Bloomberg published two very similar articles in response to Sergey Lavrov's Munich speech, which indicate some of the US position and thinking--"Europeans Laugh, Boo as Lavrov Talks Ukraine" and "Putin Can't Have the Last Laugh in Ukraine." The response to Lavrov's speech is one of open derision,scorn, contempt, and mockery, which is not only a mirror image of Saker's reading of Lavrov's "tone" or yet another clear sign of escalating pressure. Importantly, these are clear indications of escalating hostility that show that, whatever US minions in Europe (Merkel or Hollande) might be trying to say, the US goal is and remains Russia's utter defeat or finishing off of the supposedly unfinished leftover from World War II and the Cold War. "Carthago delenda est."
While the Russians at times saw themselves as a new Rome in the form of a new spiritual center of Western civilization (without ever duly diagnosing the West first, where Dostoevsky or Lenin--each in his own way--went further than anyone else--and without succeeding to turn the Russian soul into an understandable Logos, message or speech), the US is the real heir of Rome in its political and military sense, having most thoroughly understood and developed its Machiavellian imperialist politics and technology. In this respect, the aspiration of Moscow was to do what Christ and Christianity did to the Roman Empire. But, with the significant exception of the communist and workers movement, Russia no longer possesses the power and enthusiasm of such an organizational power, energy and genius from below, and, as I said, there is no longer (after deadening and then discarding communism) any universal message or "religion" either. Multipolarity and/or "partnership with the West" don't cut it. Yet the message is there and is trying to come out from apparently "low places"--just like genuine voices usually do. The one that carries this gift more than others is certainly Alexey Mozgovoy, but for him West-educated "scientists" (not to mention liberals of various stripes) are spirit and soul-deaf by definition, by profession, by job prescription, and by selection and, similarly, the Towers of the Kremlin and the advisers occupying them are also "too high" for understanding and appreciating what people like Mozgovoy represent, know and say. The US, the Rome of our time, does, however, understand the one imperial imperative: "Carthago delenda est"--Carthage must be destroyed, and Carthage is Russia. Nearly everything the Empire does is directed toward this objective. Russia was and remains the key obstacle to the Empire's reaching its apogee--its Augustinian "Peace." In this regard, rather than trying to be a new Rome of the West, Moscow should have perhaps tried to be new Athens or new Jerusalem instead. But that's a bit of detour so let's go back to the Empire's Carthage is Russia. Nearly everything the Empire does is directed toward this objective. Russia was and remains the key obstacle to the Empire's reaching its apogee--its Augustinian "Peace." In this regard, rather than trying to be a new Rome of the West, Moscow should have perhaps tried to be new Athens or new Jerusalem instead. But that's a bit of detour so let's go back to the Empire's "Carthago delenda est" (anti)Russian strategy, as seeping through the derision and hostility heaped upon Lavrov.
In this regard, the second aforementioned Bloomberg article does reveal what the ideal or real objective of the US is--"to do whatever it takes to defeat him [Putin; read: Russia] in Ukraine." Bloomberg then describes what such an effective anti-Russian "united strategy" ought to look like (hence what the US would like to see as the "peace plan" and toward which the US is trying hard to get Putin and Russia through Putin as close as possible):
"It's easy enough to say that the West needs a unified strategy. What might it look like? Harsher sanctions would be a start, creating a cost for further Russian escalation beyond that already exacted by existing sanctions and cheap oil. A stronger commitment to spend whatever it takes to keep Ukraine financially solvent while defending itself is just as important, accompanied by a promise from Ukraine that it will not join NATO. In return, Putin should be required to withdraw Russian troops, allow an international force to seal the border and accept that Ukraine gets to choose its own government [read: getting the Ukrainians choose the government the Empire chooses for them, which happens to be a Nazi, anti-Russian government] and trading partners."
The key part is this one: "to spend whatever it takes to keep Ukraine financially solvent while defending itself is just as important." The Empire succeeded (due to a set of reasons) to pre-empt Russia's pre-emptive strike in Ukraine (similar to the one Russia undertook in Crimea) and was thus able to shelter its ugly bastard--the Nazi Maidan regime when it was at its weakest--and even saved it from a near death and total rout in late August by the Minsk Deal. Now, the monster baby is already standing on its feet so to speak (and no longer merely crawls). The purpose of the state under the junta is clearly just one--waging war against Russia and any antifascist resistance on the way. Bloomberg is now affirming that the US is set to do "whatever"--"to spend whatever"--is needed to defeat Russia, while using the 40 million-people state under the consolidated Nazi rule as its battering ram.
However, one other important thing needs to be noted and emphasized. In all its mockery, contempt, and scorn, Bloomberg was careful to avoid the most important important part in Lavrov's speech--the part which included some serious evidence that the Kiev regime is, indeed, not merely anti-Russian, but by its nature and design a Nazi one.