It seems more like a Hollywood script: Russia succeeds in getting THEIR man elected to the Presidency of the arch rival United States of America.
But this is no entertainment production: it’s REAL! And the only outcome still to be determined is whether the plot will turn out to be a gripping dramatic spy story … or a comedy.
So far, no one is laughing.
Not since the end of the Second World War has the solidarity of the NATO Western Alliance against Communism and Fascism been so threatened by a US President; never has the integrity and credibility of the US’s own extensive Intelligence apparatus … 17 different agencies … ALL been not only dismissed but actually maligned by a US President; and, no President leading the world’s supposed beacon of democracy and freedom has ever wondered aloud why can’t the US align itself with a corrupt thug like Vladimir Putin, on whose watch Opposition leaders have been murdered; outspoken critics have been assassinated … even outside Russia; journalists have been silenced or killed; political opponents, protestors, writers and bloggers have been arrested, harassed and beaten up; and thousands of totally innocent civilians overseas have been carpet bombed and killed in support of a barbaric, fascistic dictator who routinely tortured and executed his opponents.
This is to be the US President’s comrade in arms”?
We must never forget ….. or legitimize … Russia’s aggressive military permanent seizure and annexation of parts Moldova, Georgia and Crimea; its invasion of Eastern Ukraine; and, the shooting down with a Russian missile of the Malaysian Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, with the loss of 283 passengers and 15 crew.
But under Donald Trump … the 45th President of the United States …. these appear to just trivial matters that should be set aside.
Republican supporters …. ALL of whom were such hardliners against Putin/Russia during Obama’s terms … are now really hoping THEIR new President won’t actually do what he said he will do throughout the campaign.
Some recommendation for a President!
History has shown MANY times that MANY unstable leaders ELECTED into office do indeed do what they said they would do … destroying their own nation and costing millions of lives.
The one saving mechanism in the case of the US is its system where its other “leaders” … in the Cabinet and in the Senate and House of Representatives and the Supreme Court can hinder, mitigate and even stop their new President’s most outrageous plans, propositions and prattle.
But not all.
Foreign affairs in the US are largely the purvue of the President … and Trump’s ignorance of history, seeming willingness to ignore brutality if it suits his agenda and even sell out America’s ideals …. and allies … will play right into Putin’s hands.
There is absolutely NO DOUBT in my mind that Russia/Putin DID affect the outcome of the US election.
RUSSIA’S FSB (successor to the KGB) was behind the hacking and release of massive amounts of additional e-mails embarrassing Hillary Clinton and the Democrats ONLY DAYS before election. And I am convinced that material (and FBI James Comey’s subsequent announcement/interference) DID affect enough votes in critical states to elect Trump.
Trump knows that … and that he owes his accession to the US Presidency to Putin.
And Trump’s own history shows many times over that when individuals help him …. he repays the gesture.
So watch for him to:
Hold an early meeting with Putin;
Push another RESET button with Russia … forgetting…and thus accepting… Russia’s violent land seizures;
Lift diplomatic expulsions imposed by Obama to punish for interfering in the US election;
Lift at least some of the sanctions imposed on Putin’s officials and cronies over the seizure of Crimea etc.;
Weaken US participation in NATO …. pulling troops out of Eastern bloc countries and thus exposing them to new Russian “ethnic” land demands;
Start agreeing more and more with Putin’s statements/Russian aggressive anti-democratic actions/positions on world issues; and,
Initiate new “co-operation” deals, agreements, even increased military co-ordination with Russia overseas, especially Syria.
All the while borrowing another page or two or even more from Putin’s media playbook: openly lying; denigrating any opponents (individuals, organizations, official reports he disagrees with), distancing himself from media availability; curbing access to information and officials; and increasing his attacks on media credibility.
The signs are all there.
Make no mistake about it: giving in to Putin’s aggression in some sort of new version of Peace in our time will only encourage the dictator thug to continue his bullying ways. And create great guffaws in the Kremlin, where they no doubt theorized years ago that the West would huff and puff … but in the end cave in to any Russian land grabs and war crimes.
It won’t take long before our US neighbours …. and the world … will learn if America, knowingly or unwittingly, has a Russian agent in the White House.
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