Obama’s Former Foreign Policy Adviser Said – In 1997 – that the U.S. Had to Gain Control of Ukraine

George Washington's picture

Neoconservatives planned regime change throughout the Middle East and North Africa 20 years ago. Robert Parry correctly points out that the Neocons have successfully “weathered the storm” of disdain after their Iraq war fiasco.

But the truth is that Obama has long done his best to try to implement those Neocon plans.

Similarly, ever since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the U.S. has pursued a strategy of encircling Russia, just as it has with other perceived enemies like China and Iran.

In 1997, Obama’s former foreign affairs adviser, and president Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser – Zbigniew Brzezinski – wrote a book called The Grand Chessboard arguing arguing that the U.S. had to take control of Ukraine (as well as Azerbaijan, South Korea, Turkey and Iran) because they were “critically important geopolitical pivots”.

Regarding Ukraine, Brzezinski said (hat tip Chris Ernesto):

Ukraine, a new and important space on the Eurasian chessboard, is a geopolitical pivot because its very existence as an independent country helps to transform Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire.




However, if Moscow regains control over Ukraine, with its 52 million people and major resources as well as access to the Black Sea, Russia automatically again regains the wherewithal to become a powerful imperial state, spanning Europe and Asia.

And now Obama is pushing us into a confrontation with Russia over Ukraine and the Crimea.

As Ernesto notes:

Late last year when Ukraine’s now-ousted president Viktor Yanukovych surprisingly canceled plans for Ukrainian integration into the European Union in favor of stronger ties with Russia, the US may have viewed Ukraine as slipping even further out of its reach.


At that point, with the pieces already in place, the US moved to support the ousting of Yanukovych, as evidenced by the leaked phone conversation between US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland [arch-Neocon Robert Kagan's wife]  and US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt.  When peaceful protests were not effective in unseating Yanukovych, the violence of the ultra-nationalist Svoboda party and Right Sector was embraced, if not supported by the west.


In today’s Ukraine, the US runs the risk of being affiliated with anti-Semitic neo-Nazis, a prospect it probably feels can be controlled via a friendly western media. But even if the risk is high, the US likely views it as necessary given the geopolitical importance of Ukraine, as Brzezinski mapped out in 1997.

In other words, Obama is following the same old playbook that the Neocons have been pushing for more than a decade.

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chinoslims's picture

Dudes with heavy European accents that have a lot of sway in US politics scare the shit out of me. Brzezinski, Soros and Kissinger.  The triumvirate of economic and foreign policy death.

xavi1951's picture

Again, the ZH drones revert to chatter about anything but the topic.   So when is the new season of Game of Thrones starting?

Tartarus's picture

Brzezinski is the epitome of everything wrong in America, him and Henry "do them quickly" Kissinger. I wonder if they ever have nightmares or if they sleep soundly like little psycopathic babies. This man brags about sucking the Soviets into Afghanistan and giving them "their Vietnam" as one of his greatest accomplishments. A million dead civilians is his greatest accomplishment. Wonder where a third world war will rank in his list of accomplishments.

Hogdodge's picture

It's on his bucket list.

Ocean22's picture

Anybody notice in the new brad Pitt movie " wwz" that the entity that took control over the crisis was the UN AND the only country to "see it coming" was Israel,?

Revelation of the method... Cocky indeed ....

xavi1951's picture

Try this on.... the world is faced with a disease, "Islam" and Israel has been fighting it for years.  Israel has the walls and security checks points.  Islam gets loose in the world and starts to take over civilization.  It even bypasses the sick people, (muslim converts) but can't seem to be stopped.  What stops it?  A big dose of logic in the form of a vaccine.  

Islam is the cancer of our world.  It cannot be stopped without people becoming savages like the them.  We cannot negotiate with people that believe that we are infidels and must convert or die.  Negotiations are used to buy them time while they continue to kill.

Johnny Cocknballs's picture

“Every time anyone says that Israel is our only friend in the Middle East, I can’t help but think that before Israel, we had no enemies in the Middle East.”

— John Sheehan, S.J

Johnny Cocknballs's picture

You should head over to Fox news.

And stay there.

