I don't subscribe to many of the views presented by Cohen, but I respect his well-informed views on Soviet Union/Russia. Where I differ is that Cohen doesn't appear to understand that the post-WWII period has seen the rise of US-led capitalist Empire which is now in its fascist stage. This means that the core leadership (the Deep State--read my commentary here) of the transnational capitalist class that runs the Empire is now using their total control of corporate media to spread pure propaganda (ex: Russiagate) to pursue their agendas.
I've been currently reading a book entitled The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton in which the author, Jefferson Morley, writes with reference to Cord Meyer who became a high level CIA agent:
In 1954, Allen Dulles persuaded him to take over the Agency's International Organizations division. In consultation with Angleton, Meyer orchestrated the Agency's covert funding of labor unions, newspapers, magazines, TV stations, and Hollywood movies.The point being that this fascist core, being bent on world domination, were active as early as 1954 to construct their "Fourth (capitalist) Reich".
Members of the now powerful Deep State are now seeing their domination of the world severely threatened especially by the rise of Russia and China; but they are also threatened by financial crises and the unsustainability of their capitalist system due to its collision course with environmental concerns. As a result of these combined threats they are like a wounded predatory animal: they are becoming hyper-aggressive. This is what Cohen is concerned about. However, he doesn't see the history of the development of this predatory animal since WWII.