The following article, American Political Groups are Calling on the Biden Administration to Pursue a More Reasonable Russia Policy, was first published on Big League Politics.
Some organizations in the United States are getting tired of the Russia hysteria the corporate press and its allies in the intelligence community have propagated.
According to a report by The Hill, over two dozen American organizations have pressed President Joe Biden to stop antagonizing Russian leader Vladimir Putin and pursue more “constructive” strategies with regards to American-Russian relations.
In the statement, 27 groups, which included a number of progressive organizations, suggested that Biden tone down his rhetoric with Russia. In the statement, the concerned organizations stated the following:
As national organizations that advocate for diplomacy, arms control, disarmament and peace, we are deeply alarmed by the recent negative exchanges between leaders of the two countries with more than 90 percent of the world’s nuclear warheads in their arsenals.
“As Americans, we urge the Biden administration to stop participating in such reckless rhetorical exchanges and to instead vigorously pursue nuclear-arms negotiations with the Russian government,” the statement continued.
Some of the groups who joined in signing on to the letter included Blue America, Demand Progress, Justice Democrats, Our Revolution, and Progressive Democrats of America. These are among the most progressive or socialist factions within the Democrat Party.
Biden caused a stir during an interview with NBC News‘ George Stephanopoulos, where he opined that Vladimir Putin was a killer. Biden’s provocative statements were largely condemned by Russian political leaders. The speaker of the State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin was an outspoken critic of Biden’s declaration and claimed that “this is a tantrum that comes from powerlessness. Putin is our president, attacking him is an attack on our country.”
Putin himself was more restrained in his response. He declared that the US casting judgement on other countries “is like looking in a mirror.”
“When I was a kid, when we were arguing with each other in the playground, we used to say, ‘whatever you say [about others] is what you are yourself,’” Putin recounted. The Russian leader made it clear that Russia would assert its own interests internationally and declared that “the US will have to reckon with this, despite their attempts to stop our development via sanctions and insults.”
Among the groups that signed on to the statement are Justice Democrats, Blue America, Demand Progress, Our Revolution and Progressive Democrats of America, all of which are left-leaning organizations.
The groups demanded that Biden “make good on his stated commitment” from February that “diplomacy is back at the center of our foreign policy.”
Additionally, the groups called on Biden to stop getting involved in negative exchanges with the Russian leader. Instead, it suggested that the Biden administration aim for “constructive bilateral talks to address the clear and present dangers of the nuclear arms race has never been more apparent.”
“The grassroots progressive base of the Democratic Party has zero interest in a bellicose foreign policy towards Putin or Russia,” Alan Minsky, executive director of Progressive Democrats of America, declared in the statement.
“What people want is a safer world with international cooperation, which will allow all of us to rebound more quickly from the public health and economic catastrophe of the past year. We have no patience for Cold War saber-rattling, let alone nuclear brinkmanship,” he continued.
Russiaphobia is prevalent in the defense-contractor beholden political leadership, who is always looking for new boogiemen to rail against.
Even from a realpolitik perspective, it makes no sense for the US to push Russia into China’s arms by continuing to pursue hostile relations with it. As a result of the US’s saber-rattling, sanctions, and aggressive behavior in multiple countries’ sphere of influence, a de facto Eurasian balancing bloc has emerged to counter the US.
America First nationalists should recognize this and pursue a thaw in relations with Russia in order to prevent a hegemonic Eurasian bloc between Russia and China to form.
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