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Stephen Cohen on the Trump-Putin Summit

John Rowland

Posted on July 19, 2018 12:48

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Stephen F. Cohen tries to interject some balance and perspective to the environment of emotion and hysteria currently surrounding the Summit. He is professor emeritus of Russian studies, history and politics at New York University and Princeton University.

As a preeminent Russian scholar, Cohen (who is also a contributing editor for The Nation) said the reaction by most of the corporate media to the Trump-Putin Summit was like "mob violence."

He adds that Trump was simply doing what every President since FDR (in 1943 with Stalin) has done: meeting with head of the Kremlin.

He goes on to say that every President since Eisenhower has met with the leader of the Kremlin for "one existential purpose": to avoid war between the two nuclear superpowers.

Cohen believes that US-Russian relations today are more "dangerous" than they've ever been -- which includes the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Irrespective of his own personal politics, Cohen wants the US and Russia to be successful and do what's right for the nations: "walk back the conflicts that could lead to war." Every President has been encouraged to do this and was applauded in doing so by both US political parties -- but not Trump.

Invoking the notion of patriotism, Cohen states that many of Trump's rabid critics have "lost all sense of American national security," intimating that they prefer some exercise in presidential impeachment to averting war with a nuclear Russia.

The professor concludes his remarks by asking an interesting question:

"Why do these people [in D.C.] dislike Putin, the president of post-communist Russia, more than they ever seemed to have disliked the communist leaders (who killed tens of millions)? It’s more about us . . . than it’s about them and this is really dangerous, not permitting the President of the United States to keep us safe."

John Rowland

Posted on July 19, 2018 12:48

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