Biden Speech Loaded w. Lies About Ukraine

The Ukrainian Portion of V.P. Biden’s Harvard Kennedy-School Address, Oct. 3rd

Eric Zuesse

[INTRODUCTORY NOTE: Almost everything that our Vice President said about Ukraine and Russia, in this speech he delivered at Harvard on October 3rd, is a lie or else out-of-context misrepresentation, as the links here-provided are intended to make clear. Each linked-to source will document the reality that contradicts V.P. Joe Biden’s assertion that’s being linked there. To see so many lies strung together in just this part of his speech, stuns. My added comments, providing key context that Biden’s speech avoided mentioning, are placed into brackets below, as is this Introduction. Altogether, what you will see here is a U.S. Vice President who is willing to string lie upon lie, while bragging (elsewhere in this speech) about American “democracy,” though democracy becomes impossible when such high public officials as he is, so routinely lie, and are not being held to account for their lying (as you will see that Biden was not). Thus, aptly, the Obama Administration has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that there must be no legal restraints limiting political lying. This is supposed to be ‘democracy’? It actually mocks the very term. Without truth being absolutely required of politicians, the only determinants of whom our rulers will be, will be how much money is backing each contender, and how skillful each one is at deceiving voters via those contending political war-chests. This makes authentic democracy impossible, and oligarchy (rule by the richest) inevitable – it produces rule by deceit. Biden here exemplifies that, as you will now see documented, if you will click on the links here.]

BIDEN’S COMMENTS ABOUT UKRAINE, AT HARVARD:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/10/03/remarks-vice-president-john-f-kennedy-forum

(32:40 on the VIDEO of the speech) Putin — [Russia’s] President Putin — was determined to deny Ukraine and the Ukrainian people the power to make their choices about the future — whether to look east or west or both. Under the pretext of protecting Russian-speaking populations, he not only encouraged and supported separatists in Ukraine, but he armed them. He sent in Russian personnel out of uniform to take on the Ukrainian military, those little, green men. [As that last link makes clear, there is no reliable evidence that, prior to August, there were any Russian conscript, or non-volunteer, fighters participating in the Ukrainian conflict; but there were volunteers from a number of countries, including not just Russia but Spain, Sweden, and others, fighting on both sides. In addition, there were at least 400 U.S. mercenaries hired by the Ukrainian Government. By the end of June, it was already becoming clear that Ukraine’s troops were losing, the rebels were winning; and Russian conscripts didn’t come into Ukraine until late August, well after the rebel fighters were slaughtering Ukraine’s conscripts and mercenaries. Perhaps Putin wanted the rebels to win faster, so that Russia would be able to get some of the million Ukrainian refugees, who had escaped into Russia, returned back to Ukraine before winter. But, by the time when Russian conscripts were being introduced, in August, Kiev had already lost their war, but they had basically surrendered even by July 1st.]

And when that wasn’t enough, he had the audacity to send Russian troops and tanks and sophisticated, air-defense systems across the border. [This claim, repeatedly made by the U.S. regime, was never supported by any reliable evidence.]

But we rallied the world to check his ambitions and defend Ukrainian sovereignty. We didn’t put boots on the ground

Putin sought to prevent a free and open election. We rallied the world to help Ukraine hold quite possibly the freest election in its history. Putin sought to destabilize Ukraine’s economy. We provided a billion dollars directly from the United States and worked with the IMF on a $27 billion international rescue package to keep them from going under. [That ‘rescue package’ was a loan, with onerous conditions, including the requirement that Ukraine must quickly kill and/or drive out the residents in Ukraine’s southeast, who were refusing to accept this coup-imposed Government. As the IMF’s Christine Lagarde warned the coup-Government on May 1st (right before the massacre in Odessa that began the ethnic cleansing that was required in order to eliminate the undesired voters from Ukraine’s southeast), a “loss of economic control over the east [i.e., loss of that region’s gas-fracking income] that reduces [Ukrainian] budget revenue would require a significant recalibration of the [loan] program; and [end] additional financing, including from Ukraine’s bilateral partners,” the U.S. and EU. So, by May 1st at the latest, the coup-Government were, essentially, ordered to exterminate quickly the residents in Ukraine’s southeast. And they tried their best to do that. And Joe Biden’s son could have become a billionaire if they had succeeded.]

(33:40) Putin sought to keep Ukraine weak through corruption. [Though no evidence exists supporting that claim, the U.S. coup in February installed as Ukraine’s new leaders oligarchs who had long records of corruption. President Obama’s favored person to win Ukraine’s Presidency, Yulia Timoshenko, lost the May 25th election, though that vote was held only in Ukraine’s northwest, where her support had traditionally been strongest, not at all in the southeast, where the man whom Obama overthrew had won almost all of his votes, and where Timoshenko’s support was virtually non-existent; but, even the anti-Russian Guardian newspaper had previously reported her corruptness. She was no less corrupt than Yanukovych. And, talk about corruption, the oligarch who hired Joe Biden’s son, Timoshenko’s friend Ihor Kolomoyskyi, was widely regarded as the most corrupt of them all.]

