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“In order to survive and preserve its leading role on the international stage, the US desperately needs to plunge Eurasia into chaos, (and) to cut economic ties between Europe and Asia-Pacific Region … Russia is the only (country) within this potential zone of instability that is capable of resistance. It is the only state that is ready to confront the Americans. Undermining Russia’s political will for resistance… is a vitally important task for America.”

-Nikolai Starikov, Western Financial System Is Driving It to War, Russia Insider

“Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union. This is a dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power.”

-The Wolfowitz Doctrine, the original version of the Defense Planning Guidance, authored by Under Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, leaked to the New York Times on March 7, 1992

The United States does not want a war with Russia, it simply feels that it has no choice. If the State Department hadn’t initiated a coup in Ukraine to topple the elected president, Viktor Yanukovych, then the US could not have inserted itself between Russia and the EU, thus, disrupting vital trade routes which were strengthening nations on both continents. The economic integration of Asia and Europe–including plans for high-speed rail from China (“The New Silk Road”) to the EU–poses a clear and present danger for the US whose share of global GDP continues to shrink and whose significance in the world economy continues to decline. For the United States to ignore this new rival (EU-Russia) would be the equivalent of throwing in the towel and accepting a future in which the US would face a gradual but persistent erosion of its power and influence in world affairs. No one in Washington is prepared to let that happen, which is why the US launched its proxy-war in Ukraine.

The US wants to separate the continents, “prevent the emergence of a new rival”, install a tollbooth between Europe and Asia, and establish itself as the guarantor of regional security. To that end, the US is rebuilding the Iron Curtain along a thousand mile stretch from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea. Tanks, armored vehicles and artillery are being sent to the region to reinforce a buffer zone around Europe in order to isolate Russia and to create a staging ground for future US aggression. Reports of heavy equipment and weapons deployment appear in the media on nearly a daily basis although the news is typically omitted in the US press. A quick review of some of the recent headlines will help readers to grasp the scale of the conflict that is cropping up below the radar:

“US, Bulgaria to hold Balkans military drills”, “NATO Begins Exercises In Black Sea”, “Army to send even more troops, tanks to Europe”, “Poland requests greater US military presence”, “U.S. Army sending armored convoy 1,100 miles through Europe”, “Over 120 US tanks, armored vehicles arrive in Latvia”, “US, Poland to Conduct Missile Exercise in March – Pentagon”

Get the picture? There’s a war going on, a war between the United States and Russia.

Notice how most of the headlines emphasize US involvement, not NATO. In other words, the provocations against Russia originate from Washington not Europe. This is an important point. The EU has supported US-led economic sanctions, but it’s not nearly as supportive of the military build up along the perimeter. That’s Washington’s idea and the cost is borne by the US alone. Naturally, moving tanks, armored vehicles and artillery around the world is an expensive project, but the US is more than willing to make the sacrifice if it helps to achieve its objectives.

And what are Washington’s objectives?

Interestingly, even political analysts on the far right seem to agree about that point. For example, check out this quote from STRATFOR CEO George Friedman who summed it up in a recent presentation he delivered at The Chicago Council on Foreign Affairs. He said:

“The primordial interest of the United States, over which for centuries we have fought wars–the First, the Second and Cold Wars–has been the relationship between Germany and Russia, because united there, they’re the only force that could threaten us. And to make sure that that doesn’t happen.” … George Friedman at The Chicago Council on Foreign Affairs, Time 1:40 to 1:57)

Bingo. Ukraine has nothing to do with sovereignty, democracy or (alleged) Russian aggression. That’s all propaganda. It’s about power. It’s about imperial expansion. It’s about spheres of influence. It’s about staving off irreversible economic decline. It’s all part of the smash-mouth, scorched earth, take-no-prisoners geopolitical world in which we live, not the fake Disneyworld created by the western media. The US State Department and CIA toppled the elected-government in Ukraine and ordered the new junta regime to launch a desperate war of annihilation against its own people in the East, because, well, because they felt they had no other option. Had Putin’s ambitious plan to create a free trade zone between Lisbon to Vladivostok gone forward, then where would that leave the United States? Out in the cold, that’s where. The US would become an isolated island of dwindling significance whose massive account deficits and ballooning national debt would pave the way for years of brutal restructuring, declining standards of living, runaway inflation and burgeoning social unrest. Does anyone really believe that Washington would let that to happen when it has a “brand-spanking” trillion dollar war machine at its disposal?

