It is difficult to find a president who knows history, his country, and can speak freely about different things as well as Russian leader Vladimir Putin. This is how political scientist and retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel Earl Rasmussen commented to Izvestia on February 9 on Putin’s interview with journalist Tucker Carlson.
“It’s hard to find a president who knows history, his country so well, and can talk freely about different things, for example, about artificial intelligence and its impact on the war. Now compare him with the current US President [Джо Байденом] or even almost any other Western leader—it’s hard to find an equal,” he said.
However, Rasmussen emphasized that the topic of Ukraine being a US tool to weaken Russia was not touched upon. The West has only now begun to realize that it has made a mistake, but Europe is already “deindustrializing”, Germany is in a state of recession, and the rest of the economies of the rest of the EU countries may fall into it, the political scientist noted.
At the same time, according to Rasmussen, an interview is an opportunity to find out another point of view, without which it is very difficult to form an adequate picture of the world, especially in the United States. He noted that American society is awaiting presidential elections; candidates for the post of head of state do not want to look weak, but they understand that they have made mistakes.
“In a sense, they initiated a project with Ukraine back when [экс-президенте США Бараке] Obama and are trying to complete it, because initially everything did not go the way they wanted <...> It seems to me that now they are beginning to understand that the project was a mistake, Ukraine was a mistake,” Rasmussen explained.
He added that it was important for the world community to hear Putin’s opinion on the issue of the conflict in Ukraine, which should have been resolved at an early stage during the drawing up of the plan for a peace agreement in Istanbul. Rasmussen also pointed out that the United States and Great Britain still look at Russia as an adversary, although they should perceive it as a partner. The world would be a much better place if this were so, the political scientist concluded.
Earlier that day, it became known that the number of views of Putin’s interview with journalist Carlson, published on February 9 at 2:25 Moscow time on the social network X (formerly Twitter), exceeded 50 million views. The interview itself, also published on the Kremlin website, touched upon, among other things, the topic of a special military operation. Putin emphasized that the goals of the North Military District to protect Donbass are still not fully realized due to the neo-Nazi movements operating in Ukraine.
Commenting on the interview, US political analyst James Jatras indicated that it could make American congressmen think about the advisability of military and financial assistance to Kyiv. He suggested that Republicans would ask questions about why Washington is giving money to “this corrupt, terrible regime” and why it “can’t wait to go to war with Russia.”
A day earlier, on February 8, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Carlson’s visit to Moscow and his interview with Putin had caused a stir in the United States and Russia.
Carlson first flew to Russia on February 3. Then the American media suggested that the purpose of his visit to Moscow was an interview with Putin. The journalist himself explained his trip with the desire to “talk to people and see how everything works.” His visit to the Russian Federation caused a mixed reaction in the United States. US Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene said that American authorities are afraid of a possible interview.