McFaul op-ed shows ignorance and rabid Russophobia
Color revolution architect as ambassador
Perhaps it is thanks to the fact that McFaul was not a diplomat and lacked real formal training for the job of ambassador that all of his actions in attempting to organize a color revolution in Russia were so easy to spot and so easy to expose and stop. It can also be said that like the color revolution and coup organizers in Ukraine and the geo-political architects in Washington, McFaul knew nothing about the people of Russia or what makes them tick. This is a repeated error in US regime change planning but like most errors made by the US they are repeated again and again.
Even while Obama hailed him as a Russia "expert" and he was okay by Zbignew Brezhinsky it was clear from day one that McFaul was clearly way out of his element in Moscow and while he thought his "oh gee see what a nice normal smiling guy I am" meme was an effective masquerade, his little act did little to convince anyone that he had come to Moscow to improve Russia-US relations, his actions made it clear he had come to very actively meddle. From the outset he stated he had come to educate Russians on America. Unfortunately Russians are very well aware who and what America is.
From payouts to the opposition, involvement in Bolotnaya, stories of a $460 million reward for bringing about an armed insurrection, spy scandals and attempts to manipulate and sway civil society, McFaul’s time in Moscow was marked by continuous attempts to subvert or manipulate the Russian Government and the Russian people, and endless attempts to pull the wool over the eyes of Russia’s media and its citizens.
Perhaps his only diplomatic success was convincing certain officials that the US Brezhinsky formed foreign policy establishment did in fact wish to carry out some sort of "reset" in relations. This "reset" was a ruse to convince Russia to allow for NATO to place more military elements along Russian borders, to gain Russian assistance on the illegal US war in Afghanistan and distract Russia from continued attempts to weaken and divide the country and undermine its leaders.
Like the opposition he paid and instructed he had one main job: to get rid of President Vladimir Putin and to do everything to weaken Russia and prevent it from challenging the US. Removing President Putin from power was the only goal of the Bolotnaya "Pussy Riot" opposition and this was clear to all Russians, because the opposition did not offer an alternative, they did not have a platform of their own, all of them had one agenda: get rid of Putin. Thankfully they failed.
For the most part thanks must be given to the robust and effective Russian intelligence and security services, in particular the efforts of the Federal Security Service (FSB), since all of McFaul’s plans were cut off at the pass. Through the expelling of USAID and the law on foreign agents, all of his instruments of subversion were taken away.
While he was in Russia he failed win the hearts and minds of Russians and failed to find common ground and a diplomatic position on issues such as Syria, Jackson Vannick, the Magnitsky list and even Edward Snowden. Under his watch the CIA continuously attempted to recruit members of the security services and police but even that was for the most part a complete failure, and like his academic work before his "diplomatic" work, his legacy was lackluster, one completely devoid of any accomplishments and overall a complete failure. Obviously he failed to fulfill his mission in Russia.
When McFaul arrived in Moscow he said he came to educate the Russian people on America, when he left he was sorry he could not convince anyone he had not come to organize a revolution. Such statements make it clear that Russia "expert" McFaul had little respect for the intelligence of Russians and a complete lack of understanding about Russia in general.
Yet he continues to be presented in the western media as a Russia expert when it is clear he knows almost nothing about Russia, how to deal with the Russian people and how to work with the Russian Government.
How someone who: does not speak the language, never really interfaced with the Russian people and spent his entire time in Moscow hiding in the embassy or going places where the people only spoke English, can pretend to be a Russia expert is beyond me, but just as he was so transparently trying to organize a color revolution in Russia he is now just as transparently continuing to demonize Russia and repeating lie after lie in what can only be described as propaganda for idiots.
His calls for more NATO troops on Russian borders, isolating Russia and ridding Europe of any influence or dependence on Russia are not calls from an expert on Russia or a diplomat but from any neoconservative right wing chicken hawk whack job in the US.
While the western media continues to say McFaul left Moscow of his own volition it is clear that there were many times that he was on the verge of being declared persona non grata for his abrasiveness and lack of diplomacy in dealing with the Russian Government and for his outrageous statements and behavior and there are those who say he was asked to leave at a Kremlin meeting in December. Therefore it was no surprise to see him now demonizing Russia every chance he gets in the western media no sooner had he left.
