Listening to the US media, even the most diligent news junkie would find it difficult to know that the U.S. State Department played not only a vital role in theÂ violence and chaosÂ underway in Ukraine but was also complicit in creating the coup that ousted democratically elected President Viktor Yanuyovch.Â Â Â Given the Russian Parliamentâ€™s approval of Putinâ€™s request for military troops to be moved into Crimea, Americans uninformed about theÂ historyÂ of that region might also be persuaded that Russia is theÂ aggressorÂ and the sole perpetrator of the violence.
Letâ€™s be clear about what is at stake here:Â Â Â Â Â NATO missilesÂ on the adjacent Ukraine border aimed directly at Russia would make that country extremely vulnerable to Western goals and destabilization efforts while threatening Russiaâ€™s only water access to its naval fleet in Crimean peninsula, the Balkans, the Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East â€“ and not the least of which wouldÂ allow world economicÂ dominanceby the US, the European Union, the IMF, World Bank and international financiers all of whom had already brought staggering suffering to millions around the globe.
The fact is that democracy was not a demand on the streets of Kiev.Â The current record of events indicates that protests of civil dissatisfaction were organized by reactionaryÂ neo-Nazi forcesÂ intent on fomenting a major domestic crisis ousting Ukraineâ€™s legitimate government.Â Â As events continue to spiral out of control, here is the chronology of Â how the coup wasÂ engineered to install a government more favorable to EU and US goals.
April 11, 2011Â â€“ AÂ Kiev PostÂ article entitled â€œUkraine Hopes to Get $1.5 Billion from IMF in Juneâ€ states that the loan is dependent on pension cuts whileÂ Â â€œmaintaining cooperation with the IMF, sinceÂ it influences the countryâ€™s interaction with other international financial institutions and private investorsâ€ and further that the â€œattractionÂ of $850 million from the World Bank in 2011,Â depended on cooperation with the IMF.â€Â Â Well, that about says it all â€“ if Ukraine played ball. then the loan money would pour in.
November 21, 2013Â â€“ Â fast forward to the EU summit in Lithuania when President YanuyovchÂ embarrassed the European Union byÂ rejectingÂ its Agreement in favor of joining Russiaâ€™s Common Union with other Commonwealth Independent States.
November 27, 2013Â â€“ it was not until February 23, 2014 whenÂ Anonymous Ukraine hackersÂ releasedÂ a series of emails from a Lithuanian government advisor to opposition leader and former boxer Vitaly Klitschko regarding plans to destabilize Ukraine; for example:
â€œOur American friends promise to pay a visit in the coming days, we may even seeÂ NulandÂ or someone from theÂ Congress.â€Â 12/7/2013
â€œYour colleague has arrived â€¦.his services may be required even after the country is destabilized.â€ 12/14/2013
â€œI think weâ€™ve paved the way for more radical escalation of the situation.Â Isnâ€™t it time to proceed with more decisive action?â€ 1/9/2014
November 29, 2013Â -Â well-orchestrated protestors wereÂ already in the streetsÂ of Kiev as European Commission President Jose Manual Barroso announced that the EU would â€œnot accept Russiaâ€™s vetoâ€ of the Agreement.
