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Ready for (Another) War with Russia?

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Just when you thought the Cold War was dead and buried, the war contractors and their lobbyists decided to dust off a tried and true model to line their pockets.

The same foolish old men that brought us a war with Afghanistan and Iraq are eager once again to stuff other people and their money into a Ukrainian meat grinder. War is the word. War with Russia, of all nations, as if the US hadn't tried it before. Other pseudo-tangles with the Russians brought us North Korea, the Vietnam War, the Taliban, the Bay of Pigs and other bright spots in world history. In spite of poor historical outcomes, the wise men of Washington see no downside in blasting Russians in their backyard.

To be clear, US Marines probably won't face off against Spetnasz operatives. Perhaps there will be some "advisors" dotting the Ukraine, as they were called before Vietnam heated up. Maybe there will be UN peacekeepers, the euphemism used during the Korean War. One thing is certain; a war with Russia means that the US taxpayer will be robbed again to arm and advise a people they couldn't care about to fight a political situation they don't know about.

For about 70 years, the Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union. In 1992 or so, it split off. Neither one of these developments was used as a casus belli. However, the US war machine is getting hungry, and Russia taking over the Ukraine, as it has done several times before, seems to be an adequate excuse to spend American lives and money. It is understandable, though. Without a war to fight, the war contractor/campaign finance machine was getting dry. When you're starving, lots of stuff starts looking like food.

Russia may even seem like a foolish choice of enemy given their forest of nuclear missiles, but in reality "fighting" a nuclear enemy is the perfect war for cowardly politicians. Nukes aren't aimed at Cowpens, South Carolina. They're aimed at the White House. They're aimed at the Kremlin. Both sides know it, and won't rock the boat, lest they place their physical selves in any danger. They've never had a problem sending endless waves of fellow countrymen to die in whatever pointless adventure they've picked for the election cycle, they consider their own physical safety truly inviolate. When two nuclear-capable nations pretend to go to war, its more of a chess match than a street fight.

Appearing to face off against a great Russian enemy provides politicians a stage to jaw about morality, courage and sacrifice with prior knowledge that it will personally cost them nothing. The dying part is for the little people, the politicians have lobbyists to satisfy and campaigns to think about.

It is hard to imagine just exactly how replacing a Ukrainian-brand crony government with an almost indistinguishable Russian-brand crony government would have strategic impact on a town in Utah, but that isn't stopping the war machine from trying to convince people to send their children to die for their cause.



Richard is an engineer by day, and a political activist by night, fighting would-be totalitarians and government busybodies everywhere.