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On 5/12/17 9:14 PM, Joaquin Bustelo via Marxism wrote:

Behind the Russia hysteria: a major dispute over foreign policy

And Russia is the key to the policy change. For several years now, a faction of war mongers in our political class (Hillary Clinton prominent among them) has been pushing for a policy of increasing provocations and confrontation with Russia since "terrorism" was getting worn-out as the justification for wars abroad and the creeping police state at home. If Russia gets cast in the role of the heavy again, it would be hard to sell pulling away from Europe.


I don't buy this.

Friction with Russia only sharpened after Ukraine and Syria erupted. Despite Roger Annis, Stephen F. Cohen, Mike Whitney, David Duke, Michel Chossudovsky, Robert Parry, Noam Chomsky, Diana Johnstone and Marine Le Pen, the American ruling class did not view Putin in the same way it viewed Brezhnev. Remember that George W. Bush referred to Putin as Pooty-Poot and that Hillary Clinton called Assad a reformer. Plus, Exxon was partners with Russian energy companies in massive exploration projects. Not to speak of these bastions of American capitalism doing business in Russia:


Here's who's doing business with the bad guys.

On July 13, Pfizer closed a joint venture agreement with Russian pharmaceutical company NovaMedica.

Boeing has been in Russia for decades. About five years ago, it announced plans to invest $27 billion over the next 30 years. In July 2015, an agreement was signed between Russian titanium manufacturer VSMPO-Avisma Corporation, Boeing and the Ural Federal University for joint research and development projects.

Ford has been in Russia for 13 years. In April 2015, the joint Russian-American venture Ford Sollers launched the production of the Ford Transit. The American brand launched four new vehicles in Russia last year, including the Focus and Fiesta models sold here.

U.S. companies with an existing presence in Russia include, PepsiCo PEP -0.12%, Procter&Gamble, McDonald's, Mondelez International, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, Cargill, Alcoa, and General Electric. GE recently signed a joint venture with oil firm Rosneft in expectation that Washington will actually one day lift sanctions on oil firms.
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