Lies have consequences. And the lies told by the Obama administration about Russia for the past four years, lies which can be characterized only as Goebbels-like propaganda, have had devastating consequences indeed.
Polls show that from the moment Vladimir Putin took power, Americans began to think ill of Russia. Throughout the Gorbachev years, the American view of Russia as an enemy was waning, and when Boris Yeltsin took power for the first time, more Americans reported viewing Russia as a friendly country, or even an ally, than saw it as unfriendly or an enemy. By the middle of the Yeltsin term in office, the gap in Russia’s favor had become enormous.
But throughout the Putin years this process reversed itself, so that by 2008, significantly more Americans saw Russia as a threat than as a balm. In fact, the process began even before Putin, when Americans were shocked to see Yeltsin bomb his own parliament building and give virulent support to the genocidal maniacs in Serbia, which Russians look on as their “little brother.” To top that off, of course, Yeltsin named Putin, a proud KGB spy, as his successor.
Then Barack Obama took power and placed Michael McFaul in charge of his Russia policy, which soon came to be labeled as “reset.” McFaul and Obama deluged Americans with brazen lies for four years, telling them that Putin was no longer in charge of Russia; that a new generation led by Dmitri Medvedev, the new president, had taken power; and that this generation could be trusted and befriended.
Obama munched cheeseburgers with Medvedev, and he made unilateral concessions to Russia on missile defense in Europe, telling Americans that this was the best way to prove to Medvedev that America did not threaten him and wanted friendship. Obama promised us that, once convinced, Medvedev would reciprocate.