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America Has Been On A “Hot War Footing” Against Russia Since 2014

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America Has Been On A “Hot War Footing” Against Russia Since 2014

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Written by Prof Michel Chossudovsky. Originally published on Global Research 

This article was first published in December 2014 under the title: America is on a “Hot War Footing”: House Legislation Paves the Way for War with Russia?

Legislation had already been envisaged in 2014, to wage war on Russia. H. RES. 758 not only accused Russia of having invaded Ukraine, it also invoked article 5 of the Washington Treaty, namely NATO’s  doctrine of collective security.

It  was first introduced by Rep. Kinzinger (Illinois) on November 18 2014, it was adopted by 411-10 in an almost unanimous vote on the morning of December 4th. (Kinzinger is at it again)

According to Supreme Allied Commander General Breedlove, NATO needs “pre-positioned supplies, pre-positioned capabilities and a basing area ready to rapidly accept follow-on forces”: “He plans to recommend placing supplies — weapons, ammunition and ration packs — at the headquarters to enable a sudden influx of thousands of Nato troops” (Times, August 22, 2014, emphasis added). 

And the Senate had adopted the  Russian Aggression Prevention Act (RAPA) calling for the militarization of Eastern Europe and the Baltic States and the stationing of US and NATO troops on Russia’s doorstep.  

The House Resolution was adopted. In the words of Dennis Kucinich in an open letter published on December 2:

The resolution demands Russia to be isolated …  In other words, ‘let’s get ready for war with Russia.’

This is exactly the type of sabre rattling which led to the initiation and escalation of the Cold War. It is time we demanded that the US employ diplomacy, not more military expenditures, in the quest for international order.

 

Both the House and the Senate had given a Green-light to the Obama-Biden Administration to wage war against Russia in December 2014. 

These 2014 legislative initiatives  constitute a preamble to the 2022 Ukraine War.

We are currently in a World War III Scenario. 

We call upon Members of the House of the Senate to take a firm stance in favor of peace negotiations. 

 

Michel Chossudovsky, May 15, 2022

Below is the full text of my December 4 2014 article

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America is on a war footing.  While, a World War Three Scenario has been on the drawing board of the Pentagon for more than ten years, military action against Russia [2014] is now contemplated at an “operational level”.

Similarly, both the Senate and the House have introduced enabling legislation [2014] which provides legitimacy to the conduct of a war against Russia.

We are not dealing with a “Cold War”. None of the safeguards of the Cold War era prevail. 

There has been a breakdown in East-West diplomacy [during the Obama-Biden administration] coupled with extensive war propaganda. In turn the United Nations has turned a blind eye to extensive war crimes committed by the Western military alliance.  

The adoption of a major piece of legislation by the US House of Representatives on December 4th (H. Res. 758)  would provide (pending a vote in the Senate) a de facto green light to the US president and commander in chief to initiate –without congressional approval– a process of military confrontation with Russia.  

Global security is at stake. This historic vote –which potentially could affect the lives of hundreds of millions of people Worldwide– has received virtually no media coverage. A total media blackout prevails.   

The World is at a dangerous crossroads.

Moscow has responded to US-NATO threats. Its borders are threatened. 

On December 3, [2014] the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation announced the inauguration of a new military-political entity which would take over in the case of war. 

Russia is launching a new national defense facility, which is meant to monitor threats to national security in peacetime, but would take control of the entire country in case of war. (RT, December 3, 2014)

Timeline of War Preparations

In May 2014, the  Russian Aggression Prevention Act (RAPA) was  introduced in the US Senate (S 2277), calling for the militarization of Eastern Europe and the Baltic States and the stationing of US and NATO troops on Russia’s doorstep:

S.2277 – Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014

Directs the President to: (1) implement a plan for increasing U.S. and NATO support for the armed forces of Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia, and other NATO member-states; and (2) direct the U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO to seek consideration for permanently basing NATO forces in such countries.

Directs the President to submit a plan to Congress for accelerating NATO and European missile defense efforts.

While The S 2277 resolution was sent to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for review, its essential premises are already in the process of being implemented.  In mid-July, NATO’s Europe commander General Philip Breedlove in consultation with the Pentagon and Britain’s Ministry of Defence, called for:

 “stockpiling a base in Poland with enough weapons, ammunition and other supplies to support a rapid deployment of thousands of troops against Russia”.(RT, July 24, 2014).

