"Washington Intends Russia’s Demise" Warns Paul Craig Roberts

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Paul Craig Roberts,

Washington has no intention of allowing the crisis in Ukraine to be resolved. Having failed to seize the country and evict Russia from its Black Sea naval base, Washington sees new opportunities in the crisis.

One is to restart the Cold War by forcing the Russian government to occupy the Russian-speaking areas of present day Ukraine where protesters are objecting to the stooge anti-Russian government installed in Kiev by the American coup. These areas of Ukraine are former constituent parts of Russia herself. They were attached to Ukraine by Soviet leaders in the 20th century when both Ukraine and Russia were part of the same country, the USSR.

Essentially, the protesters have established independent governments in the cities. The police and military units sent to suppress the protesters, called “terrorists” in the American fashion, for the most part have until now defected to the protesters.

With Obama’s incompetent White House and State Department having botched Washington’s takeover of Ukraine, Washington has been at work shifting the blame to Russia. According to Washington and its presstitute media, the protests are orchestrated by the Russian government and have no sincere basis. If Russia sends in military units to protect the Russian citizens in the former Russian territories, the act will be used by Washington to confirm Washington’s propaganda of a Russian invasion (as in the case of Georgia), and Russia will be further demonized.

The Russian government is in a predicament. Moscow does not want financial responsibility for these territories but cannot stand aside and permit Russians to be put down by force. The Russian government has attempted to keep Ukraine intact, relying on the forthcoming elections in Ukraine to bring to office more realistic leaders than the stooges installed by Washington.

However, Washington does not want an election that might replace its stooges and return to cooperating with Russia to resolve the situation. There is a good chance that Washington will tell its stooges in Kiev to declare that the crisis brought to Ukraine by Russia prevents an election. Washington’s NATO puppet states would back up this claim.

It is almost certain that despite the Russian government’s hopes, the Russian government is faced with the continuation of both the crisis and Washington puppet government in Ukraine.

On May 1 Washington’s former ambassador to Russia, now NATO’s “second-in-command” but the person who, being American, calls the shots, has declared Russia to no longer be a partner but an enemy. The American, Alexander Vershbow, told journalists that NATO has given up on “drawing Moscow closer” and soon will deploy a large number of combat forces in Eastern Europe. Vershbow called this aggressive policy deployment of “defensive assets to the region.”

In other words, here we have again the lie that the Russian government is going to forget all about its difficulties in Ukraine and launch attacks on Poland, the Baltic States, Romania., Moldova, and on the central Asian states of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. The dissembler Vershbow wants to modernize the militaries of these American puppet states and “seize the opportunity to create the reality on the ground by accepting membership of aspirant countries into NATO.”

What Vershbow has told the Russian government is that you just keep on relying on Western good will and reasonableness while we set up sufficient military forces to prevent Russia from coming to the aid of its oppressed citizens in Ukraine. Our demonization of Russia is working. It has made you hesitant to act during the short period when you could preempt us and seize your former territories. By waiting you give us time to mass forces on your borders from the Baltic Sea to Central Asia. That will distract you and keep you from the Ukraine. The oppression we will inflict on your Russians in Ukraine will discredit you, and the NGOs we finance in the Russian Federation will appeal to nationalist sentiments and overthrow your government for failing to come to the aid of Russians and failing to protect Russia’s strategic interests.

Washington is licking its chops, seeing an opportunity to gain Russia as a puppet state.

Will Putin sit there with his hopes awaiting the West’s good will to work out a solution while Washington attempts to engineer his fall?

The time is approaching when Russia will either have to act to terminate the crisis or accept an ongoing crisis and distraction in its backyard. Kiev has launched military airstrikes on protesters in Slavyansk. On May 2 Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Kiev’s resort to violence had destroyed the hope for the Geneva agreement on de-escalating the crisis. Yet, the Russian government spokesman again expressed the hope of the Russian government that European governments and Washington will put a stop to the military strikes and pressure the Kiev government to accommodate the protesters in a way that keeps Ukraine together and restores friendly relations with Russia.