December 13, 2013Â â€“ As if intent on providing incontrovertible evidence of US involvement in Ukraine, Assistant US Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia Victoria Nuland proudly told aÂ Â meetingÂ of the International Business Conference sponsored by the US-Ukrainian Foundation that the US had â€˜investedâ€™ more than $5 billion and â€˜fiveyears worthÂ of work and preparationâ€ in achieving what she called Ukraineâ€™s â€˜European aspirations.â€ Having just returned from herÂ third trip to Ukraine in five weeks,Â Nuland boasted of her â€˜coordinated high level diplomacyâ€™ and a more than two hour â€˜tough conversationâ€™ with Yanukovych.Â Already familiar with Nuland as former Secretary Clintonâ€™s spokesperson at State, one can imagine her discourteous tone and manner when she says she made it â€œabsolutely clearâ€ to Yanukovych that the US required â€œimmediate stepsâ€ â€¦to â€œget back into conversation with Europe and the IMF.â€Â Â While Western media have portrayed Yanukovych as a â€˜weakâ€™ leader, Nulandâ€™s description of a â€˜toughâ€™ meeting can only mean that he resisted her threats and intimidations.Â In what must have been a touching moment, Nuland spoke about a show of force by government police on demonstrators who â€œsang hymns and prayed for peace.â€
What Nuland did not reveal on December 13 was that her meetings with â€˜key Ukrainian stakeholdersâ€™ included neo-NaziÂ Svoboda party leaderOleh Tyahnybok andÂ prime minister wannabe Arsenly Yatsenyuk of the Fatherland Party.Â Â At about the same time Nuland wasÂ wooing fascist extremists, Sen. John McCain (R-Az) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D- Conn)shared the stageÂ in Kiev with Tyahnybok offering their support and opposition to the sitting government.Â Â TheÂ Svoboda partyÂ which has roots with extreme vigilante and anti-semitic groups has since received at least three high level cabinet posts in the interim government including deputy prime minister.Â Â There is no doubt that the progenies of west Ukraineâ€™s historic neo-fascist thugs that fought with Hitler are now aligned with the US as represented by Victoria Nuland.
January 24, 2014Â â€“ President Yanukoyvch identifiedÂ foreign elementsparticipating in Kiev protests warning that armed radicals were a danger to peaceful citizens.Â Independent newsÂ agencies also reported that â€œnot all of Kievâ€™s population backs opposition rule, which depends mainly on a group from the former Polish town of Lvov, which holds sway over Kiev downtown â€“ but not the rest of the city.â€Â
January 30, 2014Â â€“ Â Â TheÂ State Departmentâ€™s websiteÂ Media Note announced Nulandâ€™s upcoming travel plans that â€In Kyiv, Assistant Secretary Nuland will meet with government officials,Â opposition leaders, civil society and business leaders toÂ encourage agreement on a new government and plan of action.â€Â In other words, almost a month before President Yanukovych was ousted, the US was planning to rid the world of another independently elected President.
February 4, 2014Â -Â More evidence of Ms. Nulandâ€™s meddling with extremist factions and the high level stakes of war and peace occurred in herÂ taped conversationÂ with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt discussing their calculations of whoâ€™s in and whoâ€™s out to replace Yanukovych. Â Â Note mention of Nazi leader Oleh Tyahnybok.Â Â Here are some selected excerpts:
Nuland:Â Â â€œWhat do you think?â€
Pyatt:Â Â â€œI think weâ€™re in playâ€¦ the [Vitali] Klitsch piece is obviously the complicated electron here especially the announcement of him as deputy prime minister. Your argument to him which youâ€™ll need to make,Â I think the next phone callÂ we want to set up is exactly the one you made to Yats [Yatsenyuk].Â And Iâ€™m glad you sort of put him on the spot on where he fits in this scenario and Iâ€™m very glad he said what he said in response.â€
Nuland: Â Â â€œI donâ€™t think Klitsch should go into government. I donâ€™t think its necessary. I donâ€™t think itâ€™s a good idea.â€
Pyatt:Â Â Â â€œyeahâ€¦I mean I guess.Â You thinkâ€¦whatâ€¦in terms of him not going into the government,Â just let him sort of stay out and do his political homework and stuff.Â Â Iâ€™m just thinking in terms ofÂ the process moving ahead, we want to keep the moderate democrats together.Â Â The problem is going to be TyahnybokÂ and his guys.Â Iâ€™m sure thatâ€™s what Yanukoyvch Â is calculating on all this.â€
