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

Russia will always be happy to talk constructively with the US, but only because Russia is willing to talk constructively with everyone.

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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.

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

my2Cents
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In this case “they will seek but NOT find”

Woodshedding
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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?

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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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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” ….

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

Guy
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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.

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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 »

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Vera Gottlieb

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Why did Trump recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory?

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 116.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine the reasons behind US President Trump’s sudden recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory.

Following Trump’s statements as US President, acting Israeli Foreign Minister is saying that Trump will make it official and sign an executive order to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Syrian border territory on Monday.

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Israel says White House officials are preparing an official document to codify support for Israel’s sovereignty of the Golan Heights, which will be signed by US President Donald Trump on Monday.

The signing of the decree will be witnessed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during talks with Trump at the White House, Israel’s acting foreign minister, Israel Katz (pictured), said in a Tweet.

“Tomorrow, President Trump, in the presence of PM Netanyahu, will sign a decree recognizing Israel’s sovereignty on the Golan. Israel-US ties are closer than ever,” Katz said.

Israel seized the strategic plateau from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war, subsequently annexing it in 1981 in a move never recognized by the international community.

Trump’s tweet annoys allies

Trump broke with decades of US Middle East policy when he posted a Tweet on Thursday that said it was time to accept Israel’s widely-contested claim to the border territory.

The decision has been criticized by many US allies — Germany, Britain, France and the EU have all said they still consider the Golan Heights to be “occupied” by Israel.

Syria and other states in the region said the recognition, if confirmed, would violate international law.

Netanyahu has long pushed for Washington’s endorsement, and many analysts see Trump’s comments as a campaign gift ahead of Israel’s April 9 election.

In 2017, Trump drew condemnation throughout the Middle East when he recognized the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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Russia Gives US Red Line On Venezuela

Political force is out. Military force is out. Respect international law and Venezuela’s sovereignty. That’s Russia’s eminently reasonable ultimatum to Washington.

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At a high-level meeting in Rome this week, it seems that Russia reiterated a grave warning to the US – Moscow will not tolerate American military intervention to topple the Venezuelan government with whom it is allied.

Meanwhile, back in Washington DC, President Donald Trump was again bragging that the military option was still on the table, in his press conference with Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro. Trump is bluffing or not yet up to speed with being apprised of Russia’s red line.

The meeting in the Italian capital between US “special envoy” on Venezuelan affairs Elliot Abrams and Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov had an air of urgency in its arrangement. The US State Department announced the tête-à-tête only three days beforehand. The two officials also reportedly held their two-hour discussions in a Rome hotel, a venue indicating ad hoc arrangement.

Abrams is no ordinary diplomat. He is a regime-change specialist with a criminal record for sponsoring terrorist operations, specifically the infamous Iran-Contra affair to destabilize Nicaragua during the 1980s. His appointment by President Trump to the “Venezuela file” only underscores the serious intent in Washington for regime change in Caracas. Whether it gets away with that intent is another matter.

Moscow’s interlocutor, Sergei Ryabkov, is known to not mince his words, having earlier castigated Washington for seeking global military domination. He calls a spade a spade, and presumably a criminal a criminal.

The encounter in Rome this week was described as “frank” and “serious” – which is diplomatic code for a blazing exchange. The timing comes at a high-stakes moment, after Venezuela having been thrown into chaos last week from civilian power blackouts that many observers, including the Kremlin, blame on American cyber sabotage. The power grid outage followed a failed attempt by Washington to stage a provocation with the Venezuelan military over humanitarian aid deliveries last month from neighboring Colombia.

The fact that Washington’s efforts to overthrow the elected President Nicolas Maduro have so far floundered, might suggest that the Americans are intensifying their campaign to destabilize the country, with the objective of installing US-backed opposition figure Juan Guaido. He declared himself “acting president” in January with Washington’s imprimatur.

Given that the nationwide power blackouts seem to have failed in fomenting a revolt by the civilian population or the military against Maduro, the next option tempting Washington could be the military one.

It seems significant that Washington has recently evacuated its last remaining diplomats from the South American country. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo commented on the evacuation by saying that having US personnel on the ground “was limiting” Washington’s scope for action. Also, American Airlines reportedly cancelled all its services to Venezuela in the past week. Again, suggesting that the US was considering a military intervention, either directly with its troops or covertly by weaponizing local proxies. The latter certainly falls under Abrams’ purview.

After the Rome meeting, Ryabkov said bluntly: “We assume that Washington treats our priorities seriously, our approach and warnings.”

