Solomon: Climb Down From The Summit Of Hostile Propaganda

Authored by Norman Solomon via TruthDig.com,

Throughout the day before the summit in Helsinki, the lead story on the New York Times home page stayed the same: “Just by Meeting With Trump, Putin Comes Out Ahead.” The Sunday headline was in harmony with the tone of U.S. news coverage overall. As for media commentary, the Washington Post was in the dominant groove as it editorialized that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is “an implacably hostile foreign adversary.”

Contempt for diplomacy with Russia is now extreme. Mainline U.S. journalists and top Democrats often bait President Donald Trump in zero-sum terms. No doubt Hillary Clinton thought she was sending out an applause line in her tweet Sunday night: “Question for President Trump as he meets Putin: Do you know which team you play for?”

A bellicose stance toward Russia has become so routine and widespread that we might not give it a second thought—and that makes it all the more hazardous. After President George W. Bush declared “You’re either with us or against us,” many Americans gradually realized what was wrong with a Manichean view of the world. Such an outlook is even more dangerous today.

Since early 2017, the U.S. mass media have laid it on thick with the rough political equivalent of a painting technique known as chiaroscuro—“the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition,” in the words of Wikipedia. The Russiagate frenzy is largely about punching up contrasts between the United States (angelic and victimized) and Russia (sinister and victimizer).

Countless stories with selective facts are being told that way. But other selectively fact-based stories could also be told to portray the United States as a sinister victimizer and Russia as an angelic victim. Those governments and their conformist media outlets are relentless in telling it either way. As the great journalist I.F. Stone observed long ago, “All governments lie, and nothing they say should be believed.” In other words: don’t trust, verify.

Often the biggest lies involve what remains unsaid. For instance, U.S. media rarely mention such key matters as the promise-breaking huge expansion of NATO to Russia’s borders since the fall of the Berlin Wall, or the brazen U.S. intervention in Russia’s pivotal 1996 presidential election, or the U.S. government’s 2002 withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, or the more than 800 U.S. military bases overseas—in contrast to Russia’s nine.

For human survival on this planet, an overarching truth appears in an open letter published last week by The Nation magazine:

“No political advantage, real or imagined, could possibly compensate for the consequences if even a fraction of U.S. and Russian arsenals were to be utilized in a thermonuclear exchange. The tacit pretense that the worsening of U.S.-Russian relations does not worsen the odds of survival for the next generations is profoundly false.”

The initial 26 signers of the open letter “Common Ground: For Secure Elections and True National Security” included Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, writer and feminist organizer Gloria Steinem, former UN ambassador Gov. Bill Richardson, political analyst Noam Chomsky, former covert CIA operations officer Valerie Plame, activist leader Rev. Dr. William Barber II, filmmaker Michael Moore, former Nixon White House counsel John Dean, Russia scholar Stephen F. Cohen, former U.S. ambassador to the USSR Jack F. Matlock Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning writers Alice Walker and Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, former senator Adlai Stevenson III, and former longtime House Armed Services Committee member Patricia Schroeder. (I was also one of the initial signers.)

Since its release five days ago, the open letter has gained support from petition already signed by 45,000 people. The petition campaign aims to amplify the call for protecting the digital infrastructure of the electoral process that is now “vulnerable to would-be hackers based anywhere”—and for taking “concrete steps… to ease tensions between the nuclear superpowers.”

We need a major shift in the U.S. approach toward Russia. Clearly the needed shift won’t be initiated by the Republican or Democratic leaders in Congress; it must come from Americans who make their voices heard. The lives—and even existence—of future generations are at stake in the relationship between Washington and Moscow.

Many of the petition’s grassroots signers have posted comments along with their names. Here are a few of my favorites:

*  From Nevada: “We all share the same planet! We better learn how to do it safely or face the consequences of blowing ourselves up!

*  From New Mexico: “The earth will not survive a nuclear war. The weapons we have today are able to cause much more destruction than those of previous eras. We must find a way to common ground.”

*  From Massachusetts: “It is imperative that we take steps to protect the sanctity of our elections and to prevent nuclear war anywhere on the earth.”

