by William Skink
Trump Derangement Syndrome has so crippled the thinking of Democrats that they are working themselves up into an impeachment frenzy again over a presidential phone call to Ukraine that an anonymous whistleblower heard about second hand and filed a complaint about.
It’s absolutely maddening to watch for a number of reasons, but also sort of amazing. The amazing part is all the recent historical context that will have to be kept suppressed by all the right legacy media platforms in order to keep the widespread corruption from infecting poor old dementia Joe.
It’s sad how many people sucking it up to support Joe Biden don’t understand how he monetized his Veep position just like Hillary did with her SoS role.
For those with short-term memory issues, let me offer a quick recap: five years ago Hillary Clinton and her neocon pal, Victoria Nuland, helped coercively transition Ukraine (also known as a “coup”) to the control of a different corrupt oligarch clique that included actual, real-life Nazis.
Just months after the coup, Biden’s son, Hunter, got a nice gig sitting on the board of a natural gas company, an area he had absolutely no experience in that warranted his handsome monthly payout. Robert Parry was all over this years ago, pointing out how hollow Biden’s lecturing of Ukraine’s parliament was. Here’s a meaty excerpt from Parry’s piece:
Worried about the continued corruption, Vice President Joe Biden, who took a personal interest in Ukraine, lectured Ukraine’s parliament on the need to end cronyism.
But Biden had his own Ukraine cronyism problem because three months after the U.S.-backed overthrow of the Yanukovych government Ukraine’s largest private gas firm, Burisma Holdings, appointed his son, Hunter Biden, to its board of directors.
Burisma a shadowy Cyprus-based company also lined up well-connected lobbyists, some with ties to Secretary of State John Kerry, including Kerry’s former Senate chief of staff David Leiter, according to lobbying disclosures.
As Time magazine reported, “Leiter’s involvement in the firm rounds out a power-packed team of politically-connected Americans that also includes a second new board member, Devon Archer, a Democratic bundler and former adviser to John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. Both Archer and Hunter Biden have worked as business partners with Kerry’s son-in-law, Christopher Heinz, the founding partner of Rosemont Capital, a private-equity company.”
According to investigative journalism inside Ukraine, the ownership of Burisma has been traced to Privat Bank, controlled by the thuggish billionaire oligarch Ihor Kolomoysky, who was appointed by the U.S.-backed “reform” regime to be governor of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, a south-central province of Ukraine (though Kolomoisky was eventually ousted from that post in a power struggle over control of UkrTransNafta, Ukraine’s state-owned oil pipeline operator).
In a speech to Ukraine’s parliament in December 2015, Biden hailed the sacrifice of the 100 or so protesters who died during the Maidan putsch in February 2014, which ousted Yanukovych, referring to the dead by their laudatory name “The Heavenly Hundred.”
But Biden made no heavenly references to the estimated 10,000 people, mostly ethnic Russians, who have been slaughtered in the U.S.-encouraged “Anti-Terror Operation” waged by the coup regime against eastern Ukrainians who resisted Yanukovych’s violent ouster. Nor did Biden take note that some of the Heavenly Hundred were street fighters for neo-Nazi and other far-right nationalist organizations.
All these players are corrupt. Do impeachment-crazed Democrats really think they can keep their lying white male presidential candidate from being trounced by the compulsive lying white male currently occupying the White House?
Is everyone fucking crazy?
Yeah, 2014 was a pivotal year for us at 4&20 as we got knocked off a bunch of blogrolls for torching Biden & Co. on the digiwebs.
Well, Swede, I guess a lot of people care about this, 5 years later, in a bunch of different ways. So if folks want some background, JC-style, Swede counted up 55 links from me about the Bidens and Ukraine in 2014. Lots of good stuff!
My reaction to Liz’s post has more to do with TDS than the substance of our interference in Ukraine’s affairs.
I will admit that I never envisioned the complex web of payoffs, kickbacks, threats and espionage, not to mention CloudStrike’s and Fancy Bear’s cyber hijinks.
But 5 years is a long time to be enlightened so my naivety has been replaced by pessimism. After all ‘we’re to big to fail, right?
that link does a great job describing how corruption transforms institutions, but it exhibits a Trump blindspot. they’re all corrupt, Swede.
If no one goes to jail over these last 3 years of collusion and railroading then I’ll agree with you.
I think that is one of the most link-packed posts I’ve ever perused, thanks for taking me down memory lane.
This Ukraine controversy will soon be replaced by another. And another. No one sums up this cluster*ck as well as Razorfist in one of his classic Rageaholic.
Language warning. NSFW.