Too little, too late – but the open letter ‘It’s time to rethink our Russia policy’ at least opens the free-speech gates in the US | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Too little, too late – but the open letter ‘It’s time to rethink our Russia policy’ at least opens the free-speech gates in the US

A group of 103 international-relations scholars has called for change in America’s course on Russia in an open letter titled ‘It’s time to rethink our Russia policy.’ One is tempted to respond simply, “No sh*t.”

More appropriately, such a call might have been a surprise, but it has been needed since about 1992.

It’s not only the text that’s comment-worthy; the group of signatories is of some interest, too. Some of the statement’s backers possess a sound record of sincere support for a realist or at least reasonable American policy towards Russia. Indeed, at least one of them, Dmitry Simes, has been accused of being a Kremlin asset in the Soviet vigilante style of US media copiously on display during the Russiagate hysteria.

However, many are partly responsible for the sad state of US-Russian relations in having supported some of the worst aspects of America’s Russia policy. Some are only narrowly or casually familiar with Russian politics, and many are compromised by the specific nature of their deep involvement in American politics.

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