In a book to be published amid Russia’s devastating invasion of Ukraine, William Barr writes that “demonize [Vladimir] Putin is not “foreign policy” nor “the way adults should think”.
In an issue of Trump’s former attorney general’s forthcoming book, One damn thing at a time, seen by The Daily Beast, the Beilmann writes that a looming conflict with China means America should try to find “a more constructive relationship” with Russia. But: “Unfortunately, with the media ready to pounce on President Trump as a Russian henchman – if not as a Manchurian candidate – the President’s hands have been severely tied, especially during an election year.”
“That’s not how adults should think,” Barr continues, before ranting about a dynamic that has changed rapidly in the time between the book’s draft and when it hits shelves.
“The threat from Russia has changed dramatically since the collapse of the Soviet Union,” says Barr. “Today’s Russian Federation has about half the population of the old Soviet Union and less than half the US population. The larger Warsaw Pact countries – Poland, the former East Germany – are now part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The combined defense budgets of the three major Western European countries – Britain, France and Germany – are comparable to Russia’s. While Russia still has a strong nuclear arsenal, the prospect of Russian tanks rolling into the English Channel – a realistic scenario during the Cold War – is simply implausible now. While some goals of Russian foreign policy conflict with our own, Russian leaders no longer promote revolutionary ideology that predicts a general antagonism with the West. For them, foreign policy is now more of pure realpolitik.”
Barr goes on to say he fears that a “vacillating, at times vigilant” President Biden could give Putin room to “take more determined action on Russian strategic objectives.”
“Given Biden’s apparent weakness, Putin will likely feel that he is better off not making any concessions at all,” he adds.
Barr concludes: “Demonizing Putin is not foreign policy. If the world is still in one piece after Biden’s tenure, the United States needs to assess the possibility of putting our relations with Russia on a more positive footing.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/william-barr-blames-democrats-for-blocking-trump-putin-detente-in-one-damn-thing-after-another?source=articles&via=rss William Barr accuses Democrats of blocking Trump-Putin détente in ‘One Damn Thing At A Time’