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Anti-Russian politicians in the US are hurting America’s interests

Anti-Russian politicians in the US are hurting America’s interests

The anti-Russia brigade in Washington come in many stripes from the supremely stupid like Maxine Waters to the dangerously fanatical like John McCain. But they have one thing in common, they are not hurting Russia, they are embarrassing and reducing the geopolitical weight of the United States.

Barack Obama’s failed wars, the ideologically based aggression with which his administration dealt with conflicts in other nations and the puffed-up schoolboy attitudes of his diplomatic corps, meant that any new US administration would have to pursue a policy of damage control if things were going to improve in respect of foreign relations.

In terms of Russia at least, Donald Trump repeats time and time again, his intention to at least attempt to right some of Obama’s wrongs, but he is constantly being delayed by the anti-Russian sentiments in Congress, the mainstream media, deep state and members of his own team.

I wonder if these people know the deep disservice they are doing to American prestige abroad? Russia’s response both in public and almost certainly in private has been, “We’re ready when you are”. But Russia isn’t sitting around waiting for that phone call from Washington like a bored western woman waiting for an eBay delivery.

Russia is busy forging ever closer ties to the rising and risen powers of the multi-polar world. What’s more is that, if anyone in the US thinks that Russia will give up on its allies in China or Iran because America comes begging, they have to think again, but not necessarily for the reasons that some have offered.

If Russia can be friends with India and China and now increasingly also with Pakistan, if Russia can bring both Iran and Turkey to the same peace table over Syria, if Russia can have strong ties with Serbia but also to engage in  meaningful relations with Croatia, it means that Russia doesn’t subscribe to the ‘us and them’ school of diplomacy.

Russia is willing to foster good relations with virtually every state in the world whether historical enemies like Turkey, Iran, and China (during post-Stalin times) or historical enemies of close friends, like Pakistan vis-a-vis India.

Frankly, between the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, Eurasian Economic Union and BRICS, Russia actually has partners and allies in most quarters of the world.

The only places hostile to Russia are the EU (and their childish client state in Kiev), who can’t even cooperate with each other and the US, although Trump wants to change this.

The US will always be an important partner to Russia if the US is willing to come to Russia with respect and good intentions, but increasingly the US is for Russia, just one of many nations. The paraphrase what Barack Obama said about UK-US relations after Brexit, if the US continues to delay any meaningful dialogue with Russia, America will have to go to the ‘back of the queue’, when it comes to waiting for Russia to answer the phone.

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Unlike Barack Obama talking to Britain, I do not say this in a mean spirited way, it is simply that Russia has many large important states as partners and the US under Trump would simply be one of an important handful.

The US could actually learn a great deal from Russia about how to conduct diplomacy.

Russia doesn’t have a litmus test for which countries it can and cannot talk to. Russia just takes each country for what it is and ascertains where the two states can and cannot cooperate. It’s actually very businesslike. I’m sure Donald Trump would understand this more than the arrogant community organizer that preceded him.

The problem is not Trump, but the ideologues who continue to fill the D.C. Swamp. Until this is drained, Trump cannot get on with business (in both a broad and specific sense) with Moscow. Russia will always have a spot at the table for the US, but China, India, Iran and even Pakistan, Turkey, South Africa and Brazil have already grabbed the most comfortable chairs.

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tjoes
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tjoes

These two work for satan, not the American people.

7.62x54r
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7.62x54r

What will McCain and Graham do if they get the land war in Ukraine they are seeking?

my2Cents
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my2Cents

In this case “they will seek but NOT find”

Woodshedding
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Woodshedding

Money. From running guns mostly, apparently – wasn’t it the Duran who recently had an article about Lumpy McCain’s ties with Georgia, which laid that all out?

aliswell
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aliswell

It doesn’t help that Russia-friendly national security advisor Lt. General Michael Flynn resigned and has now been replaced with anti-Russia Lt. General H.R. McMaster, who regards Russia as the primary threat to US interests and global stability. smh

Russian is not our enemy. Indeed, we have far worse enemies leftover from Obama’s administration still entrenched in government positions.

7.62x54r
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7.62x54r

The US- NATO war is most likely coming during Trump’s term. No one is de-escalating the toxic situation inside the US Matrix.

my2Cents
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my2Cents

It seems that Flynn’s removal had less to do with his perceived softening towards Russia but more with his hawkishness towards Iran. “Putting Iran on notice” ….

Guy
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Guy

Just looking at these 2 guys McCain and graham , makes my skin crawl .

Guy
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Guy

So very well said regarding the comfortable chairs .It is so ludicrous to continue in the vein of blaming Russia for everything including the burnt toast in the morning.

K Pomeroy
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K Pomeroy

It is reassuring to read that Russia just considers the US another country, and that Russia does not feel threatened by the US. But Donbass remains threatened by the US. To wit, the US State Department has issued a statement blaming the Donbass militia for the seizure of the Donetsk Filtering Station (see State website) and for firing at OSCE monitors, at a time when hawks like McCain are pushing for the US to send lethal weapons to Kiev, and when Trump is busy with myriad other issues and may have to depend on his team, some of whom are… Read more »

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

The mindless hysteria and Russophobia is reason to worry – to worry a lot.

Shahna
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“Anti-Russian politicians in the US are hurting America’s interests”
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We should offer them all support.

Walter Dublanica
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Walter Dublanica

McCain and Lindsey are 2 strange birds that best be ignored. Americans are too smart to listen to these 2 boys.

my2Cents
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my2Cents

It seems to me that as elected officials being involved in an illegal coup in another sovereign country, supporting and encouraging foreign mercenaries in a proxy war should fall under various violations of our Constitution, not to mention war crimes, certainly grounds for impeachment.

CyricRenner
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CyricRenner

To be honest, I am beginning to think Trump’s desire to improve relations with Russia are a sham. Perhaps the reticience may be due in some part to the witch hunt going on in Washington at the moment looking for the”Russia Ties” but I look at who Trump has appointed to his cabinet and the statements coming from them as not very encouraging. For example Nikki Haley’s statements are making Samantha Powers look absolutely diplomatic.

Perhaps this is just temporary, but it seems much the same to me.

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Nikki Haley and Samantha Powers receive their talking points from the same source. It is not the President.
Like Obama, Trump is learning what he can and cannot do…Yesterday’s address to Congress was written by others and easy reading from a teleprompter. Always follow your instincts…That monkey mind of ours can talk us into and out of things, lies to us like no other, but our instinct does not,. My instinct agrees with you.

Woodshedding
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Woodshedding

It’s highly unlikely that a president actually chooses his own cabinet… unelected positions are perfect for the deep state monsters to control. For example, wikileaks produced a letter sent to Obama a month before he was elected, telling him who would be on his cabinet! The letter came from the CEO of Citibank. But at any rate, you’re probably right about the sham. Trump himself might be more or less sincere, but IMO it’s probably the case that whichever oligarch-clan is supporting him is more interested in doing business with Russia – oil/arctic, hence the appointment of an Exxon guy… Read more »

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