It was Russia's subjugation of Eastern Europe that made Russia the enemy. That and the Russian post war slaughter of civilians.
The goal of the West to to prevent that subjugation of Eastern Europe again by blocking the recreation of the Soviet Empire. The Ukraine is key to this. I understand you totally approve of the slaughter and deportation of the Tartars and non-Russian Ukraines. You are a person who loves genocides in your messages. But you aren't getting your way.
Russia's threats against the Saudi's is what got this going - and then Russian's military invasion of Crimea and covert invasion of Eastern Ukraine. Saudi Arabia turned open the flow of their cheap oil and OPEC joined it - plus this slows the West's development of shale oil and shifting to natural gas and other alternatives.
If Turkey would get on board we could slam Russia's natural gas prices too, big time. Your tyrant may be going down to the fury of his own starving, cold people. The Russian shelves are going bare, inflation is growing, money is fleeing and winter is coming.
A world of regional superpowers is a world destined to super wars. That is history.
Mid East Big Guys are Saudi Arabia and Iran -and they despise each other. While I'd like to see a more balanced approach with Iran,
we can't just shift overnight either with our security agreements, and weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.
I have no idea what we could do with Mexican drug gangs, other then legalize all that stuff ( libertarian approach),
and just tax it, instead of having the DEA drive west hemisphere policy.
I do agree a more sane relationship with Cuba was well past due -but we also have world (global superpower)duties like it or not.
China and Russia will only act in their self interests. Tibet and Ukraine are good examples. They will glom up territory.
China is smarter then Russia in the use of "soft power" The Decline of America's Soft Power | Foreign Affairs
but they are backing it up with a new fighter that they prolly ripped off the design from our F-35, as well as any other weapons systems they are pumping money into.
My point is we could do a better job with soft power -no more land wars of intervention -
or regime change like Libya ( which is now a failed terrorist state).
But we simply cannot abandon global roles as there isn't anyone else to take our place.
Not only governments' actions dictate the economical strength of a country but also the attitude of the general population to its' role in the country's economy.
Currently, Russia is swamped with bureaucrats, and low quality "professionals" that breed corruption and incompetence, both are still a disease that Russia as a whole struggles to deal with. These factors combined with several others make Russia's economy as weak as it is today.
In order for Russia to survive and become a competitive economical player it needs to restructure not only its economy but also a lot of the socioeconomic structures that were created in the past 10-20 years.
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Every empire has sunk. Every empire was built upon war. Empires have fallen for reasons other than war.
People like pretty pictures of the USA, of what made the USA incredibly wealthy and the most powerful country on earth.
The USA was built by war. Against the British.
Attempted in Canada - but failed.
Against Native Americans.
Take territory militarily. Build forts to keep it. Build navies to protect colonies. That is USA history.
The Spanish American War is when the USA first became a true world power.
WWI put the USA in the category of the other big boys worldwide.
WWII was the USA conquering the world in final effect. Every industrial nation was busted, most of their industry obliterated. Many or all of their colonies gone Russia isolated.
The problem with Sun Tzu's theory is that everyone in the world all has to agree to be nice to each other and to share. The USA could share with the world I suppose. Do you think any politician is going to succeed on a campaign of reducing the American standard of living by 80% to share with the rest of the world?
Ultimately, there will always be push back against the rich and powerful nations/empires by poor ones. The rich/powerful nations be wealthy including by employing military superiority, covert tactics, alliances, and all the rest.
What is unfortunately is that there is almost NO honesty in debating foreign policy - by anyone. War hawks vehemently deny we fight in the M.E. for oil and natural resources - yet that is 100% exactly why. Doves will claim our blood for oil can be given up and everyone can ride bicycles in some never-can-exist hippie view of economics and reality.
Russia returning to the being the USSR is not an irrelevancy to the USA despite your believing otherwise. The USA will get out of the M.E. when it is in the interests of the USA to do so. The fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan - the pricking around Russia? To keep the quiet areas quiet and ours - those countries on Russia's Southern border almost no one knows exist - and few know we have air and military bases there.
Rather than going on and going, the simplistic logic of both "hawks" and "doves" is both naÔve and false. They debate over pretend realities.
The USA is not a peace loving country. Time to time people want a break from wars, brief periods of isolationism - or rather not overt war. But like all empires, the USA is a warrior nation and always has been, it is an empire, was built the way empires are build.
Ukraine did not invade Russia. The regional hegemon you would entrust to maintain regional stability stole Crimea, and is deeply involved in planning/supporting/maintaining "frozen conflicts" in eastern Ukraine, the Caucases, and Transnistria.
Crimea is illegally occupied by Russia