Crosstalk: NATO-Russia Impasse w. Scott Ritter, David Swanson (++)

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      Passionate Progressive
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      Over the past two and half years Russia and NATO have agreed on very little, if anything. However, both agreed to meet for a high-level meeting and they did in Brussels. Both sides made their case. Nothing was really resolved. Lots of words. What happens next may be actions. CrossTalking with Brad Blankenship (CGTN), Scott Ritter, and David Swanson.

      The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

      It takes all the technical proficiency our system can provide to make up for the woeful lack of popular support and political savvy of most of the regimes that the West has thus far sought to prop up.........Bernard Fall

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      Yanath
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        Passionate Progressive
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        the field of political science just diminished its emphasis on foreign languages/area studies and simultaneously believing there was a need for the US to deal with Russia ‘bi-laterally’ or in other words as equals.  Scott Ritter points to this phenomenon in academia and/its manifestation in the Washington, DC establishment when he observes (about 19:30 minutes) the Cold War diplomatic-military intellectuals and how those with specialties in area studies have been replaced by ‘Putin whisperers’.  Scott’s wife is Russian – so his perspective is far from dominant but no less important… I observe through zoom participation and watching what youtube presentation I can and there is an absence of academics that represent the world as Russia (or other adversaries) see it…..The government (majority of academic) presentations are presented from the paradigm of US exceptionalism and the de facto US rules based order and not international law…As Peter LaVelle says, policy-makers play to their Russophobic bubble.

        Political science as taught in the US is mutually exclusive from that taught in Europe and beyond….this phenomenon is reflected in US government institutions.

        The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

        It takes all the technical proficiency our system can provide to make up for the woeful lack of popular support and political savvy of most of the regimes that the West has thus far sought to prop up.........Bernard Fall

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          soryang
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          go along and get along or else! the problem with area experts begins when they stick to their analysis rather than being team players. When they threaten someone’s money river or empire, they have to be expelled. After a while, the only people left are sycophants parroting the party line.

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      Yanath
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      Peter Levelle often seems confused about why US political leaders and diplomats can’t put themselves in the shoes of others, but it isn’t really all that mysterious and complicated, in my opinion.

      We have a system in place that richly rewards greed and sociopathic conduct. We shouldn’t be surprised by an overabundance of people in positions of power who simply cannot identify with the pain and suffering of others, and are willing to bring about mass death in pursuit of their self-serving goals.

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