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    While Ashton Carter was sweating blood to drive a wedge between Moscow and Berlin during his week-long European tour, Russian President Putin had already thrown a wrench in the plan of Washington's warmongers, US journalist Mike Whitney underscores.

    While Pentagon chief Ashton Carter was making every effort to exacerbate tensions between Moscow and Europe, Russia's Gazprom inked a second Nord Stream pipeline deal aimed at doubling the amount of gas running from Russia to Germany.

    "The shocking announcement made it look like the clueless Carter had no idea what was going on and that his efforts to isolate Russia were a complete flop. And, make no mistake; the deal is huge, big enough to change the geopolitical calculus of the entire region," US journalist Mike Whitney pointed out.

    Do not deceive yourself that Washington's motives in Europe are "pure as the driven snow," and that the White House is sweating bullets over the possibility of the EU losing its energy independence, Mr. Whitney warned. The reason for such anxiety is too obvious and Stratfor CEO George Friedman has made it clear:

    "The primordial interest of the United States, over which for centuries we have fought wars — the First, the Second and Cold Wars — has been the relationship between Germany and Russia, because united there, they're the only force that could threaten us. And to make sure that that doesn't happen," George Friedman said at The Chicago Council on Foreign Affairs, as cited by the journalist.

    Washington will do whatever it takes to prevent Germany from "linking up with Russia's vast natural resources," Mr. Whitney noted. Further Russo-German rapprochement may result in an integrated Eurasia free trade zone that will lessen US GDP dealing a lethal blow to the American empire.

    "So don't believe the baloney about ‘Russian aggression.' What Washington really cares about is an economic rival that could leave it in the dust," the journalist highlighted

    "And that's exactly what's going to happen when Germany becomes Moscow's biggest gas station," he stressed.

    Undoubtedly, Gazprom's move has spiked Carter's guns. His vow to provide Eastern European countries with more weapons, more troops and more joint military drills begs the question, what is all this fuss about.

    "And for what? To stop the Cossacks from sweeping across the Steppe and into the Baltics? Be serious. Putin's not going to invade Europe. He wants their business, that's all," Mike Whitney pointed out.

    It was clear since the very beginning that Russia would seek other ways to transport its gas to Europe after the United States succeeded in dismantling the South Stream. Although the Kremlin has announced its strategic pivot to China, that does not mean that Russia will abandon its longstanding partnership with the West.

    What makes matters even worse for Washington's decision makers is that Moscow is "going to be pumping gas into Europe" through both the new Nord Stream and the Turkish Stream, "leaving Uncle Sam out in the cold."

    Meanwhile the US-backed Ukrainian government is nearly bankrupt. The US' plan to lure Putin's Russia into a "Vietnam-type quagmire" has evidently failed, the journalist stressed.

    "Can you see why the United States can't be trusted as "the guarantor of global security"? Washington destroys everything it touches with its wrecking ball foreign policy; Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria. Now it's destroyed Ukraine. Who'll be next?" he asked rhetorically.

    According to Mike Whitney Russian leadership has done the world "a favor" by undermining US plans and helping to bring the era of the American hegemony to a "merciful end."


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