Secret Tape Reveals US-backed Plot to Topple Ukraine’s Democratically-Elected President
â€œIn the latest debacle for the US State Department and the Obama Administration, US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland was caught on tape micro-managing Ukraine opposition party strategies with US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt. That the Ukraine regime-change operation is to some degree being directed from Washington can no longer be deniedâ€¦.The taped conversation demonstrates in clear detail that while Secretary of State John Kerry decries any foreign meddling in Ukraineâ€™s internal affairs, his State Department is virtually managing the entire process.â€
â€“ Daniel McAdams, â€œâ€˜F**k the EUâ€™: Tape Reveals US Runs Ukraine Oppositionâ€œ, Ron Paul Institute
Washington is at it again, up to its old tricks. Youâ€™d think that after the Afghanistan and Iraq fiascos someone on the policymaking team would tell the fantasists to dial-it-down a bit. But, no. The Obama claque is just as eager to try their hand at regime change as their predecessors, the Bushies. This time the bullseye is on Ukraine, the home of the failed Orange Revolution, where US NGOs fomented a populist coup that brought down the government and paved the way for years of social instability, economic hardship and, eventually, a stronger alliance with Moscow.
That sure worked out well, didnâ€™t it? One can only wonder what Obama has in mind for an encore.
Letâ€™s cut to the chase: The US still clings to the idea that it can dominate the world with its ham-fisted military (that hasnâ€™t won a war in 60 years) its scandalized Intel agencies, its comical Rambo-style â€œSpecial Opsâ€ teams, and its oh-so-brilliant global strategists who think the days of the nation-state will soon be over hastening the onset of the glorious New World Order. Right. Ukraine is a critical part of that pipe dream, er, strategy which is why the US media puts demonstrations in Kiev in the headlines while similar protests in the US are consigned to the back pages just below the dog food ads. In any event, the crisis is likely to intensify in the months ahead as Washington engages in a no-holds-barred tug-o-war with Moscow over the future of civilization.
For bigwig strategists, like Zbigniew Brzezinski, Ukraine is a war that Washington must win to maintain its position as the worldâ€™s only superpower. As he sees it, the US must establish outposts throughout Eurasia to diminish Russiaâ€™s influence, control China, and capitalize off the new centuryâ€™s fastest growing region. Hereâ€™s how Brzezinski sums it up in Foreign Affairs in an article titled â€œA Geostrategy for Eurasiaâ€:
â€œAmericaâ€™s emergence as the sole global superpower now makes an integrated and comprehensive strategy for Eurasia imperativeâ€¦Eurasia is home to most of the worldâ€™s politically assertive and dynamic states. All the historical pretenders to global power originated in Eurasia. The worldâ€™s most populous aspirants to regional hegemony, China and India, are in Eurasia, as are all the potential political or economic challengers to American primacyâ€¦
Eurasia is the worldâ€™s axial supercontinent. A power that dominated Eurasia would exercise decisive influence over two of the worldâ€™s three most economically productive regions, Western Europe and East Asia. A glance at the map also suggests that a country dominant in Eurasia would almost automatically control the Middle East and Africaâ€¦
What happens with the distribution of power on the Eurasian landmass will be of decisive importance to Americaâ€™s global primacy and historical legacy.â€ ( â€œA Geostrategy for Eurasiaâ€, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Foreign Affairs, 1997)
Okay, so the not-so-subtle Brzezinski is telling US policymakers that if they want to rule the world, theyâ€™ve got to take over Eurasia. Thatâ€™s pretty clear. Itâ€™s the Great Game all over again and Ukraine is one of the biggest trophies, which is why the US has allied itself to all kinds crackpot, rightwing groups that are stirring up trouble in Kiev. Itâ€™s because Washington will stop at nothing to achieve its objectives. Of course, thereâ€™s nothing new about any of this. The US frequently supports violent, far-right organizations if their interests coincide. Hereâ€™s a little background on the topic from Eric Draitser in an article in CounterPunch titled â€œUkraine and the Rebirth of Fascismâ€:
â€œIn an attempt to pry Ukraine out of the Russian sphere of influence, the US-EU-NATO alliance has, not for the first time, allied itself with fascists. Of course, for decades, millions in Latin America were disappeared or murdered by fascist paramilitary forces armed and supported by the United States. The mujahideen of Afghanistan, which later transmogrified into Al Qaeda, also extreme ideological reactionaries, were created and financed by the United States for the purposes of destabilizing Russia. And of course, there is the painful reality of Libya and, most recently Syria, where the United States and its allies finance and support extremist jihadis against a government that has refused to align with the US and Israel. There is a disturbing pattern here that has never been lost on keen political observers: the United States always makes common cause with right wing extremists and fascists for geopolitical gain.â€ (Ukraine and the rebirth of Fascismâ€œ, Eric Draitser, CounterPunch)
Death squads here, jihadis there; what difference does it make to the big shots in Washington?
Not much, apparently.
But, wait, whatâ€™s all this talk about the US being on the side of anti-Semites and fascists in Ukraine? Is that true?