Bonapartist's picture

yawn- when Congress prostrates themselves to "Islam" like they do to AIPAC and makes pilgrimages to Mecca instead of  Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to profess their undying love then I will believe it. Shouldn't you be tucked into bed by now with a nice, dry Depends on Rupert?

UselessEater's picture

WWZ felt like a movie that was uncomfortable with its own overt propoganda as the audience was.

therearetoomanyidiots's picture

Was a grand bucket of shite that.

Too bad, the book, as usual, was great.

Ms No's picture

The more I think about this, especially in light of Brzeinsky, these bastards are probably back dooring something, something more than Venezuela.  For some reason Obo's recently publicized comment to Isreal keeps coming to mind.... something to the effect "we are running out of time".  Maybe Iran... Putin best be watching his 6.

Ms No's picture

I read that book a long time ago, would be reading it again if I wasn't in the process of moving.  The thing I remember being emphasized the most was.... it's all about the Balkans.   But we already knew this guy was a Project for a New American Century nutter.... sieze mars basically killed it with his comment.  Oops Balkans not istans.

Torgo's picture

Brzezinski writes of the need “to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals, to keep tributaries pliant and protected, and to keep the barbarians from coming together”.

"Keep the barbarians from coming together" means Sowing Discord by such actions as violent regime change in nations (such as those in Africa) with investments from nations such as China, or merely a military presence (in Afghanistan) between China and the energy resources of the Middle East.

And if Dante's Inferno is to be believed, Sowers of Discord end up in the Eighth Circle of Hell, which is where Obama and Brzezinski are bound to be sent along with the likes of Winston Churchill and the other British elites whose "balance of power" machinations fomented war among Europe's peoples for decades.

Johnny Cocknballs's picture

Zbig's renowned intellect is, imho, greatly over-rated. The only tool he has is militarism, therefore every problem requires a military intervention.

Russia is a natural ally.  We should be buying their gas and oil and they should be buying our corn, beef, and "Who Farted?" t-shirts.   A natural ally unless, of course, your political ideology calls for a one world dictatorship and war diplomacy.

Fuck Zbig and all those whose lack of intellect and creativity guarantees endless, useless death and violence and misallocation of resources to the machines of death and violence -  and the rule of those who profit from it all.

Ghordius's picture

"Russia... ...they should be buying our corn, beef"

there is a little problem with that. google Russia+gmo and you'll find that Russians are thinking about banning all GMO Food in their territories

meanwhile the US AgriBiz lobby is foaming from their collective mouths because the EU concession in the current transatlantic trade pact could look like a green light to import though with labeling

they seriously, seriously don't like labeling. perhaps it has something to do with "freedom to choose"

FOX News, lately, had a fit about what SNAP recipients should be allowed to buy. my impression was that they imply there are two sorts of food, those fit for humans and those fit for...

kurt's picture

"Pivots" f'n Brzezinski should hurry up and die. 



I'd like to seem him change a McPhearson Strut. The bastard never worked on anything his whole life. He found out we're stupid enough to pay him for what he says! Now if only that would stop acting on his steaming pile of shit words.

Philalethian's picture

"For the past 18 months, I have been quite clear on one point. The establishment of martial law in the United States will precede any global conflict. The people and the resources of the United States must be secured and its people must be controlled prior to the roll out of the draft and total warfare."


Listen in tonight at 7:00 pm central on:


Reaper's picture

The best laid plans of the mice will fail with a mouse as President.

Setarcos's picture

He does everything he is told to do by the PTB and, so far, he has been i rip-roaring success in pursuing the plans of the PNAC, so how can you say he has failed?

Have you ever heard of Wesley Clark?  Shortly before retiring from the Pentagon he saw a written plan to destroy 7 countries in 5 years ... Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and Iran from memory.

So tell me how Obomber has failed to do the bidding of those who own him?

Currently he is being told what to say about Ukraine.  Are you really still as naive as to believe that he has a mind of his own?

scraping_by's picture

Ah, but Barry is a puppet. Look instead at those pulling his strings...

Johnny Cocknballs's picture

a little dated, but still a bare knuckle introduction to the puppeteers:




Setarcos's picture

Both and consumate liar, a prerequisite for POTUS ... and not forgetting sociopathic narcissist, because that makes him immune to criticism and any change in him anyone could believe.

