Russia and Reason

Can we stop pretending that we are at war with Russia or at least can we stop listening to the fools who tell us such things?  Granting even that everything President Trump says and or does is vilified by the media, a little reason can go a long way here.

This is not the first time we have been sold a boatload of lies regarding the Russians.  Following World War II when the military needed a new enemy we found it with the Red Scare.  Yet I ask you at what point was there a Red Dawn scenario where the Russians parachuted over your school and forced you into an egalitarian society.  It never happened or have I forgotten the Great Russian War.  There was a Korean War and a Vietnam War and nearly a Cuban War, but all these events seem like Civil Wars to me.  First, the Koreans…remember when North Korea invaded South Korea or rather when Korea invaded Korea?  Second…remember when North Vietnam invaded South Vietnam or rather when Vietnam invaded Vietnam?   It almost reminds me of when the North United States invaded the South United States.  However, let us examine the complaints against the Russians.

First, they may have meddled in our Presidential elections.  What does that even mean – “meddle”?  Is it like when the U.S. overthrew Allende and put Pinochet in power in Chile?  Is it like when the U.S. funded the Contras to overthrow the Sandinistas in Nicaragua?  Is it like when a Prime Minister of Israel speaks to Congress against the foreign policy actions of a sitting U.S. president?  Or is it something like buying ads on Facebook to promote “fake news” because people are too lazy to fact check incredulous claims?  The real issue here is that even if there was a smoking gun and a confession and an apology it is not possible for these events to conclude with the construction of a time machine that would allow us to do our election over again with the result that Hillary wins.

Second, look what Russia is doing in the Ukraine.  Since when has anyone in the West cared about the Ukraine except when they were trying to conquer it?  I am looking at you Germany and France and England.  Am I the only one who had to memorize passages from “The Charge of the Light Brigade” in school.  Seriously, I had to memorize British 19th Century war propaganda, albeit beautifully written propaganda, as a child.  Have we all been so brainwashed by “Cannons to the left of them and Cannons to the right of them” that we are ready to follow the British down yet another rabbit hole.

Third, what about our allies in NATO.  What?  How in the world does this have anything to do with anything?  And people are talking about Montenegro.  What?  NATO is nothing more than a giant gaping hole where we throw our money.  Troops in Germany and troops in Britain and troops in Italy.  Let us not forget the nominal deployments in Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece, Norway, Romania, Portugal, and Hungary.  Did you know that the U.S. spends about ten times as much on its military as the Russians.  Three times as much as the Chinese.  That the U.S. military budget is more than the next 9 countries combined.  That the military budget is approximately 55% of the total current U.S. budget.  And we are at peace.  Did you know that the at the height of World War II the U.S. military budget was only something like 40% of the total U.S. budget.  Think about that.  At the height of the greatest and costliest war the world has ever known the U.S. was spending less on its military in terms of total budget than we do now at a time when the world is at peace.  That is insane.

Fourth, we are not now nor are we going to war with the Russians.  We have, however, been at war at one time or another with England, France, Germany, and Japan our current allies and best good friends.  This brings me to my real point.  What is happening, really happening when people are angry about Russia.  They are not angry at Russia.  That is misdirection.  Some people are angry with the current administration because it is breaking the status quo, and these people are angry solely because they make a tremendous amount of money with the status quo.  I do not mean that the current president is a hero.  Far from it, and I have no feelings toward him good or bad.  But I have enough sense to see that I am not now nor have I ever been threatened by a Russian.

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