[Marxism] NATO's eastward expansion

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Apr 13 07:51:21 MDT 2014

On 4/13/14 7:06 AM, Marv Gandall wrote:
> There's a useful outline in Counterpunch's weekend edition of NATO
> expansion in Eastern Europe from the Baltic to the Balkans since the
> collapse of the Soviet Union. Renee Parsons largely draws on the work
> of James Goldgeier, cochair of the bipartisan Project for a United
> and Strong America and author of “Not Whether but When: The US
> Decision to Enlarge NATO".

The author of this article wrote the typical conspiracist analysis of 
Libya just a couple of weeks ago. An excerpt:

"The question arises why the Obama Administration changed US policy so 
dramatically towards Libya and why did the Obama neocons find Gaddafi 
more objectionable than the Bush neocons?  Surely, he could have been 
wooed with some shiny new F16’s, sweet-talked to widen his doors to Big 
Oil or were reports that Qaddafi’s 144 tons of gold might finance a new 
gold-based currency enough to push the US, with its fragile dollar, to act."

full: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/03/27/from-libya-to-ukraine/

In the minds of people like Renee Parsons, Pepe Escobar, John Rees, and 
Michel Chossudovsky--and apparently Marvin Gandall as well---there is no 
class struggle, only a geopolitical chess game in which the West is 
black and the East is white. Her business about the 144 tons of gold is 
just perfect. These kinds of people tend to monetarist interpretations 
in the same way that Ezra Pound became fixated on gold. In fact, you get 
the same nonsensical analysis on the nutty rightist Rense website: 


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