Published on July 14th, 2014 | by Toby Westerman0
Putin and the De-Americanization of the World
Putin and the Moscow political elite have declared the “de-Americanization” of the world, and Putin’s current visit to Latin America is intended to take advantage of what they perceive as the decline of America as a world power. Cloaked in economic rhetoric, Putin’s Latin American excursion is part of a larger plan to slowly surround and strangle the United States economically and militarily — a general strategy which goes back to the Soviet era.
Some pundits speculate that Putin’s Latin American excursion is about countering sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, but, in reality, it is a demonstration to Latin American nations of Moscow’s determination to openly and successfully rival the U.S., even in its own “backyard.” It is a major step in the isolation of the U.S.
Putin and the Castro Brothers
Just as the U.S. southern border has collapsed as an inundation of Central American children flood unhindered into the country, Putin is selling Latin America on the idea that America is finished as a powerful nation, and that Moscow is offering an attractive alternative to failing Yankee strength.
Putin’s visit to the region extends from July 11 to 16 and began with a stop in the tropical gulag of Cuba, not long after the Russian government forgave most of Cuba’s outstanding Soviet-era debt. Moscow is also will provide technology necessary to assist Cuba in developing oil reserves thought to lie off the Cuban coast. While in Cuba, Putin visited with the head of the Cuban government Raul Castro and the two then visited a small cemetery dedicated to Soviet soldiers who died in while stationed in Cuba. Putin also spoke with the founder of Cuba’s Marxist regime and Communist icon, Fidel Castro.
Not mentioned in any press release is the important ongoing intelligence assistance to Russia’s espionage campaign against the United States.
In an unscheduled side trip, Putin flew to Communist-controlled Nicaragua and briefly engaged in a warm meeting with its president and former Marxist guerrilla, Daniel Ortega.
Putin then stopped in Buenos Aires, Argentina and met with that nation’s Leftist president, Cristina Kirchner. During the visit, Putin signed an agreement which pledged assistance to Argentina’s nuclear development program. Putin arrived in Brazil to attend the BRICS summit from July 14th to 16th in the Brazilian cities of Brasilia, the nation’s capital, and Fortaleza, a popular resort destination which was also one of the host cities to the 2014 World Cup in soccer.
Before the BRICS summit, Putin attended the final World Cup match between Argentina and Germany in Rio de Janeiro, where the Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, formally designated Russia as the 2018 venue for the next World Cup games. Rousseff also privately met with Putin.
Rousseff, like Ortega in Nicaragua, is a former Marxist guerrilla.
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel was at the games on Sunday. She not only saw Germany defeat Argentina, but also briefly met with Putin. Merkel spent the first 35 years of her life in Communist East Germany, and the book The First Life of Angela M. states that Merkel had close relationship to the now defunct Communist government of East Germany.
Putin may have played on those former ties when he met with Merkel, already angry at the United States over allegations that the U.S. had been spying on her.
The BRICS summit, which opened on Monday, includes Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Putin has invited Argentina to join the group. During the summit, other regional leaders will also meet with Putin.
Billed as purely economic, the summit participants are discussing a series of common issues including forming a joint investment bank.
Not far from the minds of the attendees, however, is Russia’s new willingness to project its power throughout Latin America. Russian bombers have flown to Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, and the Russian Foreign Ministry has made it clear that it would like to have what it calls logistical centers, not formally called military bases, to assist its naval presence in Latin America.
As the people of Latin America see growing Russian influence and raw power, the United States seems absent from the region. Occupied with problems resulting from socialist policies at home, the United States has little interest in Latin America, except as it involves the issue of unchecked illegal immigration.
The U.S. Fourth Fleet, which was reactivated in the waning days of the administration of President George W. Bush, is tasked with patrolling the waters of the Caribbean and the South American region. This naval force was meant to be a counter to drug running and increasingly active anti-U.S. governments in the region, especially Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
Unfortunately, budget cuts have taken a serious toll on the Fourth Fleet, as it has with the entire U.S. military. Latin American nations can hardly ignore America’s military contraction.
Putin’s efforts to hasten the "de-Americanization" of the world are also continuing on other continents. In the Arctic, Russia is establishing bases, and increasing bomber fights over the region. In Asia, Russia continues its military assistance to China, as well as military exercises with the Peoples Republic. Moscow resolutely proclaims that there is no military alliance between it and the PRC — it only looks that way.
Putin is speedily working to fill the void which the Obama administration and isolationist Republicans, have created.
The “de-Americanization” of the world can be stopped, but the American people will have to do it. The media has left the public completely uninformed regarding the dangers America faces. The first step is awareness of the threats to America, and then the people can put pressure on their politicians to provide proper support to our military. With a properly supported military, the U.S. can regain its place in the world as a world leader and defender of freedom.