‘Russian aggression’ is just a pretext for US politicians to further bloat 2020 defense budget, while Moscow won’t even care

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By Scott Ritter, a former US Marine Corps intelligence officer with experience in Russian affairs, the Middle East, arms control, national security issues. From 1991-1998, he served as a Chief Weapons Inspector with the UN in Iraq. By including provisions to stop Russian pipelines and target Russia’s actions in Syria, the new US defense budget demonstrates Washington’s overreach, but likely does nothing to rein in Vladimir Putin.

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