US Establishment In Hysterics That Trump-Putin Summit Might Succeed

Authored by Jim Jatras, op-ed via RT.com,

There are many reasons the bipartisan US establishment hates Trump. His heresies from neoliberal orthodoxies on immigration and trade are prominent. But top among them is his oft-stated intention to improve relations with Russia.

That’s fighting words for the Deep State and its mainstream media arm, for which demonizing Russia and its president Vladimir Putin is an obsession.

The fact that Donald Trump made his intention to get along with Moscow a priority during his 2016 campaign, both against his Republican primary rivals and Hillary Clinton (who has compared Putin to Hitler) was cause for alarm. This is because far more than even the frightening prospect that the 70-year state of war on the Korean Peninsula might end, US reconciliation with Russia would yank the rug out from under the phony justifications for spending hundreds of billions of dollars annually to counter a “threat” that ceased to exist over a quarter century ago. Absent hostility to Russia that money has no reason to keep sustaining the power, privilege, and prosperity of a horde of moochers and profiteers, both at home and abroad.

That’s why when it was reported soon after his January 2017 inauguration that Trump was seeking to open dialogue with the Kremlin and set an early summit with Putin there was a hysterical counteraction. As described just over a year ago by conservative columnist and former presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan:

“Trump planned a swift lifting of sanctions on Russia after inauguration and a summit meeting with Vladimir Putin to prevent a second Cold War. The State Department was tasked with working out the details. Instead, says Daniel Fried, the coordinator for sanctions policy, he received ‘panicky’ calls of ‘Please, my God, can you stop this?’. Operatives at State, disloyal to the president and hostile to the Russia policy on which he had been elected, collaborated with elements in Congress to sabotage any detente. They succeeded. “It would have been a win-win for Moscow,” said Tom Malinowski of State, who boasted last week of his role in blocking a rapprochement with Russia. State employees sabotaged one of the principal policies for which Americans had voted, and they substituted their own.

Back then, constitutional government and the rule of law took a back seat to bureaucratic obstructionism, atop months of a phony “Russian collusion” story that even anti-Russian Republican Congressmen are now calling to “finish the hell up.” But now, in the aftermath of the successful Singapore summit and with the collusion narrative looking ever more threadbare, Trump is back on track. The summit with Putin will finally take place on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland, the site of earlier meetings between American and Russian leaders.

Today the assaults on Trump are no less frenzied than a year ago, but they seem to pack less of a punch with the critics’ glum awareness that, aside from some extraordinary provocation, little can be done to stop the summit from taking place. The Beltway Swamp’s flagship bulletin board Washington Post accused Trump of “kowtowing” to Putin by merely agreeing to meet with him. Trump’s one-on-one with the “autocrat” Putin will be a “meeting of kindred spirits,” warned the conceited New York Times. Putin has “devoured” Trump grumbled über-Russophobe Ralph Peters on CNN. Trump wants to “Finlandize” the US moaned Max Boot. Officials in the United Kingdom, a key culprit in ginning up “Russiagate” in the first place, are particularly scared that – horror! – there could be a peace deal between Trump and Putin.

Major worries are voiced by useless freeloader countries we call“allies,” whose governments fret that the US will become less reliable – to their rulers’ interests of course, not to those of the American people. This specifically means the members of NATO, whose summit Trump will attend prior to Helsinki. As former US ambassador to Moscow and to NATO Alexander Vershbow suggests“allies are wondering whether they will be in for nothing more than a tongue lashing by President Trump over insufficient defense spending, further inflaming transatlantic divisions over trade, the Iran deal, and other issues.”

Indeed, Trump’s hammering on the NATO deadbeats’ treating the US as a piggy bank that will no longer be at their disposal exposes the biggest fraud at the heart of the long-obsolete alliance: there is no threat of Russian military “aggression” and they all know it. If these countries really thought they were in danger of invasion from Russia (and not from Third World migrants, regarding which NATO is totally worthless) they wouldn’t need Trump to nag them about spending, they’d commit more money because they knew they had to. The proof is in noting which NATO member, after the US, consistently spends the largest GDP share on its military: Greece. Is that because the penniless Greeks are terrified of Russia? No, they’re afraid of a genuine threat from their fellow NATO “ally,”Turkey.

