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NYT wants Trump to sweet talk Russia away from China (Video)

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the recent New York Times editorial board which is calling on US President Trump to court Russian President Vladimir Putin away from his flourishing cooperation with Xi and China.

Journalist George Szamuely sums it up in this tweet:

“Having demonized Russia and blamed it for every problem besetting US, having built up armed forces on its borders, having imposed wave after wave of sanctions, having expelled diplomats & walked out on arms control treaties, US expects Russia to be its ally against China.”

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The New York Times’ editorial board, fresh from peddling anti-Russia conspiracies for two years, has made a remarkable about-turn. Now the paper wants closer relations with the Kremlin, all to thwart China’s ambitions.

‘Russiagate’ has maintained an iron grip on American political discourse for two years now, even after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report cleared President Donald Trump of conspiring with the Kremlin to steal the 2016 US election. In the media, the public has been treated to nightly conspiracy theories and bizarre connect-the-dots articles claiming to prove collusion; and lawmakers have crafted ever more draconian sanctions bills against Russia and have slotted opposition to Russia into their campaign messages.

Meanwhile, Moscow and Beijing have looked to each other, holding joint military exercises and upping their trade volume to more than $100 billion in 2018. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev recently announced plans to build a new, 2,000km-long highway linking Europe and China, while President Vladimir Putin has been mulling connecting Russia’s Northern Sea Route with China’s Maritime Silk Road, an ambitious global trade route linking China with ports in Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

The idea of closer Moscow/Beijing cooperation clearly worries the New York Times’ editorial board. In an op-ed published on Sunday, the board wrote that “President Trump is correct to try to establish a sounder relationship with Russia and peel it away from China” – itself a remarkable compliment from a paper that ran op-eds titled “Donald Trump Hates America,” and “Trump is Racist to the Bone” in the last five days.

The board then suggested that the US could strengthen its cooperation with Russia in space exploration and Arctic cleanup – areas untainted by ‘Russiagate’. In addition, new arms control treaties could be a step towards geopolitical cooperation between the two rival superpowers.

All valid and worthy points, but from the New York Times? Yes, we’re talking about the same newspaper that last year called Trump a “treasonous traitor” ahead of his meeting with Putin in Helsinki. Instead of seeking rapprochement then, the paper argued that Trump should “be directing all resources at his disposal to punish Russia.” 

We’re talking about the same New York Times that dubbed Trump “Putin’s Lackey” and released a mocking video detailing a ‘love story’ between Trump and Putin, laden with homoerotic overtones and culminating in a tongue-locking kiss between the two leaders. It’s funny because they’re gay, see?

The piece surprised many, like pundit George Szamuely, who wrote that Washington has “demonized Russia and blamed it for every problem besetting [the] US,” while the Times “has for years berated Trump for advocating this perfectly sensible policy, at times suggesting that he was doing so only because he was Putin’s agent and a traitor to the United States.”

Bear in mind that the Times’ editorial board does not hold the same opinions as its revolving cast of op-ed writers. Still, for a newspaper whose writers almost unanimously despise the US president, Sunday’s op-ed represents a shocking repudiation of two years of anti-Russia, anti-Trump static.

Perhaps the outlet that often voiced the ideas of the American establishment has finally realized that the ‘Russiagate’ horse is too long dead for another flogging? Or maybe the Times saw it’s time for a new kind of politics: the politics of Detente. Either way, the change is a surprising one.


Graham Dockery, RT

Graham Dockery is an Irish journalist working for RT since March 2018

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David Bowlas
David Bowlas
July 30, 2019

Oh so Putin will leave his friendship with China and form a friendship with the psychopaths in Yankyland. Yeh why not?

Joe
Joe
Reply to  David Bowlas
July 31, 2019

Right. Putin is really stupid…. I don’t think!

mijj
mijj
July 30, 2019

it’s the essential pompous ubermensch nature of the USA that doomed any possibility of persuading Russia from drifting towards China – regardless of insight by any individual president.

You made me laugh
You made me laugh
Reply to  mijj
July 31, 2019

A political elite drawn from the dregs of intellect. Some ubermensch.

Bruce Smith
July 30, 2019

One of your best! “NeoCons @ Neo Liberals lose all wars, except in Washington.” BRILLIANT! Much more to say also on your breakdown of the Russia “collusion” which forced their alignment with China. What were these Brezenski types smoking? I want some!
Your fair analysis of Clinton, Albright (sic), and Rice/Powers team, their pensions should be cancelled & void..

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
July 30, 2019

The US made several attempts to drive a wedge (in the form of carrots) between Russia and China over the past few years. This is a great example of the US flogging a dead horse, shutting the barn door after the horse has bolted. Yes, that ship has sailed. Past the point of return. Done. What reason has the US ever given China or Russia to trust it?

Truth be told
Truth be told
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
July 31, 2019

The US is inept, in both war and peace. All future world developments should begin with that premise.

BobValdez
BobValdez
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
July 31, 2019

Only after the dump and his elitist shit-turds perform their Walk to Canossa, will Russia and China CONSIDER trusting the seppos. Nothing can convince Russia or China that the us or the dump could be trusted to piss in a toilet.

Pierre Vaillant
Pierre Vaillant
July 31, 2019

The NYT needs to do better. Nobody has faith in Washington anymore to uphold accords. Even the European slaves of the Yanks are having second thoughts and are trying to hedge behind closed doors.

Cap960
Cap960
July 31, 2019

After all the insults, lies, aggressions and treacheries the Yanks talk about sweet talking the Russians away from China. Yanks attention spam is truly short…worse than fish.

Ichthyology never lies
Ichthyology never lies
Reply to  Cap960
July 31, 2019

Salmon can remember exactly from whence they came. Not true at all for America.

Joe
Joe
Reply to  Cap960
July 31, 2019

So is their intelligence…

Here we go again
Here we go again
July 31, 2019

NYT and WaPo – the soapbox and folly pulpit of true idiot_logues.

Whatever their positions, believe and do the opposite and you’ll never go astray.

NYT Please - get a life.
NYT Please - get a life.
July 31, 2019

Absurd notion to the bone. China is an economic juggernaut still on the rise. America is teetering on bankruptcy and undermining its influence in world affairs with every new ‘project’ it concocts. Now that this notion of ‘benevolent interventionism aka world meddling’ has shown itself to be a farce and a trojan horse, what exactly does America have to offer, beyond Biden-style carpetbagging in a vapid wilderness?

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