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"Fuck the EU": US regime change operation in Ukraine exposed in leaked diplomatic phone call

Any doubts about the Obama administration’s real intentions in Ukraine should have been dispelled by the taped conversation between a top State Department official, Victoria Nuland (wife of leading neocon Robert Kagan), and the US ambassador in Kiev. The media predictably focused on the source of the “leak” and on Nuland’s verbal “gaffe”—“Fuck the EU.” But the essential revelation was that high-level US officials were plotting to “midwife” a new, anti-Russian Ukrainian government by ousting or neutralizing its democratically elected president—that is, a coup. ( Read "Distorting Russia - How the American media misrepresent Putin, Sochi and Ukraine" by Stephen Cohen on The Nation website ). 

The discussion between the two US officials included a detailed review of which right-wing opposition figures Washington is working to install in office, and how it is using the United Nations to rubber-stamp the operation. While Germany and other European powers have worked closely with the Obama administration in promoting the violent protests against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, the leaked phone call reveals tensions between the imperial powers. 

The utter criminality of Washington’s drive to install a pliant regime in Kiev sharply emerges in Nuland and Pyatt’s discussion of Oleh Tyahnybok, the leader of the neo-fascist All-Ukrainian Union (Svoboda) party. Nuland describes Tyahnybok as one of the “big three” within the opposition leadership. 

These remarks confirm that there is no confusion whatsoever within the Obama administration that it is working in partnership with fascist movements in Ukraine.

Progressive media provides cover for US intentions in Ukraine

As expected, Russia-bashing in the build up to the Sochi Olympic games was the dominant narrative in centrist and 'liberal' media -- from CNN, MSNBC, PBS and NPR to Comedy Central and HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher. 

But even left-leaning Democracy Now! has jumped on the anti-Russia bandwagon by quickly bad-mouthing Putin without realizing it is providing cover for the Obama administrations' intentions in Ukraine. By excessively running negative stories about Russia without context of the bigger picture, the likes of Amy Goodman pave the way for progressives to believe that the Russian-backed leader of Ukraine is the bad guy, thus little attention is given to Washington's role in the upheaval in the former Soviet republic.  

Moscow believes that the struggle for Ukraine is yet another chapter in the West’s ongoing, US-led march toward post-Soviet Russia. The U.S. is deftly using Russia's regressive anti-gay posture, mistreatment of Pussy Riot and Sochi Olympic games difficulties to distract people in a classic bait and switch as it quietly foments a violent uprising in Ukraine.
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