We’re helping those leaders fight back corruption, which by the way is an issue that demands our leadership around the world, by helping them write new laws, set up a new judiciary and much more. Putin sought to hollow out Ukraine’s military the last 10 years, and he was very successful. But we rallied NATO and NATO countries to begin to build that military capability back up. Putin sought to keep secret Russian support for separatists who shot down a civilian airliner. We exposed it to the world, and in turn rallied the world. And remember this all began because Putin sought to block Ukraine’s accession agreement with the European Union. [Similarly, Obama sought to end Ukraine’s existing trade-agreement with the Russia-dominated Eurasian Economic Commission. Both sides, the U.S. and Russia, were competing for Ukraine to join — or, in Russia’s case, to remain with — them. The way aljazeera phrased this on 29 November 2013 was that Ukraine’s President, the man whom Obama overthrew, Viktor “Yanukovych believes he can continue to strike a balance between Russia and the rest of Europe, even though both are demanding that he commit to one side.” The difference was that Russia perpetrated no Ukrainian coup, but the U.S. did.]

Well, guess what: That agreement was signed and ratified several weeks ago [yes it was — but directly as a result of Obama’s February 2014 coup in Ukraine, overthrowing Yanukovych].

Throughout we’ve given Putin a simple choice: Respect Ukraine’s sovereignty [though the phone-transcript here proves that EU ministers themselves knew that Obama had raped Ukraine’s sovereignty] or face increasing consequences. That has allowed us to rally the world’s major developed countries to impose real cost on Russia.

(35:24) It is true they did not want to do that. But again, it was America’s leadership and the President of the United States insisting, oft times almost having to embarrass Europe to stand up and take economic hits to impose costs. [But, since EU leaders knew that Obama had raped Ukraine, why did they even go along with Obama at all, on this?]

And the results have been massive capital flight from Russia, a virtual freeze on foreign direct investment, a ruble at an all-time low against the dollar, and the Russian economy teetering on the brink of recession [whereas the U.S. economic ‘recovery’ from the global ‘recession’ has been far worse than Russia’s under Putin has been].

We don’t want Russia to collapse [though the last link there suggests that they do want precisely that].

We want Russia to succeed. But Putin has to make a choice. These asymmetrical advances on another country [such as the Obama Administration’s coup overthrowing and replacing Ukraine’s Government was?] cannot be tolerated. The international system will collapse if they are. And to state the obvious, it’s not over yet. And there are no guarantees of success. But unlike [EU leaders] — the Ukrainian people have stood up. And we are helping them, leading and acting strategically. [Click on that link, to find out how “we” are “helping” “them.” It’s by actually destroying them.]

The fourth element of our strategy is countering violent extremism [such as by placing fascists and even nazis in control of Ukraine, as Obama did. And, if those are not “violent extremists,” then no one is.].

[NOTE: None of the many questions that were raised at the end by Harvard Kennedy School students — during the question-period extending from 0:51:00 to 1:31:00 on the video — related to anything Biden said about Ukraine or about Russia: virtually all of these students’ questions concerned Islamic terrorism, the rest ebola or else Ferguson, but none concerned Ukraine or Russia. No student there was interested in that, though it’s mega-strategic for the United States. Biden had virtually insulted these students with his string of lies about this crucially important topic, and they showed themselves appropriate for that implicit insult; they responded as the lackeys they’re evidently practicing to become: uncaring careerist self-obsessed automata, the students at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Some “Government,” that! Some “students,” those!]

[CONCLUDING NOTE: On 28 August 2014, President Barack Obama himself had said:

“Russia is responsible for the violence in eastern Ukraine. The violence is encouraged by Russia. The separatists are trained by Russia. They are armed by Russia. They are funded by Russia. Russia has deliberately and repeatedly violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

So, it’s clear where Vice President Biden gets his talking-points: he’s just a hack-peddler of his boss’s lies.

But that’s good enough for Harvard — as it was for the U.S. Supreme Court, which unanimously accepted Obama’s view that political lies are protected by the First Amendment: that deceiving the public about political matters is a right which no state government may restrict.]

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010,  and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

 

 

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  • colinjames71

    I don’t know what’s worse, Biden’s lies or the students accepting it. Probably the latter, but equally nauseating. I almost can’t believe he still pins the MH17 shot down on the rebels, but that just goes to show how dishonest, disreputable, and completely shameless the leaders of this country have become. Terrible.

