“Mike has a clear-eyed understanding of the realities of diplomacy, but his realism is matched by an equally deep appreciation for enduring American values and their appeal across the globe. That’s why he engaged directly with Russian civil society. That’s why he stood up for the rights of LGBT individuals. And that’s why he was a relentless advocate for rule of law and an independent media.“
John Kerry, Secretary of State, USA
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U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul, the architect of President Barack Obama's effort to reset relations with Russian, announced on Tuesday that he is stepping down after two turbulent years in Moscow.
McFaul, a Stanford University professor who signed on as an unpaid adviser to Obama during his first presidential campaign, moved with him to Washington and served for three years on the National Security Council before taking up his first diplomatic post as ambassador to Russia.
McFaul said he was leaving after the Sochi Winter Olympics, which begin Friday and end on Feb. 23, to rejoin his family in California. His wife and two sons left Moscow in the summer.
The ambassador announced his departure in a blog post in English and Russian titled "It's time, my friend, it's time," a line by the 19th-century Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. As all Russians know, the poem continues: "My heart is seeking peace." …
Contrast: Mc Marcie from US Embassy in Sofia
Such a contrast between the hero Professor McFaul and Ms Marcie! The American ambassador in Sofia even went to National Museum of History which director Bozhidar Dimitrov is first friend of Vassil Bozhkov – the Skull, at a moment when Bulgarian progressive people expect the USA to bring the democracy to Bulgaria.
It looks Obama foreign politics has been trying to embrace compromises which does not help democracy at all. As Ronald Reagon clearly showed, the only way the communist regimes to be put on their knees is through very strong humanistic active program that excludes any compromise. Unfortunately, Obama has been spending too much time on inner American problems, while the world now needs Obama for active peace and humanistic politics which will save the world and will make globalization noninvertible process. From nuclear weapons to psychotronic terrorism – there is endless list of problems which Obama should make headlines of his foreign politics.
It will be very interesting for historians of science including the author how the ambassador period of Professor McFaul will impact his writing and his research in future, although as the video shows he had perfect knowledge on what is the communist regime reality.
Comment on the video: It is amazing the way in which Professor McFaul clearly concluded that American taxpayer money goes not for democracy but in fact to feed autocracy. This has been exactly the case with Bulgaria, for instance. The arrogance of the receivers was so high that one Bulgarian even wrote a dissertation on the socialism from the chair at the Field Museum attempting to challenge most anti-humanistic regime. Following the brilliant thought of Professor McFaul, we can go further: just to reject that the word democracy was used properly for description of the communist regimes 1944-1989. As masked terror of communists, some surface analogies with the western democracy are not signs of democracy but just to prove that it is impossible partial democracy - there is either democracy or regimes which use some surface pictures to mask their autocratic, non-democratic nature.
Obama should be very sad that Professor McFaul left him exactly when he had needed him the most. However, the action of Ms Marcie may indicate most dangerous virus of corruption in the foreign administration of Obama which may have fatal consequences for the world. Not to forget that corruption always looks like a red rose and has the mask of humanity until reveals its real goals and activities.