PRESS TV Posted Sat., Night, Dec.31, 2016
The United States is facing the real possibility of a war against Russia before January 20, when President Barack Obama leaves the White House, according to an American journalist and political analyst.
Don DeBar, a radio host and TV commentator based in New York, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Saturday while commenting on the Obama administration’s recent hostile actions against Russia.
On Thursday, Obama announced a series of economic sanctions against Russia, as well as expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, over allegations that it interfered in the 2016 presidential election through cyberattacks.
Moscow has rejected the US accusations as “unfounded,” and vowed to retaliate. A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Moscow would consider retaliatory measures to the sanctions. But on Friday, Putin decided not to expel US diplomats in reprisal for the Obama administration’s moves.
“I can’t stress it enough — we are facing the real possibility of a war against Russia in the next 20 days, before Trump takes over. I don’t want to scare anyone but that’s what’s happening, unfolding in front of us,” DeBar said.
“It’s the leadership, whoever has the levers of power in the United States, now wants to confront Russia aggressively and under the threat of military force,” he said.
“The force even has been deployed for a better than a year and half to the borders of Russia from the Balkans to the Korean Peninsula really; and there have been war games ongoing across the front whether in the Balkans, in east Europe, or in the South China Sea,” he stated.
“Objectively speaking if one is looking at American foreign policy as being rational expression of American interests a war with Russia is insane, even looking at it from the point of view of the interests of any human being on the planet regardless of what they might think their interests are, the war with Russia is a major catastrophe,” the analyst emphasized.
“Nevertheless, there must be someone at some point at some position inside the league here that makes policy, that sees threatening Russia with war, and perhaps moving towards war with Russia as a viable strategy because it is being done openly,” he noted.
Former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev has warned that tensions between Washington and Moscow over Syria have reached a “dangerous threshold”
“I think the world has approached a dangerous threshold. I would prefer not to suggest any particular schemes, but I want to say: we need to stop,” Gorbachev, 85, told Russia’s news agency RIA Novosti in October.