A ‘Petulant’ Snub

by William Skink

At Consortium News, Ray McGovern begins his dismantling of Obama’s snub of Russia by using the term petulant in the title of his piece, which you can read here. It begins like this:

President Barack Obama’s decision to join other Western leaders in snubbing Russia’s weekend celebration of the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe looks more like pouting than statesmanship, especially in the context of the U.S. mainstream media’s recent anti-historical effort to downplay Russia’s crucial role in defeating Nazism.

Though designed to isolate Russia because it had the audacity to object to the Western-engineered coup d’état in Ukraine on Feb. 22, 2014, this snub of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin – like the economic sanctions against Russia – is likely to backfire on the U.S. and its European allies by strengthening ties between Russia and the emerging Asian giants of China and India.

Obama is able to pull off a recklessly childish snub like this because the domestic media landscape has become a bizarro world of echo-chamber distortion when it comes to the happenings of foreign affairs. Ukraine is one of the most dangerous focal points of this world. It’s sucked in otherwise seemingly intelligent people into defending an obviously western-backed coup, opening the door to the rising influence of far-right, Nazi-2.0 shock troops.

Later in the article, McGovern has this to say about the reporting of the New York Times:

Distorting the History

So, the evidence-based history of the Western-sponsored coup in Kiev on Feb. 22, 2014, must be forgotten or covered up. Indeed, about a year after the events, the New York Times published a major “investigative” article that ignored all the facts of a U.S.-backed coup in declaring there was no coup.

The Times didn’t even mention the notorious, intercepted phone call between Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt in early February 2014 in which Nuland was handpicking the future leaders, including her remark “Yats is the guy,” a reference to Arseniy Yatsenyuk who – after the coup – quickly became prime minister. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “NYT Still Pretends No Coup in Ukraine.”]

Even George Friedman, the president of the Washington-Establishment-friendly think-tank STRATFOR, has said publicly in late 2014: “Russia calls the events that took place at the beginning of this year a coup d’état organized by the United States. And it truly was the most blatant coup in history.”

McGovern goes on at the link, describing the continued failure of major media outlets.

It might be a good summer to keep the social unrest simmering and erupting every so often as America’s insane global posturing escalates tensions everywhere else, like Syria. At MoA, b puts it this way: It’s Official: The U.S. Collaborates with Al Qaeda.

It amazes me how well the situations in Ukraine and Syria have been run, at the information level, for domestic consumption. They’ve come a long way since Vietnam at playing the information game. It’s going to totally suck if WWIII is a consequence.


  1. evdebs

    The machinations of the U.S. Government in the internal affairs of the Ukraine are quite extraordinary, recalling the CIA ousters of Arbenz and Mossadegh.

    Granted the actions of the elected president were disgraceful, and his kleptocracy rivaled that of any other in the world. However, the U.S. has frequently been bosom buddies with the worst of them, though with snakes like Noriega, quick to turn on “allies” if there was any resistance to imperialistic designs. No one should forget the “meet and greet” photos with Saddam and Rumsfeld, or that of Khaddafi with Lieberman, McCain and Graham.

    Perhaps the worst outcome of this bizarre relationship with Russia was not in the Ukraine, but in the U.S. failure to utilize its potential help and substantial influence in coming to some mediated solution of the problems posed the secular government of al-Assad before the revolution that has promoted the spectacular rise of ISIL broke out.

    • Best not to overthink it. Don’t watch news. You’ll be no worse off.

      • evdebs

        Too late. I watched PBS News tonight. Samantha Power was on, bemoaning the fact that the U.S. relationship with Putin is on the outs, and that he has been close to al-Assad, but the current friction between the U.S. and Russia is not good enough to take advantage of it toward some resolution.

        “A day late and a dollar short,” she is.

  2. steve kelly

    Obama does not get to write his own script. It’s hard to believe at this point that the objective of Empire is anything but chaos and control. Asymetrical warfare, occupation and economic collapse is somehow a “mediated solution?” The incompetence argument rings hollow at some point. We’re long past that point IMO.

  3. JC

    It’s sad that the media is only concerned with the controversies surrounding V-E Day, and Victory Day — which the Russians will celebrate May 9th with their annual parade on Red Square — instead of using the events to try and build understanding between the former “Allies.”

