Tuesday, November 8, 2016

A Former CIA Chief's Assessment On The State of Russia Today

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attend a news conference after a meeting on Syria in Geneva, Switzerland, August 26, 2016. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

John McLaughlin, OZY: The Bear Is Growling: Former CIA Chief's Report From Russia

Whoever wins the Oval Office on Tuesday — and however strong his or her mandate — the new U.S. president will begin by dealing with a Russia that is hostile, aggressive and tightly controlled by President Putin. That is what came through over the course of the week that I and several colleagues spent in Russia, Ukraine and Latvia. During our travels, we had dozens of off-the-record conversations with Kremlin officials, members of Ukrainian and Latvian governments, and leaders of private organizations.

What we learned leaves no doubt that Russia will be in the top rank of the next administration’s foreign policy threats. Below, I’ve shared some of the reasons why.

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WNU Editor: Another U.S. citizen/reporter/official going to Russia .... spending a few days .... and coming back knowing everything that there is to know about the state of Russia today. Sighhhh ....

1 comment:

B.Poster said...

I think this is the price of being a major power. There are now a number of armchair Russians who think they know everything about Russia. Americans have had to deal with this for decades.

Your editor analysis could easily read as follows: "another (pick your country, any country/reporter from this country, official from said country) going to America....spending a few days....and coming back knowing everything there is to know about the state of America today."

"Sighhhh...." I understand the sentiment and fully emphasize. Americans are constantly having to deal with this. As I recall, you stated elsewhere that you have developed thick skin. Unfortunately I have yet to fully develop such thick skin.