America Has Been On A “Hot War Footing” Against Russia Since 2014According to General Breedlove, NATO needs “pre-positioned supplies, pre-positioned capabilities and a basing area ready to rapidly accept follow-on forces”:

“He plans to recommend placing supplies — weapons, ammunition and ration packs — at the headquarters to enable a sudden influx of thousands of Nato troops” (Times, August 22, 2014, emphasis added)

Breedlove’s “Blitzkrieg scenario” –which could potentially lead to military escalation– was reaffirmed at the September NATO Summit in Wales.  A so-called NATO action plan directed against the Russian Federation was decided upon.  The Wales Summit had given the “green light”.

America Has Been On A “Hot War Footing” Against Russia Since 2014

Barely a month later, in October,  US-NATO military drills were held in the Baltic States. In early November, a second round of drills was held in both the Baltic States and Eastern Europe.

As part of this broader endeavour, NATO’s Iron Sword 2014 military exercises –involving the participation of nine member countries of the Atlantic Alliance– were launched in Lithuania in early November:

 ”US tanks rolled in to Lithuania earlier this month is a show of force to Russia that it’s not welcome in the region.”

The military exercises were explicitly directed against Russia. According to Moscow, they consisted in “increasing operation readiness” as well the transfer of NATO “military infrastructure to the Russian borders”.

In response to NATO deployments on Russia’s borders,  the Russian Federation also conducted in early November extensive  war games in the sea of Barent.  The Russian drills consisted in testing “its entire nuclear triad consisting of strategic bombers; submarines” and the “silo-based Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile  launched from Plesetsk in Arkhangelsk Oblast” on November 1st.

The US House of Representatives H.Res. 758 Resolution

On 18 November,  a major resolution H. Res. 758 was introduced in the House of Representatives. Its main thrust consists in portraying Russia as an “Aggressor Nation”, which has invaded Ukraine and calling for military action directed against Russia:

You can watch Rep. Kinzinger’s floor speech on the legislation

H.RES.758 — Whereas upon entering office in 2009, President Barack Obama announced his intention to `reset’ relations with the Russian Federation, which was described by former United States Ambassador… (Introduced in House – IH)

HRES 758 IH

113th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. RES. 758

Strongly condemning the actions of the Russian Federation, under President Vladimir Putin, which has carried out a policy of aggression against neighboring America Has Been On A “Hot War Footing” Against Russia Since 2014countries aimed at political and economic domination.

(The full text of H. RES. 758 is contained in annex to this article)

H. Res. 758 not only accuses Russia of having invaded Ukraine, it also invokes article 5 of the Washington Treaty, namely NATO’s  doctrine of collective security.

An attack on one member of the Atlantic alliance is an attack on all members of the Alliance.

The underlying narrative is supported by a string of baseless accusations directed against the Russian Federation.

It accuses Russia of having invaded Ukraine. It states without evidence that Russia was behind the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17,  it accuses Russia of military aggression.

Ironically, it also accuses the Russian Federation of having imposed economic sanctions not only on Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova but also on several unnamed member states of the European Union.  The resolution accuses the Russian Federation of having used “the supply of energy for political and economic coercion.”

In essence, House Resolution 758 were it to become law would provide a de facto green light to the President  of the United States to declare war on the Russian Federation, without the formal permission of the US Congress.

In this regard, it could be interpreted as “mildly unconstitutional” in that it contravenes the substance of Article 1, Section 8, of the US Constitution which  vests in the Congress “the Power to declare war…”

The resolution urges the President of the United States in consultation with the US Congress to:

“conduct a review of the force posture, readiness, and responsibilities of the United States Armed Forces and the forces of other members of NATO to determine if the contributions and actions of each is sufficient to meet the obligations of collective self defence under article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty and to specify the measures needed to remedy any deficiencies” .

What the above paragraph suggests is that the US is contemplating the use of NATO’s collective security doctrine under article 5 with a views to triggering a process of military confrontation with the Russian Federation.

The structure of military alliances is of crucial significance. Washington’s intent is to isolate Russia. Article 5 is a convenient mechanism imposed by the US on Western Europe. It forces NATO member states, most of which are members of the European Union, to act wage war on Washington’s behalf.

Moreover, a referendum on Ukraine’s membership in NATO is contemplated.  In case Ukraine becomes a member of NATO and/or redefines its security agreement with NATO, article 5 could be invoked as a justification to wage a NATO sponsored war on Russia.

“Fast Legislation”

The speed at which this legislation was adopted is unusual in US Congressional history.

House resolution 758 was introduced on November 18th, it was rushed off to the Foreign Affairs Committee and rushed back to the plenary of the House for debate and adoption.

Two weeks (16 days) after it was first introduced by Rep. Kinzinger (Illinois) on November 18, it was adopted by 411-10 in an almost unanimous vote on the morning of December 4th.