One of those warnings delivered by Ryabkov is understood to have been that no American military intervention in Venezuela will be tolerated by Moscow.

For his part, Abrams sounded as if he had emerged from the meeting after having been given a severe reprimand. “No, we did not come to a meeting of minds, but I think the talks were positive in the sense that both sides emerged with a better understanding of the other’s views,” he told reporters.

“A better understanding of the other’s views,” means that the American side was given a red line to back off.

The arrogance of the Americans is staggering. Abrams seems, according to US reporting, to have flown to Rome with the expectation of working out with Ryabkov a “transition” or “compromise” on who gets the “title of president” of Venezuela.

That’s what he no doubt meant when he said after the meeting “there was not a meeting of minds”, but rather he got “a better understanding” of Russia’s position.

Washington’s gambit is a replay of Syria. During the eight-year war in that country, the US continually proffered the demand of a “political transition” which at the end would see President Bashar al Assad standing down. By contrast, Russia’s unflinching position on Syria has always been that it’s not up to any external power to decide Syria’s politics. It is a sovereign matter for the Syrian people to determine independently.

Nearly three years after Russia intervened militarily in Syria to salvage the Arab country from a US-backed covert war for regime change, the American side has manifestly given up on its erstwhile imperious demands for “political transition”. The principle of Syrian sovereignty has prevailed, in large part because of Russia’s trenchant defense of its Arab ally.

Likewise, Washington, in its incorrigible arrogance, is getting another lesson from Russia – this time in its own presumed “back yard” of Latin America.

It’s not a question of Russia being inveigled by Washington’s regime-change schemers about who should be president of Venezuela and “how we can manage a transition”. Moscow has reiterated countless times that the legitimate president of Venezuela is Nicolas Maduro whom the people voted for last year by an overwhelming majority in a free and fair election – albeit boycotted by the US-orchestrated opposition.

The framework Washington is attempting to set up of choosing between their desired “interim president” and incumbent Maduro is an entirely spurious one. It is not even worthy to be discussed because it is a gross violation of Venezuela’s sovereignty. Who is Washington to even dare try to impose its false choice?

On Venezuela, Russia is having to remind the criminal American rulers – again – about international law and respect for national sovereignty, as Moscow earlier did with regard to Syria.

And in case Washington gets into a huff and tries the military option, Moscow this week told regime-change henchman Abrams that that’s a red line. If Washington has any sense of rationale left, it will know from its Syria fiasco that Russia has Venezuela’s back covered.

Political force is out. Military force is out. Respect international law and Venezuela’s sovereignty. That’s Russia’s eminently reasonable ultimatum to Washington.

Now, the desperate Americans could still try more sabotage, cyber or financial. But their options are limited, contrary to what Trump thinks.

How the days of American imperialist swagger are numbered. There was a time when it could rampage all over Latin America. Not any more, evidently. Thanks in part to Russia’s global standing and military power.

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With RussiaGate Over Where’s Hillary?

Hillary is the epitome of envy. Envy is the destructive sin of coveting someone else’s life so much they are obsessed with destroying it. It’s the sin of Cain. She envies what Trump has, the Presidency.

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During most of the RussiaGate investigation against Donald Trump I kept saying that all roads lead to Hillary Clinton.

Anyone with three working brain cells knew this, including ‘Miss’ Maddow, whose tears of disappointment are particularly delicious.

Robert Mueller’s investigation was designed from the beginning to create something out of nothing. It did this admirably.

It was so effective it paralyzed the country for more than two years, just like Europe has been held hostage by Brexit. And all of this because, in the end, the elites I call The Davos Crowd refused to accept that the people no longer believed their lies about the benefits of their neoliberal, globalist agenda.

Hillary Clinton’s ascension to the Presidency was to be their apotheosis along with the Brexit vote. These were meant to lay to rest, once and for all time, the vaguely libertarian notion that people should rule themselves and not be ruled by philosopher kings in some distant land.

Hillary’s failure was enormous. And the RussiaGate gambit to destroy Trump served a laundry list of purposes to cover it:

  1. Undermine his legitimacy before he even takes office.
  2. Accuse him of what Hillary actually did: collude with Russians and Ukrainians to effect the outcome of the election
  3. Paralyze Trump on his foreign policy desires to scale back the Empire
  4. Give aid and comfort to hurting progressives and radicalize them further undermining our political system
  5. Polarize the electorate over the false choice of Trump’s guilt.
  6. Paralyze the Dept. of Justice and Congress so that they would not uncover the massive corruption in the intelligence agencies in the U.S. and the U.K.
  7. Isolate Trump and take away every ally or potential ally he could have by turning them against him through prosecutor overreach.

