9 Reasons Why Trump's Dream Of Russian Reconciliation Is Now Impossible

Authored by Adam Garrie via TheDuran.com,

What was once mission difficult is now mission impossible - at least for the foreseeable future...

Donald Trump has yet again stated that he seeks to have good or even “great” relations with Russia. Speaking beside Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Trump stated,

“I hope that we do have good relations with Russia. I say it loud and clear, I’ve been saying it for years: I think it’s a good thing if we have great relationships, or at least good relationships with Russia.

 

It’s a big country, it’s a nuclear country, it’s a country that we should get along with, and I think we will eventually get along with Russia”.

In spite of Trump’s stated wishes, the policies of his administration, irrespective of who is actually authoring them, are in total opposition to Russia’s stated geo-political goals and Russia’s geo-strategic interests.

The Trump administration’s approach to Venezuela, Afghanistan (and South Asia as a whole) and North Korea (and East Asia as a whole) and beyond is totally antithetical to the interests and stated desires of Russia and Russia’s closest partners.

Here are the key places where US policy under Trump and Russia’s geo-political positions are in total opposition

1. Venezuela 

In Venezuela Trump has threatened war and implemented sanctions against the government of Nicolas Maduro. Russia by contrast vehemently opposes sanctions and war.

2. Afghanistan 

Trump’s flagship policy of a troop surge in Afghanistan is opposed by Russia as is his policy to effectively bomb the Taliban to the peace table.

Russia favours a process which would see moderate rebel elements of the Taliban invited to a peace table in conjunction with a cease-fire in order to develop a lasting peace based on reconciliation between the Taliban and the government in Kabul, something which in reality means a reconciliation between Pashtun Afghans and the ethnic minorities who are in the current government.

Russia also takes exception to Trump’s threats and criticisms against Pakistan, a country which is rapidly becoming an important Russian partner in South Asia.

3. North Korea 

Just this morning, Donald Trump once again threatened war on North Korea. By contrast, Russia has said multiple times that war can never be considered an option on the Korean peninsula and has called for the US to cease its delivery of THADD missile systems to South Korea and has also called for a cessation of US-South Korea military drills. In each of these cases, the US has totally ignored Russia and China’s requests, in spite of the fact that both states border the Korean peninsula.

Russia like China also calls for direct talks between Washington and Pyongyang, something the Trump administration is apparently not considering seriously at this time.

4. South China Sea 

While Russia is not directly involved with the South China Sea dispute, America’s provocative stance on the region has infuriated Russia’s most important partner, China. America’s imperial actions in the region, confusingly called ‘freedom of navigation’ by Washington, do not bode well for Moscow which wants to see cooperation rather than confrontation in Asia.

5. Turkey

While Russia is fast becoming an important partner of Ankara, the US seems to be throwing out its nearly century long alliance with Turkey. 

The US has blatantly disregarded Turkish concerns about America’s arming and funding of Kurdish militants in Syria while Russia continues to show courtesy and countenance for Turkey’s position which is shared by Iran.

6. Europe 

Russia has constantly called for NATO to de-escalate its presence in Europe, but under the Trump administration, Obama’s own European ‘troop surge’ has continued with no signs of stopping. Donald Trump’s recent speech in Poland where he quoted deeply Russophobic propaganda does not bode well for reconciliation between America’s EU allies and Russia.

7. Palestine/Israel 

While the US approach to the conflict in the Levant is completely one-sided, Russia maintains uniquely good relations with both Palestinian leaders and Israeli leaders in Tel Aviv. While Russia’s approach is clearly a conflict aversion tactic, if the US supported Israel in any aggression against Syria, this would clearly end any attempts at fledgling cooperation between the US and Russia in a Syrian conflict which is in any case, drawing to a close. Russia is carefully balancing the interests of its Syrian partner with trying to contain the aggressive military posturing of the Israeli regime with which Russia continues to do business.

Any US support of an Israeli strike against any Middle Eastern country would throw theSyrian de-escalation zone which is jointly policed by America, Russia and Jordan, into disarray. To this end, the south western Syrian de-escalation zone is thus far the only area where the Trump administration has made any progress in respect of improving relations with Russia. Currently, it hangs by a thread for more reasons than one.

8. Iran and the Persian Gulf 

While Donald Trump’s Tweets indicate a policy that is fully pro-Saudi, even as his own state department emphases a US position of neutrality, as Qatar works to re-normalise relations with Iran, the US could find itself increasingly at odds with its technical ally in Doha.

In respect of Iran itself, Donald Trump continues to advocate hostile policies against Tehran which include threats to tear up the so-called Iran Nuclear Deal as well as false accusations of Iran sponsoring terrorism.

