From Russia, With Love (Pt. I)

With all of the talk of collusion lately, I decided to take a little stroll down memory lane.

While Hillary Clinton and others continue to push a purely false narrative that President Donald Trump is a puppet for Vladimir Putin, many of us are scratching our heads. When did the Democratic party quit worshipping Russia? Nearly a half century of them quietly siding with the USSR, then idolizing the Clinton-Yeltsin bromance, and suddenly they’re anti-Russian? Were their egos that hurt by Putin’s routine embarrassment of their golden child, Obama?

Baby obama touching Putin muscle

Well, The Democrats have no one to blame but themselves! Here’s why.

The fall of the Iron curtain, and potential partnership

When the USSR collapsed, the Russian people were mesmerized by the flood of information which flowed into their formerly closed society. American music, food, movies, all were in high demand and a love affair began.

File photo of US President Clinton wiping away tears of laughter as he leans on Russian President Yeltsin in New York
The relationship between Yeltsin and Clinton signified the wider post USSR relation between the former rivals.

Things we’re getting so good, that Clinton and Yeltsin – the charismatic, albeit habitually toasted, leader of the newly independent Russian federation, we’re taking steps to bring Russian into NATO. The Russian and American armies were training together in Poland and Germany, and even operating together in the Balkans during the Yugoslav wars. In fact, a Russian general was even invited to be an acting special deputy to the NATO Supreme Allied Commander, in Europe (SACEUR) to assist in interoperability, command and control. This however, did not come to fruition, as the tension and suspicion created by roughly fifty years of staring at each other with our fingers on those big red buttons, hadn’t fully subsided. Hopes were high that the Russians and Americans would unite east and west, ushering in a century of unimaginable peace and prosperity.


1998: Kosovo – The worm begins to turn

When Islamic terrorist from the Serbian territory of Kosovo bombed the Yugoslav capital of Belgrade, the Serbian army set out to crush the tiny Albanian enclave. The Clinton regime made the unsurprising decision to side with the extremist backed regime in Kosovo . At the time Kosovars primarily practiced a very liberal sect of Islam; However, even in the early post-communist years state funded Saudi Wahhabi clerics were spreading their disturbingly vile and violent beliefs in Kosovo, under the guise of humanitarian aid.

Kosovo has since become the largest per capita contributor of manpower to the Islamic State (ISIS)

President Clinton, in defense of Kosovo, decided unilaterally to bomb Belgrade as the Serbian army retaliated against the actions of the Kosovo Liberation Army and grant independence to Kosovo. The Russian’s, well… They weren’t thrilled to say the least.

June 11, 1999: The Pristina Dash.

Although the Russians had been a key player in the Yugoslav peace process not only as the largest non NATO force working in the multinational IFOR and SFOR (Impementation Force, Stabilization Force) but also due to their close historic ties with the Serbs, tensions mounted in the wake of the air campaign against Belgrade. As NATO established KFOR (Kosovo Force) to implement the peace process, the Russians insisted on taking part.

In spite of NATO however, 250 Russian paratroopers stationed in Bosnia did a mad dash to seize the Pristina International Airport – in the Kosovar capital, before NATO troops could arrive. There was a tense standoff, and the KFOR commander ( British Lt. General Mike Jackson) on the ground was ordered by the NATO SACEUR to engage the Russians. Jackson is quoted as saying “I refuse to start World War 3 for you sir.” An agreement was eventually made, and both forces left the airport with dignity. For the Russians however, desperately in need of good news, it was a victory and a check on the seemingly unchecked power of NATO in the post-Soviet era.

bombing of belgrade
The bombing of Belgrade in 1999 was a major turning point in Russo-American relations. Images such as this terrified the Russian people. To this day, Russian’s tell me about how the bombing of Belgrade affected their opinion of the US.

