Ukraine and the American Expansionism

U.S. Soldiers salute during opening ceremonies for a 2011 joint combined exercise in Yavoriv, Ukraine. U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Brendan Stephens

Events in Ukraine are a continuing and increasingly dangerous prolongation of a Cold War supposedly called off at the meeting between President Ronald Reagan and Chairman Mikhail Gorbachev in January 1992.

These events may be read as driven by ideology and material ambition. It is difficult to otherwise interpret American policy with respect to the expansion of NATO and weakening of Vladimir Putin’s Russia, as sought by the adherents of a New American Century. This ambition expresses the exceptional millenarianism that has been a force at work in American foreign policy since the United States has had a foreign policy, and today it collides with a visionary nationalism in the new Russia.

The American expansionism seems to have its dynamic center today in the offices of European and Eurasian Affairs of the Obama Administration’s Department of State, a surviving outpost of the Neo-Conservatism of the Bush Administration, which envisaged, in collaboration with the right-wing intelligentsia of the Israeli political class, a geopolitical advance of the West, employing the resources and political weight of NATO to conquer the Moslem Middle East and Central Asia.

At work on the side of Vladimir Putin’s Russia are motivations including revenge for the humiliations that accompanied the collapse of the Soviet state, which Chairman Gorbachev initially believed could be salvaged by the Union Treaty he proposed to the increasingly restless members of the Soviet Union in 1990, a predecessor to Mr. Putin’s Central Asian economic union.

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