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Ukraine: Cold War, Hot War, Détente (Dueling Video Interviews & Tweets)

First, from Democracy Now!, As Unrest Grows, “Is Ukraine Paying the Price of U.S.-Russian Ties Stuck in Cold War Era?” with the editor of the Kyiv Post, Christopher J. Miller (LinkedIn profile) (Kyiv Post Wiki), Khrushchev’s granddaughter Nina, and Former US Ambassador to the Soviet Union Jack Matlock. Miller’s most recent post at the Post is here: Escalation. Ubiquitous commenter on the thread Timothy D. Nagle’s LinkedIn. (int’l banking attorney) h/t TarheelDem, the Wiki says that: ‘KP Media (thus Sunden) sold the newspaper to British citizen Mohammad Zahoor on July 28, 2009. Zahoor owns the ISTIL Group and is a native of Pakistan and a former (since 2008) trader in steel production in Donetsk.

Nina Khruscheva on Twitter, points to her incoherent needle-threading, and to Putin projects Russia’s unreal reality. This NYT piece from 1999 concerns the ‘Kennan’ she references.

For those who prefer the ease of reading, the rush transcript is here.

CrossTalk: Containment 2.0? (ft. Stephen Cohen & John Mearsheimer)

 The obnoxious ads begin at 11:48, the interview resumes at 15:22.  Peter Lavelle is usually obnoxious, as well, but this is a fairly decent performance, imo.  Professor Mearsheim’s contention that for Bush and Obama it’s an article of faith that the US is a ‘benign hegemon’ is a stretch for me.  I couldn’t find any transcript or the interview.

Mike Whitney, quite alarmed by the evolving situation, believes that Washington’s business with Ukraine is about the ‘pivot to Asia’, making sure that ‘China’s growth is controlled in a way compatible with U hegemony’.

So what does controlling China have to do with the dust up in Ukraine?

Everything. Washington sees Russia as a growing threat to its plans for regional dominance.   The problem is, Moscow has only gotten stronger as it has expanded its network of oil and gas pipelines across Central Asia into Europe. That’s why Washington has decided to use Ukraine is a staging ground for an attack on Russia, because a strong Russia that’s economically integrated with Europe is a threat to US hegemony.  Washington wants a weak Russia that won’t challenge US presence in Central Asia or its plan to control vital energy resources.

Oil, gas, pipelines…then he quotes Zbig as spelling out the future of the Empire:

With Eurasia now serving as the decisive geopolitical chessboard, it no longer suffices to fashion one policy for Europe and another for Asia. What happens with the distribution of power on the Eurasian landmass will be of decisive importance to America’s global primacy and historical legacy. — The danger of war in Asia World Socialist Web Site

Paul Craig Roberts still sees: The New Cold War: Moving Closer to War

Oh, my; from the State Dept. on Twitter:

( #Ukraine is always…interesting…)

This is an open thread; what do you see, intuit, expect next; what historical events and policies have brought us to this standoff, will the Kremlin ‘take’  Eastern Ukraine, would it be crazy as Mearsheimer believes… especially considering this development:

Ukraine crisis: Kiev powerless as east slips out of its control: ‘Pro-Russian crowd storms regional HQ in Luhansk while Donetsk looks likely to declare autonomy after May vote

Whew;  at least that’s not provocative…

And Geoffrey Pyatt sent the Kremlin a short message yesterday



(cross-posted at Café

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