We’re actually quite fortunate to have McGuire in the house (as one might conclude from this very quick MOR sort of overview: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mairead_Maguire).
There actually is no reasonable documentation whatsoever that Russia has managed to fuddle the '16 presidential election, which I assume is your point of reference (the best source here is William Binney: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv0-Lnv0d0k). Forensic evidence shows pretty clearly that the DNC leaks were downloaded to a local USB device. There could conceivably have been a Russian agent standing in the DNC to do that, but this has not been claimed, probably because it is so unlikely.
Saying that you can make a good case for something does not begin to do it.
Surely Russian preferences would involve removing or reducing the US military from Syria and most of the Middle East, no? Any sign yet, in all of Trump’s thrashing?
I can’t pretend to explain all of Trump’s nonsense, and I have some mostly hopeless empathy for people who make the effort. But I think if we start with the categories “nationalist bigot” and “opportunist” and oppose that to the sort of international banking and mafia coalition represented by the so-called “trade” pacts like TPP and NAFTA, that might get us closer to the root of his conflict with much of ruling Washington. I doubt they’re much upset that he insults minorities.
It is certainly in Russia’s interest, at least as I see it, to head off that sort of “trade” agreement, what with the NATO umbrella looming ever further east and looney talk of first-strike capabilities. But I think that this is in everyone else’s interest as well.
I don’t know that it is necessary to dissemble NATO to quell this threat, which is pretty nearly as much a threat to Americans as anyone. But NATO’s actions over the past couple decades have certainly made that threat worse, and were dissolving NATO to help that, it would be worth considering. What good has NATO done anybody lately?
It is worth pointing out as well that McGuire writes from a European point of view. The US portion of NATO has historically been quite willing to sacrifice Europe in all sorts of scenarios, as Daniel Ellsberg explains amply in The Doomsday Machine (a most informative read otherwise as well).
Were Russia indeed guilty of these particular accusations (rather than their own heavy-handed crime family operations, their own opaque government and oppression of speech, their own rampant capitalistic iniquity in income and holdings and class), it’s unclear how demonizing them per se would help. Why not accuracy?