How much better off we’d be if Trump had never uttered the words “Russia” or “Putin”…
The idea that American citizens were somehow at risk of being led by an agent of the Russian government “wittingly or unwittingly” did not appear spontaneously. It had been pushed aggressively by former CIA Director John O. Brennan both during and after his role in pressing for the original investigation.
Last month, the National Nuclear Security Administration (formerly the Atomic Energy Commission) announced that the first of a new generation of strategic nuclear weapons had rolled off the assembly line at its Pantex nuclear weapons plant in the panhandle of Texas.
The change that has come about in Asia has been welcome. Similar things could have been achieved in Europe, had we allowed Trump to treat Putin the way he treated his North Korean counterpart.
In 1983, Stanislav Petrov, a lieutenant colonel in the Soviet Union’s Air Defense Forces, trusted his gut and averted a global nuclear catastrophe.
This week, the American press, and in particular the New York Times, has provided us with three contrasting images of Russia. Let’s take a look at each in turn.
Aaron is gong to break down “Russiagate,” taking a sober look at the media frenzy of “bombshell” stories asserting a Russian conspiracy behind the 2016 election. Maté explains why he thinks this narrative ultimately aligns with the longstanding interests of U.S. establishment power. For more, follow Aaron’s coverage of RussiaGate on Twitter: https://twitter.com/aaronjmate/status/1095409176862429184
The U.S. government went looking for someone to blame for Russia’s interference in the 2016 election—and found the perfect scapegoat.
Letting a small country with a puny defense budget join the military alliance serves no purpose.
…personalizing Russia’s problems while simultaneously blaming them on innate national characteristics serves only to confuse and to reinforce simplistic prejudices which suggest that whatever differences we may have with the Russians are entirely their fault. But maybe that’s the point.