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Post Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War
Created by John Eipper on 03/03/17 3:35 AM

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Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War (Paul Pitlick, USA, 03/03/17 3:35 am)

As a follow-up to Massed Malek's post of March 3rd, I just read an interesting report in the current New Yorker, which summarizes pertinent pieces of Russian history from the breakup of the Soviet Union. I've had some experience in Russia, but not for more than 10 years, and I'm not any particular expert. The article seems a fair summary to me, and I think WAISworthy. As you can see, I'd love to get Cameron Sawyer's assessment, and perhaps others with Russian expertise (Robert Gibbs comes to mind).

An excerpt: "Later, in an interview, Wyden (Ron, D-Oregon) said, 'My increasing concern is that classification now is being used much more for political security than for national security. We wanted to get that out before a new Administration took place. I can't remember seven senators joining a declassification request.' Asked if he suspects that there has been improper contact between the Trump campaign and Russian interests, Wyden said, 'I can't get into that'-without revealing classified information. 'But what I can tell you is, I continue to believe, as I have for many months, that there is more that could be declassified.' He added, 'When a foreign power interferes with American institutions, you don't just say, "Oh, that's business as usual," and leave it at that. There's a historical imperative here, too.' After viewing the classified materials, Mark Warner, of Virginia, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said of the Russia investigation, 'This may very well be the most important thing I do in my public life.'"

The original article is available on-line, but it needs a subscription. Perhaps it can be linked through this NY Times editorial:


JE comments:  Clicking through the link above does lead you to the New Yorker piece.  I haven't read it yet, but I did hear an interview with two of the authors (Evan Osnos and David Remnick) on Wednesday's episode of the radio show Fresh Air.  The authors give an excellent overview of Putin's motivations for attempting to destabilize the US.  One takeaway from the interview:  With their hacking shenanigans, Putin and Co. were seeking merely to weaken their archenemy Hillary Clinton, and did not expect an outright Trump victory.  Now the Kremlin and Russia's official media are backing away from their earlier exuberance vis-à-vis the US president.

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