It's the economics, stupid.
Do we think Bolton (don't forget who Fiona Hill worked for and with), who is the classic case for being Dr. Strangelove, is now our friend? Or the FBI, CIA, NSA are suddenly the good guys?I've been trying to listen to all sides and of course the Republicans are a joke -- admit Trump did a quid quo pro and then fight on the grounds it is not impeachable. Actually, why didn't Trump just announce there should be an investigation of Biden - why seek phony cover from Ukrainians? You actually don't need to do an investigation - you cast the shade on Biden.
There are historians who believe that economics has been the driving force in all historical movements. While I haven't studied Marx very much, he seems to be a leading proponent and many even right wing economists give him some kudos for his analysis of historical movements and the economic basis of capitalism, which includes imperialism - but of course so do the so-called socialist states which have their own version -- see China with its fingers in every pie.
While I signed on to the fundamental narrative from the Democrats on the Trump impeachment, I always am open to alternate interpretations, especially when they come from the left which has been skeptical for 100 years of the FBI, CIA, NSA and general anti-Soviet, not Russia views.
[Read the other side - Stevens is a conservative: The United States Is Starting to Look Like Ukraine
Articles have been floating in from some of the leftists associated with the ICEUFT caucus over the years that throw some shade on the Dem narrative. Some big name skeptics are out there like Matt Taibbi and Glen Greenwald.
Below is an article from the World Socialist web site which I don't always trust - so read through the lines here to filter out what makes sense and what doesn't - a lot of this makes sense to me because when the fall of the Soviet Union occurred, supposedly Bush 1 assured Yeltsin that we would not try to bring Ukraine into NATO which would allow it even as an independent to be a buffer for Russia. But the old cold warriors wanted to align Ukraine with the US and Europe and the crisis began in 2014 with the overthrow of the Russian vassal president. Not we viewed that as a good thing but remember that imperialist battles are always over resources and Ukraine has major resources which this article points out.
Note on Bolivia -- a big resource is lithium for all those batteries - and Morales wasn't going to allow major corps to get control of that resource. And Venezuela- oil, oil, oil. And socialist-type governments no matter how bad maintain control of their resources if they can while your standard dictator will allow multinationals to bribe them to get control. That is one reason that any state that even touches on socialism with its major tenet of state control of resources is viewed as such a danger to the economic interests of the few.
Opinion -The impeachment crisis and American imperialism
They hail the so-called “Revolution of Dignity” in which an elected president, Viktor Yanukovych, was overthrown because he was viewed as an obstacle to the anti-Russia campaign. They salute fascistic figures like Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, sponsor of the notorious Azov Battalion, which marches under modified swastikas and celebrates the Ukrainians who collaborated with the Nazis in World War II.