Why Is Washington Risking War With Russia?

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Because he dares to break out of the strident and suicidal blood-thirsty establishment consensus howling for a new Cold War with Russia, the prudential scholar Stephen F. Cohen has been viciously denounced in scurrilous terms reminiscent of the days of the Moscow Show Trials of the Stalinist 1930s. Particularly virulent have been two repellent neocon harpies, the faux “libertarian” contributing editor of Reason magazine Cathy Young; and Julia Ioffe, a senior editor for The New Republic.

One can imagine Comrade Prosecutor Andrey Yanuarevich Vyshinsky, (roasting in Hell) proud of these two daughters born of the motherland for their thorough but baseless attacks upon this upstart who dared attack the Stalinist legacy.

Stephen F. Cohen received his Ph.D. in government and Russian studies at Columbia University. He became a professor of politics and Russian studies at Princeton University in 1968, where he taught until 1998, and has been teaching at New York University since. Cohen is the author of Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War; The Victims Return: Survivors of the Gulag After Stalin; Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia; Voices of Glasnost: Interviews With Gorbachev’s Reformers; Sovieticus: American Perceptions and Soviet Realities; Rethinking the Soviet Experience: Politics and History since 1917; An End to Silence: Uncensored Opinion in the Soviet Union,  from Roy Medvedev’s Underground Magazine “Political Diary; “and Bukharin and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Political Biography, 1888-1938. Cohen is married to Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of the progressive magazine The Nation, where he is a contributing editor. He is also a CBS News consultant as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

10:13 pm on August 3, 2014