Neat trick on the part of the psychopaths who really run the Empire, e.g. Obomber cops all the flak from the lumpenproletariat - which just slides off him - whilst those with real power keep hidden and unaffected.

lordbyroniv's picture

I would soooo hit Mika Brzezinski.  She would be a cray cray lay.

Pinche Caballero's picture

It shoulda' read "I would sooooo hit Mika Brezinski and Robin Meade at the same time. That would be an awesome great lay, analogous to this whole crazy East vs West thing going on between Putin and Obama."

That way, you seem to stay on topic and it adds an air of sophistication to your otherwise irrelevant comment.

Just my thoughts on the matter, though.

BlindMonkey's picture

Hot yes.  But she has that sexless short hair going.  Frigid IMO. 

oncefired's picture

Every time I see Mika - Alfred E. Neuman from Madd magazine pops into my head!

Motorhead's picture

And to think Brzezinski was one of Jimmy Carter's boys....

MillionDollarBoner_'s picture


Jimmy was one of Brzezinski's bitches... ;o)

nah's picture

the Russians would rather save 50 billion invest it in their military rather than the Crimean Gubmint, cuz honestly Crimea is obviously worth way more than they were paying for it


Crimea was a steal bitchez

kchrisc's picture

"...the U.S. has pursued a strategy of encircling Russia, just as it has with other perceived enemies like China and Iran."

No, they offered up that as an excuse to steal trillions and kill millions more.


"My guillotine has three blades--Sharp, dull, really dull."

ILLILLILLI's picture

We're introducing some new varations on the theme to our line of high-performance guillotines.

Things like 'face up' client placement and webcam connectivity...it's the age of the 'Internet of Things'.

Your idea on edge options is good, though. I'll bring that up at the engineering meeting tomorrow...

jeff montanye's picture

is there some law that they have to go in head first?  what, is it like in the constitution?

Seize Mars's picture

First of all, Brzezinski is a genius, and also a first class asshole. I read the Grand Chessboard, and in my opinion, it is about 90% smokescreen. He gives about two sentences of attention to Isreal's role in the world, and that's idiotic. He's much too smart to believe that.

Now, as for this:

In today’s Ukraine, the US runs the risk of being affiliated with anti-Semitic neo-Nazis, a prospect it probably feels can be controlled via a friendly western media.

The US/UK empire doesn't give a fuck who it is seen as supporting. For God's sake they give money and arms to al-Qaeda in Syria, and then tell us that we must...um, "fight them" al over the world. They are obviously lazy, sloppy and so brazen that they just don't give a fuck. What are you going to do about it, not pay your income tax?

These are the same people who published a birth certificate so badly forged that a fucking high schooler could detect the Adobe layering.

Element's picture

 "...controlled via a friendly western media."

Their propaganda is failing Mars, the jig is up. The West has been totally demoralized by the tribal media's over use of lies.

And meanwhile they are desperately trying to paint skepticism, dissent and whistle-blowers as the enemy of freedumb.

But not many people are buying that any more, and those that do, are mostly just doing it to maintain their station in that shitfest.


Some music to wash it all down.


Johnny Cocknballs's picture

Media control, banking control, and control of elite universities...

Its happened before, it will happen again


Unless and until "diversity" is extended to the media, banks, and a 2% group getting 20% of slots is also finally understood to not be 'diverse'.



Ocean22's picture

Ahh yes, ignoring the zionists in world affairs is a huge tell.

Johnny Cocknballs's picture

we're right to worry about Muslim extremists - of course the "blowback" theory as to our support of Israel, something explicitly mentioned by Khalid and bin Laden themselves, was dismissed from discussion  -why - because it reflected badly on Israel, and the media is practically speaking controlled by a rule about not implicating Israel.  The horrors is visits on Arabs in the WB goes virtually unreported - in an Orwellian twist only possible due to Jewish power, advocating economic boycotts, even just for settlement products, is twisted as "anti-semitic" - as if it is racism to protest Jewish/Israeli racism.

