Gilbert Doctorow talks about Biden’s pick for Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, particularly his famous stepfather, Samuel Pisar. Pisar is well-known these days for being a holocaust survivor rescued by American GIs during World War II, but is less known for his decorated international career afterward. Doctorow brings up Pisar’s past because of his prominent role as a representative for American companies in Europe, and especially in the Soviet Union. Pisar’s view was that commerce is an important feature of peaceful diplomatic relations, even with semi-hostile countries. Doctorow hopes that this will be Blinken’s attitude as well as he is tasked with taking the lead in America’s foreign policy toward countries like Russia and China. But with the general hawkishness of Biden’s cabinet, the future remains in doubt.
Discussed on the show:
- Memoirs of a Russianist, Volume I: From the Ground Up
- “Will Antony Blinken’s Past Catch Up With Him?” (Antiwar.com Original)
Gilbert Doctorow is an independent political analyst and was the European Coordinator of The American Committee for East-West Accord. He writes regularly for Consortium News. His latest book is Does the United States Have a Future?
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