McFaul came to Russia to organize a color revolution and to destroy Russia and President Putin from within and when he was found out struck out at everyone who criticized him and his subversive tactics and polices, including attempting to discredit and have arrested members of the Russia press, media and bloggers who he demonized to no end when they did not print or report favorable stories about him and his deeds. He accused media outlets of being KGB operatives and following him around endlessly and criticized and threatened any media or its representatives that did not publish exactly what he wanted them to publish. I personally faced the wrath of McFaul for outing his color revolution plans the day after he arrived a fact I will not forget and one which you can find out about by Googleing.
Out of touch op-ed
In an op-ed for the New York Times McFaul obfuscates, lies and pretends to know the Russian soul but this could be no farther from the truth. He starts his op-ed by saying "The decision by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to annex Crimea ended the post-Cold War era in Europe." This statement is wrong on so many levels that it boggles the mind how anyone who knows anything about Russia or what happened in Crimea could possibly be expected to believe it. But then again it is designed for the American public who know nothing about what really happened.
McFaul wants you to believe it was first a decision by President Putin and then that it was in some way an annexation. First to annex means to take territory by force, this in no way happened in Crimea. Second the decision was not one made by President Putin but was one forced on the Crimean people by the destabilizations efforts of the US, the US support for neo-nazis and the US backed coup in Kiev.
While Yulia Tymoshenko and others in Ukraine are calling for what can be described as genocide against the Russian population of Ukraine and with open calls by the Right Sector and nazis to kill Russians, Crimeans held democratic referendum and voted to become part of the Russian Federation. As for Russian forces in Crimea. I will repeat again, what I have been saying for months, they have been there for decades under legal agreements.
For McFaul to say: "We did not seek this confrontation." Shows the complete and utter disregard he has for the truth and the obvious stupidity he thinks his audience possesses. We know by scores of revelations, none more damning than the conversation that was released between Victoria Nuland and Geoffrey Pyatt, that the entire coup in Ukraine was organized and funded by the US. Nuland was even kind enough to give us the price tag, $5 billion, yet McFaul wants to play innocent and demonize President Putin and distract the world’s public to the truth. Perhaps McFaul did not seek this confrontation. Perhaps the planners in Washington actually thought they could just subvert the government in Ukraine and no one would notice or protest and they would be allowed to subjugate the population and get their hands on all the resources. Perhaps they thought their neo-nazi proxies would take all of the heat and after helping to install a puppet government which just go away. Wrong.
McFaul then says: "This new era crept up on us, because we did not fully win the Cold War" and goes on to say what that means which of course we already know. Russia was supposed to open up its markets and become another client state for the West and the US while implementing neo-liberal western policies.
He then says Russians resented the terms of the Cold War’s end, as if this is something bad. Of course Russians resented becoming just another US source for wealth and this was not allowed to stand. Which is why the West so dislikes President Putin. Unlike previous leaders who were willing to give away Russia or sell it off cheap President Putin said Nyet and for this he is demonized.
McFaul again is delusional when he tries to separate Russia and President Putin as if he knows what the people want and can somehow say they do not want President Putin who enjoys an over 86% approval rating. He also again fails to blame his own emperor in chief Obama for pushing for the coup in Ukraine and the predecessor for invading South Ossetia.
Once again McFaul proves what we all know, with his cleverly constructed argument attempting to separate beloved President Putin from the will of the Russians, he shows he has no idea or understanding whatsoever of the Russian people. In his op-ed he attempts to demonize President Putin while saying the Russian people have nothing to do with the current state of affairs.
McFaul: "A revisionist autocratic leader instigated this new confrontation. We did not. Nor did "Russia" start this new era. Mr. Putin did. It is no coincidence that he vastly weakened Russia’s democratic institutions over the last two years before invading Crimea, and has subsequently moved to close down independent media outlets during his Ukrainian land grab."
Given that the entire situation in Ukraine was a US/NATO/EU organized coup and territory/resource/military grab orchestrated by a dictatorial imperial president (Obama) blaming President Putin is ridiculous. Calling Russia’s democratic institutions weakened, McFaul is clearly referring to those that the US could no longer manipulate, for we know that for the West "democracy" means exploitable. It was these "democratic institutions that USAID, McFaul and the US’ NGO brigade attempted to subvert control and exploit.
