A foreign affairs topic during the 2012 debates had Romney calling Russia America’s “number one geo-political foe”, as Obama used Romney’s words to say he was calling Russia the “number one enemy” of the United States.
History says Reagan brought on the end to the cold war between America and Russia, that is said to have spanned from the end of WWII up to 1991. Since that time many were led to believe Russia had become a broken country.
With several of its boundary states leaving the USSR and forming their own governments, Russia’s landmass did diminish a bit over the years. But did those losses actually help propel Russia back to an awakened state and back into a position to become America’s geo-political foe today?
The United States has been experiencing a form of devolution in status as the world’s super power due to its own politics. But Russia, without actually taking advantage of America, has taken advantage of that downfall by keeping themselves busy rebuilding their own country.
While the U.S. media has been keeping China, North Korea, and the Middle East in the headlines, it has seemed to neglect to inform Americans that Russia and China have tightened their ties with each other and that Russia has been on the rise.
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The U.S. has refused to openly support the anti-Assad rebels in Syria, preferring to do so incognito, has promised Russia further American nuclear disarmament, and seems to back off from out-right disagreements with Russia over Middle East entanglements.
Notwithstanding America’s continued foreign aid to countries that continue to belittle, berate, and attack American civilians and military, why does the U.S. look the other way, or bow out, when Russia stands tall in defiance and disagreement?
The U.S. is set to begin on the Keystone XL Pipeline yet as with not getting busy on a budget, Obama is stalling in approving the plan, as is new Sec. of State John Kerry.
The stall in the KXL has seen China open bids for the Canadian sands oil as well as Egypt and Russia in talks over Egypt possibly importing Russian gas.[notify textbox-white]Egypt Eyes Gas Supplies from Russia
(Ria Novosti) – DURBAN, March 28 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi have discussed the possibility of the deliveries of Russian natural gas to Egypt as the North African country may soon become an importer to revive its weakened economy, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.
The presidents met on Wednesday on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in South Africa.
“Morsi expressed interest in the deliveries of Russian gas,” Lavrov told reporters in Durban.
Egypt is facing the possibility to become importer of natural gas for the first time in its history as domestic production fails to keep pace with demand growth in the aftermath of the January 2011 revolt that ousted Hosni Mubarak and months of civil unrest that followed.
Egyptian Oil Minister Osama Kamal said last November that industry would be allowed to import gas in the second half of 2013. Factories will be permitted to import a maximum of 1 billion cubic feet a day, he said.[/notify]
Russia has been slowly and quietly moving about its den since at least the mid to late ’90s. Since at least the early years of the turn of the century, Russia has begun to wander the global map and re-ignite old ties as well as forging new ones.
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“Russia does not have to destroy America with missiles; America will destroy itself from within.” ~Nikita Khruschev
As Russia moves to re-emerge as a super power both monetarily and militarily, and America moves on with its own self-induced decline, it appears a new cold war may be over-shadowed by a mere flip of the tables if America does not stop being its own worst enemy and start re-establishing itself.