It sure looks that way. In fact, there was a funny story in the World Socialist Web Site about Assistant Secretary of State Victoria â€œFuck the EUâ€ Nuland which shows how far these people will go to achieve their objectives. In this case, Nuland, who â€” according to the WSWS â€” is â€œthe grand-daughter of Jewish immigrants who fled to America to escape pogroms in Tsarist Russiaâ€â€¦was seen â€œhanding out cookies in Maidan square to Svoboda thugs who venerate the mass murderers of Hitlerâ€™s SS.â€ (â€œLeaked phone call on Ukraine lays bare Washingtonâ€™s gangsterismâ€œ, Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site)
Nice, eh? So Vickie was having a little snacktime with guys whoâ€™d probably shove a knife in her back if they were given half a chance. Thatâ€™s what you call dedication. By the way, Nulandâ€™s â€œhusband is Robert Kagan, the right-wing foreign policy pundit who served as the founding chairman of the Project for a New American Century, the neo-conservative Washington think tank that played a key role in the political and ideological preparation for the wars against Iraq and Afghanistan.â€
The fact that Obama and Co. are directly involved in this latest would-be coup, doesnâ€™t surprise anyone. According to a recent poll conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center, â€œalmost a half (45%) of Russian citizens think that protests in Ukraine have been provoked by Western special services.â€ By â€œspecial servicesâ€ we presume the surveyâ€™s authors mean US Intel agencies and US-funded NGOs which have a long history of poking their noses in other countryâ€™s affairs. Hereâ€™s a statement by Rep Ron Paul in 2004 to the US House International Relations Committee which helps to throw a little light on the issue:
â€œIt is clear that a significant amount of US taxpayer dollars went to support one candidate in Ukraine. â€¦. What we do not know, however, is just how much US government money was spent to influence the outcome of the Ukrainian election.
Dozens of organizations are granted funds under the PAUCI program alone, (Poland-America-Ukraine Cooperation Initiative, which is administered by the US-based Freedom House.) and this is only one of many programs that funneled dollars into Ukraine. We do not know how many millions of US taxpayer dollars the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) sent to Ukraine through NEDâ€™s National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute. Nor do we know how many other efforts, overt or covert, have been made to support one candidate over the other in Ukraine.
That is what I find so disturbing: there are so many cut-out organizations and sub-grantees that we have no idea how much US government money was really spent on Ukraine, and most importantly how it was spent.â€ (â€œWhat has the NED done in Ukraine?â€œ, Ron Paul, Lew Rockwell)
The fact is, the USG gives away tons of money to all types of shady groups who carry out their agenda. As far as Ukraine is concerned, we actually have a better idea of the money thatâ€™s been spent than Paul thinks. Check out this video of Nuland addressing various industry groups and admitting that, â€œSince the declaration of Ukrainian independence in 1991, the United States supported the Ukrainians in the development of democratic institutions and skills in promoting civil society and a good form of governmentâ€¦We have invested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine to achieve these and other goals.â€ (â€œWashingtonâ€™s cloned female warmongersâ€œ, Finian Cunningham, Information Clearinghouse)
5 billion smackers to topple a democratically-elected government in Ukraine while 8 million Americans still canâ€™t find a damn job in the US. That tells you a lot about Obamaâ€™s priorities, doesnâ€™t it?
Last weekâ€™s fiasco surrounding Nulandâ€™s leaked phone conversation has clarified whatâ€™s really going on behind the scenes. While the media has focused on Nulandâ€™s obscenity, (â€œFuck the EUâ€) itâ€™s the other parts of the conversation that grabbed our attention. Hereâ€™s a brief summary by the WSWSâ€™s Bill Van Auken:
â€œThe call (exposes) the criminal and imperialist character of US policy in Ukraine â€¦What the tape makes clear, is that Washington is employing methods of international gangsterism, including violence, to effect a political coup aimed at installing a regime that is fully subordinate to US geo-strategic interestsâ€¦
The precise goal of US efforts is to shift political power into the hands of a collection of Western-aligned Ukrainian oligarchs who enriched themselves off of the private appropriationâ€”theftâ€”of state property carried out as part of the Stalinist bureaucracyâ€™s dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. In doing so, it aims to turn Ukraine into a US imperialist beachhead on the very border of Russia, whose territory it also wants to divide and subjugate to neocolonial status as part of its drive to assert American hegemony throughout the strategic landmass of Eurasiaâ€¦
Nuland makes clear that behind the scenes, Washington is dictating which leaders of the oppositionâ€¦should enter the government to swing it behind Washington and what role the others will playâ€¦â€(â€œLeaked phone call on Ukraine lays bare Washingtonâ€™s gangsterismâ€œ, Bill Van Auken, World socialist Web Site)
Same old, same old. Like we said earlier, thereâ€™s nothing new here, nothing at all. All the blabber about â€œdemocracyâ€ is just public relations crappola. It means nothing. US elites want to trim Moscowâ€™s wings, set up shop in Eurasia, control Chinaâ€™s growth, be a bigger player in the continentâ€™s oil and natural gas markets, export its financial services model, and make as much money as possible in the 21st centuryâ€™s hottest market, Asia. Itâ€™s all about profits. Profits and power.
But then, you probably knew that already.
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