The explanation for the kind of soft-power aggression embedded in Washington globe-spanning “sanctions” regime, as we detailed in Part 1, is not national security: It’s simply what Imperial Washington does for a living.
In the same vein, the billions of taxpayer money being pumped through the foreign policy agencies, NGOs, think tanks, advocacy organizations and sleazy lobbying operations like those of the Podesta brothers and Paul Manafort finance there own raison d’etre.
Stated differently, the recipients of this fabulous supply of fiscal largesse create their own reason for being in the form of manufactured dangers and fake threats to the security and liberty of the American homeland.
Indeed, when it comes to the Empire’s great beltway beehive of national security operations, you could well paraphrase Stalin’s brutal secret police chief, Lavrenti Beria, who once boasted, “show me the man and I’ll show you the crime”.
The Imperial City operates on the same principle: Show the agencies, contractors, NGO’s, foreign aid lobbyists and the rest of the vast gang the money and they will show you the threat.
Needless to say, it does not occur to the busy-bodies of the Imperial City beehive that their meddling and interventions are not welcome or that the big sacks of walking around money they dispense end up being plundered arbitrarily by whichever faction of local bandits gets Washington’s ear first.
In short, Washington’s hands are so deep in the meddling business that blowback and political resentment abroad are absolutely certain to happen. In the case at hand, Putin has become deeply miffed about Washington’s claim of a divine right to meddle in the political processes of any country it deems in need of being straightened out or uplifted, and especially when they form a ring around his own territory.