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Reset: U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul Announces Resignation

His appeasement policy led to Putin's rekindling of the USSR spirit.

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Kim Zigfeld

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February 4, 2014 - 10:06 am
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This is the legacy of McFaul in Russia. Instead of defending American values, McFaul minimized them. With a Ronald Reagan-style policy in place, perhaps Dozhd survives, perhaps Alexei Navalny does not get arrested and precluded from further participation in Russian elections.

The Russian ruble just hit a historical new low against the euro, and Russia’s manufacturing index dropped to a level it has hit only twice since the USSR collapsed, during the 1999 and 2009 economic crises. Russia has critical demographic issues. It is a weak country, in no position to resist a concerted demand from the U.S. to respect human rights and American values. But Obama and McFaul make no such demands, leaving Putin to be the proud KGB spy he is, building up Russian military power to the point where the U.S. once again faces a recalcitrant, nuclear monster.

It is now time for Republicans to demand an ambassador to Russia who understands that the country is ruled, as the House speaker recently proclaimed, by a “thug” who is sponsoring an American traitor and doing all he can to bring back the Cold War — with the aim of winning it this time.

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Kim Zigfeld is a New York City-based writer who publishes her own Russia specialty blog, La Russophobe. She also writes about Russia for the American Thinker and for Russia! magazine and is researching a book on the rise of dictatorship in Putin’s Russia.

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That's an adolescent nyah! nyah! nyah! comment.

Russia is a country based upon the survival of the thug-ist. Look at their history, violence, violence, violence. Crowns made no difference. The Bolsheviks came along and stomped on the Romanov's crown, leveling just about everything down as far as possible, but things haven't changed much since.

Gorbachev broke this sequence, remember that picture of him with his hand on Reagan's casket and his head bowed? I thought not.....selective, eh?

Naturally, Putin's opportunistic ascent was on bloody shoulders. How else?
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I don't think another ambassador would have made any difference.
Putin is Putin, and Obama is...a disaster.
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In an earlier age, you'd be making excuses for Stalin's bloody regime. Putin, is not benevolent and is not benign. He's a corrupt, power hungry tyrant. And if he's not a thug, he certainly behaves like one.
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> McFaul is the chief architect of Obama’s “reset” policy with Russia

What a childish outlook on life you have, Kim. Thinking of McFaul as the "chief architect" in Obama's Russia policy is like viewing Neil Armstrong as "the head scientist in charge of NASA".
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It would be great if you studied the facts before pontificating in an extremely misleading manner. Michael McFaul advised Obama on Russia even before Obama became president, and Obama relied entirely upon his advice in crafting his Russia policy. When things started to go bad in Russia, Obama tapped McFaul to actually live in Russia in hopes of implementing the "reset" policy more effectively. Before meeting McFaul, Obama knew almost nothing about Russia. McFaul was the sole architect of the "reset" policy and was personally responsible for implementing it.

You are entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts, and your childish, gratuitous personal insults show that you are not an individual who can be taken seriously.
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McFaul’s response: “Yes, whenever I get the chance, especially Lend-Lease, which is not well known here.”

I distinctly remember Solzhenitsyn acknowledging Lend-Lease, especially the Ford trucks that they got via Lend-Lease, as having an important role in the Soviet war effort. Solzhenitsyn served in the Red Army as an artillery officer and knew whereof he spoke. I have to believe that any of the surviving veterans would have seen the Ford logos on the trucks that took them to the front lines (or back for medical care or redeployment). It's very hard to imagine Lend-Lease being unknown to the generation that fought the war.
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I wonder why this is happening just before the Olympics? Odd timing.
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hopefully he will defect to the USSR as did Snowden
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1. There is no USSR.

2. Our founders would be thanking Snowdwn for blowing the whistle on the unlawful activities of our government.



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Greetings:

A small point perhaps, but back in the '70s, I spent sometime in Murmansk and there was a monument (with a small artillery piece on top) paying respect to the Americans who died in those convoys that resupplied the Russians.
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FWIIW, McFaul is nothing like "the chief architect of Obama’s “reset” policy with Russia" -he's simply a particularly incompetent attempt at a colonial ambassador. He couldn't even get away with bribing Putin's opposition without being caught on camera doing it. His incompetence would be on the order of ... the Russian ambassador being caught on CBS news bribing Ted Cruz.

Our resident slavering slavophobe, ziggy would hate any Russia not led by a kleptocratic puppet, she's not real long on facts.
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The Russians are more than a bit irrational when it comes to the memory of the Great Patriotic War. Consider an America which no longer celebrates its national holidays because the entire basis of the United States turned out to be a fraud. That's what Russia faced after the Communists left. The only damn thing that they did right during the 20th Century was to beat the Nazis. That is why their most important holiday in the post-Communist era has become VE Day.

Obviously it is more complicated than that. Molotov-Ribbentrop made them accessories to the crime that is WWII before the fact. Soviet tactics placed human life at the bottom of any list of values. None the less, they did endure horrific casualties however "earned" and to try to talk them into admitting that the Western Allies also bled would be futile.
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I don't think another ambassador would have made any difference.
Putin is Putin, and Obama is...a disaster.
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Who is a greater threat to America...Putin or Obama? Draw your own conclusions.
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