Heritage on Macedonia: We don’t have to choose between Putin and George Soros

Categories Macedonia, Soros, US

Heritage Foundation’s Senior Fellow Michael Gonzalez has called for the new administration to revoke Obama’s Ambassador to Macedonia Jess Baily and explained in detail how USAID funding was abused for political gains.
In his latest comment, published by the Daily Signal (available here) Gonzalez takes on the fallacy that, if Macedonians object to the way the State Department has given gobs of money to fund far left projects implemented by George Soros NGOs, they are, automatically, to be seen as Russian agents. His comments come after a flurry of articles tried to dismiss the de-Sorosization process in Macedonia as a Russian ploy (including in the Politico and the New York Times).
“Soros and the U.S. Embassy have thrown their support behind political parties contending against the conservative party VMRO, which, though imperfect, is very much pro-U.S. and pro-NATO. To describe what Soros does as spending to install pro-Western governments is a very sympathetic way of putting it, as is the article’s description of him as a benign philanthropist… What this tacit or explicit U.S. support for liberal progressive policies around the world does is cannibalize moderate political support—and it invites Putin in as the political alternative, as is now happening in Macedonia. If for lack of a conservative alternative, VMRO turns to Putin to counter this far-left agenda coming from outside the country, that is our fault—and Soros”, Gonzalez writes, explaining how the completely one-sided approach of the US Embassy in Macedonia has helped create an opening that, if not filled quickly by the new Trump administration, might be exploited by Russia.

Journalist - Contributor to Macedonian Information Agency - English language news department, Nova Makedonija daily newspaper, BBC World Service.

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