With everything that is happening with Russia, Ukraine, The United States, and other economic powers, President Barrack Obama insists that they are not heading to another Cold War.
“This is not another Cold War that we’re entering into,” he said. “After all, unlike the Soviet Union, Russia leads no bloc of nations, no global ideology. Nor does the United States, or NATO, seek any conflict with Russia.”
However a new Gallup poll states that half of Americans believe that they are headed into a new Cold War – twice as many as when the Soviet Union fragmented in 1991.
67 percent of the Republicans, 44 percent of the Democrats, and 47 percent of Independents believe that the revival of the Cold War is inevitable.
When talking about age groups, older people 54 percent of 50 – 64 year olds and 64 percent of 6 and older think that there is going to be another Cold War. These are the people who went through atom bomb drills.
On the other hand, most of the younger Americans that belong to the age group of 18-29 don’t believe that there is going to be another Cold War, only 36 percent believe that it will indeed happen.
17 below don’t even think about what’s happening in Ukraine.
“This difference in opinions between ages could be linked to Americans’ experiences with the Cold War,” writes Gallup’s Rebecca Riffkin. “The oldest Americans in the 18- to 29-year-old age group would have been five years old when one of the death knells of the Cold War occurred – the falling of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Overall, many in this younger age group were not alive at all during the Cold War. Americans who are older than 65, however, were at least 40 as the Cold War ended, and they grew up when tensions between the U.S. and Soviet Union dominated American foreign policy.”
Russia’s invasion of Crimea is a major challenge to President Obama and to the US economic and military alliances in Europe.
The US President also stated that “Russia is a regional power that is threatening some of its immediate neighbors – not out of strength but out of weakness,”.
However, according to reports, Russia has sent 40,000 troops along the border of Ukraine. Some people say that the numbers are even larger.
“You’ve seen a range of troops massing along that border under the guise of military exercises, but these are not what Russia would normally be doing,” Obama said. “It may simply be an effort to intimidate Ukraine, or it may be that they’ve got additional plans.”
Just recently, President Vladimir Putin called President Obama to talk about Ukraine.
“President Obama underscored to President Putin that the United States continues to support a diplomatic path in close consultation with the Government of Ukraine and in support of the Ukrainian people with the aim of de-escalation of the crisis,” the White House said in a readout of the hour-long discussion. “President Obama made clear that this remains possible only if Russia pulls back its troops and does not take any steps to further violate Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.”