The Trump-Putin Summit and the Reality of Politics

The Trump-Putin summit in Finland this week was considered a disappointment by the media and politicians alike, but was all of the criticism against President Trump warranted? The headlines have been reading something along the lines of, “Trump betrayed the United States and sided with Putin over the intelligence agencies.” But, is this what actually happened, and could there be more to the story than what the media is telling us?

When did blind faith in the intelligence agencies become the only position that we are permitted to have in order to be deemed good Americans? Have we gone so far down the fascist road that we can no longer question the legitimacy of reports put out by our officials? Have we forgotten about the statements by Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper when he blatantly lied on the public record about the NSA collecting data on Americans? Is this the United States that we have become, where the government can conduct unconstitutional programs, hide it, and lie to the public in order to make it seem like everything is fine? What else has the government lied about and manipulated public opinion on? Yet, we continue living our daily lives believing what these people have to say?

And where is all of the evidence of Russian hacking of the DNC or our elections in 2016? Oh yeah, it is classified. How convenient for them. We are supposed to just take their word for it and ignore facts like how the government has the capability to mimic cyber procedures utilized by Russia (and other governments) and blame a cyber-attack on that country. If you respond to this with, “this would have to be a massive conspiracy against the American people,” consider Operation Northwoods, where top U.S. military leaders planned terrorist attacks against Americans in order to blame Fidel Castro and gain public support for a war with Cuba. This operation was approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but it fell short because it was rejected by President John Kennedy, who was later assassinated, and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. I bring this up not to say that Russia definitely did not hack into the DNC or our elections, but rather, it should be made clear that it is at least within the realm of possibility that the intelligence agencies had their own agenda and are attempting to trick the American people. People who think that this type of manipulation and conspiracy are not possible are naïve to the reality of politics. Also, what about Iraq?

On the international front, when did diplomacy with Russia and trying to listen to our foes and rivals become a bad thing? The news stories I have seen in the mainstream media remind me of anti-Russia propaganda. Would we really prefer to continue the status quo in our relations with that country and keep the conflict between two nuclear powers going than attempt to resolve our problems? It is like American news anchors, writers, intelligence agencies, large corporate leaders, and politicians are afraid of what will happen if we no longer have an enemy in Russia. The summit coverage has become so politicized, and it has turned into anti-Trump rhetoric. We would prefer to go after Trump than solve the real issues at hand.

Not having Russia as an enemy could mean no more fear-mongering and passing laws to restrict actions of Americans. It could mean a reduction of weapons sales for government-linked corporations. It could mean that NATO is no longer relevant, and it could mean no more amassing of large troop movements on Russia’s borders or the costly protection of European countries that clearly see no threat to justify a bloated military budget. It could mean that Russia may compete economically on the global market with the United States. It could mean that former Soviet satellite states may prefer to join Russia or become allies with it. It also could mean that Americans no longer have to fear nuclear annihilation because of the arrogance of their officials. After watching and reading the news coverage on the Helsinki summit, it seems that Americans are not ready to leave the impression of a Russian threat behind. It is like the Cold War is ingrained in our culture, and we just cannot get past the idea that Russia could be a partner instead of an enemy.

It is disappointing that the media focuses on Trump instead of the possibility of diplomacy with a long-time enemy of the United States and a fully-loaded nuclear power, but the reality of the situation is even more serious. Russia views the United States as a threat, especially considering that since the end of the Cold War, NATO has moved ever-closer to Russia’s borders. The United States also has a history of manipulating foreign elections and overthrowing governments that it dislikes, whether overtly or covertly, so any outrage against Russian hacking of our elections is hypocritical. Before you say that I am a Russian propagandist, that I am trying to spread fake news, or something of the like (all charges that are sometimes thrown at people who disagree with the government or the mainstream media’s perspective and question our policy towards Russia), consider that diplomacy requires compromises and listening to what the other party has to say. We have to acknowledge our faults and be willing to alter course when things are not working. I am not suggesting that Russia does not have its faults either, but I do not live in Russia. I live in the United States, and I desire what is best for my country and the American people. Conflict with Russia is not in the best interest of Americans.

Thank you for reading, and please check out my book, The Global Bully, and website for more information on topics that I research and write about.
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Published on July 18, 2018 03:36
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