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The Democratic Party’s efforts to intensify tensions with Russia could very well get Hillary Clinton elected as military hawks drool over the idea of massive new military conflicts in the Middle East and a proxy war with Russia.
And while U.S. politicians like Clinton are assuring voters that poking the won’t put American lives in danger, Russian leaders are taking a decidedly different position in the face of deteriorating relations with the West.
A critical element of the Clinton campaign has been using recent Russian foreign policy actions to deflect from the Democratic candidate’s own diplomatic failures— failures responsible for massive instability in Syria and elsewhere.
At the same time, she’s beating the war drum for further U.S. interventionism in Syria and elsewhere to hand additional control and munitions to the loose-knit groups of rebels the Obama administration has empowered throughout the region.
In the months ahead, both the U.S. and Russia are likely to scale up a military presence in those contested areas. And as officials on both sides refuse to acquiesce to the other’s demands (and increasingly refuse to even discuss the terms), the room for military imprecision in the region is shrinking.
Unfortunately, Middle Eastern foreign policy under the Clinton State Department accepted military imprecision as the rule: botched drone strikes, untimely troop withdrawals, faulty intelligence, and arming rebels whose causes are not in the best interest of modernity and stability in the region.
And there’s no indication that a Clinton White House would pursue a more diplomatic and careful approach to U.S. actions overseas.
Clinton’s approach to foreign policy is in many ways similar to her approach to campaigning: Shrieking, bellicose when challenged, and far too entangled to interests other than those of the average taxpayer for honesty.
Thanks to her secret server and ongoing email leaks, we know now that Clinton’s desire for a Sunni “awakening” throughout the Middle East has a great deal to do with her entanglements with the Sunni-led House of Saud. And every day, we learn how others of her diplomatic failures can be tied to maneuvers to please outside interests.
In an effort to draw attention away from the content of her emails, Clinton’s campaign has increased its anti-Russia rhetoric by accusing the country of being the source of the leaks.
The only problem is that Clinton is setting the stage for a massive and potentially deadly diplomatic disaster with Russia.
She’s already had her “reset.” And if she is elected, there’s little chance the Russian government is willing to consider another one. Especially after months of Clinton trash talk on the campaign trail.
U.S. leaders and media aren’t really paying much attention to what a Clinton election could mean in terms of U.S conflict with Russia.
But the Russians are.
After Clinton began blaming his country for her email troubles, Russian leader Vladimir Putin had this to say: “They caused this [anti-Russian] hysteria with a sole goal to distract the public from the essence of what the hackers leaked.
“It’s basically a way of manipulating public opinion, but for some reason nobody discusses that. They only talk about who did it.”
Putin has also chastised the international press for failing to relay the seriousness of the situation.
Unlike his U.S. counterparts, Putin is also preparing his military and citizens for the possibility of a devastating armed conflict.
He told his top military commanders earlier this year that they should prepare for war in the event of a Clinton election.
And a Russian news site reported that the Russian government is advising its top officials to bring children and other family members living abroad home in anticipation of what analysts say could be a coming “big war.”
Here’s a roughly translated excerpt:
Russian officials, up to the highest level, it is recommended to return to the country of children studying abroad. And to do so without waiting for the end of the study, and by shifting offspring in Russian universities. At home, parents should also return to officials and deputies, if the older generation of the family for some reason resides abroad without losing the citizenship of the Russian Federation, told Znak.com just five companions whom informal request from the presidential administration are most directly affected.
The move comes just after Putin canceled a planned visit to France amid international condemnation of his actions in Syria.