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Chomsky: One of Clinton's Crimes was to Expand NATO to the East.
As the US presidential race moves toward a head-to-head contest between billionaire Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, linguist Noam Chomsky has expressed that he isn’t thrilled with America’s options.
"Trump is appealing to those who sense and experience the breakdown of American society – to deep feelings of anger, fear, frustration, hopelessness, probably among sectors of the population that are seeing an increase in mortality, something unheard of, apart from war," Chomsky said in an interview with Truthout.
But while Chomsky is no Trump supporter, he doesn’t have kind words for Clinton either, given her family history.
"One of [former president Bill] Clinton’s crimes in my opinion – and there were many – was to expand NATO to the East, in violation of a firm pledge to Gorbachev by his [Clinton’s] predecessors after Gorbachev made the astonishing concession to allow a united Germany to join a hostile military alliance.
"These very serious provocations were carried forward by Bush, along with a posture of aggressive militarism which, as predicted, elicited strong reactions from Russia. But American redlines are already placed on Russia’s borders."
Hillary Clinton would likely follow her husband’s path, according to the acclaimed author.
"But by and large European elites have preferred passivity, following pretty much in Washington’s footsteps," he said
NATO has dramatically increased its presence in Eastern Europe under President Obama. Citing “Russian aggression,” the alliance has held large-scale military exercises in the region and increased deployments in the Baltic countries.