But we should also be worried about End of the Worlders of all stripes, including our fucktard "Christian" Zionists and very much including Ultra Orthodox and messianic Jews



It's too bad that there's no way for the sane, secular people of the world to innoculate themselves from the religious nuts.  They divide us from each other because when the chips are down, 90% of people will side with their own groups whackjobs against the 'other' side's whackjobs.

ThirdWorldDude's picture

Zbig is a very well connected spider in a network that's been existing for at least the last 100 years. And you're right, he is a genius - we're talking abotu the guy who orchestrated the fall of the USSR, through the Jesuit Bankers of God, his native Polish Solidarnost etc. Which only means the plan has been laid out for much longer than it's official publication in The Grand Chessboard in '97.

Considering The Tribe's actions nowadays taking place out in the open, I don't know if it's hubris or if they really control every aspect of life. Let's see the facts, they own every major MSM propaganda vendor, they're continuously culling the herd through the educational system, have them drugged with SSRI's and fluoride in the water and the circuses have never stopped so they have the sheeple entertained. 

The critical mass awaken to the cruel reality is too low; anything below 5% of the total population is insignificant in instigating any changes. Yeah, TPTB is riding the fuckin' wave...

newworldorder's picture

All neocons speak on behalf of the Globalist order first and Israel second. They do not have allegiance to party but rather to their ideology. They dragged Busch into Iraq, wasted $4 trillion of borrowed money, helped to kill or wound 20,000+ US military personnel, untold number of Iraqis, and enabled a weak, untested Democrat to be elected President of the US as a reaction to sheer disgust by the American public to Bush war and economic policies. They are a scourge on the American political process. They have infiltrated key policy, governance and financial positions within the government bureaucracy.

They are the undead of the American political process, with unlimited resources contributed to them by the Davos Globalist crowd in order to control American Foreign Relations and Military Power for their benefit.

Johnny Cocknballs's picture

Incorrect. Neoconservatives, who are mostly Jews, is basically proxy Zionism. the problem is any old militarism, including neoclassical realism, is just called 'neocon'.  Zbig is not a "neocon".  Perle, Feith, Kristol, Kagan, Wurmser...are.



As to why they dragged us to war, see the Oded Yinon plan.  Jewish neocons literally created an agency to fake evidence to get us into an Iraq war. I know something about this. The same crew has fabricated evidence, mostly amateurish, to try to lie us into iran (e.g. laptop of death, saudi amb. Plot)



There are certainly more kinds of militarists than just the neocons, but the neocons tend to be anti-putin because of his suppirt for iran^syria^hez. and because he largely frustrated the theft of Russia's wealth by mostly Jewish oligarchs, many of whom have deep ties to Israel and to western NGOs.

mccvilb's picture

N was in Silicon Valley this past week promoting 150 ongoing Israeli company JVs. Divesting ourselves of AIPAC's a great idea but it will never happen. What do you want to bet our govt is providing the majority of the seed and Series A funding for them as well thru dark channels/Fed affiliated banks?

tony bonn's picture

i only read the article to confirm that the headline referred to brezinski. these neocon totalitarians must be stamped out and the first place to start is by divesting ourselves entirely of israel. israel is a sworn enemy of the united states and will destroy us if we continue to support it and fight its wars.

MillionDollarBoner_'s picture

Sorry but you are too late, mate!

First the Ashkenazi's colonised the USA; then they set about creating the "State of Israel".

The State of Israel is a tool of the US, not the other way around. It is a weapons development and testing laboratory, as well as a proving ground for mass-incarceration, abduction and torture techniques. The "history" of its creation serves to abrogate it of any blame - after all, that would be raycis ;o)

Or you may beg to differ? 


Guitarbill's picture

17 years of planning and this is the best the US came up with? #winning

disabledvet's picture

Yeah, no shit. "So much for the whole tolerance and brotherhood of man" bullshit. Let's make sure everyone has a gun (check) and then let's put them in a place where they feel they have to use it (check.)

Heck of a way to run an economy.

Optimusprime's picture

Thanks for this GW.  One would hope by now that such reminders are not necessary, yet of course they are.  It is so difficult for the average American to imagine the agents of his government involved in persistent pernicious meddling in the internal affairs of sovereign states.

Yet it is so.

williambanzai7's picture

Obama is not pushing us into anything except watching him play golf. The bilderboogercons are a different matter.