While working behind the scenes to shape the post-Maidan Ukrainian government to their liking, powerbrokers in Washington — Biden included — have done all they could to downplay the U.S. role.
by Alexander Rubinstein
Part 4 - Biden’s sidekick Carpenter ran cover for neo-Nazi Andriy Parubiy
While working behind the scenes to shape the post-Maidan government to their liking, powerbrokers in Washington — Biden included — have done all they could to downplay the U.S. role.
In an article published last year, Biden and Carpenter co-wrote that “Putin and his associates have long peddled a conspiracy theory that accuses the United States of engineering popular uprisings in… Ukraine in 2004 and 2014.”
Yet Nuland’s own comments at the time (2014) reveal the farcity of the claim: “Since Ukraine’s independence [read: the collapse of the Soviet Union] in 1991, the United States has supported Ukrainians as they build democratic skills and institutions, as they promote civic participation and good governance, all of which are preconditions for Ukraine to achieve its European aspirations. We have invested over $5 billion to assist Ukraine in these and other goals that will ensure a secure and prosperous and democratic Ukraine.”
State Department spokeswoman Nicole Thompson later reaffirmed that $5.1 billion at the expense of U.S. taxpayers was mostly expended via the U.S. Agency for International Development — a CIA cutout — and the Pentagon, among other institutions.
The claim from Carpenter and Biden that Putin has peddled conspiracy theories of the U.S. engineering popular uprisings is evidently the kind of deflection the former has a reputation for.
Carpenter is a senior non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council think tank, which is funded by Gulf petro-monarchies and U.S. defense contractors. In addition to special advisor to the vice president, Carpenter’s resume also includes the State Department, the National Security Council, and the Pentagon.
Last year, when the neo-Nazi speaker of Ukraine’s parliament, Andriy Parubiy, was invited for a talk hosted at a U.S. Senate building, journalist and author Max Bumenthal asked Carpenter, “Did you think it was a good idea to bring Parubiy, who has founded two neo-Nazi parties, to the Senate for Paul Ryan to meet with him?”
Carpenter replied: “Look, I think Andriy Parubiy is a conservative nationalist who is also a patriot [who] cares about his country. I don’t think he has any neo-national, neo-Nazi inclinations nor background. I mean, a lot has been made of this. Frankly, I think it’s mostly Russian propaganda.”
Parubiy founded the Social National Party and the Patriot of Ukraine party. The Patriot of Ukraine later branched off into the Azov Battalion and Right Sektor, another fascist paramilitary with its own troubling record of violence against minorities. Both served as shock troops during the Maidan.
Following his confrontation with Carpenter, Blumenthal commented on the Social National Party that “if it sounds like the National Socialist party, that’s because it was directly inspired by the Nazi party.”
On Tuesday, Parubiy tweeted “Glory to the heroes!” and a number of other remarks honoring the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), a paramilitary that slaughtered thousands of Jews and tens of thousands of Poles. According to the online web journal Defendng History, which is dedicated to exposing the glorification of Nazi collaborators in Ukraine, UPA’s “core was composed of Holocaust perpetrating former Auxiliary Police.” UPA’s political directors were also affiliated with a faction of the Organization of Urainian Nationalists led by Nazi collaborator and pogromist Stepan Bandera.
Bandera was involved in the complete ethnic cleansing of Jews from the city of Lviv, once a thriving nerve center of Yiddish culture, with Jews forming 32 percent of the population prior to the pogroms.
More than a decade before the Euromaidan coup, which saw Parubiy gain prominence he could have never attained otherwise, the Ukrainian House Speaker was the chairman of a committee that built a monument to Bandera in Lviv.