US military magazine Stars and Stripes published a WaPo piece noting that Carter Page, an “American foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump”, says the US takes an “‘often-hypocritical focus on democratization, inequality, corruption and regime change’ in its dealings with Russia, China and Central Asia.”
Indeed, while its elites claim a desire to ‘spread democracy’, the US itself, as the largest academic studies indicate, is not a democracy, but an oligarchy. It is common for a country’s elites to claim their undemocratic government is democratic (see the German Democratic Republic, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, etc.).
When this discrepancy is brought up to US elites, they tend to say something along the lines of ‘that’s because people are idiots and democracy would never work’. They then go back to claiming they want to spread democracy. Another common response is an admission that the US is not a democracy, but a ‘republic’ – another of North Korea’s choice euphemisms for its system of government.
WaPo notes that Page is less “adversarial” than the US Dems and Repubs over Russia’s role in “the war in Syria, the conflict in Ukraine and other issues”, adding that indeed, the “bilateral relationship” between Russia and the Dems and Repubs “has soured to Cold War-era levels in recent years.” Washington is currently increasing its aggressive posture towards Russia in Eastern Europe.
WaPo continues that Trump is “broadly noninterventionist, questioning the need for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and calling for Europe to play a larger role in ensuring its security.” Page, too, “has regularly criticized U.S. intervention”:
In one article for Global Policy Journal, he wrote, “From U.S. policies toward Russia to Iran to China, sanctimonious expressions of moral superiority stand at the root of many problems seen worldwide today.”
Page wrote that the war in eastern Ukraine was “precipitated by U.S. meddling in the Maidan revolution…
WaPo ends with an ominous-sounding description of Page, noting he “has ties to former Soviet-bloc politics”, indicating that perhaps US citizens should still be worried about ‘the Communists’ taking over the world. Or maybe it is still what the great Winston Churchill warned of: a “worldwide conspiracy” of “international Jews”, who “have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their heads and have become practically the undisputed masters”.
Even if we are facing down an international conspiracy of commie Jews – or is it crazy commie Russian Arab African Venezuelan Persians now? – since Russian and Western experts continue to note with increasing alarm that the US is pushing closer and closer towards nuclear war, maybe it would actually be a good idea to have people on staff in the US who can put themselves in the shoes of the other side and try to de-escalate?