[Our next priority should have been] to reduce the fissionable material that could leak out and become terrorist fuel. Next, replace the Chernobyl-style nuclear reactors that threaten the Western European environment even today. And finally, [institute] an international exchange program that would allow our countries to get to know each other.
Instead of doing these things, what did we do? We expanded NATO. And when the Russians came over, we didn’t say, ‘What is your own view of how you move yourselves forward?’ We laid out an economic plan, gave them the money, the money stayed about two weeks, and came back out to [Swiss banks]. The result is, they’ve been in the middle of the deepest depression of the 20th century, where they’ve lost 50 percent of their GDP. At best, they think we are now irrelevant; at worst, they blame us for this circumstance. We came in and superimposed our views without the vaguest idea of the politics behind them.