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Washington's plan to seize Ukraine and to evict Russia from its Black Sea naval base has come amiss. But to turn around Lenin's quote, "two steps forward, one step back." Do you remember all the tough talk coming from John Kerry and Hillary Clinton about the harsh sanctions that would "badly damage" the Russian economy unless Russia prevented the referendum vote in Crimea? Well, it was more hot air from the White House puppets and the German Chancellor.
The Russians kept telling John Kerry, sanctions on Russia would destroy Europe and do little damage to Russia. I wish the Russians had kept this to themselves. I was looking forward to the Washington destroying Nato by closing down the European economy.
Of course, after pretending that they were macho tough guys, something that Washington's poodle media could hype as sanctions had to be imposed, so Washington came up with sanctions, not on Russia, but on eleven individuals: the deposed Ukrainian president, an advisor to the deposed president, two Crimean officials, and seven Russians.
The choice of the officials is an utter mystery. The seven Russians are a Putin aid, a Putin adviser, four members of the Russian parliament (Duma) and a deputy prime minister.
What any of these people had to do with the referendum in Crimea, no one knows. Moreover, the sanctions only apply to foreign bank accounts that these 11 individuals might have outside Russia.
Most likely, that means only the deposed Ukrainian president, if we are to believe all the propaganda about him. Other reports say that the sanctions are only for the next six months.
Additionally, Obama's sanctions apply to himself and to his regime and to its Nato puppets as it was the West that overthrew the elected government of Ukraine, not Russia or Crimea. The Americans, of course, never apply law to themselves.
In other words, the sanctions are totally meaningless. Yet, the fools in White House declared: "If Russia continues to interfere in Ukraine, we stand ready to impose further sanctions."
Obama's hypocrisy makes a person want to puke. It is White House who is interfering in Ukraine. It was Washington that financed and organised the overthrow of the elected Ukraine government, using well organized and well-armed neo-Nazis to intimidate the unarmed police and ruling party, thus clearing the way for Washington to set up an unelected government of its well-paid stooges.
What White House has overlooked is that people in southern and eastern Ukraine are Russians, not Ukrainian, so the coup has caused Crimea to depart and is causing widespread protests in eastern Ukraine against Washington's stooge unelected government in Kiev. Washington's stooge Kiev government has appointed unelected Ukrainian multibillionaire oligarchs, who have their own private security forces, as mayors of the Russian cities to put down the protests.
If the oligarchs use violence against the Russian people, the likely result will be that the Russian army will take control of eastern Ukraine, which in every essential way is Russian.
If eastern Ukraine returns to Russia, Washington will be left with the ultra-nationalists of western Ukraine, people who fought for Hitler during World War II. The EU doesn't want ultra-nationalists as the EU is busy stamping out nationalism and the sovereignty of European countries.
Nevertheless, Washington will have gained a strategic advantage over Moscow, as Washington can place anti-ballistic missile and other military bases on western Ukraine's border with Russia, thus completing Washington's encirclement of Russia with hostile military and missile bases.
Russia will neutralise the US bases by targeting them with Iskander missiles, which cannot be intercepted by ABMs.
All that the US president will have achieved is to further make clear to Russia, and to China, that Washington has both on its target list, because both are in the way of Washington's world hegemony.
One can only wonder why Putin doesn't pre-empt the coming US military attack on Russia by destroying Nato economically without firing a shot. All Putin needs to do is to cut Europe off from energy. It would take Washington three years to create the capability to deliver US natural gas, achieved by fracking's destruction of US water supplies, to Europe.
By that time Nato governments would likely have been overthrown by mass unemployment and economic suffering. Putin could also seize all foreign assets in Russia and rapidly complete the arrangements with China, India, Brazil, and South Africa to abandon the use of the US dollar in international settlements.
The world needs to understand that the neoconservative US government is the Third Reich on steroids. It is a malevolent force with no sense of justice or respect for truth, law, or human life.
Just ask the residents of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Palestine, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Lebanon, Honduras, Venezuela, Cuba, Iran. Even the deluded western Ukrainians will soon catch on.
The author is the former US assistant secretary of the Treasury and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. All the views and opinions expressed in the article are solely those of the author and do not reflect those of Times of Oman.