On May 15 2017, Tyrel Ventura and Tabetha Wallace at “Watching the Hawks” welcomed author Dan Kovalik into the Hawk’s Nest to discuss his controversial new book “The Plot To Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Russia” (Skyhorse Publishing, 2017).
Today, the Hawk-watchers presented Part 2 of their interview with Dan Kovalik about his new book analyzing how “Russiagate” and Trump have divided the Democrats.
Dan Kovalik gives an in-depth look at the decades-long effort to escalate hostilities with Russia and what it portends for the future.
Since 1945, the US has justified numerous wars, interventions, and military build-ups based on the pretext of the Russian Red Menace, even after the Soviet Union collapsed at the end of 1991 and Russia stopped being Red. In fact, the two biggest post-war American conflicts, the Korean and Vietnam wars, were not, as has been frequently claimed, about stopping Soviet aggression or even influence, but about maintaining old colonial relationships. Similarly, many lesser interventions and conflicts, such as those in Latin America, were also based upon an alleged Soviet threat, which was greatly overblown or nonexistent. And now the specter of a Russian Menace has been raised again in the wake of Donald Trump’s election.
“The Plot to Scapegoat Russia” examines the recent proliferation of stories, usually sourced from American state actors, blaming and manipulating the threat of Russia, and the long history of which this episode is but the latest chapter. It will show readers two key things:
– the ways in which the United States has needlessly provoked Russia, especially after the collapse of the USSR, thereby squandering hopes for peace and cooperation;
– and how Americans have lost out from this missed opportunity, and from decades of conflicts based upon false premises.
These revelations, amongst other, make “The Plot to Scapegoat Russia” one of the timeliest reads of 2017.
Dan Kovalik is a human rights, labor rights lawyer and peace activist. He has contributed to CounterPunch, Huffington Post and TeleSUR. He currently teaches International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Kovalik works as the Associate General Counsel of the United Steelworkers union. As a critic of the foreign policy of the United States, he describes every President of the United States that followed World War II as a “War Criminal” and believes that United States citizens accept poor actions by its leaders, stating that “it is this acceptance, especially by the Liberal establishment, which continues to allow the worst crimes to continue today in the name of democracy, freedom and human rights”.