American radio "Liberty" declares Stephen Cohen "a Putin apologist". Stephen Cohen, a well-known American scholar of Russian studies, concentrates on modern Russian history and the country's relationship with the United States and was an adviser to President George Herbert Walker Bush. Cohen who was widely respected by the Soviet government contributed to the end of the Cold War as well.
Paul Craig Roberts asserts that Radio "Liberty" has always been a propaganda ministry. Formerly its propaganda was directed against the Soviet Union. Today it is directed against distinguished Americans who are known and respected for their allegiance to the truth.
Like myself, Cohen comes from a time when academic reputations were based on discerning and telling the truth regardless of the government's propaganda line. Those days have passed.
For propagandists like Carl Schreck (who declared Stephen Cohen to be "a Putin apologist"), truth is whatever serves Washington's agendas. Schreck is incapable of comprehending that truth is independent of Washington's agendas. Therefore, when Cohen speaks the truth, Schreck brands it the Kremlin propaganda line.
Another non-entity of whom no one has ever heard and never will again, Lynn Lubamersky, declared Cohen to be "a mouthpiece for a mass murderer." If the non-entity means Putin, who did Putin mass murder? The mass murderers of our time are George W. Bush and Obama, and clearly Cohen is not a mouthpiece for them.
So many academic careers today depend on federal and corporate money, that it remains to be seen if the academics in Cohen's area of expertise can afford to stand up in his behalf.
Cohen's position on Russia and Ukraine is the same as mine. The crisis began with the Washington organized coup in Kiev that overthrew the democratic government and replaced it with a puppet government answerable to Washington. In the official Radio Liberty propaganda this coup never occurred. Instead, there was a Russian invasion and annexation. No informed person can believe this abject nonsense. Yet, this nonsense is prevailing over the truth.
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