Candidates gearing up for 2020 may be blazing new trails on domestic issues, but when it comes to engagement with Russia, they haven’t moved beyond the counterproductive status quo.
“Counterintelligence investigators…had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security.
This is a huge story. Or it would have been huge in 1983 when the Soviet Union still existed, and it was still clear what the point of NATO was…
In 1982, a 10-year-old girl wrote a letter to Yuri Andropov, the general secretary of the Soviet Union. He wrote back. Andropov invited Samantha Smith to the U.S.S.R. during the Cold War, and she became a media darling as well as a goodwill ambassador.
The New Year has brought a torrent of ever more frenzied allegations that President Donald Trump has long had a conspiratorial relationship—why mince words and call it “collusion”?—with Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin.
Another Trump-Russia “scoop,” another bout of feverish media speculation.
The most dangerous threat to America “would be a grand coalition of China and Russia, united not by ideology, but by complementary grievance.”
“The peril of this new Cold War is especially great,” said Russia expert Stephen Cohen, “because even when Trump does something sensible with Russia on behalf of our national security, it’s called treason. I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Cohen, whose newest book is titled, War with Russia?: From Putin and Ukraine to Trump and Russiagate.
Fallout from New York Times report that FBI opened inquiry into whether Trump was secretly working for Russia…
Its conduct has been abrasive and aggressive, but there’s no evidence that Moscow harbors expansionist ambitions.