Dear CCI Friends,
Ambassador Jack Matlock continues to try to educate on "the relationship-gone-bad" with Russia––which is now apparently headed for a showdown, the severity of which none of us know on this day of elections in the Crimea.
If you have read my book, you will remember the year-by-year serious deterioration of the US-Russia relationship from 2000 forward. During the 1990s, I felt our American politicians and professional diplomats were trying to do the best they knew to do. The catapulting Russia was in the throws of Soviet disintegration, joblessness, criminality, oligarch-ism, and Russians all across the country (and former Soviets across 11 time zones) were trying hard to comprehend how to survive. Our politicians and diplomats made mistakes in the 1990s, but we knew that no one had precise answers regarding how to help a country of 150 million that had been unexpectedly turned "upside down and inside out" politically, economically, psychologically and spiritually.
However, from 2000 forward my journals (which became the book) began questioning why certain policies and decisions which looked illogical and short sighted were being made. Increasingly Russia, the country that that had just thrown off the world-feared Communism, was being short-changed, criticized and closed out of the Atlantic Alliance (US, UK and Europe). I assumed it was because Russian leaders felt they couldn't participate in our wars––and that was a rebuff to the US? So CCI took delegations of 100 Russians on three occasions to meet with Congress, Colin Powell and other dignitaries to explain Russia's interest in friendship and good relations. Chapter by chapter the book carries my dismay and attempts to do what CCI could to redress the devolving situation. Nothing worked. Apparently, some authorities somewhere had already laid down a new strategy regarding the new Russia on the drawing board––and it wasn't compatible with our mission to stand for truth, fairness, goodwill and training opportunities for those in Russia who were struggling to make a new society.