NATO Buildup on Russia’s Borders: Mobilization for War or Just Business?

“This military buildup on Russia’s Western frontiers is absolutely unprecedented. There has never been such an amassing of hostile military force on Russia’s Western frontiers since June 1941 when Hitler invaded the Soviet Union and that’s the way the Russians see it,” Stephen F. Cohen said in his recent interview with  John Batchelor on The John Batchelor Show radio news magazine.

from Veterans Today: 

[ VT Editor’s Note: Stephen Cohen just rips any justification for NATO’s expansion to the Russian border as a fraud on the scale of the Iran nuclear hoax, with that analogy being mine.

I am not taking liberty on that, as I had editorialized during the Iran nuclear talks that one of Obama’s motivations was to cool things down in the Gulf to shift money, focus and US forward deployment on Russia and China.

Is that a new Cold War? Well, to borrow a phrase from the infamous US geopolitical sage herself, Sarah Palin, “You betcha!”

I still cringe every time I hear her asked anything about world events, knowing with almost certainty that any randomly selected citizen could contribute more than she.

Unfortunately, Cohen confirms one of my greatest fears, that the political class is onboard the NATO advance, as if it were some sort of “Let’s make America great again by playing brinkmanship with Russia”.

It is an exercise of make-believe leadership, and a sterling example of the leadership crisis we face almost everywhere we look; and exceptions are rare, which is why Putin is hated by manyJim W. Dean ]


This is not how to win friends and influence people

This is not how to win friends and influence people

–  First published  …  May 26,  2016 –

The large-scale US-NATO amassing of military forces on Russia’s Western borders, NATO’s so-called “Eastern Front,” is unprecedented and creates the impression of actual war preparations, according to Professor Stephen F. Cohen; however it might also be driven by the economics of the US military industrial complexes.

Stephen Cohen

Stephen Cohen

The extraordinary US-NATO build-up of military forces — on land, sea, and air — on and very near Russia’s borders, or the opening of “NATO’s Eastern Front”, as Professor of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University Stephen F. Cohen refers to it, had no precedent during the preceding 40-years of Cold War.

“This military buildup on Russia’s Western frontiers is absolutely unprecedented. There has never been such an amassing of hostile military force on Russia’s Western frontiers since June 1941 when Hitler invaded the Soviet Union and that’s the way the Russians see it,” Stephen F. Cohen said in his recent interview with  John Batchelor on The John Batchelor Show radio news magazine.

Such a massive mobilization creates an impression of preparation to actual war, the professor suggested.

“What NATO is mobilizing there is a lot more than a couple of divisions here and a couple of divisions there, some armor here and some there,” he explained.

“We need to understand that tens of thousands of western troops will be parked now permanently, they may say that they are rotating, but they are there permanently on Russia’s borders. Along with nuclear-ready missiles, along with a lot of tanks and, above all, in Russia’s eyes, the missile defense installation,” he added.

This is so serious, so fraught with the possibility of war, he said, adding that this NATO buildup has gone beyond the Cold War, and that Russia is only reacting in response.

This, the professor explained, is already beyond the Cold War, where nobody dies, this is already a “pre-war” stage, and what we are witnessing is a mobilization to war.

The world has not witnessed a development like this, “certainly not in any proximity,” since the Cuban crisis with the Soviet Union during the Cold War, Stephen F. Cohen explained.

‘What Aggression by Putin Warranted this New Escalation?’

When military experts ask for the reasons behind such a huge assembly of forces, they hear one and the same answer, one which is being echoed at the highest levels. And the person who formulated the plan is the US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

“When asked to explain why there is this massive NATO mobilization on Russia’s western frontiers, he said because of “Putin’s aggression. That was the only answer,” the professor says.

“Putin’s “aggression”! What “aggression” by Putin warranted this new escalation?” he questions.

