a reply to: Vilkata
In regard to the question "Is Russia gearing up for something bigger?"
There is a theory - advanced primarily by Anatoliy Golitsyn (KGB defector), Yuri Bezmenov, et. al. - and supported by several other former KGB agents,
plus others in our own intelligence organizations, and various other political analysts, such as JR Nyquist) - that there is a long-range plan (in
place and in progress) for communist domination of the West.
It's an interesting theory. Yuri Bezmenov gave an interesting interview back in the '80's (available on YouTube, and worth watching) regarding
infiltration plans (academia, political, social, economic) to weaken/cripple the West from within. Golitsyn's books (New Lies For Old, The
Perestroika Deception) elaborate on the long-range plan, which includes ideas of "convergence" and also a Sino-Soviet collaborative military potential
involving first-strike capabilities against the West. Those books are also worth reading.
James Angleton (head of counter-intelligence in the CIA at the time Golitsyn defected) believed Golitsyn was legit, and Angleton was a very sharp
cookie. There is a lot of fascinating internet reading out there about all this stuff. Golitsyn posited that the USSR would even possibly "fake" its
own demise, predicted with uncanny accuracy several future moves of the USSR, and even speculated that the Berlin Wall would come down - all in an
effort to lull the West to sleep, in regard to maintaining NATO, nuclear arms readiness, etc.
Golitsyn's claims and legitimacy have been vetted by several sources, but there is still a lot of doubt out there. It's definitely a fascinating
rabbit trail. A lot of people think Nosenko was "sent" to the US as a "defector" to discredit Golitsyn, and convince our intelligence agencies that
a) there is no long-range Soviet plan to crush the West, and b) Oswald was not KGB, therefore nullifying the idea that Kennedy's assassination was an
act of war committed with Russian foreknowledge/planning.
Putin's alliance to the [former] KGB is well-known & verified. The USA's decline (economically, politically, socially) is clearly evident.
I find Bezmenov's interview/claims very interesting. Other good reading along this line would be the essays of Robert L. Kocher - he posted a great
series of essays at solopassion.com about 'Obama's Long March to Marxism', or something like that. I read it a while back in its entirety (Kocher has
put it all together, it's very thorough) and enjoyed it quite a bit. He makes a convincing case for the influence of the Frankfurt School on the US
socio-political (and geopolitical) landscape.
edit on 23-7-2014 by Stuyvesant because: grammar/clarification