Destructive US-Led NATO Middle East Agenda

Kerry’s One-Sided Vision of Israeli/Palestinian Peace
December 28, 2016
Efforts to Undermine Trump Continue
December 28, 2016
Destructive US-Led NATO Middle East Agenda
by Stephen Lendman
Washington prioritizes militarism, conquest, occupation, colonization and exploitation – longstanding ruthless policies. Adam Smith, in his “Wealth of Nations,” long ago explained how America operates today, saying:
“All for ourselves and nothing for other people seems in every age of the world to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind.”
Russia’s intervention in Syria last year, at the behest of its government, was Washington’s first serious regional post-Cold War challenge – its regime change agenda sustaining a humiliating body blow.
Will Trump authorize more diplomacy and less war? Will he normalize ties with Russia and  cooperate with Putin in combating terrorism – stepping back from America’s imperial agenda, focusing on regime change in one country after another?
How he’ll govern awaits his ascension to power. In the meantime, Obama’s deplorable agenda continues. A previous article commented on Russia’s stinging yearend rebuke.
Its Foreign Ministry acknowledged the futility of dealing with an adversarial regime – undermining its good faith efforts for peace in Syria and Ukraine, along with “looking for ways to harm Russia.”
Days earlier, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said “(n)early all levels” of US/Russia dialogue is frozen. “We do not talk to each other, or we do it to a minimum,” he explained.
On Tuesday, Sergey Lavrov blasted what he called “Obama administration attempts to further wreck Russia/US cooperation.” He rebuffed Kerry’s latest Israeli/Palestine peace plan, presented on December 28, based on his one-sided/failed 2014 framework proposal.
He warned against forcing America’s agenda on Quartet and Security Council members. According to Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov,  mending ties with Washington won’t come easily or quickly.
Given Obama’s hostility throughout much of his tenure, “trust is out of the question,” Ryabkov stressed, adding he expects US policy will change under Trump. He believes “there won’t be so explicit attempts to play the anti-Russian card.”
He called Obama’s agenda a “dirty and unseemly game.” Once Trump is inaugurated, work with his administration will begin.
Separately, Ryabkov called a co-sponsored British/French draft Security Council resolution for additional sanctions on Syria “categorically unacceptable to us.”
“Nothing will come of this,” he stressed. Along with Washington, Britain and France likely want Assad punished for successfully challenging their imperial agenda along with considerable Russian help.
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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.