At LewRockwell.com, David Stockman dismantles the notion that Russia is a military threat to the United States. He writes (abridged):
The idea that Russia presents a national security threat to America is laughable.
Not only would Putin never risk nuclear suicide, but even that fantasy is the extent of what he’s got. That is, Russia’s conventional capacity to project force to the North American continent is nonexistent – or at best, lies somewhere between nichts and nothing.
In today’s world you do not invade any foreign continent without massive sea power projection capacity in the form of aircraft carrier strike groups.
These units consist of an armada of lethal escort ships, a fleet of aircraft, massive suites of electronics warfare capability and the ability to launch hundreds of cruise missiles and other smart weapons.
The US has eleven such carrier strike groups. Russia has zero modern carrier strike groups and one beat-up, smoky old (diesel) aircraft carrier.
In short, the idea that Russia is a military threat to the US homeland is ludicrous.
Russia is essentially a landlocked military shadow of the former Soviet war machine
Moreover, the canard that Washington’s massive conventional armada is needed to defend Europe is risible nonsense.
Europe can and should take care of its own security and relationship with its neighbor on the Eurasian continent.
More importantly, the European nations and people really do not have any quarrel with Putin’s Russia, nor is their security and safety threatened by the latter. All of the tensions that do exist and have come to a head since the illegal coup in Kiev in February 2014 were fomented by Imperial Washington and its European subalterns in the NATO machinery.
The latter is absolutely the most useless, obsolete, wasteful and dangerous multilateral institution in the present world.
Former Congressman David A. Stockman was Reagan’s OMB director, which he wrote about in his best-selling book, The Triumph of Politics.
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Read the rest of my series on Stockman’s views on Russia and America here.