by O Society Jan 16, 2019
Someone pointed us towards this article: All Signs Point the Same Way: Vladimir Putin Has Compromising Information of Donald Trump” by Tom Nichols in USA Today.
Nichols’ thesis is Trump often takes the same positions Putin takes.
1. Russia did not interfere in the U.S. election;
2. The U.S. should withdraw from Syria;
3. The U.S. should withdraw from NATO;
4. The U.S. should stop the sanctions on Russian oligarchs.
5. And so on and so forth.
Hence, no one thing is the issue, rather, it’s the sheer number of them which add up to Putin and Trump having the same positions.
To which I reply, Nichols’ view is Trump gets his policies from Putin. Tom Nichols is a national security professor at the Naval War College and the Harvard Extension School, is a Russia expert and author of “The Death of Expertise.”
Therefore, we should consider Nichols’ view, because he knows stuff on Jeopardy. However, consideration doesn’t assume his take is always correct.
I believe Nichols (intentionally?) ignores the signs he doesn’t want to see, as does conventional wisdom.
For instance, Trump takes both sides of a position as a general rule. Which leads us to Trump’s Law: For every statement Donald Trump makes, there is an equal and opposite re-statement he has made or will make soon.
Nichols apparently omits from his analysis these contradictory statements Trump makes on these subjects. So here’s some analysis you can find on O Sociey to highlight these contradictions:
The US has been planning for war with Russia since before Trump ran for president. Hence, Russiagate is, in many ways, a method of manufacturing consent for this war.
Trump withdrew from the missile treaty with Russia.
Trump amped up the US nuclear bomb program, which effectively revives the Cold War with Russia.
The United States is training literal Nazis – not make believe Nazis – in the Ukraine to fight against Russia.
While Russia fights against ISIS in Syria, Trump and the US fight on the same side as ISIS to overthrow the Syrian government.
Hillary Clinton, James Clapper, John Brennan, the neoconservatives in Trump’s cabinet, the Washington inside the beltway establishment, etc. want to use Syria and Iran as stepping stones to achieve war Russia, and eventually China.
This is how the representatives of the military-industrial complex justify spending unlimited amounts of money, by switching the enemy from being identified as Middle Eastern terrorists to being their real economic/ military rivals for global hegemony.
The battle with Russia has to do with the usual suspects, fossil fuels and money – e.g., gas pipelines – rather than some abstract altruistic desire to help Syrians.
China and Russia are buying oil from Iran in currency that is not US dollars, which by itself is enough to justify war.
The Nichols guy in USA Today doesn’t see the big picture, because when all you can see is Donald Trump in your rearview mirror, you forget the world is a big place, and by himself, Donald Trump is damned insignificant in the scheme of all that’s really going on in it.
The more important issues facing American citizens (and the world as a whole) such as nuclear holocaust, climate crisis, the failure of the neoliberal economic ideology, the economic collapse of the US dollar on the world stage, the endless wars American military-industrial complex profits from under the guise of establishing the neoconservative utopia called Pax Americana are all hidden behind the lowest common denominator Trump’s idiot shenanigans provide.
Because the real gigantically epic problem we are faced with is the true nature of US interventionist foreign policy. The murder for money is on our hands. Because America kills people for money every day around the globe and it’s not that we don’t care, it’s that we like it this way.
The True Nature of US Interventions
Tell Tom Nicholas this is what the neverending Russiagate saga covers up. This is its purpose. But then, I suppose he is already aware of all this. He just chose not to include it in his USA Today article. Doesn’t fit neatly into the Get Trump narrative, does it?
Need more reasons Russiagate is a hoax? A big distraction? A travesty of a mockery of a sham?
Here is more on this subject, as MoA debunks similar claims made recently in Slate by Fred Kaplan:
by Moon of Alabama Jan 15, 2019
Slate’s Fred Kaplan writes:
The Washington Post’s Greg Miller reported Sunday that President Donald Trump’s confiscation of the translator’s notes from a one-on-one conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2017 was “unusual.” This is incorrect. It was unprecedented. There is nothing like it in the annals of presidential history.
Not really. Other U.S. leaders held long private meetings with their counterparts without notes being taken.
When Richard Nixon met Leonid Brezhnev he did not even bring his own interpreter:
George Szamuely @GeorgeSzamuely – 20:57 utc – 14 Jan 2019Nixon would meet Brezhnev alone, the only other person in attendance being Viktor Sukhodrev, the Soviet interpreter. “Our first meeting in the Oval Office was private, except for Viktor Sukhodrev, who, as in 1972, acted as translator.” Nixon on Brezhnev’s 1973 visit. RN, p.878 . Therefore, the only “notes” that would exist would be those of the Soviet interpreter. Not sure he would have time to make notes and translate and, even if he did so, whether those notes would be housed in any US archive.
Nixon’s White House office was bugged. There are probably tape recordings of the talks. There might also be recordings of the Trump-Putin talks.