In the absence of an actual military menace from the east, NATO advocates are scrambling to come up with ever more imaginative justifications. As described by one member of Latvia’s parliament on the website of the Atlantic Council, a leading Washington establishment think tank, the real Russian threat comes from “hybrid warfare, with an increased focus on asymmetric and nontraditional military capabilities, has made it considerably more difficult for NATO to counter destabilization efforts, information operations, cyber-attacks, disinformation, propaganda, and psychological operations.”Yeah sure, maybe Trump will fall for that! Anything to save the Atlantic Council’s $30 million budget provided by a Who’s Who of US government agencies, NATO and Gulf Arab governments, and military contractor firms.

However, it should not be thought that the US and NATO establishment’s hostility to Russia is entirely venal. There is also a strong ideological component. Whereas during the first Cold War much of the western establishment, especially on the Left, felt an affinity for the materialist goals of communism (if not its methods), Russia’s reemergence under Putin as a conservative country in which national traditions and the Orthodox Church are respected has led to a bitter sense of betrayal. That makes Putin, as articulated by Hillary Clinton, leader of the worldwide “authoritarian, white-supremacist, and xenophobic movement” who is “emboldening right-wing nationalists, separatists, racists, and even neo-Nazis.” No Soviet leader, not even Joseph Stalin, was ever portrayed in such diabolical fashion in US media and government circles the way Putin is.

It is no coincidence that Trump himself is vilified in the same dire Hitlerian terms once reserved for foreign targets of regime change like Slobodan Milosevic, Saddam Hussein, and Muammar Gaddafi. Together with the rising elements of anti-establishmentism in Europe, most recently in the installation of a patriotic Lega/Five-Star government in Rome, the post-modern, neo-liberal elite on both sides of the Atlantic feels its dominance slipping away. 

For some Democratic partisans and Never-Trump neo-conservative Republicans, horror at improved US-Russia relations competes with the loathing of Trump personally. But for other Americans, both supporters of the President and people who find him objectionable, the summit should not be seen as a litmus test about their attitudes toward the current occupant of the White House. Rather, the issue is what the summit can mean for Americans’ safety and security – and perhaps our very survival.

Claims of Russian collusion and attitudes toward Trump have obscured the fact that Russia is the only country on the planet with a nuclear establishment on a par with ours. Even during the worst periods of the first Cold War with the USSR, US administrations of both parties kept in mind that a minimum of mutual respect and open communication was not just prudent, it was literally a matter of life and death – for the American people and for the world.

During the past few years as we have entered what has been called a second Cold War, this time with post-communist Russia, the seriousness with which the US used to regard the old Soviet Union has been lacking. The bipartisan foreign policy consensus became a closed, incestuous loop in which Republicans and Democrats vied for who could be most strident in their anti-Russian attitudes: let’s poke the bear and see if he growls!

NATO expansion right in Russia’s face became an end in itself, continuing with induction of Montenegro in 2017, plans to welcome Macedonia (or North Macedonia or whatever other silly name is concocted to appease Hellenic pride) – even Ukraine, Georgia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina remain formally on track for joining.

Color revolutions and disastrous wars of regime change toppled Moscow-friendly governments, justified as supposed “democracy promotion.” Risk of confrontation between US and Russian military personnel – studiously avoided during Cold War 1 – takes place with reckless glee in Russia’s Black and Baltic Seas littorals, in Ukraine, and especially in Syria, where earlier this year American forces reportedly slaughtered many Russian contractors – to the delight of some of those now warning darkly against the Trump-Putin meeting. Perhaps most dangerously, the painfully constructed complex of arms control agreements has atrophied as both sides build up stocks of new hypersonic, cyber, and space weapons.

It is perhaps beyond the power of either Trump or Putin to reverse this dangerous trend with one stroke, but maybe they can at least make a start in arresting it. The usual suspects warn of failure, but their real worry is that the summit might be a success. Let’s hope their worst nightmare comes true and peace breaks out.

