A host of foreign policy “experts” are now explicitly calling for “regime change” in Russia following Vladimir Putin invading Ukraine.
Reminiscent of the establishment’s failed calls for regime change in countries like Afghanistan and Iraq, whose military conflicts cost countless American lives and resources, the sentiment appears to be at odds with the majority of the country. Nearly three-quarters of Americans oppose playing a major role in the unfolding conflict.
Benjamin Wittes, a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution, epitomized the establishment’s ultimate policy goal for Russia in a recent tweet: “Regime change: Russia.”
Regime change: Russia.
— Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) February 27, 2022
While the post drew significant criticism from other Twitter users, forcing Wittes to issue a Tweet for clarification of his stance, other mouthpieces for the establishment foreign policy think tank community championed Wittes’ proposal.
“This has to be the policy now,” tweeted Dr. Alina Polyakova, formerly the Founding Director for Global Democracy and Emerging Technology at the Brookings Institution, in response. Polyakova is now the President and CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), which has hosted events featuring leaders from George Soros’s Open Society Foundations.
This has to be the policy now
— Dr Alina Polyakova (@apolyakova) February 27, 2022
Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, noted how “now the conversation has shifted to include the possibility of desired regime change in Russia” in a February 27th Tweet.
Just days ago much of the world was focused on the unwanted prospect of regime change in Ukraine. Now the conversation has shifted to include the possibility of desired regime change in Russia. A week can be a long time in politics.
— Richard N. Haass (@RichardHaass) February 27, 2022
“All of us must now face the reality that we will not have peace in Europe until there is regime change in Russia. Then we should seek to welcome a new Russia as a partner for peace,” wrote Carl Bildt, Co-Chair European Council on Foreign Relations and World Health Organization Special Envoy for it “Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator” program.
David Rothkopf, who worked in Bill Clinton’s White House and is affiliated with several establishment groups including the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Council on Foreign Relations, shared a similar sentiment on Twitter, urging that “this much should be now clear: Until Putin is gone, Russia will be a pariah state, an outcast from the community of nations. Via one means or another, regime change in Moscow must be the goal of the civilized world…as it is the hope and goal of so many in Russia.”
As National Pulse Editor-in-Chief Raheem Kassam explained for Newsweek, only America’s ruling class – and their beltway think tank enablers – stand to profit from increased conflict and turmoil in Ukraine.