinion any more valid. When was the last time you were in a war that involved Russia, never would be the answer. We have military base along the Mexican boarder currently. How would we feel if Mexico allow Russian or Chinese troops to be station on our southern boarder. I assure you it wouldn’t be tolerated, except by Obama of course. I understand Pat’s opinion and if we do not change direction then we are certainly headed for a conflict where everyone loses!!!

    4. Russia doesn’t resent us or hate us. They just don’t like our military posturing all the time. We are always threatening them and moving our ships and planes as close as we can to their territory. They are just responding to our aggression. They would prefer to be our ally than our enemy. But a bunch of meat heads want to keep the cold war going so they can have an excuse to pay for new war toys.

      1. How can you propose to speak for all of Russia? Much like here, the elites in Russia have different goals and agendas than us common peoples. I doubt that you have spent much time in Russia cozying up to Putin and his generals and the other Russian elite.

      2. Your college professor tell you that? Look at Russian history and tell the rest of us that greed and lust for power are not prime motivators for the Russians.

    5. Every country rides the economic roller coaster. For us to repeatedly proclaim Russia as irrelevant and no longer a superpower was nothing but insulthing. Puten was standing at the back of the room stating that Russia would be back when we were riding high on the hog. If we would use a little common sense we wouldn’t make the enemies the way we do. We have had too many arrogant politicians.

    6. Russia doesn’t “resent” us they hate us. Hate them back. In their neck sideways they never were my friend. We jerk their chain they jerk ours. It’s good to know where you stand. All that pretend love in the 90s was bravo Sierra.
      “All that hates gonna burn you up kid”
      “Keeps me warm”
      WOLVERINES!

    7. While national paranoia is not a uniquely Russian trait, I believe our reaction to neighboring countries that disagree with us is a bit different. Canada has been known to act in ways we don’t appreciate, such as harboring draft dodgers. And we’ve been too tolerant of Mexican troops engaging our Border Patrols inside the U.S. Because Russia planted ethnic Russians inside most of the former Soviet republics they feel that the independence of those republics is illegitimate, and they act accordingly (e.g., Ukraine). Many countries were independent before the USSR swallowed them and never wanted to be part of it. NATO is an empty shell, and Putin knows it. Were he not trying to restore the USSR, in spite of the wishes of the Baltic peoples, there would not be NATO troops near him. And as to whether or not war games near the borders of former Soviet nations is provocative, I doubt we’d take kindly to a massing of troops by Canada or Mexico on our border.

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