On Dominoes, WMDs And Putin's "Aggression": Imperial Washington Is Intoxicated By Another Big Lie

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by David Stockman via Contra Corner blog,

Imperial Washington is truly running amuck in its insensible confrontation with Vladimir Putin. The pending round of new sanctions is a counter-productive joke. Apparently, more of Vlad’s posse will be put on double probation, thereby reducing demand for Harry Macklowe’s swell new $60 million apartment units on Park Avenue. Likewise, American exporters of high tech oilfield equipment will be shot in the foot with an embargo; and debt-saturated Russian state companies will be denied the opportunity to bury themselves even deeper in dollar debt by borrowing on the New York bond market. Some real wet noodles, these!

But it is the larger narrative that is so blatantly offensive—that is, the notion that a sovereign state is being wantonly violated by an aggressive neighbor arming “terrorists” inside its borders. Obama’s deputy national security advisor, Tony Blanken, stated that specious meme in stark form yesterday:

“Russia bears responsibility for everything that’s going on in Eastern Ukraine” and “has the ability to actually de-escalate this crisis,” Blinken said.

Puleese! The Kiev government is a dysfunctional, bankrupt usurper that is deploying western taxpayer money to wage a vicious war on several million Russian-speaking citizens in the Donbas—-the traditional center of greater Russia’s coal, steel and industrial infrastructure. It is geographically part of present day Ukraine by historical happenstance. For better or worse, it was Stalin who financed its forced draft industrialization during the 1930s; populated it with Russian speakers to insure political reliability; and expelled the Nazi occupiers at immeasurable cost in blood and treasure during WWII. Indeed, the Donbas and Russia have been Saimese twins economically and politically not merely for decades, but centuries.

On the other hand, Kiev’s marauding army and militias would come to an instant halt without access to the $35 billion of promised aid from the IMF, EU and US treasury. Obama just needs to say “stop”. That’s it. The civil war would quickly end, permitting the US, Russia and the warring parties of the Ukraine to hold a peace conference and work out the details of a separation agreement.

After all, what is so sacrosanct about preserving the territorial integrity of the Ukraine? Ever since the middle ages, it has consisted of a set of meandering borders in search of a nation that never existed owing to endemic ethnic, tribal and religious differences. Its modern boundaries are merely the fruit of 20th century wars and  the expediencies of a totalitarian state during the decades of its rise, rule and disintegration.

There was until recently a neighboring “state” of equally artificial lineage called Czechoslovakia. It was carved out of the German and Austrian empires by the vengeful victors at Versailles, urged on by scheming Czech nationalists who coveted the resources of the Slovaks. But notwithstanding revolutions, the Stalinist oppression, the Cold War, the Prague Spring and all the rest of the 20th century mayhem—-the machinations at Versailles didn’t birth a state that was viable or sustainable. Accordingly, separation has been had, and the parties are better off for it—as are its neighbors and the larger world.

And on the topic of partition there is the ghost of Yugoslavia–another state that emerged in whole cloth  from the madness of Versailles. Yes, it has been partitioned now into half a dozen smaller states—-Slovenia, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Kosovo and Bosnia. But the operative point is that the partitioner was none other than Washington and its European groupies who had no regard for those happenstance 20th century-made borders when it suited their purpose.

So the sanctimonious yelping from Washington about the sacred territorial integrity of the Ukraine is ahistorical tommyrot. In fact, however, it is a thin fig leaf for a far more insidious purpose. Namely, the self-aggrandizement of the Warfare State machinery that was left stranded in Imperial Washington without purpose or justification when the Cold War ended two decades ago.

So the Warfare State machinery—including its spy network, state department, aid agencies and NGO supplicants— invented enemies and missions to justify their continued existence and their massive dissipation of fiscal resources. Those are upwards of $1 trillion annually if you count everything including veterans and homeland security.

Thus, after arming the mujahedeen in Afghanistan against the Soviets in the 1980s, their Taliban successors were deemed our enemy after the cold war ended—even though they never poised a scintilla of threat to the citizens of Lincoln NE or Worcester MA.  So too with our 1980′s ally Saddam Hussein, and also with Khadafy, Assad and the warring tribal potentates and cutthroats of Yemen, Somalia and Waziristan, to name just a few.