Russia by contrast is an economic partner of Iran and is working with Iran to combat Salafist terrorists in Syria. In the Persian Gulf, Russia has won respect from Qatar for adopting a genuine and unambiguous position of neutrality. This has also allowed Russia to maintain healthy relations with Saudi through out the conflict.

9. Libya 

The US and the west more broadly seems to have no coherent strategy to deal with the Libyan failed state, beyond propping up the fledgling Government of National Accord, which is competing with the National Salvation Government as well as assorted militant groups for control of Tripoli.

By contrast, Russia continues to engage with Khalifa Haftar, the leader of Libya’s only successful and well organised military, the Libyan National Army. The LNA is also the only force in Libya that has successfully liberated important cities from terrorist control, namely the eastern city of Benghazi.

Egypt continues to support Haftar and the Libyan House of Representatives from which he derives political legitimacy. As Russia becomes ever closer to the government in Cairo, it would appear that Russia’s plan to help reconcile Haftar’s forces with what’s left of the UN backed government in Tripoli, is the closest thing any non-Arab power has to a plan for Libya.

The US appears to have no plans at all, but one can count on the US opposing Russian involvement in Libya, even though there is now little the US could conceivably do to stop Moscow and Cairo from cooperating in a country the US first destroyed and later abandoned.

CONCLUSION:

As I warned prior to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin’s first meeting,

“With all the fuss over Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump meeting later this week at the G20 summit, many have conspicuously failed to grasp that the monumental task ahead of both leaders has little to do with their own period in government and even less to do with their personalities. These things of course do matter, but their importance is dwarfed by larger historical and present economic and geo-strategic concerns.

 

With that in mind, here are the giant obstacles that both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will be faced with when they meet”.

In the month and three quarters since the Trump-Putin meeting, this situation has merely intensified. Differences in American and Russian geo-political interests have become ever more pronounced and the Trump administration shows no signs of even attempting to meet Russia half way, let alone approach the situation in a pragmatic manner. The ideological dogmas of the US continue as if Donald Trump is the mere figurehead in foreign affairs that many believe him to literally be.

Donald Trump’s personal respect for Russia seems genuine beyond any lingering doubts. He has no reason to say he wants warm relations with Russia any longer but he still says he does.

The policies of his administration however, belie the supreme difficulty of implementing such policies or even attempting to do so.

Dr. Samuel Johnson said that “the road to hell is good intentions”. Donald Trump’s good intentions in respect of Russia have led not to a new kind of hell but to the status quo becoming more entrenched.

When Donald Trump took office, he bravely embarked on what could rightly be called ‘mission difficult’. Now, the American deep state/military industrial complex has revealed that in reality, it was always going to be mission impossible due to geo-strategic realities, uniquely American arrogance which is embedded into the thinking of even many Washington moderates and finally, because we have learnt beyond a reasonable doubt, that the President of the United States is only as powerful as those around him, allow him to be.

 

Comments

Mike Masr caconhma Wed, 08/30/2017 - 07:44 Permalink

CIA propaganda.
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The Democratic & Republican parties are nothing but a facade. The Neocons control both parties and the deep state owns the neocons. Our votes are meaningless as elected officials pursue the goals of the deep state and NOT the will of the American people!!! We are ruled by a powerful, corrupt and unelected deep state. The US Regime. "The Putin regime is just a mafia regime at all levels"A little like the pot calling the kettle black ey?   

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Matteo S. joeyman9 Wed, 08/30/2017 - 03:26 Permalink

That's where you are wrong.

It is sad but it is time to come to reality.

Narcissistic Trump just crooked voters in order to be elected President. He said what he understood would be efficient to attract these voters but never intended to succeed in enforcing the policies he pretended he wanted to enforce, nor even to enforce these policies.

Trump has been swimming in the swamp for 4 decades.

What motivated him to run for president was a personal and narcissistic feud against the Obamas and the Clintons.

The first clue of this that I noticed during the campaign was when so-called anti-neocon Flynn repeatedly stated that Trump would be very tough on Iran and cancel the global agreement that had been concluded for Iran to give-up its nuclear program.

Now all is clear. Trump is an heterodox neocon warmonger but he nevertheless is a neocon warmonger sold to Israel and to the wahabbis exactly like the Bushes were.

