The Passionate Attachment

America's entanglement with Israel

Suspicious Minds in Moscow — With Good Reason

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In a Foreign Policy piece, Leon Aron, the pro-Israel director of Russian studies at the American Enterprise Institute, castigates Moscow for “tormenting” U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul:

Just as “all politics is local” so, too, is much of foreign policy domestic politics. With the Kremlin’s legitimacy badly damaged in the parliamentary and presidential elections this past December and March, it has again resorted to tried and true tactics of all authoritarian institutions: creating an alleged external danger to rally the people around the flag and to smear and marginalize opponents as agents of foreign enemies. Putin’s enemy of choice has always been the United States. And until it feels completely in control again (which does not seem to be likely anytime soon), the Kremlin’s policy will be informed largely by anti-Americanism — in order to lend as much credence as possible to the narrative of protecting the Motherland against the scheming enemies of Russia on the outside, and the fifth columnists within. That McFaul is highly respected and personally liked by those “fifth columnists” makes him a particularly dangerous man in Moscow.

Conceptually, the reset is clearly at odds with Putin’s dependence on anti-American rhetoric to galvanize his support base and to satisfy the myriad bureaucratic interest groups that, in one way or another, benefit from perceptions of Russia as a “besieged fortress.” Hence, we now see an anti-American propaganda the likes of which, in crudeness and shamelessness, we have seen since 1985. Witness a “documentary” on a state-controlled national television channel, shortly after McFaul came to Moscow, in which his writings on democracy promotion were used to bolster an accusation that, in essence, he was sent by the CIA to foment a color revolution. Thus the calling out of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a “signaler” to anti-Putin opposition. And finally, an utterly base “Anatomy of the Protest” documentary (on the same NTV network) that showed allegedly U.S. officials distributing money and cookies (yes: evil, wanton democracy cookies) to the anti-Putin protesters. Welcome to Moscow, Mr. Ambassador…

The recent collapse or likely future downfall of authoritarian regimes throughout the Middle East — some of which had (Libya) or still have (Syria) close ties with Russia — and the relatively recent color revolutions in the countries of the former Soviet Union have generated heightened sensitivity in Moscow about the stability of Putin’s managed democracy. The Kremlin knows that vast majority of Russians are aware of an apparent irony: their country has defied global trends that have been marked by leadership transitions by way of revolution, ballot box, or authoritarian succession.

No doubt the Kremlin also knows the role of the National Endowment for Democracy in advancing those “global trends” — as well as McFaul’s long association with Uncle NED.

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

April 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. GLOBALIST,IMPERIALIST ”CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT” AND ZIONIST NEOCON SABAN CENTER HOST PANELS ON IRAN AND ITS PROSPECTS FOR DEMOCRACY…SOME ARE NOSTALGIC FOR THE ERA OF THE OVERTHROWN U.S. BACKED WAR CRIMINAL DICTATOR AND GENOCIDAL REZA SHAH http://thenakedfacts.blogspot.com/2012/04/globalistimperialist-carnegie-endowment.html

    ALI

    April 20, 2012 at 10:04 am

  2. Thanks, Ali.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    April 22, 2012 at 3:38 pm

  3. Ever heard of Norman Dodd?

    Osiris

    May 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm


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