Another equally important piece, 'A Chronology of the Ukrainian Coup' by Renee Parsons a few days ago is also essential to contextual understanding of how we got here. In it Parsons concludes by nominating Secretary of State John Kerry for the Hypocrisy of the Year Award for saying, “you just don’t behave by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext” might just win . Kerry, of course, famously supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq seeking weapons of mass destruction. And Obama as a close runner-up for the Award for his ongoing hypocrisy with comments like, “..countries have deep concerns and suspicions about this kind of meddling..” and that “…as long as none of us are inside Ukraine trying to meddle and intervene.. with decisions that properly belong to Ukrainian people…”
People everywhere know that blatant hypocrisy coming from America's 'politicians' and subservient MSM are 100% self serving lies. They may deceive the jingoistic mind numbed Americans and their 'me-too' allies like Canada's Harper regime, but nobody else. In fact the display of hubris does more than harm America's global image, it hands Putin and Russia the moral high-ground, a position they'd never have right now without America's stupid propaganda crusade.
Why do it? Certainy Obama, Kerry, Shillary Clinton et al don't believe all this crap. The only logic i see is that domestic US poli-ticks, where flapping of neo-con hawks is constant and the Democrats are in big trouble in the upcoming mi-term elections, has driven them into a fear filled frenzy. Anyone following the corporate controlled US media, "even the most diligent news junkie, would find it difficult to know that the U.S. State Department played not only a vital role in the violence and chaos underway in Ukraine but was also complicit in creating the coup that ousted democratically elected President Viktor Yanuyovch." - Renee Parsons
Parson's entry for December 13, 2013 [3 days after her 'cookie' picture above]: "As if intent on providing incontrovertible evidence of US involvement in Ukraine, Assistant US Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia Victoria Nuland proudly told a meeting of the International Business Conference sponsored by the US-Ukrainian Foundation that the US had ‘invested’ more than $5 billion and ‘five years worth of work and preparation” in achieving what she called Ukraine’s ‘European aspirations.” What Nuland did not reveal on December 13 was that her meetings with ‘key Ukrainian stakeholders’ included neo-Nazi Svoboda party leader Oleh Tyahnybok and prime minister wannabe Arsenly Yatsenyuk of the Fatherland Party."
An article out today at The Voice of Russia provides some excellent context on Russia's long-term perspective through quotes by leading Russian analysts. Another from Russia's RT, 'Popular uprising looming in eastern Ukraine', talks about the widening chaos throughout eastern Ukraine's cities where rampaging pro-Kiev forces and armed mercenaries working for the notorious Academi (formerly known as Blackwater and Xe Services) are now on the scene as well as now being implicated in the sniper killings of demonstrators and police in Keiv. The people in America may not know all this but the people in Ukraine sure do. Every one of these ignorant moves by the US just digs the public relations hole they're in deeper and hands Russia more moral high ground to stand on.
My advice to Obama, Kerry and Shillary is to climb down, stick a sock in it. Let the Europeans, led by Germany, do what they are behind the scenes screaming at the US to allow - calm mediation. Of course the American knuckleheads won't take my advice, or that of their western European allies.
Russians drink beer for breakfast, vodka for lunch, they adore power abhor weakness, they aren't going to back down. In fact they'll slowly move onto the next majority Russian province then the next. The Ukraine story will leave the headlines as soon as Beiber gets busted again or ? Russia will just slowly do what the want. The biggest problem Putin faces IMO is violence by the drunken Russian nationalists against minorities, especially the Tatars The Tatars have friends who know how to fight against a modern mechanized army. That's why the key to this all not going boom is a guarantee of minority rights by all sides in word and deed - including all the cops/military/mercenaries backing that up on the ground.