‘The Axis of Evil’ was once the signature hysteria mongering calling card of Mr. Frum. Now, he and his new political ally, of the moment, Mr. Ben Judah, have a more historically relevant propaganda campaign to wage, the revival of the Cold War, with it’s lead character, Putin as the New Stalin. Mr. Frum quite convincingly reiterates Mr. Judah’s reportage. And it is damming, yet should we as readers of this essay be very cautious about the political motives of Putin, but most especially of Mr. Frum who frames his Russo-phobia with the aid of the reportage of Mr. Judah? To put the readers qualms to rest , Mr. Frum assures his readers that Mr. Judah is a highly credentialed ‘reporter’ of the Putin phenomenon. It’s not so much that I doubt that Putin is a corrupt ,self-seeking politician, capable of multiple outrages, political and ethical. But that Mr. Frum resembles the Putin described by Mr. Judah, as utterly without scruple.
The political machinations of Victoria Nuland, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and the Right Sector remain off stage in this carefully messaged essay. The active American and EU support for the Ukrainian Coup, for Coup it was, are inconvenient background information that might thoroughly undermine the case Mr. Frum, with the aid of Mr. Judah’s through demonizing of Putin, might have made possible. A potted history serves the purpose of propaganda, in this case pertinent but inconvenient facts are elided from this essay, Mr. Frum can, at the least, manufacture coherent propaganda.