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Alan Sabrosky, former Head of Strategic Studies, US Army War College, has come out of retirement to confirm that NATO did indeed promise Russia that NATO would not expand even one inch eastward.
The promise was referred to in the minutes of a March 6, 1991 meeting of US, UK, French, and German diplomats.
Below is a rough transcript beginning around 38′.
Kevin Barrett: Now we arrive at the issue we mentioned earlier, which is the smoking guns proving that indeed Russia was promised that NATO would not expand even one inch eastward after the end of the Cold War. Willy Wimmer, parliamentary secretary to Germany’s defense minister from 1985 to 1992, has been talking about this.
And then the smoking gun document (above) shows clearly that this was the case. The promise was made, and then NATO quickly broke it—why, I’m not really sure, Alan. I guess they wanted to loot Russia’s natural resources.
Allan Sabrosky: Well, it was the sort of thing where we could do it. There was a drunken lout named Yeltsin as president of Russia, and there was very little we couldn’t do. We plundered Russia economically and plundered it politically. Yeltsin was completely incapable of responding in an effective way to any expansion of NATO beyond its borders. We could do it, and so we did.
Kevin Barrett: There’s got to be more motivation than that. I think it had to do with grabbing Russia’s raw materials.
Alan Sabrosky: Well, partly that. But even more than that, I think a general idea was that the Soviet Empire had collapsed, and with that collapse, there was an opportunity to preclude any resurgence of Russian power, the Soviet Union generally being seen as a recasting of the Russian empire—correct or not, that’s how it was generally seen—and that that resurgence could be precluded by extending the frontiers of NATO. So we could do it, and there was a good reason for doing it, politically, and Russia was too weak to do anything to stop it.
Kevin Barrett: So having credibility by keeping your promises apparently wasn’t even an issue.
Alan Sabrosky: We weren’t a signatory.
Kevin Barrett: Right, it never got signed in blood.
Alan Sabrosky: We weren’t there. It was the Soviet Union, Britain, Germany, and France. Those were the four powers. We were not involved in it.
Kevin Barrett: As I recall, there is evidence of a US promise as well.
Alan Sabrosky: We were an observer. It’s a fig leaf…
Kevin Barrett: It’s typical of the hypocrisy of the Western leadership as their standard operating procedure.
Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror.
He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS, and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications.
Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin; where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host.