But it is in eastern Europe that the Warfare State machinery has most egregiously made an enemy and mission out of whole cloth. As the Cold War was drawing to a close in the late 1980s, then Secretary of State James Baker made a sensible deal with Gorbachev. In return for Soviet acquiesce in the reunification of Germany, the US would insure that NATO did not expand by a “single inch”.

Since then, of course, there has been a senseless bipartisan betrayal and stampede in the opposite direction. Starting under Clinton and extending through Bush and Obama, NATO has been expanded from 16 nations at the end of the Cold War to 28 countries today.

Yet the very recitation of its new members underscores the historical farce that this needless expansion amounted to. For better or worse, the formation of NATO in the late 1940′s involved what were perceived to be vital national security interests against a Stalinist policy that by the lights of the hawks and militarists of the day amounted to a violation of his Yalta obligations. Accordingly, NATO constituted an alliance of real nations—England, France, Italy and West Germany—-that could make a meaningful contribution to collective security against the perceived Soviet threat of the times.

But Albania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Slovakia and Slovenia?  And that is not to forget Moldova, Georgia, Macedonia and the Ukraine—all of which are still coveted for membership by the NATO apparatchiks. What could these micro-states possibly contribute to American security? That’s especially the case since the Warsaw pact had been dissolved; the Soviet Empire has erased from the pages of history; and the Russian successor was left with an Italian sized GDP encumbered with the destructive legacy of a state-dominated economy that had been appropriated by a passel of thieves, opportunists and oligarchs.

In short, today’s Ukrainian crisis is the outcome of the mindless 20-year drive of the Warfare State to push an obsolete NATO to the very doorstep of Russia, and into the messy remnants of the Soviet disintegration. Stated differently, Putin has been in power for 15 years, yet during 13 of those years there was no hue and cry from Washington, London and Brussels that he was an incipient Hitler bent on sweeping conquest. Even the so-called invasion of Georgia in 2008 was a tempest in a teapot provoked by local pro-Russian separatists who did not want to be ruled by a de facto American interloper in Tbilisi.

In any event, it was the $5 billion that Washington spent during the last decade meddling in Ukrainian politics, and finally inciting and financing the February overthrow of the country’s constitutionally elected government that precipitated the current civil war. It brought to power a new gang of crooks and thugs who could not govern for a day without tapping the Washington/Western financial lifeline. Indeed, the civil war now raging, the brutal military attacks on civilian populations and the hundreds of thousands of refugees now streaming out of the eastern regions are the result of a crisis made in Washington, not the Kremlin.

So the rebels— who properly fear for their lives and property were the nationalists and neo-fascists who run the Kiev government to prevail—are not “terrorists” by any stretch of the imagination. That is just insipid Washington propaganda.  Instead, they are the Russian speaking remnant of the Soviet empire who fear an ethnic cleansing and who noted well the fate of their kinsmen in the hands of Ukrainian thugs during the fire at Odessa.

Once again, the American Warfare State has confected a false narrative to justify policies and missions that have nothing to do with the safety and security of the citizens of Lincoln NE and Wooster MA. About 55-years ago such a false narrative arose in the form of the “domino theory” that lead to the carnage of Vietnam. Ten years ago it cropped up in the form of the WMD story that led to the disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq.  Today, it is the preposterous story of Ukrainian territorial integrity, terrorists in the East and a latter-day Hitler in the Kremlin.

Unfortunately, false narratives are what the Warfare State does.

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NOTaREALmerican's picture

Just another goddamn hippy malcontent who doesn't understand how the goddamn commies plan to conquer the world.   

It was commie appeasers like Stockman that caused the USA to lose the Vietnam war.   Didn't he ever hear of the goddamn domino theory? 

max2205's picture

I am going to miss this site after they shut it down.

Wow, just wow

NOTaREALmerican's picture

Love it or leave it, hippy.   And get a goddamn haircut! 

The_Prisoner's picture

the chosenness is strong in this one.

SF beatnik's picture

"not a real American"


 Geez, I sure hope so.


He sets a new standard for moronicity. 


Our beloved nation can endure only so much assinine stupidity.

Dollar Akbar's picture

Get out of the closet, it´s ok, you do not need to look tough.

ramacers's picture

it'll be closed down alright, after the planet is one big smolderin' nuke ash.

