[Marxism] Stephen F. Cohen is not the man he used to be

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun May 4 01:33:43 MDT 2014

On 5/3/14 10:10 PM, Marv Gandall wrote:
> 1. The Euromaidan politicians have always been gung-ho to join NATO

Except when it got in the way of horse-trading after the fashion of 
Clinton cutting deals with Republicans.

"Mr. Yushchenko, a strong supporter of NATO, has been embroiled in a 
bitter political standoff with Prime Minister Yulia V. Tymoshenko, who 
in recent weeks has been cultivating closer ties with Russia and 
signaling her own presidential ambitions. They have clashed more since 
coming together in the Orange Revolution that brought Mr. Yushchenko to 
power in 2004."

--NY Times, October 10 2008

"Mr. Yanukovich and Ms. Tymoshenko have both indicated that they will 
try to smooth relations with Russia while continuing to court Europe. 
Neither has called for Ukraine to join NATO."

--NY Times, January 17 2010

Plus, both Yushchenko and Tymoshenko did not find Yanukovych's 
opposition to NATO a stumbling block to forming a coalition government 
in 2008. Nor did Yanukovych's orientation to Russia prevent him from 
coming close to a deal with EU for that matter. Positions taken by 
bourgeois politicians in Ukraine would embarrass Machiavelli.

In any case, even if Tymoshenko had not demonstrated such pliability 
when it came to NATO, she certainly would have remained Putin's 
favorite. While much of the left was going bat-shit over her phone 
conversation about the need to go to war with Russia, Putin had her 
figured out better than they did:

Putin's Shrewd Endorsement of Tymoshenko: 

--Moscow Times, March 11 2014

Speaking of positions, despite the fact that someone like Tymoshenko has 
the reputation of being the neoliberal as opposed to the old-school 
Party of Regions that organizes rallies at Lenin statues, her economic 
proposals were considered leftist when she was riding high:

--Thanks to efforts by Yulia Tymoshenko and her team, the Black Sea 
shelf was returned to state ownership. This shelf contains strategic oil 
and gas reserves for Ukraine that Yanukovych’s and Yushchenko’s circles 
had their eye on.

--At the same time, during the global financial crisis, a program was 
carried out to nationalize banks to ensure that deposits were returned 
to individual depositors. Yanukovych’s circle was involved in the 
bankruptcy of several commercial banks (Nadra Bank, Rodovid Bank, 
Ukrprombank, Ukrhazbank, and others). As a result of the government’s 
actions, 2 million depositors obtained state guarantees for the return 
of their savings.


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