President Obama has announced that he will be asking Congress for another $1 billion to increase his military pressure on Russia.
Or, as he would have it, “reassure allies”. In fact, his new plan is called the “European Reassurance Intitiative”.
The programme, which will fund additional US military rotations to Europe, will need congressional approval.
The US would also “step up partnership” with countries such as Ukraine and Moldova, he added.
That $1 billion is needed at home in the United States – after all, the US government is running a $1 trillion deficit each year under this President.
More important, the US has been urging Russia to “de-escalate” tensions in Ukraine. And here they are themselves increasing military pressure and continuing their gradual military buildup in Europe. Not to mention talking about increasing their “partnership” with Ukraine – i.e. meddling even more than they have already.
What about people in Ukraine and Moldova? Were they ever really asked whether they want a “stepped up partnership” with the United States?
The BBC also notes:
In France, the US leader will take part in ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy.
President Vladimir Putin is also invited, but the White House has already made it clear that the American and Russian leaders will not hold formal bilateral talks.
Why not? Because Russia does not accept world domination by the United States?
In the 20th Century, the United States was a beacon of hope and freedom to the world. That reference to D-Day is a poignant reminder of the United States we grew up to admire.
Today’s US reminds me of Imperial Rome.