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Washington’s Crocodile Tears Over Ukraine’s Destruction

By Daniel McAdams | Ron Paul Institute | February 25, 2022

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: “Who is ready to fight with us? I do not see anyone. Who is ready to give Ukraine a guarantee of NATO membership? Everyone is afraid.”

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 RPI 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 non-violent 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.

Copyright © 2022 by RonPaul Institute

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  1. Very well written. The west has made this intervention inevitable. The only political leaders to be blamed are mine/ours. And our press. And our thinktanks. And our gullible public (or our digital voting machines, who knows?).

    Still no party over here, because a war is a very serious and deadly phenomenom. A war should never be celebrated. A sigh of relief, however, is completely justified.

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    Comment by Balthasar Gerards | February 26, 2022 | Reply

  2. “After decades of hearing US politicians boastingly describe the US as the “exceptional nation,” justifying its repeated violation of international law with invasions of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Panama, Grenada, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, El Salvador, and “regime change interventions in a host of other countries, because it could, all the while telling the rest of the nations of the world that they had to strictly obey the “rules-based order” of international relations, that countries do not invade or violate the borders of other countries, suddenly there is another nation that has decided it is “exceptional.”

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    Comment by planetsheeple | February 26, 2022 | Reply

  3. I have to admit that I have the feeling that I was played upon. About a week ago I mentioned that interference was now inevitable, although, to be more precise, I wrote that it should have been done many years earlier. After close examination of the Minsk Agreements I changed my mind somehow and concluded that Russia should NOT have interfered eight years ago with this stupid agreement that showed some very serious birth defects. I had not yet mentioned the latter. It would have been enough to let the separatists fight their own way to freedom, albeit with some help in the form of munitions from the Russians.

    It is only possible to understand geopolitics if we are able to look down very deep into ourselves. Every emotion should be carefully investigated: is it truly mine?


    Comment by Balthasar Gerards | February 26, 2022 | Reply

  4. I have been watching blanket TV coverage of the “dreadful assault” on the Ukraine, on my television, in Australia, this evening, with “Western” reporters interviewing Ukrainian victims, both in Ukraine and their family/supporters, here in Australia. And it is very sad, what is happening.

    Then I thought, the Western MSM never went into Iraq, Libya, Syria, etc and interviewed the victims of the assault by the Military Industrial Complex on those countries, or interviewing relatives of those countries, living in the USA etc.

    There is a stark difference in the MSM’s reporting in Ukraine(where the aggressor is PUTIN’S Russia), and those other Middle Eastern countries, under assault by the Military Industrial Complex in recent years.

    Has anyone else noticed the STARK difference in reportage by the MSM, depending on who the aggressor is, and who the poor sad victims are?


    Comment by brianharryaustralia | February 26, 2022 | Reply

  5. Like Brian Harry, I too have noticed on Australian MSM television that there is a plethora of Australian based journalists already in the Ukraine. That they were able to leave Australia and be there for the start of the ‘game’, leaves one wondering what advance information they had, and who facilitated their ‘timely’ overseas travel? Couldn’t be anything to do with the government, could it?

    And what medical supplies is Scott Morrison thinking of sending? Face masks and expired vials of ‘vaccine’?

    As regards the conflict, it can be said confidently that the people did not start it, and certainly do not want it. It is the work of all those so-called leaders and experts, most of whom, on both sides, have the WEF as a common denominator. It appears that, as part of the Great Reset, the next phase in destroying the world’s economies is warfare and the creation of more refugees, who in turn will swamp those countries that haven’t fully ‘vaccinated’ (e.g. Poland). That’ll teach them!

    As for Australia, that nation with a great humanitarian track record for housing refugees offshore – indefinitely, many states now have great newly built quarantine facilities (aka concentration camps) that they can use for the Ukrainians, assuming they are stupid enough to come to Australia. Of course they will need to be triple jabbed, tested for covid umpteen times, isolate, have visas, police clearance, not claim benefits, and not work. Most welcoming! But as Scott likes to remind us ‘We are a liberal democracy’ (snigger, guffaw, etc.)

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    Comment by Bill Francis | February 26, 2022 | Reply

    • ….Our Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, is a ratbag idiot, who hopefully, will be BOOTED OUT within about 4 months. What a disgrace he is. A ‘devout Christian’, with a record of dishonesty, gave an American Evangelist AUD$43,000,000 Australian dollars of TAXPAYERS money FOR FREE, to a Religion that pays NO TAX anywhere on Earth.
      It is beyond sanity, and he’s gotten away with it…..


      Comment by brianharryaustralia | February 26, 2022 | Reply

  6. Oliver Stone’s UKRAINE ON FIRE provides background that MSM omits.

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    Comment by rediscover911com | March 11, 2022 | Reply

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