Nuland:Â Â â€œI think Yats is the guy whoâ€™s got the economic experience, the governing experience. Â What he needs is Klitsch andÂ TyahnybokÂ on the outside and he needs to be talking to them four times a week you knowâ€¦I think with Klitsch going in at that level working for Yats, itâ€™s not going to work.â€
Nuland:Â Â â€œMy understanding is that the big three [Yatsenyuk, Klitsch and Tyahnybok] were going in to their own meeting and that Yats was going to offer in that context a three plus one conversation with you.â€
Pyatt:Â â€œ Thatâ€™s what he proposed but knowing the dynamic thatâ€™s been with them whereÂ Klitsch has been top dog;Â heâ€™s going to take a while to show up at a meeting, heâ€™s probably talking to his guys at this point so I think you reaching out to him will help with the personality management among the three andÂ gives us a chance to move fast on all this stuffÂ and put us behind it before they all sit downÂ and he explains why he doesnâ€™t like it.â€
Nuland:Â â€¦ â€œwhen I talked to Jeff Feltman this morning, he had a new name for the UNÂ guy â€¦Robert SerryÂ â€“ heâ€™s now gotten both Serry andBan ki MoonÂ to agree that Serry could come in Monday or Tuesdayâ€¦ so that would be great I thinkÂ to help glue this thing andÂ have the UN help glue it and you know fuck the EU.â€Â
Pyatt:Â Â â€œExactly.Â Â I thinkÂ weâ€™ve got to do something to make it sticktogether because you can be pretty sure the Russians will be working behind the scenes.Â Â Â â€¦.Let me work on Klitchko and I think we want to get somebody with an international personality to come out here and Â help midwife this thing.â€
Nuland:Â â€â€¦Sullivanâ€™s come back to me saying you need BidenÂ and Â I said probably tomorrow for anâ€ â€˜attaâ€™ boyâ€™ and get the deeds to stickÂ Â Â so Bidenâ€™s willing.â€
February 20, 2014Â â€“Â Â Foreign ministers from Poland, Germany and France visiting Kiev secured President Yanukovychâ€™sÂ Â agreementÂ that would commit the government to an interim administration, constitutional reform and new parliamentary and presidential elections.Â WithÂ â€œno clear sign that EU or US pressureÂ has achievedâ€ the desired effect,Â oppositionÂ leaders rejected Yanukovychâ€™s compromise which would have ended the three month stand-off.Â Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called on the German, French and PolishÂ foreign ministers to step inÂ and take responsibility for upholding the deal they helped forge and not let â€œarmed extremistsâ€ directly threaten Ukrainian sovereignty.
February 21,Â 2014Â -Â At a special summit in Brussels, European foreign ministersÂ agreed to adoptÂ sanctions on Ukraine including visa bans and asset freezes. The EU decision followedÂ â€œimmense pressure from the US for the European powers to take punitive action against the Ukrainian regime.â€Â Â Washington had already imposed travel bans on 20 leading Ukrainians.
February 22, 2014Â â€“Â An hour afterÂ refusing to resign, the Ukrainian Parliament voted, according to Russian president Vladimir Putin, in anunconstitutional actionÂ to oust President Yanukovych and that pro-EU forcesÂ staged a â€˜coupâ€™. Â Yanukovych departed Kiev in fear for his life.
March 1, 2014Â â€“ During aÂ conversationÂ initiated by the vice president, Biden delivered his â€˜atta boyâ€™ with a phone call to newly installed prime minister ArseniyÂ YatsenyukÂ Â reaffirming US support for Ukraineâ€™s â€˜territorial integrity.â€
All of the above machinations expose an incoherent and corrupt American foreign policy with a litany of US hypocrisy that might be hilarious if not for potentially grave global implications.Â Â The comment â€œyou just donâ€™t behave by invading another country on completely trumped up pretextâ€ might just win Secretary of State John Kerry the Hypocrisy of the Year Award.Â Â Kerry, of course, famously supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq seeking weapons of mass destruction.
But then again, the Presidentâ€™s ownÂ commentsÂ that â€œ..countries have deep concerns and suspicions about this kind of meddling..â€ and that â€œâ€¦as long as none of us are inside Ukraine trying to meddle and intervene.. with decisions that properly belong to Ukrainian peopleâ€¦â€ whileÂ announcingÂ Â $1 billion aidÂ Â package to Ukraine (but not Detroit) would be a close runner-up for the Award.
Renee ParsonsÂ was a staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives and a lobbyist on nuclear energy issues with Friends of the Earth.Â in 2005, she was elected to the Durango City Council and served as Councilor and Mayor.Â Currently, she is a member of the Treasure Coast ACLU Board.