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    Washington's NATO Agenda for Europe is 'Worse Than the Cold War'

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    NATO's policy of European expansion put the region on a path to war, and are cooked up in Washington before being signed off by leaders in Europe without any democratic input, political writer Diana Johnstone told Sputnik.

    NATO's policy of expanding its European presence is devised in Washington, which then forces its will on European leaders, Diana Johnstone, a Paris-based political writer specializing on European politics and Western foreign policy, told Radio Sputnik.

    ​"NATO is relentlessly pursuing its own fictional version of the world. It speaks of some separate world where Russia is a threat and they have to respond to it. None of this has anything to do with either the reality of Russia behavior, or with the people of European countries."

    "There is very little if any media coverage of this sort of thing, these very dangerous policies that could lead to war are being made over the heads of the Europeans with frankly orders coming from Washington."

    Johnstone called the recent proposal by Turkey and Germany for NATO to help control the migrant crisis by carrying out maritime patrols in the Aegean Sea "quite ironic, because NATO is very much part of the migrant crisis."

    Johnstone cited NATO interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria as the major causes of the current refugee and migration crisis, as well as problems in the region caused by Turkey, another NATO member.

    "You cause disaster and then you come in to do something about it. I cannot believe in anything beneficial from NATO."

    "I'm very suspicious when NATO says it's going to go anywhere to do anything, because usually it comes out doing something even worse than it said it was going to do."

    Johnstone also expressed her suspicions about the outcome of assistant US secretary of state Victoria Nuland's visit to European capitals this week; on Wednesday she arrived in Warsaw to meet Polish government officials. Nuland is traveling on to Germany on Friday to join John Kerry at the Munich Security Conference, and will also accompany Kerry to the Albanian capital Tirana on Sunday.

    "She's a notorious neocon" and her visit to Europe serves several purposes, including the sale of weapons to form part of a "military Keynesianism" for Europe that is also proposed by George Soros, Johnstone said.

    "Of course spending money on military buildup means in fact purchasing American weapons in order to have them all fit together, so this is also a sales pitch for European countries to buy military equipment and hardware to threaten Russian with it."

    "Of course it's not the Cold War but it's something even worse because it’s a military buildup against Russia which has no ideological pretext as it did when Russia was communist, now it's simply based on false information or distortions."


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      The terrorist American government needs to be in a constant state of war and now with the mess its in it requires a war of epic scale to deflect attention from an American dollar and economy that are about to collapse.
    • siberianhusky
      I don't like the Americans with their world domination and high noon shoot it out on main street at 12'o clock attitudes. But the stupid Europeans deserve it to get drawn in to the Americans shenanigans. They are walking in to it with their eyes wide open.

      I wonder how long it will take for the Americans to nock at the Europeans door the pay for all that because they themselves are broke.
    • A = π r 2
      that's the tried-and-tested method though, no?

      1) Create a threat
      2) Amplify it to fever pitch using the media
      3) Spend billions of dollars to respond to it
      4) Rinse and repeat
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      Losing the policy in Syria and with many EU political leaders opposing the NATO activities on the European continent, the Pentagon Mafia is just getting nuts. Just a matter of how many "fools" in Europe that will follow the destructional forces by provocating Russia.
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      michaelin reply toMitach2002(Show commentHide comment)
      Mitach2002, yes, see the series by Laffin; The World in Conflict. It looks at all wars occurring year by year and who the 'players' are.
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      michaelin reply tosiberianhusky(Show commentHide comment)
      siberianhusky, I suppose that that has always happened given the structure of nato - only more so now.
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      michaelin reply toA = π r 2(Show commentHide comment)
      ultravi01et, and they've been doing it for... how long? 1812? Just at a fever pitch since 1945. Maybe that's it, americans are war mad. It's a disease?
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      michaelin reply toptcjm(Show commentHide comment)
      ptcjm, yes, losing control is not a pretty sight to witness.
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      ptcjmin reply toMitach2002(Show commentHide comment)
      Mitach2002, you think NATO is eager for more war crimes on the European continent, i.e. they might be losing control too?
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