McGovern Warns of 2015 War Unless West Drops Anti-Russia Betrayals

January 5, 2015

Ray McGovern, the founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) and a 27-year veteran CIA analyst of the Soviet Union, has posted a new warning of the danger of war, stemming from the Obama Administration's and the Congressional neo-cons' assault on Russia. While McGovern put the onus of war-avoidance on President Obama, which is a non-starter, he provided an invaluable review of the history of the current Ukraine crisis, dating back to the immediate post-Cold War period. At that time, as McGovern recounts, an agreement was reached, involving James Baker III, Helmut Kohl, Mikhail Gorbachov, and Eduard Schevardnadze that, in return for Moscow taking no action to block German reunification within NATO, there would be no eastward expansion of NATO. While the deal was never put to paper, it was considered binding by all sides and was based on a new emerging "trust" between both sides that the agreement was binding on future governments.

As McGovern documents, that agreement was broken, beginning in 1999, with the first eastward expansions of NATO, and has continued unabated ever since.

McGovern reviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin's personal experience with war--he lost a brother in the siege of Leningrad--and noted that Russia will not allow the red line of Ukraine to be crossed. He posted the full audio and excerpted the transcript of the infamous Victoria Nuland-Geoffrey Pyatt intercepted call spelling out the Obama Administration-led coup d'etat in Kiev in February 2014.

McGovern quoted from his own recent correspondence with former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jack Matlock and former Gorbachov top advisor Viktor Borisovich Kuvaldin, who corroborated the details of the no-NATO-expansion deal.

McGovern was blunt about the neo-Nazi character of the Maidan coup:

"In the major U.S. media, the violent coup on Feb. 22--spearheaded by well-organized neo-Nazi militias who killed police and seized government buildings--was whitewashed from what the American people got to see and hear...In the preferred U.S. narrative, Yanukovych and his officials simply decided to leave town because of the moral force from the white-hatted peaceful protesters in the Maidan."

McGovern nailed Victoria Nuland as the designated "bridge" between the Obama team and the neo-conservatives of the Bush-Cheney era.

In another dire warning of the war danger created by the U.S.-NATO backed puppet government in Kiev, Stephen Lendman writes an exposé in the People's Voice called "Most Ukrainian Soldiers Don't Want to Fight." Featuring an interview with a Ukrainian young man who was dragged from his home and forced into service for Kiev, the article says that conditions are brutal, conscripts are fed little and are underpaid, and desertions are high. Lendman is the author of a recent book, Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the U.S. Drive for Hegemony Risks World War III.