Former US Ambassador to Russia Hostile to Its Interests

Former US Ambassador to Russia Hostile to Its Interests
by Stephen Lendman
Neocon former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul (January 2012 – February 2014) offended his host country by consorting with extremist opposition figures – elements given National Endowment for Democracy support and other US anti-Putin help.
Earlier as Obama’s chief Russia advisor, he disgracefully accused Moscow of “disrupt(ing) the international order,” adding they’re “the hegemon in that region” able to do it.
He ludicrously blamed Putin for Brexit, tweeting “(s)hocked by Brexit vote! Losers: EU, UK, US, those that believe in unity of a strong, united, democratic (sic) Europe. Winners: Putin.”
“I genuinely complement Putin for his victory tonight on Brexit. Tonight is a giant victory for Putin’s foreign policy objectives.”
Astonishing comments – out of line, irresponsible, offensive and plain wrong! Whatever his personal views, Putin, of course, had nothing to do with Brexit voting.
At the time, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the vote “a purely intra-British and intra-EU problem.”
Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said “(w)e have already got(ten) accustomed to the Russian factor (as) one of persistent tools in the US election campaign. But (its) use or (injecting) President Putin in the Brexit issue is new for us.”
McFaul was militantly hostile to Russia before, during and after his time as US ambassador. He lied claiming Putin annexed Crimea, adding he’s undermining Ukraine’s economy.
He urged Western intervention to counter its entirely legal activities. Russia wishes to scare its neighbors, he blustered.
According to Institute of US and Canada Studies deputy director Valery Garbuzov, McFaul caters to the interests of America’s ruling class, supports their imperial agenda, urges containment of Russia while risking direct confrontation.
A right-wing Hoover Institute member, he’s continuing his old tricks – this time accusing Trump of allying with Russia to “trash” Americans.
On Friday, he twittered “(w)hy is Trump so militantly against an investigation into Putin’s meddling in our elections? What does he have to hide? This love fest is odd.”
He lied calling credible RT and Sputnik News “foreign agents.” He lied saying “(w)e know that Russian-government-controlled ‘media’ outlets such as RT and Sputnik campaigned openly for one candidate, Donald Trump.”
Russia’s Foreign Ministry banned him from entering the country for inciting hostile bilateral relations with America.
A separate Russian Foreign Ministry statement blasted Washington, saying “(i)t has long been noticed that, under the current administration, Washington in its pursuit to shift power in Syria is ready to help any destructive forces.”
It’s “protecting (the) Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group that is none other but a subdivision of al-Qaeda, which has committed the most horrible terrorist acts in the history of the US.”
“It seems that the White House has forgotten that, under the US law, aiding terrorism is a criminal offense.” 
McFaul is part of the problem, not the solution – a longtime rogue figure, part of America’s neocon lunatic fringe.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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