Is U.S.-Russian Rivalry Only for Show?

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The United States and Russia put on a good display of being at each other’s throats. But what if that rivalry is nothing more than a show?

As I covered in my last article on the relationship between the Russian and U.S. Intelligence Services, it’s according to Intelligence that governments plan their negotiations and decide whether or not to put forth a plan for military deployment. This is a perfectly normal and sensible approach to foreign policy. However, the line is crossed at the point where Intelligence Services are used to create situations where deployment would seem viable, e.g. by manipulating intelligence and cooking up statistics.

Russian and U.S. foreign policy has been both very intimately and very discretely linked in the past few decades: wherever the U.S. deploys its troops, they find themselves faced with enemies armed with Russian weaponry and gear; and whenever Russia cracks down on former Soviet allies for insubordination, they very often find themselves facing rebels armed with supposedly stolen or smuggled U.S. weapons. At the same time, Russia often sends the U.S. warnings when it is about to launch an attack in the Middle East, and threatens to stay out of the conflict and leave the U.S. to their own devices (for example the deployments in Syria and Iraq), while the U.S. calls Russia on what it calls infringements of human rights and impingements on the sovereignty of its neighbors. And yet, neither ever actually personally intervenes in the other’s affairs! [Read more…]

Snowden’s Russian Reversal

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In former Soviet Russia, tyrant rescues you from tyranny.

In this bizarro world, whistleblower and defender of liberty extraordinaire Edward Snowden has found aid to his flight from tyranny in one of the oddest places imaginable: Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Snowden slipped out of his hiding place in Hong Kong to stop off in Moscow before hopefully finding asylum elsewhere in the world.

Now, it should be pretty obvious that Putin is no friend of government transparency and civil rights. He is merely reveling in any and every opportunity to stick it to the global hedgemon and his greatest old rival, the United States, that presents itself. It’s just a shame that this last vestige of a bygone era and stereotypical awesome movie villain ended up on the side of liberty this time.

When a country ruled by a former KGB agent serves as a crucial ally to a selfless servant of truth and transparency against the U.S. government, the so-called “land of the free” needs a major reality check.