From Atlantic Council’s Emma Ashford and Matthew Borrows. Evidently their piece called:
Reality Check #4: Focus on interests, not on human rights with Russia
Which calls for a pragmatic approach to Russia created a shit-tempest in the cup of American (lack of) foreign policy “establishment” and think-tankdom. Even silly points, made by Ashford and Borrows, such as these among few others, were too much for the so called US “hawks”:
1. The US-Russian relationship has too long been predicated on the fantasy that Russia could be reshaped – whether through aid or coercion – into a Western, liberal democracy. However, there is little prospect of transformation or of ending human rights abuses. Policymakers must be clear-eyed about Russia: it is not a minor power that can be punished for its transgressions, but a powerful autocracy with the capacity to undermine US interests and act as a global spoiler.
2. US policy toward Russia has become punitive. Though sanctions are ostensibly framed as deterrence or coercion, existing frameworks offer no real way for sanctions to be removed even if Russian behavior improves. In some cases, the United States has painted itself into a corner, demanding unrealistic policy change (i.e., that Russia relinquish its hold on Crimea) in exchange for sanctions relief.
It is really funny to read about reaction of hawks who even blame, as Sputnik reports:
The problem, of course, with this “realist” approach, and the piece from Ashford and Burrows qualifies clearly as such, after all Koch finances, together with Soros, what openly is proclaimed to be THE realist think tank, Quincy Institute, that both allegedly “realists” and hawks, while differing in some approaches to foreign policy, are drinking the same Kool Aid and are joined at the hip by the American exceptionalism and the gross ignorance of the America’s real status and role in the world. I wrote about this on many occasions, such as this four years ago. In the end, you can always get John Mearsheimer’s The Great Delusion, of which I also wrote both in my books and in this blog and you will be treated, again, to a completely false narrative of America’s role and her real power.
Ashford and Burrow’s piece is yet another demonstration of America’s delusion about herself, now projected from the allegedly “realist” point of view. Read my lips: America HAS NOTHING to offer modern Russia. None, zero, zilch, nada. In fact, if the United States have disappeared tomorrow, very few people in Russia would have noticed, other than few minor things and the change of the tone of the informational background, which would be less tense. As Petr Akopov of Ria noted today about this Atlantic Council silly business.
Нам в России такой накал борьбы только выгоден. Потому что, когда робкие попытки голоса разума забиваются на корню, это свидетельствует только об одном. Американская глобалистская элита (а АС* — это ее важная часть) утратила адекватное восприятие реальности, а значит, и чувство самосохранения. То есть она не может различить пропаганду и геополитику, агитацию и национальные интересы.