This is a false hope. It assumes that the Wolfowitz doctrine is just words, but it is not. The Wolfowitz doctrine is the basis of US policy toward Russia (and China). The doctrine regards any power sufficiently strong to remain independent of Washington’s influence to be “hostile.” The doctrine states:

“Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union. This is a dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power.”

The Wolfowitz doctrine justifies Washington’s dominance of all regions. It is consistent with the neoconservative ideology of the US as the “indispensable” and “exceptional” country entitled to world hegemony.

Russia and China are in the way of US world hegemony. Unless the Wolfowitz doctrine is abandoned, nuclear war is the likely outcome.

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TeamDepends's picture

Krushchev:  "We will Barry You."

cossack55's picture


PCR has been on top of this from the get-go.  


How does that new Lee Greenwood song go


Well, I'm ashamed to be an American 

where at least I used to be free.....

Edward1290's picture

Why was Timmie Geitner in China last week......?


The official story is bunkola.......

CrashisOptimistic's picture

Probably pimping a translation of his book.

He speaks Mandarin.

Edward1290's picture

Timmy represents the 'deep state'........

Manthong's picture

I don’t know for sure, but..

I think PCR might be a bit off in the assessment.

For one thing, I believe the NATO general used the word “adversary”, not enemy.. a little softer term as your sparring partner or wrestling opponent can be an adversary but not an enemy.

I also think it pains Putin to be sitting by and not kicking ass and taking names there, but he might be thinking that in comparison to WWII the “collateral damage” is relatively small and is not worth the risk of taking the Washington and EU bait.

He might be thinking that if he just slips enough resources into the east to keep the contention going that public opinion might turn against the bozo’s driving the western bus as it did in Syria.  

I would just as soon see Putin trounce the fascists but I know that most of the rest of the western world is too occupied with their version of Idol or DWTS to see through the DC deception.


Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

Russia's turn off gas date is coming in a couple of days. It will happen. Nite nite Europe.

Soul Glow's picture

They won't turn it off, they'll jack the price.  Then when they aren't paid after that they'll turn it off.  

Where there is money to be made....

luckylongshot's picture

I agree. If Russia was smart it would link the level of the price hike for Europe to the number of civilians killed in eastern Ukraine. Then Russia's problem would become Europe's problem and part of the funds could be used to support families who have lost loved ones

BorisTheBlade's picture

PCR is a bit emotional in his assessment, which can always cloud even best judgement. On the surface there is a lot of words, strong language, sanctions and movement of troops. What was happening behind the curtain:

1. US reapproachment with Iran. Ever wonder why Iran is off the radar for the time being and nuclear program not so much of a threat to Israel or at least no longer as acute as was before. Despite only recent claims that it is months, weeks or milliseconds away from developing nuclear bomb and immediately throwing it towards Tel Aviv. Also, why Germany was so quick in supporting anti-Russian sanctions despite obvious damage to its economy, well, perhaps there could be bigger prize on the other hand, i.e. increased stake in the Iranian pie.

2. Russian mega deal with China. China with its infinite demand for energy could swallow up anything Russia could offer, it also needs an uninterrupted supply, which is outside of Washington reach and willingness to disrupt: anything coming from Middle East and shipped by water is subject to disruption by the US at any given point since China lacks naval capacity to secure supply routes.

Behind all smoke and mirrors there is a grand redistribution of all gas and oil flows in Eurasia currently underway: more Russian gas and oil headed into Asia, primarily China, while at the same time Iranian largely untapped gas and oil reserves finally exploited and diverted away from China and into Europe and perhaps India. For Russia it would allow for exploration of East Siberian reserves which Europe couldn't afford, but China having a necessary appetite to do just that. For the West it's multifaceted benefit, i.e.:

- renewed relevance of NATO in view of Russian bear threatening Europe again, perhaps Germany will be expected to take a more assertive and leading role in the alliance, including bigger share of military expenditure

- decreased reliance on Russian natgas supplies, which were never to come from US shale gas when there's such an obvious candidate to replace it.