The Serbs, like the Russian’s, were a Slavic people. While the Russian government was angry that the U.S acted without a UN resolution and without notifying Russian forces in the area, the people of Russia had a much more basic concern. The people of Russia had just seen the United States bomb a major Slavic city. A city that could, in their eyes, just as easily be St. Petersburg or Moscow. They felt as if the US and NATO had free reign of the earth, and Russia could no longer stand up for itself and its allies as it once had. They were appalled, and their eyes turned from the US, back towards the Kremlin.


The Rise of Vladimir Putin

1999 would also see the resignation of Boris Yeltsin, after his time in office had become stagnant, and the once great reformer had lost his touch. His prime minister – a rising star in Russian politics – would take the reins at a time where the Russian people were looking for a strong leader to safeguard their future. This strong leader was named Vladimir Putin, a former colonel in the famed, and feared KGB.

As Putin came to power, so too was a new US president, George W. Bush. The two leaders hit it off well, and when the United States was attacked on September 11, 2001 Putin was one of the first to call and offer the help of Russian military and intelligence personnel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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With the eyes of the US focused on the middle east, Putin began rearming and reforming the Russian army. Biding his time until America’s leadership was weak and it’s people sick of war.


The lines are drawn

The story of Georgia

Georgia gained its independence in 1991, upon the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Three separatist regions fought for autonomy from the government in Tbilisi; Adjara, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia sewed the seeds for future Russian influence over the former Greco-Roman state which had been the borderlands between the christian and islamic worlds in the Caucuses.

Since their independence, up to four thousand Russian troops were situated in the Adjaran capital of Batumi in the 12th Military base – the name given to the various regimental and battalion sized units garrisoned in Batumi, Medjinistzqali, and Khelvachauri. In 2003 a pivotal change in direction occurred in Georgian society, and by 2007 the Russians would be forced to withdraw the forces of the Twelfth.

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Mikheil Saakashvili

In 2003 the Rose revolution brought the reformist leader Mikheil Saakashvili to power, Saakashvili ran on a platform to modernize and reorient Georgia to the west in light of their Greco-Roman origins. He promised to reintegrate the three autonomous/separatist regions, and upon coming to power he began to do just that. Adjara, came back into the fold without a drop of blood, and the Russians were forced to withdraw.

The Russians withdrew the forces of the Twelfth Military base in November 2007. For the first time in over two centuries, Georgia was free from Russian occupation… They would soon return.

The US stepped in and began training and equipping Georgian forces. When the war in Iraq began, the Georgians sent soldiers to assist in security operation; NATO began joint training exercises with the Georgian army, the establishment of a large NATO training facility was planned, and Georgia was offered a pathway to NATO membership.

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Street demonstrations during the Rose Revulotion. The aims of the movement are easily seen in this picture: A western style democracy, NATO membership to “Stop Russia” as the banner on the right states quite clearly.

Moscow wasn’t so keen on developments in Georgia. The prospect a major NATO facility on their southern border alone was too much to bear. After the fall of Adjara, the Kremlin feared that Saakashvili would successfully retake Abkhazia and South Ossetia as well. Georgia had been, and would remain under the Russian jack boot whether they liked it or not.

2008: Russia returns

The invasion of Georgia is the first time we have seen, what has now become a go to tactic for Russian expansion in the age of Putin. Using a page out of Adolf Hilter’s playbook, Putin used the supposed oppression of a Russian speaking minority as the pretext for invasion. Putin claimed that Georgian troops and artillery had killed close to 3,000 Ossetian civilians, and it was the duty of the Russian state to protect Russian speaking minorities in other countries – in direct violation of international law.

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A Russian APC passing an ethnic Georgian village set alight by Ossetian militants, who intentionally depopulated as much Georgian held territory as possible.

After months of provocation by Ossetian artillery barrages on Georgian villages and military outpost, the Georgian army pushed into South Ossetia to oust the Russian puppet state. Russian troops – who were conveniently on the other side of the border for training excercises – flooded over the border, quickly pushing back the Georgian forces. They regained Tskhinvali, the Ossetian capital, crossing into Georgian territory; with the help of Ossetian forces they began looting and setting fire to villages inhabited by ethnic Georgians.

