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“F*** Europe!” Such were the words used in Kiev, Ukraine by Victoria Nuland, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Europe.

Nuland was referring to the European Union’s reluctance to get too deeply involved in Ukraine’s current strife or to impose sanctions on the former Soviet republic. But Nuland perfectly captured Washington’s sneering view of Europe as a collection of feeble and irrelevant banana republics.

Nuland is a prominent American neoconservative. Like her fellow neocons, she disdains Europe for being unwarlike, mildly critical of Israel, and often insufficiently responsive to Washington’s demands – or even insubordinate, like the awful French.

How delicious was it that Nuland’s pithy reference to Europe and her plans for a new western-confected government in Ukrainian – where the US insists it is not at all interfering – were picked by Russian electronic intelligence and played to the world. How dim for Madame Nuland to speak so thoughtlessly on her cell phone.

Of late, Nuland and other senior US officials have been blasting Moscow for “meddling” in Ukraine. The leaked phone recording has Nuland telling the US ambassador to Kiev which of the three opposition candidates Washington wants to run Ukraine.

Nuland’s plans for regime change in Kiev have been a godsend to Moscow, which claims the US and EU are behind the uprising in Ukraine. She has just undermined the democratic Ukrainian opposition by making them look like American puppets.

Score one for Russia’s spooks. All Nuland could do was splutter about how Russian intelligence had intercepted her cell phone. This after the US National Security Agency was revealed to be bugging the phones and email of most of Europe’s leaders. What goes around comes around.

The loud-mouthed Nuland should resign.

All this was most amusing – except that it highlighted the growing US-Russian confrontation over Ukraine that risks turning very dangerous.

A senior Russian official close to President Vladimir Putin just warned Washington to butt out of Ukraine – or else. Europe is rightfully fearful that the Ukraine crisis could cause a head-on clash by Washington and Moscow – just as the little Russia-Georgia War over Ossetia almost did in 2008.

Interestingly, during that crisis, the US rushed warships to the Black Sea. This time, US Navy warships are back again in the Black Sea under the laughable excuse they are on station to evacuate US tourists to the Sochi Olympics if violence occurs.

Day by day, we see growing rancor between the US and Russia. Most of it is unfair criticism and childish spats, but the overall effect is creating the basis for war fever. The same bickering, cheap criticism and manufactured anger created the psychological basis in Britain for the utterly catastrophic World War I. Three years later, it was repeated in the United States to whip up anti-German fever.

The US media is barraging Russia and Putin with a drumfire of negative stories. The Sochi Olympics have come in for relentless, petty attacks and low-minded carping.

Anyone who knows Russia should be in awe that the normally bumbling, disorganized Ruskis managed to get their Olympic sites finished more or less on time – and that they still remain standing. Russians usually lose a lot of early battles, but they usually end up winning wars.

So what if Russia spent billions on the Sochi Olympics. Who is Washington to criticize Moscow after pouring over $2 trillion into the stupid wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and now Syria, with nothing to show but huge debts, armies of refugees, and graveyards?

America’s national security establishment – what used to be known in Britain as imperialists – is now turning its guns on Russia, aided by the US corporate media. Vlad Putin’s Russia has re-emerged as America’s number one enemy. Muslims are out. At times, the Cold War seems to be inching back. The US narrowly escaped a dangerous military clash over President Barack Obama’s intemperate rush to war over Syria.

Nuclear powers must not indulge in such school-yard squabbles. World War I, whose 100th anniversary comes this fall, began just this way.

Putin’s Russia is no Utopia, but do we really want angry, expansionist Russians again on our eastern borders? Better they focus on Olympic games and shopping sprees. Unlike us, they have not started any wars lately.

(Reprinted from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Neocons, Russia, Ukraine

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  1. Nuland is a Jewish member of the permanent regime that never leaves Washington. Her hostility to the EU and Putin’s Russia is a reflection of her overriding devotion to a Israel. Nuland’s Zionist-friendly, political priorities can be seen in her hostility to any nation, any ideology, or any people who don’t serve long-term Israeli goals.

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  2. Talk about a power couple, and a very well nourished one at that:

    http://www.antiwar.com/taylor/?articleid=12642

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  3. ‘F*@k’ Nuland. The woman is a dishonorable ‘c*@t’ and should be retired from American government. She warmongers and rejoices at the deaths of innocents.

