Later this month, President Donald Trump will add another reason he should win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019. Scheduled to sit down one-on-one with President Vladimir Putin, Trump will attempt to improve relations between the U.S. and Russia, triggering a severe case of Trump Derangement Syndrome, a serious disease that afflicts the media, the left, and the neoconservatives.
The Trump administration recently confirmed that the president will meet his Russian counterpart in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Jon Huntsman, the U.S. envoy to Moscow, noted that election meddling, Ukraine, arms control, and the Syrian conflict will be discussed. Aside from that, other details are being kept under wraps.
President Trump appears to be excited about the upcoming powwow, telling a Montana crowd:
“You know what? Putin’s fine. He’s fine. We’re all fine. We’re people. Will I be prepared? Totally prepared. I’ve been preparing for this stuff my whole life.”
Administration officials are not promising the moon, but they aver that a meeting at this stage is a positive development, notwithstanding the fact that war hawk John Bolton is a key advisor who helped set up the summit.
The Unholy Alliance is Unhappy
Of course, anytime there is a chance of improving diplomatic relations and decreasing the odds of a military conflict, it should be lauded, whether it is achieved by a Republican or Democrat. But the new unholy alliance between the left, the neocons and the media doesn’t believe so. These entities have their own selfish reasons to risk amplifying tensions: the left just despises President Trump, the neocons want Putin to bow down to the globalists, and the media is itching for another war.
The Guardian’s Natalie Nougayrede declared: “Putin will run rings round Trump in Helsinki. Bad news for the rest of us.” Reuters reported that U.S. allies are “nervous” about the summit – the newswire refrained from adding any specifics. The Washington Post’s chief neocon, Jennifer Rubin, is flabbergasted by the idea, writing that “the Trump-Putin summit should set off alarm bells.”
The same reaction occurred before and after President Trump’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. So far, the U.S. has ceased military provocations on the Korean Peninsula and Pyongyang has returned U.S. prisoners as well as beginning to unwind its nuclear operations. These are all positive steps.
Since when did engaging with foreign leaders become a cardinal sin in the political arena?
Trump could take solace in the fact that if there is such widespread opposition to his talk with Putin by the establishment, then he is doing the right thing. Remember, more than 60 million Americans already gave him the tip of the cap to improve relations with Russia nearly two years ago.
Whose opinions matter more? Those of the American public, or the elites who have maintained a failed foreign policy for the last 20 years?
1985 vs. 2018 – The Swamp’s Wails
Unfortunately, railing against peacemaking has been par for the course in the swamp for far too long. During the 1980s, so-called national security expert Zbigniew Brzezinski – the same one who armed the Mujahideen in Afghanistan – dismissed the concept of a meeting between President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev as “demeaning,” “ominous,” and “tactically unwise.” Well, Reagan met with Gorbachev on several occasions, and the decades-old standoff between two superpowers ended.
Peace triumphed. The neocons were wrong.
Years later, peace between the U.S. and Russia has come into question yet again. And you can blame Trump’s opponents for the weakening relations. For the last two years, there have been too many calls by the left, the neocons, and the mainstream press to antagonize Moscow.
CNN’s Paul Begala urged the U.S. military to drop missiles on Russia, Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) stated that the U.S. needs to respond to Russian attacks, war-hungry Ralph Peters compared Putin to Adolf Hitler, and Max Boot believes Russia is the greatest threat to the U.S. right now.
U.S. officials aren’t helping matters either. In June, Congress approved this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The 2018 version of the NDAA might not have been as nefarious as previous years, but there were many caveats that should worry the American people: sanctions, the prohibition of military-to-military cooperation, and funding for more European aggression against Russia.
Americans Want Peace, Not War
Over the last 100 years, most elections have proven that the public hates war. The Republicans were elected to reverse the internationalist course of the 1920s, to end the Korean War, to finish the Vietnam War, and to adopt a humble foreign policy. In 2008, President Barack Obama and the Democrats were given power because voters were fed up with the Iraq invasion.
American voters made it clear in the 2016 election: they were sick and tired of the foreign policy of the last three administrations. They showed Washington that they did not support regime change, destroying regions, and interfering in the internal affairs of foreign nations. Then-candidate Trump, who wasn’t exactly a Ron Paul non-interventionist, was an improvement over his rival, Hillary Clinton.
Trump would be better off ignoring the interventionist and militaristic wails of this new alliance. He did it with North Korea, and he can do it with Russia. These people, from Begala to Boot, do not have the nation’s best interests at heart. The neocon-left-media coalition only wants three things: Trump to fail, war to break out, and Russia to crumble under pressure. This is not good for the U.S. or the rest of the world.
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