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RawPawg Tue, 08/29/2017 - 20:43 Permalink

Vlad already Broke-upDonny keeps trying to call Vlad,and wondering why Vlad won't pick up the phone"Jamies Cryin" playing in my head....Whoa,Whoa,Whoa,Jamies Cryin

Cautiously Pes… Tue, 08/29/2017 - 20:44 Permalink

When the revolution/civil war/purge comes, I hope that next to the bankers swinging from lampposts, you see the media journalists that are attempting to destroy this country with their FAKE NEWS.  

nmewn Tue, 08/29/2017 - 20:47 Permalink

So, no Trump Tower on the Volga then. No desperation claim on true romanticism. No achingly inspiring Trump-Putin poetry.Where have all my flowering peeing prostitutes gone? What the hell, can't I even get a decent Vermont power grid hack out of this before winter?!(Sigh) ;-)

Iskiab madashellron Tue, 08/29/2017 - 22:24 Permalink

Good point, what we're seeing is saying one thing and doing another. Afghanistan is another attempt to escalate on Russia's border and have a staging ground for an invasion.

Here's the problem:
1. USA knows that they've been the world's hegemonic power for a while (since the 40s) and want it to continue. In US' eyes there can be no sharing, no multiple powers, no minding your own business. The thinking is there can only be 1 top dog and it has to be us, so we're going to accomplish it by dragging others down to less than us.
2. Russia knows they can't compete against the US, so all they have to do is not be a world dick and it'll undermine US policy. By trying to be reasonable, it makes someone being unreasonable look bad.

It'll be interesting to see how it pans out. I believe all this will force China and Russia to cooperate, to the detriment of the US. By being hard other nations will band together in passive defiance, if the EU starts getting along with Russia the US being a hegemonic power is over.

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bowie28 Tue, 08/29/2017 - 20:53 Permalink

Could have boiled this down to 1 reason:Candidate Trump is now President Trump.  He no longer needs votes from the sheeple so all that stuff he said prior to Nov 9 is no longer relevant.  He serves his swamp masters now and will do their bidding while pretending to be fighting them.  Now go back to sleep until 2019 when the next campaign begins...Compare his angry tweets of today with his WWE performance in 2007.  He does enjoy putting on a show.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkghtyxZ6rcOT:  Trey Gowdy going to bat for Monsanto.  http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-08-28-reuters-now-in-bed-with-monsanto-… 

qdone Tue, 08/29/2017 - 20:49 Permalink

hey vlad! just tweak the 100 megatoners. yo only hope is the stupid murican populace believe yo gonna wipe 'em out - if they don't smarten up.

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Reaper Tue, 08/29/2017 - 20:53 Permalink

Indict McCain as a Principal in aiding and abetting ISIS's war crimes.   Neo-cons are cowards, who want others to die for their glory.

Deep Snorkeler Tue, 08/29/2017 - 20:55 Permalink

Trumpler, Leader of the Collapsing ReichCaptain Hire-Fire,who built a government of vacanciesand pending resignations,with a cabinet mutiny ominous.Trump's face is an aggressivesymbol of incompetence.

uhland62 Deep Snorkeler Tue, 08/29/2017 - 21:41 Permalink

Don't knock the vacancies, saves a lot of money. There's a new debt ceiling lift coming up; the more vacancies you fill the more debt your children and grandchildren will have to pay back. "Moscow which wants to see cooperation rather than confrontation in Asia." You cannot let a good reason for confrontation and conflict go to waste. If the American people want more wars, possibly WWIII, then nothing anybody could do about that. The trajectory has been there for a couple of years now; some people just don't make enough enough money on peace but do on war. Since 2014 they stoked the Korean conflict by trying to sell them THAAD. How lucky for the THAAD manufacturers that the conflict could be escalated to the point of sales. 

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TeethVillage88s Tue, 08/29/2017 - 21:01 Permalink

Well, Opinions R Like Assholes, Eh??!!

Who the hell do u think u R?

"Authored by Adam Garrie via TheDuran.com,"

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Son of Captain Nemo Tue, 08/29/2017 - 21:29 Permalink

"9 Reasons Why Trump's Dreams Of Russian Reconciliation Is Now Impossible"

#10 "Hump's" knee-pads have been permanently sewn into his kneecaps personally by Bi Bi!

More to the point Trump will give lip service and ultimately plays from the sheet of music that AIPAC and media gives him. He's not a man's man nor an individual with an ounce of courage "strapped" to conviction with the missing part of the equation no U.S. President has had since J.F.K. -conviction.

He didn't want the job but he got it. And will either tender his own resignation which will be "GOOD"!... Or?... He will be impeached or murdered which will trigger potential civil war ALSO "GOOD"!

More importantly with or without Trump and the Tribe that runs the U.S. Government "THEY" will never get control of Russia's energy markets to sell in USD NO MATTER HOW HARD THEY TRY after what they've done to the Eastern European neighborhood post-Soviet Union.... And THAT my friends is ALL you will ever need to know moving forward at how close America is to it's TOTAL AND COMPLETE COLLAPSE!!

We're past "suicide watch" for Lady Liberty and looking for the "dead body"/post-mortem at this point!

