The West Marches East, Part 1: The US-NATO Strategy to Isolate Russia by Andrew Gavin Marshall, The Hampton Institute: A Working Class Think Tank, April 2014
In early March of 2014, following Russiaâs invasion of Crimea in Ukraine, the New York Times editorial board declared that Russian President Vladimir Putin had âstepped far outside the bounds of civilized behavior,â suggesting that Russia should be isolated politically and economically in the face of âcontinued aggression.â
John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State, lashed out at Russiaâs â incredible act of aggression,â stating that: âYou just donât in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on [a] completely trumped up pre-text.â Indeed, invading foreign nations on âtrumped up pre-textsâ is something only the United States and its allies are allowed to do, not Russia! What audacity! [...]
Indeed, Russia can only be said to be an âaggressiveâ and âimperialâ power so long as one accepts the unrelenting hypocrisy of U.S. and Western leaders. After all, it was not Russia that invaded and occupied Afghanistan and Iraq, killing millions. It is not Putin, but rather Barack Obama, who has waged a âglobal terror campaign,â compiling âkill listsâ and using flying killer robots to bomb countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and even the Philippines, killing thousands of people around the world. It is not Putin, but rather, Barack Obama, who has been sending highly-trained killers into over 100 countries around the world at any given time, waging a âsecret warâ in most of the worldâs nations. It was not Russia, but rather the United States, that has supported the creation of âdeath squadsâ in Iraq, contributing to the mass violence, civil war and genocide that resulted; or that has been destabilizing Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation, increasing the possibility of nuclear war.