Deep in the Great Depression, when many Americans doubted whether capitalism had disappointed them, the influential left-wing literary critic Edmund Wilson sailed with open eyes on Soviet "socialism" to Russia. It was not long before the scales fell from his eyes.
"They do not even have the beginnings of democratic institutions, but they are worse off than they were at the beginning," he confessed to a friend in 1938. "They have totalitarian rule over a political machine." In fact, he wrote to the Finnish station his admiring attitude towards the Bolshevik fire fire Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin was already ankle-high in the blood, murdered opponents at home and abroad and planned to undermine the West.
Vladimir Putin's Russia has resumed many practices of the old Communist leaders, albeit with far more domestic popularity, which created fears of its former Soviet neighbors, anxiety in Western Europe and alarm in the districts of official Washington disgusted by President Donald J. Trumps Preference for foreign strong men. Trump's critics, who have already wasted terabytes to ban Putin from engaging in US politics, his conquest of Crimea, and the murder of dissidents and defectors, will use his alpha male gesture and his remarks to sign that he has been Carried out cheated as in Singapore when Kim Jong Un acted as peacemaker and was then dragged home to continue working on his nuclear weapons.
But the Helsinki television spectacle is just another distraction from what was going on below deck, Russia and Trump. Yes, he said that he did not enthusiastically impose sanctions on Putin's cronies, but he also quietly allowed the US defense against the Russian subversion to fade ̵
On June 20, Trump had John Bolton, his former restrictive national security adviser – the third in 18 months – eliminate cyber czar Rob Joyce from the White House all his office. "This is definitely not the signal you want to send to your allies and your opponents," said Michael Daniel, who served as the cybersecurity coordinator under President Barack Obama at a congressional hearing in mid-May.
Not that Joyce would have been allowed to do much. For 18 months, critics had been alarmed by Russian, Chinese, Iranian and North Korean hackers and Subversion complaining that the White House had not exempted Joyce to seize the numerous reins of cyber defense across multiple agencies and merge them into one Restrict strategy. Dan Coats, Trump's own director of National Intelligence (the monster invented 16 years ago to coordinate our spies and counter-spy agencies), addressed Congress: "There is not a single agency that addresses the issue." It's clearly something that needs to be addressed and addressed as quickly as possible, "he said.
The White House refused to let Joyce testify, and the National Center for Counterespionage and Security, which is said to play a key role in the In the beginning of June, Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has nominated former FBI agent William Evanina, who has been holding the agency in an "active" role since 2014 leads to a peasant in the Republican war against the Justice Department made the Hillary Clinton and Russiagate investigations It is set indefinitely as Russia intensifies its preparations for the 2018 mid-term elections. Meanwhile, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstenen Nielsen issued a cybersecurity strategy paper in mid-May, saying the DHS "rethought its approach."
] The Kremlin must grin. Victoria Nuland, the Obama administration's senior government representative for Russia, told congress in June that Moscow is "boosting" its secret social media efforts to separate Americans from hot-dogs such as racial and gun control. Nuland, the US ambassador to NATO The George W. Bush administration and a top advisor to former Vice President Dick Cheney, like many other experts, believes that Putin's ultimate goal is to increase American confidence in their major institutions – the of federal defense over the courts until the elections – to undermine. He was so successful, she said, that China is emulating its techniques, "conducting disinformation campaigns and influencing operations in Taiwan, Australia and other neighboring countries."
That's not surprising. Subversion was a weapon since the Greeks invented the Trojan horse about 3000 years ago, Lenin smuggled Lenin back from Russia to Russia in 1917 to stoke chaos and drive Moscow out of World War I (in turn, Germany was tempted to Mexico staged the southwestern United States) Britain secretly financed anti-Bolshevik organizations to overthrow the Russian Revolution and assassinate Lenin. The so-called "Lockhart Affair", named after London's envoy in Moscow, is largely forgotten in the US Westernly it is engraved in the memory of Russia's security officials – and certainly in the minds of Putin, a former KGB agent, Putin, Foreign Minister Hill Clinton's support for Russian civil rights groups supported a repeat.
And it's the payback period.
In recent years, Russia has fanned the far-right nationalist parties in Britain, France, Italy, Germany and its former countries Soviet states are breaking up the European Union and NATO. Britain's "Brexit" has been a spectacular success, though facts about its exact role are hard to grasp. However, according to a report in Thursday's Washington Post Special Adviser Robert Mueller is examining relations between the Russians, a shadowy group of wealthy Britons and Trump campaign officials in the Brexit campaign.
or maybe because of this background, it's hard to imagine Trump making a U-turn and strengthening the US defense. In the meantime, good things could actually come from the Finnish summit, some experienced Kremlin observers report Newsweek . "I keep my judgment" until after the summit, said former CIA Russia hand Daniel Hoffman. There are areas of cooperation that could sustain both sides in countering terrorism in North Korea to prevent the proliferation of nuclear or biological weapons, he said. There is also an urgent need to extend the 2011 Atomic Warhead Reduction Treaty, known as New START, which expires in 2021. Trump says the conclusion of the wild war in Syria is high on his agenda.
Trump and Putin could do all this – not a bad thing. It is the prospect that Putin will call for trump sanctions sanctions, as the price of looking good in Helsinki is worrying many observers. Under this pressure they are worried that Trump might give Putin a passport on the conquest of Crimea, a red line for German Angela Merkel and other NATO members. If he can get away with it, they fear that Putin's appetite for recapturing the former Soviet territory in the Baltic or Eastern Europe will only be aroused.  Others say, give peace a chance. "I'm not in an antigovernment camp," says Nina Khrushcheva, the great-granddaughter of Soviet Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev, who nearly brought the world to nuclear extinction by smuggling ballistic missiles into Cuba. "They've been talking so long that they'll have to meet sometime."
Plus, psychometrics is good, she said. "Trump is in the role of showing his masculinity around the world, and Putin is in World-Statesman mode after the Petersburg [International Economics] forum, the World Cup, etc.," said Khrushchev, now a professor of international affairs in the New School. "So you both feel strong from a position." It's a long way from September 2016, when Obama told Putin to put a stop to it – meaning to interfere in the US election.
And it's not so The speeches of the two presidents is a problem, they and others agree. It's more about what comes next. Will it be good or bad? Who knows that?
"If they really get along with each other as they intend," Khrushchev said, "real collusion will begin here."