@FinancialTimes: On Susan Glasser’s essay ‘Putin profits politically from wars and western apologists’: a comment by Political Observer

Not at all surprised that your Susan Glasser essay is absent a comments section:
‘Putin profits politically from wars and western apologists’
Even the Edward Luce essay of August 17, 2014:’Obama’s Hippocratic oath enfeebles his diplomacy’ was a more convincing and better written piece of propaganda, although it was in it’s own way quite a feeble effort to harness the power of political conformity.
Ms. Glasser has excellent credentials: once editor in chief of Foreign Policy and now at Politico where she heads the Long Form Journalism and Opinions Division. Should we credit Ms. Glasser as the party responsible for the recent Strobe Talbott essay The Making of Vladimir Putin?
An eight page essay, as it printed out, completely devoid of footnotes, and mysteriously unattributed quotes. Perhaps Politico is above such mundane considerations and practices? Mr. Talbott’s essay was an exercise in historical revisionism, the self-exculpatory and hysteria mongering. He is better at that hysteria mongering than Ms. Glasser, she points simply to those ‘Left Wing coddlers’ of Mr. Putin, a category of unnamed persons, i.e. Stephen F. Cohen and Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation Magazine, but true to form, as an incurious political conformist ignores Mr. Paul Craig Roberts and his regular reporting/opinionating on the Ukrainian Coup and it’s aftermath.


Ms. Glasser’s essay seems not quite up to the standard that Luce and Talbott set, even as that standard is low, to say the least. She repeats this bit of American/E.U. approved history without  a hint of irony: she and Ms. Clinton both continue to use the accusation that MH17 was shot down by ‘rebels’ i.e. Russian agents.  Again  the incurious Ms. Glasser and Ms. Clinton have both missed an important component of the shooting down of MH17, or are willfully ignorant of information that refutes their own belief:

A Thursday article in the New Straits Times, Malaysia’s flagship English-language newspaper, charged the US- and European-backed Ukrainian regime in Kiev with shooting down Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 in east Ukraine last month. Given the tightly controlled character of the Malaysian media, it appears that the accusation that Kiev shot down MH17 has the imprimatur of the Malaysian state.

The US and European media have buried this remarkable report, which refutes the wave of allegations planted by the CIA in international media claiming that Russian president Vladimir Putin was responsible for the destruction of MH17, without presenting any evidence to back up this charge.

The New Straits Times article, titled “US analysts conclude MH17 downed by aircraft,” lays out evidence that Ukrainian fighter aircraft attacked the jetliner with first a missile, then with bursts of 30-millimeter machine gun fire from both sides of MH17. The Russian army has already presented detailed radar and satellite data showing a Ukrainian Sukhoi-25 fighter jet tailing MH17 shortly before the jetliner crashed. The Kiev regime denied that its fighters were airborne in the area, however.

The New Straits Times article began, “Intelligence analysts in the United States have already concluded that Malaysia flight MH17 was shot down by an air-to-air missile, and that the Ukrainian government had had something to do with it. This corroborates an emerging theory postulated by local investigators that the Boeing 777-200 was crippled by an air-to-air missile and finished off with cannon fire from a jet that had been shadowing it as it plummeted to earth.”


The MH17 story has disappeared from the respectable bourgeois press: one can speculate that the reality didn’t conform to that of the American/E.U. narrative of a Russian/Putin manufactured culpability. But Ms. Clinton and Ms. Glasser repeat it as if it were an historical fact. The guilt of the rebels, and by extension Mr. Putin and his American ‘Left political allies’ attain the status of self-serving myth, that echos in a real way the McCarthyite Myth of  the traitors among us, as essential to a rationale for The New Cold War. And as a political correlate the fusion of Neo-Conservatives,Neo-Liberals  and their R2P fellow travelers, into a conformist centrism located to right of anything we have ever known in American/E.U. politics.

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