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February 12, 2014

Secret Tape Reveals US-backed Plot to Topple Ukraine's Democratically-
Elected President

Caught Red Handed


Source:  Counterpunch

“In the latest debacle for the US State Department and the Obama Administration, US
Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland was caught on tape micro-managing
Ukraine opposition party strategies with US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt.
That the Ukraine regime-change operation is to some degree being directed from
Washington can no longer be denied….The taped conversation demonstrates in clear
detail that while Secretary of State John Kerry decries any foreign meddling in Ukraine’
s internal affairs, his State Department is virtually managing the entire process.”

– Daniel McAdams, “‘F**k the EU’: Tape Reveals US Runs Ukraine Opposition“, Ron
Paul Institute

Washington is at it again, up to its old tricks. You’d think that after the Afghanistan
and Iraq fiascos someone on the policymaking team would tell the fantasists to dial-it-
down a bit. But, no. The Obama claque is just as eager to try their hand at regime
change as their predecessors, the Bushies. This time the bullseye is on Ukraine, the
home of the failed Orange Revolution, where US NGOs fomented a populist coup that
brought down the government and paved the way for years of social instability,
economic hardship and, eventually, a stronger alliance with Moscow.

That sure worked out well, didn’t it? One can only wonder what Obama has in mind for
an encore.

Let’s cut to the chase: The US still clings to the idea that it can dominate the world
with its ham-fisted military (that hasn’t won a war in 60 years) its scandalized Intel
agencies, its comical Rambo-style “Special Ops” teams, and its oh-so-brilliant global
strategists who think the days of the nation-state will soon be over hastening the
onset of the glorious New World Order. Right. Ukraine is a critical part of that pipe
dream, er, strategy which is why the US media puts demonstrations in Kiev in the
headlines while similar protests in the US are consigned to the back pages just below
the dog food ads. In any event, the crisis is likely to intensify in the months ahead as
Washington engages in a no-holds-barred tug-o-war with Moscow over the future of

For bigwig strategists, like Zbigniew Brzezinski, Ukraine is a war that Washington must
win to maintain its position as the world’s only superpower. As he sees it, the US must
establish outposts throughout Eurasia to diminish Russia’s influence, control China,
and capitalize off the new century’s fastest growing region. Here’s how Brzezinski
sums it up in Foreign Affairs in an article titled “A Geostrategy for Eurasia”:

“America’s emergence as the sole global superpower now makes an integrated and
comprehensive strategy for Eurasia imperative…Eurasia is home to most of the world’
s politically assertive and dynamic states. All the historical pretenders to global power
originated in Eurasia. The world’s most populous aspirants to regional hegemony,
China and India, are in Eurasia, as are all the potential political or economic
challengers to American primacy…

Eurasia is the world’s axial supercontinent. A power that dominated Eurasia would
exercise decisive influence over two of the world’s three most economically productive
regions, Western Europe and East Asia. A glance at the map also suggests that a
country dominant in Eurasia would almost automatically control the Middle East and

What happens with the distribution of power on the Eurasian landmass will be of
decisive importance to America’s global primacy and historical legacy.” ( “A
Geostrategy for Eurasia”, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Foreign Affairs, 1997)

Okay, so the not-so-subtle Brzezinski is telling US policymakers that if they want to
rule the world, they’ve got to take over Eurasia. That’s pretty clear. It’s the Great
Game all over again and Ukraine is one of the biggest trophies, which is why the US
has allied itself to all kinds crackpot, rightwing groups that are stirring up trouble in
Kiev. It’s because Washington will stop at nothing to achieve its objectives. Of course,
there’s nothing new about any of this. The US frequently supports violent, far-right
organizations if their interests coincide. Here’s a little background on the topic from
Eric Draitser in an article in CounterPunch titled “Ukraine and the Rebirth of Fascism”:

“In an attempt to pry Ukraine out of the Russian sphere of influence, the US-EU-NATO
alliance has, not for the first time, allied itself with fascists. Of course, for decades,
millions in Latin America were disappeared or murdered by fascist paramilitary forces
armed and supported by the United States. The mujahideen of Afghanistan, which
later transmogrified into Al Qaeda, also extreme ideological reactionaries, were
created and financed by the United States for the purposes of destabilizing Russia.
And of course, there is the painful reality of Libya and, most recently Syria, where the
United States and its allies finance and support extremist jihadis against a government
that has refused to align with the US and Israel. There is a disturbing pattern here that
has never been lost on keen political observers: the United States always makes
common cause with right wing extremists and fascists for geopolitical gain.” (Ukraine
and the rebirth of Fascism“, Eric Draitser, CounterPunch)

Death squads here, jihadis there; what difference does it make to the big shots in

Not much, apparently.

But, wait, what’s all this talk about the US being on the side of anti-Semites and
fascists in Ukraine? Is that true?

