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Cross-posted from Paul Craig Roberts

Putin US and Russia 'Still Far Apart' Over Ukraine
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Washington has no intention of allowing the crisis in Ukraine to be resolved. Having failed to seize the country and evict Russia from its Black Sea naval base, Washington sees new opportunities in the crisis.

One is to restart the Cold War by forcing the Russian government to occupy the Russian-speaking areas of present day Ukraine where protesters are objecting to the stooge anti-Russian government installed in Kiev by the American coup. These areas of Ukraine are former constituent parts of Russia herself. They were attached to Ukraine by Soviet leaders in the 20th century when both Ukraine and Russia were part of the same country, the USSR.

Essentially, the protesters have established independent governments in the cities. The police and military units sent to suppress the protesters, called "terrorists" in the American fashion, for the most part have until now defected to the protesters.

With Obama's incompetent White House and State Department having botched Washington's takeover of Ukraine, Washington has been at work shifting the blame to Russia. According to Washington and its presstitute media, the protests are orchestrated by the Russian government and have no sincere basis. If Russia sends in military units to protect the Russian citizens in the former Russian territories, the act will be used by Washington to confirm Washington's propaganda of a Russian invasion (as in the case of Georgia), and Russia will be further demonized.

The Russian government is in a predicament. Moscow does not want financial responsibility for these territories but cannot stand aside and permit Russians to be put down by force. The Russian government has attempted to keep Ukraine intact, relying on the forthcoming elections in Ukraine to bring to office more realistic leaders than the stooges installed by Washington.

However, Washington does not want an election that might replace its stooges and return to cooperating with Russia to resolve the situation. There is a good chance that Washington will tell its stooges in Kiev to declare that the crisis brought to Ukraine by Russia prevents an election. Washington's NATO puppet states would back up this claim.

It is almost certain that despite the Russian government's hopes, the Russian government is faced with the continuation of both the crisis and the Washington puppet government in Ukraine.

On May 1, Washington's former ambassador to Russia, now NATO's "second-in-command" but the person who, being American, calls the shots, has declared Russia to no longer be a partner but an enemy. The American, Alexander Vershbow, told journalists that NATO has given up on "drawing Moscow closer" and soon will deploy a large number of combat forces in Eastern Europe. Vershbow called this aggressive policy deployment of "defensive assets to the region."

In other words, here we have again the lie that the Russian government is going to forget all about its difficulties in Ukraine and launch attacks on Poland, the Baltic States, Romania., Moldova, and on the central Asian states of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. The dissembler Vershbow wants to modernize the militaries of these American puppet states and "seize the opportunity to create the reality on the ground by accepting membership of aspirant countries into NATO."

What Vershbow has told the Russian government is that you just keep on relying on Western good will and reasonableness while we set up sufficient military forces to prevent Russia from coming to the aid of its oppressed citizens in Ukraine. Our demonization of Russia is working. It has made you hesitant to act during the short period when you could preempt us and seize your former territories. By waiting you give us time to mass forces on your borders from the Baltic Sea to Central Asia. That will distract you and keep you from the Ukraine. The oppression we will inflict on your Russians in Ukraine will discredit you, and the NGOs we finance in the Russian Federation will appeal to nationalist sentiments and overthrow your government for failing to come to the aid of Russians and failing to protect Russia's strategic interests.

Washington is licking its chops, seeing an opportunity to gain Russia as a puppet state.

Will Putin sit there with his hopes awaiting the West's good will to work out a solution while Washington attempts to engineer his fall?

The time is approaching when Russia will either have to act to terminate the crisis or accept an ongoing crisis and distraction in its backyard. Kiev has launched military airstrikes on protesters in Slavyansk. On May 2 Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Kiev's resort to violence had destroyed the hope for the Geneva agreement on de-escalating the crisis. Yet, the Russian government spokesman again expressed the hope of the Russian government that European governments and Washington will put a stop to the military strikes and pressure the Kiev government to accommodate the protesters in a way that keeps Ukraine together and restores friendly relations with Russia.

This is a false hope. It assumes that the Wolfowitz doctrine is just words, but it is not. The Wolfowitz doctrine is the basis of US policy toward Russia (and China). The doctrine regards any power sufficiently strong to remain independent of Washington's influence to be "hostile." The doctrine states:

"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 justifies Washington's dominance of all regions. It is consistent with the neoconservative ideology of the US as the "indispensable" and "exceptional" country entitled to world hegemony.

Russia and China are in the way of US world hegemony. Unless the Wolfowitz doctrine is abandoned, nuclear war is the likely outcome.

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Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration. He was associate editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He is a contributing editor to Gerald Celente's Trends Journal. He has had numerous university appointments. His book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is available here. His latest book,  How America Was Lost, has just been released and can be ordered here.

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Love how the aggressor always insists it's defendi... by intotheabyss on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 5:09:47 PM
This is disgusting. Russia is being forced into a... by x_Warrior on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 5:35:47 PM
Well Obama isn't exactly coming out and denouncing... by Donn Marten on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 6:01:48 PM
Washington has no intention of allowing the crisis... by Michael Dewey on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 6:37:47 PM
The Wolfowitz doctrine is the basis of US policy t... by Charles Roll on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 6:47:23 PM
It hasn't escaped my notice that we seem chummy ch... by feliznavidad on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 7:15:00 PM
Indeed! In Ukraine, we are coming back to finish ... by Deena Stryker on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10:30:11 AM
The illegitimate junta have pulled out all the sto... by Ethan Hollow on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 2:37:04 AM
The German word 'zugzwang' captures most aptly the... by K V Ramani on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 9:03:50 AM
China is a wild card. And India? All bets are off.... by Peter Duveen on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 8:27:01 AM
I can only hope that the BRICS Nations do get invo... by Michael Dewey on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 9:17:50 AM
Agree, Peter. China depends on the US to buy its g... by K V Ramani on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 9:54:02 AM
Hi, Peter, good to hear from you!I agree both with... by Charles Roll on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 4:03:38 PM
As for the BRICS and Ramani's dreaded "sheer funny... by Charles Roll on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 4:12:30 PM
Brilliant analysis, Mr. Ramani!Zugzwang and judo .... by Charles Roll on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 2:56:07 PM
We have recently seen that the local volunteer def... by Charles Roll on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 3:11:24 PM
A NATO defeat on the ground in Ukraine would be Ju... by Charles Roll on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 3:25:38 PM
"Washington is licking its chops, seeing an opport... by Deena Stryker on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10:28:06 AM
Make a Russian puppet? It could not be anyone and ... by Аlexandr Mikhailov on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 3:11:47 PM
Paul, there is not doubt that, as you say in the t... by Alan MacDonald on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 8:55:03 PM
CONT.Lastly, a deeper diagnosis of the nature of ... by Alan MacDonald on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 8:56:02 PM
I like your DGE concept and I am even applying it ... by Charles Roll on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 4:31:59 PM
Well, you should all be happy.Russia is finally wi... by BFalcon on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 10:48:35 AM
Well, you should all be happy. Russia is finally w... by Charles Roll on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 4:36:12 PM