Hey Russia experts — please stop trying to convince us President Trump is a Kremlin foil, and dig in on the real Russia challenges springing up all over the world.
This week, Washington learned that the highly respected Brookings Institute had a supporting cast role in the now-debunked Steele dossier, which propelled FBI investigations of Trump’s campaign. A major source of the faux dirty gossip was Igor Danchenko, a Ukrainian-born American resident who once worked at the Brookings Institute.
As you recall, the Clinton campaign paid for the dossier via front law firms, and FBI agents then used it to get surveillance warrants. Heading Brookings at the time was Strobe Talbott. Talbott shared a house in Oxford in 1970 with future President Bill Clinton, who scrambled eggs while Talbott translated Nikita Khrushchev’s memoirs from the Russian.
Wow, just wow. Brookings is a major Washington think tank, where I’ve been a guest at meetings over the years and spoke on airpower in February.
The latest revelations are dismaying because they show how smart people in Washington have become so mesmerized by their dislike of Trump that they ignore the real-world problems Russia is creating. We’re getting