Day_Of_The_Tentacle's picture

Has anyone here heard anything new about MH-17? Specifically about:

- the autopsies by Dutch forensic experts

- the confiscated ATC recordings

- the black boxes - as in official news that is not from an unnamed source

- the reason why the police delegations cancelled a trip to the crash site due to safety concerns at the same time parents of one victim visited and walked around at the crash site and apparently stayed alive during the process

I have seen absolutely zero news since the article regarding the black boxes that was based on an unnamed source that said the plane suffered and explosive decompression - well no shit sherlock, what a surprise that was - but has any official information whatsoever surfaced since then? 

Day_Of_The_Tentacle's picture

Thank you! Very interesting.

I so hope that the culprits do not manage to bury this story and all the evidence. Evidence that most likely can be understood readily by people with a relevant background and training. I hope those professionals will start asking a lot of public questions too.

earleflorida's picture

stockman speaks his mind...

the man is entitled to provoke discourse,

is he not?

are we hear? at zh,... fearful of free speech, whether it be spot-on, as said article is... is

viva... Modus vivendi 

Tall Tom's picture

It was commie appeasers like Stockman that caused the USA to lose the Vietnam war. 


Are you fucking high?




Stockman was born in Fort Hood, Texas, the son of Allen Stockman, a fruit farmer, and Carol (née Bartz).[2] He is of German descent, and his family's surname was originally "Stockmann".[3] He was raised in a conservative family, and his maternal grandfather, William Bartz, was a Republican county treasurer for 30 years.[4][5] Stockman was educated at public schools in Stevensville, Michigan. He graduated from Lakeshore High School in 1964[6] and received a B.A. in history from Michigan State University, East Lansing, during 1968. He performed graduate studies at Harvard University, 1968–1970 and 1974–1975. He attended Harvard Divinity School.[7]


Stockman was elected to the United States House of Representatives for the 95th Congress and was reelected by two subsequent elections, serving from January 3, 1977, until his resignation January 21, 1981, to accept appointment as Director of the Office of Management and Budget for U.S. President Ronald Reagan.




"(Social Security) has to be means-tested. And Medicare needs to be means-tested...Let the Bush tax cuts expire. Let the capital gains go back to the same rate as ordinary income."[21]

"The Republican Party has totally abdicated its job in our democracy, which is to act as the guardian of fiscal discipline and responsibility. They're on an anti-tax jihad -- one that benefits the prosperous classes."[22]

"I invest in anything that Bernanke can’t destroy, including gold, canned beans, bottled water and flashlight batteries."[23]


Source: Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Stockman


Get a Brain and stop concerning yourself with the length of people's hair you fucking moron.


My locks and goatee are like Buffalo Bill's and I am a long haired Country Boy you asshole. I wear a fucking ResistolTM and Shit Kicker Boots, one that needs to be placed against your fucking ass hard as I kick it, because you are a stupid fuck.


So fuck you.





TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

...cough... sarcastician at work ...cough...

JeffB's picture

I think your sarcasm meter could use a little recalibration.

He's pulling your leg.

So to speak.


Hohum's picture


If your humor isn't mean or disparging, it is not going to get a good reception here.

rocker's picture

War is coming is about the only way TPTB know of to bail out the U.S. economy. Not that the economy is their worry.

It's just that it is a opportunity not to be wasted after the manufactured financial crisis. TPTB always love wars.

It keeps their military complex invested dollars growing and keeps the price of oil up since demand has been squashed

in the 'Peak Oil' scam that's gone awry. Big money is: owning tankers of oil and toilet paper factories. Think Kock Brothers.

Yes I mispelled it on purpose. 

Hohum's picture


Regarding your "peak oil scam:"

Look at the Bakken.  See 1900 new wells year over year ($10B). See only $700M in additional revenue.  See your head come out of its ass?

SofaPapa's picture

I think you're right that TPTB think war will save them.  And that simplemindedness is the greatest condemnation of their intelligence possible.  Zero willingness to dig a little deeper to understand why WWII led to the post-war boom for the US.  Hint: it's an anomaly.  A huge anomaly.  But they are just too bloody simpleminded to care.  

Will the species 10 million years from now get our physiology right when they try to recreate us from our skeletons as we now do with the dinosaurs?  Because dinoland seems relatively cool when compared to what these geniuses have created and are about to destroy.

Jack Burton's picture

Someone in the "deep State" wants a war with Russia so bad they can taste it. Who benefits is the question to ask, follow the money in that answer and the warmonger will be exposed.

