Neocons and the Ukraine Coup – a repost from Feb 23, 2014 – Pearls and Irritations

Der Friedensstifter

Exclusive: American neocons helped destabilise Ukraine and engineer the overthrow of its elected government, a “regime change” on Russia’s western border.But the coup and the neo-Nazi militias at the forefront also reveal divisions within the Obama administration, reports Robert Parry.

Even now, key U.S. diplomats are more attuned to hard-line positions than to promoting peace.The latest example is Ukraine where U.S. diplomats, including Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, are celebrating the overthrow of an elected pro-Russian government.

Occurring during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the coup in Ukraine dealt an embarrassing black eye to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had offended neocon sensibilities by quietly cooperating with Obama to reduce tensions over Iran and Syria, where the neocons favoured military options.

Over the past several weeks, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was undercut by a destabilisation campaign encouraged by…

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