*  From Kentucky: “Secure elections are a fundamental part of a democratic system. But this could become meaningless in the event of thermonuclear war.”

*  From California: “There is only madness and hubris in talk of belligerence toward others, especially when we have such dangerous weapons and human error has almost led to our annihilation already more than once in the past half-century.”

Yet a wide array of media outlets, notably the “Russiagate”-obsessed network MSNBC, keeps egging on progressives to climb toward peaks of anti-Russian jingoism. The line of march is often in virtual lockstep with GOP hyper-hawks like Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham. The incessant drumbeat is in sync with what Martin Luther King Jr. called “the madness of militarism.”

Meanwhile, as Dr. King said, “We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent coannihilation.”

Comments

El Vaquero Fri, 07/20/2018 - 22:33 Permalink

Potential targets in my state: Kirtland AFB, which has Sandia National Labs, The Kirtland Underground Munitions Storage Complex (nukes are there,) and the Air Force Weapons Lab

Los Alamos National Labs, where the Manhattan Project was carried out, along with the manufacture of many warheads

Holloman AFB

Cannon AFB

Super Secret Shit on the White Sands Missile Range.  

 

I'd like peace with the Russkies, please.  

Last of the Mi… tenpanhandle Sat, 07/21/2018 - 07:03 Permalink

Sound and fury signifying a failed coup is what it is at this point. 

Will it progress past the point of some ANTIFA soy boy getting knocked the f out in the street? That is the question. Many are waiting with baited breath for the answer. Clearly the left is attempting to drum up an army. There is no other explanation for their insanity. 

Bringing back the NFL kneeling before the flag is absolute proof of this and it is out in the open for all to see. It has nothing to do with disrespecting the flag or protesting inequalities among blacks or any other race. It is about destroying the constitution, the rule of law and replacing it with mob rule and social justice warrior political correctness at the cost of all personal liberties. 

It is about tyranny. Nothing else. 

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SWRichmond Last of the Mi… Sat, 07/21/2018 - 08:00 Permalink

Millions of illegal aliens voting in the presidential elections, and the MSM and "intelligence community" is all scared by some Russians spending a few hundred thousand dollars after the election?

Hillary actually colluding with actual Russian intel to create a dirt campaign against Trump?  This is documented.  Brits and / or others using the "five eyes" intel sharing to feed dirt to a US election?  Isn't this meddling, too?

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Gold Banit Fri, 07/20/2018 - 22:36 Permalink

Trump is brilliant and very smart!

Trump destroyed 17 high profile and very rich Republicans in the primaries.

Trump destroyed high profile and very rich Hillary Clinton and became the President of the USA.

Trump will now destroy the Democratic Party CNN and the main stream media.

Trump is not only brilliant and very smart he is a genius...

MoreSun Gold Banit Fri, 07/20/2018 - 23:47 Permalink

Hey Gold Banit,

Well for some..... reason the jew controlled media didn't dog pile onto him during his run.

They also willingly gave him huge amounts of free airtime.

They also did not come to Hillary's defense like they did for obama and bill

His most recent walking back of his words, that he, as well as all others knew he said, as well as topping it off by pledging allegiance to the the jew supremacist deep state is not good. He looked downright scared.

His destruction of the jew media is only sporadic and their anti russia propaganda is non stop.

We had hopes, but he appears to be an semi-unrepentant captive of the jew supremacists.

Actually in retrospect he always was and will be- Unless, his Irish/Scots moxy goes nuclear, then he & we may have a chance with him. He better get with it. 

Get It & Read It: "Controversy Of Zion" By Douglas Reed 

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Singelguy MoreSun Sat, 07/21/2018 - 04:47 Permalink

The only reason the media gave him huge amounts of free air time is simple: ratings! The people running the networks saw the numbers. Every time Trump was on, the viewers increased. Trump also played the media like a maestro guaranteeing him coverage. Nobody cared what Hilary had to say and the ratings reflected that. 

