First of all, it’s no more our business than it would be Russia’s if the US decided to invade Mexico because south America was enticing them into an alliance to counter US interests.
The USA as the global policeman is as outdated as was its involvement in Korea and Vietnam. Both were disasters and life-suckers that had no practical value beyond SHOWING STRENGTH!!! and SENDING A MESSAGE!!! Last I checked, North Korea is still there decades later and is as primitive as ever. Vietnam, decades later, is developing as a sort of hybrid authoritarian state…China-like model. What did the US really do there? What are the nuanced influences as to how geopolitics and the cold war played out over the remainder of the 70s and 80s? Fuck if I know.
And since, the US’s police-action stuff has been equally life sucking bullshit. One after a fucking another.
It’s even laughable that we use the term “defense contractors.” Offensive Warmongers would be more appropriate. They don’t fucking care. All that matters is their DOD contracts—the Dept. Of Defense should be renamed the War Department as used to be—and their stock price, putting blood and guts on the hands of every stockholder.
Second, Russia has legitimate concerns in having the US, EU, and NATO getting too cozy with Ukraine—a populous country with resources and a large land mass bordering Russia. If a Democrat or Republican doesn’t believe me, just Google
Black Jesus’ Obama’s prescient and statesman-like statements on the thing, which has been a thorn for a while. He understood it geopolitically and strategically.
And third, perhaps Putin looks through the lens of history and understands why the US halted the deployment of Soviet missiles into Cuba in 1962, 90 miles off our shores. Even more, maybe he sees where we fucked up in the aftermath, not taking another whole day to just invade and take over the tiny island Cuba. I swear to God. No piece of real estate ever had more global influence per square mile than Cuba, and over decades.
But “defense contractors” don’t much care for such a scenario. Better to keep the cold war as alive as ever; and having communist Cuba 90 miles away was always a catalyst—if ever the crisis should wane and people get back to living normal human lives, concerned about their own quotidian interests rather than those of the whole world. Cuba was perfect for profits.
There’s nothing that so makes the CEO, executive team, board of directors, and stockholders of a “defense contractor” blush, than hearing the words end of hostilities.
Think about that. In America, we have corporations whose sole raison d’etre is to always ensure continued hostilities globally while lobbying elected politicians in Congress to always be rattling the sabre for the US to always be policing and sticking its nose into the business of others on any plausible pretense for which a narrative can be crafted.
…Like, apparently, Russia protecting its border with Ukraine against US, EU, and NATO incursion marks THE END OF DEMOCRACY!!!
That bromide is so tired, already.
Cheeses, I’m only at 500 words here, but I think that’s about all there is or should be, to say about it.
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