“Our” version is that Russia’s “peace efforts” are merely an attempt to keep Assad in power at all costs, and that his departure must still be a precondition for peace. “Their” version is that there can be no solution without Assad, and that his fate should be decided in elections. Meanwhile a parallel, but potentially complementary, UN peace effort is making little progress, and the blood continues to flow in Ghouta.
Sean Illing (Vox): You have an unconventional view of the Cold War. What do you think it was about, and when do you think it began?
Whatever comes of this Red Scare will rest squarely on our shoulders as American citizens. Not the Russians, not the Brits, but us.
So far there’s little of the former and a lot of the latter. Absent more evidence, skepticism remains a healthy stance.
Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at NYU and Princeton, and John Batchelor continue their (usually) weekly discussions of the new US-American Cold War. Russians pride themselves on an awareness of “living history”- memories of past events whose recurrence or consequences continue to influence current politics. The phenomenon known as “Russiagate” suggests that many Americans have less such awareness or memories, though this may be partly generational.
For the past 70 years, the nations of the world have more or less agreed that the role of nuclear weapons is to discourage aggression: owning them is one thing, but using them is beyond the pale.
Bots are not bombs. Facebook ads are not the equivalent of planes flying into the World Trade Center.
Do the charges against Russian individuals and organizations really describe the “second-worst foreign attack on America”?
Some things never change, it seems!
Brian Fallon, a former Hillary Clinton press secretary, referred to the alleged Russian effort as follows: “It seems like the creative instincts and the sophistication exceeds a lot of the US political operatives who do this for a living.” Of what, specifically, did this sophistication consist?