Press TV has conducted an interview with Richard Becker, ANSWER Coalition from San Francisco, an argument by Russia’s Vladimir Putin that the US unipolar vision of the world has failed.
The following is an approximate transcript of the interview.
Press TV: The Russian President Vladimir Putin said the world should not be dominated by one power as America’s unipolar vision of the world has failed.
Do you agree with that description that the unipolar vision of the world is non-existent at this point?
Becker: We should recall that it was only a few months after the dissolution of the Soviet Union – which took place on December 25th, 1991 – in March of 1992 it was revealed that a document had been written, it had been authored by Scooter Libby and Paul Wolfowitz in the Defense Department and it called for a strategy – a US global strategy – that would not allow the emergence of a power like the Soviet Union to be able to challenge the United States.
This was the United States strategy, it was called the regional defense planning guide and that has been the strategy of the United States since that time. It really was the strategy going back to World War Two, but they couldn’t implement it while the Soviet Union existed.
So now we see here in 2014 that Washington is trying very hard to maintain this strategy, but the world is changing and no empire lasts forever.
The United States is the biggest empire that’s ever existed, but no empire lasts forever. So there are desperate attempts being made by Washington and all different diplomatic, economic, military, political levels to maintain this position, but it will not last.
Press TV: Let’s look at this in terms of the crisis in Ukraine. It has prompted the question that a new cold war is emerging. We could talk about Russian Prime Minister Medvedev in the interview that he had where he said, “We are slowly but surely moving towards a second cold war and that’s not something that anyone needs at this point”.
So you think that a new cold war is in the making at this point?
Becker: I think it’s clear and it should be clear to everyone that the Obama administration, in response to your other guest’s comments, has now ceded a large part of its foreign policy to the Neo-Cons… Victoria Nuland and the policy pursued by the State Department and by McCain and by others of directly intervening in Ukraine; coming into the protests; giving encouragement; saying who should be the new leader in Ukraine – designating who they think should be the new leader; the step-up in the deployment of forces in the Pacific.
…Obama may have said many things when he was running for office, but the Obama administration is following in many respects the Bush foreign policy – in a more sophisticated way I would say.
Clinton became president after that 1992 Regional Defense Planning document came out and he followed that policy and then was succeeded by George W. Bush who then followed that policy and Obama is following that policy as well.
The big change that is happening now though I think is that the government – the Russian government – was not willing to accede to this step by the West, by the United States and its European Allies to bring Ukraine not only into the European Union, but their intention was to bring Ukraine into NATO and march NATO right up to the doorstep of Russia.
And the response of the Russian government is that that is not acceptable and would put us in very grave danger and so Putin and his government then stepped in and took action against that happening.
So I think what we see happening today is really a result of the over-play of the extreme aggressiveness of the United States and its NATO allies.
Press TV: What is your response to guest comments that after Ukraine elections are completed tensions will die down and be replaced by cooperation between Russia and the West?
Becker: We should be realistic here. We should be realistic about the world that we live in and not entertain some fantasies.
Whatever happens in Ukraine is one thing; there’s no other country that has a thousand military bases spread all over the world; there is no other country that has 80 bases just in South Korea; there’s no other country in the world that approaches the US military spending in fact real US military spending if you add in all the agencies of repression is greater than the military spending of the rest of the world combined.
The idea that the United States is pursuing some kind of a democratic course in world affairs is just a fantasy. The strategy is a strategy of global domination. Those military bases can’t be explained any other way.
They’re not defending democracy in Saudi Arabia, which has never had an election, they are defending the interests of corporate America, the military industrial oil banking complex that really rules in the United States that dominates politics and dominates US foreign policy.
Press TV: When we want to take a look at the path the US is on, I’m not sure whether how far back we can go in terms of how they proceeded, but what comes to my mind is that Project for the New America Century (PNAC), which goes back to the year 2001 if I’m not mistaken and the way the US wants to move forward. Do you think that that time is now under question?
For example let’s take a look at this Summit that took place in China with the Chinese president coming out – and we know the tense relations that now exist between the US and China with the US blaming five Chinese government officials of spying; and whole other issues that obviously China has gripes about.
But, about China, Iran and Russia being in this alliance of security for Asian countries or just putting for example China and Russia with the BRICS countries – Is that weighing heavily on the US and its foreign policy aspirations for example you mentioned with the thousand military bases over the world?
Becker: I don’t think there’s any question about that. And you mentioned the Project for the New American Century – that was the successor or that was the organization that took up the document that had been written in 1992.
And many of the main people in the PNAC were people who had authored that document, which called for there to be a unipolar world; called for one super power in the world and for that super power to be the United States; and for the United States aspiration to be to prevent any other country from rising to oppose it. And now we’ve seen since the beginning of the Bush administration we saw the Iraq war, the Afghanistan war.
The other speaker mentioned Iraq and Ukraine and one of the most ludicrous statements that’s been made in recent history was at a press conference in Brussels by President Obama on March 28th where he said what Russia had done in Crimea was far worse than what the United States had done to Iraq.
The United States invasion and occupation, sanctions and so forth that preceded it, together has largely destroyed Iraq leaving millions of people displaced or killed or wounded and the country torn to shreds.
That was done because Iraq would not bow before Washington and it had nothing to do with the reasons that were given for the war, those were all made-up reasons and I think that is another evidence of the ruthlessness of US foreign policy in seeking its aim of domination, of global domination.
Press TV: Your closing statements?
Becker: It’s absolutely untrue that the crisis in Ukraine was initiated by the Russian government. The Russian government was not seeking a crisis.
The crisis was caused by the United States and its NATO allies attempting to absorb the Ukraine, to bring it into their orbit to dominate to make it part of NATO as part of its overall strategy and directed particularly against Russia if they could bring NATO right to the border of Russia – close to Moscow close to St. Petersburg the heartland of Russia.
That would have been a very major step and it was at that point based on that aggression that the Russian government responded.