The Obama Administration has joined with the British in escalating a personal smear campaign against Russian President Vladimir Putin, along with their escalating military threats which have brought the world to the edge of thermonuclear confrontation. Russian officials and national security experts have noticed, and are discussing the matter openly.
On Jan. 31, The National Interest magazine published an article by four well-known Russian think-tank analysts under the headline “How to Avoid War With Russia.” The four authors, Andrey Bezrukov, Mikhail Mamonov, Sergey Markedonov and Andrey Sushentsov, asserted that the US grand strategy for the 21st century is to contain China, and as part of this strategy, Washington aims to keep Russia down, forcing Moscow to join an alliance with Washington against a Beijing that will threaten Russian interests. The authors note that Russia has already devised an asymmetric response to this insane US strategy, by launching the flanking military operation in Syria, and by aligning with China in such formations as the BRICS.
In a similar vein, Sputnik News reported Jan. 30 that Col. Gen. Leonid Ivashov—a senior Russian strategist and head of the Academy for Geopolitical Problems—has called for Russia to modify its new national security strategy and military doctrine to counter the most recent Obama Administration strategies that target Russia as the greatest threat to Europe. “Situations change and the country changes as well,” Gen. Ivashov told Zvezda TV. “So, the national military doctrine evolves. I think changes to the doctrine have been prompted by the fact that the US adopted the new Strategy of National Security in February 2015 and then the new Military Doctrine in July, which have significantly changed the US’s military policy.” Ivashov argued that the US has rejected the idea of multipolar cooperation, and continues to assert its unipolar dogma. “According to its doctrine, the US will use military force to protect its national interests. But its interests know no limits around the world. Washington says it will deploy its troops and engage in armed conflicts to protect its interests.”