T. Belman. In Feb of this year, I co-authored an article with Alex Maistrovoy, titled, Contemplating a US-Russia Alliance in which we advocated the same thing.
In 1973, Henry Kissinger was meeting Brezhnev in Moscow, making preparations for Nixon’s upcoming visit. Old Leonid insisted on taking him boar hunting, where they sat alone in a blind with an interpreter, and the Soviet ruler unburdened his soul about the Chinese Communist regime. “Treacherous barbarians,” he called them, and at that moment Kissinger knew that one of the great initiatives of American diplomacy had succeeded. The Russians wanted an understanding with the United States about their problems with China. The Chinese wanted one themselves, vis-à-vis Russia, and America was in the catbird seat. This is all described vividly in Walter Isaacson’s Kissinger.
Russia and China are neighbors, two of the world’s great powers, and together they dominate the land mass of the world’s supercontinent, Eurasia. They are rivals and will be in perpetuity. They dislike and distrust each other. And each would love to have the USA on its side if a dispute arises between the two. They’re the only two countries in the world we have to really worry about. We want friendly relations with both and want to maintain stability with and between them.
Neither is our geopolitical foe. Nobody is. Rivals need not be enemies. All great powers, including Japan and Western Europe, are entitled to spheres of influence. Wars are avoided when great powers acknowledge and respect those spheres of influence. That’s the way the world works.
Nothing much has changed, at least in this regard, in the 43 years since Brezhnev revealed the true state of Sino-Soviet relations. Russia still wants an understanding with us with respect to its China issues. Our friendship and support of Russia is the most powerful restraint we can have on that country.
Our threats of military involvement in a European war are empty. The American people admire and respect the people of Estonia; we’re just not willing to die for them, or for anybody else, for that matter. We don’t do foreign land wars anymore. We will do everything we can to discourage Russian imperialism. They must respect Western Europe’s sphere of influence, just as Western Europe must respect theirs. The United States is a perfect middle man, as long as it respects Russian interests as well as it does Western Europe’s.
In 1973, Nixon succeeded with détente, or a lessening of tension, with the Soviet Union. Now, with Russia, we need to seek entente, or a mutual understanding.
I don’t like the idea of the Russians meddling in our elections. But that does not affect reality. The Russians, geopolitically, have nothing to fear from us, nor we from them. And they’re the ones with all the ICBMs, too. Western Europe may have …read more