…by Jonas E. Alexis, VT Editor

I have said in the past that the late Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University and Princeton University, was one of the finest minds when it comes to issues related to Russia and the United States. Why is that?

Cohen was a contrarian. As such, he didn’t care about what the mass media establishment and puppets of the New World Order said. He was an old man, and he was already a tenured professor at both Princeton and New York University. In that sense, he was not worrying about advancing his career for political or financial gain. What seemed to matter to him was truth, not a wicked ideology, which New World Order agents have perpetuated throughout much of the world.

“There is a circumstance in this country,” Cohen said, “where we have had no debate about whether American policy has contributed” to the ideological conflict between the United States and Russia. Why is that? Well, the Powers That Be and the media do not allow people to have a clear thought in their heads. They want to keep the masses under their control. Cohen declared in 2016:

“The orthodox, consensual, political media establishment view is that only Putin is to blame. We are completely innocent. We never did a single thing in the 25 years since the end of the Soviet Union to bring about a cold war. That isn’t true. But if we try to discuss it…then comes the cries, ‘Puppet of the Kremlin, agent of Putin.’”

Cohen again declared: “This guy [Putin] gives more interviews, more speeches, it’s all available in English” and “no one paid any attention to what Putin said.” Absolutely correct.

Cohen continued to drop ideological bombs in the New World Order camp by saying that “The unprecedented allegation that the Kremlin ‘attacked America’ and ‘colluded’ with its president in order to elect him is based on two documents devoid of facts or logic.”[1]

Cohen argued that because the New World Order has economically, intellectually and politically crippled politicians in the West, Russia had to look for partners elsewhere, namely, partners in Asian countries like China and India. Geographically, said Cohen, Russia will continue to be part of the West.

But “In our times, as I also pointed out two years ago, a Russia departed, or driven, from the West would likely mean “a Russia—with its vast territories, immense natural resources, world-class sciences, formidable military and nuclear power, and UN Security Council veto—allied solidly with all the other emerging powers that are not part the US-NATO Western ‘world order’ and even opposed to it. And, of course, it would drive Russia increasingly afar from the West’s liberalizing influences, back toward its more authoritarian traditions.”[2]

By rejecting the ideology that makes up the New World Order, Russia has essentially become a powerful nation, one whose politician could care less about sanctions by the United States and other New World Order nations. Cohen argued:

“Underpinning these Washington follies was the notion, also promoted by President Obama and apparently still widespread in the sanction-happy US Congress, that Russia could and should be ‘isolated’ in world affairs. Suffice it to point out that today it is said that the United States is being isolated in international relations. Meanwhile, Russia’s seemingly tireless foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, may be busier diplomatically than any of his counterparts around the world, certainly among the major powers.

“Little if any of this seems to be understood by the US political-media establishment. Astonishingly, though perhaps not, US-Russian relations, still Washington’s single most important bilateral relationship, not only because of their nuclear arsenals, was not an issue in the recent Democratic presidential debates. We can therefore only guess whether or not any of the featured candidates would as president seek to reverse Russia’s drift away from the West—the one candidate who says she would do so, Tulsi Gabbard, having been excluded from the debates.”[3]

Perhaps the military-industrial complex, the war machine in America, and the Neocons need to pay attention to what Cohen is saying here.

This article was first published on September 23, 2019.

  • [1] Stephen F. Cohen, “Russiagate’s ‘Core Narrative’ Has Always Lacked Actual Evidence,” The Nation, June 20, 2018.
  • [2] Stephen Cohen, “Will Russia Be Driven From the West?,” The Nation, September 18, 2019.
  • [3] Ibid.


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  1. Not New World Order, but not a saint either, as his eagerness to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, despite the slaughter in Yemen, or his silence in the face of Israel’s God awful treatment of Palestinians, attest. To name just a few reasons why Putin is not the ONE.

  2. Either with us or against us, a cutthroat philosophy seems to have been a constant in American foreign dealings. “With us ” wouldn’t present much of a dilemma, if it conveyed the original meaning of the preposition. Semantics aside, the war on evrything and everyone Russian has been going on for some centuries now. The west Eropean policy makers’ ( and cosequently the press – the media at that time ) depiction of Russians in XVIII and XIX centuries was, to put it mildly, borderline racist. And it ended in two great campigns against this country, Napoleon and Hitler. The USA only stayed on the road constantly travelled.

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