US Vice President Joe Biden happily declared to business leaders and students at Moscow State University that only 2 percent of Americans see Russia as a threat – however that percentage includes top US intelligence officers.
"The reset is working," claimed Biden.
However, US intelligence officer James Clapper recently told the US Senate Armed Services Committee that the gravest threats against America are China and Russia.
There's a video on that post as well, of course (being a "TV" blog).
James Clapper's statements were mischaracterized. He clearly said that he didn't think Russia has intentions to use nuclear capability against the US. Although I'm sure he understands that Russia has made clear within the last couple of years that until Russia develops other means, it would be forced to use its nuclear capability against the US were Russia under an existential attack from the US. That would be Russia doing a first-strike against the US where nuclear weapons are concerned. One may certainly argue over what might be behind the ratcheting up of tensions leading to shooting and then a nuclear exchange, but the issue of "threat" is still there. That's why disarmament is so important.
Ivan Eland, a senior fellow at The Independent Institute (very Libertarian Capitalist in out look that typically includes a strong anti-interventionist, albeit it not isolationist, anti-war component) made a solid point when he mentioned how Russia and China are singled out even though there are other nuclear-weapons nations, including not only England, France, Pakistan, India, but also Israel, etc., but the "threat" is discussed in terms of Russia and China (obviously for reasons of Empire).
That Israel was mentioned is important in that many Zionists are constantly suspicious about which power will use the issue of Israel versus its Arab neighbors in anti-Zionist ways. Until it reneged last year for whatever reason, Russia had been offering Iran state-of-the-art anti-missile and anti-aircraft systems. Israel has been saber rattling about Iran for decades now. This is why the Cold War hasn't gone away, not simply because there are still older people in the world. Don't kid yourself. Young Zionists are steeped in Masada-type thinking.
Let's not forget that the Georgian War wasn't that long ago (Bush-43 Administration). Mind you, it was the West, most notably Israel through military equipment and advice to Georgia, that set off the problem. Keep in mind also that the central issue in terms of Empire concerns raw materials such as oil. Oil pipelines running in the area and who controls the sources of oil and other "strategic" resources is at the heart of most of the conflicts. It always boils down to money, which translates into wealth, power, and control, in other words, apostate selfishness and ego.