Michael McFaul, Putin’s Best Friend
In the latest installment of her Russia column on the powerful and influential mega-blog The American Thinker, LR founder and publisher Kim Zigfeld exposes the horrifying treachery of the Hoover Institution‘s Michael McFaul, as he feverishly works to help the fetid, odious Obama administration cover its tracks on Russia. Kim points her finger directly at McFaul, showing how he has betrayed his conservative lineage in favor of the glitz and glamor of the Obama White House, allowing himself to be used as a smokescreen that can help Obama avoid responsibility for his heinous abrogation of American values where Russia policy is concerned.
To this we respond: What about Hoover?
Quite frankly, we think Hoover’s behavior in regard to McFaul maybe even more shocking and reprehensible than McFaul’s. We are stunned that other Hoover fellows have not come forward to denounce McFaul’s treachery, even as the wider conservative movement, and the Republican Party, as Kim shows in her piece, are beginning to awaken and take McFaul to task.
As Kim points out, McFaul isn’t the first Hooverite to betray the Reagan legacy and help lead America down the wrong path on Russia. It was Hoover’s Condoleezza Rice who presided over the Bush administration, the one that “looked in Putin’s eyes” and “glimpsed his soul” and proclaimed him trustworthy. It was Rice who permitted Bush to hold a White-House photo-op with war criminal Vladimir Shamanov.
Yet there has been no censure by Hoover of Rice, nor is there of McFaul. As we see it, Hoover is also guilty of treachery. It seems to us that both McFaul and Hoover are far more interested in personal aggrandizement and the luxury of fame and power rather than in the values they are supposed to hold dear.
At the drop of a hat, McFaul was ready to sign on with Obama and allow his name, previously associated with a strong stand on American values where Russia is concerned, to be used for propaganda purposes by the malignant Obama regime. Similarly, Hoover seems to feel that the publicity and prestige that being associated with the halls of power can bring are far more important than doing the right thing.
Obama claimed that ignoring Russian human rights violations would win nuclear arms reduction. In fact, no significant reductions in Russian arms have been achieved. He claimed it would recruit Russia in the war against Iran, yet Russia has just flouted American sanctions an continues to supply the rogue regime with horrifying nuclear technology.
McFaul ought to have seen the light when Obama met with Oleg Kozlovsky and openly told him, in so many words, that he did not care about the fate of the people of Russia or about democracy and American values in post-Soviet space, that he care only about his own political agenda. McFaul ought to have resigned that very day. In the manner of a Neville Chamberlain or Jimmy Carter, Obama is paving the way for a new era of darkness in post-Soviet space. McFaul is saying and doing nothing to stop it, and neither is Hoover.
So we condemn them both, and we call upon McFaul to resign. We have documented here on this blog the steady deterioration of American policy towards Russia, the steady encouragement of the neo-Soviet crackdown. For a while, McFaul and Hoover might have been able to argue they were working from the inside to moderate this policy, but that argument is no longer credible. Now, both McFaul and Hoover are as much a part of the problem as Obama himself, and if they do not take action to step away from the carnage then they are to be blamed for it equally, and as such become our enemies.