Amer­ica Needs to Re­call Rea­gan’s Ap­proach to Rus­sia

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - By Ed­ward Lozan­sky

Wit­ness­ing the un­prece­dent anti-Rus­sia hys­te­ria in Wash­ing­ton one feels a real dan­ger that it may end badly for ev­ery­one as the poi­sonous rhetoric from politi­cos and the me­dia gets more out of hand. The non-stop 24/7 de­mo­niza­tion of Rus­sia and its pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin has now reached such an in­ten­sity that we may soon find our­selves at a point of no re­turn from the pos­si­bil­ity of war with a pow­er­ful nu­clear coun­try.

There is no doubt in the minds of those who have not been brain­washed by the me­dia that Rus­sia card is just a use­ful tool di­rected against Don­ald Trump by Clin­ton camp and the es­tab­lish­ment from both par­ties who de­test his do­mes­tic and for­eign pol­icy re­forms.

Trump’s log­i­cal rea­son­ing of get­ting along with Rus­sia to jointly fight rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ism is used by his de­trac­tors as a proof that he is a Putin’s stooge and traitor to home­land. By the same to­ken FDR could be ac­cused of the same crimes for join­ing the al­liance with Joseph Stalin in the war with the Nazi Ger­many.

If one in­deed be­lieves that Rus­sia is the great­est threat to Amer­i­can democ­racy, and since the nu­mer­ous sanc­tions im­posed on Moscow do not work, then some may come to think that war is the next log­i­cal step.

How­ever, don’t we have enough wars started by the last three pres­i­dents re­sult­ing in mil­lions of dead and wounded, an end­less stream of refugees, and mis­ery and de­struc­tion in the Mid­dle East and Afghanistan with no end in sight? These wars also have cost Amer­i­cans thou­sands of lives and tril­lions of dol­lars. There will be hardly any sur­vivors in the WWIII.

So, what is to be done?

When things have got­ten so bad why not try to find the an­swers in the not so dis­tant past when Ron­ald Rea­gan, who is now revered by most Amer­i­cans of all po­lit­i­cal per­sua­sions, even by those who did not sup­port him dur­ing his pres­i­den­tial terms?

Why was it al­right for Rea­gan to find a com­mon lan­guage with Mikhail Gor­bachev and the then-com­mu­nist USSR while any sug­ges­tion from Trump to at­tempt the same with Putin and post-com­mu­nist Rus­sia leads to the calls for im­peach­ment?

For­tu­nately, not only are the ma­jor de­tails of the Rea­gan-Gor­bachev ne­go­ti­a­tions and deals read­ily avail­able but there are many mem­bers of Rea­gan’s in­ner cir­cle like James Baker, Bill Ben­nett, Pat Buchanan, Chas Free­man, Suzanne Massie, Jack Mat­lock, Ed­win Meese, Dana Rohrabacher, Ge­orge Shultz, David Stock­man, and I am sure many oth­ers to whom I must apol­o­gize for not men­tion­ing.

We need their ad­vice about how to re­solve this cri­sis and the time is now.

Trump and Putin are ex­pected to meet on the mar­gins of the G20 sum­mit in Ham­burg (July 7-8, 2017), a date that is quickly ap­proach­ing. The good news is that both pres­i­dents are ea­ger to work to­wards a mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial US-Rus­sia re­la­tion­ship.

How­ever, we need Rea­gan’s wise men to help over­come the ef­forts of those who have other goals and ob­jec­tives which have noth­ing to do with the se­cu­rity of the United States and sur­vival of hu­man­ity.

This is what Rea­gan said about the op­po­nents of his nu­clear deal with Gor­bachev: “some of the peo­ple who are ob­ject­ing the most ... whether they re­al­ize it or not, those peo­ple ba­si­cally down in their deep­est thoughts have ac­cepted that war is in­evitable.”

Rea­gan re­fused to ac­cept what oth­ers con­sid­ered in­evitable, and this is what Trump must do as well.

Ed­ward Lozan­sky is pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Univer­sity in Moscow. He is the au­thor of the book Op­er­a­tion Elbe, which de­scribes joint US-Rus­sia anti-ter­ror­ist ef­forts.

On July 3, 2017, the Amer­i­can Univer­sity in Moscow and the Burganov Mu­seum will un­veil a sculp­ture of Rea­gan and Gor­bachev in down­town Moscow. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion please visit www.Rus­si­aHouse.org/wrf.php

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