The dire situation in Ukraine is beginning to bring voices of sanity out into the public forum. This is great news, for so long we only heard one side of the US-Russia conflict. Here even a former FBI and NSA executive makes better sense than anything we read or hear in mainstream news.
August 19, 2014
The U.S. needs Russia
Instead of alienating Russians, we should be pulling them in
By Jerome Israel
Jerome Israel is a former senior executive at NSA and the FBI. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. needs Russia. This may sound peculiar coming from a person who spent 25 years at the NSA, almost half of those fighting communism. But our approach to Russia since the end of the Cold War has been unimaginative and aggressive. Politicians in Washington put on their Cold-War glasses any time Russia makes noise. It's time to archive those in the Smithsonian.
Many notable academics agree that our policies toward Russia are flawed, but my conclusion - that we need Russia - is derived from the kind of work we mastered at NSA: carefully listening to and analyzing communications, in this case what Russians have said openly on social networks and in private conversations with me during a recent trip to Russia.