Heck, no. Besides, Washington believes it has a historic right to rule the world, which is what one would expect when the sense of entitlement and hubris reach their terminal phase. Now check out this clip from an article by economist Jack Rasmus at CounterPunch:

“Behind the sanctions is the USA objective of driving Russia out of the European economy. Europe was becoming too integrated and dependent on Russia. Not only its gas and raw materials, but trade relations and money capital flows were deepening on many fronts between Russia and Europe in general prior to the Ukraine crisis that has provided the cover for the introduction of the sanctions. Russia’s growing economic integration with Europe threatened the long term economic interests of US capitalists. Strategically, the US precipitated coup in the Ukraine can be viewed, therefore as a means by which to provoke Russian military intervention, i.e. a necessary event in order to deepen and expand economic sanctions that would ultimately sever the growing economic ties between Europe and Russia long term. That severance in turn would not only ensure US economic interests remain dominant in Europe, but would also open up new opportunities for profit making for US interests in Europe and Ukraine as well…

When the rules of the competition game between capitalists break down altogether, the result is war—i.e. the ultimate form of inter-capitalist competition.” (The Global Currency Wars, Jack Rasmus, CounterPunch)

See? Analysts on the right and left agree. Ukraine has nothing to do with sovereignty, democracy or Russian aggression. It’s plain-old cutthroat geopolitics, where the last man left standing, wins.

The United States cannot allow Russia reap the benefits of its own vast resources. Oh, no. It has to be chastised, it has to be bullied, it has to be sanctioned, isolated, threatened and intimidated. That’s how the system really works. The free market stuff is just horsecrap for the sheeple.

Russia is going to have to deal with chaotic, fratricidal wars on its borders and color-coded regime change turbulence in its capital. It will have to withstand reprisals from its trading partners, attacks on its currency and plots to eviscerate its (oil) revenues. The US will do everything in its power to poison the well, to demonize Putin, to turn Brussels against Moscow, and to sabotage the Russian economy.

Divide and conquer, that’s the ticket. Keep them at each others throats at all times. Sunni vs Shia, one ethnic Ukrainian vs the other, Russians vs Europeans. That’s Washington’s plan, and it’s a plan that never fails.

US powerbrokers are convinced that America’s economic slide can only be arrested by staking a claim in Central Asia, dismembering Russia, encircling China, and quashing all plans for an economically-integrated EU-Asia. Washington is determined to prevail in this existential conflict, to assert its hegemonic control over the two continents, and to preserve its position as the world’s only superpower.

Only Russia can stop the United States and we believe it will.

MIKE WHITNEY lives in Washington state. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press). Hopeless is also available in a Kindle edition. He can be reached at [email protected].

(Republished from Counterpunch by permission of author or representative)
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  1. Kiza says:

    “Washington believes it has a historic right to rule the world, which is what one would expect when the sense of entitlement and hubris reach their terminal phase.”

    The only way to maintain Status Quo of the US living off the rest of the world like a parasitic Capital of the world, it is to turn everybody else against each other. But this has been working well so far, as the exchange rate of Euro versus US\$ shows.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  2. CK says:

    Germany, Italy, France, Australia, New Zealand have joined and Great Britain has announced an intent to join the Chinese created Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Russia already belongs. Russia also belongs to the BRICS group which has its own counterparts to the World Bank and the IMF. The Yuan will become a international reserve currency within 5 years ( my estimate others think sooner). The next step is for China, Russia, and Iran to co-operate in the creation of an alternative to SWIFT and to BIS. An alternative to SWIFT removes the threat of American imposed financial sanctions on any nation that joins. Having an alternative central bank’s bank removes another layer of financial leverage.

    • Replies: @KA
  3. Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factor"] says:

    The great irony.

    During the early years of the Cold War, American Jews like the Rosenbergs and Sobells were ‘shipping’ atomic secrets and other material to Stalin’s empire.

    When anti-communists cried foul and exposed these traitors, the Jewish community accused the Right and anti-communist liberals of ‘hysteria’ and ‘paranoia’.

    Today, the Jews and homos who rule Washington, Wall Street, Hollywood, Las Vegas, and Silicon Valley are shipping arms to Ukraine to start a ‘new cold war’ in the utterly hysterical and paranoid view that Russia is not only the old Soviet Union but the new Nazi Germany.

    So, it doesn’t matter what Jews do. If they spy for the enemy, it’s in their right to do so, and it’d be ‘hysterical’ for anyone to sound the alarm.

    If they foment a crisis in another part of the world, it must be a good cause and we better go along or else be accused of apathy or not sufficiently caring about Jews(or homos as the proxies of Jewish globalist imperialism).

  4. @Priss Factor

    Harry Dexter White (son of immigrant Lithuanian Jews Joseph Weit and Sarah Magilewski), the “brains” behind the genocidal machinations of Henry Morgenthau, Jr., FDR Secretary of Treasury & special patron to Russian & Polish Jews, presided over Bretton Woods, where he stared down and shut out John Maynard Keynes.

