Paris Ė July 23, 2014 Ė 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 Gorbatchev in January 1992.
These events may be read as driven by ideology and political ambition. It is difficult to otherwise interpret American policy with respect to the expansion of NATO and weakening of Vladimir Putinís Russia, as sought by the adherents of a New American Century. This ambition expresses the exceptionalist 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 Administrationís Department of State, a surviving outpost of the Neo-Conservatism of the G.W. 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 Putinís Russia are motivations including revenge for the humiliations that accompanied the collapse of the Soviet state, which Chairman Gorbatchev 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. Putinís Central Asian economic union.