I would also suggest you stop listening to what he says and watch carefully what he does. I have said many times before, the problems in Washington run wide and deep. He can only solve them by taking them on one at a time. For the rest, he has to go along to get along, for now. He is playing the long game. But people like you are so damn impatient. When it is not moving along fast enough, the conspiracy theories start to blossom. Trump is not controlled by anyone. He is too rich and his ego is too big.

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MoreSun Singelguy Sat, 07/21/2018 - 11:41 Permalink

Sorry singleguy,

He was surrounded by jews before coming in,

he hires them right and left since elected, (surrounds himself with the swamp)

all his children married jews,

he went before jew Aipac and crowed to the jews about all his jewish grandbabies,

he moved the U.S embassy to jerusalem at the jews bidding,

he has kept us in all the jew wars that he swore to us he would get us out of,

and his latest groveling walk back of his words spoken at the summit and pledge of devotion to the jew supremacist deep state is just jew icing on the cake.

- Just a bunch of jew facts-no conspiracy.

His number one promise to his voting bloc was "I Will Build The Wall"

One of Jewry's number one goals in America- "No Wall will ever be built"   

Where's the Wall Trump!

Get us out of all the jew wars Trump like you promised!

Bring Christmas back bigtime like you promised Trump- he dropped that one like a jew hot spud.

And the jew supremacists say "we had a good day"

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Zorba's idea Fri, 07/20/2018 - 22:38 Permalink

My Father in law is one of the last of the Iwo Jima Marines...he is still of sound mind, enough to say, it takes far more courage for a man to solve a conflict peacefully then to end it violently. What sickness lies in the hearts and minds of these people beating the drums of war is beyond me, especially knowing none of them would ever risk their own lives. Add that to your definition of Tyranny.

max_is_leering Zorba's idea Fri, 07/20/2018 - 23:06 Permalink

the sickness progs have is like a terminal disease... you write: " especially knowing none of them would ever risk their own lives..." sorry but I got real bad news- the thermonukes don't give a good goddamn if you're in DC or Delaware or downtown NYC... or SanFran, Seattle or Spokane... it'll only take 2-3 to get through whatever b.s. defense we have, and then ALL die... so be very careful what you root for, because the carnage won't be selective

as I was typing I thought of this... while selecting targets does anyone here think the Russians would target Yellowstone with about 5-6 or maybe 10 nukes?... talk about secondary explosions

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Never One Roach Zorba's idea Fri, 07/20/2018 - 23:11 Permalink

Zorba, I have heard and read similar comments from both Kissinger and James Baker regarding these issues. In fact, both have said China is a much bigger "challenge" then Russia and it would be prudent to do EXACTLY what Trump is doing now vis a vis Russia.

Seems that most of this violent hateful talk about Russia comes from deep staters stuck in the old cold war mentality and they cannot get out of the mud and understand the bigger geopolitical challenges, namely China, as Baker recently said again at the Baker Institute in Houston. In any case, I'm glad Trump is holding strong because our lives depend on him and not the Fake News MSM or the deep state who seem to want more wars.

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MoreSun Never One Roach Sat, 07/21/2018 - 00:01 Permalink

The zog (deep state) is not near as concerned with China as it is with Russia. So-called israel & China just launched a brilliant propaganda campaign to introduce the jews and the land of milk (death) & honey (destruction) to China with aims to endear its populace with an undying admiration and kinship that the jew deep state need not worry. 

It is being beamed into all China homes and they plan to repeat it continually. It's a joint effort and has the backing of prominent Chinese and so-called israelis providing an invite for the Chinese to enjoy their delusions.

Russia on the other hand has an elected leader that kicked out some big fish jew oligarchs some years ago. He is also bringing back the Christian Orthodox Church (remember jews are anti-Christs). Putin is not the coziest of friends with the zog.

But, he is proving to be a Friend of The Republic of The United States of America. We share a kinship with the true Russian peoples. He is clearly not a friend of the jew supremacist deep state that has a stranglehold on this country since Dec. 23, 1913. And, the jew deep state is no friend of the citizenry of this nation- (((they))) are the enemy of all good people.

 Get it-Read it: "The Controversy of Zion" By Douglas Reed

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The Iconoclast Never One Roach Sat, 07/21/2018 - 00:09 Permalink

US GDP is over 14X larger than Russia's.  This hyping the threat of Russia is ludicrous.

