Strobe Talbott is one of the very last of the once celebrated WASP Ascendancy: the Bundy Brothers, the Alsop Brothers and even George F. Kennan , chronicled in the gossip masquerading as history of ‘The Georgetown Set’ by Gregg Herken and ‘Joe Alsop’s Cold War’ by Edwin M. Yoder, and even by default in ‘The Color of Truth: McGeorge Bundy and William Bundy: Brothers in Arms’ by Kai Bird.
Mr. Talbott is now president of Brookings Institution a purveyor of American Exceptionalist propaganda, in all of its iterations. He has called himself ‘Russia Hand’ which is indicative of his self- asserted expertise in all things Russian and by definition all things Soviet, a selected section of his Wikipedia entry:
In 1972, Talbott, along with his friends Robert Reich (a fellow Rhodes Scholar) and David E. Kendall, rallied to his friends Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton to help them in their Texas campaign to elect George McGovern president of the United States. In the 1980s, he was Time’s principal correspondent on Soviet-American relations, and his work for the magazine was cited in the three Overseas Press Club Awards won by Time in the 1980s. Talbott also wrote several books on disarmament.
Following Bill Clinton’s election as president, Talbott was invited into government where he served at first managing the consequences of the Soviet breakup as Ambassador-at-Large and Special Adviser to the Secretary of State Warren Christopher on the New Independent States. After leaving government, he was for a period Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. He is currently the president of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
In Talbott’s latest essay:
Headline: What Putin Is Up To
Sub-headline: And why he may have overplayed his hand
The reader can assume that as president of Brookings Mr. Talbott assumes the role of leadership, while Ms. Brandt did the actual writing. Mr. Talbott provided advice and revisions, to this essay, until it met his exacting standards. Look upon this essay as part of the evolving, while still maintaining its status as definitive, of the Party Line on Putin as the New Stalin.
Note that the American Tradition of outright subversion of other countries political processes, since the 1823 Monroe Doctrine, not to speak of the American penchant for invasion and occupation, or relentless Drone attacks at will, remains beyond the ken of both Talbott and Brandt, as shameless apologists for American Hubris.