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Sabotage: US Officials 'Distort Image of Russia' to Keep Their Own Jobs

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Many US officials obstinately refuse to understand the benefits from Russian-US cooperation and they willfully try to tarnish Russia's image, according to former CIA officer Philip Giraldi.

A whole array of US experts and officials create and use Russia's hostile image in order to hold down their jobs, former CIA officer Philip Giraldi, who is now executive director of the Council for the National Interest, said in his article published by the opinion journal American Conservative.

He said that when in Moscow, he often met ordinary Russians who asked him why Washington hates Russians so much and "why does the American press seemingly have nothing good to say about them?"

Giraldi admitted that he eventually failed give a clear-cut answer, even though he tried to attribute the problem to the political situation in Russia.

Touching upon the negative stance on Russia, Giraldi acknowledged that "there are many older Americans entrenched in the media and government as well as in the plentitude of think tanks who will always regard Russia as the enemy."

"And then there are the more cunning types who always need the threat of an enemy to keep their well-paid jobs in the government itself and also within the punditry, both of which rely on the health and well-being of the military-industrial-congressional complex," he said.

He also wondered why those in the White House and the US media fail to realize the fact that "a good relationship with Russia is indispensable."

Giraldi touted Russia as a good partner in Syria and a driving force to hold current talks on resolving the Syrian gridlock. In addition, Russia "has consistently been a reliable ally against terrorism, in recognition of its own vulnerability to ISIS and other Islamic militants," according to him.

"One does not have to love Mother Russia or Vladimir Putin to appreciate that it is in America's interest to develop a cooperative relationship based on shared interests," Giraldi pointed out.

He recalled that President Putin has more than once "asked for dialogue, asking only that Washington show some respect to Moscow, a reasonable plea."

This year, Giraldi said, Putin confirmed his country's readiness to cooperate with the United States.

"It is an offer that should not and cannot be refused by anyone who genuinely cares for the United States of America and the American people," Giraldi concluded.

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  • Ivan Zadorozhny
    Military industria complex at work.
  • ptcjmin reply toIvan Zadorozhny(Show commentHide comment)
    Ivan Zadorozhny, and somehow the Americans just are so "jailed" in their own framework of thinking and reasoning that there just doesn't seem the slightest spot of light available to brighten their sight as even an inch is too far to reach. Why, one would wonder? This very chain of reasoning keeps them jailed in their universal bubble of misconception when relating to emotions like, .....you don't have to love .........Russia or Putin to ....//
    How about relating to international law as a pretext for respect for international relations.....for Gods sake......lunatics!. Matches have already been invented.......
  • marcanhalt
    WHOOOOOSH! Did you feel that clean, fresh air going through the room? Anyone who wrestles with the Federal bureaucracy of the US, on any level, knows what he is saying. New recruits to the IRS will tell you that they were hired to FIND errors in income tax returns, for example. "And if you want to keep your job, you will find those errors." And, of course, we have hordes of Harvard political science majors, with worthless degrees I might add, who would not know what to do without seeing "danger" behind every bush, in every book they read. We are a nation of paranoids who are fed paranoia by those who have no business int he public sector. And so much for value of Obama's "Colombia University education." He is one big fraud.
  • marcanhaltin reply toIvan Zadorozhny(Show commentHide comment)
    Ivan Zadorozhny, You are obviously thinking outside of the matrix of a 'food chain' with this conclusion. It is far more complex than this.
  • Said
    There are obvious reasons why the so called "US-Elite" hates a sovereign Russia that dares to disobey imperial orders, see i.e. m.strategic-culture.org/news/2016/01/05/america-now-aggressive-war-against-russia.html, m.youtube.com/watch?v=TC3tINgWfQE and www.informationclearinghouse.info/article43827.htm ...
    Anymore question?
  • choticastile
    Today millions and counting, informed about Russian history and shocked to the core at the western world's heinous deception, one can only hope the full truth comes out and as soon as possible, as world opinion ever more enlightened about the dark past the west continues to hide, will not only weaken but finally remove the power the evil ones hold over humankind, but will the many in high places, ever be held accountable??
  • cavedeborah
    The United States is just jealous of Russia, bottom line. There is no logical reason to hold Russia as an enemy in this global multi-polar world. The US acts like juveniles worse delinquent juveniles.
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