This what passes for "Russia expert" in the west; knowledge of Russia and even Russian proficiency are secondary, only correct political positions matter
- Former US Ambassador to Moscow, neocon errand boy, would-be color revolution regime changer, and self-proclaimed Russia specialist Michael McFaul doesn't feel the need to maintain his already highly questionable Russian
Speaking of “pathetic” – it’s жалко, not жалько.
Michael McFaul is Professor of Political Science, Director and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1995. He is also an analyst for NBC News and a contributing columnist to The Washington Post. Dr. McFaul served for five years in the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House (2009-2012), and then as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014). He was also the Distinguished Mingde Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Center at Peking University from June to August of 2015.
Besides, there are persistent rumors that he doesn’t even know English all that well.
But this is all quite beside the point. McFaul never failed upwards on account of his linguistic skills or (lack of) analytical prowess. Ever the consummate beigeocrat, he has always been carried forwards by scrupulous conformity to the Establishment line: Apologizing for Yeltsin’s electoral fraud under Clinton, shilling for neocon wars under Bush, promoting “democratic” regime change in Russia under Obama, and reinventing himself as a Russiagate conspiracy theorist under Trump.
Source: The Unz Review