Confrontation with Russia Is Heading Towards a Dead End

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( — June 23, 2015) — The confrontation with Russia could be heading towards a dangerous Dead End according to the author of ‘Churchill, Hitler, and “The Unnecessary War.” Criticizing the US in David Stockman’s Contra Corner for pushing heavy weaponry in Eastern Europe, close to border with Russia, Buchanan called the move that thePentagon made “the most aggressive step by the Pentagon and NATO since the Cold War.”

 According to Buchanan, Moscow will reply by “outfit[ing] its missile brigade in Kaliningrad, bordering Lithuania and Poland, “with new Iskander tactical missile systems,” which can carry both, conventional and nuclear warheads.

By now, the Pentagon and Congress may realize that Vladimir Putin is not a bluffer and, faced by U.S . toughness, will not back down, Buchanan wrote.

“Yet we are today risking a collision with Russia in the Baltic States and Ukraine, where no vital U.S. interest has ever existed and where our adversary enjoys military superiority,” Buchanan argued, quoting a former senior Defense and State Department official Les Gelb who said that “Russia’s military superiority over NATO on its Western borders,” is “painfully evident to all.”

Buchanan wrote that the U.S. is leaning heavily on its NATO allies, however, fewer than half of the respondents in Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain thought NATO should fight if it’s Baltic allies were attacked by Russia, a new survey shows.

According to the Pew Global Attitudes Project, 58 German examinees did not think military force should have been used by NATO to defend Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, against 38 who would approve. Results were similar with other NATO allies. Only 1 in 5 Germans and Italians favor arming Ukraine, and in not a single major NATO nation has the majority supporting Ukraine being armed, according to a PEW report.

Americans, however voted in favor by 56-37, of using force to defend the Baltic States. On the other hand, when asked about sending military aid to Ukraine, America is divided, 46 percent in favor, 43 percent opposed.

In his article published in the Contra Corner, Buchanan said that “Congressional hawks in Washington” are adamant to show Putin who is ‘in charge.’ However, behind the Pentagon are a divided nation and a NATO alliance that don’t want confrontation with Russia.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of Churchill, Hitler, and “The Unnecessary War”: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World.