The Anti-Russia Complex, The Power Elite and Law

The Anti-Russia Complex, The Power Elite and Law

General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., who is the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in July 2015 “My assessment today, is that Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security.” He said “If you want to talk about a nation that could pose an existential threat to the United States, I’d have to point to Russia. And if you look at their behavior, it’s nothing short of alarming.”

In February of 2015, NATO Supreme Commander Philip Breedlove said “”Russia has chosen to be an adversary and poses a long-term existential threat to the United States and to our European allies and partners.”

One can go back to the Russo-Georgian War in 2008 or to the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution to find reasons for such views among military leaders. However, military leaders can always find reasons and threats; history is filled with material to exploit. Military figures are trained, paid and promoted partly on the basis of clarity, firmness, and preparedness against potential enemies. They are bound to tend to have an anti-Russia and an anti-China bias, at least some of them; and these will be the most vocal and aggressive in publicizing their views. The same phenomenon is observed among those in Congress. There’s very little political downside to advocating military strength and to warning against enemies, small, large, real or imagined.

Men and women who have held positions in the military and politics also frequently get positions in think tanks and in defense companies. Being anti-Russia, or anti-enemies is a position that pays off handsomely if exploited over time.

Politicians find the anti-Russia position useful in another way. They need only link their opponents to a Russia viewed as an enemy or hostile force in the world. Hillary Clinton raised the issue of Russian cyber attacks in the first debate, Sept. 26, 2016. James R. Clapper, Jr., director of national intelligence, provided ambiguous but supportive statements less than two weeks later, basically saying that he didn’t know the source of hacked e-mails being released by Wikileaks: “We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.” He attributed the hacking to computer servers located in Russia. In early November, Julian Assange denied this: “The Clinton camp has been able to project a neo-McCarthyist hysteria that Russia is responsible for everything. Hillary Clinton has stated multiple times, falsely, that 17 U.S. intelligence agencies had assessed that Russia was the source of our publications. That’s false — we can say that the Russian government is not the source.”

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