The Democrats pounded the Republicans for the Red Scare of the 1950s for decades, touted their antiwar bonafides, etc, and here they throw the whole thing away in an instant and become hysterical anti-Russian warmongers I guess because Hillary and other Top Men told them to.

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DaiRR The Iconoclast Sat, 07/21/2018 - 01:50 Permalink

In the area of U.S. and Russia diplomacy, to have a good mannered joint meeting with the press was a wonderful thing.  When Trump and Putin met for 2 hours privately the difficult issues are discussed.  The Deep State and DemoRats screaming treason are the real traitors.  They ignore state sponsored hacking by other nations and the U.S., and are happy to raise international tensions and significantly increase risks to all Americans solely for their own selfish partisan gain.  Hitlery didn't lose because of Russian hacking Libetards.  Your Trump Derangement Syndrome will get innocent people killed.  Stop it.  You people are enemies of America.

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Singelguy Never One Roach Sat, 07/21/2018 - 04:51 Permalink

The core of this lies with the Washington establishment on both sides of the aisle who still cannot accept the fact that Trump won the election because they had lousy candidates and no message and no policies. They had to blame someone. Russia was and is the scapegoat and will remain that way until at least the 2020 elections. However, if we see a red tsunami this November, giving Trump an even bigger majority, I suspect the rhetoric will be dialed back.

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east of eden Never One Roach Sat, 07/21/2018 - 07:12 Permalink

Your analysis is fine, as far as it goes. What you, and millions of your countrymen don't realize is that the deep state has already written you off. They are, infact, in so many ways, conducting a war of cultural genocide against your own people.

That is what we are faced with, in reality.

But we have an advantage. They have come out of their holes and exposed themselves, across the globe. The first order of battle is to get the 'enforcers'. The ones like Strzok, who foolishly believes, in his arrogance and hubris that he will be protected. He will not be.

What is needed now are patriots, fighters, loyalists and more than a few absolutely crazy fuckers who will lead regardless of the dangers to themselves.

Trust no one, except those that you have known well and can honestly say to yourself that they can be trusted. Do not tolerate any double dealing or treason.

We can provide you with trained and elite forces, in limited numbers; we can provide sanctuary for you; we can supply you as means permit, but ultimately it is you that with either save your Republic or watch it fall into the hands of the psychopaths. 

 

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Cabreado Fri, 07/20/2018 - 22:46 Permalink

There's nothing particularly complicated going on.

Empires, societies, et al all do just fine destroying themselves out of breathtaking ignorance and entitlement.

We have already demonstrated that We are not special, in that regard.

. . . _ _ _ . . . Fri, 07/20/2018 - 22:54 Permalink

The thing about the media is that they try to convince everyone that they're important. The only measure that exists is their own measure. Now even the academics are concerned that they might hold too much influence. Have the academics been duped or do we need to raise the voting age?

jm Fri, 07/20/2018 - 23:31 Permalink

"We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent coannihilation.”  There isn't even a meaningful threat of nuclear war, much less one actually materializing, so the premise of this propaganda is fundamentally flawed.  This is just online info warfare meant to exploit and divide people.

"Contempt for diplomacy with Russia is now extreme."  This, too, is factually incorrect.  Any "contempt" is that Trump routinely says stupid and damaging things because he likes events where he is the center of attention, even if he is laughed at behind the sleeve. Then he has to restate and reinterpret them to manage the fallout, making him and our country look stupid and weak.  One gaffe after another, until you consider that our president thought it was an "incredible, incredible offer" to inject a foreign country's interests into US internal affairs.  More than a gaffe.

What makes people so susceptible to this crap?  The issue is social. Western culture is moving rapidly in a direction away from traditional norms derived from our Judeo-Christian religious traditions.  There is a large group of people that don't agree with this, and they aren't respected and opposed by the establishment that positions to gain from it.  This explains why people will support Trump no matter what he says or does, as long as he gives them support, or even lip-service.  It also explains why there is a group so brainwashed as to argue and plead for their own diminishment at the hands of foreign influences more than happy to do just that. 

jm Attitude_Check Sat, 07/21/2018 - 00:19 Permalink

Deflect folks from realizing what?