To characterize anything that has occurred in Crimea as an invasion is clearly beyond the pale. The real act of aggression with regard to the situation in Ukraine lies with the US pulling off a violent coup in Kiev.
Again we must recall that Russia had the right, for almost 2 decades to station up to 25,000 troops in Crimea. You can not invade a country where you are already located, yet McFaul and the western media ignore this fact. As for the media outlets, it has only been the US and the Ukrainian Bandera Nazis that have closed down media outlets, forbidden foreign journalists from entering Ukraine and who have censored and published false reports regarding the real situation in Crimea. Recent coverage of Svoboda operatives beating the director of Ukrainian channel one and forcing him to resign under duress are further proof of US media manipulation.
McFaul: "Ukraine must succeed as a democracy, a market economy and a state. High on its reform list must be energy efficiency and diversification, as well as military and corruption reforms."
Again the hypocrisy of McFaul is mind numbing. They brought neo-nazis to power and speak of democracy? The CIA/NATO/US/EU have done everything possible to make Ukraine fail as a state. As for a "market economy" this obviously means easily exploitable by the West because Ukraine’s real economy depended on trade with Russia and that is what the West wants to stop. If the US and the West wanted Ukraine to prosper and grow they would have encouraged Ukraine to join the Russian led Customs Union which would have seen the country gaining $100 billion in 7 years, as opposed to a measly $1 billion from the US with IMF sovereignty ridding and enslaving conditions attached. But we know the US does no want other countries to prosper, on the contrary the US is in the business of destroying and subverting nations and this fact is documented.
With regard to energy, we know that part of the EU agreement entails giving the entire Russian gas pipeline to Exxon oil, yes %100. Diversification means not counting on Russia for gas but allowing for the import of extremely expensive American gas, hence one condition of EU association is raising gas prices to European levels, very profitable for Exxon oil but coupled with other austerity measures devastating for the Ukrainian people. Just another example of how the West intends to enslave Ukraine and its people.
As for the military reforms McFaul spoke about in his op-ed, he means allowing NATO into the country and then going through the expensive and massive "NATO" interoperability upgrades. Again requiring huge amounts of the countries GDP to be directed to the military for the obtainment of US sold hardware, training and equipment. Again profitable only for huge American corporations and devasting for the Ukrainian population. As for corruption this is laughable and anyone reading McFaul’s words should be rolling on the floor with laughter. Klitschko, Tugyabok and Yatsenyuk, are all bought and paid for and the current western installed puppet regime in Kiev is probably one of the most corrupt to have ever existed in Europe in modern times.Ukrainians were already upset about corruption and the Bandera nazis have only move corruption up to the level of outright lawlessness.
McFaul: "Also, as during the 20th century, those states firmly on our side must be assured and protected. NATO has moved quickly already, but these efforts must be sustained through greater placement of military hardware in the front-line states, more training and integration of forces, and new efforts to reduce NATO countries’ dependence on Russian energy."
While some in Russia believed the West wanted a reset rhetoric like this proves that the US/NATO has done nothing but continue expanding and viewing Russia as an enemy. Another fact lacking in McFaul’s rant is the fact the Ukraine is NOT a NATO member.
We already know that US/NATO want to surround Russia and install missile "defense" elements that are part of a first nuclear strike capability that will allow for any of Russia’s retaliatory missiles to be liquidated, but Russia has advanced past their technology and this will never work. McFaul calling for more NATO forces and troops on Russia’s borders is nothing but military brinkmanship and saber rattling from a chicken hawk too foolish to understand the subtleties of diplomacy.
In this single statement McFaul admits once and for all that Russia is still viewed as enemy number one in the US and that it is NATO that has been tasked with taking over and surrounding Russia at the expense of NATO member countries. Do NATO countries know they are merely vassals and slaves carrying out Washington’s geopolitical ambitions? Obviously if they did they might protest.
McFaul: "And, as before, the current regime must be isolated. The strategy of seeking to change Kremlin behavior through engagement, integration and rhetoric is over for now. No more membership in the Group of 8, accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development or missile defense talks. Instead there must be sanctions, including against those people and entities — propagandists, state-owned enterprises, Kremlin-tied bankers — that act as instruments of Mr. Putin’s coercive power. Conversely, individuals and companies not connected to the government must be supported, including those seeking to take assets out of Russia or emigrate."
