– US-Russian Paratrooper Exercise in Colorado quid pro quo for NATO Plan to Transit Non-Military Cargo to Afghanistan via Airport in Russia’s Volga Region
– Flashback: Warsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 Began when 100 Soviet Airborne Troops Tricked Prague Air Traffic Controllers, Arrived on Aeroflot Flight, Secured Airport for Invasion Force
The Kremlin-run Russia Today has taken note of the “hysteria” and “fearmongering” occurring in US patriotic circles over the announced arrival of 20 Russian paratroopers at Fort Carson, Colorado later this month. Near Cheyenne Mountain, where NORAD operated its underground commander center until 2006, this handful of Russian airborne troops will join their US counterparts in subduing (presumably Muslim) “terrorists” in a week-long drill.
The bilateral military exercise was arranged by the Russian Airborne Troops (VDV), which commands a total of 35,000 paratroopers, and a US military delegation in Moscow last December. The story appears to have been first published in the Communist Party of China organ on April 20. Less reputable sources like the European Union Times, citing the notorious Sorcha Faal, maintain that the VDV will practice seizing the Denver International Airport and the Central Intelligence Agency’s National Resources Division in the “Mile High City.”
In any event, this sort of cooperation between US and Russian soldiers on US soil is unprecedented and has rightly provoked concern among patriots, even though the number of participating Russians is small. The Obama White House’s acquiescence to this arrangement is probably a quid pro quo for allowing NATO aircraft to transport non-military cargo to Afghanistan via an airport in southwestern Russia.
In much the same way US patriots are incensed by the mere thought of Russian paratroopers floating through the skies over Colorado ala Red Dawn, Russian communists are incensed that the Putinist regime has given NATO permission to set up a “base” at the Ulyanovsk airport. Communist Party boss Gennady Zyuganov has denounced NATO’s plan to “occupy the Volga,” predicting that NATO will transform the city of Ulyanovsk into “a major drug trafficking point.”
“An ulcer is forming in the centre of Russia, which will not only be a transit base for military cargo, but also one of the main drug dens on our territory,” Zyuganov told a rally of 2,000 communists in Moscow’s Pushkinskaya Square on April 7. “We have to say a decisive ‘No’ to this betrayal of national interests.” Ulyanovsk was the birthplace of the Soviet Union’s first dictator, Vladimir Lenin and, thus, is sacred to Russian communists.
“We are helping the [North Atlantic] coalition… primarily out of our own national interest,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in defense of the Kremlin policy. “The transportation of non-military cargo to and from Afghanistan is regarded by us as a means of helping those who are eradicating the terrorist and drug threat in Afghanistan.” Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin quipped: “I don’t think that the transit of NATO toilet paper can be regarded the betrayal of the Fatherland.”
Even though Russia is no longer openly communist, the country’s “ex”-communist leaders are no friends of the USA. The remarks of both Zyuganov and Lavrov, for example, are deceptive because on many occasions at Once Upon a Time in the West we have documented the roles of the Soviet Union, Red China, and other communist states in the illicit narcotics trade. This past week, moreover, Moscow once again expressed its displeasure over NATO plans for a European-wide missile defense shield, ostensibly to protect US allies from a ballistic missile attack from Iran or North Korea.
The latest warning from Russia came after Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said talks on missile defence were close to stalling. Nikolai Makarov, chief of the Russian General Staff, rumbled, “A decision to use destructive force pre-emptively will be taken if the situation worsens.” Russia’s top general went on to state that if the European shield was built, Russia would respond by placing more powerful warheads on its own ballistic missiles.
Washington and Moscow have sparred over the issue of NATO missile defence since 2002, ever since President George W. Bush withdrew the USA from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. President Obama, who succeeded Bush in 2008, scrapped plans for a network of bases spread across Poland and the Czech Republic with the capacity to intercept long-range missiles.
In 2010, after downsizing its plans, the USA signed an agreement with Poland to use an old airstrip at Redzikowo, near the Baltic coast, as a missile defence base. US troops currently operate a Patriot missile battery at this site in the “ex”-communist state. In response, Russia set up a new radar system in its Kaliningrad exclave, which borders northern Poland, to monitor missile launches from Europe and the North Atlantic.
In view of the two faces that the Kremlin presents to Washington—one friendly, the other belligerent—we must ask ourselves some strategically astute questions. Could 20 Russian soldiers take over the USA? No, of course not. Could 100 Russian soldiers take over the USA? No, not very likely. Could 500 Russian soldiers take over the USA? Possibly. How about 2,000? Very possibly.
If, say, 2,000 Russian special forces (Spetsnaz) execute a decapitation strike against the US political-military leadership—followed by a surprise missile attack from Russia’s “nuclear triad” and, after radiation levels subside somewhat, a ground invasion in concert with other Communist Bloc states, like Red China—then the US Armed Forces could be rendered impotent in a matter of days or weeks.
If the US president, moreover, is already committed to creating a socialist country under the control of the United Nations, such as is the case with Barack Hussein Obama, the process of neutralizing the US military, already bogged down by international commitments, would be greatly hastened. A communist invasion force would still have to subdue 50 state governments and millions of well-armed private citizens. This could take months or years.
Geopolitical analyst Jeff Nyquist paints this scenario of a Communist Bloc attack against the USA in his 1999 book Origins of the Fourth World War.
Infiltrating 2,000 special forces into the USA would pose a challenge for the Russian General Staff, but they have successfully done something like this before in the East Bloc. During the early hours of the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, 100 Soviet Airborne Troops arrived at Ruzyne International Airport on an Aeroflot flight, totally surprising Prague air traffic controllers. The VDV quickly secured the airport in preparation for a major airlift consisting of still more Soviet paratroopers equipped with artillery and light tanks. Meanwhile, Warsaw Pact forces hurled 2,000 tanks and 200,000 ground troops at Czechoslovakia, crushing the so-called “Prague Spring.”
Czechoslovakia, of course, was a small country with a unitary government structure. In a similar scenario, however, relying on stealth and some degree of collusion with socialist/ globalist elements in the US government, Russian troops could carry out a series of incrementally larger “anti-terrorist drills” with their US counterparts on US soil. This procedure could conceivably lull patriots in the federal government, military, and public at large into a false sense of security.
In the first war game, only 20 Russian soldiers participate, learning how to use US special forces weapons. Nothing out of the ordinary happens. The Russian paratroopers return to their homeland. CNN ridicules patriots for their “fearmongering.” A few months later, the US and Russian armed forces carry out another joint drill on US soil. This time 100 Russian soldiers arrive. Again, nothing suspicious happens. Again, the visiting paratroopers return to Russia. Many US patriots relax, concluding that perhaps, “The Russians are our friends, after all.”
Meanwhile, another terrorist attack, attributed to some Chechen warlord with shady links to Russian military intelligence (GRU), takes place in downtown Moscow. The White House is eager to help America’s “Russian friends.” A few months later still, 500 Russian soldiers arrive for more “anti-terrorist drills.” This tactic of incrementalism, or gradualism, may be the plot underway at Fort Carson this month.