There isn't going to be an imminent nuclear war? 

That Trump has walked back nearly everything he said in Helsinki?

This week the Senate passed a resolution 92-0 against Putin's "incredible, incredible offer" that Trump was considering.  Is the entire Senate a part of some conspiracy to destroy the United States and Putin is really just trying to save the country from itself?

That being the center of attention is more important to Trump than what he says or does?

Agreed he's better than Hillary, but that's an incredibly low bar.  I'm curious how you explain the free pass he gets from some people no matter how stupid and damaging his behavior is. Pardon me for thinking it is stupid to give Trump a pass.

Make no mistake, there is plenty of information warfare on Zipperhedge.

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thatthingcanfly jm Sat, 07/21/2018 - 08:24 Permalink

I agree with some of what you've written here. Ann Coulter has been one astute political commentator who's held Trump to account for his reversals on some of his more notable campaign promises.

I think it's possible that Trump could be an attention-whore. But this does not diminish his very high IQ in any way. Everyone who's ever been in a business meeting with DJT, or listened to him speak at a conference, etc. will tell you he's the smartest guy in the room every time. He talks himself into, through, and out of ideas on the fly sometimes in the open. Analysis of complicated multi-faceted subjects that would take others hours or days to consider thoroughly, he processes in seconds, while airing out his stream of consciousness. This has been witnessed and commented on numerous times. It may give the impression that he's unhinged, or waffling, or scatter-brained, when actually he's just working through a complex problem in his head.

On another note, you're completely right to notice that the threat of nuclear annihilation is a red herring.

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jm thatthingcanfly Sat, 07/21/2018 - 09:00 Permalink

Everything you say tells me that he is smart and doesn't listen to anyone but himself.  There is no way a POTUS can know and be an expert on everything, prepare for every contingency, and take the proper actions without sometimes listening to others and depending on expert opinion.  

Also, long term relationship negotiations are different than cutting a deal.  There is a huge difference.  You bully or screw someone in bad faith, they will eat it because they must and walk away when the contract expires.

I believe Trump is treating foreign policy like cutting a deal, not managing relationships. My opinion, and I respect the right to yours.

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bloofer jm Sat, 07/21/2018 - 05:53 Permalink

Trump's "gaffes" are pretty clearly strategic. Some are stage-craft, and some of that stage-craft springs from a good understanding of human nature. Sadly, human nature is generally very coarse. Most people don't respond to elegance of expression; they find it offensive.

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jm bloofer Sat, 07/21/2018 - 08:52 Permalink

There is nothing strategic about a man that never thinks about what he says and does.  Trump's mode of expression is not elegant, much less coherent.    

Consider if Obama made the same GAFFES.  Most people on here would never end of calling it an utter failure for the "magic negro" or something like it.

Such hypocrisy.

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turkey george palmer Fri, 07/20/2018 - 23:42 Permalink

Struggling to keep the debt Ponzi requires more debt. We gotta have a enemy big enough to warrant spending trillions.

 I bet Trump told Putin he won and we will now make China the bad guy. The surrender of the US position on NK is proof

herbivore Fri, 07/20/2018 - 23:57 Permalink

The sickness is called patriotism, a psychological state easily hijacked by nefarious individuals (politicians) to get the patriots to support and fight for "freedom" or "allah" or a host of mental conjurings that give their lives meaning. If you're following orders, you're part of the problem. As the great journalist I.F. Stone observed long ago, “All governments lie, and nothing they say should be believed.”

Let it Go Sat, 07/21/2018 - 00:02 Permalink

Putin is in the news a great deal and the line Americans hear week after week during interviews with Washington's politicians and those entrusted with protecting our security is that Putin is a thug and a bully. The problem with Putin may be linked to the fact that with blunt rhetoric he refused to accept for Russia a subservient role in an American-run world under a system drawn up by foreign politicians and business leaders hell-bent on their New World Order. The article below explores this issue and his role as a statesman.

 http://Putin, A Bully And A Thug Or A Great Statesman.html

bogwood Sat, 07/21/2018 - 06:03 Permalink

It is clear from MRI scans that our children's executive function neurons do not mature until 25 years of age.  They are incapable of rationally volunteering for duty in Afghanistan.  The Post and NYT are aiding and abetting child molestation. They do this by the endless war-mongering and by encouraging college.  

