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US hypocrisy over Ukraine ‘absolutely stunning’

Daniel McAdams is Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. He served as foreign affairs advisor to US Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) for 12 years.

Published time: May 06, 2014 02:29
Ukrainian soldiers stand at a checkpoint near the eastern Ukranian city of Slavyansk on May 5, 2014. (AFP Photo / Vasily Maximov)

The US approach to violence in Ukraine is hypocritical, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute, Daniel McAdams, told RT. Holding an election in such a climate is impossible, yet the US will accept any result of the “wonderfully democratic” vote.

RT:The US has repeatedly praised Kiev for trying to de-escalate the situation, yet we all saw what happened in Odessa and what looks like it was allowed to happen...How do those things tally up?

Daniel McAdams: Well it is interesting, because in Kiev, not that many months ago, a couple of months to be exact, unarmed police forces were sent out against the violent protesters, and the US government – including the president and the secretary of state have – said they were “disgusted” by the show of force against these protesters. And you see in Ukraine, it is obvious that the government in Kiev is using the military against its own citizens. It is blockading cities, starving people out. This is exactly what the US used as a pretext for attack in places like Libya and elsewhere. So the hypocrisy of the US side is absolutely stunning.

RT: We heard Marie Harf from the US State Department again praising Ukraine's “restraint,” where she said that Kiev has a “responsibility to maintain law and order for their own people,” and that “the onus really is on the Russian government to pull back.” What is your comment to that?

DM: You have to wonder what reality these people are occupying. They have tried pulling a fast one, the State Department did. A couple of weeks ago when they put out those phony photos what they claimed were the Russian forces in Ukraine. The person who took those pictures, as you know, said they are completely phony. The New York Times was burned on the US State Department lies. To its credit, the NYT has actually sent some people into eastern Ukraine, and they have reported just a couple of days ago, that actually these militias don’t contain any Russians whatsoever and the people are not necessarily wanting to join Russia anyway. They are using old, worn out weapons, so the State Department just continues to pile lie upon lie. It is absolutely revolting.

RT: Will things get better after the Ukrainian presidential elections later this month?

DM: How can you run a presidential election when the army is firing on its own people? I have been an election monitor many times in bad situations, and it is simply impossible. Likewise, I'm afraid to say these referendums in the east will simply be ignored by the US or if this resolves, this desire will come out of presidential elections; the US and the OSCE will say, it is “wonderfully democratic.”

We are still hearing the US calling for people in the east of Ukraine to lay down their weapons, but at the same time they are backing Kiev's government crackdown...How does it add up, calling for one thing yet doing the other?

DM: Well you see already there are reports in the German press over the weekend that the US CIA and the FBI has sent at least a couple of dozen people to advise the Ukrainian government on how to crack down. Perhaps they were advising them on assassination techniques and these sorts of things, one never knows.

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Comments (46)


Shmoo Report 09.07.2014 15:37

What is being done in E Ukraine by Kyiv with USA support is criminal. It is undermining support for the west around the world. Like in any court, once you lose credibility your whole testimony is toast. The morality of the west lacks credibility at a time when that leadership will be seriously needed. Fascism is rearing its head under the guise of the west. Wrong, really wrong.


Randall Smith 06.07.2014 06:44

floydbreker. I have to admit to someone who probably thinks i'm western dog, but you are absolutely right about immorality. I love my country, but I do not love my government's agenda, or yours. I will say though, it is hard to find the truth of the events in Ukraine when all governments use their propaganda to win the hearts of their people while concealing the real motive. In the U.S,we hear our version of the story, in Russia, yours. Why all this anti west/east neonazi talk? How can events in Ukraine come to a meaningful end if all the parties involved are suspicious, or even outright aggressive towards each other?


Sergey Ves 07.05.2014 20:44

Friends need to inform the world information. Maximum repost my tape
USA Europe and their dogs destroy, burn, kill civilians Ukraine, children, women, elderly

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