This May be the Most Dangerous Point Ever in US-Russian Relations: Cohen

Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies at Princeton, Stephen Cohen, this week in The Nation, dissects the six “factually unverified allegations” that supposedly prove “Trump has been seditiously ‘compromised’ by the Kremlin” and that Trump and Putin worked together to steal the election.

His conclusion: “It is not Putin who is endangering US and international security, but rather the high-level political and intelligence enemies of détente. Similarly, it is not Putin who is degrading the US media with “fake news.” Nor is it Putin who is subverting the American political process…”

(An aside: many may be surprised to note, as well, that Cohen points out there is “no evidence” Putin is a “killer of personal enemies”. Other analysts have noted there is about as much evidence for this unverified theory, which is now an ironclad “fact” in the US religio-nationalist doctrine, as there is for rightist conspiracy theories about the Clintons whacking dozens of political opponents.)

Cohen notes the Trump/Russia/Putin allegations are “exemplified now by New York Times columnists (who write of a “Trump-Putin regime” in Washington), strident MSNBC hosts, and unbalanced CNN commentators[. T]he practice is growing into a latter-day McCarthyite hysteria. Such politically malignant practices should be deplored wherever they appear, whether on the part of conservatives, liberals, or progressives.”

In an interview with Abby Martin, Cohen recently asserted this may be the most dangerous time in the history of US-Russian relations, and as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Martin notes “one senior military official recently admitted there are US special operations forces in every single country surrounding Russia.”

On the proxy war in Syria, Cohen notes ISIS has been “clearly abetted by the United States”, and that for Russia, bolstering Assad is essential to stopping ISIS.  In Iraq, Cohen says if the US wanted to, it could close the “back door” being used by the jihadists the US is pushing out of Mosul to flee into Syria, but chooses to leave it open.

He also notes the idea that Russia should be okay with having NATO countries on its border is as “preposterous” as the idea that the US would be okay with having Russian or Chinese military bases on US borders.

(Video posted with permission of Abby Martin.)

Many believe this is the most important issue today, as it has the potential to kill everyone on the planet immediately, at any moment.  Cohen notes “no one should trust” the nuclear safeguards. We are, he says, on a “razor’s edge” of nuclear war. “Weapons on both sides are on high alert”. For the US to continue this nationalistic, unfounded demonizing of Putin and Russia is the “gravest danger”, but we could “turn this around. … The handful of us, or maybe there are more, who think we have to do this for our own security, will have to fight.”

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