Who will lose:

a. KSA. Saudi was known to be a #1 oil producer for quite some time, no more. Their fall from grace will be painful.

b. Ukraine. Whatever the outcome, Ukraine no longer a safe route for gas heading towards Europe, be it for South Stream or LNG from the Middle East. It had already had large piece of its territory carved out and going forward that process will most likely continue, Romania, Poland, Hungary all have some territorial claims towards Ukraine.

jay35's picture

"once more, we play our dangerous game, a game of chess, against our old adversary, the [united states]."


Soul Glow's picture

Remember when little Timmy was laughed at by Chinese college students?  Yeah, it's like that.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


Why was Timmie Geitner in China last week......?

Encore performance of the standup comedy routine he did there a few years back.

kchrisc's picture

I have the summary of the transcript:

"Please, please, please, oh please, keep buying our bonds. And please, please, please don't work with that bad Putin in destroying the Petro$. It is all we have..."

piceridu's picture

Correct me if I'm wrong. Isn't Geitner the FORMER Secretary of the Treasury...a civilian?

jeff montanye's picture

like war is politics by other means, this is treasury secretary by other means:


the u.s. treasury and the federal reserve are important branches of the u.s. "private" financial sector.

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

The good news is that all the young people will soon have jobs with room, board and a free gun.

Chuck Walla's picture

Obama tells Medvedev: "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility."



all-priced-in's picture

"This is my rifle, this is my gun, this is for fighting ,this is for fun."



Payne's picture

Russia is acting they are being patient while the WEST self destructs.

Ignatius's picture

Nuclear war with Russia is a planet killer.

Tiptoeing along the precipice like this is insanity.

Our controllers are insane.

DeadFred's picture

Certain scenarios of nuclear war, particularly high altitude EMP attacks won't do much more long term damage than Fukashima. The government estimates that a complete takedown of the US electric grid would kill nearly 2/3 of the population within a year. Don't assume that Russia (or China) has taken a first strike off the table. Not that what you or I think makes a whit of difference.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

How many Fukishimas happen in this country if they EMP us???

Soul Glow's picture

PCR still has a US bias.  I'm not judging him either, his input is essential - as WGT's is and Celente, et al - just pointing this out.  He made his living paid to support US policy, whether he likes it or not.  And he is front and center in media operations.  Thus why Fight Club is so important.  We run around collapsing statues and blowing up buildings wearing masks and only have names in death.  This makes us immortal.  We say what we want, how we want, and our only bias lies in our hearts and minds.

Long live FIght Club.

jm's picture

Said the rainbow pony.

If anyone has illusions that Russia actually has any moral superiority over the United States (as corrupt and contemptible as the US government actions can be), go take a visit for a month.  Your veil of ignorance will surely be lifted.  When it comes to raw veniality, corruption, poor governance, suffocating oppression, and general psychopathic tendencies, the Russian government aparatus takes the prize over just about any save North Korea.   

It is strange to watch the ZH groupthink as it devolves:  the cheerleading of a former KGB agent with a massive inferiority complex the size of Jupiter and a kleptomania that is even bigger. 


Joe A's picture

Yes, we all know that about Russia. But the West is not any better when it comes to corruption. Everything is rigged: interest rates, MBS, exchange rates, prices of commodities, bank laundering drugs money, etc. Big financial firms almost blow up the financial system and are rewarded with bailouts and big bonuses. How about that for psychotic tendencies.

Oppression of desent is not necessary in the West because the press gladly complies with everything the authorities tells them to write. As Seymour Hersch said: there is no investigative journalism anymore. I may add that journalism has become whorenalism.

