Tuesday, April 22, 2014
In the game that successive US governments have played with Russia since the early 1990s, the United States is clearly playing with house money. As I've discussed recently, since the end of the Cold War American economic and political influence has spread exponentially throughout territories that, for much of the 20th century and often earlier, were in Russia's sphere of influence. Not only has most of the former Warsaw Pact become part of a US-based military alliance, but so have three former republics of the USSR. Meanwhile, former Soviet client states in the Middle East have similarly been overthrown or severely compromised in recent years.