It is likely that billions
of people around the world view the conflict in Ukraine
as a proxy war being waged by the U.S.
against Russia.US President Joe Biden has pledged to aid Ukraine’s
pursuit of victory “for as long as it takes”, without defining what the end state might be.Russian President Vladimir Putin has
intentions to mean a fight “to the last Ukrainian”.
Anyone with a discernible pulse is aware of the danger
that the conflict could escalate into a conflagration large and destructive
enough to morph into World War III.
Of course, potential
nuclear war between the U.S.
and Russia, especially in
its previous iteration as the Soviet Union, is
nothing new. World War II was scarcely
over before figures like Winston Churchill and U.S.
banker Bernard Baruch began raising alarms about the existence of an “Iron Curtain” across Europe and the
start of a “Cold War”.
But even before World War II began, the Roosevelt
administration accepted the recommendation of studies by the Council of Foreign
Relations, financed by the Rockefeller Foundation, that
should aim for postwar global military domination.Note that there was nothing in the U.S. Constitution that even remotely
supports such a goal.The closest the U.S.
might have come was the myth of “Manifest Destiny” that once supplied the ideology
for coast-to-coast expansion; i.e., “from sea to shining sea”.
At the end of World War II,
with the British Empire crumbling and Europe in ruins, there were two clear
victors: the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The accepted logic of U.S. planners
now dictated that the latter must go.
Stalin is said to have asked to join the
newly-formed NATO but was rebuffed.He
responded by forming the Warsaw
Pact. The post-war standoff had begun and, 75 years later, has not ended.
With the Soviets being
accused of fomenting leftist revolutions around the world, the U.S. military has
been laying plans for a U.S.-Russian nuclear exchange ever since.While the military sought an advantage
favorable to a nuclear first strike, the everyday working objective toward the
Soviets was “containment”.Meanwhile, the U.S.
began its own long history of generating coups friendly to its interests with
the CIA’s overthrow of governments in Iran
in 1953 and Guatemala
In 1956, Eisenhower’s
Secretary of State John Foster Dulles proclaimed a U.S. policy of “brinkmanship”.Speaking of the potential for nuclear war in a Life magazine interview,
he said, “If you are
scared to go to the brink, you are lost”.In 1961,
President John F. Kennedy seemed to have stared down Soviet Premier Nikita
Khrushchev over the planned installation of nuclear weapons in Cuba.Unknown publicly, JFK had
already pulled U.S. nukes out of Turkey.
Nor are proxy wars anything
new.They began with the Korean
War.Of course, there were U.S. “boots on the ground”, but North and South Korea also fought against
each other with Russia/China and the U.S./UN having
the backs of each respectively.The
Vietnam War was fought with U.S.
troops and weapons aiding the South Vietnamese against the Russian-backed Hanoi regime and its ally, South Vietnam’s Viet Cong.The Korean conflict became
a stalemate; Vietnam,
But change was in the wind.JFK moved to revolutionize the discourse with his now-famous proposal
for world peace delivered at AmericanUniversity on June 10,
1963.In the Soviet
Union, Khrushchev denounced Stalin and proposed a new era of “Peaceful Coexistence” with the West.In
the early 1970s, President Richard M. Nixon and his national security advisor
Henry Kissinger sought détente with the Soviets along with their epochal
opening to China.
Rapprochement with the Soviets was sabotaged by
the Reagan military build-up in the 1980s and the lies of Soviet supremacy
promulgated by the Committee on the Present Danger.
The U.S. was also creating the Mujahedeen
to attack the Soviet military presence in Afghanistan.This was part of Reagan’s engagement in his
own proxy wars—called the “Reagan Doctrine”—against leftist regimes in Asia,
Africa, and Central America, with U.S.-supported “death squads” in El
Salvador and elsewhere.
It was under Reagan that
the faction known as the “Neocons” began their infiltration of the
national security apparatus.These
included “Trotskyite” intellectuals from New York like
Irving Kristol; alumni of Democratic Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson’s staff like Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle; “Team B” CIA analysts empowered by short-term Director George H.W. Bush,
leading to the future prominence of Bob Gates; icons of the military-industrial
complex like “Father of the H-Bomb” Edward Teller; Donald Rumsfeld and
Dick Cheney, who’d been joined at the hip to each other and to President Gerald
Ford; Reagan’s Director of Central Intelligence William Casey; and many future dark personages like John Bolton.