At their 1986 Reykjavik summit Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev talked without their notetakers:
Mr. Reagan and Mr. Gorbachev began their second day of talks with a private meeting that had been scheduled to last 15 minutes but ran for nearly 70 minutes, with only interpreters present. They met in a small room in the Soviet Mission, with the Soviet leader seated in a small armchair and Mr. Reagan on a sofa.In the afternoon, they meet alone for a little over 20 minutes and then again for 90 minutes. All told, the two leaders have spent 4 hours and 51 minutes alone, except for interpreters, over the two days here.
The archives of the Reykjavik talks do not include any notes of those private talks.
But, who knows, maybe Nixon and Reagan where also on the Russian payroll, just like Donald Trump is today.
Only that Trump is controlled by Putin can explain why the FBI opened a counter-intelligence investigation against Trump (see section three).
That the FBI agents involved in the decision were avid haters of Russia and of Trump has surely nothing to do with it. That the opening of a counter-intelligence investigation gave them the legal ability under Obama’s EO12333 to use NSA signal intelligence against Trump is surely irrelevant.
What the FBI people really were concerned about is Trump’s public record of favoring Russia at each and every corner.
Trump obviously wants better diplomatic relations with Russia. He is reluctant to counter its military might. He is doing his best to make it richer. Just consider the headlines below. With all those good things Trump did for Putin, intense suspicions of Russian influence over him is surely justified.
Trump deploys TANKS to Estonia as NATO builds up HUGE army on Russian border – Express, Feb 7 2017
Trump launches attack on Syria with 59 Tomahawk missiles – CNBC, Apr 6 2017
U.S. Rejects Exxon Mobil Bid for Waiver on Russia Sanctions – NYT, Apr 21 2017
Trump to promote U.S. natgas exports in Russia’s backyard – Reuters, Jul 3 2017
Trump Urges East Europe to Loosen Russia’s Grip With U.S. Gas – Bloomberg, Jul 6 2017
Trump signs bill approving new sanctions against Russia – CNN, Aug 3, 2017
Justice Dept Asks Russia’s RT to Register as Foreign Agent – Newsmax, Sep 13 2017
US ‘to restrict Russian military flights over America’ – Independent, Sep 26 2017
Trump signs into law U.S. government ban on Kaspersky Lab software – Reuters, Dec 12 2017
Trump gives green light to selling lethal arms to Ukraine – The Hill, Dec 20 2017
U.S. Punishes Chechen Leader in New Sanctions Against Russians – NYT, Dec 20 2017
Sputnik Partner ‘Required To Register’ Under U.S. Foreign-Agent Law – RFERL, Jan 10 2018
Trump says Russia is helping North Korea avoid sanctions – CBSNews, Jan 17 2018
Trump looks to deter Russia, China with $686B ask for Pentagon – The Hill, Feb 12 2018
American General In Syria Confirms US Forces Killed Hundreds Of Russians In Massive Battle – The Drive, Mar 16 2018
Trump orders expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats, closure of Seattle consulate – CBS, Mar 26 2018
Trump vows periodical dispatch of US troops to Baltic states, step up air defense – Lithuania Tribune, Apr 3 2018
Trump opposes Nord Stream II, questions Germany – AA, Apr 4 2018
Trump just hit Russian oligarchs with the most aggressive sanctions yet – Vice, Apr 6 2018
Trump orders missile strike on Syria military targets – CBSNews, Apr 9 2018
Aluminum Stocks Jump As Trump Sanctions Target Putin Pal – Investors, Apr 9 2018
Russia ‘deeply disappointed’ at Trump’s withdrawal from Iran deal – Times of Israel, May 9 2018
Trump to NATO allies: Raise military spending to 4 percent of GDP – AlJazeerah, Jul 12 2018
Trump says U.S. ties to NATO ‘very strong’ – Politico, Jul 12 2018
U.S. to sanction Turkey for receiving S-400 missiles – Ahval, Jul 27 2018
Trump administration to hit Russia with new sanctions for Skripal poisoning – NBC News Aug 8 2018
Space Force Is Trump’s Answer to New Russian and Chinese Weapons – FP, Aug 10 2018
US Sanctions Chinese Entity Over Purchase of Russian Fighters, S-400s – Treasury – Sputnik, Sep 20 2018
Trump hints at punitive action against India for buying S-400 from Russia – India Today, Oct 11 2018
Trump Agrees to Boost Pentagon’s Budget to $750 Bln in 2019 – Reports – Sputnik, Oct 12 2018
Trump says US will withdraw from nuclear arms treaty with Russia – Guardian, Oct 21 2018
Haley Condemns ‘Outrageous’ Russian Firing on Ukrainian Ships – Bloomberg, Nov 26 2018
2 Trump Moves Cost This Russian-American CEO $2.3B – Forbes, Jan 14 2019
When one adds up all those actions one can only find that Trump cares more about Russia, than about the U.S. and its NATO allies. Only with Trump being under Putin’s influence, knowingly or unwittingly, could he end up doing Russia so many favors.