Koba the Dread Son of Captain Nemo Tue, 08/29/2017 - 21:59 Permalink

"Trump will give lip service and ultimately plays from the sheet of music that AIPAC and media gives him." All too true. The only good thing to note is that Steve Bannon is out of the White House. Bannon, for all the bally-hoo about his nationalism, is a rabidly conservative Roman Catholic--Opus Dei style, a former navy officer who yearned to reach the upper echelons of Pentagon war making, a Harvard Business School graduate, a Wall Street Investment Banker and a complete and total Zionist who calls Israel "America's best friend."Just because he forgets to shave and dresses like a bum wearing Eddie Bauer cast-offs, doesn't mean a thing. His "nationalism" is Roman Catholic ascendency (internationalism), military triumphalism (internationalism through US empire), Harvard ethos (internationalism), Wall Street ethos (internationalism) and Zionism (internationalism through world Jewish control).His departure from the White House is a move, albiet a small one, away from internationalism posing as nationalism.Yes, I see the inconsistency between Roman Catholic ascendency and Zionist ascendency. I don't think he sees it however.

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Escapeclaws Koba the Dread Wed, 08/30/2017 - 01:56 Permalink

Bannon may be what you call a RC Internationalist, but the dwindling number of ordinary Catholics have nothing to do with that. They are Catholic because they realize that the Catholic Church is the one true Church and the most faithful to the actual teachings of Christ.

For instance, Protestants reject Christ's teachings on the Eucharist, maintaining that that it is merely symbolic, whereas there is no question that Christ meant literally that you must eat His flesh and drink His blood as a sine qua non to being saved. Just read the passage in John that says this. Like the majority of His followers, the Protestants also WALK AWAY from this teaching, finding it a "hard saying" that they cannot accept.

Because Protestants reject Christ's teaching, they are not really Christians.

Despite the corruption in the hierarchy of the Church, it is still the surest means of salvation and the only true Christian Church.

Catholicism, as practiced by ordinary Catholics, is a foe to any supremacist religion.

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Crawdaddy Tue, 08/29/2017 - 21:13 Permalink

Also coming soon, 9 reasons your girlfriend likes your buddy more than you. Reason number 1: your buddy talks to her. El Duh.Its all fake as hell. We are being played!Hate to hurt anyones feelings but El Trumpo is as corrupt as Madame Clinton and Obammay and El Bushe ever were. They are pawns! They don't rule jack shit! These fuck knots are there to distract us and makes us fight everyone but them. They all scheme to entrap us so why do we not all band together and defeat them?

sinbad2 Koba the Dread Tue, 08/29/2017 - 22:41 Permalink

I can answer that for you, next time there is an election, state local congress any kind of election, don't vote Democrat, or Republican, vote for anybody, vote for a dog, it doesn't matter, as long as you don't vote red or blue.The only power we the people have over the crooks, is that vote.Even if Fido doesn't get elected, the ghouls who run the parties notice. Imagine if 20 or 50 non red/blue politicians were in Congress, Trump might have had a chance, but one man alone, is not enough.You have the power, you can change them, but first you have to change how you vote.

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Victor999 sinbad2 Wed, 08/30/2017 - 01:32 Permalink

I suggest that a campaign be started to Vote All the Bastards Out.  Do not vote for an incumbant - only vote for the challenger.  Result:  A clean sweep of Congress, a strong message to the elite, and chaos in high places as Congress would then be entirely composed of freshmen (freshpersons?).

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samsara Tue, 08/29/2017 - 21:47 Permalink

" spite of Trump’s stated wishes, the policies of THE SWAMP, irrespective of who is actually authoring them..."

Fixed it for ya.

My understanding is that Putin's understands who he is dealing with. Everybody sees Trump has been Borg'ed and Putin sees he is not talking to the parent, he's talking to the kid who has to go and ask his parents permission.

SweetDoug Tue, 08/29/2017 - 22:12 Permalink

 ''''America’s provocative stance on the region has infuriated Russia’s most important partner, China. America’s imperial actions in the region, confusingly called ‘freedom of navigation’ by Washington, ______________________________________________________________________________________ I won't even address this. OJOV-V 

Yellow Zookaninnie Tue, 08/29/2017 - 22:21 Permalink

Tronald Dump has had his presidential foreskin caught in a neocon blackmail zipper. He is without power of any sort.Hillary's neocons also have him by his scrote - double pain. Sorry to say, but it is true

DirtySanchez (not verified) Tue, 08/29/2017 - 22:22 Permalink

Trump had a brief window to go to DC with a flame thrower, and burn the fucking shit hole down.

Instead, he allowed his balls to be cut off, and he is now the military's favorite eunuch.