“And it hit me personally, when I moved to the U.S. and when my wife got pregnant with my first baby – that American women don’t have paid maternity leave. That’s, that’s like so normal for someone who is from Europe, you can as a dad, have like up to a year, 70 percent paid maternity leave or paternity leave.
I wasn’t even aware of that: the richest nation on Earth doesn’t have this. And it was like, wow, I didn’t know that actually.”
He wants a Marshall Plan for Russia. And then says Russia’s own aggressive involvement in things like the election don’t matter, that’s over, it’s done, move on. Problem is, that’s not over for the people here who resented it. So who would ever support a Marshall Plan type policy? The only thing he’s left with is cajoling about war. Russia backed into a corner, lashing out. Now he was speaking his mind, and not offering a speech or an essay, but as such he does what we all do when we speak our minds passionately—he is allowing contradictory ways of seeing to co-exist in his mind. So he talks of the Russian threat and says forget about that and just make up and give them some economic assistance and hope, or they just might kill you. (Deliberate hyperbole on my part.) So to me that interview was a big collection of clashing and contradictory perceptions.