“The aggression we attributed to Putin was more than two years ago, when he “annexed” Crimea and when he began supporting the rebels in Ukraine. But so far as I know he hasn’t invaded or menaced any country since then,” he replied.

There is this myth, Cohen says, that Putin is somehow menacing “these little Baltic States” – Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia.

But it isn’t true, he replies. This is just warmongering propaganda that has no evidence to support it.

“So, what Putin did 2.5 year ago, if that was an aggression, why is that we are now mobilizing in a completely different location – in the Baltic area?” he therefore questions.


No Mainstream Opposition

Professor Cohen also acknowledged that as these “potentially fateful” events are occurring, there is no mainstream opposition to what the US and NATO are doing or even critical questions to be asked.

“Our political class, all across the spectrum is down with this, there is no opposition. When there is no opposition, where will they stop? And increasingly it looks like it may not stop there, but it is going to end in war with Russia,” he suggested.

‘The West Calls It Aggression’

The US and NATO are escalating on Russia’s borders in a way that never happened during the Cold War, but, and it is true, Russia is escalating back, he said.

It is also building up militarily on its side.

“We call that aggression. But I would argue that they are reacting!!” Professor Cohen said.

“I think that any reasonable person would say that any Russian leader in the Kremlin would have to react to what NATO is doing on its borders. Or he would be removed,” he suggested.

And many high-ranking Russian voices, he added, are already saying that Putin is not doing enough, he is not aggressive enough to take the initiative.
‘How Much of That is a Sincere Anxiety About our Security?’

Is Russia really a threat? The professor wondered. How much of this is just ideology? he added.

“Is it just the Cold War ideology that never died? The Cold War wasn’t about communism, it was about Russia,” he stated.

‘And Then There is an Elephant in the Room, and That’s the Money’

When a country joins NATO, the professor explained, it is militarily has to be brought up to NATO’s standards.

Most of the NATO equipment is US-made. The new member states become a consumer for the American defense industries, which have done very well as a result of NATO expansion.

Some people have already suggested that this  NATO expansion has been about money the whole time — it has been driven by the American military industrial complex. Is there a better way to build up your revenue than to capture a market and make it obligatory to purchase only one product.

Lots of countries make military equipment, Cohen explained. There is some NATO equipment that is not American-made. But it is all derived from American designs.

It is an enormous market, he added.

“So, when you look at the buildup, you look at the money, and they [US, NATO] are quadrupling expenditure on Russia’s frontier alone,” he acknowledged.

And this is not the only place where NATO is active. It is on the move again in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Again, they are talking about Moldova and it involves Romani where they built this missile defense system.

“I don’t want to say that all the decisions made regarding Russia militarily are driven by the profitability of the military industrial complex I don’t know that to be true, but what I know to be true is that billions and billions and eventually trillions of dollars are going to be profited from this expansion of NATO and it continues to expand and in particularly now with the buildup on Russia’s borders,” the professor concluded.

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5 thoughts on “NATO Buildup on Russia’s Borders: Mobilization for War or Just Business?

  1. Everywhere USA goes, wherever its tentacles touch down, it spreads like a cancer. When you look around the world any country that has welcomed in or been marched into by USA how have they fared? USA lies it’s way in, takes over prime businesses they want, assert their will upon the locals. Their persona of being brash, loud mouthed and domineering is only overshadowed by their covert taking over of anything worth its salt in every country it pollutes with its nasty lies and overbearing flashing of the US dollar. It cannot bear to be left out of anything. This precocious child of a country has less than zero diplomatic skills, rarely speaks the language of any country it helps itself to, USA never learns the culture of any country, it’s ways and customs, most likely because USA has absolutely none of its own. This all leads me to the fact that USA cannot abide stability, neither can it stomach a country’s leader who will not be bought. Only USA understands this method of dealing, it cannot perceive that a country whose leader has his own country at heart. Mr Putin is a strong Russian leader, he has not opened the gates for USA infiltration to buy up and undermine, he has been calm and diplomatic, he has not risen to the baiting of USA and it’s desperation that has culminated in its mobilisation of its NATO attack dogs. Ukraine has been sadly bought, but Putin has every right to protect Russian speaking citizens in East Ukraine, they are closer to Russia and at no point have said they will align themselves with Russia but would trade with both Ukraine and Russia, they want autonomy. And why not? How did USA respond when the Carolina’s seceeded from the Union? When Texas wanted independence? Scotland has been allowed to express it’s freedom from England, Falklands too have brought UK into war with Argentina. Is what Novorussia want too much to ask? Or merely another banging of the war drum by USA? USA stands frustrated at Russia – they cannot buy her and now they cannot goad her into war. USA continues to play a dangerous game with another country’s sovereignty. But do not rouse the Russian Bear, she has a bite that USA will never heal from, and unlike USA she has intelligence, the battlefield is not the only source of settling differences.


