I translate Russian professionally. O.K.? And man, is the United States these days an authoritarian tyranny in the guise of an elective republic. . ! Russia is our Future, Comrade! Viva Ché! Um . .
Russia has come out of the long nightmare of totalitarianism, however inconsistently and hesitantly, its ramshackle economy sputtering and coughing, the sick man of Europe considerably shrunken in size, influence, and military prowess. And yet still the Cold Warriors are manning their battle-stations, more determined than ever to bring the Kremlin to its knees – with billionaires like George Soros lurking in the background, hoping to recoup his lost investments in Russia and acquire the defeated nation’s remaining assets.
Speaking of Soros, he’s a major contributor to Foer’s new employer, the New America think tank: his son, Jonathan, sits on the New America board. (Thirty percent of New America’s funding comes from the US government, including the State Department.)
New America is the premier Democratic party thinktank, where a great deal of the top Obama administration officials came out of and where Hillary Clinton is bound to draw much of her staffing should she win the White House. And of course Hillary famously compared Putin to Hitler, and is eager to restart the “war of civilizations” against the Slavs begun by her husband.
New America is also where the corporate liberals meet the neocons: on the board alongside the Soros gang and such blue chip liberals as James Fallows are neocon David Brooks, “reformocon” Reihan Salam (executive editor of National Review), and Walter Russell Meade of The American Interest, a neocon outlet.
Well, Dear Reader, as Your Intrepid Reporter likes to say sotto voce before being ruled out of order at the Eastside democratic Club by then President David Delk [Y.I.P. wont be attending any EdC meeting until DD steps down, so there (pikcture of a tongue being extrdududed from oral aural cavite comité)]
which is to say, Power to The One-tenth of One Percent.
Or perhaps, if you prefer, D. Reader, Warlord Power. You know, like affected China during the years of collapse 1911 – 1927. And the Russian Empire in 1990-1991 to the present.
See – lov – skee vlass -the
[that last sound having the techinical term “myakii znak” to describe it.]