    The punditocracy wonders why, allegedly, the world “hates” America. Victoria Nuland is the powerpoint presentation for all that is wrong in US government.

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  4. You can’t, as one commentator does, lay this out as a Jewish conspiracy. Rather, it’s an equal-opportunity loose conspiracy of elites, their mouthpieces and apparatchiks with a common cause of warmongering moneymaking and imperial power satrapy-making. There are plenty of non-Jews, a majority in fact, engaged in this taxpayer debt-financed affiliation of elite scoundrels making common cause against the rest of us.

    There are a large number of respected Jewish intellectuals opposed, as any thinking person interested in truth-telling would be.

    As for the accusation of the leak having originated with the Russians, it’s even more likely it has come from within an official Washington addicted to leaks that serve the purposes of internecine squabbling and careerist backstabbing. Not everyone in the administration is an admirer of neocon Nuland and her husband Robert Kagan, Dick Cheney’s senior national security adviser. The NSA “collects it all,” spying on its own people in full Hoover mode, on cyber steroids. It’s a matter of the tradecraft exposed in the latest Snowden whistleblowing documents that these operations are then made to conveniently appear to come from adversaries, killing as it were two birds with one stone and casting suspicion elsewhere.

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  5. The Soviet Union was not expansionist–it was very defensive, just as Russia is now. It was the western Capitalist powers–Britain, France, & the US–and also Poland, who continually waged war against the USSR, from the North Russia expedition to Pilsudski’s campaigns in the Ukraine. Hilariously the Poles then refused Stalin’s offer of an alliance against NAZI Germany, while Britain and France twiddled their thumbs. The Cold War began with the gratuitous atomic bombing of Japan, which was also mainly directed against the USSR, as Stalin, who cagily played very dumb while knowing all about the Manhattan Project, knew from the getgo.

    Mr. Margolis is a superb military historian at times but his anti-Soviet bias is obvious.

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  6. I am a Nam vet ’68). I was a grunt and what I witnessed made me empathize with Chief Joesph of the Nez Pierce, “I will study war no more forever. ” The idiots that are so intent with confronting Russia or anyone else should have their faces shoved into a used body bag. I will always be bitter about losing buddies and class mates in a B.S. war. A war that LBJ lied us into. Now his decendents want to provoke W.W. 111. God have mercy.

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  7. The Empress has been ‘caught’ without her spanx! Not only her fat a** is exposed but he fat-headedness and the paucity of humanity that would lead her to ignore a continent in an effort to create another failed puppet-state in Russia’s back yard.

    Thank-you to whoever was on the scanner and overheard her being perfectly clear. If nothing else, this should provide a heads-up for the Euros that having bad friends could be far worse than having good enemies.

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  8. How is it hat Obama appointedX Bush appointee Nuland
    “Robert Kagan, like almost all neocon Middle East experts who want to remake the Muslim world, knows little about the area, has never lived there, and understands no Arabic or Farsi. He is also a self-styled military expert who has never served in the armed forces. Perhaps because Kagan is married to Victoria Nuland”

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  9. Eugene:

    I belive he has mentioned in previous columns about how worried the then Soviet Union was about another invasion from the west. The so-called ‘collapse’ of the USSR was basically a naked power grab by Yelstin, Shuskevich and Kravchuk–and allies–at the Belovzah Forest hunting lodge in Belarus. Even today, many Russians–and other CIS residents–still lament the illegal and unconstitutional destruction of the Union.

    I do second the remark that Putin made about the ‘geopolitical collapse’. Where is George Kennan when we need him? And there is the ‘little matter’ of the US and GB invading Russia–starting at Vladivostk–marhing towards Moscow.

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  10. I don’t know what article Eugene Costa read but there isn’t any “obvious” anti-Soviet bias in this one. What is obvious is that the article is about RUSSIA–the Soviet Union long since dead– and US policy towards it. Not that he needs anyone to speak for him but Mr. Margolis remains at all times a fine historian and not just a military one.

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  11. Victoria Nuland should resign. She should not be saying stuff like that. Ehud Barack Obama will keep her because he wants the USA to continue its hegemony along with Israel.The Ukranians should decide on their own whether or not they wish to join the EU.

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