Yesterday, both President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged that U.S.-Russia relations are worse than they’ve been in some time, and later in the day an expert on the subject revealed what’s really going on.
On Wednesday evening, Stephen Cohen appears on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News to explain his take on the escalating tensions between the two superpowers. Cohen is a professor emeritus of Russian studies at Princeton and NYU, and he’s also the editor of The Nation magazine, so he knows a thing or two about the subject.
Cohen explained to Carlson that the current situation is quite confusing with the Democrat Party seemingly pushing the U.S. and President Trump into war with the Russian. According to the professor, the Russians believe we’re “crazy,” thanks to the Democrats and media alike trying to portray Trump as a Putin stooge, and worse yet, he thinks we’re going to end up at war with them.
Here’s a partial transcript, via the Gateway Pundit [emphasis mine]:
Stephen Cohen: They think we’re crazy… You quoted Russian the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev saying we’re on the brink of war. He also said, and I’ve been doing this 40 years and I don’t remember a Soviet or post-Soviet leader saying this, Medvedev said American and Russian relations are absolutely ruined. What is important is Medvedev is considered to be the most pro-Western member of the Putin leadership. He’s the guy that Obama and Clinton tried to base the reset on…
…What’s happened in Washington, this attempt to portray Trump as a puppet of the Kremlin, it’s convincing Russia that the American warfare party is behind this. And my concern is that Russia will overreact… Give me five seconds. I’ve been doing this 40 years, sometimes as a professor, sometimes inside, and I have never been as worried as I am today about the possibility of war with Russia.
Cohen’s dire prediction is a view that many Americans share. The nearly year-long campaign to paint the Trump administration as being in bed with Russia without so much as a shred of evidence has done nothing but chill our relations with the nuclear-armed nation, yet Democrats continue to persist in pushing the fantasy.
At some point, something is going to have to give. Whether it be the Democrats’ resolve to smear Trump as a Russian operative, or Russia’s patience with the U.S. amid slanderous allegations remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain; the last thing we need is a war with another nuclear superpower, so let’s pray Democrats stop with their irresponsible accusations.