At the same time, Russian VDV (Airborne forces) along with fighters from Abkhazia invaded Georgia from the north west, seizing vital terrain as Russian marines from the Black sea fleet assaulted Georgian sea ports.

The Georgians, though heavily outmatched in terms of manpower and firepower, fought back gallantly. Man for man the US trained Georgian soldier bested his Russian foe, and revealed the many weaknesses of the Russian army. The sheer quantity of Russian forces on three fronts, was simply too much for the small group of high quality soldiers the Georgians had at their disposal.

GEORGIA-OSSETIA/The Ossetian army, backed by the Russians, burned down every ethnic Georgian village in their path, killing thousands according even to Russian estimates. After the war, the Russian government admitted that the actual number of Ossetian civilians killed by (retaliatory) Georgian fire, was estimated to be 78.

To this day, there are over 200,000 internally displaced refugees in Georgia, and Russian troops occupy 20% of Georgian territory.

 

President George W. Bush – a key supporter of Georgia and friend of President Saakashveli, proposed to send a carrier battle group to the Black sea with a rapid response force to openly engage the Russians and push them out of Georgia. By this time however, the liberal media’s Bush smear campaign had all but impeached him – you might remember the “Not my president” TV shirts, Chart topping song’s stating that “Bush brought down the towers” and the daily narrative that he was a war mongering oil baron attempting to enrich himself and his friends, and as one popular musician stated ” George Bush hates black people.” .. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

These developments combined with the taking of congress by the opposition party – and architects of Bush’s plummeting poll numbers, meant there was little President Bush could do to assist the Georgian people.

Decades from now historians will likely look at this event, as the defining moment when full scale global war could’ve been avoided. 

Sanctions

Bush’s only option was to place economic sanctions on Russia, and key players in the regime. There is no argument to make against the fact that had the Democrats supported Bush’s desire to send a carrier battle group to the Black sea, Putin would’ve immediately ceased in his expansionist ambitions! Just as now, they will watch the nation – and the world for that matter, burn to avoid working across the aisle.

After this flagrant violation of human rights and the sovereignty of nations went unpunished, a new American leader would come into office. This man opted to take American leadership from the international stage almost entirely. Barack Obama, who would receive the Nobel peace prize in his first year of office, would do more to destabilize the world than any world leader since the 1940s. His reign of ineptitude and timidness would create the power vacuum Vladimir Putin had been waiting for, and alter the course of the 21st century in ways we have only now begun to understand.

 

Stay tuned for part II. We will discuss the seemingly endless concessions made to Vladimir Putin by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in a sad attempt to “reset” relations. We will discuss Putin’s desire to recreate the Soviet Union, the Kremlin’s aggressive foreign policy, and the ineptitude of “the Amateur” to effectively check Russian power.

 

I am not writing this series to clear Trumps name in any way. Although I voted for him, and support him, the fruitless investigations are proving his innocence daily. I am also not writing this simply to bash democrats – although they make it too easy! I am writing this because there is very obvious danger ahead!

As I have said in the past: History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme from time to time. The similarities between the rise of Adolf Hitler in the wake of German defeat in World War I and the penalties imposed on it by the treaty of Versailles; and the rise of Vladimir Putin after the collapse of the Soviet Union, should be alarming to every person on earth.

Furthermore, the concessions made to Putin by the Obama administration and EU leaders over the last decade, have been similar in their intentions and results to those made by western powers to Nazi Germany. I could go on as to step by step how Putin is following Hitlers example, and match ones actions with the other. However, I think even the average liberal now understands what we in the GOP have been saying for years, and what we are up against.

My focus is to reveal how we got here and why, as well as what actions we can take – not what concessions we must give up, to prevent another world war. Attached to next weeks release, will be articles from my other site to give deeper insight into Russian military strategy and structure, strengths and weaknesses, capabilities and readiness level, as well as analysis of their previous campaigns and forward deployed forces.

Stay tuned!


 

 

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