Comments

Zer0head GoFuqYourself Sun, 07/08/2018 - 21:07 Permalink

Tylers, how did you miss this

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he's an evil fucking freak dressed like the Star Trek god character  Q

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the artist powow Sun, 07/08/2018 - 23:28 Permalink

Interesting take...I see it differently. This summit is to curtail China's expansion. China is a useless middleman. Nobody needs them and the next 20 years is about managing their implosion, moving production to India and stopping the expansion into Africa. 

The Extraction of such a pernicious parasite that is the Rothschild banking cartel requires more than just a year or two at the helm. This is a long game but a game that is engaged. 

It is a good thing that Trump won't get Russia to pull out of Syria. Russia, Syria, Iran are our greatest allies. Watch as we pivot away from Saudi Arabia and China toward Russia/Iran/Syria. 

Russia will never pull out of Syria or Ukraine for that matter. To do so would be opening the door to a Check Mate scenario as their #1 income gets undermined by the pipeline from Qatar.  At that point the buttons would be pressed and I think we can all agree that we don't want to live through that reality. 

The only way forward that I see is the managed contraction of China resulting in a breakup and eventual denuclearization. 

China's gold will be used to ensure the safety of the ruling party that presides over a much smaller and less powerful State. 

The days of China as the benefactor of corrupt Secretary of State sHill types selling them State secrets in exchange for bribes and future collusion is OVER. 

The rapid implosion of China's economy will be one of the great necessary horrors of world history as 1.4 B people scramble for resources and later, pitchforks.

 

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the artist VZ58 Mon, 07/09/2018 - 03:43 Permalink

China has nothing we need.  We can get and will get others to manufacture our plastic trinkets including ourselves. . As you will see. The future will bring pain for everyone but the US is not China. We have access to the largest domestic marketplace in $, exports are only 15% GDP, energy reserves and strategic partnerships, natural resources, Food production not to mention a military to defend it all and for now the US petro-dollar. All with a fraction of the population. 

Contrast that with China who has 4 x the population, net energy importer, net food importer, economy is half the size and although expanded recently has been stalled. Their economy is grossly dependent upon expansion (as is ours) that will not occur because it defies all logic and math. 

In order for China to do what you think is possible i.e. remain relevant on the world stage, they will need to double their economy in the next 7-10 years. that is 7% growth. That is on par with the last 10 where in 2011-2013 (3 years) they poured more concrete than the US in its entire history. And so it goes with copper, steel etc. They will need to accomplish this expansion while transforming their economy from a net manufacturing to finance and services because...as I pointed out, there are not enough resources in the world to feed China in the state they are in. Unfortunately for them there will be no mechanism for them to expand out of their predicament. 

More to my point. We live in a finite world. China will not be allowed to expand its influence and gobble up the resources necessary for their expansion. The evidence is all around you. I am only pointing out the obvious...but go ahead dumbass...tell us what makes China invaluable. 

What made China prosperous was its past relationships with bad state actors who were willing to trade our state secrets for cash and power. That era is over in spite of douchebags cheerleading for it. Obviously you have other ideas but I doubt you will take the time to share them. Keep huffing whatever you can get your hands on. 

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Free This VZ58 Mon, 07/09/2018 - 13:02 Permalink

China is a bloviated mal-investment of ghost cities and wracked by pollution. Too many plebes to feed, and are a tinderbox internally. They do make a mean bowl of white rice though bwahahahahhaahharg

Yeah, they have our manufacturing base for now, due to our past leaders selling us out with Free Trade - news flash - ain't nothing in life for free, Capitalist or Communist.

Sic Semper Tyrannis

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loveyajimbo GoFuqYourself Sun, 07/08/2018 - 22:34 Permalink

Be a great start for Trump to wake up to the utter bullshit of Russian "meddling", Russian chem weapon attacks in Syria and Russian poisonings in the UK.

Which means ending the sanctions associated with all that bullshit, ending arms sales to the Nazis of Ukraine, honoring the deal that NATO made long ago with Russia to stay away from their borders.