    Even as he was setting up the system of global finance that centered on the US dollar, he was spying for Communist Russia.

    But it’s all good, explains Benn Steil; don’t pick on him; he really really believed in Communism.

  5. @Priss Factor

    thx for the link, Priss Factor

    Peretz wrote this (rather, popped it out of a can) —

    Nazism was also cruel, very cruel and industrially proficient in the mechanics of mass death.

    What a curious thing to write. The thesis of “The Jew Who Defeated Hitler: Henry Morgenthau, Jr.” is that US overwhelming industrial might and productivity squashed Germany in WWII. (Presumably Peretz is alluding to Auschwitz, which are widely proven to be frauds — there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz or anywhere).

    That “industrial might” was used to produce tens of thousands of bombers that firebombed 131 German cities, reducing 45% of Germany’s residential housing; incinerating 600,000 German civilians; rendering 7 million Germans homeless — “unhoused” in Britain’s “Bomber” Harris’s jargon.
    This industrialized devastation of Germany was not collateral damage, nor was it retaliation: FDR & Morgenthau planned to terrorize and kill working class German civilians from as early as October 1938. The date is significant: On Sept. 29 1938 Hitler formed the Munich Agreement to which France and Britain agreed.

    But much like the negotiations with Iran, an arrangement that did not involve war and the total destruction of an adversary, whether or not that adversary poses a threat to USA, could not be countenanced.

    Behind the scenes activities were carried out to trash the deal, and for good measure, a false flag attack — so-called Kristallnacht — was orchestrated in early November 1938.

    FDR and Morgenthau set public opinion against Germany in order to set in motion the war they needed.

    By 1939 but before September, when Germany invaded Poland, FDR signed an Executive Order for US Air Force to commence research on chemical & biological weapons in the desert at Dugway in Utah.
    By 1942 US Air Force and Standard Oil Corp. were using the area to discover and perfect the most efficient means of destroying German and Japanese workers housing. Two full-scale, architecturally precise models were built, one of German, the other of Japanese housing. German Village was designed in consultation with Erich Mendelsohn, “the Jewish architect”, who had just built a residence in Rehovoth, Palestine, for Chaim Weizman, & other Harvard architects; Japanese village also drew on architectural expertise from Harvard.

    The buildings were furnished by Jewish studio designers from RKO to precise specifications, including, in German Village,

    “In the bedroom, the single beds were placed together in pairs, with a crib ■adjacent, reflective of a young family with an infant.”

    Some Americans are aware that US firebombed Dresden. Not many Americans at all have the slightest notion that US and British forces formed the intent (before any shots were fired) to firebomb German cities; prepared and rehearsed ways to carry out that intent; and did, indeed, firebomb 131 German cities — 45% of its residential housing and 75% of its historical architecture (as well as numerous Japanese cities), intentionally causing the deaths of 600,000 German civilians including 70,000 children. See Jorg Friedrich, “The Fire: Firebombing Germany, 1940 – 1945.”

    Peretz continues:

    But it [NSDAP] had no pretensions to universal humanitarianism. It was a master race ideology.

    “Propaganda by its very nature is an enterprise for perverting the significance of events and of insinuating false intentions…The propagandist will not accuse the enemy of just any misdeed; he will accuse him of the very intention that he himself has and of trying to commit the very crime that he himself is about to commit. He who wants to provoke a war not only proclaims his own peaceful intentions but also accuses the other party of provocation.”

    In an essay titled Zionism’s Prior Condition: Propaganda, Nima Shirazi cited this passage from Jacques Ellul’s Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes”

    “Propaganda by its very nature is an enterprise for perverting the significance of events and of insinuating false intentions…The propagandist will not accuse the enemy of just any misdeed; he will accuse him of the very intention that he himself has and of trying to commit the very crime that he himself is about to commit. He who wants to provoke a war not only proclaims his own peaceful intentions but also accuses the other party of provocation.”

    A quick internet search produces these articles:

    Jewish Heritage Written in DNA

    ‘Jews a Race’ Genetic Theory Comes Under Fierce Attack by DNA Expert
    Israeli Scientist Challenges Hypothesis of Middle East Origins

    Trace Your Jewish DNA

    Ashkenazi Jews – The Smartest Race

    Judaism: The Chosen People

    In a talk (to raise money for construction of Hebrew University, also built by Erich Mendelsohn, in 1937 in Rehovoth) Samuel Untermyer said:

    “[It is to Jews that] Germany owes in large part its prosperity and its great scientists, educators, lawyers, physicians, poets, musicians, diplomats and philosophers, who are the backbone of its past cultural life. . . .
    But why dwell longer upon this revolting picture of the ravages wrought by these ingrates and beasts of prey, animated by the loathsome motives of race hatred, bigotry and envy. For the Jews are the aristocrats of the world.”

