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

The Battle for Ukraine Was Planned in 1997 … Or Earlier

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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  • Excellent work.
    Sick of these slobs in our govt

    • musimann

      You are aware that Jews invented communism? I though so. Mad as in crazy perhaps or just another zionist troll masquerading as a right wing gun rights advocate? Good friend with Geller are you? I thought so. Who finances your blog? Well the Jews have lots of money don’t they. A goy always makes a good mark. Did you know the FED already stole 33 tonnes of gold from the Ukraine? I thought so. You are aware that it is the Jews that are leading the attempt to take our guns ? I thought so. Did you know the slobs you refer to are mostly Jews in the American government? Zbig, Nuland, Kerry (wannabe Jew), McCain (zionist), there are many more – never a shortage of trouble making Jews (slobs you said) in the US government. ZOG. Obama – putz of the Chicago Jews, He’s part Jew too. Did you know that? He’s a real good liar – is that the black half or the Jew half? But then you knew that – didn’t you.

      “Some call it Marxism [communism], I call it Judaism.” – Rabbi Stephen Wise 1937

      • george myers

        Jews also invented commercial pornography- 90% of it is owned from Tel Aviv

        • zionist not Jews. Jews are as prosecuted as everyone else. zionism member are found to be from all origin and in the light they tell you they are this religion or that religion but let’s not fool ourselves. It is time to realized that Judaism has been hijacked by zionism as Islam has been hijacked by the many terrorist faction claiming that they are fighting in the name of Islam. The truth is that we all must recognized that we have been made to fight among each other while the few 1% enjoy looting nations after nations. Everyone need to learn to embraced their neighbour regardless their religion creed or colour. It is better to stand together and tackle the real problem in the society and find solution than playing the blame game.

        • jimmydominic

          Jews also invented the “rusty trombone,” the term “It’s all good (Saul good), and the “down-low” encore to a high-five. Truly Anti-Christs, all of them.

      • Twisk

        You’re sick, dude. And I mean really. You need a psychiatrist and medication.

    • Twisk

      Mad Jewess, aren’t you fed up with the redneck morons like musimann (comment just below) blaming all the failings, hubris and mass-murders of WASP America on the Jews?

      I am, and I’m not even Jewish.

  • Voice of Reason

    “friendly western media” is a euphemism if I ever heard one! Take a look at this picture and its caption: http://azstarnet.com/ap/international/talks-between-kerry-lavrov-fail-to-produce-agreement-over-ukraine/article_eb450734-d707-57a9-8168-89e1cdd2e96e.html Why, who wouldn’t sympathize with those weathered Crimean women??? Their sign reads “No unlawful referendum.” I wonder if Obama used the same advertising agency Bush the Elder used to sell the first Gulf War to the gullible American public? Goebbels reportedly envied this country’s propaganda apparatus. If this is the best it can do, you have to wonder why.

  • JimQuack

    Right, we get it, everyone’s a neocon these days. All these geo-strategic moves are from the same oily corporate play book. Government= industry’s bitch. In 1997 Enron was riding Dot Com 1, and before you can say Saddam Hussein, Afghanistan is much more important to control.

    • George Reichel

      Banksters’ bitch

  • George Reichel

    US/UK/Israel are the Axis Powers

    • Eileen Kuch

      You got it, George. You’ve just earned an A+ and may now go to the head of your class in Geopolitics 101.

      US/UK/Israel have only earned a meager F- and must go to the farthest corner in the back of the classroom. In fact, since they refused to learn the lessons of Geopolitics 101, they must be expelled.

  • Doc Lem

    The Neo-NWO is still at it…