Former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, who Moscow banned several years ago for deliberately ruining bilateral relations and who just apologized for publicly spewing anti-Semitic innuendo, has been agitating on Twitter for his government to do much more than it presently is to bolster Ukraine’s capabilities in the face of Russia’s special military operation. One of his latest tweets on Wednesday was a clip of his appearance on “Meet the Press” where he thundered that “Short of a no-fly zone, we have no excuse not to provide Ukraine with everything they need to fight this war.”
Since leaving his post, McFaul has presented himself as the ultimate expert on all things related to Russia. He has supreme confidence that everything that he’s recently demanded is in the US’ national interests. The former ambassador retains immense influence, both in the halls of power and in the public sphere, which is why he sometimes comes off as flabbergasted that his country isn’t doing what he demands. The present piece attempts to explain why the authorities don’t always listen to him, which many of his followers might be wondering as he continues lobbying the government to do more.
Nobody should doubt McFaul’s sincerity to the cause of reversing the US’ declining unipolar hegemony. After all, it was precisely because of everything that he did in pursuit of this that Russia ultimately banned him. He’s also a true believer in the Russiagate conspiracy theory which alleges that former US President Trump was secretly Russian President Putin’s puppet. In fact, one of his tweets openly declared that the Russian leader orchestrated a multi-pronged campaign to bring Trump to power. In the interests of consistency, McFaul should now be wondering whether Biden is also his puppet too.
The reader should remember the former ambassador’s supreme confidence that every demand that he makes of his government to do more against Russia is supposedly in the US’ national interests. Those members of the permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies (“deep state”) that have hitherto advised the present administration against complying with all of those demands are therefore working against their country’s own interests as can be intuited from McFaul’s tweets. This raises the question of whether they’re just as compromised by Russia as Trump supposedly was.
Skeptics might scoff that the author is pushing a deliberately provocative conspiracy theory but there’s actually some credible substance to it when recalling the scandal surrounding Hunter Biden’s so-called “laptop from hell”, not to mention the now-presidential son’s scandalous dealings with Burisma in Ukraine or the current Commander-in-Chief’s self-admitted meddling in that country’s internal affairs in support of his scion while serving as Vice President. It’s therefore actually even more credible to suggest that President Putin is blackmailing the Biden family than to allege that he ever blackmailed Trump.
If McFaul is really as patriotic as he claims to be and is therefore supremely confident that the demands that he’s made of his government to do more in Ukraine’s are truly in his country’s national interests, then it follows that he should publicly demand the immediate onset of a Russiagate-like counterintelligence campaign and congressional hearings to investigate why the “deep state” isn’t doing his bidding and is therefore betraying the national interests as he implies. Anything less than that would expose him as insincerely committed to the causes that he purports to support.
The second explanation for why the US hasn’t fully complied with McFaul’s many demands of it is that the Biden Administration is simply incompetent, though the former ambassador’s fellow Democrats claim that publicly suggesting as much is akin to a so-called “conspiracy theory” that questions the incumbent president’s cognitive faculties. It’s of course possible though that those who are leading the present administration lack the intelligence to realize the supposed “genius” behind McFaul’s demands, in which case he should call them out for it in order to “save the national interest”.
The third and most likely explanation is that the “deep state’s” lifelong professionals concluded that McFaul’s demands are actually contrary to the national interest, ergo why they haven’t been fully fulfilled, at least not yet. In that case, the logic of the Russiagate conspiracy theory that the former ambassador so passionately supports would suggest that none other than he himself should be investigated by his country’s counterintelligence services for constantly agitating for policies that its own “deep state” professionals presumably concluded are against the US’ interests, at least at this point.
Nobody should ever forget how the Russiagate conspiracy theory tore apart the fabric of American democracy despite having been comprehensively debunked in the court of law and is now actually being actively investigated by the Department of Justice as false flag plot by the Clinton campaign. McFaul played a major role in adding credence to this discredited campaign that literally destroyed his country’s international reputation as the world’s “democratic leader”. He and Biden should therefore be held to the exact same standards that they held Trump.
Biden isn’t entirely doing McFaul’s bidding despite the latter sincerely believing that his many demands are the only way to ensure their country’s national interests in this crisis. The President and his son’s dealings in Ukraine might therefore potentially be held against them as blackmail by the Russian government. So too might whatever McFaul was up to in Moscow during his tenure there if he speculatively engaged in anything scandalous behind the scenes that caught the attention of his host country’s intelligence agencies and might possibly be used to blackmail him as well.
In reality, it’s extremely unlikely that either the Biden family or McFaul are being blackmailed by Russia, but the Russiagate “logic” that both still cling to should be applied against them in the interests of consistency. What’s probably happening with respect to the administration’s refusal up until this point to fully comply with all of the former ambassador’s demands against Russia is that its “deep state” simply concluded that they’re not in the national interests to do so, at least at this time. McFaul will never acknowledge this though since he can’t accept that he isn’t the supreme authority on Russia.
For that reason, observers should expect him to continue agitating for his government to do more against Russia in Ukraine’s support even if it continues defying him. He’ll probably never openly condemn the Biden Administration though since Democrats rarely ever turn against one another like Republicans have a regrettable trend of doing so no one should get their hopes up for him to declare the beginning of another Russiagate campaign despite the Biden family and he himself arguably deserving to be victims of the same witch hunt that they supported against Trump and his associates.
Source: One World