At this moment, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Doomsday Clock now stands at only 90 seconds before midnight. Thus, as we move closer and closer to a nuclear World War 3, why not identify the major steps that took us to this dangerously slippery road? Who knows, perhaps this exercise could help to bring some perspective to those who are pushing us into oblivion. They have families and children too. Sometimes even the greatest villains have the moment of repentance.
Here is my take of the ten such major events in the chronological order and those responsible for them:
1. 1998 – Beginning of NATO expansion – Bill Clinton
Many prominent former US government officials, members of Congress, diplomats, and foreign policy experts have objected to this expansion. “We’ll be back on a hair-trigger,” said Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a New York Democrat, during the debates in the Senate. Moynihan continued: “We’re talking about nuclear war. It is a curiously ironic outcome that at the end of the Cold War we might face a nuclear Armageddon.”
Senator Joseph Biden (D-Delaware), while calling Moynihan “the single most erudite and informed person in the Senate,” said he disagreed with him, and pushed for NATO’s expansion.
2. 2004 – Abrogation of ABM treaty – George W. Bush
This is what Bush said in November 2001 following Putin’s support for the Afghan operation a month earlier:
“A lot of people never really dreamt that an American President and a Russian President could have established the friendship …. to establish a new spirit of cooperation and trust so that we can work together to make the world more peaceful….I brought him to my ranch because, as the good people in this part of the world know, that you only usually invite your friends into your house…. a new style of leader, a reformer, a man who loves his country as much as I love mine…. a man who is going to make a huge difference in making the world more peaceful, by working closely with the United States.”
What a spirit of sanity from a man who would oversee a disastrous two terms in office which included the war in Iraq and an abrogation of one of the most strategic anti-nuclear war treaties.
3. 2008 – Push to bring Ukraine and Georgia into NATO – George W. Bush again
As Professor John Mearshimer stated in New Yorker “I think all the trouble in this case really started in April, 2008, at the NATO Summit in Bucharest, where afterward NATO issued a statement that said Ukraine and Georgia would become part of NATO. The Russians made it unequivocally clear at the time that they viewed this as an existential threat, and they drew a line in the sand.”
4. 2014 – Western backed and US coordinated Coup in Ukraine sets up the cornerstone of the current crisis – overseen by the duo of Joe Biden and Victoria Nuland
After two decades of eastward NATO expansion, this crisis was triggered by the West’s attempt to replace the democratically-elected President Yanukovich and his administration who were against Ukraine joining NATO with the new anti-Russia team that will be for it.
5. 2015 – Minsk Peace Accords are supported by the UN Security Council but sabotaged by the US, EU, and Ukraine – Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and the EU leadership.
As was discovered years later, the premise of the accords was designed as a dishonest fraud to buy time to arm Ukraine and prepare for the future war with Russia.
6. 2016 – Russia is accused of hacking DNC files – Hillary Clinton and the Deep State
According to former chief NSA security official William Binney, and many other intelligence professionals, substantial evidence has come to light indicating that the DNC hack was probably an inside job that was perpetrated by Democrats within the committee.
7. 2017 – Russiagate scandal is unleashed to derail Trump’s Presidency – Hillary Clinton and the Deep State.
All Russiagate traces lead to Clintonites, who paid Perkins Coie to hire the Beltway smear-specialists of Fusion GPS to draw up and promote the British spy Christopher Steele’s fake allegations.
8. 2018 – Russia is accused of executing operation Hunter’s “Laptop from Hell” – Joe Biden and Deep State
Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said Hunter Biden’s laptop was not Russian disinformation but a “domestic disinformation campaign for political reasons” which in Ratcliffe’s words “is a disgrace.” Joe Biden, his administration, media, and 51 ex-national security officials, lied about this. They included former Obama CIA Director John Brennan, former Obama DNI James Clapper, and former CIA director, then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, among others.
9. 2021 – Rejection of Russia’s proposals for the mutual security guarantees – Joe Biden
President Biden didn’t accept Vladimir Putin’s proposals that included a provision denying Ukraine’s entrance into the NATO. There were additional items for negotiation which could lead to the exit from crisis but Biden decided otherwise.
10. 2022 – Destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines – Joe Biden
According to many experts, and the famous Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersh who got firsthand information from an insider whistle blower, this destruction was done on the direct order from Biden. He denies it but if you had to choose between constantly lying Joe and most respected American journalist with the high professional reputation who would you believe? 2023 – Here we are – On the Edge of the Abyss.