It was Casey who famously
said at one of Reagan’s early staff meetings, “We will know our disinformation program is
complete when everything the American people believes
is false”.This statement defined perfectly the future
program of what we call today the “DeepState” and its mass media megaphone,
especially outlets like The New York Times, the Washington Post, and CNN.
Things took a decided turn
for the worse under President George H.W. Bush with the 1992 Wolfowitz Doctrine that reformulated the old CFR plans for
global U.S. military
dominance and contained the ominous
warning that Russia was the
only nation on earth with the power to destroy the U.S.By now, the U.S. had
begun its next phase of global conquest with Bush’s war against Iraq—Desert
Storm.The goal was total military
colonization of the Middle East, with the “Greater Israel” project so near and dear to the hearts of the Neocons an
obvious beneficiary.The Iran-Iraq War
of 1980-6, with the U.S. arming
doubtless had the same underlying purposes.
The oddity in the
designation of Russia as the
worst of enemies named in the Wolfowitz Doctrine was
that a year earlier, the Soviet Union had collapsed, ceasing to exist in 1991, with U.S.
hawks declaring that the Cold War was over and that the U.S. had won.Their corollary was that the Reagan military
build-up had forced the Soviet economy into receivership because they couldn’t
keep up with U.S.
But in a December 17, 2022,
interview on the online news platform, The Duran, Jack F. Matlock, former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet
Union, said that “the idea that we spent them to defeat was absolutely wrong”.He said the U.S.
“did not win
the Cold War”.He said the Soviet Union
broke up because the Cold War was over by 1989 and that it was local
nationalism that tore it apart.He added
that the end of the Cold War was “negotiated as equals”.
But here was the rub: the Wolfowitz Doctrine proved that it wasn’t “communism” that the U.S. wanted to defeat, as Russia was no longer a communist
Matlock said that Gorbachev
had abandoned communism in his UN speech of December 7, 1988.Nor was the U.S. really pushing for “democracy”.Overnight Russia had
become more democratic than many of the authoritarian regimes the U.S. had been supporting around the world for
decades, such as those in Saudi Arabia
and Turkey.Rather it was Russia as a geopolitical enemy that the U.S. was targeting; meaning, in Russia’s eyes, its very existence
as a territory, a state, and a civilization.
In order to promote peace
with the West, Gorbachev had agreed to the reunification of East and West Germany
as one nation and part of NATO, given U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s
agreement that NATO would not advance “one inch eastward” from the German border.This pledge was violated
by the next three presidents—Clinton, Bush II, and Obama.Veteran U.S. statesman George Kennan
opposed the expansion of NATO, while Ambassador Matlock called it “a great tragedy”.
Meanwhile, 9/11, the
Neocons’ “new Pearl
produced the “War on Terror”, the Patriot Act, the Department of
Homeland Security, the military doctrine of Full-Spectrum Dominance, and the
assaults on Afghanistan, Iraq, and later Libya.The ideological focal point was demonization of all things Islam.The rationale?“They hate our freedoms”.
But the 9/11 Truth Movement
began to poke holes in the official conspiracy theory of terrorists with box
cutters that over time became gaping abysses.The anti-Islam narrative began to wear thin when stacked up against U.S. military overkill, the CIA’s torture
chambers, the useless expenditure of trillions of
dollars shooting at goat herders, the absence of any evidence of WMDs in Iraq
or co-conspirators anywhere, and Israel’s endless strife with the
Now Russia itself had begun to make a
stand.At the 2007 Munich Security Conference, Putin
challenged the attempt by the U.S.
to achieve hegemony through creation of a “unipolar” world “in which there is one master, one sovereign”.He said, “at the end of the day this is pernicious”.
There was never any indication that Putin, in
making his Munich
declaration or afterwards, had any intention of restoring the Soviet “empire”.But he was absolutely determined to preserve Russia’s
sovereignty and security despite the declared intention of factions in the West
to break up Russia’s
territory and gain control of its resources.He had also lamented the fact that with the collapse of the Soviet Union, 25 million ethnic Russians had been left
out of what was now a unified and strengthening nation-state, blending a multiplicity
of races, languages, and religions.
