Why does the Anglo intel apparat always get Russia not only wrong, but spectacularly wrong? Firstly, it’s getting crank sources. There are four main groups providing raw intel on Russia. Firstly, there are anti-communist émigrés… mostly Poles, Galicians, Balts, and Jews, but some KONR filth collaborationist Great Russians, too. This group hates Russians (or the present Russian government), so it’s clear that any intel that they provide is biased, inaccurate, and a caricature of reality. Secondly, there are Russian religious nutters… “Evangelicals” and oddbod schismo “Orthodox” mostly (the USA subsidised the schismos Rusantsov and Pashkov, for instance). They feel themselves “outsiders”… but they want to impose their peculiar notions on the larger society (just like the American “Evangelicals”). The third group is pro-American English-speakers… they have a “thing” for everything American and want to ape the USA… unfortunately, for the Yanks, this is a laughingly small set. Fourthly, are the Germans… resentful of their defeat in the VOV and mindful of their “superiority” to “inferior” Slavs. After 1945, German mercenaries like Gehlen entered the service of the Western intel services, providing it with much inaccurate reportage based on their racialist prejudices, not actual reality. The USSR was in no position to launch a general war in 1945 (nor in 1965 nor in 1985)… the USA was. Besides that, some Germans wanted revenge for their defeat in the VOV, so they fed crank intel to the Americans, who ate it all up uncritically and without close inspection (especially, anti-New Deal Republican filth… starting with McCarthy and continuing to the present).
Ergo, much of what passes for “knowledge of Russia” within the Beltway is dangerous twaddle… but here’s the sobering part… those with access to the nuclear codes believe this arrant bullshit. God do preserve us…