    Looking through the Missoulian’s daily build up to today’s V-E Day celebrations in the west, there is a noticeable absence of the role of the Soviets in the defeat of Hitler and the Nazi army.

    People have forgotten, as the U.S. continues on with its weaponized historical revisionism, that it was the Soviet defeat of Berlin on May 2nd, and the suicide of Hitler on April 30th, 1945 (with due apologies to those who believed that Hitler escaped and hid instead of committing suicide) that ended WWII in Europe.

    The U.S. contributed to the defeat of Berlin by softening up the city with a series of air attacks ending on April 20th, leaving the dirty (and deadly) ground work to the Soviets.

    I could go on and on, but I’ll leave people with a video produced in the 70s, one part of a 20-part documentary on The Unknown War. I don’t expect that many people care enough about the past — or how the west is revising history to justify current events and set the stage for the next war — to watch this. But maybe a few will.

    The Battle for Berlin:

    • evdebs

      Thanks for posting. I didn’t notice it in the credits, but it sounded as though Burt Lancaster might have been narrating.

  4. The immortal words of Gen. Patton.

    “I have no particular desire to understand them except to ascertain how much lead or iron it takes to kill them… …the Russian has no regard for human life and they are all out sons-of-bitches, barbarians, and chronic drunks.”

    • evdebs

      Channeling Generals Jack D. Ripper and Buck Turgidson, are you?

      Careful about those “precious bodily fluids.”

    • Steve W

      You and James Conner can fight the cold war all you want old man Swede Grande. Just don’t blame me if you get irradiated by your own copious fallout.

      • evdebs

        Another thanks for this posting. It was nice seeing the Letterman interviews and appearances with Zevon over two decades, and hearing his music once more.

    • Reminds me of the movie Gardens Of Stone where James Earl Jones “Goody’ Nelson complains that the Vietnamese are the most “pugilistic” on the face of the earth.

      Translation: When we kill a hundred of theirs, they kill in one of ours. The bastards.

  5. For your viewing pleasure I recommend “The Invisible Front”.

    • JC

      Really? You’re going to recommend a fictional movie posing as documentary from a mercenary Swede fighting in Ukraine for the nazis?

      “British author Peter Jukes, best known for his screenplays, literary criticism and political journalism, tweeted last week on the release in the United States of a new documentary film that heroizes certain postwar anti-Soviet “forest brothers” in Lithuania. The film, “The Invisible Front,” that premiered in Greenwich Village’s prestigious Cinema Village theater on 7 November, fails to even mention the view that various of the specific figures it glorifies for their post 1944 activities were in fact recycled Nazi collaborators — and in some cases actual Holocaust perpetrators — of 1941. That was the year when, in the days following the Nazi invasion launched on 22 June, the Lithuanian Activist Front (LAF) started butchering local civilian Jews, often elderly rabbis or young women, before the first German forces had arrived. Premeditation becomes evident from perusal of the LAF’s prewar leaflets.”

      The the film’s maker, Jonas Ohman, is a nazi sympathizer in Ukraine:

      “Jonas Ohman, a lauded Swedish filmmaker based in Lithuania and founder of BLUE/YELLOW, ran an art auction in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius on 24 December, and raised funds to purchase equipment for Ukrainian forces; drones, optics, thermo-vision and other gear.

      He jet sets between galas to promote his films, auctions to raise funds for BLUE/YELLOW, and travels to the Ukraine. He has been nicknamed “The Busy Panda” for his generally easy-going manner. He has achieved a sort of fame, and there are rumors that the separatists have a bounty on him and his team to be captured alive…

      “Ukrainian volunteers are more than capable of getting clothes and food to the soldiers,” Ohman says, “so BLUE/YELLOW might do a better service concentrating on expensive items that help them fight.”

      When prodded about the situation, the team feels as though they have taken on the responsibility that rightfully belongs to the EU and NATO.

      “Where is NATO?” Ohman would ask rhetorically. “It’s just crazy that we, a civil organization of volunteers, are doing something that the EU and NATO should be spearheading.””

      Just another nazi-loving mercenary.

    • Steve W

      Why?

    • Swede knows only his own mind, and very little of that.

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