Preface: I will add quotes from U.S. intelligence officials and Russia experts as I receive them.
Germany’s Foreign Minister – Frank-Walter Steinmeier – wrote earlier this month that tension between the US and Russia is worse than during the Cold War:
It’s a fallacy to think that this is like the Cold War. The current times are different and more dangerous.
The head of Britain’s intelligence service, MI6 – Sir John Sawyers – agreed yesterday:
We are moving into an era that is as dangerous, if not more dangerous, as the cold war because we do not have that focus on a strategic relationship between Moscow and Washington.
This is even more dramatic when you realize that the U.S. and Soviets came within seconds of all-out nuclear war on numerous occasions during the Cold War. And only the courage of U.S. and Soviet individuals to say no when their superiors told them to fire nuclear weapons – in the face of mistaken readings – saved the planet from nuclear war.
Postscript: The American government and mainstream media cast all of the blame on Russia. But many top U.S. diplomats and intelligence officials disagree (and see this).