US playbook "...moving from passive stance to use of covert involvement to contain Russia in Ukraine"
New Dimensions of U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Russia,
2/11/14 By George Friedman, Stratfor, Geopolitical Intelligence, www.stratfor.com/ weekly/ new-dimensions-us-foreign-policy-toward-russia -
The struggle for some of the most strategic territory in the world took an interesting twist this week. Last week we discussed what appeared to be a significant shift in German national strategy in which Berlin seemed to declare a new doctrine of increased assertiveness in the world -- a shift that followed intense German interest in Ukraine. This week, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, in a now-famous cellphone conversation declared strong contempt for the European Union and its weakness and counseled the US ambassador to Ukraine to proceed quickly without the Europeans to piece together a specified opposition coalition before the Russians saw what was happening and took action.