The Difference Between The U.S. And Russia

Posted: August 12, 2011 in Songs of Space and Nuclear War
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What’s the difference between the U.S. and Russia?  Well, one difference is the U.S. is not a yet a well-recognized kleptocracy oligarchy.  According to former Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, Russia has become:

"an oligarchy run by the secret services," and according to unsubstantiated State Department cables, Russia is a virtual "mafia state."

Another difference is the U.S. interest in promoting human rights.  And when the administration issues a proclamation “declaring it U.S. policy to bar officials guilty of violating human rights and humanitarian law from entering the United States,” how do the Russians respond?  By creating a list of U.S. officials who will be banned from Russia.

Why would the administration feel compelled to issue such a proclamation?  To likely “head off legislation known as the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act.”  Proclamation?  No big deal.  Legislation?  Bigger deal.

That Russian leadership would feel compelled to create a ‘banned in/enemies of’ list suggests several possible things: a reset on the Russian reset; a newfound lack of respect towards the U.S. the Russians now feel more comfortable placing on parade; a move towards nationalistic Putinism and the creation of an external enemy by Medvedev in anticipation of upcoming elections (and likely power-struggle with Putin).   

It’s also suggestive that the good-cop/bad-cop routine employed by the Russians with the U.S. (and NATO) to try and get their way on missile defense is being recognized as a failure.  Now, Russian political action is being generated for consumption by an internal audience.  If so, this means it’s become a game of who can best defend the Russian honor; that means we can expect the belligerent Russian rhetoric to increase.

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