Friday, February 28, 2014
If the U.S. Was in Russia's Position, How Would It React to Russian Meddling in Canada or Mexico that Threatened America's Security?
The Ukraine sits right on Russia's doorstep. It is the land route to Russia's Black Sea naval base at Sevastopol by which the Russian navy can access the Mediterranean. Severing Russia's naval access to the Med is thought to be why the U.S. has been meddling in Ukrainian affairs, funding the pro-western group that topped the country's pro-Russian president, leaving the country bloodied, badly divided and at risk of separation or worse.
Quite predictably we're awfully quick to turn all sanctimonious in our admonitions to Putin in Moscow. How would we react if the shoe was on the other foot?
What if Russia saw an opportunity to meddle in Mexico's affairs to topple the pro-U.S. government and put in a friendly regime that would welcome a Russian military presence south of the Rio Grande? A few Russian air force bases, a naval facility or two, maybe an armoured training range in the Sonoran desert and possibly a few medium-range missile batteries, for self-defence only of course.
I think it's safe to say the U.S. would create some pretext to militarily intervene before the first runway was constructed. Remember Grenada? The Gringos have a short fuse at the suggestion of anyone else, especially Russia, meddling in their backyard. Yet they have it in their heads that it's okay when they do just that to the Russians.
The Russians are a heavily armed yet nervous people with a long memory of foreign aggression. If the Americans want to reinstate the Cold War their manipulations in Ukraine are an ideal way to start. Washington is already playing a clumsy yet dangerous containment game against China with the Asia Pivot. This is a real good time to drive Moscow and Beijing even deeper into each other's arms - and armouries.