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Syria & Sea Breeze 2011; USA heats up the Cold War

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

 

Sea Breeze 2011

The logo for the international  ‘Naval exercise’ Sea Breeze 2011. What’s the dove doing on it ? you might ask – and one wonders what the word Respect is doing on the graphic ? We didn’t think Americans could do irony . . . .

A recent article  throws a new light on the upheaval in Syria. It also suggests that the massive naval exercise that has just taken place off the coast of Ukraine has been another move in the Cold War strategy that the USA has never ceased to pursue against the Russian Federation.

For the first time, the USA has deployed ships carrying elements of its anti-ballistic missile defence system in the Black Sea , and is actively engaged in pulling in as many of Russia’s neighbours as possible into an obviously hostile alliance.

The two pertinent points that should be remembered here are these;

  • The USA is economically bankrupt, and reliant on imported fossil fuels. Its only claim to be the world’s premier superpower is its massive armed forces, which are spread out across the world ensuring that its access to other nations resources are secure.
  • The Russian Federation has vast gas and oilfields; and areas that were once inaccessible containing these and other resources are – with climate change –  becoming increasingly possible, and profitable, to exploit.

The article – from the publication Global Research –  is called  NATO Incorporates Libyan Experience For Global War Template [by Rick Rozoff], and first of all summarises how NATO, the world’s only active military alliance has been fighting ceaseless war, leading to the completely disproportionate ‘Defence’ budget in the USA.

Then he goes on to describe the ‘provocative’ naval exercises taking place near the Russian Black Sea Port; and how this is part of a jigsaw whereby the US military ’empire’ is attempting, despite – or maybe because of  – the looming bankruptcy of its economy to pursue a strategy of encirclement around Russia.

The Pentagon and NATO are currently concluding the Sea Breeze 2011 naval exercise in the Black Sea off the coast of Ukraine, near the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet based in Sebastopol. Participants include the U.S., Britain, Azerbaijan, Algeria, Belgium, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Macedonia, Moldova, Sweden, Turkey and host nation Ukraine. All but Algeria and Moldova are Troop Contributing Nations for NATO’s Afghan war. The once-annual maneuvers resumed again last year after the Ukrainian parliament banned them in 2009. This year’s exercise was arranged on the initiative of chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen. Last year’s Sea Breeze drills, the largest in the Black Sea, included 20 naval vessels, 13 aircraft and more than 1,600 military personnel from the U.S., Azerbaijan, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Moldova, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine.

This year the guided missile cruiser USS Monterey joined the exercise. The warship is the first deployed to the Mediterranean, and now the Black Sea for the Pentagon’s Phased Adaptive Approach interceptor missile program, one which in upcoming years will include at least 40 Standard Missile-3 interceptors in Poland and Romania and on Aegis class destroyers and cruisers in the Mediterranean, Black and Baltic Seas. Upgraded versions of the missile, the Block IB, Block IIA and Block IIB, are seen by Russian political analysts and military commanders as threats to Russia’s long-range missiles and as such to the nation’s strategic potential.

The article then goes on to describe how this is part of a game plan in which the fall of the Assad regime in Syria, and its replacement by one more ‘friendly’ to the Western Axis would be a perfect way of excluding the Russian Fleet from vast areas of the globe . . .

As former Indian diplomat M K Bhadrakumar wrote in a recent column:

“Without doubt, the US is stepping up pressure on Russia’s Black Sea fleet. The US’s provocation is taking place against the backdrop of the turmoil in Syria. Russia is stubbornly blocking US attempts to drum up a case for Libya-style intervention in Syria. Moscow understands that a major reason for the US to push for regime change in Syria is to get the Russian naval base in that country wound up.

“The Syrian base is the only toehold Russia has in the Mediterranean region. The Black Sea Fleet counts on the Syrian base for sustaining any effective Mediterranean presence by the Russian navy. With the establishment of US military bases in Romania and the appearance of the US warship in the Black Sea region, the arc of encirclement is tightening.”