By Pepe Escobar
May 3, 2014
Asia Times Online.com

Poor NATO. Damned Soviets. The benign North Atlantic Treaty Organization has spent two decades “trying to build a partnership” with Russia. But now, “clearly the Russians have declared NATO as an adversary, so we have to begin to view Russia no longer as a partner but as more of an adversary”, according to NATO deputy secretary-general Alexander Vershbow, a former US diplomat/ Pentagon employee.

The hot lava irony of a Pentagon hack carping about “Russia clearly trying to re-impose hegemony” is enough to put the Vesuvius to shame. But that’s only a minor plot twist in NATO The Expandables (the movie).

NATO – still in the process of being epically humiliated on a daily basis by a bunch of Pashtuns with Kalashnikovs in Afghanistan – is now considering “new defensive measures” to deter “evil” Russia from “aggression” against NATO members, mostly the Baltic states. And that will mean deployment of “more substantial numbers of allied combat forces to Eastern Europe” – mostly Poland. Permanently. Or, in Pentagonese, “semi-permanent unit training rotations”. As if any doubt remained that Cold War 2.0 is here to stay.

NATO will “debate” the issue – in its usual muddy waters fashion – over the summer, and the result will be announced at a meeting in Wales in September, presided by Emperor Barack Obama himself.

Any analyst not embedded in the Pentagonese matrix knows that key European Union powers Germany and France – which have solid economic and business ties to Russia – will never buy this new spin for Cold War 2.0. As for other sizable NATO members, they are simply broke, and/or have better (economic) fish to fry at home.

Informed opinion also knows that were Cold War 2.0 to progress, payback will be handsome – as in, just for starters, Russia simply killing the Northern Distribution Network, which allows NATO’s escape route from its sterling performance in Afghanistan.

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