There is no denying that the United States and Russia are not chummy with one another in 2018, thanks in no small part to the pathetic swipes taken at the Kremlin by former President Barack Hussein Obama.
In the run up to the 2016 election, in which Donald Trump completely humiliated an unhealthy and ornery Hillary Clinton to become President, the democrats turned to desperation in order to disparage republican voters. Instead of building on whatever merits they believed that Hillary may have once possessed, the left chose instead to push wild and unverifiable conspiracy theories regarding Russian collusion with the Trump campaign team.
Now, more than a year later there is still an enormous, gaping hole where any evidence of such teamwork should be. That didn’t stop Obama from slapping Russia with a number of embarrassing punishments on his way out the door, further intensifying the already tense relations between the two superpowers.
The Russians, of course, didn’t take very kindly to this diss by the democratic demigod, and have been ramping up their own efforts to inconvenience the west in return. This has led many an observer to declare that a New Cold War is on the horizon, or has possibly already been instigated, with newly minted President Trump left to clean up Obama’s mess.
This second Cold War looks to be escalating quickly, and could soon see one of its most cogent conflicts to date occurring in one of the world’s chilliest locales: Deep within the arctic circle.
“With more than half of all Arctic coastline along its northern shores, Russia has long sought economic and military dominance in part of the world where as much as $35 trillion worth of untapped oil and natural gas could be lurking. Now China is pushing its way into the Arctic, announcing last month its ambitions to develop a “Polar Silk Road”through the region as warming global temperatures open up new sea lanes and economic opportunities at the top of the world.
“At play is between one-fifth and a quarter of the world’s untapped fossil-fuel resources, not to mention a range of mineable minerals, including gold, silver, diamond, copper, titanium, graphite, uranium and other valuable rare earth elements. With the ice in retreat, those resources will come increasingly within reach.”
Global warming nonsense aside, it is readily apparent that the Russians have long been on the leading edge of Arctic exploration.
“With $300 billion in potential projects either completed, in motion or proposed, Russia is the clear leader in Arctic infrastructure development. The world’s largest country has moved to reopen some abandoned Soviet-era military installations and place new facilities and airfields in its northern territory, while also establishing a string of seaports along its northern coastline. State-controlled oil company Rosneft started drilling the northernmost rig in the Russian Arctic shelf last year in an attempt to tap into a field that could hold more than half a billion barrels of oil. In June it found its first oilfield, in the Laptev Sea in the eastern Arctic. Meanwhile, Russian energy giant Gazprom Neftalready pumps oil from beneath Arctic waters via a different offshore field, in the Pechora Sea.”
The only question now is whether or not anyone else can even catch up to the Kremlin’s progress in the barren, freezing region.
The United States certainly could give chase to the Russians in the Arctic, given the massive lead in technological prowess enjoyed by America. This could, however, create an entirely disparate conflict between the two already tense nations, leading to a possible “race to the Moon” style situation.