AurorusBorealus's picture

There is more than one who wants war with Russia; where are a bunch of 50-somethings with degrees in Russian and Soviet affairs, like Condoleeza Rice, going to get jobs if the "war" with Russia ends?  However, that does not explain Obama.  He is clearly encouraging this escalation toward war (and the Washington war machine does not need any encouraging).  Why Russia?  It is completely out of character for Obama.  His tepid response to the military-industrial-complex efforts to scare up war in Syria and other muslim states,in China, coupled with his less-than-tepid support for Israel´s warmongering, his draw-down of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, and his decreasing the military budget all speak to a president who is not a war-for-the-sake of war guy.  But with Russia, he is all-war all-the-time.  It is personal to Obama, and frankly, I think it is the gay issue.  There is no other real issue that is likely the cause of the intense and personal animosity he feels for Putin.  I truly think Obama wants to go to war over Russia´s distaste for homosexuality.

Latina Lover's picture

Secretly, Obama wishes it was Vlad's balls slapping against his ass instead of Reggie, ROTFL

topshelfstuff's picture

and this long history...the one hour version contains more factsor read the book by John Perkins

Confessions of an economic hitman


Monty Burns's picture

I keep saying it...Obama has no real power.  He's an autocue reader reading what his handlers provide for him.  What's more he doesn't care.

SF beatnik's picture

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts ( who should know) says the neocons have always wanted to nuke Russia.

(They are still around and they surround Obama.)

What is it about these fucking neocon assholes?

Somebody clue me in.

Singelguy's picture

You are right. Someone wants a big war. Why? Because a war would give a boost to the EU and .USA economies. The powers in Washington and Brussrls know that the money printing will not solve the economic woes. Real demand and production for war materials will create jobs, and unemployment will be further reduced when the draft is reinstated and all the unemployed youth will be killed as cannon fodder. Economic problems solved.

logicalman's picture

One of the many reasons I'm an anarchist.


QQQBall's picture

"I am an Anarchist"... Dude, put down the pipe.

Tall Tom's picture

I agree as...



Hohum's picture

It's Worcester, MA.  Odd I know.

QQQBall's picture

Intoxicated is a good choice - Insensible not so much. Obomber must be completely insulated by Yes Men and Yes Lesbos. 

SofaPapa's picture

People who seek national positions of power in ALL nations are dangerous.  They genuinely believe that they are "right" and that their worldview is worth sending other people's kids to fight for.  They are paranoid and delusional, and I use both those terms in their technical senses.  This current group in Washington and the capitals of western Europe are so used to getting their way, they are even more dangerous than usual.  They genuinely cannot see that they are evil.  They don't understand it, because in their minds, by definition they are the good guys.  And good guys cannot be on the wrong side of history.  This is a great setup for the ongoing slide back (VERY far back) into a more primitive existence. Millions (probably billions) will die in the process.  That's guaranteed.  The only question now is how fast it happens, long slow bleed or rapid disease or war accounting.  History suggests the more rapid version.  We really are living the Chinese curse.  There could not be a more interesting time to live.  

marcusfenix's picture

Dear Washington,

Please refrain from starting WW3 right in the middle of the worst outbreak of  ebola in human history.

that would just irresponsible.



RaceToTheBottom's picture

Nato needs a set of countries to act as a buffer between Europe and Russia.  

Otherwise all of Europe's citizens will try and escape to Russia.


Rootin' for Putin's picture

They just need to keep people distracted with bizarre headlines, overfed on pink slime burgers and entertained by reality TV long enough to rip them off and line their own pockets.

stant's picture

Gay and lesbian socialist are going to start www.3, how did we arrive at this dark situation?. Oh yeah they are running out of other people's money

Hannibal's picture

Uki military firing surface to surface Ballistic Missiles

In the past two days Kiev’s forces have launched several short-range ballistic missiles into areas in East Ukraine controlled by self-defense forces, CNN reports, citing US government sources.


buzzsaw99's picture

stopped reading at "running amuck"

slightlyskeptical's picture

If you kept a dictonary nearby, you could probably get through through the whole article.

Tall Tom's picture

He is not here to learn. He is here to push an agenda as he is a TROLL.

Aussiekiwi's picture

Everybody is a TROLL Tom it seems when they disagree with you, your world must be full of TROLLS, lol.