Actually, we DID know quite a bit about the first two countries mentioned, though less about the various groups who made their residence in or about them. And, strangely, “we” also had quite a bit of information about those groups… but not within the part of the government that made decisions about how to “tune” their behavior from outside.
And we do also know quite a bit about Ukraine and the Ukrainians, possibly even within the government.
Meanwhile, we ALSO know a lot about Putin and the Russians. It’s not true that the enemy of our enemy is our friend, but it IS true that you can know a lot about people and groups by the way they behave. Murder, war crimes, rape… those things tell us quite a lot about Putin…
October 01, 2016