Kucinich, who served eight terms in the United States House of Representatives and ran for president as a Democrat, pushes past host Bill O’Reilly’s interruptions to state a few sentences of analysis. Asked what he would have done differently as president regarding Ukraine, Kucinich explains:
What I’d do is not have USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy working with US taxpayers’ money to knock off an elected government in Ukraine, which is what they did. I wouldn’t try to force the people of Ukraine into a deal with NATO against their interests or into a deal with the European Union which is against their economic interests.Kucinich adds that the Central Intelligence Agency also took part in US government efforts “to stir up trouble in Ukraine.”
Watch the complete Kucinich interview here:
Talking with host Chris Hayes on MSNBC, Wilkerson, a College of William & Mary professor and the former chief of staff to General Colin Powell, elaborates on US government actions behind the scenes in Ukraine:
It goes back to George H. W. Bush and Jim Baker telling -- at the end of the Cold War -- Eduard Shevardnadze and Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO would go not one inch further to the east and then a series of presidents coming in who not only took NATO further to the east -- pushed by Lockheed Martin and others who wanted to sell weapons to Eastern and Central European countries -- but hinted at Georgia and Ukraine.Wilkerson concludes his analysis of the US government involvement in creating the crisis by commenting, “If I were Putin, I would have done exactly what Putin did, and anyone who says they couldn’t predict this was either a fool or lying.”
Anyone who knows Russian history, anyone who knows the history of empire, anyone who knows about the raw politics of raw power, could have guessed that President Putin would move into Ukraine once we had formed a group there led by the NED and its affiliates that effectively pulled off a coup.
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For more information regarding the US government’s role in creating the Ukraine crises, read Kucinich’s December article “Is NATO’s Trojan Horse Riding Toward the ‘Ukraine Spring’?” and RPI Executive Director Daniel McAdams’ February article “’F**k the EU’: Tape Reveals US Runs Ukraine Opposition.”