Is Escalating the Orchestrated Ukrainian “Crisis” to
By Paul Craig
28, 2014 "ICH"
conclusion by US intelligence that there is no
evidence of Russian involvement in the destruction
of the Malaysian airliner and all lives onboard,
Washington is escalating the crisis and shepherding
it toward war.
US senators have introduced into the 113th Congress,
Second Session, a bill, S.2277, “To prevent further
Russian aggression toward Ukraine and other
sovereign states in Europe and Eurasia, and for
The bill is before the Committee on Foreign
that prior to any evidence of any Russian
aggression, there are already 22 senators lined up
in behalf of preventing
further Russian aggression.
Accompanying this preparatory propaganda move to
create a framework for war, hot or cold with Russia,
NATO commander General Philip Breedlove announced
his plan for a deployment of massive military means
in Eastern Europe that would permit lightening
responses against Russia in order to protect Europe
from Russian aggression.
have it again: Russian Aggression. Repeat it enough
and it becomes real.
existence of “Russian aggression” is assumed, not
demonstrated. Neither Breedlove nor the senators
make any reference to Russian war plans for an
attack on Europe or any other countries. There are
no references to Russian position papers and
documents setting forth a Russian expansionist
ideology or a belief declared by Moscow that
Russians are “exceptional, indispensable people”
with the right to exercise hegemony over the world.
No evidence is presented that Russia has infiltrated
the communication systems of the entire world for
spy purposes. There is no evidence that Putin has
Obama’s or Obama’s daughters’ private cell phone
conversations or that Russia downloads US corporate
secrets for the benefit of Russian businesses.
Nevertheless, the NATO commander and US senators see
an urgent need to create blitzkrieg capability for
NATO on Russia’s borders.
2277 consists of three titles: “Reinvigorating the
Nato Alliance,” “Deterring Further Russian
Aggression in Europe,” and “Hardening Ukraine and
other European and Eurasian States Against Russian
Aggression.” Who do you think wrote this bill? Hint:
it wasn’t the senators or their staffs.
deals with strengthening US force posture in Europe
and Eurasia and strengthening the NATO alliance,
with accelerating the construction of ABM
(anti-ballistic missile) bases on Russia’s borders
so as to degrade the Russian strategic nuclear
deterrent, and to provide more money for Poland and
the Baltic states and strengthen US-German
cooperation on global security issues, that is, to
make certain that the German military is
incorporated as part of the US empire military
Title II is
about confronting “Russian aggression in Europe”
with sanctions and with financial and diplomatic
“support for Russian democracy and civil society
organizations,” which means to pump billions of
dollars into NGOs (non-governmental organizations)
that can be used to destabilize Russia in the way
that Washington used the NGOs it funded in Ukraine
to overthrow the elected government. For 20 years
Russian government negligence permitted Washington
to organize fifth columns inside Russia that pose as
human rights organizations, etc.
deals with military and intelligence assistance for
Ukraine, putting Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova on a
NATO track, expediting US natural gas exports in
order to erase European and Eurasian energy
dependence on Russia, preventing recognition of
Crimea as again a part of Russia, expanding
broadcasting (propaganda) into Russian areas, and
again “support for democracy and civil society
organizations in countries of the former Soviet
Union,” which means to use money to subvert the
look at this, it comprises a declaration of war.
Moreover, these provocative and expensive moves are
presented as necessary to counter Russian aggression
for which there is no evidence.
How do we
characterize a bill that is not merely thoughtless,
unnecessary, and dangerous, but also more Orwellian
than Orwell? I am open to suggestions.
it currently exists is an ahistorical state with
artificial boundaries. Ukraine presently consists of
part of what was once a larger entity plus former
Russian provinces added to the Ukrainian Soviet
Republic by Soviet leaders. When the Soviet Union
collapsed and Russia permitted Ukraine’s
independence, under US pressure Russia mistakenly
permitted Ukraine to take with it the former Russian
Washington executed its coup in Kiev last year, the
Russophobes who grabbed power began threatening in
word and deed the Russian populations in eastern and
southern Ukraine. The Crimeans voted to reunite with
Russia and were accepted. This reunification was
grossly misrepresented by Western propaganda. When
other former Russian provinces voted likewise, the
Russian government, kowtowing to Western propaganda,
did not grant their requests. Instead, Russian
president Putin called for Kiev and the former
Russian provinces to work out an agreement that
would keep the provinces within Ukraine.
