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Washington’s Crocodile Tears Over Ukraine’s Destruction

As of this writing, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky is hunkered
down in his bunker
somewhere in Kiev, as the sound of the encroaching war
gets closer and closer. A grim scene, to be sure.

All the US and EU kisses and roses leading up to this end have turned to dust
and barbed wire, as a no-doubt deeply bitter Zelensky has nothing left but to
cry out in anger:

The chips are down, as much of the US-equipped and backed Ukrainian military
appears to have turned
and ran
as Russian forces approached. That is not to say that there has
not been death and destruction on both sides. The battle for Kherson was brutal,
with plenty of Russian
losses
. But nevertheless, as of this writing, it has fallen to Russian control.

Kiev in the main may well fall within the next 12-24 hours. Russian troops
are already in the city. And Zelensky is in his bunker with fewer and fewer
to take his calls. The cavalry he believed was promised him will not be coming
to rescue him. Ukraine will be de-militarized and Ukraine will be neutral. Once
held up as a great ally of Washington and Brussels, Zelensky is alone.

It brings to mind that great quote I often recycle from Ron Paul Institute
academic advisor John Laughland, written
as the early US-backed color revolutions
rampaged through the former Soviet
world in the early 2000s:

It is better to be an enemy of the Americans than their friend. If you are
their enemy, they might try to buy you; but if you are their friend they will
definitely sell you.

Zelensky has now learned the bitter truth, which previously favored foreign
leaders also learned. Most of their lessons have been even
harder
than Zelensky’s (at least to this point).

The bitter truth is that Washington’s foreign policy establishment never actually
considered Zelensky – or his predecessor Poroshenko – to be allies
or partners of the United States. Overflowing with a toxic mix of ignorance,
arrogance, and extreme cynicism, Washington’s elites have always viewed Ukraine
as a tool to “regime-change” a Russia that, after its post-Yeltsin recovery,
would no longer take its direction from them.


The false gods of American exceptionalism are jealous ones indeed.

The American foreign policy establishment wanted a perpetual “Yanks
to the Rescue
” Russia, whereby US “consultants” and spooks would ensure
that the most obsequious candidate would continue to win and rule. A string
of Russian presidents who would, à la Shevardnadze
and a whole string of other post-Soviet leaders, run the country like a family
business: lots of biznis deals for family members…and maybe 10 percent
for the “big guy.”

Americans are victims (willing or not) of a mass media system as propagandistic
as any that existed during Soviet Communism. The “party line” is established
and it is unwaveringly followed whether the favored flavor is Fox or MSNBC.
When it became obvious that Yeltsin’s one-time understudy, Vladimir Putin, wasn’t
going to play that way, the party line came down that he must be demonized.

Not carefully studied and where appropriate opposed (on the basis of actual
US interests), but rather Putin had to be demonized and, ultimately, “regime-changed.”

Discourse in the US is so infantile that just writing this objective truth
will no doubt land this author in the “Putin’s puppet” purgatory. Not
for the first time
.

Most Americans will not have heard – and those who have likely do not
care – that twice when the Ukrainian people elected a president who was
in favor of maintaining good relations with its Russian neighbor the US intervened
and overthrew the government. First
time in the 2004-5 “Orange Revolution”
and then the fateful 2014 “Maidan”
revolt, which was explicitly and overtly supported by senior US government officials
on the ground in Kiev including Victoria “F**k
the EU
” Nuland and the late neocon
warmonger Sen. John McCain
.

In the meantime tens of millions of dollars flow from the US taxpayer to favored
think tanks, civic organizations, and media outlets via the National
Endowment for Democracy
(sic) and numerous US-funded related organizations.
The goal is the same: manipulate Ukraine so that it remains on Washington’s
preferred path (toward conflict with Russia).

It is fashionable – particularly over the past two days – for even
antiwar and “restraint”-promoting
scribblers and jaw-boners to fall into tune with the warmongers’ songbook of
“Russian aggression” as the sole cause of recent bloodshed and destruction.

While anyone with an ounce of decency deeply regrets and opposes the use of
such massive military force as we have seen recently in Ukraine, if there is
one lesson to be learned from this entire miserable chapter (and by “chapter”
I mean the entirety of post-Cold War US foreign policy) it is this: There are
consequences that come with the belief that the key to peace and prosperity
is to remake the world in your own image through the use of overt and covert,
violent and nonviolent means. That lesson should have been learned with the
fall of Soviet communism itself, but the “victors” were too full of hubris to
pause for a moment of humility.

Wishing reality was one thing and accepting that it is another are two very
different things. The distinction must be made or the mass mental illness of
“American exceptionalism” can never be cured. Otherwise the consequences next
time the tectonic plates shift may be far closer to home.

Whether America and the EU like it or not, the era of ”We’re
an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality
” is well and truly
over. Its end is not to be mourned but to be celebrated. The only pro-America
foreign policy is non-intervention in the affairs of others.

Ukrainian President Zelensky is unlikely to survive his turn being America’s
cat’s paw to wrong-foot Russia. While he sits in his bunker contemplating his
fate, he may well be visited by the ghosts of Saddam and Gaddafi and all those
who preceded him in this position. God help him.

Daniel McAdams is director of the The
Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity
. Reprinted from The Ron Paul
Institute for Peace & Prosperity.



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