If the path forward is unpredictable, what got us here is easy to trace. The row over Ukraine is the outgrowth of an aggressive US posture toward Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union three decades ago, driven by hegemonic policymakers and war profiteers in Washington. Understanding that background is key to resolving the current impasse, if the Biden administration can bring itself to alter a dangerous course.
And good luck figuring out the reason for this hostility toward Russia.
It’s the U.S. that’s been bombing and sanctioning people and providing “leadership” hither and yon and the notion that Russia is intent on reestablishing the U.S.S.R. is nonsense.
This is yet another example of how American elites pursue agendas that are grotesquely distorted, contrary to the wishes of American citizens, and contrary to common sense. An ordinary American looks at what his government does at the federal or state level can only conclude he lives in a carnival house of mirrors.
 “Maté: The Ukraine Crisis, Sponsored By US Hegemony And War Profiteers.” By Aaron Maté, ZeroHedge, 1/28/22 (emphasis added).