Ukraine, Zbig’s Grand Chessboard - How
the West Was Checkmated.
Natylie Baldwin and Kermit Heartsong.
Tayen Lane Publishing, San Francisco/Montreal. 2016.
A quick review of Ukraine, Zbig’s
Grand Chessboard - How the West Was Checkmated is simple - this amazing work
should be in everyone’s reading library. Anyone who cares to understand
the situation of what has happened, and is happening in Ukraine needs to read
this book. It covers the history of the dissolution of the USSR, the
resulting creation of Ukraine, and the history of the U.S.’ attempts through
various government and non-government organizations (e.g. Soros) towards the
first failed colour revolution (Orange, 2004), then on towards the second
attempt resulting in the successful installation of the noenazi puppet regime
Beyond that, it has deeper implications
for all global U.S. imperial adventures and the manner in which they are
arranged and delivered. The chaos that ensues serves the purpose of
stabilizing the US$ hegemony of the petrodollar as the global reserve currency.
This latter point is presented at the end of this work, and is notable as
it is the first time I have read of that connection so clearly presented within
a book oriented towards what is normally considered an historical and/or
current events perspective of U.S. imperial affairs.
As indicated above, Ukraine, Zbig’s Grand
Chessboard begins with conditions in the USSR, the efforts of Gorbachev vis a
vis Reagan’s politics. The rise of the neoconservatives, the Wolfowitz
doctrine, the collapse of the USSR, the years of dictatorial
autocratic/oligarchic rule under the drunkard Yeltsin, NATO’s moves eastward,
the “shock doctrine” of IMF/World Bank austerity accompanied by U.S. corporate
alliances with Russian criminal oligarchs (e.g. Khodorkovsky) lays the
groundwork for the efforts to turn Ukraine into a U.S./NATO/EU puppet state.
The ultimate goal as per Brzezinski’s Grand Chessboard was the
subjugation and disruption of Russia and the allocation of its resources to
friendly corporate/political cronies.
After the more historical items are
described and placed into context (context is lacking in many current attempts
to validate the depredations of the U.S. empire) the current events
surrounding Ukraine and the manipulations which led to the Maidan and the
success of the neonazi coup are described within the full context of U.S.
interests and activities.
What becomes obvious from the author’s
research is that the U.S. finally met up with a government, and a personality,
Vladimir Putin, that had strengthened Russia. Another strengthening
factor, ironically, have been the U.S.’ attempts to isolate Russia, one of the
most unsuccessful foreign policies attempted by the U.S. Certainly the
puppets of the EU/NATO have fallen into line, sort of, and U.S. anglo-allies
Canada and Australia, but the majority of the world has been able to see the
U.S. for what it is - a narcissistic, power hungry, and violent country.
As noted by the authors, the media plays
a significant role in the domestic ignorance and demonization of Vladimir Putin
- creating the requisite ‘evil other’ for the controlling powers to distract the
masses from the reality of U.S. intentions for global hegemony manner of
overt and covert military power combined with economic manipulations through
the institutions of the Washington consensus (IMF, World Bank, WTO, BIS, et
The book went to press in 2015, as the
second attack by Ukraine against the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk
commenced. The results of the second round proved even more disastrous
for Poroshenko/Yatsenyuk as they suffered a strong military defeat within the
Debaltsevo cauldron, leading the U.S.’ European puppet leaders, Hollande and
Merkel, to cry ‘uncle’ and create the Minsk II agreements.
What I find even more significant is the
generalizations that can be made from this narrower historical story to the
many violent actions created by the U.S. since the end of WW II. Ukraine
is not an isolated event, but is one in a long succession of attacks,
overthrows, coups, and jihads created, made, and managed by the U.S’
political-military establishment. The parallel war in Syria is part and
parcel of the overall chessboard - it is fortunate that Putin and his advisors
have successfully stopped the incursions of ISIS, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra and the
many disparate bands of jihadis supported by the U.S. directly, covertly, and
through their Saudi/Qatari allies.
The best ending for all this is for the
U.S. to accept the multipolar world, perhaps not within its domestic hubris and
arrogance as the ‘indispensable’ nation, but through a less militaristic
approach to world affairs, and perhaps, not be left behind while the rest of
the world overcomes the chaos - military and financial - created by the empire.
The worst ending would be that the empire
recognize that it is checkmated, and simply knock the chessboard over - the nuclear
option. No one anywhere wins with that option, but the megalomania and
ignorance of the neoconservative/Wall street alliance might simply be unaware
of the consequences of initiating a third world war.
To understand this more comprehensively,
Ukraine, Zbig’s Grand Chessboard - How the West Was Checkmated is an excellent
source. The arguments presented are well supported, concisely described,
and through the lense of the Ukraine debacle, effectively demonstrate the
intransigence of U.S. geopolitical efforts around the world. This book
should and must be added to all contemporary reading lists for global current
Jim Miles is a Canadian educator living in British Columbia. He writes regularly about the Middle East and its militarization and economic subjugation.