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Secretary of Defense was just in Ukraine encouraging their push for NATO membership.
https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2021/10/20/russia-relation...

Now the Biden Administration appoints Victoria Nuland as special envoy to Russia.
https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/a-display-o...
Joe Biden’s administration insists that it wants to improve America’s badly frayed bilateral relationship with Russia. However, the president’s recent choice of an envoy for that task, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, strongly suggests a lack of sincerity on Washington’s part.

Nuland was a terrible choice for such a sensitive diplomatic mission. She is universally loathed among Russia’s leaders for her blatant hawkishness, and especially for her prominent role in supporting demonstrators who successfully ousted Ukraine’s elected, pro-Russia president, Viktor Yanukovych, in 2014 when she served as an assistant secretary of state in Barack Obama’s administration.
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Nuland was a terrible choice...

It really depends on what side you are on. Are you a fan of the totally corrupt dictatorship of Putin? Or are you a fan of standing up to the thug Vladimir and his gang of mobsters.

After the tepid displays of Trump's administration toward Putin it is nice to see Biden's insistence at not bowing down to Russia.
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Nuland was a terrible choice for such a sensitive diplomatic mission. She is universally loathed among Russia’s leaders for her blatant hawkishness,

Like Trump's, and Biden's, policy toward China?

Like John Bolton's attitude toward the UN, when 43 used the "recess appointment" loophole to make Bolton ambassador to the UN?

Does "the American Conservative" really want to be kissy face with the likes of Putin?

Steve
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The US main contention with Russia is the Ukraine. And the US created that contention by regime change in the Ukraine.



Of course the USA has a history of regime change. The Ukraine is just a regime change dispute.

NHDisneyFan:"It really depends on what side you are on."

Yep US engineered regime change-Good. Any attempts made within USA-Very Bad. But then we are the "Exceptional" nation. And regime change is a bipartisan supported significant portion of US foreign policy.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/nov/26/ukraine.usa
while the gains of the orange-bedecked "chestnut revolution" are Ukraine's, the campaign is an American creation, a sophisticated and brilliantly conceived exercise in western branding and mass marketing that, in four countries in four years, has been used to try to salvage rigged elections and topple unsavoury regimes.

Funded and organised by the US government, deploying US consultancies, pollsters, diplomats, the two big American parties and US non-government organisations, the campaign was first used in Europe in Belgrade in 2000 to beat Slobodan Milosevic at the ballot box.

Richard Miles, the US ambassador in Belgrade, played a key role. And by last year, as US ambassador in Tbilisi, he repeated the trick in Georgia, coaching Mikhail Saakashvili in how to bring down Eduard Shevardnadze.

Ten months after the success in Belgrade, the US ambassador in Minsk, Michael Kozak, a veteran of similar operations in central America, notably in Nicaragua, organised a near identical campaign to try to defeat the Belarus hardman, Alexander Lukashenko.

That one failed.


https://consortiumnews.com/2015/07/13/the-mess-that-nuland-m...
Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs “Toria” Nuland was the “mastermind” behind the Feb. 22, 2014 “regime change” in Ukraine, plotting the overthrow of the democratically elected government of President Viktor Yanukovych while convincing the ever-gullible U.S. mainstream media that the coup wasn’t really a coup but a victory for “democracy.”

To sell this latest neocon-driven “regime change” to the American people, the ugliness of the coup-makers had to be systematically airbrushed, particularly the key role of neo-Nazis* and other ultra-nationalists from the Right Sektor. For the U.S.-organized propaganda campaign to work, the coup-makers had to wear white hats, not brown shirts.

So, for nearly a year and a half, the West’s mainstream media, especially The New York Times and The Washington Post, twisted their reporting into all kinds of contortions to avoid telling their readers that the new regime in Kiev was permeated by and dependent on neo-Nazi fighters and Ukrainian ultra-nationalists who wanted a pure-blood Ukraine, without ethnic Russians.

Well one uses what support that is available for the regime change agenda.

*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neo-Nazism#Ukraine
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-neo-nazi-question-in_b_49...
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But wait, there's more!

Remember how the "Arab spring" was hailed? Except when Mubarak, a US client, was overthrown? The Muslim Brotherhood was voted in. OOPS! Can't have that. So another coup, another repressive junta, which the US embraces. People hit the streets in Bahrain too. Another US client. So the US looks the other way when the Saudi military marches in to put down the protests.

Seems US foreign policy is still in the black/white cold war mindset, where it gladly embraces the most deplorable regimes imaginable, as long as they pay lip service to being "good anti-Communists".

Steve
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Seems US foreign policy is still in the black/white cold war mindset, where it gladly embraces the most deplorable regimes imaginable, as long as they pay lip service to being "good anti-Communists".

Steve


And it is the innocent civilians within the regime change regions that are affected by death, utility disruption if not destruction that changes their lives to existence/survival mode.
USA-Hubris Nation!
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The Ukraine moves sound like Trump's attempt to overthrow the American government. Use Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, and any alt right group you can bamboozle into a conspiracy to put down US Democracy.
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