Creating a Russian Bogeyman

Source: The American Conservative
by Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

“For decades, the U.S. foreign policy establishment has viewed Putin’s Russia as a threat to European allies and a national security threat to U.S. interests in the region. This hardened significantly after the Maidan revolution in Ukraine and the Russian capture of Crimea in 2014. Pairing Russia with Trump, and accusing him of colluding with the Russians in 2016 and against Ukraine — the latter the basis of his 2019 impeachment — along with rampant social media disinformation, exacerbated anti-Russia sentiment in the domestic realm. … an entire cottage industry has proliferated around exposing these Russian ‘attacks’ on the U.S. since the 2016 presidential election.” (01/23/23)