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Earlier this month, the United States attempted to play the role of 'victim' after two separate incidents in which Russian aircraft came close to US naval vessels.

"There have been repeated incidents over the past year where Russian aircraft have come close enough to other air and sea traffic to raise serious safety concerns," Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters last week.

"Unsafe and unprofessional actions by a single pilot have the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions between the two countries," he added.

Of course, as this news is plastered across millions of American televisions to incite fear and hate toward a country who currently poses very little threat to the US, the mainstream media conveniently leaves out any reference to the geographical context of these flyovers.

One can see from the humorous, yet entirely accurate, depiction above that the idea of the Russians being aggressive is asinine when including the United States' geographical location at the time of the flyover.

It is also important to note that during both flyovers, the Russian jets were completely bare and had zero munitions attached.

But these facts are irrelevant to the warmongers in D.C. who just deployed advanced F-22 U.S. fighters a mere one country away from the Russian state, in Romania.

Reuters reports that the US fighter jet mission in Romania is to "show that the United States is ready to flex its military muscles if needed, and don't provoke the Russians."

In true Orwellian fashion, one of the fighter pilots told Reuters, "We're not here to provoke anybody, we're here to work with our allies."

The report states Washington is beefing up support for NATO as they are "under pressure from an increasingly aggressive Russia."

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Calling the Russians "aggressive" for flying an unarmed jet near a US attack fleet that was in their backyard would be laughable if it wasn't so deceptive.

Though Russia couldn’t be mistaken for an angel, the military and White House’s ostensible fears appear largely bloated and mostly artificial as they have helped to snub out ISIS, and done absolutely nothing to the US -- up to an including irresponsible saber rattling.

Imagine for a moment, the Russians had a Naval fleet in the Gulf of Mexico, and a US fighter pilot flew out over it to see what they were doing. Would this behavior be referred to as 'aggressive'?

Then, imagine for another moment, the Russians deployed advanced fighter jets to Mexico for the sole purpose of showing it's "ready to flex its military muscles if needed." And then, the Russians claimed that this deployment of advanced weaponry, right in their backyard, was not an attempt to provoke them. Would anyone in this country take them serious?

Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski recently offered pertinent insight in an interview with RT about why Russia continues to be so vilified by the Pentagon and American media alike:

“The Pentagon needs and wants Russia to be the next big enemy that they are arming against it, budgeting against it, that they are targeting. Certainly, we have talked for a long time about China and China plays an important role as the enemy of choice for the U.S. military. But Russia is ideal in part, because we don’t import a lot of things from Russia, in part because we don’t have the debt relationship with Russia that we do with China. So, Russia makes for a very convenient enemy for the Pentagon in terms of its mission, its budgeting, and its intelligence organization.”

“The Pentagon needs that kind of enemy,” Kwiatkowski continued. “And [U.S. Secretary of Defense] Ashton Carter, if you listen to what he says continually — even from the beginning of time he was put in office — his job is fundraising, just like the university president’s job is not education but rather fundraising. Ashton Carter’s job is also fundraising, and he fundraises through this process of identifying, pushing, and delivering up an enemy that will justify their budgets.”

The United States is picking a fight with a country so it can bolster the military industrial complex. It is sheer insanity.

In a press conference earlier this month, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter backed up the whistleblowing Lt. Col. as he touted the US Military's 2016 Posture Statement. In the statement, the US declares Russia the largest threat in the world.

Despite terror attacks and threats by ISIS across the West, including inside America, the Pentagon has declared Russia a greater threat. In fact, Russia, China, North Korea, and laughably Iran -- all countries who have done nothing to the US -- are considered a greater threat than the Islamic state.

In spite of their claims, American actions will inevitably serve to further provoke Russian military action and force the hand of the second largest military in the world.

While this may be splendid news for defense contractors and weapons manufacturers, it's extremely dangerous news for the rest of the world. One strategic miscalculation could result in events spiraling drastically out of control.

[author title="" image=""]Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Follow @MattAgorist[/author]