Letter: Cold War revival

How soon we choose to forget. The U.S. has been steadily threatening Russia’s interests by engaging in Ukrainian politics. During the 2005 Orange Revolution in that country, medical treatment was provided to Victor Yuchchenko, the ousted President Victor Yanukovich’s rival. Our government energetically tugs Ukraine toward the western orbit and NATO. The current bluster is a reinvigoration of the Truman-Eisenhower Cold War, with all its potential for profit and extension of power.

Did the Russians protest the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld war of choice against Iraq, threaten sanctions or promise economic or possible military aid to that country? Any reasoned assessment would predict and accept Russian interest in the fate and direction of a country its immediate neighbor. If Canada fell into noisy political turmoil, would we not be poised to occupy and perhaps annex that territory?

Then there is the shameful bluster of folks like John McCain. Did he learn nothing from the pain and disaster of soldiering in Vietnam?



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