its Washington master did not listen. Instead, Kiev
launched military attacks on the provinces and was
conducting bombing attacks on the provinces at the
moment the Malaysian airliner was downed.
and its European vassals have consistently
misrepresented the situation in Ukraine and denied
their responsibility for the violence, instead
placing all blame on Russia. But it is not Russia
that is conducting bombing raids and attacking
provinces with troops, tanks, and artillery. Just as
Israel’s current military assault against
Palestinian civilians fails to evoke criticism from
Washington, European governments, and the Western
media, Kiev’s assault on the former Russian
provinces goes unreported and uncriticized. Indeed,
it appears that few Americans are even aware that
Kiev is attacking civilian areas of the provinces
that wish to return to their mother country.
should be imposed on Kiev, from which the military
violence originates. Instead, Kiev is receiving
financial and military support, and sanctions are
placed on Russia which is not militarily involved in
outbreak of violence against the former Russian
provinces began, the Russian Duma voted Putin the
power to intervene militarily. Instead of using this
power, Putin requested that the Duma rescind the
power, which the Duma did. Putin preferred to deal
with the problem diplomatically in a reasonable and
received neither respect nor appreciation for
encouraging a non-violent resolution of the
unfortunate Ukrainian situation created by
Washington’s coup against a democratically elected
government that was only months away from a chance
to elect a different government.
sanctions that Washington has applied and that
Washington is pressuring its European puppets to
join send the wrong information to Kiev. It tells
Kiev that the West approves and encourages Kiev’s
determination to resolve its differences with the
former Russian provinces with violence rather than
war will continue, and that is clearly Washington’s
intent. The latest reports are that US military
advisors will soon be in Ukraine to aid the conquest
of the former Russian provinces that are in revolt.
presstitute nature of the Western media ensures that
the bulk of the American and European populations
will remain in the grip of Washington’s anti-Russian
point the Russian government will have to face the
fact that it doesn’t have “Western partners.” Russia
has Western enemies who are being organized to
isolate Russia, to injure Russia economically and
diplomatically, to surround Russia militarily, to
destabilize Russia by calling the American-funded
NGOs into the streets, and in the absence of a coup
that installs an American puppet in Moscow to attack
Russia with nuclear weapons.
Putin’s reliance on diplomacy and good will in the
place of force. The problem with Putin’s approach is
that Washington has no good will, so there is no
has an agenda. Europe consists of captive nations,
and these nations are without leaders capable of
breaking free of Washington’s agenda.
I hope that
I am wrong, but I think Putin has miscalculated. If
Putin had accepted the
former Russian provinces requests to reunite with
Russia, the conflict in Ukraine would be over. I am
certain that Europe would not have joined Washington
in any invasion with the purpose of recovering for
Ukraine former provinces of Russia herself. When
Washington says that Putin is responsible for
downing the Malaysian airliner, Washington is
correct in a way that Washington doesn’t suspect.
Had Putin completed the task begun with Crimea and
reunited the Russian provinces with Russia, there
would have been no war during which an airliner
could have been downed, whether by accident or as a
plot to demonize Russia. Ukraine has no capability
of confronting Russia militarily and had no
alternative to accepting the reunification of the
would have witnessed a decisive Russian decision and
would have put a great distance between itself and
Washington’s provocative agenda. This European
response would have precluded Washington’s ability
to gradually escalate the crisis by gradually
turning the temperature higher without the European
frog jumping out of the pot.
dealings with Washington Europe has grown accustomed
to the efficacy of bribes, threats, and coercion.
Captive nations are inured to diplomacy’s impotence.
Europeans see diplomacy as the weak card played by
the weak party. And, of course, all the Europeans
want money, which Washington prints with abandon.
China are disadvantaged in their conflict with
Washington. Russia and China have emerged from
tyranny. People in both countries were influenced by
American cold war propaganda. Both countries have
educated people who think that America has freedom,
democracy, justice, civil liberty, economic
wellbeing and is a welcoming friend of other
countries that want the same thing.
This is a
dangerous delusion. Washington has an agenda.