    • Up until now USA has been protected by the Atlantic and the Pacific and has not felt the effects of the wars it has created in Europe. WW1 and WW2 both of which they benefited from to everyone else’s detriment. If they want to start a war with Russia they will get it. And not in Europe but on their own soil.

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      • So right, I could not agree more. While other countries have suffered the full front on warfare, USA has always retreated back to its cave. Also, USA never came into either world war until it itself became threatened and feared tyranny (other than itself) would take control of the world around it. It has never had to stand and fight, it never finishes anything and never clears up the mess it creates. What it does do is instigate wars, set off proxy wars to fight it’s battles. I wonder if they have the guts or even the power that other countries have to endure the consequences of their threats.


      • Well look at it this way. Morgan and Rockefeller fund Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin. They decimate the top military in Russia, destroy the middle class, throw all the intellectuals in gulags, take away private property ownership, I have heard figures of up to 100 million died under Stalin? Then they fund Hitler, GM, Bush, AIG, Dow etc, who was supposed to finish the job, Hitler kills off 20-30 million more, we still do not have exact figures, then comes the battle for Stalingrad. Hitler looses. And the Russian people, NOT Stalin, start hitting back, and suddenly USA joins the war. Why? Not to fight Hitler, but to get to Berlin before the Russians. Now they are going to try again… over 70 years later and this time they control the whole of the European Union. They do not need a Hitler to do it for them, they have got the Europeans to do it to themselves. And the US has military bases all over Europe. Greece should have left when they had the chance, and if the British have any gumption they will leave ASAP. That way they can choose not to be part of a war between the US and Russia. Saker once explained the Russian mentality in one of his blogs. They will take the punches, the insults… and say and do nothing…. then one day when you least expect it, they will punch your lights out. I am expecting Russia to do the unexpected at the most unexpected time. And I strongly suspect, and hope I am right on this, they will not attack Europe. If anything, Russia is Europe’s only hope for survival.


  2. It would be a dose of reality when Europe wakes up to the fact that Russia is the only hope they have, USA never wish to share, they want it all. Why do we not look at history, who we have shared the ups and downs of life with. Do we actually ask where this jumped up, rude country that was borne on violence, land grabbing, lawlessness and whose mentality will never change came from? Who created it? How it is as man made and unnatural as the GMO it peddles? We do not need USA it is a mongrel nation of immigrants that has no common focus within itself, it has no history, committed the greatest human genocide this planet has ever seen (the Native Americans) USA is a parasite that suck its host dry. It always will. European history goes back as far as mankind itself, we are related and connected to Russia every step of the way. Yet this spoilt brat of a nation has poisoned all reasoning – and sadly all too readily we believe them. Like the GI’s that came into the war when it was all but won, flashing their money, sweets and stockings, they buy their way into every situation, they lack the personality to win people over. What audacity – pretending through their Hollywood films that they won the day – in their dreams, for that is where it will always stay. The only wars USA ever win is on celluloid, otherwise like the rest of the American dream, it is just fantasy.


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