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McFaul Highlights Russian Self-Destruction

Writing on Foreign Policy, Russia scholar Leon Aron takes Russia to task for brutally “tormenting” the new American Ambassador, Michael McFaul.

Even though Aron is wrong to fail to acknowledge he has not one but two fatal biases when writing about McFaul (he admits McFaul is a personal friend but doesn’t stop to wonder whether he can write objectively about him, and he himself is an academic like McFaul and therefore has a vested interest in arguing that academics can be successful diplomats), and even though Aron’s piece is utterly one-sided (it doesn’t contain a single word of criticism of McFaul’s policy or of the Obama administration where Russia is concerned), the article still contains an important truth about McFaul and Russia.

McFaul is one of the best friends the Kremlin ever had.  He is aggressively seeking to rationalize the “reset” policy he helped to engineer, dealing with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin as if he were just another world leader and not a proud KGB spy bent on American destruction.  He is faithfully carrying out the partisan agenda of his lord and master Barack Obama, whose goal is to make Americans believe he has turned Russia from a dangerous enemy into a friend and thereby win votes in November. Yet Russians can’t see this.  Ruled by a proud KGB spy and seething with contempt for America and her values, Russians simply can’t help but view every move McFaul makes through their crazy, paranoid lenses, and they can’t help attacking anything they perceive as different.  McFaul holds out a hand of friendship, and the Russians bite it off.

It’s just too bad that, undoubtedly because of his biases, Aron doesn’t follow this truth to where it should lead him:  Obama and McFaul have promised us over and over again, using their promises to justify their policy, that Russia would not act this way.  They’ve promised us that Russia doesn’t hate and want to destroy us, that Russia is a reasonable country that, if treated reasonable, can be our partner.

But the Kremlin’s treatment of McFaul shows this is a lie.  Russians hate Americans and their values, and any other view of Russia is just wishful thinking, the kind that Neville Chamberlain liked to engage in.  Just as Obama and McFaul lied to us when they told us Dmitri Medvedev was a real political force in Russia, rather than a sham figurehead, they are lying to us when they tell us Russia can be trusted, can be brought around by their “reset.” Nothing could be further from the truth. The reset policy is only seen by the Kremlin as a sign of weakness and an invitation to exploitation.

McFaul’s approach to Russia has proven an absolute failure. Russia has opposed American policy throughout the Arab world despite America’s unilateral withdrawal of missile defense in Eastern Europe. Medvedev has admitted his presidency was sham, and Putin has rolled back to power as president for life on Obama’s watch.  Putin’s blitzkrieg on American values within Russia has continued unabated while Obama and McFaul turn a blind eye, and America has lost he moral high ground it used to hold where such issues are concerned.

11 responses to “McFaul Highlights Russian Self-Destruction

  1. Auriga ⋅

    The Nabucco natural-gas pipeline project to ship Caspian fuel to Europe may have been dealt a “terminal blow” as Hungary seeks to attract a rival link planned by OAO Gazprom, Russia’s gas export monopoly.

    Mol Nyrt. (MOL), the country’s largest company by market capitalization, is leaving the 7.9 billion-euro ($10.4 billion) Nabucco project, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said yesterday in Brussels.


  2. Beetlejuice ⋅

    Seriously, Kim (La russophobe). You really need to get laid.

    • Manfred Steifschwanz ⋅

      No, she needs a load of diapers and peace of mind through Putin’s manliness.

      • Beetlejuice ⋅

        Well, anything that would make her a happier person than the miserable one she is to the extent that she has kept a blog with her anti-Russia ranting. My guess is that she had a Russian fiance and she found him in bed with another woman (likely her sister). She’s the American thinker that Rush Limbaugh is…;)

      • Manfred Steifschwanz ⋅

        Sounds plausible! If true, it means that all the mindless, clueless drivel being spouted here about Russia’s imminent “collapse” neatly boils down to the feverishly envisaged gruesome fate of Kim’s pesky sister 🙂

      • Victoria ⋅

        russkiye barakhlo, PUTIN MANLINESS – yeah 5.3″ bold a practically a pensioner, with a gait, problem with his right arm – the way poor volodia walks shows that he, indeed, is aready to retire, sixty year old Quasimodo, Sorry to say the face lift make him look like a pig…

  3. mingthemerciless ⋅

    Boy! That’s all the three Putin’s sock puppets can come up with?

    Yes, communism and absolutism are lethal to the mind…

    But a people get the leaders they deserve, in the ‘skeez case,
    sordid police and torturer goons, like Bielo-russia, Ukraine and Russia.

    • Manfred Steifschwanz ⋅

      Ne t’inquiète pas, mon cher petit sot. Quant à nous Poutinophiles, nous avons beaucoup plus à vous offrir que vous n’avez jamais pu imaginer. Comme on apprécie un homme et fort et intelligent, nos propres caractères en bénéficient aussi. Tu devrais bien t’en rendre compte, toi.

  4. Beetlejuice ⋅

    For mingthemerciless: I don’t believe I said anything in support of Putin. In fact, if a Sarah Palin sock puppet like yourself can comprehend, the whole reasoning behind this blog is based on rage from a neocon American girl against one of America’s most important allies (Russia), with its origin being unknown. Arguing is pointless with Kim, as she’ll just cast you out like a 3rd grader for having cooties.

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