donderdag 10 maart 2022

Ray McGovern en John Mearsheimer over Oekraïne

Zelf nog niet alles gehoord. Laat in de comments weten wat je eruit pikt.

To a hammer, everything looks like a nail. To an empire, everything looks like a crisis to justify a multi-trillion-dollar military-industrial-security complex as dictatress of the world. The crisis du jour for the American empire is Russia‘s aggression against Ukraine. The political establishment and the mainstream media assign responsibility to President Putin’s megalomaniac ambition to recreate the Soviet empire. The Committee welcomes Ray McGovern and John Mearsheimer as a breath of fresh air. They shoulder the United States with a fair share of the blame: the never-ending expansion of NATO cheek by jowl to Russian borders provoked the invasion ( ); Russia fears nuclear weapons on its borders as more menacing than the Cuban Missile Crisis was to the United States. Ray and John will offer some thoughts regarding how to bury the hatchet and move forward. We all look forward to what we know will be a robust discussion. John Mearsheimer returns for the third time as a salon speaker. We hosted John for his trenchant analysis of the abject failure our quest for global dominance and for his courageous book with Steve Walt on the liability of American support for Israel. John is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, where he has taught since 1982. He graduated from West Point (1970), has a PhD in political science from Cornell University (1981), and has written extensively about security issues and international politics. In 2003, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2020, he won the James Madison Award, given by the American Political Science Association to “an American political scientist who has made a distinguished scholarly contribution to political science.” His principal work on Ukraine is “Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault: The Liberal Delusions That Provoked Putin,” appearing in September-October Foreign Affairs 2014. The video of his talk has been viewed more than 14 million times: Ray McGovern is a long-time Russian specialist. After serving as an Army combat intelligence officer in the early 60s, Ray joined the CIA’s analyst ranks. His first portfolio focused on the Sino-Soviet conflict, which was deftly exploited by Nixon/Kissinger (with more than just interpreter assistance from our own Chas Freeman). As chief of the Soviet Foreign Policy Branch, Ray’s analytical team supported the SALT negotiations and he was in Moscow for the signing of the ABM Treaty, cornerstone of strategic stability for the next three decades. Ray correctly predicted Brezhnev's invasion of Czechoslovakia but incorrectly predicted Putin would not invade Ukraine. Ray thinks the new Russia-China entente helps explain Putin's gamble. See Ray's website and posts on

2 opmerkingen:

  1. Ik heb deze al een keer helemaal gehoord.

    Op mijn blog gaf ik deze comment:
    Een aantal oude gabbers praten met elkaar via zoom (af en toe storende geluiden) over de toestand in de wereld. Ongeveer 3 maart '22.

    John Mearsheimer, Jack Matlock (die nog direct voor JF Kennedy werkte !) en Ray MacGovern ( 40 jaar CIA ) en de dochter van Generaal Eisenhower ! nog enkelen die ik niet ken. Helaas komt Matlock nu niet meer zo goed uit zijn woordne, vind ik.

    === Mearsheimer heeft heel goede speeches gehouden, die zijn meer het belijken waard. Ik heb nu geen link bij de hand.

    Wel drie minuten uit een goed college:

    John J. Mearsheimer, “The False Promise of Liberal Hegemony”
    Minuut 80 – 83

    ( scherp)

  2. [The video of his talk has been viewed more than 14 million times]
    Je loopt achter, inmiddels 19.275.066 views.
    Dus al bijna 20 miljoen 'bijgespijkerde' kijkers.