The “War on Terror” ended up being a tragic
failure.So now the Western mainstream media jumped at
their next big chance by depicting Putin as the bad guy du jour, even more “authoritarian”, and “evil” than either Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden.But they would have done
the same had Donald Duck been president of Russia—a nasty, duck-billed,
feathered tyrant who was attacking democracy, freedom, human rights, and, yes,
the “New American Century” the Neocons had dreamt up.
Now the U.S., with the Neocons firmly entrenched in the
State Department and elsewhere, surrounded Russia with military bases and attacked its
perimeter with color revolutions in Georgia,
Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan, following on the dismemberment of Yugoslavia in
the late 1990s and early 2000s.President Barack
Obama then situated the Aegis Missile Defense System in Poland and Romania
with the potential to activate missiles that could reach Moscow with nuclear warheads in six
minutes.Talk was current of a possible
“decapitation” strike against the Russian
Finally, in 2014, with “cookies” Victoria Nuland and Vice President
Joe “Burisma” Biden in charge, the U.S. fomented a coup in Ukraine with the aid of paid snipers to drive
out a president friendly toward Russia
and his replacement with a NeoNazi junta that put Ukraine
on a war footing.In response, Russia
annexed the Crimean Peninsula, where Sevastopol is the home of its Black Sea
fleet, with 85 percent popular approval, while the eastern Ukrainian Donbass
provinces of Donetsk and Lugansk, ethnically-Russian, declared independence.
Finally, after eight years of Ukrainian
provocations, the death from Ukrainian shelling of more than 10,000 Donbass
civilians, and the treachery of Germany
and France in failing to
uphold the Minsk agreements they had guaranteed,
Russia entered Ukraine with
its military forces in February 2022.
The conflict was on, a conflict that Russia is
winning.U.S.-led sanctions against Russia failed
to bring down its economy or force regime change against Putin.But each Ukrainian setback on the battlefield
has been followed by more weapons and money supplied to the Volodymyr Zelensky
regime by the U.S., UK, Germany,
and other NATO members.
But who was calling the shots?In March 2022, Russian and Ukrainian negotiators reached agreement on a
tentative settlement at meetings in Istanbul.
minister Boris Johnson then rushed to Kiev to induce Zelensky to tear up the
agreement and continue the war.Western
escalation has included billions of dollars worth of heavy tanks and other
weapons to Ukraine,
along with cluster munitions and depleted uranium projectiles.There have been drone attacks on Russia itself and on Crimea.But the Ukrainian counteroffensive has
collapsed, with speculation increasing of a major Russian counterattack,
possibly even cutting Ukraine
off from the Black Sea.
We have now come full circle.Warnings from Washington
continue that Putin had better not go nuclear, which can be read as inviting
him to do so.This is obviously a new
phase of brinkmanship that could give the U.S. a pretext for themselves moving to nuclear war.Meanwhile, the U.S. understands that it could in no way
in a conventional war even with the entire NATO alliance being activated.Even then, divisiveness within NATO and the absence of sufficient
military force anywhere in Europe make this
impossible at present.Veteran military
analyst Scott Ritter writes in Sputnik News on September 21, 2023, that even were the U.S.
to activate its entire military force stationed in Europe against Russia, it
would be defeated within one to two weeks of intensive combat.The only alternative would then be to activate a gigantic airlift of
additional forces into Europe with U.S. cargo planes sitting ducks for
destruction en route. Impossible.
There are no signs that the
U.S. is ready to concede a
Russian victory involving the redrawing of the European security apparatus with
a respected party. The Ukrainian government speaks of a “long-term” conflict lasting decades.So there is no way to aver
that the war in Ukraine
is ending or to speculate about the next phase.
[Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in
quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian
words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]
The WhatDoesItMean.com website was created for and
donated to the Sisters of Sorcha Faal in 2003 by a small group of American
computer experts led by the late global technology guru Wayne Green (1922-2013) to
counter the propaganda being used by the West to promote their illegal 2003
invasion of Iraq.]
The word Kremlin (fortress inside a city) as used in
this report refers to Russian citadels, including in Moscow, having cathedrals wherein female
Schema monks (Orthodox nuns) reside, many of whom are devoted to the mission of
the Sisters of Sorcha Faal.]