Gulf News | A new cold war would be worse for the world

Gulf News | A new cold war would be worse for the world
Gulf News | A new cold war would be worse for the world

By: Melville Goodman

More than a third of the US population was born after 1970 and therefore have no personal memories of their lives The Cold War, particularly the Berlin Crises or the Cuban Missile Crisis.

As we are in the early stages of a new Cold War, it is time to review the tensions that will confront us. Warning: The Cold War will be more costly and dangerous than its predecessor.

The high defense budget, which is woefully underestimated in the mainstream media, is a rock Congress’s pet and its only truly bipartisan project. The media constantly refers to the record defense budget ($858 billion), but ignores the $300 billion Additional dollars for the military.

The latter figure would include significant items of spending by the intelligence community, which primarily serves the military; The Department of Energy, which oversees our nuclear stockpile, the Veterans Administration, and the important agencies of the Department of Homeland Security, Which includes the Coast Guard, the seventh largest navy in the world. Roughly the $1.2 trillion allocated to defense equals the amount allocated by the rest of the global community to the army!

Moreover, the bloated defense budget does not take into account the massive military expenditures of the major countries in the world Europe and Asia that support the national security interests of the United States. In addition to 31 other countries in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization allocating huge sums of money to contain Russia, there An increase in the defense budgets of Asian countries such as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan that target China.

The USA is also the largest arms dealer in the world, selling and providing more weapons abroad more than the rest of the global community. ‬

The biggest drivers of US defense spending are the modernization of nuclear weapons, which have no utilitarian purpose, and the presence The dominant US military worldwide. The Pentagon will receive $ 2 trillion over the next decade to create a new generation of nuclear-armed bombers and submarines . The global race for smaller nuclear bombs is also intensifying with no arms control treaties in place It regulates the so-called tactical or non-strategic nuclear weapons.

We Americans have hundreds of military installations around the world, while China has only one In the Horn of Africa, and the Russians have two facilities in Syria.

Neither Russia nor China allocates huge sums of money to project power. Most of their military spending goes to the defense of the homeland. It’s been a long time since someone in Congress investigated why the United States of America had to Maintaining its military dominance in every corner of the globe.

The dual containment policy of Russia and China carries far greater risks than the Cold War policy of the United States The first. The current Russian and Chinese leaders either have no restrictions on their use of power (Vladimir Putin) or they have ambition Doli is greater than the previous leaders (Xi Jinping).

Soviet leaders Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnev had to deal with the Politburo in crises involving Cuba and the Middle East, respectively, which were resolved peacefully. The USA risks an arms race not only against Russia, but also against China.

New weapons such as hypersonic missiles and electronic weapons that threaten command and control systems are worrisome . Pentagon spokesmen have sent out increasingly troubling warnings about China making a “strategic breach,” whatever it may be meaning of it.


Unlike the first cold war, which was restricted by respect for arms control and disarmament, the A new Cold War is even more threatening in light of the decline and fall of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (blame it on Bill Clinton); repeal of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (blame it on George W. Bush); Suspension of the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty (blame Putin); scrapping the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (blame on Donald Trump).


Current President Joe Biden’s lackluster national security team doesn’t even have an arms control specialist Led by a retired four-star general, the Department of Defense has replaced the State Department as the center of operation National Security. It should be the civilians who make the decisions, not the generals.

The First Cold War was marked by the US-Soviet recognition of the need to avoid direct conflict in the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1998 1962, and to ensure direct communication between the military, there is much less direct contact between the two sides at this juncture .

Our allies in the first Cold War did their best to maintain contact with the Kremlin. Our allies are expanding their defense budgets and cooperating in the areas of cybersecurity and defense technology.

The budget increases in Germany and Japan are particularly staggering, with Japan becoming only the second country to It is allowed to purchase American Tomahawk missiles as part of its unprecedented military mobilization.

Meanwhile, the United States became a participant in the war between Russia and Ukraine, and President Joe Biden kept it His predecessors’ anti-China policies, including Trump’s tariff policies, closer ties with Taiwan, and a military buildup in the Pacific Ocean.

In Congress, Democrats and Republicans offer bipartisan support for increased defense spending and compete relentlessly with each other. In their anti-Chinese rhetoric. It reminds us of the 1950s, when no one wanted to be accused of being “tolerant” of China .

The United States remains increasingly isolated from both Russia and China at the same time In which Moscow and Beijing built the closest bilateral relationship in hundreds of years of history. To be sure, competition for Taiwan risks conflict in the Taiwan Strait; war in Ukraine risks conflict in the Black Sea. ‬

The United States may think that it is not a “participant” in the war in Ukraine, but the use of missilesHIMARsProvided by the United States on New Year’s Day to kill and wound several hundred Russian soldiers in Eastern Ukraine sends a different message.

The Middle East and Southwest Asia are additional flashpoint locations. Biden should have gone back to the Iran nuclear deal at the start of his administration, instead, I spoke The Biden administration is about to rewrite the agreement, and Iran has objected, as expected.

Israel has put together a dangerous right-wing government, but the Pentagon now refers to Israel as “our strategic partner.” Pioneer. New regional pressures on stability and deterrence challenges facing Russia and China do not bode well in the international arena predictable or more peaceful.




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