Members of Congress are puppets. Their vote is controlled by Washington’s lobby groups. For the defence contractors, Wall Street and the Texas oil giants, “war is good for business”.

In the words of Dennis Kucinich in an open letter published on December 2:

The resolution demands Russia to be isolated …  In other words, ‘let’s get ready for war with Russia.’

This is exactly the type of sabre rattling which led to the initiation and escalation of the Cold War. It is time we demanded that the US employ diplomacy, not more military expenditures, in the quest for international order.

Media Blackout

One would expect that this historic decision would has been the object of extensive news coverage.

In fact what happened was a total news blackout.

The nation’s media failed to provide coverage of the debate in House of Representatives and the adoption of H Res 758 on December 4.

The mainstream media had been instructed not to cover the Congressional decision.

Nobody dared to raise its dramatic implications.  its impacts on “global security”.  “World War III is not front page news.”

And without mainstream news concerning US-NATO war preparations, the broader public remains unaware of the importance of the Congressional decision. .

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SPACE FORCE

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Palaban

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Curiosity kills the cat

Sure, all super powers are playing the game of wars. However, Russia forced its hand on Ukraine by it’s own chosing.

To play the blame game in order to justify its own actions is nothing else than a diversion tactic.

It’s simple, Russia, like many other countries before, has violated international laws in order to expand its influence sphere. This time it failed.

Propaganda is the continuation of war by other means. Politics too.

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Leonard

Unfortunately, I have to agree (mostly).

Russia lost moral high ground and now is acting like the US. The difference is: the US has half of the world under control, global media plus so many vassals ready to accept (almost) their every war of aggression. Russia does not. Putin didn’t even bother to prepare a decent casus belli. Yeah, Maidan was CIA putsch only complete idiots can’t see this. But it was in 2013-4. the war in Donbass lasts for 8 years, nothing new happened and nothing to justify a full scale invasion of a sovereign nation. Well, perhaps not very “sovereign” and not a real “nation”, it’s a corrupt, fascist regime owned by the US but still it is what it is, Russia has no right to decide or change foreign governments by military force. They just acted like a bully. But even worse – lone bully, and not particularly intimidating bully. Perhaps if they won the war in 3 weeks (which was impossible with 200k troops), but still it was a big strategic mistake. Now it’s a colossal mistake. Putin played directly into US hands.

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Curiosity kills the cat

Well, your description sounds reasonable to me.

Only difference I would see is that Zelensky managed to get the worst people out of government. Since then Ukraine at least has a better government than both, USA and Russia. One nearly ending in a dictatorship after government building being stormed, the other turning into a clear autocracy. As such, the Ukraine having a more decent government than both is not that difficult to achieve.

In the end no one, neither Russians, nor Americans or Ukrainians will be free, just under another more or less despicable government.

The people of this world will not win anything, exactly the opposite is true already.

CDM

This war was not avoidable . Putin simply decided to strike first instead of waiting to be attacked on their terms. His mistake is not attacking ukraine, his mistake is not attacking it earlier. Back in 2013/4/5.

a passer by

Agree and upvoted, though I think that was the right call. You have to remember that pre-2018 majority of human population have been blindly consuming and and heavily propagandised by western media, be it movies, games, news, whatever. In almost every story Russia or Russian is the villain or involved somehow.

Especially in video games, which main audience is young people. World in Conflict, Battlefield series, Call of Duty MW series (fitting name for a military grooming program huh), etc.

Just only after this COmpulsoryVaccinationID megaevent, that more people are starting to see how things really are. Still, some US citizen are waving Ukkie flag while wishing death on their own countrymen based on what TV told them.

The west prepped a fuckton of shit to hurl at Russia, now shit’s rotten so bad even some MKUltra-ed lefties are starting to doubt source of the smell.

Dawn

In 2014 -15 Russian economy was not ready to withstand western open economical war and sanctions… They would take Ukraine – win the battle and probably lost the war..

Gustavo

Wrong my friend, USA is the empire of lies, “WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION”. Good luck with USA lies.

Michel LeBlanc

STFU ukro retard, you think regurgitating state department crap has any traction here?

Hell no, we know the real score, your just a bitch hired by the crime lords so they can continue to steal from the people of ukraine. But no stealing from them is not enough, you goaded them into genociding its russian speaking population, yet its not enough.

You greedy fucks want more more more.

You can never take away our dignity though. Diversion tactic my ass. Thats what you are.

Viktor

Since 2008.

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CDM

Since 1800s….. Great game, Cold war, one continuous war for global domination: the AngloZionist Empire vs Russia. It only briefly stopped when both were endangered by Germany in WW1/2. But immediately resumed afterwards. The Empire is trying to conquer the world and Russia is the main obstacle.

