Trump to Appoint Russophobe as White House Director for Europe and Russia
by Stephen Lendman
Improving ties with Russia was lost when Trump chose Mattis for defense, replaced National Security Advisor Michael Flynn with HR McMaster - perhaps the coup de grace with the expected announcement of Russophobe Fiona Hill as White House Director for Europe and Russia.
She heads the hawkish Brookings Institution’s Center for the United States and Europe. From 2006 - 2009, she served as National Intelligence Council’s national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia.
In her book, titled “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin (published by Brookings),” she called him a “Mafia Don,” saying (b)lackmail and intimidation are part of his stock and trade.”
Last July, her op-ed
discussed reasons why he “might want to interfere in the US presidential elections,” saying:
He’d “like to undermine US international credibility by highlighting the deficiencies in American party politics…(One) of his primary objectives is to force Western leaders to back off (from) tr(ying) to bring Russia down.”
She called Russian media “a kind of massive pro-Putin Super PAC…focus(ing) on scandals that underscore the hubris, hypocrisy, and failings of Western political systems.”
He “wants a weakened US presidency.” Like other establishment Western figures, she turned reality on its head, claiming he annexed Crimea, adding:
“A US president who is elected amid controversy and recrimination, reviled by a large segment of the electorate, and mired in domestic crises will be hard-pressed to forge a coherent foreign policy and challenge Russia.”
Separately, she said “(t)he Russians will get all giddy with expectations (of improved relations with Washington), and then they’ll be dashed, like, five minutes into the relationship because the US and Russia just have a very hard time…being on the same page” - failing to lay blame where it belongs.
Hill is a dual US/UK citizen, an establishment Council on Foreign Relations member. She holds a master’s degree in Soviet studies and a doctorate in history.
Her appointment when officially announced may end hoped for better US/Russia relations. It was wishful thinking all along, given overwhelming congressional opposition to more normalized ties.
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