AlgorithmOfConsciousness's picture

Your focus on cosmetic differences and appearances misses the point for that which is just.  While valid criticisms can be lodged against Russia, your post has lots of hyperbole, embellishment and exaggeration, what with "suffocating oppression."  What does that mean or "psychopathic tendencies"?  Have you asked the millions that starve in America and that are without jobs due to the bankster class what "suffocating oppression" means?  What "psychopathetic tendencies" has Russia displayed?  In fact, the only country that has displayed psychopathic tendencies throughout the world in the last 25 years since the post-1991 unipolar world has been the American Empire, with its invasions, destructions and bombings throughout the world.  Russia had done nothing and has done nothing against the American Empire, except stand up for principles of fairness and that which is just, ala the Syria situation when the US blood lusting was calling for yet another military intervention for the benefit of the Saudis, the Turks and the Israelis.  Of course, while there are a lot of oil politics in the background in Syria (involving the Wahhabist Gulf States, the US, the petrodollar, and a resurgent Russia who is a major energy player), the fact remains Russia has displayed diplomatic finesse, pragmatism and a moral high ground, something the US cannot claim. You can criticize Putin for being a former KGB man, but what does that make Bush Sr., a former CIA man? I would recommend you try to see beyond the veil cast by the shadow in Plato's cave.

jeff montanye's picture

i like both your comment and that of joe's immediately prior.  in addition to comparing the number of people killed by the respective militaries of the u.s. and the ussr/russia outside the national borders of said countries, how about some consideration of where the nations were/are coming from when measuring internal conditions like corruption or toleration of dissent?

russia was, a lifetime ago, the dystopian nightmare of stalinism that seemed to be the object of the genius orwell's 1984.  the u.s. was, in large part, the manifestation of the declaration of independence/u.s. constitution that was in many ways the first, glistening example of institutional democracy in the world.  the u.s. had even begun to finally right the endgame of the great, historic wrong of slavery, significantly in the context of the rule of law which was already the envy of much of the world.

i ask you, honestly, which country has improved since then?

jm's picture

You do not know the facts.

Putin doesn't coop jounrnalists.  He kills them. http://www.theguardian.com/media/greenslade/2012/mar/11/journalist-safet...  Moral high ground indeed.

If you don't give Putin a cut of your wealth and bend to his will, regardless of the law or due process, you go to jail:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-12082222  Ask Wynn where he would rather do business.


Putin doesn't stop at illegitimately jailing businessmen at his whim.   He kills them.



I could continue but it likely isn't worth it, because Putin's Russia likely still looks like a vacation paradise to you. 


What you have now is Putin telling Ukrainians where government authorities can and can't go in their own country to enforce law and order.  There is looting and crime endorsed and enabled by the little man in the Kremlin becaue he wants nothing more that total breakdown of the country, so he can take.  Gazprom doesn't operate like a business, it is merely a criminal arm of the Russian govt that alters their invoicing when the situation allows it.  Russian isn't operating anything like a civilized country, it is run by a thug that understands theft and only theft.  A first hand account of Russian corruption that makes Chicago look tame:



CrazyCatLady's picture

Been trolling much?  I clicked your links just to see and what a load.  The first one links to a hit piece where the only facts are dead journalists names and death dates.  It does not go into any details of their deaths, what stories they had written, or any connection whatsoever with putin.  Coincedence does not equal causation.  

The second link was to a story trying to paint a convicted criminal as an enemy of the russian govt because he had funded opposition parties.  The criminal was pardoned by putin personally.  How does that fit your paradigm again? 

The third link to a nyt piece does not seem to exist and i didnt even bother with the last since it was from cbs news, a known paragon of unbiased journalism.

Get out of here, you douche. Im sure american idol has a forum you can prowl, and a more receptive audience to boot.


Fedaykinx's picture

you lost me at "millions of starving people in america."

McMolotov's picture

Barry: "We need a distraction."

Seriously, the longer this goes on, the more I'm convinced they're gearing up to make Russia the scapegoat when the whole shithouse goes up in flames.

