Deripaska buys himself a Senator
A while back, we wrote about a report being released by a committee chaired by former Democratic Senator Gary Hart and Republican turncoat Senator Chuck Hagel, following their meeting in Moscow with Russian “president” Dmitri Medvedev. LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld also wrote about the report in her Russia column on Pajamas Media. This supposedly “bipartisan” commission was in fact nothing more than a Kremlin propaganda project, and all those who participated in it must be seen either as dangerously stupid or even more dangerously treacherous.
We lean towards treachery, because we’ve learned that Putin-friendly oligarch Oleg Deripaska lurks behind the report, making it seem that the document was bought and paid for by the Moscow Kremlin.
We noted in our previous editorial that the Hart-Hagel Commission was sponsored in part by the Nixon Center, which is run by Russian Dmitri Simes. We’ve often exposed the Nixon Center’s outrageously shameless failure to confront neo-Soviet Russia. The report itself was published on the NC’s website (PDF link).
But what we didn’t mention was that the other sponsor of this nasty little exercise was Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, which claims Deripaska as a proud member.
So not one but two Russians, one with direct and deep ties to Putin regime, stand behind the Hart-Hagel Commission, an entity which does not include a single serious critic of the Putin regime. When its report was released, it totally ignored the issue of human rights in Russia and called upon the U.S. to reevaluate and revise its relationship with Russia in Russia’s favor — it made no such demands upon Russia.
So even without knowing who funded this abhorrent activity, even a child would be suspicious that it had been bought and paid for by the Kremlin. And now, it seems quite clear that in fact it was.
There are no words which can adequately condemn the treachery of Hart, a disgraced former presidential contender pathetically struggling to get back it the spotlight by any means possible, or of Hagel, who seems hellbent on betraying his own party out pure malignant spite, and to hell with American national security. It’s one thing for villians like these to simply argue openly for the Kremlin’s interests, but it’s quite something else to for them to hide their motivations and their support under a veil of impressive words like “bipartisan.”
We are at war, and it is time the world realized that. The Kremlin is moving into full-scale battle mode as its economic failure becomes more and more apparent, just as the USSR did a few decades ago. If we are not prepared to contest the war just as Ronald Reagan once did, that is the only hope the Kremlin can have for victory.
Last week, U.S. Army General John Craddock declared in testimony before the U.S. Senate that “Russia seems determined (to) see Euro-Atlantic security institutions weakened and has shown a readiness to use economic leverage and military force to achieve its aims.” He said that the notion that no countries were under threat of invasion in Europe or Asia had been “proven false” and that Russia’s “actions in Georgia in August 2008 and with European natural gas supplies in January 2009, suggest that their overall intent may be to weaken European solidarity and systematically reduce U.S. influence.”
In other words, we are at war. Maybe now it’s time to go to the barricades, Mr. Obama?