While our nation is consumed with lipstick politics, for the first time since the end of the Cold War Russian navy warships are heading for the Western Hemisphere and our backyard to conduct joint military exercises with the Venezuelan navy. This coming at a time when U.S.-Russian relations are at their lowest point in decades.
It’s neither coincidental nor inconsequential that years of incessant Bush Administration saber rattling towards both Russia and Venezuela, the U.S European missile deal and U.S. criticism of Russia during their recent conflict with Georgia has served to greatly exacerbate tensions. With both countries in the process of creating a multifaceted strategic energy alliance and Russia selling billions of dollars of sophisticated armaments to Venezuela, this is a potentially disastrous conflict in the making where one misstep or daisy chain of events could set off another Cuban missile crisis scenario.
This increasing anxiety between the United States and two of world’s largest oil producers, one of whom is a nuclear powerhouse, is yet another result of the Bush administration’s failed neo-con policy of confrontation. Nothing suggests that anything would change for the better in a McCain-Palin administration, as McCain has already angered both Putinand Chavez with his inflammatory rhetoric against both while Palin’s preposterous take on NATO and a potential military confrontation with Russia only serves to ratchet things up even more.
Never has there been a more urgent need for the United States to change their primary foreign policy objective to be one of engagement, collaboration, negotiation and compromise. We may not survive otherwise and I do not think that is too strong a statement.