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The Man Who Knew Russia: A Tribute to Stephen F. Cohen

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By Bill Bradley, former member of the New York Knicks, a former U.S. Senator, and a presidential candidate in 2000.

As we disregarded Russian fears and ignored the chance for a true partnership, Steve worried about the resumption of hostile relations between our two countries and possibly a new Cold War.---

When Boris Yeltsin succeeded Gorbachev and the economy went into a free fall with inflation at 1000 percent and a poverty rate of over 30 percent, Steve would say that Russia needed an FDR and instead got a Milton Friedman, leading to the rise of a kleptocracy.

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I would title this the man who knew TOO much about Russia. Too much for the warmongers to tolerate. The U.S. establishment made him a non-person. He knew that Russia wanted peace and friendship with the West, but they wanted a respectful relationship. That the U.S. and U.K. would never do.

It was ludicrous for the West to think that the USSR wanted war with the West after WW2. They had just had their country destroyed and needed to put whatever they had into rebuilding it. Russia was in no position to start a war even if they wanted to. Russian leaders from Stalin to Putin often extended their hand of friendship to the U.S.

Churchill has a racist imperialist loathing for Russia. The U.S. was a willing accomplice to the Cold War. Truman and Eisenhower feared that the U.S. would dip back into an economic depression if the war economy was mothballed. That was one of the real reasons the U.S. instigated the Korean War.

The military-industrial-Congressional complex (Ike's original text) was turning into a Frankenstein's monster. Ike actually cut the military budget, but then was forced to increase it by the mic.

The 1950' were a golden period for the U.S. The economy was benefiting from FDR social programs, the GI bill provided free college to millions of veterans, the U.S. was building infrastructure, the treasury was flush with gold, and the world was an oyster for U.S. corporations.

An unnecessary Cold War and with the assassination of JFK all that changed.

Stephen F. Cohen we should have listened to you. R.I.P.

Submitted on Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020 at 3:02:57 PM

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