Consortium News has the story What Neocons Want from Ukraine Crisis. Robert Parry lays out a picture of what is going on that even the most devious amateur politician may not have thought of.
Though I’m told the Ukraine crisis caught Obama and Putin by surprise, the neocon determination to drive a wedge between the two leaders has been apparent for months, especially after Putin brokered a deal to head off U.S. military strikes against Syria last summer and helped get Iran to negotiate concessions on its nuclear program, both moves upsetting the neocons who had favored heightened confrontations.
Putin also is reported to have verbally dressed down Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then-Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan over what Putin considered their provocative actions regarding the Syrian civil war. So, by disrupting neocon plans and offending Netanyahu and Bandar, the Russian president found himself squarely in the crosshairs of some very powerful people.
If you are not a professional politician, you might have trouble conceiving of how devious politics can be. My recent experience in local politics has shown me what a rank amateur I am. I am pretty sure I have been had, but I can’t figure out by whom. It is probably because of Greenberg’s Law of Counterproductive Behavior which states –
If you see a behavior that seems to you to be counterproduct…you have misunderstood what the actor was trying to produce.
In the case of the Robert Parry article, I think he is trying to straighten out my misunderstanding about what various players are trying to produce. I suspected some of the players he mentioned, but I was surprised by some others that he mentioned.