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Vital Signs

Khrushchev Remembers

U.S. President Barack Obama has “Reset” Washington’s relationship with Moscow, seeking to ease Kremlin concerns about Eastern Europe missile defense in exchange for continued U.S. access to Afghanistan over Russian territory.  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, at her 2009 nomination hearing, paid lip service to working together with the Russian Federation “on vital security and economic issues,” including terrorism.  But the State Department’s profile of Russia lists the “50th Anniversary of the American Exhibits to the U.S.S.R.,” “New START,” and “Human Rights” as top issues, not “Terrorism, Islamic.”  That omission is not likely to change, whether Obama is reelected for a second term in 2012 or a Republican pursuing a more interventionist foreign policy wins the White House.

Ignoring or omitting inconvenient facts is nothing new in U.S.-Russian relations, a situation made possible by the collusion of the mainstream media and government officials to disguise propaganda as news.

A quarter-century ago, I interviewed Victor Marchetti, a retired CIA officer, for Full Disclosure, an alternative publication.  Marchetti, a one-time Soviet analyst, coauthored with John D. Marks The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence...

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