The Unz Review:ㅤJust WHY Did the US Deep State Declare War On Russia?, by John Derbyshire

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The Unz Review:ㅤJust WHY Did the US Deep State Declare War On Russia?, by John Derbyshire

10-02-24 05:10:00,

[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com]

Yesterday, I mentioned David Goldman’s scorn in his recent Asia Times piece (Mike Pompeo’s four China mistakes in one sentence, January 31, 2024) for what I called “our foolish and feckless China policy.”

I was still chuckling over Goldman’s critique when I settled down to watch Tucker Carlson interviewing Vladimir Putin on X.

Ep. 73 The Vladimir Putin Interview pic.twitter.com/67YuZRkfLL

— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) February 8, 2024

The interview actually confirmed David Goldman’s scorn for our foreign policy elite. Our post-Soviet Russia policy was equally foolish and equally feckless.

Putin’s main beef is NATO’s eastward expansion, with our apparent intention to continue it all the way across Ukraine to Russia’s borders.

Given the facts of mid-20th-century history and the instability of Russia in the immediate post-Soviet years, you can’t blame the Baltic and East European states wanting to be in a defensive alliance.

Why did we have to be part of it, though? —in fact the lead decision-maker in it, sometimes overriding the wishes of European countries, according to Putin?

A sensible U.S. foreign policy would have been to leave NATO the week after the Warsaw Pact was dissolved in February 1991.

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