L. Todd Wood
L. Todd Wood is a former special operations helicopter pilot and Wall Street debt trader, and has contributed to Fox Business, The Moscow Times, National Review, The New York Post and many other publications. He can be reached at LToddWood.com.
Illustration on U.S. Russian relations by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times
Retired senator is the right man at the right time
I had some dealings with Sam Nunn several decades ago, when he was Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia. Growing up in Savannah, I applied to be a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1981. Consequently, I had to drive multiple times by myself to be interviewed by Mr. Nunn’s staff in Atlanta for consideration for a USAFA appointment, which in the end was a successful quest.
This period in American life was much different from where we are today. For one, politicians were much more responsible, and people like Sam Nunn were trusted. They earned this trust through solid work in the national security arena and it was very obvious they really cared about America, not like the Democrats (or should I say Marxist party) of today, who are the exact opposite, fawning all over each other to hate America more than the next guy.
I say this because I agree with my colleague Ed Lozansky on the possible choice of Sam Nunn to be appointed as the new U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, after the retirement of Ambassador Jon Huntsman. Mr. Nunn would bring immediate gravitas, experience and knowledge to the position. He would be welcomed and respected by the Russian leadership. He would not be soft on the Kremlin when fighting for American interests, but the general tone of the conversation with the Russians would be elevated, something we need desperately right now.
Mr. Nunn would also breeze through the confirmation process, as he is respected on both sides of the aisle. He could also throw some much-needed cold water on the "Russian Hoax” as it has become known — the Deep State soft coup against a sitting and duly-elected president of the United States. Perhaps the Democrats would stop screaming "Russia!” every time something goes against their narrative.
Regarding a possible hot war between the United States and the Russian Federation, the risk is definitely there. However, I do detect a flurry of articles in the press over recent weeks warning of such a conflict. Whenever I see that, I think that some type of narrative is being formed by someone. I have my guesses.
However, President Trump is right: We need a better relationship with the Kremlin. We need to be talking and cooperating more than we are now in many areas. Russia has its problems, but so does the United States. I have hope that after President Trump’s re-election there will be a chance to sweep all of this "Russophobia” away once and for all. The whole thing was ginned up by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats to hide and cover up the seditious corruption of the Obama administration. It has hurt the United States, and it has hurt Russia. President Trump is the man to make all that go away, and build a new relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and then on lower levels between our respective security services.
I’m not excusing Russia’s conduct in the past, but I also believe the U.S. government under Barack Obama acted in bad faith as well.
There are deals to be made. The United States cannot defend the world. When making any deal with Russia, President Trump needs to keep America’s interests front and center, as well as those of our allies, but with clear eyes as to some of our allies intentions.
For instance, Germany cannot call for more American defense outlays in Europe without first admitting that it is harming NATO’s security with dependency on Russian gas, which NATO is wholeheartedly embracing.
Sam Nunn is the right man at the right time to help the White House navigate these treacherous waters. The peace of the world demands it.