What if they gave a crisis and no one cared?
I often assume regular readers are informed regarding the political issues about which I regularly opine, and I suspect that’s a reasonable assumption. SMM readers tend to be well informed and come to this scruffy little blog to find viewpoints not easily found elsewhere. However, I also suspect most Americans are only slightly aware of most of these things, and most could not care less.
I do not, for a moment, suggest normal Americans lack intelligence or enlightenment, a view our self-imagined elite (the SIE) betters take for granted. Rather, they are busy with their lives. They work, care for their families, love, volunteer, and cherish life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They take advantage of the blessings of liberty our constitutional republic provides. They believe people evidencing Trump Derangement Syndrome are just that: deranged. They believe nothing they have to say and tune them out. What absolutely absorbs Beltway denizens means little or nothing to the vast majority of flyover country Americans. You know: the deplorables.
The latest example of how President Trump is Hitlerier than Hitler is his recent meeting in Helsinki, Finland with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr. Trump did not claim the meeting would result in any specific accomplishment, only that it might improve relations between our nations, which are, to put it mildly, poor.
TDS sufferers are screaming that Mr. Trump must be impeached, that he’s a traitor, that he’s double secret more Hitlerier than Hitler, and that he didn’t cry when Old Yeller died. Just talking to Putin is indisputable evidence Trump is a Russian puppet and is destroying our national security. He’s a Russian agent! He’s a useful idiot! Putin is blackmailing him! Russia! Russia! Mr. Trump destroyed America and our international standing, and made Russia far more powerful by uttering a few words. He must be removed in a military coup! And RUSSIA!!!!!!!
Very well. Let us review.
Prior to the election of Mr. Trump, it was an article of faith among the self-imagined elite that merely talking to enemies is a diplomatic accomplishment of world-shaking importance. Thereafter, American diplo-weenies like John Kerry were never called agents of the dictators and Islamic madmen to whom they sucked up. Mr. Obama remains infamous for rendering every honor to dictatorial murderers and thugs.
Democrats constantly accused Republicans of being paranoid about Russia, and characterized any criticism of Russia as a dangerous incitement to Armageddon. When President Reagan called the Soviet Union “an evil empire,” Democrats went absolutely mad, predicting the imminent outbreak of WWIII. This leftist political dodge continued through the Age of Obama, perhaps the most obvious example being the 2012 debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. The progressive messiah spake:
Governor Romney, I’m glad that you recognize Al Qaeda as a threat because a few months ago, when you were asked what’s the biggest geo-political threat facing America, you said Russia. Not Al Qaeda, you said Russia,’ Obama continued. ‘The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because you know, the Cold War has been over for 20 years.
Mr. Trump is president and suddenly, Mitt Romney was right all along. RUSSIA! But progressives have been consistent all along, right? Russians are evil and must be castigated in the strongest terms at every opportunity?
When it comes to Russia, the Obama administration has been talking about ‘pressing the reset button.’ It’s meant to symbolize a possible new start in U.S./Russian relations, which ‘crashed’ after Russia invaded Georgia last August.
So when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greeted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva Friday before sitting down to their working dinner, she was all smiles when she presented him a small green box with a ribbon.
Lavrov opened it and, inside, there was a red button with the Russian word ‘peregruzka’ printed on it.
‘I would like to present you with a little gift that represents what President Obama and Vice President Biden and I have been saying and that is: ‘We want to reset our relationship, and so we will do it together.’ …
‘We worked hard to get the right Russian word. Do you think we got it?’ she asked Lavrov, laughing.
‘You got it wrong,’ said Lavrov, as both diplomats laughed.
‘It should be “perezagruzka’ [the Russian word for reset],’ said Lavrov. ‘This says ‘peregruzka,’ which means ‘overcharged.’
Yes. Most humorous. Then there was the little matter of Russians forking over huge bundles of cash to Bill Clinton for a speech, Hillary’s sale of a huge chunk of America’s uranium production to Russia, and a variety of other actions toward Russia that might tend to suggest Mr. Obama’s comment to Mr. Romney was, perhaps, disingenuous.
