Former National Security Adviser Robert "Bud" McFarlane, who wrote to President Barack Obama on how to deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Ukraine crisis, says the Cold War and America's victory against the Soviet Union must not be forgotten.
"I spent much of my life during the Cold War, and people have forgotten the importance of the victory," McFarlane told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"By winning, we and the West really had advanced the ideas of Judeo-Christian principles and such things as the rule of law, individual freedom, democracy, and free enterprise further eastward.
"[It] made it possible for Poland, the countries of central Europe and Hungary and so forth to have a better shot at the future instead of being under the thumb of a totalitarian Soviet Union," he said Monday.
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McFarlane says the future of NATO could be under threat unless the United States shows "strong, principled leadership" in persuading Russia to back off.
He said that while he is not optimistic — the United States under Obama has drawn too many red lines that have been crossed, he says — there is leverage available.
He points to the so-called "Nuclear One Two Three Agreement" with Russia, which prohibits the United States from entering into an agreement for nuclear cooperation with another country unless certain criteria are met.
"[The agreement] held out the hope . . . of a nuclear permanent disposal site in Russia so that the United States, France, Japan, all the countries in the Far East that use useful nuclear power could dispose of their nuclear waste," he said.
"As you know, in our own country, [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid foreclosed that opportunity when he vetoed our disposal site in Nevada. It would have gained the Russians billions and billions of dollars.
"Well, we could suspend that agreement and it would be a big hit for Russia, but we have to do carefully things that make clear that we're not going to war, but we're not going to put up with aggression against sovereign countries."
McFarlane said his letter to Obama had not yet been answered.
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