    • mirageseekr

      They go by the Joseph Goebbels school of thought. “If you tell a lie often enough….”

  • MCB

    Let’s all look at the big picture folks. It’s Libertarians vs. Authoritarians just like Orwell said. Obama will not stop until he’s provoked civil war 2.0. It’s that simple! We will be in the fight for our lives, Liberty and The Constitution. WAKE UP!!!

    • cettel

      This is Eric Zuesse. Libertarianism was cooked up by the fascist U.S. aristocrats (chiefly the DuPont brothers) who had financed and then aborted their plan in 1934 to overthrow FDR and replace him with a dictator patterned upon Mussolini and Hitler (see the book about that, by Jules Archer, The Plot to Seize the White House). When their plan had to be aborted, they created and staffed the American Liberty League (ALL) to propagandize that FDR was a fascist communist, who wanted to replace the free market with government regulation and big government. ALL became the pattern for the Koch brothers’ subsequent Cato Institute. “Libertarianism” became the name for this viewpoint after fascism was defeated in WWII. The aristocrats’ idea was to fool suckers into believing that fascism is the way to “freedom” or “liberty.” But here’s the con: they believe in maximizing “liberty,” but only their own — at the expense of the public’s. And their fools think themselves to be aristocrats, too. So: fascist aristocrats get suckers such as the “Tea Party” to think that “libertarianism” is the answer to their problems.

      The libertarian economist Hans-Hermann Hoppe (author of “The Misesian Case Against Keynes,” in the 1992 edited collection of essays, Dissent on Keynes, where he said that, “involuntary unemployment is logically impossible” in a “free market”) headlined at the libertarian website lewrockwell.com on 17 November 2000, “Down With Democracy,” and he wrote there that, “One-man-one-vote combined with ‘free entry’ into government [the right to vote even if a citizen owns nothing but himself] – democracy – implies that every person and his personal property comes within reach of – and is up for grabs by – everyone else. … It can be expected that majorities of the ‘have-nots’ will relentlessly try to enrich themselves at the expense of [the] minorities of the ‘haves.’ … The rich are characteristically bright and industrious, and the poor typically dull, lazy, or both. … As a result of subsidizing individuals because they are poor, there will be more poverty. In subsidizing people because they are unemployed, more unemployment will be created. … In subsidizing the malingerers, the neurotics, the careless, the alcoholics, the drug addicts, the AIDS-infected, and the physically and mentally challenged, … there will be more illness, malingering, neuroticism, carelessness, alcoholism, drug addiction, AIDS infection, and physical and mental retardation. By forcing non-criminals … to pay for the imprisonment of criminals … crime will increase. By forcing businesses, through ‘affirmative action’ (‘non-discrimination’) programs, to employ more women, homosexuals, blacks, or other ‘minorities’ than they would like to, there will be … fewer employers, and fewer male, heterosexual, and white employment.” That could as well have come from Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

      • MCB

        That may well be true, Eric but look at the etymology of “Liberty” and then let’s have a discussion of how we’ve and why we’ve been robbed of our Liberty and are a failed, 2nd nation state and what we’re going to do about it. Liberty is the essence and foundation of our physical human manifestation on this planet in my opinion.

        If you like your government force, you can keep your government force…

        “Democracy is the the believe that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.” – H. L. Mencken

        • cettel

          Word-etymology is irrelevant: libertarianism is just fascism under another name. You keep your myth that the “freedom” and “liberty” that libertarians have been pushing is something other than a con from billionaires to protect them from accountability to the public, but that’s all it is.
          Then you cite an enemy of democracy, Mencken, as if he weren’t a stupid and arrogant bigot, loaded with prejudices that were impervious to contrary evidence, which is what he actually was. And I say this though I won the Mencken Award in 1982.
          So, stick with your myths, like he did to his, but it won’t change the reality.

          • truthtime

            How about the Green party then?

            Which Octavian should we vote for next?

          • MCB

            Mecken’s IQ and intellect were easily double that of yours, you useful idiot. And you can choose to stick to your regressionist logic and blatant plagiarism of Vineyard Saker as you regurgitate other people’s work with your plaque riddled brain. What solution do you propose oh great one “Dr. Zuesse?”

            I subscribe to the notion that we should run a limited government based on The Articles of Confederation, but you’d rather continue to assume the supine position in perpetuity of a collectivist and enjoy your “government force.”

            Have fun with that and your other reductionist themes and let me know that works out for you. You don’t have the slightest clue as to the true meaning of Liberty or Individualism. You’ve obviously never read any Mencken either because he was a Misathrope and not a bigot you “collectivist” blevit. 🙂