And let us not forget perhaps the most famous open mic gaffe of all time:
As he was leaning toward Medvedev in Seoul, Obama was overheard asking for time – ‘particularly with missile defense’ – until he is in a better position politically to resolve such issues.
‘I understand your message about space,’ replied Medvedev, who will hand over the presidency to Putin in May.
‘This is my last election … After my election I have more flexibility,’ Obama said, expressing confidence that he would win a second term.
‘I will transmit this information to Vladimir,’ said Medvedev, Putin’s protégé and long considered number two in Moscow’s power structure.
It was Mr. Obama that betrayed our Eastern European allies: Poland and the Czech Republic:
This week, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski accused the Obama Administration of betrayal, saying, ‘Our mistake was that by accepting the American offer of a [missile defense] shield we failed to take into account the political risk associated with a change of president.… We paid a high political price. We do not want to make the same mistake again. We must have a missile system as an element of our defences.’
In 2009, President Obama cancelled the deal the U.S. had with Poland and the Czech Republic to build an interceptor site and radar that would provide protection of the U.S. homeland and allies from rogue ballistic missiles. Polish and Czech leaders took on the task of educating their populations of the necessity of defending their populations from Iranian missiles, of collaborating with the U.S. to do this, of having American soldiers on their territory, and—the hardest of all—that the blowback from Russia over the sites was worth it.
I guess he really didn’t consider Russia a danger–or just didn’t care. Or could it be he really didn’t support our allies, but loved him some communists and Islamists? And who can forget the antics of that loveable madcap, “Lion Of The Senate,” the late Ted Kennedy, the hero of Chappaquiddick:
If these progressives want to know what actual treason looks like, they should consult liberal lion Ted Kennedy, who not only allegedly sent secret messages to the Soviets in the midst of the cold war, he also begged them to intervene in a U.S. presidential election in order to unseat President Ronald Reagan. That’s no exaggeration.
According to Soviet documents unearthed in the early 1990’s, Kennedy literally asked the Soviets, avowed enemies of the U.S., to intervene on behalf of the Democratic party in the 1984 elections. Kennedy’s communist communique was so secret that it was not discovered until 1991, eight years after Kennedy had initiated his Soviet gambit:
Gee, I’m only a flyover country type, but that sounds a lot like a sitting US Senator–a Democrat, maybe the Democrat at the time–asking Russia to directly interfere in an American election. Perhaps the best observation of the character and life of the Lion–and the Democrat Party–came upon the occasion of his death,written by the indispensable Mark Steyn. And let us not forget Mr. Obama’s abdication of the Middle East to Russia, his red line, which he denied making, in Syria–after he abandoned it and the Syrian people. And of course, let us remember the Iran deal, which is why he did nothing in Syria. He didn’t want to anger the Syrians and their Russian benefactors lest the Iranians renege on his magnificent diplomatic achievement, the crown jewel of his legacy. Unfortunately for Mr. Obama, Israel stole 110,000 Iranian nuclear documents, proving they were cheating, past, present and future.
Now let us, gentle readers, return to the present TDS reality about which most Americans justifiably care so little. Consider this from the worthy Spengler:
President Trump offended the entire political spectrum with a tweet this morning blaming the U.S. for poor relations with Russia. ‘Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity,’ the president said, and he is entirely correct. By this I do not mean to say that Russia is a beneficent actor in world affairs or that President Putin is an admirable world leader. Nonetheless, the president displayed both perspicacity and political courage when he pointed the finger at the United States for mismanaging the relationship with Russia.
By all means, take the link and read the rest. And consider this from The Spectator:
The unhinged criticism is also hilariously rich, given that John Brennan, who supported the Soviet-controlled American Communist Party, meets the textbook definition of a useful idiot for the Russians. At the height of the Cold War, he was rooting for the Reds, casting his vote in 1976 for Gus Hall, the American Communist Party’s presidential candidate. If anyone is adept at serving as a dupe for the Russians, it is John Brennan. To paraphrase John Kerry, he was for them before he was against them.
