Ukraine: Was Putin motivated by US meddling?

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While the US and the EU, including NATO, express outrage over Vladimir Putin’s aggression into the Ukraine, is there some truth to the points he raised during yesterday’s rare press conference? In fact, was Putin motivated by U.S. meddling?

For Russia the Ukraine is a buffer zone, between the former Russian Empire and NATO. It’s not secret that the U.S. and its NATO allies have had their eye on the Ukraine since the breakup of the Soviet Union. It doesn’t come as a surprise that former Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich would blame U.S. meddling for the invasion of the the Crimea Peninsula and the toppling of Yanokovich.

Kucinic is well known for his opposition to the war in Libya and Iraq and this prompted Bill O’Reilly to depict Kucinic as a pacifist during Tuesday night’s O’Reilly Factor.

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday accused Kucinich of being a pacifist because of his opposition to the Iraq war, and Kucinich countered that war is wrong but not all U.S. military action is so.

O’Reilly then asked how Kucinich would have handled the Ukraine crisis had he been president.

“What I’d do is not have USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy working with U.S. taxpayers’ money to knock off an elected government in Ukraine, which is what they did,” Kucinich answered. “I wouldn’t try to force the people of Ukraine into a deal with NATO against their interest or into a deal with the European Union, which is against their economic interest.”

Kucinich’s claims are not that far fetched, but are surprising in view of President Obama’s global view of the world. What seems certain is that the U.S. is not really in a position to take the high moral road, with Obama’s drone policy and the foreign adventures over the past 12 years.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Washington Bureau Chief, Neil MacDonald, makes the point that the US cannot take the moral high ground by claiming that President Putin is violating international law, when the the US lobs drones into foreign countries and has invaded countries at will.

Imagine, for a moment, what Washington would do if, say, Bahrain’s Shia population, covertly supported by Tehran, staged a successful uprising and began to push itself into Iran’s orbit.

The U.S. Fifth Fleet is headquartered in Bahrain, just as Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is parked at its huge naval bases in the Crimea.

To pose the scenario is to answer the question of how America would react.

The same goes for all the other countries in America’s political realm. The Philippines, South Korea, certain Persian Gulf nations. Imagine if Russia’s military tried to return to Cuba.

The politics of global power dominance involve many covert actions by both the United States and its adversaries. To believe that the U.S. is totally innocent in this event is naive.

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