British Empire’s Policy toward Russia Is Regime ChangeBy Carl Osgood
March 28—Glenn Greenwald, in an article posted yesterday, indicates that he doesn’t buy the walk-backs issued by officials of the Biden Administration that the United States doesn’t have a regime-change policy towards Russia. Among other things, he quotes British imperialist Niall Ferguson writing in Bloomberg News, last week: “I conclude that the U.S. intends to keep this war going…. I have evidence from other sources to corroborate this. ‘The only end-game now,’ a senior administration official was heard to say at a private event earlier this month, ‘is the end of Putin regime’….. I gather that senior British figures are talking in similar terms. There is a belief that ‘the U.K.’s No. 1 option is for the conflict to be extended and thereby bleed Putin.’ Again and again, I hear such language. It helps explain, among other things, the lack of any diplomatic effort by the U.S. to secure a cease-fire. It also explains the readiness of President Joe Biden to call Putin a war criminal.”
Greenwald warns that “Whether deliberate or unintentional, these escalatory statements — particularly when combined with the U.S.’s escalatory actions — are dangerous beyond what can be described.”
Atlantic Council CEO Fred Kempe extended this idea from Putin to China’s Xi Jinping. Kempe in a March 27 op-ed in CNBC acclaimed Biden’s “gaffe” in Poland. “There’s no doubt that President Xi must begin to consider the consequences of Putin’s ruin,” Kempe writes. “In perhaps the most significant speech of his long political career, U.S. President Joe Biden in Poland departed from his prepared text to suggest what price Putin should pay for his unjustified, unprovoked and criminal war on Ukraine’s civilians. ‘For God’s sake,’ Biden said, ‘this man cannot stay in power.’”
These statements by Ferguson and Kempe thus show the fuss about Biden’s “gaffes” to be mere window-dressing.