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Debunking the Putin Panic with Stephen Cohen (VIDEO)

Via The Real News Network

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President Trump’s warm words for Vladimir Putin and his failure to endorse U.S. intelligence community claims about alleged Russian meddling have been called “treasonous” and the cause of a “national security crisis.” There is a crisis, says Prof. Stephen F. Cohen, but one of our own making…

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AARON MATE: It’s The Real News. I’m Aaron Mate.

The White House is walking back another statement from President Trump about Russia and U.S. intelligence. It began in Helsinki on Monday, when at his press conference with Vladimir Putin, Trump did not endorse the claim that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. After an outcry that played out mostly on cable news, Trump appeared to retract that view one day later. But then on Wednesday, Trump was asked if he believes Russia is now targeting the U.S. ahead of the midterms.

DONALD TRUMP: [Thank] you all very much. Appreciate it. Thank you. Thank you.

REPORTER: Is Russia still targeting the U.S. [inaudible]. No, you don’t believe that to be the case?

DONALD TRUMP: Thank you very much, everyone. We’re doing very well. We are doing very well, and we’re doing very well, probably as well as anybody has ever done with Russia. And there’s been no president ever as tough as I have been on Russia. All you have to do is look at the numbers, look at what we’ve done, look at sanctions, look at ambassadors. Not there. Look, unfortunately, at what happened in Syria recently. I think President Putin knows that better than anybody. Certainly a lot better than the media.

AARON MATE: The White House later claimed that when Trump said ‘no,’ he meant no to answering questions. But Trump’s contradiction of U.S. intelligence claims has brought the Russiagate story, one that has engulfed his presidency, to a fever pitch. Prominent U.S. figures have called Trump’s comments in Helsinki treasonous, and compared alleged Russian e-mail hacking and social media activity to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor. Those who also question intelligence claims or warmongering with Russia have been dubbed traitors, or Kremlin agents.

Speaking to MSNBC, the former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul declared that with Trump’s comments, the U.S. is in the midst of a national security crisis.

MICHAEL MCFAUL: Republicans need to step up. They need to speak out, not just the familiar voices, because this is a national security crisis, and the president of the United States flew all the way to Finland, met with Vladimir Putin, and basically capitulated. It felt like appeasement.

AARON MATE: Well, joining me to address this so-called national security crisis is Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus at New York University and Princeton University. His books include “Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Soviet Russia,” and “Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War.” Professor Cohen, welcome. I imagine that you might agree with the view that we are in the midst of a national security crisis when it comes to Russia, but for far different reasons than those expounded on by Ambassador McFaul.

STEPHEN COHEN: There is a national security crisis, and there is a Russian threat. And we, we ourselves here in the United States, have created both of them. This has been true for years, and now it’s reached crisis proportion. Notice what’s going on. A mainstream TV reporter shouts to President Trump, “Are the Russians still targeting our elections?” This is in the category “Are you still beating your wife?” There is no proof that the Russians have targeted or attacked our elections. But it’s become axiomatic. What kind of media is that, are the Russians still, still attacking our elections.

And what Michael McFaul, whom I’ve known for years, formerly Ambassador McFaul, purportedly a scholar and sometimes a scholar said, it is simply the kind of thing, to be as kind as I can, that I heard from the John Birch Society about President Eisenhower when he went to meet Khrushchev when I was a kid growing up in Kentucky. This is fringe discourse that never came anywhere near the mainstream before, at least after Joseph McCarthy, that the president went, committed treason, and betrayed the country. Trump may have not done the right thing at the summit, because agreements were reached. Nobody discusses the agreements. But to stage a kangaroo trial of the president of the United States in the mainstream media, and have plenty of once-dignified people come on and deliver the indictment, is without precedent in this country. And it has created a national crisis in our relations with Russia. So yes, there’s a national crisis.

AARON MATE: Let me play for you a clip from Trump’s news conference with Putin that also drew outrage back in the U.S. When he was asked about the state of U.S.-Russia relations, he said both sides had responsibility.

DONALD TRUMP: Yes, I do. I hold both countries responsible. I think that the United States has been foolish. I think we’ve all been foolish. We should have had this dialogue a long time ago. A long time, frankly, before I got to office. And I think we’re all to blame. I think that the United States now has stepped forward, along with Russia, and we’re getting together, and we have a chance to do some great things. Whether it’s nuclear proliferation, in terms of stopping, because we have to do it. Ultimately that’s probably the most important thing that we can be working on

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Nicole Temple

As shown in this article, there is one key reason why no one should be trusting Robert Mueller’s investigation into the “Russia file”:

http://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2018/07/why-should-we-trust-robert-mueller.html

Given his track record on a case which brought America even deeper into the unwinnable War on Terror, his work on the Russia file should be viewed with more than a bit of skepticism.

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Hamletquest

Brilliant summary of the current Russia-phobia engulfing the US and British political classes. Stephen Cohen cuts through all the current crap around Russia, about Putin murdering journalists, invading Ukraine, propping up another dictator in Syria. He says; “No [future] historian of any merit will ever write the story that way. It’s factually, analytically, simply untrue. Now Trump has said something radically different [both sides need to talk]. We got here in these dire circumstances because both sides acted unwisely, and we should have had this discussion a long time ago.” He even gets in the analysis of journalists murdered in… Read more »

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Jane Karlsson

“Now, I can give you all Putin’s minuses very easily. I would not care for him to be my president.”

So what are the minuses? If Putin didn’t do the things he’s accused of, as Cohen makes clear, what did he do, and why doesn’t Cohen tell us? If he’s not going to tell us, why does he bring it up at all? It just looks like baseless allegations, which is exactly what he’s (rightly) complaining about.

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AM Hants

The hysteria is owing to the US privatising 80% of their intelligence, to outside contractors, with minimal knowledge of international law or intelligence. Together, with those that should be hung for treason, screaming the loudest, with their complaints on Russia. It is beyond boring, and no doubt will not look good when the Dems go looking for votes, in around 100 days time. They have only focused on one subject, the DNC inspired ‘Russiagate’.

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Sure, I’m going to trust what Cohen (married to the publisher of “The Nation”, ((“Katrina vanden Heuvel”)) has to say about anything……at all. Cohen and the missus are up to their eyeballs in the [J] . e . w . World Order. Lets not forget ((who)) was responsible for the slaughter of millions of Christians from 33 A.D onward. They can all blow it out their posteriors.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katrina_vanden_Heuvel

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AM Hants

This article merges nicely with the above. He is saying, what so many of us our thinking. Not just in the US.

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