Ronald Suny says Stephen F. Cohen “tries to fight all windmills at once” but adds that he is “rather courageous” and “covers for more timid colleagues”….
At an international summit in Vietnam last week, President Trump took necessary steps to reduce the perils of the new Cold War with Russia. Liberal Democrats call it “treasonous.”
Russia’s cooperation with the Kurds of Iraq and Syria in the fight against ISIL has been widely publicized by the Western media. However, less well-known is the fact that Russia’s relations with various Kurdish groups date back almost two centuries.
As the government’s crusade against Russian meddling widens, it appears increasingly like a pretext for online surveillance, ramped up securitization of social media and the suppression of dissent.
Stigmatizing Russian broadcasting is the latest unnecessary escalation in the new Cold War.
So who is Watts, and how did he emerge seemingly from nowhere to become the star congressional witness on Russian meddling? Dubious expertise, impressive salesmanship.
Both Russia and the United States undertook major tests of their respective nuclear forces at the end of October 2017.
Today NATO systematically confronts Russia with troop movements, arms buildups and maneuvers near Russian borders. At the same time, it supports American “out-of-area” wars in places like Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. Turkey has no interest in joining either of those projects. It feels no obligation to do so. That certifies its effective withdrawal from NATO.
Katrina vanden Heuvel reports on the dedication of Russia’s monument to victims of the Gulag on the Start Making Sense podcast.
One need not be a Putin apologist to note that the United States was itself engaged in a program of instigation, one that ultimately induced a hostile—but arguably defensive—Russian response.