Saturday, February 8, 2014

To my Ukrainian readers

One of the really interesting features of this blog is that it is a pretty good barometer of global trouble spots.  If I get a spike in readership from some corner of the earth, it is almost certain that within a week or two, I will discover an economic problem I haven't heard of before or have been neglecting to watch (even with the Internet, you cannot follow everything!)  For example, three years ago when China was full of itself and growing like gangbusters, I never got visitors from China.  In fact, I assumed I was being blocked.  Now that China is beginning to experience the large-scale problems of mass industrialization, I get visitors from China all the time.  Moldova?  Saudi Arabia? Something's cooking, I just don't necessarily know what.

Not surprisingly, my Ukrainian readership is way up.  Good lord, what an economic mess.  Here's a country that with economic leadership that was merely sane, would be one of the richest and most advanced on earth.  And when I say that Ukraine has been subjected to insane economics I am not exaggerating one tiny bit.  After all, Stalin thought it was a good idea to destroy Ukrainian agriculture because those damn Kulaks were so good at it.  That act of madness reverberates to this day.

So now we see another economic fight over Ukraine.  There are folks with big greed who understand what an economic prize she is.  In fairness, the EU effort to get ahold of Ukrainian riches is pretty pathetic.  It is probably more driven by the institutional impulses of the EU partisans.  The USA interests are driven by the ideological madness of neoconservatism.  Victoria Nuland, the "diplomat" who got busted planning the next Ukrainian government is married to Robert Kagan, one of the geniuses who dreamed up PNAC (The Project for the New American Century.)  These people are so evil they make Putin look like a saint by comparison.

The Daily Show method of news reporting has just been used in the fight over Ukraine.  And the USA State department has been exposed in a way they cannot refute—a four-minute Youtube of a couple of over-entitled intellectual flyweights discussing how USA was going to organize the next Ukrainian government.  Of course, the REALLY ugly part about this is that the way those two senior State employees talk on the Youtube is the way they talk all the time—except, of course, when they think the cameras are rolling.  Diplomacy is the art of promoting utterly sociopathic behavior while appearing civilized in public.

The highlight of Nuland's self-important rant was, of course, her "Fuck the EU!" crack.  Diplomats are not supposed to talk like construction workers.  And to dismiss the great EU experiment like that will certainly ruffle feathers.  So Ms. Nuland actually apologized for the comment although I am sure she feels at least that dismissive all the way to her bone marrow.

The funniest part about all this is that the diplomats want no part of the boxing giant Klitschko—after all, they will explain, "strongman" is just a metaphor.  In an area of the world once dominated by Peter the Great, folks understand that giants are just harder to intimidate.  The State Department is looking for folks that know how to carry out orders—not some wild man who hangs out with the large.  This would be worse than Jesse Ventura!

The video that busted the State Department

A State Department spokeswoman trying to deny USA is organizing a putsch in Ukraine

'F**k the EU': Snr US State Dept. official caught in alleged phone chat on Ukraine

February 07, 2014

A senior US State Department official has allegedly been caught giving an unexpected message to the EU while discussing Ukrainian opposition leaders’ roles in the country’s future government. The phone call was taped and posted on YouTube.

"F**k the EU," Assistant Secretary of State for Europe Victoria Nuland allegedly said in a recent phone call with US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, as the two were discussing a deal to end the crisis in Ukraine.

The four-minute video - titled ‘Maidan puppets,’ referring to Independence Square in Ukraine’s capital - was uploaded by an anonymous user. The origin of the recording is not clear. The video was first reported in the Kyiv Post.

The US State Department did not deny the authenticity of the video and stressed that Nuland had apologized for the "reported comments."

The conversation is mainly focused on Ukraine’s government and President Viktor Yanukovich's offer last month to make opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk the new prime minister and Vitaly Klitschko deputy prime minister.

“I don’t think that Klitschko should go into the government. I don’t think it is necessary. I don’t think it is a good idea,” a female voice - allegedly Nuland - said.

“In terms of him not going into the government, just let him stay out and do his political homework,” a male voice - believed to be Pyatt - replied. “In terms of the process moving ahead, we want to keep the moderate democrats together,” he said.

As Nuland sees it, Ukrainian opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk should be in charge of the new government and Klitschko would not get along with him. “It’s just not going to work,” she said.

Nuland added that she has also been told that UN chief Ban Ki-moon is about to appoint the former Dutch ambassador to Kiev, Robert Serry, as his representative to Ukraine.

"That would be great I think to help glue this thing and have the UN glue it and you know, f**k the EU," she said in apparent reference to their differences over policies.

"We've got to do something to make it stick together, because you can be pretty sure that if it does start to gain altitude the Russians will be working behind the scenes to try to torpedo it," Pyatt replied.

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki declined to comment on the tape’s contents, but did not deny its authenticity.

"I did not say it was not authentic," she said, adding that Nuland had apologized to her EU counterparts for the reported comments.

Leader of the opposition UDAR party Vitaly Klitschko, left, and leader of the Fatherland opposition parliamentary faction Arseny Yatsenyuk.(RIA Novosti / Iliya Pitalev)

Meanwhile, White House spokesman Jay Carney alleged that the fact that it had been "tweeted out by the Russian government, it says something about Russia's role.”