Clyde

The Western Banking Empire was not imperiled by Germany in WW2. The goal was always to get the Germans to attack the Soviet Union. The single imperative since 1690 is to prevent the ascendence of a unified economic bloc on the European, and now the entire Eurasian, landmass. The Ukrainians seem to have no understanding of historical, nor geostrategic, nor ecnonomic realities.

Muhammad your Prophet

Let me guess. Ever since the Putin cockroaches took Crimea and started arming and training the separatist fighters of the People’s Republic of Lunga Lunga.

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Clyde

In the modern iteration it started when the Nomenklatura dismantled the Soviet Union and handed the proceeds to US markets via Larry Summers and the Harvard Endowment, putting the Israeli/UK dual citizens in charge of the looting of the former Soviet Union.

Gustavo

Do not show up your ignorance. Crimea decided to join Russia because most of them were russian, that is.

hunter bidé lab pork !

The United lgbts terrorists are crying russia and sheizen in the anus !!! thats a big problem !!!

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Nashika

4. Since 9/11 … 3. since Napoleon Bonaparte … 2. since the Roman Empire … 1. since Russia?

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HillBillySlim

War needs to be brought to American shores. That is the only way this ever ends.

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Curiosity kills the cat

You forgot the part “for all of us.”

Karentan

The BIG mistake of Mr Putin was to attack first. The ukronazy were ready to launch a full scale offensive in March. If he only waited a little more.. He now could say “we are acting in response of an Ukonazi aggression”… Simple.. Now he ahave the West World of EuroBots against him..Not a wise choosing..

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Clyde

Rubbish. The failed Ukrainian CIA project was on a murder spree in Donbas since 2014, and Biden’s lackeys amped up their shelling in the week prior to the launch of the Special Operation. In the words of the degenerate Mrs. Kaganovich (neé Nudelman), “fuck the EU”. But also fuck the US and the rest of the NATO vassals. It’s not a popularity contest for Russia.

reflection

Didn’t matter what Russia did or said it would always have the Eu / NATO against them they are fully American controlled all of them, America says Jump they say how high.

Matt

Correction. … Russia has been on a “hot war” footing with the U.$. since the Berlin Wall fell and the Chechen wars were instigated by Langley in the early 90s!…

Lets not kid ourselves!

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Johnny Andersson

Russia good and NATO bad.

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Johnny Andersson

Countries under USA have prosper in freedom and countries under Russia have been supressed and poor. Russias vision is not attracktive to anybody.

Clyde

Yes. Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, the Phillipines, all turned into advanced first-world economies after US occupation. That’s why Port au Prince is the global economic hub, right?

Befree

Haiti. It is for slave labor, gun and drug running. CIA’s gotta eat.

Gustavo

Sure, you have never been in Russia my friend. You have watched Russia through CNN or FOX news. USA is the empire of lies, “WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION”.

USA Evil Empire

Russian biggest mistake is to let all these vassals countries without a single bullet fired (now they have to pay the price). While Lincoln destroyed, burned down and forever conquered 11/13 Southern states.

reflection

I never saw a homeless person until I visited USA now as my country has become more controlled by USA they are all over the place.

Gustavo

Kissinger is just jew criminal, war maker (peace nobel price, by the way).

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hunter bidé lab pork !

America is on War with is Anus since ever !!!! the only way to stop is asking but with manners…to putin nuke is anus for ever !!!!

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Palaban

These grouping of fukkin western cowards were so scared to face the mighty Russians in battle field, they were frozen in fear and remain outside the fence just watching their beloved friend ukronazi get pummelled by the Russians. They knew the hypersonics were all primed to incinerate their sorry azzez.

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kymsheba

This is all the result of Russia STOPPING USA and NATO from seizing the Crimean Ports for their warships, Russia STOPPED NATO in their tracks and this has been unfolding since then as NATO and the USA were enraged that Russia stopped them. Long live Russia – Z –

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Robert

Americans planned and trapped putin into the fight. Next phase is infiltration of Russia proper in a covert way using Ukrainians and Russians to sabotage and bring the federation down. Believe me its going to happen successfully, the Russians are not as intelligent as people think

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reflection

Ye the western 5th column in Russia is pretty extensive, you probably need a paranoid Stalin type to successfully deal with it.

If Russia goes down China will not know what hit it, China is going to be so easy to take down compared to Russia. China if they had any sense would be sending Russia hundreds of thousands of drones and missiles because they are definitely next.

eyesore

Nope, uncle Sam’s been full out to carpetbag the ruskies ever since oligarch ‘bush’ family first occupied the oval ‘office’ circa 1990.

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