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As the Soviet Orthodox Christmas season began, winter ravaged the southern United States and Arabia from the Holy Land to Turkey, freezing 3 million displaced Syrian refugees.
And then the epic 20th century nuclear struggle between East and West reemerged in the unseasonably warm calms of North-Eastern Europe.
A month after Ukraine’s President Victor Yanukovich incited protest in his own capital of Kiev by surprisingly pulling out of European talks, and weeks after hundreds of thousands rallied to Kiev to destroy statues of Lenin in protest of Soviet strong-arming, the American press reported Russian rocket movements West in an alarming development to complicated global legal talks on ballistic missile shield defense between Russia and the USA.
But President Barak Obama didn’t find anything worth his time, announcing a refusal to show to the Russian Olympics this February due to his solidarity with homosexuality.
One defense expert explained the President’s stance as a show of strength, confronting Russian movements with their only choice to deal directly with their NATO neighbors to push Russia’s demands for legal missile shield negotiations to traverse through NATO Article 5: measuring a threat to one as a threat to all.
Though one defense contractor pinpointed Poland and Sweden as the main rivals to Russian aggression, Poland and Romania are set to serve as the installations for the NATO shield – which was to be a USA shield.
International legalese over the Patriot-run missile-shield has served as a major stumbling block to accord.
Though Presidents Obama and Putin share an increased trust of potential-aggressor Iran, they have disagreed in the past on USA shield placement in Turkey, making current matters very complicated with a suspicious French-lead NATO pushing a hard line against Iran.
Moscow, before the early 2013 deployment of Patriots to Turkey, agreed to NATO-backed cooperation on the Eastern European component of the Missile Shield. Rebuffed by the proposal to run the installations jointly, a mid-2013 USA GOA report warned the Administration of Russia’s insistence to binding legal assurances that the Missile Shield will not target itself.
GOA documentation underlined Russian concerns that missile defense aimed at Iran may in fact target Russian deterrents and be used to fortify USA troops and radar installations on the continent.
Russian ire was pronounced. President Vladimir Putin ridiculed Americans for placing Patriots so close to volatile Syria. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev threatened pulling out of the START arms control treaty completely and station missiles in the Baltic port-city of Kalingrad.
This week the American Press seems to indicate that that’s exactly what happened by reporting on a Russian press leak that Russian missiles had moved to westerly over 18 months ago.
Poland and Romania seem forced to go it alone in defending Europe’s flank from Easterly attacks.
Last Summer in Poland, the press reported the expansion of the Administration’s commitment to Russia with the headline: ‘USA to Drop Missile Defense.’ However, the published Pentagon policy ran tandem with Twitter quotes from the USA Ambassador to Poland stating that the Missile Shield would go through as planned both in Poland (2015) and Romania. (2013)
A cagey visit later in the Summer by newly minted Secretary of State John Kerry corroborated some commitment to Eastern European missile defense as Poles celebrated the production of a small missile from one of its Poly-technical schools.
Previously, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski criticized the Obama Administration for its lack of commitment to Eastern NATO allies, hoping that Obama’s defeat would bring a firmer USA presence after the President cancelled interceptor missiles to the NATO ally in 2009.
Now, a year removed from Obama’s reelection, the Defense Department is in tatters after years of Presidential budget cuts saw further attrition to defense spending. The President that saw reelection despite his requisitioning of some 10 million in Homeland Security bomb detection dollars that lead directly to the Boston Marathon Massacre forced a furlough of hundreds of thousands of Pentagon workers even after embattled chief Chuck Hagel recalled some 300,000 on a national security mandate last October.
Hagel himself is the most contested Pentagon chief in history. No one has taken office leading the DoD with more than 11 votes against their appointment; the President received a letter with over 15 GOP Senators advising against the leadership of a man who they did not think would honor America’s commitment to Israel as an appeaser of Persia and Arabia.
And so as the Syrian Civil War passes its 1000th day of fighting deceasing over 110,000 and creating a refugee crisis of some 3 million, Iran receives new American economic support to continue its Nuclear Program as it supports a Syrian government which has lost the peace and the confidence even of the American Administration.
Last summer the President promised billions in aid to Syrian rebels after promising billions to rebel-associated Egyptian leaders at the Muslim Brotherhood.
So it can be said that Barak Obama’s double dealing has promoted nothing but a freezing desert in this beginning of the Russian and Ukrainian Christmas season that starts a week after the Catholic onset.
Years of Quantative Easing are coming to an end and though countless TV economists credit the American bond buy-back market with saving the world economy, Europe continues to suffer.
It’s recent FIFA host-country Ukraine had to walk away from a trade deal for fear that Europe would flood the markets and increase a growing trend of consumption for a nation with debt %80 of the Gross Domestic Product. (GDP) Though westerners criticize President Yanukovich for attempting to extort the EU 160 billion dollars by 2017, the Ukraine’s President’s recent trips to China and Russia secured about 15 billion in Russian trade deals and a mammoth gas credit that saves Ukraine 2 billion a year.
China viciously clamped down on the gobal Bitcoin market, halfing prices.
So as the USA comes off of its Quantative Easing there might be more incentive than ever for investing in European stocks that protect local economies rather than rudimentary commodities like Bitcoin that over-simplify as quick-fix personal banks that cut out the middle men.
The world is fragile economically and the East and West are at odds as always. This warm spell in Christmas holds few promises for better times ahead. It came from an Arctic Blast just last week.
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