A Perfect Storm is Rising Against the West | Part Two

 

 

By Sigrid Weidenweber

In yesterday’s article I discussed the new partnership between Russia and China, and the implications for the Western Democracies. Following what seems to shape up as a second cold war, one must, at this juncture harken back to President Reagan’s idea of Star War’s. He foresaw that Russia and a nuclear China could attack and annihilate most of Europe’s military installations with short-range cruise missiles. His very savvy idea of a missile blocking system was far-seeing. I remember the outrageous ridicule that was heaped upon him for his global acumen. Many military men wish there was such a missile shield in place.  For years, discussions between European countries and America, were concerned with a missile defense. All the talks led to little real defensive measures. Under President Bush’s watch a missile defensive shield deal with Poland was signed on August 15, 2008, by Condoleezza Rice. However, President Obama rescinded the deal August 2010, thus leading John McCain, Mitt Romney and Dick Cheney to call Obama’s changes to the treaty, “A gift to Vladimir Putin.” In conjunction with this terrible decision, one must remember how in a telephone conversation Obama promised Putin he would be able to do more after the election.  

A second worry is that America, constrained itself by this treaty, and is, therefore, years behind Russian armaments. As the U. S. A. is leaving the treaty it can begin the process of defense. This treaty should not exist without verifiable Russian compliance.

On a strange note, ten Democrat senators, including Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Jeff Merkley introduced legislation, forcing the U.S.A. to

follow the treaty unilaterally.

Here is a quote, cited in the Wall Street Journal, by Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley, “There is no doubt that Russia is violating the INF treaty. But the right path forward is to bring them back into compliance.”

One wonders how he thinks this can be accomplished? When the Obama-Putin New Start agreement expires in February 2021, an agreement without verifiable Russian compliance, this agreement should not be renewed.

President Trump said that he remains committed to effective arms control, however, it is clear that he understands very well that many of our non-verifiable treaties are an exercise in futility, downright imprudence and stupidity. One should remember at this point America’s Obama treaty with Iran.

The new treaty between China and Russia shows a different balance of power and need. China, today, is an export-driven economic power house. China’s President, Xi Jinping, is aspiring to world leadership, while Russia has become ostracized by the West for its aggressive expansionism, and is facing an economic downturn of great proportions. The sanctions applied to Russia by the West after it annexed the Crimea and invaded the Ukraine, have made themselves deeply felt. Russian emigres tell me that Russia is leasing vast tracts of Russian soil for China to grow food. Moscow badly needs new trading partners and markets, and hopes to gain from China new technology, capital and markets denied it by the West.

This new alliance affects the West as, once again, the expansionism of these two giants needs to be controlled.

*It is extremely worrisome that the new partners held in Siberia joint war games last September, with 3,000 Chinese troops in armored vehicles participating on Russian soil. Russia’s central Bank moved 14.7% of its currency reserves into Chinese yuan, selling American dollars reduce Russia’s exposure to further American sanctions.

Welcome to a new world of Worry.

*The facts of this section were extracted from an article by Yaroslav Trofimov in the Review of the Wall Street Journal’s Saturday/Sunday edition of February 2-3, 2019.

A Perfect Storm is Forming Against the West |   Part One

 Sigrid Weidenweber grew up in communist East Berlin, escaping it using a French passport. Ms. Weidenweber holds a degree in medical technology as well as psychology and has course work in Anthropology.  She is co-founder of Aid for Afghans.  Weidenweber has traveled the world and lived with Pakistani Muslims, learning about the culture and religion. She is a published author and lecturer. You can find her books on Amazon.com


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