Sunday, December 15, 2013

US Power is Waning, Russia Is On a Roll

Barack Obama's foreign policy goofs have shifted geopolitical power from the United States to Russia. Specifically the strategic mistakes in Syria and Egypt will have consequences

The German Newspaper Bild is reporting that Russia plans to deploy short range Iskander-M (Nato-Code: SS-26 Stone) nuclear rockets in the Baltic Sea enclave of Kaliningrad.

The recent visit by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to Cairo, Egypt, marks a renewed push by Moscow to extend its sphere of influence into the Middle East as US power wanes. After the popular 'coup' in Egypt that ousted the government of the Muslim Brotherhood the Obama regime has suspended military assistance to the Egyptian military. The Egyptian leadership turned to Moscow to fill any void. Egypt needs help in developing nuclear power and billions of dollars worth of arms. According to sources, Russia may sell Egypt some $4 billion in jet fighters, anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles. The Saudis and other Arab countries have decided to provide Egypt with $12 billion to substitute for the suspended $1.3 billion in U.S. military assistance.

Although Sunni, the Muslim Brotherhood opposes monarchies such as those which rule the Gulf Arab States of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Instead, the Brotherhood seeks to establish Islamist caliphates in their place.

The Saudis and the other Gulf Arab countries remain upset with the U.S. over its negotiations with Iran on its nuclear development program, and for its failure to oust the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which has an alliance with Shiite Iran.

Instead, the U.S. and Russia reached an agreement to eliminate all of Syria’s chemical weapons following a Sarin attack last Aug. 21 that killed hundreds of civilians. Syria agreed to the arrangement and the United Nations now is in the process of destroying Syria’s chemical weapons. 

With Russia’s influence on the rise as that of the U.S. diminishes, sources say it will be important for Israel to invest in better relations and understanding with Russia. “Moscow’s decision-making is heavily influenced by Soviet-style, anti-Israeli-inclined military, intelligence, diplomatic and arms-trading officials,” according to Russian expert Paul Felgenhauer of the Washington think-tank Jamestown Foundation.

Above report is excerpted from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.