Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: Putin Sees Chance To Break Up NATO, EU

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Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

Putin sees chance to break up NATO, EU: Analyst (PressTV, May 25, 2014):

By Paul Craig Roberts

Western propaganda about events in Ukraine has two main purposes. One is to cover up, or to distract from, Washington’s role in overthrowing the elected democratic government of Ukraine. The other is to demonize Russia.

The truth is known, but truth is not a part of the Western TV and print media. The intercepted telephone call between US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and the US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt reveals the two coup plotters discussing which of Washington’s stooges will be installed as Washington’s person in the new puppet government.

The intercepted telephone call between Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and EU foreign policy official Catherine Ashton revealed suspicions, later confirmed by independent reports, that the sniper fire that killed people on both sides of the Kiev protests came from the Washington-backed side of the conflict.

To summarize, when Washington orchestrated in 2004 the “Orange Revolution” and the revolution failed to deliver Ukraine into Western hands, Washington, according to Victoria Nuland, poured $5 billion into Ukraine over the next ten years. The money went to politicians, whom Washington groomed, and to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that operate as educational, pro-democracy, and human rights groups, but in fact are Washington’s fifth columns.

When President Yanukovych, after considering the costs and benefits, rejected the invitation for Ukraine to join the European Union, Washington sent its well-funded NGOs into action. Protests broke out in Kiev demanding that Yanukovych change his decision and join the EU.

These protests were peaceful, but soon ultra-nationalists and neo-nazis appeared and introduced violence into the protests. The protest demands changed from “join the EU” to “overthrow Yanukovych and his government.”

Political chaos ensued. Washington installed a puppet government, which Washington represented as a democratic force against corruption.

Areas of southern and eastern Ukraine are former Russian territories added to Ukraine by Soviet leaders. Lenin added Russian areas to Ukraine in early years of the Soviet Union, and Khrushchev added Crimea in 1954. The people in these Russian areas, alarmed by the destruction of Soviet war memorials commemorating the Red Army’s liberation of Ukraine from Hitler, by the banning of Russian as an official language, and by physical assaults on Russian-speaking people in Ukraine broke out in protests. Crimea voted its independence and requested reunification with Russia, and so have the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Washington, its EU puppets, and the Western media have denied that the votes in Crimea, Donetsk, and Luhansk are sincere and spontaneous. Instead, Washington alleges that the protests leading to the votes and the votes themselves were orchestrated by the Russian government with the use of bribes, threats, and coercion. Crimea was said to be a case of Russian invasion and annexation.

These are blatant lies, and the foreign observers of the elections know it, but they have no voice in the Western media, which is a Ministry of Propaganda for Washington. Even the once proud BBC lies for Washington.

Washington has succeeded in controlling the explanation of the “Ukrainian crisis.” The unified peoples in Crimea, Donetsk, and Luhansk have been branded “terrorists.” In contrast, the Ukrainian neo-nazis have been elevated to membership in the “democratic coalition.” Even more amazing, the neo-nazis are being described in the Western media as “liberators” of the protest regions from “terrorists.” Most likely, the Russophobic neo-nazi militias are becoming Washington’s stooge government’s army, because so many units of the Ukrainian military have been unwilling to fire on peaceful protesters.

The question before us is how will Russia’s leader, President Putin, play this game. His hesitancy or reluctance to accept Donetsk and Luhansk again as part of Russia is used by the Western media to make him look weak and intimidated. Within Russia, this will be used against Putin by Washington-funded NGOs and by Russian nationalists.

Putin understands this, but Putin also understands that Washington wants him to confirm their demonized portrait of him. If Putin accepts requests from Donetsk and Luhansk to return to Russia, Washington will repeat its allegation that Russia invaded and annexed. Most likely, Putin is not weak and intimidated, but for good reasons, Putin does not want to give Washington more propaganda to employ in Europe.