NYT lifestyle pages are humorous and could be worth a subscription, my ethics are along pragmatic lines, but child abuse as an editorial policy is beyond the pale.

land_of_the_few bogwood Sat, 07/21/2018 - 06:40 Permalink

'twas always thus, my friend. Pressgangs and sending other' people's children to the front. But never themselves. Obviously none of the comfortable, snobby, ill-informed female talking heads will offer to get their own hands dirty.

That's for young men, boys really, to get maimed and slaughtered after the fembot presstitutes' frenzied, swivel-eyed exhortations to maim the foreign üntermenschen.Kill those florists, kill those teachers! Especially, kill those no-good nurses, carpenters, grandmothers and above all, the cafe waitesses and everyone inside the kindergartens. They must sacrifice themselves for the greater good of Rachel Maddow.

But the talking head lunatics aren't immune from breathing burned plutonium dust, either. They'll get theirs.

Voevoda, bringer of sweet mercy, smite them down. Burn their bones black, turn them into greasy vapor and radioative dust. Send their souls to Hell. They have chosen, and they shall not be denied.

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chrbur Sat, 07/21/2018 - 06:46 Permalink

New York State elections have a paper pallot. The voter fills in the circle next to the candidates name. The ballet is fed into a computer (box) to be tabulated. The results can them be checked against the paper if necessary. This process greatly speeds up the lines at the polls. The idea of a stand-alone computer voting machine invites fraud.........Some form of ID should be used along with the "the purple thump method".......Simple......Problem solved.....You all can thank me later....

21st.century Sat, 07/21/2018 - 06:59 Permalink

From the start, remember that the DNC is not "our elections" -- the DNC is not 

"our democracy".  DNC Services Corporation - d/b/a- DNC - is a private, US corporation. If "russians" hacked the emails of this private corporation -- and exposed the corrupt, deceptive and probably felonious way this political party conducts business--- then it's NOT an attack on "democracy" .

Political parties are corporations , nothing more-- they weren't written into the Constitution-- there's no guarantee that the DNC will even survive much longer

it already is a party of only a handful of east and west coast cities . Their sales message is from the 19th century. 

DNC represents very few citizens-- and 30 names (almost all echoing a leftist view) calling for "sanctity of our elections" -- hide the fact that the DNC emails don't count as an attack on "our elections".

Hillary allowing our secrets to be hacked from her illegal server was a crime on her and her co-conspirators parts. State secrets belong to the citizens-- not to an employee of the citizens --- and "russians" will always search for secrets .

Hillary, media and the 30 names on this letter are still tying emails from a corporation to "elections" . Not going to war just because some corrupt employees of a private corporation have been exposed as frauds when choosing their candidates.   

 

east of eden Sat, 07/21/2018 - 07:17 Permalink

The time for talk, the time for compromise/reasoning/pleading with the deep state is OVER.

Gather together now. Plan.

Accumulate your needs and then we will move.

Fedtacular Sat, 07/21/2018 - 09:46 Permalink

I say let the Russia hysteria thing continue.  The first target of thermonuclear war will be New York, LA, and Chicago.  Good riddance blue hell holes.  After that those places are gone, call for a truce, and we can all go about our lives again in peace.

Rolln Sat, 07/21/2018 - 12:57 Permalink

Simon says, Russia get back on your shelf and shut up... Economy the size of Mexico, start acting like it and not be heard from so much. Your embarrassing your self with all this bs...

Ace006 Mon, 07/23/2018 - 17:30 Permalink

Mr. Solomon, if you signed a letter also signed by Michael Moore, John Dean, and Patricia Schroeder it was the wrong letter to sign.  I don't care if Prof. Cohen also made the same mistake.