While the Obama Administration's "Asian pivot" has resulted in the first U.S. arms sales to Vietnam since the American humiliation four decades ago and Obama has relentlessly pushed Japan into the imminent scrapping of the pacifistic provisions of that country's constitution, provisions imposed by the U.S. 60 years ago.
And now the Obama administration is beefing up U.S. forces on the Russian border, bring the threat of nuclear war to its highest level since the peak of the Cold War according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
The latest moves in Europe have even upset governments in Western Europe, who see Russian more as a trading partner than as a military threat, says University of Missouri-Kansas City economist and European historian Michael Hudson in this interview with Jessica Desverieux of The Real News Network...
PS: Not long after your editor became a Coast Guard officer to avoid the 1960s military draft, The Cuban missile crisis occurred, described here by Wikipedia:
The Cuban Missile Crisis was a 13-day (October 16–28, 1962) confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union concerning Soviet ballistic missile deployment in Cuba. Along with being televised worldwide, it was the closest the Cold War came to escalating into a full-scale nuclear war.I remember being so angry and upset that unannounced, I had suddenly found myself so close to a world war in which i might be a part. The lesson I learned - and the more powerful did as well - was don't bring the Cold War into the other side's 'hood. This is a rule that we have badly violated in the Ukraine, bringing back tbad old memories of what almost happened because of Cuba - Sam Smith