I came across this brief commentary in another venue and thought it worth cutting out to share here. It is one possible answer to a question I have long wondered about, as posed in the title of this post.
I grew up during the Cold War. Anti-Russian/Soviet/Communist sentiment was both prevalent then and easy to understand. When the Cold War ended, I expected the US/Russia relationship to evolve, even, potentially, to become amicable. Instead, the relationship has hardened into the levels of outright hatred we see today.
The writer explains: “In order to maintain hegemony, the United States needs Russia to become a Western satellite before the petrodollar system collapses.” The problem is, Russia will never become a Western satellite.
Hence, the propaganda war. Maybe our propagandists can fool some of the people some of the time often enough to gain something, but hating Russia is the small game. The big game involves the Russia/China alliance.