Did Susan Rice Just Threaten Russia With War?
The US and EU got their regime change in Ukraine (for now). The legal government has been overthrown by an armed mob in the streets. As in Egypt, where the military overthrow of the democratically-elected Morsi government was called by US Secretary of State John Kerry, "restoring democracy," US officials are lining up to describe the coup in Ukraine in the most positive terms.
"Over time, this trajectory is a good one," said US National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, who was caught on tape planning the overthrow of the Ukrainian government with US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, described the fruits of his heretofore successful regime change operation as "thrilling, exhausting, but also inspiring."
The democratically-elected Viktor Yanukovich is ousted -- despite a US/EU-brokered deal -- and his political party is about to be outlawed in a Ukrainian parliament that has tossed aside constitutional procedures and is operating in full revolution mode. In Yanukovich's place has been installed -- contrary to Ukrainian legal procedures -- the former head of the KGB, Oleksandr Turchynov.
But that is not enough for Susan Rice (and her comrade-in-arms, Senator John McCain).
Asked today about the possibility that the Russian military might become involved in restoring the legal government in Ukraine, she warned: "That would be a grave mistake."
Grave mistake? Is Susan Rice threatening US military action against Russia?
She continued, "It's in nobody's interest to see violence return and the situation escalate." This after it was US support for the rebels in Ukraine that started the violence in the first place.
Fellow warmonger Sen. John McCain followed up Rice's warning by stating that a message has been sent to Russian President Putin to butt out:
The message has to be sent to him (Putin) that let the Ukrainian people determine their own future...He added that since we have bought Ukraine it was time to pay the freight:
[W]e need to act immediately to give them (Ukrainians) the economic assistance that they need, based on reforms that are going to be required, as well. So it's going to be tough sledding.Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Russia. Has World War III just begun?