The United States was alarmed when Russia flew its strategic bombers close to the U.S. airspace along California in July. Recently, General Joseph Dunford, nominee for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Russia was an “existential threat” to the U.S. In reality, it’s the opposite that seems to be true and few Americans realize this fact.
Russia doesn’t overact like the U.S.
Considering what the U.S. has been doing since the end of the Cold War, Americans shouldn’t be surprised at all if Russia sends its military jets close to the U.S. airspace. In fact, they should be thankful that Russia doesn’t overact to threats that don’t even exist, like the U.S. does, said the Eastern Arizona Courier columnist Harry Goslin.
For more than two decades, Washington has been encircling Russia by persuading the former Soviet states to become members of NATO. And then it setup military bases in Eastern European countries, just a few hundred yards away from the Russian border. These tiny countries do little for the security needs of member states than serving as “sacrificial pawns” in a geopolitical game played by the U.S.
The reality is: U.S. poses ‘existential threat’ to Russia
U.S. Army regularly conducts military drills close to the Russian border. And then Americans claim that Russia poses an “existential threat” to their country. Imagine how the U.S. would respond if Russia took measures to bring down a pro-American government in Mexico and installed a pro-Russian one. Moscow did something similar in response to the U.S.-directed regime change in Ukraine to protect its interests.
Harry Goslin points out that the U.S. government probably wants people to believe its security threat propaganda, and it has succeeded in this aspect. U.S. military surveillance can track Russian military aircraft even before they leave the Russian airspace. So why wait until the Russian aircraft came close to California before detecting them? Flying its planes near the U.S. was the least Russia could to in response to Washington setting up several military bases along its border.
Russia is modernizing its Soviet-era military, adding more ships to its Navy and building closer ties with China to counter the U.S. aggression.