Two very interesting news stories that nobody will tell in the mainstream media. The first is that Russia has struck a deal with Cyprus for the basing of both ships and aircraft in the Eastern Mediterranean. If you look at a map, this is a presence that is being done to throw everyone off the Baltic games being played. It is on the other side of Turkey, and virtually astride the “Fertile Crescent,” in other words, from a naval strategic stand point, it is sitting on some key “terrain.” Meanwhile, in Egypt, the Russians are striking a deal to not use US dollars for the trade of grain, but instead to deal only in their own national currencies. This comes at a time when there is also a discussion between Egypt and Russia about Export/Import Tariffs between the two parties. In short, the Cold War is coming back, whether we like it or not. The naval and air presence in the Mediterranean is a bad enough issue, but now there are more and more unilateral discussions with Russian trading partners, in an attempt to marginalize the flow of dollars, and in an attempt to prop up the Ruble against their own failing economy. I know that historically, this is usually the type of events that are harbingers of badness, as in 1933 Germany badness. On one hand, they are expanding the military presence, while at the same time, trying to prop up their economy in the face of inflation, and increased debt from a diminished national currency. This is never a good thing, and honestly, it scares the hell out of me. ~ Michael S. Pauley
Michael S. Pauley is a Navy brat and an old soldier who served in all three components of the United States Army. Living in Lexington, South Carolina, Michael is now a practicing attorney and member of the United States Naval Institute and the American Legion, Post 154, Tybee Island, Georgia.