What changed? How could Brennan support the Soviet Union, even to the point of voting for one of its puppets, but then hysterically denounce any diplomacy toward Putin’s Russia? The answer lies in Russia’s shedding of communism. Brennan, who refused to take his oath as CIA director on the Bible, misses the days of atheistic Marxism and fears the revival of a Christian Russia (Brennan, while walking the halls of the CIA festooned with LGBT buttons, would rant to colleagues about Putin’s refusal to allow gay pride parades in Moscow.) Brennan deplored Reagan’s description of the Soviet Union as an evil empire and joined other leftists in demanding that he pursue détente with Marxist thugs who make Putin look like a piker. Were Russia still collectivist, he would be using his Twitter account, which boasts his belief in the ‘collective future,’ to praise, not trash, diplomatic gestures. [skip]
Brennan isn’t just throwing stones from his glass house but boulders. He once said that he feared his support for Soviet stooge Gus Hall threatened his entrance into the CIA in 1980. This sounds like a wild satirical parody, but it isn’t: a dupe for the Soviet Union rises to the top of the CIA, uses his position to shill for Islamic radicals, eggs the FBI into spying on the Trump campaign, then leaves the CIA only to resume the radicalism of his youth, calling for civil disobedience and the overthrow of a duly elected president. Brennan’s only expertise on treachery comes from his own.
What?! Can it be? The past Director of the CIA a useful idiot? A commie fellow traveler? Take the link and read the rest for a bit of perspective on the reliability of Mr. Brennan. And consider this from Roger Simon:
If you look at Trump’s actions in that context, what he says and what he does aren’t so strange. His strategy should be clear by now to all those except those (unfortunately many) who deliberately don’t want to understand it. I wrote about it earlier in “Trump’s New Foreign Policy: The Cooptation Doctrine.”
He is, as Greg Gutfeld noted on The Five, his own good cop and bad cop all rolled into one. The good cop part is what we saw with Kim Jong-un and now with Putin — complimenting tyrants to an almost uncomfortable degree. It’s oddly a Christian love-the-sinner-but-hate-the-sin kind of thing.
The bad cop part is what Trump actually does concretely — and, as Putin certainly knows, this is far more important than photo ops and press conferences with all the attendant words. Trump’s actions vis-a-vis Russia have been considerably more stringent than his predecessor’s — opening the energy spigots, increasing sanctions, arming the Ukrainians, ejecting 60 Russian agents, etc. As Walter Russell Mead pointed out, if Trump is in Putin’s pocket, he’s doing a terrible job of it.
So, we have puppet of Vladimir Putin, a traitor, whose liberation of our oil and natural gas industries (fracking) is putting enormous pressure on Russia. Perhaps we can drill our way out of some problems? A puppet who is urging our NATO allies not to buy gas from Russia, who is not only rebuilding our military and intelligence agencies, but demanding our NATO allies do the same, and who is genuinely supporting our allies, but doing what he can to build better relations with Russia and North Korea, to our, and the world’s benefit.
Without question, Mr. Trump sometimes says impolitic things, but again, most normal Americans could care less about that, except that’s part of why they elected him, and likely will again. And this time, Mr. Trump clarified his comments, not that such clarification will lessen the mania of self-inflicted TDS drones.
Post-Helsinki, the status quo remains unchanged. America is no weaker; Russia is no stronger. Russians remain bad actors, and Mr. Trump surely knows this, and is acting on it. Sadly, elements of our intelligence apparatus are engaged in a coup against Mr. Trump, and he knows that too. Mr. Trump still honestly serves America’s interests and Mr. Putin is still a KGB thug. But Mr. Trump may have established the foundation for better future relations, not for sucking up to our enemies, but to our benefit. Time will tell.
Oh, and about normal Americans? When they feel their liberty sufficiently threatened, they’ll pay attention, and the SIE will wish they had not.
You would also be well served reading my favorite Bookworm’s commentary on these issues.