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The Russia Controversy (Contd.)

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In a 2017 book, Because They Could: The Harvard Russia Scandal (and NATO Expansion) after Twenty-Five Years, I argued that the US had unwisely bullied Russia for 25 years, chiefly by extending NATO to its borders. I was therefore sympathetic to Attorney General William Barr’s assertion earlier this month that National Security Adviser-designate Michael Flynn had been within his rights in talking to the Russian ambassador five times on December 29, 2016. That was the day the Obama administration announced new sanctions in retaliation for Russian cyber meddling in the American election. Apparently Flynn urged Putin not to respond.  Putin