John Ransom

Aaron David Miller, a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, has an article running on CNN.com that purports to dispel five myths that conservatives have been nefariously spouting about Ukraine.

Now, Miller is certainly a tight writer, and has some advantage on the rest of us because he was a diplomat, albeit his expertise was in the Middle East from 1978 to 2003, not in countries of the former Soviet bloc.

But after reading his apologia for Obama regarding the Russian seizure of the Crimea, I think it would be better if he brought more facts to his case rather than just rhetoric.

If his CNN article is in any wise an indication of his diplomatic skills I wonder that there is not more killing in the Middle East. He casually dismisses Obama's complicity in the Ukraine pile up as an "urban" legend, forgetting that Obama pulled out of the missile shield in eastern Europe and helped pro-Russians gain power in Ukraine.

Miller asserts that we are not gone back to the Cold War, basically saying that because Moscow is firmly in the grasp of a vast capitalist wave that it would be impossible for Russia to reassemble the old evil, empire.

“There's no doubt that the United States and Russia have major differences,” says Miller. “But the issue is no longer ideological. Russian capitalism is here to stay, state-controlled and monitored though it may be. And what ideology exists has more to do with asserting Russian national interests than anything Marx or Lenin would have recognized.”

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Yes, that’s true but Lenin and Marx didn’t fight the Cold War, did they?


John Ransom

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