[Marxism] Hillary Clinton’s Strategic Ambition In A Nutshell. “Regime Change” in Russia… Putin is an Obstacle

Ralph Johansen mdriscollrj at charter.net
Sat Oct 22 18:37:24 MDT 2016

This just came to my inbox from a correspondent - fwiw. I gather that 
Johnstone is considered less than credible by some on this list, and I 
know little or nothing about her, except that she is supposed to have 
written the book on the former Yugoslavia. However, this is news of a 
sort, or something to be evaluated.

Diana Johnstone is the controversial former European editor of In These 
Times. Her books on Clinton, the breakup of Yugoslavia and French 
politics challenge the dominant narratives. --MM

Hillary Clinton’s Strategic Ambition In A Nutshell. “Regime Change” in 
Russia… Putin is an Obstacle
By Diana Johnstone <http://www.globalresearch.ca/author/diana-johnstone>
Global Research
October 21, 2016


It has become crystal clear.

For the record, here it is.

She has big ambitions, which she does not spell out for fear of 
frightening part of the electorate, but which are perfectly understood 
by her closest aides and biggest donors.

She wants to achieve regime change in Russia.

She enjoys the support of most of the State Department and much of the 
Pentagon, and Congress is ready to go.

The method: a repeat of the 1979 Brezinski ploy, which consisted of 
luring Moscow into Afghanistan, in order to get the Russians bogged down 
in their “Vietnam”.  As the Russians are a much more peace-loving 
people, largely because of what they suffered in two World Wars, the 
Russian involvement in Afghanistan was very unpopular and can be seen as 
a cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union.

This led to the temporary reign of the drunken Boris Yeltsin who – as 
recounted in Strobe Talbott’s memoirs – was putty in the hands of Bill 
Clinton.  Hillary would like to renew that sort of relationship.  Putin 
is an obstacle.

The new version of this old strategy is to use Russia’s totally legal 
and justifiable efforts to save Syria from destruction in order to cause 
enough Russian casualties to incite anti-Putin reaction in Russia 
leading to his overthrow. (Note State Department spokesman John Kirby’s 
recent warning that Russia will soon be “sending troops home in body 

That is the prime reason why the United States is doing everything to 
keep the Syrian war dragging on and on.  The joint Syrian-Russian 
offensive to recapture the rebel-held Eastern sections of Aleppo might 
lead to an early end of the war.  U.S. reaction: a huge propaganda 
campaign condemning this normal military operation as “criminal”, while 
driving ISIS forces out of Mosul with attacks from the East, so that 
they will move westward into Syria, to fight against the Assad government.

Ukraine is another theater for weakening Putin.

Hillary Clinton’s ambition – made explicit by her own and her close 
aides’ statements about Libya in emails at the time – is to gain her 
place in history as victorious strategist of “regime change”, using open 
and covert methods (“smart power”), thus bringing recalcitrant regions 
under control of the “exceptional, good” nation, the United States.

This ambition is backed by possession of nuclear weapons.

I am by no means saying that this plan will succeed. But it is very 
clearly the plan.

The electoral circus is a distraction from such crucially serious matters.

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