Posted by: CS | March 8, 2014

Ukraine Provocation

Is Paul Craig Roberts, former editor of the Wall Street Journal, one-time Deputy Secretary to the US Treasury, etc., etc., a provocateur?

Roberts appears widely in the alt. media section of the Web as a radical critic of the US empire. But for a man of such ability and experience, there is something, well, flaky about some of his pronouncements.

In a recent piece entitled The Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun Roberts writes:

According to a report in Kommersant-Ukraine, the finance ministry of Washington’s stooges in Kiev who are pretending to be a government has prepared an economic austerity plan that will cut Ukrainian pensions from $160 to $80 so that Western bankers who lent money to Ukraine can be repaid at the expense of Ukraine’s poor. It is Greece all over again.

But if you go to the Google translation of the Ukraine Kommersant article you find the following:

The Ministry of Finance has prepared a plan to optimize budget expenditures on the basis of which the end of March to be held sequestration budget. For this purpose, in particular, proposed to reduce capital costs, eliminate tax schemes and incentives and cut social benefits, such as pensions for working pensioners 50%.

Now cutting pensions of “working pensioners” is rather different from starving aging widows to death. In fact, for those still working though of pensionable age, cutting their government pension will have no catastrophic effect on their standard of living, yet it will relieve the indebted and deficit-ridden government of considerable expense. So the proposal under consideration seems entirely prudent and just.

But if Roberts may be excused a mistake in his understanding of a simple and sensible proposed budget measure his subsequent statements verge of the extremist and bizarre.

“Washington,” says Roberts

realizing that its incompetence has lost Crimea, had its Kiev stooges appoint Ukrainian oligarchs, against whom the Maiden protests were partly directed, to governing positions in eastern Ukraine cities. These oligarchs have their own private militias in addition to the police and any Ukrainian military units that are still functioning. The leaders of the protesting Russians are being arrested and disappeared. Washington and its EU puppets, who proclaim their support for self-determination, are only for self-determination when it can be orchestrated in their favor. Therefore, Washington is busy at work suppressing self-determination in eastern Ukraine.

Which may all be true. But then Roberts states

If Putin has drones, he has the option of taking out Taruta and Kolomoyskiy [the above-mentioned oligarchs]. If Putin lets Washington retain the Russian provinces of eastern Ukraine, he will have demonstrated a weakness that Washington will exploit. Washington will exploit the weakness to the point that Washington forces that

The clear impression is that Roberts wants those not onside with Washington over Ukraine to adopt an insane warlike posture that would quite rightly discredit them.

Then there’s Roberts’s high regard for Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, as expressed, for example, in this excerpt from an article published by flying saucer expert, Jeff Rense:

Why would anyone with a lick of sense read the media when they can read original material from WikiLeaks? The average American reporter and editor must be very angry that his/her own cowardice is so clearly exposed by Julian Assange. The American media is a whore, whereas the courageous blood of warriors runs through WikiLeaks’ veins.

Wikileaks, is an organization that is supposed to provide whistle-blowers a means to expose treason or corruption in high places without exposing themselves to prosecution. However, the only truly high profile information release via Wikileaks was that by Bradley (Chelsea) Manning, now serving 35 years for treason, which suggests that Wikileaks primary objective may be not to protect, but to entrap, leakers or as suggested President foreign policy advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, to release material salted with misinformation.

But in any case it seems worth noting that, Assange, so much admired by Roberts, holds in contempt those who question the official story of 9/11, as Assange revealed in a Belfast Telegraph interview.

 Any time people with power plan in secret, they are conducting a conspiracy. So there are conspiracies everywhere. There are also crazed conspiracy theories. It’s important not to confuse these two. Generally, when there’s enough facts about a conspiracy we simply call this news.” What about 9/11? “I’m constantly annoyed that people are distracted by false conspiracies such as 9/11, when all around we provide evidence of real conspiracies, for war or mass financial fraud.

So for whom does Roberts speak?

Is he of the Cass Sunstein school of blogging, Sunstein being the advocate of “cognitive infiltration” of 9/11 Conspiracy Groups?

Apparently not. At least not obviously, since he recommends one of the best deconstructions of the official account of 9/11, namely, the short, sharp and humorous review by James Corbett.

Still, urging Russia to start assassinating Ukrainians by drone seems totally insane, except as a means to achieve precisely what the Neo-Cons and their Neo-Nazi friends in Kiev want — a justification for NATO military action against Russia (reportedly, already underway), including the infiltration of Jihadis into the Caucuses, including Chechnia.

And it would justify a drone strike on Putin, oncee the Russian oligarchs have lined-up a replacement more favorably oriented toward the New World Order plan for the subjugation of Eurasia.

See also: 

Canspeccy: Ukraine: Just One Step in the Assimilation of Eurasia by the New World Order

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