Edward Lozansky is president of the American University in Moscow. Reprinted from New Kontinent US with permission from the author.
16 thoughts on “10 Steps to the Edge of the Abyss”
So it goes.
This should start in 1991 when the Soviet Union disbanded but NATO did not. That was the beginning of this problem.
Tucker Carlson tied it all together in a similar way too a few day ago.
His version begins with Bernie being on track to being the nominee. Hillary stopped that and someone got upset and leaked the DNC emails that detailed how Bernie got screwed. Then Hillary concocted “the Russians did it to help the evil orange man” to divert attention and that became Russia, Russia, RUSSIA!!! nonsence we’ve seen for so many years that has combined with the shenanigans the author shares about the NATO/State Department/neocons have been praticing
Don’t forget that stupid ugly fatass pig and so-called “cyber security expert” Dmitri Alperovitch who is very close to the American neoconservatives. That man and his ancestors fled Russia after the 1917 Russian Revolution and Civil War. Dmitry Alperovitch’s father came from Brazil and he worked with several repressive military dictatorships in Brazil. Dmitri Alperovitch is a very pure evil man. Even the firm CrowdStrike fired him in 2020.
He produced for the DNC/Hillary what he was paid to. It’s just too bad for him and his reputation that it’s been established that those emails were downloaded to a thumb drive in house via how quickly it was done (much too fast for it to be done remotely as Dmitri claimed Boris and Natasha did for the orange guy).
Indeed that stupid ugly fatass pig Dmitri Alperovitch is a very pure evil man. His father Mikhail Alperovitch strongly supported the Brazilian Military Dictatorship of 1964-1985 and served as a cruel AntiCommunist torturer. Dmitri Alperovitch’s great grandparents all worked for the Czarist regime and strongly opposed any kind of reforms in Russia as well as every post 1917 Revolution governments. And this guy wants to bring “Democracy” and “Freedom” to Russia!!! I really hate that Dmitri Alperovitch.
Sounds like his family was part of the Administrative State of the Czars but could not become part of the USSR’s but is willing to forgive and forget and come back and regain a position in the (upcoming) new Administrative State that he for sees after Putin.
Honestly these types/grifters are why a lot of people hate their governments no matter what form they are.
The old Ronnie Raygun quote that mocks these types is really true, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help”
Indeed that ugly fatass pig Dmitri Alperovitch whose ancestors all worked for the Romanov monarchy before the 1917 Russian Revolution were all hardened anticommunist and anti socialist reactionaries who hated any kind of reforms. Now this pure evil man Dmitri Alperovitch works for the Cyber Safety Review Board, an independent U.S. government board setup by Presidential Executive Order in 2021 with responsibility for cybersecurity incident investigations. In March 2022, he was appointed a member of Homeland Security Advisory Council. Dmitri Alperovitch is an evil man.
It seems like something very similar happened with Bernie in 2020. He was going gangbusters and then all of a sudden Bernie was out and Brandon was in. Sounded very fishy to me.
The Wikileaks (that a upset Bernie supporter obtained, not Boris;-) shared quite a bit about how Hillary was maneuvered past Bernie plus Gabby ratted out the DNC at the time as well.
Yes, it was ‘fishy” if you want to call “stealing” that.
The nomination was clearly stolen from Sanders in 2016, as some Wikileaks documents show. But in 2020, it was just Obama calling the other candidates and getting them to drop out so that their votes would go to Biden. If you’re a Democrat or any other establishment type, that’s just how the game is played. If you supported Sanders, I suppose you might think it was illegitimate.
Maybe should have counted down from 10 to 1.
I very much agree TC.
The End…? (!) I will sip a Black Russian and smoke a doobie, as we self destruct. 90 Seconds to MidNight?…. Einstein was right…WTF?! It might be interesting to ‘vaporize’, and become one with the Cosmos. “So long, it’s been good to know ya, so long, it’s been good to know ya!”
I think we are fated to it……………………………………………………..
Let me add: NATO can kiss my ASS! (Pardon my verbiage.)
I’ve been a peace activist, since I was born. I use to break up school yard fights between kids.
I love planet earth, it was a nice experiment, while it lasted…
I’m going to smoke a doobie…………………………………..
I hope the Russians, Chinese and Americans love their children too…………………………………………………………..
Nicely laid out Mr. Lozansky.
The problem is that humans wouldn’t only be killing themselves. If they were, it wouldn’t be a problem.
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