Washington’s press for sanctions against Russia has an obstacle in Germany. The German Chancellor, Merkel, is Washington’s vassal, but Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier and German industry are no friends of sanctions. In addition to Germany’s dependence on natural gas from Russia, thousands of German companies are doing business in Russia, and the employment of several hundred thousands of Germans is dependent on economic relations with Russia. Former German chancellors Helmut Schmidt and Gerhard Schroeder have slammed Merkel for her subservience to Washington. Merkel’s position is weak, because she has put herself in the position of sacrificing the interests of Germany to Washington’s interests.

Putin, who has demonstrated that he is not the typical dumb Western politician, sees in the conflict between Washington’s pressure on Germany and Germany’s real interests a chance to break up NATO and the EU. If Germany decides, as Yanukovych did, that Germany’s interests lie in its economic relations with Russia, not in being a puppet state of Washington, can Washington overthrow the government of Germany and install a more reliable puppet?

Perhaps Germany has had enough of Washington. Still occupied by Washington’s troops 69 years after the end of World War II, Germany has had its educational practices, its history, its foreign policy, and its membership in the EU and euro mechanism coerced by Washington. If Germans have any national pride – and as a very recently unified people, they might still have some national pride – these impositions by Washington are too much to accept.

The last thing Germany wants is a confrontation, economic or military, with Russia. Germany’s vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, said that it “was certainly not smart to create the impression in Ukraine that it had to decide between Russia and the EU.”

If the Russian government decides that Washington’s control of Ukraine, or whatever part remains after secession, is an unacceptable strategic threat to Russia, the Russian military will seize Ukraine, historically part of Russia. If Russia occupies Ukraine, there is nothing Washington can do but resort to nuclear war. NATO countries, with their own existence at stake, will not agree to this option.

Putin can take the Ukraine back whenever he wants and turn his back on the West, a declining corrupt entity mired in depression and looting by the capitalist class. The 21st century belongs to the East, to China and India. The enormous expanse of Russia sits above both of these most populous of all countries.

Russia can rise to power with the East. There is no reason for Russia to beg the West for acceptance. The basis for US foreign policy are the Brzezinski and Wolfowitz doctrines, which state that Washington must prevent the rise of Russia. Washington has no good will toward Russia and will hamper Russia at every opportunity.

As long as Washington controls Europe, Russia has no prospects of being a part of the West, unless Russia becomes Washington’s puppet state, like Germany, Britain, and France.


8 thoughts on “Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: Putin Sees Chance To Break Up NATO, EU”

  1. Much soul searching in der Vaterland!

    Volkswagen/AUDI/Porsche, BMW & Daimler Benz on the car front alone have massive investments in US which need careful consideration.

    Of course, having pointed that out, it would affect jobs as well, and perhaps US Gov don’t want any more job losses.

    We don’t know what the EXTRA potential is in Russia. Not much really, as every quality car is German anyway. LADA’s & ZIL’s no longer cut it, but the opening of the Eastern Gateway will worry Gunter if Taiwan/China can break in.

  2. To Squodgy: If Germany and Russia unite, therein comes the problem for the west. Germany has a very angry electorate, if you look at the election results from earlier today…….Germany tried carrying a lot of the weaker EU nations not being fully informed in what bad a condition they truly were. Enron accounting was exported by Moody’s to the EU, and most of the weak financial nations (such as Greece) adopted it with enthusiasm.
    Germany, having backed these fraudulent nations, now has a high debt to GDP, and some very angry citizens. Should enough of the right wing gain power, they will go with Russia…..and down with the west if that happens.

  3. Putin is very intelligent, and is the closest to a Napoleon I have seen in the 21st century. Logic would have Germany unite with Russia, and if that happens, those of us in the west are screwed.
    NATO is US controlled, and the US is going down the drain. The EU is relying on Germany to keep them afloat, and that isn’t good. Looking at the election results today, giving the Nazi party a seat in their parliament……..that bodes ill for all of us if that trend continues and grows.

    You can thanks Moody’s for exporting Enron accounting to the world, and many of the weaker EU members got into the EU by using it before the stronger members got wind of what they were doing.

