The media ignores the CIA in Ukraine
CIA director John Brennan speaking to US President Barack Obama
A few days back the Economist published an essay which dismissed the idea of fascists in Kiev as an illusory product of Russian propaganda.This is a narrative which the editors at the Economist have put forth on a number of occasions. Of course they’re not alone. A less flagrant article published by the New York Times editorial board used a weird double negative to assert that “Russian leaders prefer not to accept that the C.I.A. did not engineer the preference of many Ukrainians for what they see in the West.”
All the world’s a stage wrote Shakespeare. Are readers supposed to categorically assume that U.S. intelligence has played absolutely no role in the coup d’état? So far the bulk of the American media’s coverage of the Ukraine deftly sidesteps the CIA’s role.
Yet all of the signs are there. Former CIA Officer John Stockwell explained that “stirring up deadly ethnic and racial strife has been a standard technique used by the CIA.” Students of history (e.g. Iran, Guatemala, Indonesia, Chile, and Nicaragua) will also recognize many of the hallmarks of a covert destabilization operation.
Witness senator John McCain sharing a stage with Oleh Tyahnybok in the early days of the coup, CIA director Brennan’s discreet visit to the Ukraine (buried near the end of a Reuters brief), the taped phone call where Victoria Nuland essentially selects who would replace the deposed president, or the disproportionate number of high-level officials in the new government linked to neo-fascist groups.