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Stark Humiliation for Michael McFaul in Russia

5103-p-03-ngosOn March 27, 2013, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul (pictured above) published a blog item on Russia Beyond the Headlines, a website bought and paid for by the Russian Kremlin to disseminate propaganda to the West. The item was headlined “Experience the U.S. for Yourself” and boldly declared:

Almost one year ago today, I was celebrating the selection of the U.S. as the “dream country” according to an online poll of Russian travelers conducted by respected travel web site Travel.ru. In the year since that announcement, the U.S. Embassy, especially our U.S. Commercial Service and Consular Section, has worked hard to ensure that more Russians have the opportunity to experience the U.S. first-hand.

Just one week later, he had egg on his face that it would take a bulldozer to remove. On April 4, 2013, the Moscow Times reported:

Without warning or explanation, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow has rejected an unprecedented percentage of Russian university students applying for visas to take part in the State Department’s popular Summer Work and Travel program this year, dashing hopes and placing the program’s future in doubt. About 80-90 percent of the estimated 1,000 applicants who have applied for visas in Moscow since mid-March have received a green rejection slip, according to five Russian agencies that arrange the interviews. Last year, the number was 35-40 percent, they said, and more than 6,300 in all were approved.

The U.S. Embassy refused to comment.

This incident is just the most sensational example of a Russia policy that stands in ruins because of the stark incompetence of McFaul and his boss, Barack Obama.   They began with a “reset” policy that ignored horrific Russian human rights violations in pursuit of vainglorious appeasement, and then were humiliated when the U.S. Congress forced them to accept the Magnitsky Law banning dozens of Russian government figures from U.S. shores because of crimes against humanity.

Now, McFaul stands humiliated before the world, hoist with the petard of his own words. This man clearly has no idea what he is doing and should never have been appointed, just as Obama should never have been elected.

6 responses to “Stark Humiliation for Michael McFaul in Russia

  1. Minsky ⋅

    The student-visa situation is incredibly stupid, as nearly everyone is commenting on the MT, and is pro-Putin in keeping Russians ever more isolated from the rest of the world. who knows, maybe McFaul has reached a deal with the Kremlin to keep Russians out of the US, as a way to appease Putin by keeping his people from being contaminated with ideas from the West?

  2. F5_Twister ⋅

    Interesting. I thought the Consular Sections worldwide were directly controlled by the Department of State and the US Citizenship and Immigration Services and were independent from the embassies and ambassadors.

    • MCCUSA ⋅

      Why shouldn’t the world let russia totally disintegrate; after the liberation of all non-russian nations under russian yoke, nations with their proper territory, languages, history, religions; then we can talk about democration of russia proper which is a small territory around novgorod…

  3. Clearly J-1 exchange visas and B-1 tourist visas are NOT handled similarly. I don’t know what accounts for the J-1 visa discrepancies for Russian summer visitors, but the tourist visas seemingly remain strong.

    My recent flights between the US and Russia have been filled with Russian tourists (and seemingly a handful of Russian emigres).

    I’d say the visa issue is the only positive aspect of the “reset.” It’s a success, by all measures, and and it’s great this positive development has remained, despite other bilateral challenges.

    I was recently given a 3-year, multiple entry visa to Russia, as a tourist — the same reciprocity exists for Russians who want to come to the US. The process was pretty painless, and I’m thankful for it. Visiting other countries promotes understanding, which Americans and Russians definitely need about each other.

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