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BabaLooey besnook Sun, 07/08/2018 - 23:10 Permalink

WHY the "lefttoid shitfucks" HATE Trump

The Obvious....

We know him...all of us....he's a blowhard sometimes....a show off....egotistical...arrogant.....

Hate point #1

He loves America...for all his faults......right or wrong...fuck up or not ...he's for the U.S.A.

Hate point #2

He will most likely profit BIG time for the Trump FAMILY (and.already is....Jared)...a NON-"politician"

BIG time Hate Point #3

THEN...finally....he punches BACK....

WHY he will always have the splinter groups hating him.......

The problem for those fuck-os though....

Trump has had haters for decades.....

 

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gatorengineer nmewn Sun, 07/08/2018 - 21:57 Permalink

Gorsuch isn't a conservative.

Sweet fuck all is really being done about the border.  Dig a little deeper than the sound bytes, and Tweets.

When you mean the swamp, do you mean the Goldmanites, SESSIONS, Wray, Rosenstein , or Bolton...?  TRUMP owns all of them

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ssnova TrajanOptimus Sun, 07/08/2018 - 23:51 Permalink

Hilary - White and she is a professed life long  Methodist "Christian".
 

Uh gee, I like her because she's WHITE- that's all I care about!  Uh, NO I DON'T THINK SO!

Idiotic logic!  Judge a book far deeper than just it's cover and title.

But make no mistake, Russia and China have a special and unique bond/relationship together(be it the former Communist/Soviet history they share combined with "mistrust" from the West and being deemed as the "opposing team" from the "West"... in addition to being geographically bordering neighbor countries) that the US has with neither.  I'd bet that Russia and China most likely meet and collaborate together more than the US could with either country a lone.  We can get a long and sort out things with both parties, but make no mistake Russia and China are closer together than we could ever be with either, at least right now...

Having said that, I'd rather we get a long in a mutually benefiting way with any powerful country if possible... we don't have to make enemies if you don't have to be enemies.  I also respect Putin, he seems very patient, level-headed, and logical.  I hope we can lift those Russian sanctions and bans within Trump's presidency.  The West has ostracized them enough.  No need to escalate things any further for the sake of escalating things.

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nmewn Sun, 07/08/2018 - 20:51 Permalink

Clearly, "collusion"...lol...and I'd just like to point out how DT towers over the "former KGB" officer who was liaison with the East German Stasi...Mr.Vladimir St.Pooty.

Just sayin, so there are no misunderstandings of where I'm at ;-)

besnook nmewn Sun, 07/08/2018 - 21:42 Permalink

obviously i don't agree. when the correlations mount the conclusion is difficult to deny. the zionazis don't get everything they want but their trademark persistence always finds lackeys willing to do their bidding. this situation is no different. iran is a signigicant piece of the multipolar world opposed by israel regionally and the usa internationally. russia is the link that makes the silk road passage through the critical mideast work.

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DaBard51 Sun, 07/08/2018 - 20:55 Permalink

"Trust, but verify."  (Russian proverb; Suzanne Massie to Ronald Reagan (1984))

I think even the Russians could agree to that.

 

When nine hundred years old you become, look this good you will not.

anti-cen Nuclear Winter Sun, 07/08/2018 - 21:14 Permalink

So says he who types on a keyboard made in China and was he made to buy one made in the USA then he would be eating rabbit food for a week so the could afford it.

Word is on this side of the globe, quite simple and says "Yanks go home" but having flat batteries in the made in china earphone, well my guess is that you don't hear it but then again with people like you buildings just fall down on 9-11 and you didn't here that did you.

Please take your country back, that includes the fake media you are listening too because I like many other whites in Europe are backing rocket-man and not your jaws infested politicians 

 

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Casey Stengel anti-cen Sun, 07/08/2018 - 22:12 Permalink

Keyboards are made in China because TPTB want them made in China. Have you ever walked thru a Chinese factory?  Have you ever talked to any of the children who worked in the factory making those motherboards in your laptop? Care to guess the percentage of middle schoolers who drove the punch thru their thumb in their effort to meet the quota just to get stiffed on 20% of their pay at the end of the month? Didn't think so.

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