Hillary should have been thrown to the wolves after she failed. When you fail the people she failed and cost them the money she cost them, you lose more than just your funding. What this tells you is that she has so much dirt on everyone involved, once this thing started everyone went along with it lest she burn them down as well.

Burnin’ Down da House

Hillary is the epitome of envy. Envy is the destructive sin of coveting someone else’s life so much they are obsessed with destroying it. It’s the sin of Cain

She envies what Trump has, the Presidency.

And she was willing to tear it down to keep him from having it no matter how much damage it would do. She’s worse than the Joker from The Dark Knight.

Because while the Joker is unfathomable to someone with a conscience there’s little stopping us from excising him from the community completely., even though Batman refuses.

Hillary hates us for who we are and what we won’t give her. And that animus drove her to blackmail the world while putting on the face of its savior.

And that’s what makes what comes next so obvious to me. RussiaGate was never a sustainable narrative. It was ludicrous from the beginning. And now that it has ended with a whimper there are a lot of angry, confused and scared people out there.

Mueller thought all he had to do was lean on corrupt people and threaten them with everything. They would turn on Trump. He would resign in disgrace from the public outcry.

It didn’t work. In the end Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen and Roger Stone all held their ground or perjured themselves into the whole thing falling apart.

Andrew Weissman’s resignation last month was your tell there was nothing. Mueller would pursue this to the limit of his personal reputation and no further.

Just like so many other politicians.

Vote Your Pocketbook

With respect to Brexit I’ve been convinced that it would come down to reputations.

Would the British MP’s vote against their own personal best interests to do the bidding of the EU?

Would Theresa May eventually realize her historical reputation would be destroyed if she caves to Brussels and betrays Brexit in the end?

Always bet on the fecklessness of politicians. They will always act selfishly when put to the test. While leading RussiaGate, Mueller was always headed here if he couldn’t get someone to betray Trump.

And now his report is in. There are no new indictments. And by doing so he is saving his reputation for the future. And that is your biggest tell that HIllary’s blackmail is now worthless.

They don’t fear her anymore because RussiaGate outed her as the architect. Anything else she has is irrelevant in the face of trying to oust a sitting president from power.

The progressives that were convinced of Trump’s treason are bereft; their false hope stripped away like standing in front of a sandblaster. They will be raw, angry and looking for blood after they get over their denial.

Everyone else who was blackmailed into going along with this lunacy will begin cutting deals to save their skins. The outrage over this will not end. Trump will be President when he stands for re-election.

The Wolves Beckon

The Democrats do not have a chance against him as of right now. When he was caving on everything back in December it looked like he was done. That there was enough meat on the RussiaGate bones to make Nancy Pelosi brave.

Then she backed off on impeachment talk. Oops.

But the Democrats have a sincere problem. Their candidates have no solutions other than to embrace the crazy and go full Bolshevik. That is not a winning position.

Trump will kill them on ‘socialism.’

The Deep State and The Davos Crowd stand revealed and reviled.

If they don’t do something dramatic then the anger from the rest of the country will also be palpable come election time. Justice is not done simply by saying, “No evidence of collusion.”

It’s clear that RussiaGate is a failure of monumental proportions. Heads will have to roll. But who will be willing to fall on their sword at this point?

Comey? No. McCabe? No.

There is only one answer. And Obama’s people are still in place to protect him. I said last fall that “Hillary would indict herself.” And I meant it. Eventually her blackmail and drive to burn it all down led to this moment.

The circumstances are different than I expected back then, Trump didn’t win the mid-terms. But the end result was always the same. If there is no collusion, if RussiaGate is a scam, then all roads lead back to Hillary as the sacrificial lamb.

Because the bigger project, the erection of a transnational superstate, is bigger than any one person. Hillary is expendable.

Lies are expensive to maintain. The truth is cheap to defend. Think of the billions in opportunity costs associated with this. Once the costs rise above the benefits, change happens fast.

If there is any hope of salvaging the center of this country for the Democrats, the ones that voted against Hillary in 2016, then there is no reason anymore not to indict Hillary as the architect of RussiaGate.

We all know it’s the truth. So, the cheapest way out of this mess for them is to give the MAGApedes what they want, Hillary.

And hope that is enough bread and circuses to distract from the real storm ahead of us.

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