It sure looks that way. In fact, there was a funny story in the World Socialist Web Site
about Assistant Secretary of State Victoria “Fuck the EU” Nuland which shows how far
these people will go to achieve their objectives. In this case, Nuland, who — according
to the WSWS — is “the grand-daughter of Jewish immigrants who fled to America to
escape pogroms in Tsarist Russia”…was seen “handing out cookies in Maidan square
to Svoboda thugs who venerate the mass murderers of Hitler’s SS.” (“Leaked phone
call on Ukraine lays bare Washington’s gangsterism“, Bill Van Auken, World Socialist
Web Site)

Nice, eh? So Vickie was having a little snacktime with guys who’d probably shove a
knife in her back if they were given half a chance. That’s what you call dedication. By
the way, Nuland’s “husband is Robert Kagan, the right-wing foreign policy pundit who
served as the founding chairman of the Project for a New American Century, the neo-
conservative Washington think tank that played a key role in the political and
ideological preparation for the wars against Iraq and Afghanistan.”

The fact that Obama and Co. are directly involved in this latest would-be coup, doesn’
t surprise anyone. According to a recent poll conducted by the All-Russian Public
Opinion Research Center, “almost a half (45%) of Russian citizens think that protests
in Ukraine have been provoked by Western special services.” By “special services” we
presume the survey’s authors mean US Intel agencies and US-funded NGOs which
have a long history of poking their noses in other country’s affairs. Here’s a statement
by Rep Ron Paul in 2004 to the US House International Relations Committee which
helps to throw a little light on the issue:

“It is clear that a significant amount of US taxpayer dollars went to support one
candidate in Ukraine. …. What we do not know, however, is just how much US
government money was spent to influence the outcome of the Ukrainian election.

Dozens of organizations are granted funds under the PAUCI program alone, (Poland-
America-Ukraine Cooperation Initiative, which is administered by the US-based
Freedom House.) and this is only one of many programs that funneled dollars into
Ukraine. We do not know how many millions of US taxpayer dollars the National
Endowment for Democracy (NED) sent to Ukraine through NED’s National Democratic
Institute and International Republican Institute. Nor do we know how many other
efforts, overt or covert, have been made to support one candidate over the other in

That is what I find so disturbing: there are so many cut-out organizations and sub-
grantees that we have no idea how much US government money was really spent on
Ukraine, and most importantly how it was spent.” (“What has the NED done in Ukraine?
“, Ron Paul, Lew Rockwell)

The fact is, the USG gives away tons of money to all types of shady groups who carry
out their agenda. As far as Ukraine is concerned, we actually have a better idea of the
money that’s been spent than Paul thinks. Check out this video of Nuland addressing
various industry groups and admitting that, “Since the declaration of Ukrainian
independence in 1991, the United States supported the Ukrainians in the
development of democratic institutions and skills in promoting civil society and a good
form of government…We have invested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine to
achieve these and other goals.” (“Washington’s cloned female warmongers“, Finian
Cunningham, Information Clearinghouse)

5 billion smackers to topple a democratically-elected government in Ukraine while 8
million Americans still can’t find a damn job in the US. That tells you a lot about
Obama’s priorities, doesn’t it?

Last week’s fiasco surrounding Nuland’s leaked phone conversation has clarified what’
s really going on behind the scenes. While the media has focused on Nuland’s
obscenity, (“Fuck the EU”) it’s the other parts of the conversation that grabbed our
attention. Here’s a brief summary by the WSWS’s Bill Van Auken:

“The call (exposes) the criminal and imperialist character of US policy in Ukraine
…What the tape makes clear, is that Washington is employing methods of
international gangsterism, including violence, to effect a political coup aimed at
installing a regime that is fully subordinate to US geo-strategic interests…

The precise goal of US efforts is to shift political power into the hands of a collection
of Western-aligned Ukrainian oligarchs who enriched themselves off of the private
appropriation—theft—of state property carried out as part of the Stalinist bureaucracy’
s dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. In doing so, it aims to turn Ukraine into a US
imperialist beachhead on the very border of Russia, whose territory it also wants to
divide and subjugate to neocolonial status as part of its drive to assert American
hegemony throughout the strategic landmass of Eurasia…

Nuland makes clear that behind the scenes, Washington is dictating which leaders of
the opposition…should enter the government to swing it behind Washington and what
role the others will play…”(“Leaked phone call on Ukraine lays bare Washington’s
gangsterism“, Bill Van Auken, World socialist Web Site)

Same old, same old. Like we said earlier, there’s nothing new here, nothing at all. All
the blabber about “democracy” is just public relations crappola. It means nothing. US
elites want to trim Moscow’s wings, set up shop in Eurasia, control China’s growth, be
a bigger player in the continent’s oil and natural gas markets, export its financial
services model, and make as much money as possible in the 21st century’s hottest
market, Asia. It’s all about profits. Profits and power.

But then, you probably knew that already.

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