Oh how they love to use the word regime to demonize. If we want to talk about regimes that must be isolated let’s talk about the Obama regime, a regime guilty for more death and destruction than any other in modern history including the current destabilization in Ukraine.
Why must Russia be isolated? Because the US says so? Because it is not a client state? Because it is amassing wealth and geopolitical clout while calling for the rule of law, respect for sovereignty and an end to lawlessness? Because it is providing Europe with goods and services decreasing the US hold on Europe?
Changing Kremlin behavior? Coming from a regime guilty of more international crimes than any since Hitler the hypocrisy is stunning.
As for sanctions against "propagandists" (that means me and I ask once again include me on your sanctions list) and the like and exclusion from the G-8, etc.. This is truly laughable. Europe needs Russia, the G-8 countries need Russia. It was the only country in the group with a positive overall economic dynamic. And as we have seen Russian officials openly laugh at the US sanctions list and call it an attempt at political blackmail. When enough Russian officials feel the need to visit Disneyland or the like, I am sure Russia will build its own.
Calling everything an instrument of President Putin’s power is also ludicrous and finally calling for those who want to take the wealth out of the country to be supported is so ridiculously self-serving as to also be laughable. Has Russia ever called for those wishing to steal from the US and bring the money overseas to be supported? No. Unbelieveable.
McFaul: "One obvious difference is that the Internet did not exist during the last standoff. Recent Kremlin moves to cut off citizens from independent information are disturbing, but the communications revolution ensures that Russians today will not be as isolated as their grandparents."
Against the hypocrisy is breathtaking. Russia has more independent media than any other country in the world and has not attempted to censor it. Nor has it attempted to control or censor the internet unlike the US and the West. One thing McFaul forgot is that the Internet has also allowed for common Russians to understand the truly nefarious and black nature of US foreign policy and NATO expansion.
McFaul: "Greater exposure to the world gives Russians a comparative analysis to judge their situation at home."
It is a shame Americans do not have the same exposure.
McFaul: "But there are two important differences that weaken our hand. First, the United States does not have the same moral authority as it did in the last century. As ambassador, I found it difficult to defend our commitment to sovereignty and international law when asked by Russians, "What about Iraq?" Some current practices of American democracy also do not inspire observers abroad. To win this new conflict, we must restore the United States as a model."
Commitment to sovereignty and international law? Did he really say that? Yes he did. Sovereignty like in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Iran, Cuba, Serbia, Afghanistan and Ukraine.
As for some current practices, there is the overthrowing of governments and the destabilizing of countries such as Ukraine, Venezuela, Syria, Egypt and others. The continuing operation of an illegal extra-territorial torture prison and the almost daily extra-judicial executions by the imperial killer in chief in Obama, the only leader in the world who kills anyone anywhere in the world at will. There is also the massive global spying, the police surveillance security state, the ongoing practice of aggressive war, institutionalized racism, police brutality, the war on journalists and whistleblowers and the list goes on.
The United States will never be a model again. The support of neo-nazis in Ukraine and the overthrowing of a democratically elected European Government guarantee that. Finally the insane US drive to force the world to accept two men committing sodomy as a marriage, serves as the final nail on the coffin of US moral superiority. Americans need to understand one fact. They are exceptional and "chosen" only in their own minds.
The US’ Ukrainian puppets call for genocide
Further underlining the nature of, and who in fact are, the criminals that the US and McFaul support another conversation was leaked on the internet. As with Nuland/Pyatt and the choosing of puppets and Ashton/Paet regarding the Madian snipers being hired by the western backed nazis, a new conversation between former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the former Deputy Secretary of National Security and Defense Nestor Shufrych during which it was said that Ukrainians must take up arms against Russians so that not even scorched earth will be left where Russia stands and that the 8 million Russians in Ukraine must be killed, has caused quite a stir.
Of course calls for genocide against Russians is not being squawked about in the West. Like the indigenous peoples of the Americas, Russians are views as (according to Yulia Tymoshenko) superfluous and a pest that has to be eradicated. Dear world, please wake up. It will only take one little trade agreement, or one non-US-sanctioned choice by your leaders, and your country may be next. As for McFaul, he should keep his day job and stay out of geopolitics and regime change operations, we can see where that has gotten the US so far. Zilch. And several tens of billions of dollars just thrown away.
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