Joyanna Adams

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Nobody Remember the Friendship of Russia

Nobody Remembers

—-That once upon a time, Russia and America were friends.

Massie

Massie

That’s right. We actually got along with Russia. The young republic got along fabulously with the Tzars. And according to Suzanne Massie, a Russian Historian, the young republic not only got along fine with them, Russia’s support helped us win the Civil War.
From a speech delivered to the 15th annual Wirth Washington Seminar at a luncheon meeting in the Russell Caucus Room of the Unites State Senate, Washington D.C., at noon on April 21, 1989.

In 1860, Alexander II wrote admiringly of the United States as “presenting a spectacle of prosperity without example in the annals of history” and the Tsar and his ministers were firm in the belief that the Union must be preserved. When the French urged the British and the Russians to join them in full recognition of the Confederacy, the Imperial Government refused. And when in 1865 at a critical moment in the Civil War, a Russian Frigate and two Russian corvettes steamed into New York harbor, the event cause as mu joy in the United States as it did surprise and consternation in France and England.

The timely appearance of the Russian Fleet caused the French and English to hesitate in giving support to the Confederacy.

Most of the speech was about how after the Berlin Wall fell down, the United States didn’t really do much to become closer friends with Russia. And I must admit, I remember how excited everyone was at the time, the two peoples of each country wanting to be enemies no more, TV shows and reporters were doing big programs, everyone was amazed and happy about making friends with Russians, and yet Daddy Bush acted mostly like…okay…it wasn’t MY victory, and didn’t talk much at all about Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, passes by US President Barack Obama at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 in Beijing. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti,  Presidential Press Service)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, passes by US President Barack Obama at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 in Beijing. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Presidential Press Service)

That was Reagan’s legacy, and he needed one of his own.

To this nobody, it seemed to be a horrible loss.  But, you can’t make much money if you don’t have an enemy, can you?

I can’t put up the whole speech here, but I will tell you that Al Gore was in the audience that day.

Now, pay attention to the first two suggestions she gave, and remind yourself, this was said, not in 2015, but in 1989.

What was at the top of the list?

Ms Masses said:

  1. We should, I believe, energetically propose a generous and comprehensive plan to join forces with the Soviet Union to combat the problems of environmental degradation which threatens our common planet. We are being told today by environmental experts that we have ten years to turn the situation around. In the Soviet Union the situation may be even worse: their expert are saying that for them it is now and perhaps even yesterday.
  2. We should more vigorously explore the possibility of joining forces to combat terrorism as was proposed recently at an international police conference.
  3. We could perhaps be a little more sensitive to certain pressing regional concern of the Soviet Union. As one speaker at a recent conferences I attended asked, “How would you like to have Iran on your border?”

Guess what? Ms Massie…the planet is still here…26 years later.

If you go by the usual Washington power politics, you can say that global warming scheme to get everyone into a One World Government, happened on George W.H. Bush’s watch

And— you have to wonder…IF the United States had helped Russia deal with Iran so long ago, would we be in this mess now?

We didn’t help Russia then, but Putin asked us NOW to help deal with the problems of terrorism.

Obama says uh….no. So, the United States and Russia are back to slipping into a cold war again.

And that’s a shame.

 

 

 

November 20, 2015 - Posted by | History | ,

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