Are we headed for World War III? The emergence of the Russian-Iranian-Syrian alliance is causing many to ask if we’re overdue for a major war between the West and the next axis of fascism. Russian hostility against the United States is now reaching Cold War levels as Vladimir Putin as his neo-Soviet imperial army push further into the Middle East in defense of its client states.
For nearly eight years, the Obama administration has been slow to respond to elevated Russian aggression, opting for diplomacy as an answer to all global ills.
But Putin’s latest provocation has been impossible to ignore.
In response to reports that Russia is deploying nuke-ready missiles along its western border with NATO allies Poland and Lithuania and US ally Belarus, President Obama has sent US special forces to Lithuania.
US special forces will assist the Lithuanians and other NATO allies to bolster their defenses against Russia and fight if necessary, fulfilling America’s obligation to the NATO alliance.
"The United States was the first to offer additional safety assurance measures to the Baltic countries following the deterioration of the security situation in the region after the annexation of the Crimea,” stated Lithuanian Defense Ministry spokeswoman. “US Special Operations Forces presence in Lithuania is one of the deterrents” against Russian imperial expansion.
This is a game-changer. Russia has upped the ante by flexing its nuclear muscle. The United States is responding slowly but decisively.
One misstep by either party, one bullet fired, or missile deployed along Russia’s border with NATO partners may very well launch the world into yet another war. This time the potential warring parties have nukes.