In the conversation, it sounds like the two officials are playing a game of chess; strategizing on how to put together the government of another country, RT’s Marina Portnaya said while commenting on the report.

Foreign policy expert Nebojsa Malic told RT that even though Nuland apologized for the reported comments, she did not admit her fault in trying to overthrow the government in Ukraine.

“What she hasn’t apologized for is the plans to midwife a new government in Ukraine. In other words, she is apologizing for cussing up the EU, but she is not apologizing for trying to overthrow the government in Kiev, calling it popular democracy,” Malic said. “I don’t think anybody in the US establishment is sorry for what they are trying to do. I think they are very proud of it and they are going to pursue it.”

The leaked chat fuels earlier allegations that Washington is heavily meddling in the Ukrainian political crisis by manipulating the pro-EU opposition and helping it in its efforts to oust President Viktor Yanukovich.

Back in December, Victoria Nuland was spotted in the cradle of the anti-government protests - Kiev’s landmark Independence Square - distributing cookies to demonstrators. Later in the month, Senator John McCain arrived in Kiev to show his support for the opposition. Addressing protesters on Independence Square, he stated that Ukraine's future was with Europe, adding that the country would “make Europe better.” more

'Nuland apologized, but didn't mention US plans to midwife a new govt in Ukraine'

February 07, 2014

So long as the US and the EU are united in efforts to replace the government in Kiev, they will tolerate internal spats, Nebojsa Malic, foreign policy expert, told RT.

RT: The EU is one of the most powerful political bloc's in the world. Are we likely to see thestatementsattributed to Nuland damaging relations with Washington?

Nebojsa Malic: Honestly, if I were the EU official, I would demand an apology but considering that they are on the same page with the US government, considering setting up a client regime in Ukraine, I’m inclined to believe that Brussels and various officials there, including commissars including Baroness Catherine Ashton, would tend to gloss over it. Again it’s not necessarily what is done but who does it to whom. And so long as they are united in efforts to replace the government in Kiev with somebody more obedient, they'll tolerate internal spats. Honesty, even the US wiretapping of the EU officials hasn’t done really much to damage relations despite obvious problems with it. I would hold my breath to see the Europeans cleave away from the US on this. On the other hand, it’s very ironic that the US efforts are being effectively undone by the wiretapped phone conversation.

RT: Nuland apologized to her European counterparts, before the State Department tried to laugh it off. Do you think it goes a little deeper than that?

NM: She has apologized for a comment that she is not admitting she made, which is itself a conformation that the comment was indeed made. But what she hasn’t apologized for is the plans to midwife a new government in Ukraine. In other words, she is apologizing for cussing out the EU but she is not apologizing for trying to overthrow the government in Kiev, calling it popular democracy. Obviously there is more to it than that. I don't think anyone in the US establishment feels sorry for what they are trying to do, I think they are very proud of it and they are going to pursue it.

RT: Where do you think the recording came from?

NM: That I honestly don’t know. I’m as stumped as you are. I think it’s most ironic that the US which is collecting everybody’s phone conversations and has been for years had the tables turned in such a fashion, but how the phone conversation came to light I have no idea.

RT: The US accused Russia of hitting a 'new low' for the release of the conversation, given America's own global spying program that's a little rich isn't it?

NM: Well, it’s hypocrisy at its finest. “We are entitled to wiretap the world but Lord forbid somebody else who does it.” Yet, another confirmation that I have been maintaining for several years now is the ultimate hypocrisy of Western policy. Again, it’s not what is being done but who does it to whom. When the US spies on the world that’s fine and good, when the world spies on the US it is obviously horrible and won’t be tolerated. When the US purports to capture a phone intercept somewhere and doesn’t authenticate it and treats it as fact, that’s fine, when somebody else uses the phone receptors of US officials talking, that’s obviously an outrage and won’t be tolerated. Again and again and again, it’s not what has been done but who does it.

RT: This talking about the different opposition leaders, who is going where, is more like a chess game. What power do they really have there?

NM: Consider who is funding these rebels and protesters, where logistics are coming from. They say“OK, we need an international personality to visit” and there is an international personality. They say “We need a high government official identified by name to bless it” and he does exactly that. There is obvious evidence confirming what is actually going on there. Considering that there have been pamphlets found among the rioters, there are exact replicas that have been used previously in Serbia and in Egypt, offered by the people who are on the pay roll of the US government through various US non-governmental institutions and institutes. Again, it’s not very difficult to piece the picture together.

RT: In the alleged call, Nuland wanted to, in slightly different language, freeze out the EU and Klitschko. How are such comments going to be greeted in Ukraine?

NM: If I were Klitschko, I’d be really upset. If I were the other two leaders of the rebels, I’d be upset too. Here we have the situation when a high ranking official of the US government, who has even been to Kiev distributing cookies to demonstrators back to when they were still relatively peaceful, is referring to these guys as "Klitch," "Yatsy" and "Tiny Bock." I would seriously be upset. I would consider this an insult. more

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