Washington’s Russophobia

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US president Donald Trump is in Helsinki for a one-on-one (plus translators), no-advisers-allowed meeting with Russian premier Vladimir Putin. And seemingly everyone is convinced that Russia is undermining liberal democracy, indulging in nefarious interventions around the world, and even dead-set on reviving some larger Russia, for which the annexation of Crimea was only the start. Everyone, that is, except Trump.

So, on the eve of this most black-boxed of presidential tête-à-têtes, his own Justice Department issued an indictment of 12 Russian intelligence agents for hacking the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Senators and 18 Democratic members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs have called on Trump to abort the meeting. And, perhaps most remarkable of all, Trump’s own team constantly expressed a fear of Russian aggression.

Just this past week, Trump’s director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, compared the danger of Russian cyberattacks to the terrorist threat posed to the US in the run-up to 9/11. In his trepidation, Coats was merely following Trump’s former national security adviser, General HR McMaster, who warned last year: ‘Russia and China are determined to make economies less free and less fair, to grow their militaries, and to control information and data to repress their societies and expand their influence.’ Likewise, defence secretary Jim Mattis, secretary of state Mike Pompeo and current national security adviser John Bolton have all been sounding the alarm about Russia’s intentions, and urging Trump to go in hard on Russia’s electoral meddling.

Yet Trump seemingly refuses to toe his team’s line, let alone that of Congress or the Justice Department. Instead, he seems content to accept the Kremlin’s contention that ‘the meddling never happened’, or, as he put it in November, ‘Every time [Putin] sees me, he says, “I didn’t do that”, and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it’. More striking still, some worry that Trump may even recognise Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2015 as legitimate, despite the US, the EU and NATO all condemning it as a violation of international law and subsequently imposing sanctions. Trump, however, has said that Crimea ought to be part of Russia, given that the majority of Crimeans speak Russian. ‘That is not the position of the United States’, countered Bolton.

And that’s the problem. Regarding Russia, Trump’s administration, which is meant to be articulating the ‘position of the United States’, seems torn in two, with Trump on one side, and everybody else on the other. It is as if there are in fact two positions of the United States on Russia. Trump says simply ‘if we can get along with Russia, that’s a good thing’. Everybody else says you can’t trust Russia, because they’re the bad guys, usually with a reference to Putin’s past as a KGB agent. Trump will be having a spectacularly private chat with Putin. Everybody else will be working on possibly public agreements and disagreements with Moscow. As the New York Times puts it, ‘Trump is wholly untethered from his administration when it comes to dealing with Moscow’.

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  1. For 7 decades the LEFT(Jewish liberals, democrats, commies & socialists) stood with the Communist USSR . … now they rabidly “turn” on Russia — no longer the Union of SOVIET SOCIALIST Republics, now Capitalistic-Free Economy —- Why do you suppose such a dramatic turn???
    During the German Wiemar hyperinflation in the 1920s, Jews had their fellow Tribe members send them money from around the World and they snatched up vast valuable properties at pennies on the dollar. This caused vast animosity as they flaunted their new found wealth in the faces of the impoverished Germans.
    During the drunken Yeltsin years in the crumbling USSR, Jews had their fellow Tribe members send them money from around the world and they snatched up vast valuable properties at pennies on the dollar as Yeltsin was steered into “privatizing” Russian Public Properties. Then Putin halted the looting and jailed some of the Jewish “oligarchs”. This is what caused the orchestrated hate of Russia that we see staged by the Jewish controlled MSM & “Entertainment” propaganda units. They are furious Putin stopped their looting of the Russian Christians.
    But what was the UNFORGIVABLE SIN Putin did? Putin helped ressurect the Orthodox Christian Church. Oh! How the Jewish Communists howl and tear their clothes! 70 years of working to eradicate Christianity, 60 Million Christians devoured in their Gulags, undone by their former Tool and Operative!
    From Netanyahu’s infamous “Fink’s Bar diatribe” of 1990:
    “If we get caught they will just replace us with persons of the same cloth. So it does not matter what you do, America is a golden calf and we will suck it dry, chop it up, and sell it off piece by piece until there is nothing left but the world’s biggest welfare state that we will create and control. Why? Because it is the will of God and America is big enough to take the hit so we can do it again and again and again. This is what we do to countries that we hate. We destroy them very slowly and make them suffer for refusing to be our slaves.”

  2. Trump’s problem is that the 75% of the electorate agree with him, that the whole ‘Russia’ story is nonsense, a cover to hide the egregious sins of Clinton.
    90% of the world population agree with him. So his choice is to support his electorate and tell the truth, or to pander to the political (and media) swamp.
    Now we are getting a glimpse into the DoJ, FBI and CIA internal politics, we are able to see what lies and agendas they are pushing.
    Trump knows that the last president to attack the bankers and CIA was JFK.

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