    Or, to see what master racism looks like up close and personal, check out Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign speeches or that of his opponents. Apparently Bibi won because his competition was not sufficiently bigoted for Israeli Jews.

    Back to Peretz:

    Given this undisguised basic principle, its enemies and victims were evident at the near-start and they were by definition counted in the multitudes. Perhaps that is one reason why Hitler’s demented regime lasted a bare dozen years.

    Let’s examine this diatribe a bit more critically, Marty.

    Germany’s Weimar era, which was dominated by Jews, was marked by 14 years of political and financial and physical chaos. Unemployment reached 70% and hyperinflation wracked the economy. NSDAP came to power in Jan. 1933 and within a few weeks had “quelled physical violence against Jews” (according to Breitman & Lichtman in “FDR and the Jews.”) Jews were not subjected to violence, in fact, were protected by NSDAP, until the zionist-Jewish false-flag event of Kristallnacht in Nov. 1938.

    NSDAP reinvigorated a demoralized people, uniting them around a common cultural heritage — no, it was not Jewish, because German culture is not Semitic. But — see above: Jews were not the victims of violence between 1933 and the zionist-Jewish false flag of early Nov. 1938.

    NSDAP turned the economy around: Germans were employed building infrastructure — about 2/3 of the autobahn that Eisenhower so admired was built under NSDAP rule.

    Germans did this without help from the then-wealthiest nation on earth, the USA; quite the contrary: during this period, “International Jewry” waged war on Germany, trying its best to destroy Germany’s economy in order to “bring the nation to its knees.” (Something like what US & Israel are doing to Iran and to Russia).

    In contrast, what has Israel achieved, on its own — it has created a racist state that has existed on handouts from superpowers — when it has not actually stolen from other nations, such as the theft of uranium from US government.

    Israel can’t seem to form a genuinely democratic state; hell, it can’t even be counted on to abide by the international laws that undergirded its existence!

    Gotta say, you’re not looking good, Marty.

    You lie about Germany, when the facts are patently obvious.

    You are blinkered about the racist beggar and pariah state of “the Jewish people,” Israel.

    PS US is using documents leaked by IAEA to set up mock ups of Iranian facilities, much like Jews set up German village.
    You got nothing, pal.

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  6. If and when Vlad Putin decides to vector an ICBM onto Washington, District of Corruption–well, who can blame him? . . .

  7. eradican says:

    Good stuff but to understand the present we must first understand the past and the legacy of the Cold War hasn’t been properly understood.

    I wrote a lengthy and provocative blog post discussing nearly every aspect of communism.

  8. Renoman says:

    So what stock should a fella buy?

  9. KA says:

    I wonder if the demise (of US) would have come earlier if Nixon didn’t open the door to China who then proceeded to supply the US with cheap money ,cheap labor,cheap material and resources for 30 yrs and financed the deficit that underpinned US adventures abroad for 30 yrs.

    • Replies: @CK
  10. CK says:

    Every empire’s demise has been different. Some burned hot and expired, some rusted away, some like the Mongols vanished with death of one man. While Perfidious Albion has claimed it tried to ease out of its empire gracefully, Ireland, India, Pakistan, Cyprus, Kenya, Aden etc. etc. attest to England’s gracelessness.
    The dissolutions of the USSR was, if not graceful, mostly peaceful and also hugely profitable for the Harvard crew and the various oligarchs.
    Readings suggest that every empire has believed that it was “The Shining Embodiment of all that is Good and Godly and Worthy of Emulation”. Necessary hubris for the world-striding Colossus
    Nixon was invited by Mao, but some doors swing both ways. China has accepted expatriate American factories and allowed the USA to denude itself of heavy industry and the middle class the Unionized Heavy Industry created. The Chinese government holds trillions in American debt and can monetize that debt as and when it wishes to buy whatever it wants. A 50 year plan has come to fruition. It is difficult for a person whose time horizon is the next quarter’s earnings report to compete with or even intellectually comprehend a person whose time horizon is two or three or more generations ahead.

  11. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Its Untyermyer who financed and arranged the creation of the impression of the huge importance of the Scofield Bible mainly the Book of Daniel . This paved the way for the judaization of NT and gave religious fillip to the idea of Jews returning to Homeland in Israel as necessarry precondition of return of Christ.

  12. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Excellent analysis! True to the core!

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