    A coalition built on lies isn’t very strong to begin with, and Germany had just overcome rebuilding after the reuniting of Germany…..then, they took on the EU. Now, their debt to GDP is very high, their people are not happy about it, and there do not appear to be many solutions to the problem.

    I sincerely hope the EU survives. If it doesn’t, the US dollar will collapse, and as one who lives in the US, I really hope my descendants don’t have to live through something like that. Currency collapses make living very difficult, and the US has more enemies than friends thanks to dreadful foreign policy and heavy handed actions towards all.
    Without the EU, the US is finished. Surely Putin knows this, so like it or not, it is up to him, not the US. Very scary for any American used to the US making all such world decisions. As of now, that has officially changed.

    The US had status as the world reserve currency since the end of WW2. Now, electronic currencies, modeled on Hugo Chavez’s Sucre, makes the need for any nation to be world reserve currency obsolete. More than half the world has moved to the use of electronic currencies, dropping the use of the dollar completely. This has shown a huge impact on US world power.

    I don’t know if Putin is ready to cause something like this, but he has made it clear he is no friend of the US, he is a friend of the Russian people who want world power again.

    Nobody is a friend of the US, thanks to the last 15 years of the US using hammers where flyswatters would have worked much better. The US has idiots in power, even worse, they are groups of idiots, and are also no friend of the US people. They serve the greedy guts, and give the people the bills for their excesses. The people get nothing, and they are getting fed up. The US has become an oasis for crooks, and the citizens are war weary, and tired to death of corruption. Nothing works here any longer…..NOTHING.

    The people are fed up. It would not take much to destabilize the US at this point…..and Putin used to head up the KGB, he knows all about such tricks. He also know when, as well as how…..and for the first time in our history, we are at the mercy of the will of foreign powers. Thank the gaggle of idiots and the greedy guts, they are responsible for this mess.

    Hang on, folks. The entire world is in for a hell of a ride. If anyone questions my opinion, all I can do is suggest looking at Obama’s impotent efforts to start wars without success. The US has no coalition left, no allies, and no trust. All credibility has been lost.

    It took 250 years to build an A#1 system, and less than 15 years to destroy it. Thank the greedy guts.

  4. As for the US putting in more puppet governments with any stability or credibility…..those days are over.
    The US has no allies, no coalition and no credibility.
    Putin has taken over as #1 world leader, the US is despised around the world. Better than half the world no longer uses US currency in international trades, and one need only look at Obama’s impotent bids to start wars around the world to realize the US is no longer the world leader.
    It is over for the US.
    If Putin convinces Germany to join with them, the EU will collapse, and with it, the US dollar.
    The US is no longer is a position to place puppet governments into places like Russia, or any of their allies or coalition.
    250 years to build the most credible system in the world, less than 15 to destroy it……..thank the gaggle of fools in power in the US, and the greedy guts who control them.
    Both are now on the losing end.

  5. Marilyn,
    The Germans have no love for the Russians.

    West Germany was defeated & humiliated, East Germany was oppressively destroyed for 45 years under the CCCP.
    From my contacts, it is purely of commercial interests that talks of ‘friendship’ are being hinted at.
    However, our replacement generations haven’t got a clue of any of that, so potentially it is anyone’s guess, at least in twenty years time…if we get that far.

  6. To Squodgy:
    Yes, you are right, the Russians were detested and feared by the Germans. At the end of WW2, the Americans were far more popular than the Russians; they were a decent lot.

    But, a lot has changed since then. The US has lost all credibility, over the past 15 years, the US has lost much in the area of honor, credibility and decency. Torture of people who did nothing to deserve it, attacking nations that had done nothing to them………we have some real criminals in power, and thanks to the laws passed over the past decade, no way to get rid of them. The US does not resemble the ones who rebuilt Europe after WW2.

    I don’t know who I would pick if I had to choose between the two nations today………it would be a tough choice……..and the people in charge are nothing like the ones heading up the restoration of Europe…..they were good people.

    I look at the world leaders today, with their greedy vision of a world government with them in power…….I don’t know if nation matters to these jerks.

    We have a depressing situation……and I see no answers that make good sense.


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