In the United States, there have always been people having a fellow feeling for Russia, but apparently the number of those deeming our country as an enemy or a key rival is greater. This is especially true among members of the American establishment. And last week's meeting between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin has brought this into sharp focus. The "Deep State" was perhaps displeased with President Biden's Geneva summit behavior, as he neither banged his fist on the table nor lectured the Russian leader about the rudiments of "Western democracy". He just constructively discussed the most pressing issues of US-Russian relations and global world politics, particularly nuclear security.
We shall make a short digression here and explain the peculiar US term "Deep State". In a nutshell, it's been argued that America is led not by the president, but by a well-orchestrated group comprising high-ranking puppeteer officials, closely associated with business leaders, special services, and various state institutions. Moreover, this putative entity emerged not just to benefit from the state, but to control it.
Although the entire narrative does smell slightly of a conspiracy, the "Deep State" was repeatedly mentioned by ex-president Donald Trump, who called it nothing but a "Washington swamp" and had been promising to drain it during all of his four years in the White House, but never succeeded. Which gives the recent US events a scent of truthfulness.
After all, it was the "Deep State" that recognized Donald Trump as an outsider of American politics and used every effort to overthrow him from America's political stardom and prevent his re-election in November 2020. To do this, it exercised all the reasonable options available: legal opportunities, news and social media, mass protests of the BLM movement ("Black Lives Matter"). Suffice it to say that the American media and IT giants literally hunted down the Republican Trump via social media and let the almost "zero" Democrat Biden win the latest US presidential election. By the way, the "Deep State" made the most of the imperfect archaic electoral system dating back to the 18th century.
Keep in mind that "Washington swamp" representatives took little interest in Biden's prone years and occasional failures to realize where he was and whom he met in the course of his election campaign. But back then the priority was to unseat Donald Trump and replace him with a devoted proponent of "Western democracy" principles and a virulent critic of Russia, sending Kamala Harris as a young and zealous vice president to his rescue.
However, Joe Biden seems to have begun disappointing the "Deep State", although his term in office hasn't yet reached half a year. And the first indicator of this was American media outlets' criticism of how the US-Russian Geneva summit turned out. Joe Biden was lambasted by nearly all the American media, both the right and the left. The main reason was Biden's parity-based discussion with Putin and his reference to Russia as a "great power", which was slammed as an attempt to class it with the United States. And the "Deep State" is unforgiving for geopolitical mistakes of the kind.
Washington saw a danger in President Joe Biden's political course of containing Russia. An opinion to this effect came from US national security experts. In particular, politicians and pundits were dissatisfied with Biden's decision to provide the Russian leader with a list of 16 economy sectors to be kept out of cyber attacks. Senior fellow with the Hudson Institute Rebeccah Heinrichs said this move revealed the most valuable US industries and allowed for Russia's unscathed attacks against any targets outside the declared list. Biden's performance was also criticized by many Republican politicians. Thus, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) called President Biden's demand to stop cybercrime in 16 sectors, not in all of them, strange. Let's emphasize that Moscow rejects all the accusations of having plotted cyber attacks against the United States.
In the current global climate, China seems a strategic threat to America. However, Russia, as the "Deep State" apparently believes, should not be brushed aside and has to be kept a tight rein on, given no quarter to and smothered with sanctions. As demonstrated by the Russian-American summit in Geneva, the current US leader seems determined to abandon this. All the more so as this approach does not bode well for any rapprochement between Moscow and Beijing. It bears reminding that Biden won the US presidential election partly owing to harsh anti-Russian rhetoric. Following the election, this rhetoric had been escalating until it started interfering with the ruling Democrats' interests. Many Americans are frosty about it.
The record shows that Russophobic sentiments are still strong in the United States, being particularly pronounced with members of the "Deep State". For this reason, the "Washington swamp" will unlikely let Joe Biden, whom it has crowned as the "leader of a free world", bring the United States and Russia closer together and normalize bilateral relations to an even keel. And if he crosses the "Deep State", he may simply find himself removed from the US political arena, like it happened to Donald Trump.
Here it may just be noted that unlike the Republicans, American Democrats are easier to talk, but more difficult to negotiate with, as Soviet diplomacy would put it. In this regard, Moscow is fatalistic about improving relations with Washington. Which Vladimir Putin basically confirmed when answering a Geneva press conference question of having got any new illusions about the United States after his summit with Biden. He said he has never had any, stressing that there can be no illusions in this context at all.