Sokhmate's picture

I don't subscribe to that point of view.

McMolotov's picture

Fair enough. It could all be maneuvering to "contain" the imagined threat posed by Russia, or it could be yet more intervention on behalf of corporate and banking interests. But it's hard to believe the planners of the fiasco haven't considered the possibility of Russia being put to use as the new Big Bad to replace Al Qaeda.

A large external threat justifies the empire in the eyes of many Americans. Military spending will never be allowed to go down, and while the petrodollar will be defended at all costs, it's on its deathbed. The only way the powers-that-be can maintain control is for the people to be looking elsewhere when assigning blame for the collapse.

kaiserhoff's picture

More likely just shit spinning out of control.  The kleptocrats are cowards and arrogant fools, but the strangest thing is that they have the attention span of a spoiled three year old.  They can only focus on one thing at a time, and their pea brains are easily overloaded.

Sokhmate's picture

I responded to the wrong comment. Mine was a response to: "Krushchev:  "We will Barry You.""

I don't subscribe to this point of view. You see, the Russians Lauuve their children too (maybe more than we doooo)

Joe A's picture

I used to like Sting a lot until he started working with rappers.

jeff montanye's picture

i thought it was a clever pun, making nikita a clairvoyant who foresaw the u.s. finally tumbling from empire via barack "barry" obama.

and while we are at it, is this really the best tptb could come up with to refuel the mic and smoke the mirrors for the bear markets to come?

"Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." –Mark Twain


Deathrips's picture

Once Captain Ahab gets a spear in that white whale, it doesnt end well. 


Needed a scapegoat...soon ago.



Chuck Walla's picture

"there had been long-range Russian air patrols to the coast of California ... and a U.S. F-15 fighter jet intercepted a Russian strategic bomber that had flown to Guam."



intric8's picture

You see boys?

Do you see how the world can have peace, that its there in the palm of our hand but the most powerful people in the world work aggressively to deprive us of it? WHAT THE FUCK! Do they covet death? Oppression? Suffering? Perpetually?

Christians say satan is at work in these perilous times, causing oppression and war. Wrong. Its a small group of humans, power mad people with an agenda who arent a mystery. We can identify them by name.

When will they witness the correction from below?

rsnoble's picture

Not soon enough i'm afraid.

Drifter's picture

In their psychopathic desire (pure insanity actually) to make Russia a puppet state, they're pushing Russia toward alliance with China creating the king of all superpower alliances that could crush America financially or thermonuclearly, or both.

It's shooting yourself in the foot on the grandest scale I've ever seen. Like they just flat out want America destroyed.

Squealgies's picture

"...thermonuclearly,...". What a great word! Not seen often enough!

Manthong's picture

“ I can see thermonuclearly now, the rain is gone”

.. might make a good song.

booboo's picture

Well Obuttboy let the cat out of the bag when he said "Marine Corpse" I think he meant it.

Al Huxley's picture

Hey Russia, look, this is a little awkward given the current state of affairs, but would you mind launching this military satellite for us - we're trying to keep better tabs on what you're up to, but we're a little short on high orbit delivery capability right now.  And we're also a little short on cash, would you mind spotting us the cost of the launch?  We're good for it, you know you can trust us...

CrashisOptimistic's picture

This is what happens when you get analysts who want to swagger around and pontificate about historical precedent this and strategic maneuver that and


in the entire article, there is no mention of oil for the #1 global producer of civilization's lifeblood.  Not a single mention.

What are these people thinking?  How can they just blah blah blah blah blah and NEVER MENTION THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS.

They all live in a world where it is infinite.  "Oh, if Russia shuts off 4 million bpd of their exports, we'll just find 4 mbpd somewhere else.  Snap of the fingers.  Hell, we'll move food to the grocery store shelves with solar powered golf carts.  One can of Campbells soup at a time."

It's like they have no brain.