Washington has put in place a police state to
suppress its own population, and Washington believes
that history has conveyed the right to Washington to
exercise hegemony over the world. Last year
President Obama declared to the world that he
sincerely believes that America is the exceptional
nation on whose leadership the world depends.
words, all other countries and peoples are
unexceptional. Their voices are unimportant. Their
aspirations are best served by Washington’s
leadership. Those who disagree–Russia, China, Iran,
and the new entity ISIL–are regarded by Washington
as obstacles to history’s purpose. Anything, whether
an idea or a country, that is in the way of
Washington is in the way of History’s Purpose and
must be run over.
In the late
18th and early 19th centuries Europe faced the
determination of the French Revolution to impose
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity upon Europe. Today
Washington’s ambition is larger. The ambition is to
impose Washington’s hegemony on the entire world.
Russia and China submit, this means war.
State Department Hoax?
28, 2014 "ICH"
I have an
email that purports to be from the State Department
Press Office. It is dated today, Sunday, July 27,
2014 at 8:45 AM EDT
Department Press Corps:
with you the attached document with DNI images —
evidence of Russia firing into Ukraine.
Department Press Office
There is a
1.1MB file attached with pictures and a few words
saying that the pictures indicate Russian firing
into Ukraine territory.
As one with
news and government experience, I am confident that
information as important as this purports to be
would not be released in this way. For several days
reporters have been asking State Department press
office spokeswoman Marie Harf for evidence to back
her claims that Russian military is attacking
Ukrainian forces. Harf has told the reporters that
she cannot provide evidence. In other words, Harf’s
evidence is like John Kerry’s evidence that he could
never provide that Assad had used chemical weapons.
the evidence appears in an email and is spread via
social media. This is not credible. Such evidence if
it actually exists would be released in a Washington
press conference by top government officials with
experts present to explain the meaning of the photos
to the journalists and to answer questions. No real
journalists, if any are left, are going to believe
that such hot information would be released in an
email. Moreover, the photos are meaningless to the
uninitiated, and there is no way to judge their
Additionally, it is not credible that such important
information would be released at a news dead
time–8:45 AM EDT on a Sunday morning when the West
Coast is still asleep.
What are we
to make of this?
explanation is that kids, unaware of the seriousness
of the matter, concocted a hoax for fun.
explanation is that unable to substantiate any of
its charges against the Russian government, the
State Department decided to use social media to
spread disinformation in behalf of its propaganda
assault on Russia. It was Geoffrey Pyatt, the US
Ambassador to Ukraine who posted the images on
Twitter. Pyatt was Victoria Nuland’s partner in
orchestrating the coup against the Ukrainian
5:45PM EDT Sunday, no State Department official of
which I am aware has verified that this is a State
Department news release. Indeed, email on Sunday
morning is such an unprofessional way to release
important news that I do not believe even the
incompetent Marie Harf could be responsible for
releasing information that was valid in this way.
of the “news release” is to use social media to
build the image of a dangerous Russia among an
unsophisticated public independently of having to
convince reporters. Once this image is created,
Washington can use it to build public support for
its purposes, such as more military spending or
sending US troops to Ukraine.
opinion, it is reckless for Washington to convince
Russia that Washington is going to continue to lie
in order to discredit Russia in world opinion and to
continue to dismiss out of hand Russia’s protests.
Washington is conveying to Russia that Washington
has launched a very aggressive propaganda campaign
against Russia, a campaign that could easily push
the world to war.
In my day,
if Washington had such information as the email
purports to be, Washington would have used the
information to defuse the situation. The Russian
ambassador would have been called in and asked to
explain. The ambassador would understand that he
needed to tell the Kremlin to back off or the
information would be released in a news conference.
the Obama regime seeking confrontation with Russia,
the regime would have released the information in a
press conference with all the important bureau
chiefs present. For journalists of my vintage,
releasing it in an indiscriminate email targeted to
social media would have completely discredited the
Daily Mail took the bait, reproducing the images and
reported them as official government releases, but
the State Department has made no official statement
in behalf of the email, instead passing inquiries
off to the US embassy in Ukraine. Russian media have
skeptically reported the charges, thus helping to
spread the propaganda.
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic
Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street
Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps
Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has
had many university appointments. His internet
columns have attracted a worldwide following.
Roberts' latest books are
The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic
Dissolution of the West and
How America Was Lost.