The Russians and their Spies
Not even the most crazed of Russosphile or Russian nationalist fanatics can deny it: If a giant sleeper cell of American spies were discovered in Russia, seeking to secretly infiltrate every aspect of Russian society at its most intimate and basic levels, Russians would be livid with rage. Nashi would march on the American embassy with furious anger, screaming epithets of hatred and bile, and America would be vilified as the Great Satan just as it often is in places like Iran. We wouldn’t be surprised if the Russian Orthodox Church weighed in.
So what are Americans to make of the fact that Russians are doing it to them? How should they react? What should their response be when they learn that Russian nuclear bombers are patrolling their coastline, causing their fighter defenses to scramble? How should they understand the fact that Russia is ruled by a proud KGB spy who is liquidating every American value at breakneck speed?
There is only one conclusion Americans can draw: Just as in Soviet times, Russians hate Americans, despise their values, and want to see America destroyed. Russian diplomatic efforts like the recent visit of so-called “president” Dima Medevedev are nothing but smoke and mirrors, and effort to get Americans to drop their guard so Russia can slip in a sucker punch.
How dare Russians expect anything but cold-war confrontation from the United States when they continue to treat the US like an enemy? They have a proud KGB spy as their ruler, who is obliterating American values of democracy and human rights, they are tormenting the US with nuclear terror, and they are unleashing armies of spies. Meanwhile, they seek to sow dissent and discord among the NATO allies, and are “shocked, shocked” when America seeks to drive a wedge between Russia and Eastern Europe. It could not be more clear that Russians hate America and its values just as much as they ever did in Soviet times.
And make no mistake: These are Vladimir Putin’s spies. They were put in place during the Putin “presidency,” put in place by a “president” who is himself a proud KGB spy and former spymaster at Lubianka. The efforts of these Keystone Spies were truly pathetic. As Alexander Golts puts it: “Russian intelligence uses a network of undercover agents without diplomatic cover in the United States to confirm what is available to any regular Joe who knows how to do a basic Google search. In essence, Russian intelligence and the spies they hire are like soldiers who wear night-vision goggles in the daytime: They’re blind as bats and sitting ducks for U.S. counterintelligence.”
Let’s be clear about another thing: They are Russians. They are secret citizens of Russia now being expelled back to their country, and in bizarre fashion Russia is releasing other Russian citizens from jail to compensate the United States for their freedom. Not one American citizen arrested in Russia for spying is being being released in exchange for these Russian citizens caught spying in the United States.
Finally, just because these spies are, like Putin himself, laughably incompetent (and quintessentially Russian — the lead female spy’s current beau was soon revealed to be facing rape charges while her ex-husband was selling kinky nude photos of her to the tabloids for quick cash) does nothing to ameliorate their intentions, which were to destroy America by any means possible. That the USSR ultimately failed to achieve this same goal likewise does nothing to moderate Soviet hatred for the USA, and Vladimir Putin is part and parcel of that malignant system.
It is, of course, a confrontation Russia can no more win than could the USSR. American power is vastly greater than Russia’s, and the only hope Russia has is that America will be blighted by weak leadership, such as it is getting now from Barack Obama. But such leadership only delays the day of Russia’s ultimate collapse, Obama can no more hand Russia victory than could the weakling Jimmy Carter.
Meanwhile, it goes without saying that the greatest punishment for these spies themselves will be forced repatriation to Russia. The shock they will receive upon arrival is something we’d pay to witness.