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U.S. Intelligence Confirms: Russia Bombed U.S. Embassy

3:41 PM, Jul 27, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The ‘reset’ was not supposed to be transactional; it was supposed to be a realignment of a policy to match what the Obama administration believed were "mutual interests" between the U.S. and Russia. But it turns out we don't have mutual interests. Russia has an interest in a cold war between Iran and the West, leaving Russia as the sole supplier of gas to Europe. Russia has an interest in destabilizing Georgia and any other recalcitrant state on its periphery, with the aim of installing more malleable regimes throughout its near abroad. Russia has an interest in killing journalists who speak out against the government's abuses, and in silencing those like Magnitsky who expose such abuses, or Khodorkovsky who funded the political opposition. The Obama administration may have an interest in looking the other way on all of this—even the bombing of a U.S. embassy—but they aren't acting in the interests of the United States when they do so. It has been, as Ben Smith says, "a bad week for the reset."

And as a short postscript, Larison, to his credit, has conceded that his skepticism about Lake’s initial reporting was "misplaced." Joshua Foust, on the other hand, seems to have lost interest in the story.

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