Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) listens to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a news conference at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York, December 18, 2015. REUTERS/EDUARDO MUNOZ
Michael Weiss, Daily Beast: Barack Obama’s Wrong: The New Cold War's Only Just Begun
From propaganda to missile deployments, Russian leader Vladimir Putin is testing Obama’s resolve—while claiming to be America’s victim.
In one of the better studies of Putinology to appear in the last year, Mikhail Zygar’s All the Kremlin’s Men does much to upend the conventional wisdom about U.S.-Russian relations, particularly as offered by the American architects of those relations over the past eight years.
“Vladimir Putin,” Zygar writes, “did not like the new American president from the start. For him, Barack Obama was both soft and intractable… Paradoxically, Obama, the most idealistic and peace-loving U.S. president in living memory, became a symbol of war in Russia, a target for Russian state propaganda and racist jokes, and a hate figure for millions of patriotic Russians. He was caricatured as an ill-fated enemy doomed to be defeated by Vladimir Putin.”
Surveying some much-buried news over the last seven days, one begins to appreciate the weight of this grim appraisal.
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WNU Editor: I had to choke on this line from Michael Weiss' commentary ....
.... Obama, the most idealistic and peace-loving U.S. president in living memory.
President Obama has (via through his actions) not been peace-loving .... as for being idealistic .... I have seen him to be more fanatical in pursuing his statist/globalist/cultural agenda and being uncompromising whiel doing it.
As for Cold War Two .... while Moscow has a lot to be blamed for this rise in tensions .... Washington has not been as innocent as some may like to think it is.
For a contrary point of view that IMHO puts everything in perspective .... Are We Facing 'Cold War Two'? (May 18, 2016).