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Obama is 'Too Scared' to Tell Truth About Ukrainian War – US Journalist

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Acknowledging what really sparked a civil war in Ukraine takes courage which the US president lacks, American investigative reporter Robert Parry asserted.

The journalist described Barack Obama as being torn between two poles in his foreign policy vision.

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To an extent, the current US president is a realist capable of making a positive change by working with other countries (Iran nuclear deal). But he is also a "timid opportunist," who is afraid "to challenge the neocon/liberal-hawk dominance of Official Washington." When US hardliners have it their way, bad things happen.

Thus Obama shares responsibility for "provoking ugly crises, such as his 'regime change' tactics in Honduras (2009), Libya (2011), Syria (over several years) and Ukraine (2014)," Parry explained. He is also responsible for not telling the truth and helping to perpetuate popular yet false narratives offered to "explain" these conflicts.

Ukraine is the most dangerous of all the false narratives the US has constructed and implanted into popular consciousness.

What the investigative reporter described as "the Putin-bashing storyline about Ukraine" comes down to the following: "the entire ugly civil war was part of some nefarious scheme cooked up in the Kremlin to recreate the Russian Empire."

"Though this notion that the Ukraine crisis was simply a case of 'Russian aggression' is held by virtually every important person in Washington's current power circles, it was never true. The crisis was provoked by a US-backed coup on February 22, 2014, which overthrew Ukraine's elected President Viktor Yanukovych. Putin reacted to that provocation; he didn't instigate it," Parry explained.

Obama could make a real difference and help resolve the Ukrainian crisis if he started by bringing Washington's propaganda campaign to an end.

The US president could then get the whole truth out: "how the crisis really began, why the mantra 'Russian aggression' is false, what on earth the US government thinks it's doing collaborating with neo-Nazis and Islamic jihadists in killing thousands of ethnic Russian Ukrainians, and who was responsible for the key escalating moment, the shoot-down of MH-17."

Sadly, this scenario is unlikely to happen due to Obama's ambivalent nature. This would require him to stand up to the US hawks and share all the facts with the American people.

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