As Ukraine Collapses, Europeans Tire of US Interventions

By Ron Paul, the Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity

On Sunday Ukrainian prime minister Yatsenyuk resigned, just four days after the Dutch voted against Ukraine joining the European Union. Taken together, these two events are clear signals that the US-backed coup in Ukraine has not given that country freedom and democracy. They also suggest a deeper dissatisfaction among Europeans over Washington’s addiction to interventionism.

According to US and EU governments – and repeated without question by the mainstream media – the Ukrainian people stood up on their own in 2014 to throw off the chains of a corrupt government in the back pocket of Moscow and finally plant themselves in the pro-west camp. According to these people, US government personnel who handed out cookies and even took the stage in Kiev to urge the people to overthrow their government had nothing at all to do with the coup.

When Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland was videotaped bragging about how the US government spent $5 billion to “promote democracy” in Ukraine, it had nothing to do with the overthrow of the Yanukovich government. When Nuland was recorded telling the US Ambassador in Kiev that Yatsenyuk is the US choice for prime minister, it was not US interference in the internal affairs of Ukraine. In fact, the neocons still consider it a “conspiracy theory” to suggest the US had anything to do with the overthrow.

I have no doubt that the previous government was corrupt. Corruption is the stock-in-trade of governments. But according to Transparency International, corruption in the Ukrainian government is about the same after the US-backed coup as it was before. So the intervention failed to improve anything, and now the US-installed government is falling apart. Is a Ukraine in chaos to be considered a Washington success story?

This brings us back to the Dutch vote. The overwhelming rejection of the EU plan for Ukrainian membership demonstrates the deep level of frustration and anger in Europe over EU leadership following Washington’s interventionist foreign policy at the expense of European security and prosperity. The other EU member countries did not even dare hold popular referenda on the matter – their parliaments rubber-stamped the agreement.

Brussels backs US bombing in the Middle East and hundreds of thousands of refugees produced by the bombing overwhelm Europe. The people are told they must be taxed even more to pay for the victims of Washington’s foreign policy.

Brussels backs US regime change plans for Ukraine and EU citizens are told they must bear the burden of bringing an economic basket case up to European standards. How much would it cost EU citizens to bring in Ukraine as a member? No one dares mention it. But Europeans are rightly angry with their leaders blindly following Washington and then leaving them holding the bag.

The anger is rising and there is no telling where it will end. In June, the United Kingdom will vote on whether to exit the European Union. The campaign for an exit is broad-based, bringing in conservatives, populists, and progressives. Regardless of the outcome, the vote should be considered very important. Europeans are tired of their unelected leaders in Brussels pushing them around and destroying their financial and personal security by following Washington’s foolish interventionism. No one can call any of these recent interventions a success and the Europeans know it.

One way or the other, the US empire is coming to an end. Either the money will go or the allies will go, but it cannot be sustained. The sooner the American people demand an end to these foolish policies the better.


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  • Brockland A.T.

    The Republic is coming to an end. Not necessarily the Empire.

    Is that coming to an end, or morphing into something – ummm – mutating into something rather different from before?

    Remember, the Roman Republic lasted 500 years, ending in 27 A.D..

    The Roman Empire in different incarnations lasted 1400 years, from 26 A.D. to 1453 A.D..

    The Western Roman Empire fell some 449 years later in 476 A.D.. However, Constantine had relocated the political heart to the Eastern Roman Empire in Constantinople.

    The Eastern Roman/Byzantine Empire (which still considered itself Roman, even if no-one else did) lasted from 285 A.D. to 1453 A.D.. Unless one goes on a stretch and considers the Empire of Trezibond (1204-1461 A.D.) a Roman successor.

    Seems like the powers that presume to be are shooting for a global trans-national empire of banksterism.

    It should be interesting to see how the U.S. military’s pivot to the Pacific goes over the next 50 years. Surviving that long might be difficult though, even for a Westerner.

  • Ron Paul !!!

  • Apr 7, 2016 Dutch People Say ‘No’ To Ukraine Treaty – Big Blow To The NWO?

    The defeat of the EU’s Ukraine association agreement at the hands of a Dutch referendum yesterday has sent Brussels into a panic. It wasn’t supposed to happen this way! The people were not supposed to be allowed to vote on these kinds of things! With Brexit looming, what does yesterday’s vote mean for the future of the EU — and the western global order run from Washington?

  • tom

    “Is a Ukraine in chaos to be considered a Washington success story?”

    I am afraid, Dr Paul, that it definitely is. Many of us have been driven, most reluctantly, to the conclusion that Washington is deliberately trying to destroy as much of the world as possible – and lay waste to the rest. Perhaps as a way of making the ruinous condition of the USA appear less bad by comparison? Or in order to drive the remaining money to seek refuge in the USA?

    “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?”

    – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four

  • cettel

    What a line of euphemistic bull!
    The liars haven’t been just “the mainstream media” but almost all of the media, except around a dozen small online news-sites, but including almost all of the “alternative news” sites such as alternet, commondreams, truthout, rawstory, etc. — they too are part of the lying-operation.
    The people pushing America’s war against Russia and its allies aren’t only “the neocons” but around 70% of U.S. Senators and Representatives, plus 99% of the ‘news’ media — no mere minority of the Establishment but almost all of it, in both Parties.
    To say “corruption in the Ukrainian government is about the same after the US-backed coup as it was before” is false: all indicators except Transparency International and other U.S.-government-backed ones, show that corruption in today’s Ukraine has gotten considerably worse than it was before.
    And, “following Washington’s foolish interventionism” is yet another euphemism for America’s rabid imperialism, which has been getting so obsessive to overthrow all Russia-friendly national leaders, that it’s bringing the world to the very brink of a possible WW III — the occasion at which Putin must press his nuclear button in order to block “checkmate!” from the U.S. President.
    If ever there were a time for euphemisms, that time is now long since past.

    • Aer O’Head

      Here’s a euphemism for you: Follow the money. Other than that, you might like to check out Pres. Eisenhower’s farewell speech to the nation.

  • Aer O’Head

    It would appear that Victoria Nuland has replaced Paul Wolfowitz as the driving force behind American Empire expansionism.