12 January 2019: The US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, writes to companies involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, urging them to stop working on the project and threatening them with sanctions if they continue.
2019: The RAND Corporation (an American think tank), in a report commissioned by the US army on how to weaken Russia—including “causing Russia to overextend itself militarily or economically or causing the regime to lose domestic and/or international prestige”—states: “A first step would involve stopping Nord Stream 2.”
29 July 2020: The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo: “We will do everything we can to make sure that pipeline doesn’t threaten Europe.”
19 May 2021: Senator Tom Cotton: “There is still time to stop it . . . Kill Nord Stream 2 now, and let it rust beneath the waves of the Baltic.”
7 November 2021: Senator Ted Cruz jointly proposes a bill to enable sanctions against Russia if the pipeline becomes operational.
14 January 2022: US national security adviser, Jake Sullivan: “We have made [it] clear to the Russians [that] that pipeline is at risk if they move further into Ukraine.”
18 January 2022: US under-secretary of state for political affairs, Victoria Nuland: “I want to be very clear to you today. If Russia invades Ukraine, one way or another Nord Stream 2 will not move forward.”
3 February 2022: Senator Ted Cruz: “This pipeline must be stopped, and the only way to prevent its completion is to use all the tools available to do that.”
7 February 2022: President Biden lets the cat out of the bag: “If Russia invades [Ukraine] . . . then there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2 . . . We will, I promise you, we will be able to do that . . . There will be no longer a Nord Stream 2.”
26 September 2022: On Biden’s orders, the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is blown up.
27 September 2022: Former Polish foreign minister, Radosław Sikorski: “Thank you, USA.” (He takes it down two days later.)
29 September 2022: President Putin describes the sabotage as “an act of international terrorism” carried out by western powers and specifically the United States.
30 September 2022: The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken: “It’s a tremendous opportunity to once and for all remove the dependence on Russian energy . . . That’s very significant and offers tremendous strategic opportunity for the years to come.”
27 January 2023: Victoria Nuland: “I am, and I think the administration [government] is, very gratified to know that Nord Stream 2 is now . . . a hunk of metal at the bottom of the sea.”
8 February 2023: The American investigative journalist Seymour Hersh publishes an article based on US government sources revealing that President Biden planned and gave the order for the attack, which was carried out by the US Navy, the CIA (reluctantly, it seems), and the Norwegian navy, with the collaboration also of the Danish and Swedish governments.
And as a “bonus,” Biden’s criminal act means that an estimated 115,000 tons of methane—a significant greenhouse gas—has probably been released, or 9.6 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. This will have the same effect on the environment as the annual emissions of two million cars, or two-and-a-half coal-fired power stations.
“Thank you, USA.”