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President Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton was in Moscow last week organizing what promises to be an historic summit meeting between his boss and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Bolton, who has for years demanded that the US inflict “pain” on Russia and on Putin specifically, was tasked by Trump to change his tune. He was forced to shed some of his neoconservative skin and get involved in peacemaking. Trump surely deserves some credit for that!

As could be expected given the current political climate in the US, the neoconservatives have joined up with the anti-Trump forces on the Left — and US client states overseas — to vigorously oppose any movement toward peace with Russia. The mainstream media is, as also to be expected, amplifying every objection to any step away from a confrontation with Russia.

Bolton had hardly left Moscow when the media began its attacks. US allies are “nervous” over the planned summit, reported Reuters. They did not quote any US ally claiming to be nervous, but they did speculate that both the UK and Ukraine would not be happy were the US and Russia to improve relations. But why is that? The current Ukrainian government is only in power because the Obama Administration launched a coup against its democratically-elected president to put US puppets in charge. They’re right to be nervous. And the British government is also right to be worried. They swore that Russia was behind the “poisoning” of the Skripals without providing any evidence to back up their claims. Hundreds of Russian diplomats were expelled from Western countries on their word alone. And over the past couple of months, each of their claims has fallen short.

At the extreme of the reaction to Bolton’s Russia trip was the US-funded think tank, the Atlantic Council, which is stuck in a 1950s time warp. Its resident Russia “expert,” Anders Åslund, Tweeted that long-time Russia hawk Bolton had been “captured by the Kremlin” and must now be considered a Russian agent for having helped set up a meeting between Trump and Putin. Do they really prefer nuclear war?

The “experts” are usually wrong when it comes to peacemaking. They rely on having “official enemies” for their very livelihood. In 1985, national security “expert” Zbigniew Brzezinski attacked the idea of a summit between President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. It was “demeaning” and “tactically unwise,” he said as reported at the time by the Washington Times. Such a meeting would only “elevate” Gorbachev and make him “first among equals,” he said. Thankfully, Reagan did engage Gorbachev in several summits and the rest is history. Brzezinski was wrong and peacemakers were right.

President Trump should understand that any move toward better relations with Russia has been already pre-approved by the American people. His position on Russia was well known. He campaigned very clearly on the idea that the US should end the hostility toward Russia that characterized the Obama Administration and find a way to work together. Voters knew his position and they chose him over Hillary Clinton, who was also very clear on Russia: more confrontation and more aggression.

President Trump would be wise to ignore the neocon talking heads and think tank “experts” paid by defense contractors. He should ignore the “never Trumpers” who have yet to make a coherent policy argument opposing the president. The extent of their opposition to Trump seems to be “he’s mean and rude.” Let us hope that a Trump/Putin meeting begins a move toward real reconciliation and away from the threat of nuclear war.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Donald Trump, Neocons, Russia 
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  1. Rational says:

    NEO-CONS DON’T WANT PEACE AS THEY WANT USA A STOOGE TO FIGHT WARS FOR GREATER ISRAEL.

    Thanks for the interesting article, Sir. You are so right. I hope Trump and Putin make peace between the world’s 2 superpowers. This will be historic and of great benefit to world peace.

    The neo-cons, who are Zionists basically, do not want peace as they want USA to attack Russia as Russia is in the way of their plan to steal more land from Syria, for the Greater Isreal Project, as mentioned in their Torah. But we must not let them.

    Russia is probably our motherland and most white people originated in Russia in the Caucasus mountains (and that’s why, whites are called Caucasians).

    See the Kurgan hypothesis proving ancient migrations from the Pontic Caspian Steppe of Russia to Europe:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurgan_hypothesis

    When a white-skinned neo-con tries to attack Russia, tell him to stop attacking his motherland!

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  2. Anon[370] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    The usual suspects, of course.

    Divide and Rule is their game.

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  3. Dr. Doom says:

    Russia and China are problems for the Federales. The petrodollar is how these morons borrow you to Infinity and Beyond. If the US Dollar wasn’t the World Reserve Currency, only the domestic economy could lend these losers money. We’re ALREADY ABOVE GDP debt levels. That’s just the debt they will ADMIT IS THERE. The “Trust Funds” are actually UNFUNDED MANDATES they took off-budget to hide the spiraling debts. There is also Federally Insured Retirement Funds that are already broke and bleeding red.
    Crimea is Russian. Always has been. We have zero interests there. The South China Sea looks like a local fishing dispute. China has a huge population and they eat mostly seafood. We have zero interest there either. These are EXCUSES. Its the BRICS bank that the Federales are attacking.

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  4. HBM says:

    Russia is no doubt not benign vis-a-vis the United States, but idea that they are our greatest threat is ridiculous. As always the hatred is driven by Jewish ethnomythological interests, in this case by the Jews’ personal beef with Russia resulting from its long, contentious history with Jews and because of the more recent issue of Putin ousting the Jewish robber barons of the 1990s, as well as the continuing Russian alliance with Israel’s enemies in the Middle East.

    All of this has little to do with the United States; with love of freedom; of democracy and human rights– although that’s how they, as always, frame the problem for non-Jewish consumption. Jewish media figures, who are virtually hegemonic, all reflexively repeat and promote the anti-Russian narrative. Unfortunately about half the country is in thrall to their propaganda.

    If Hillary had been elected, who knows what state the world might be in at the moment, since she was clearly going to work to give this Establishment the war of Jewish revenge on Putin that they want.

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  5. The more things change…..

    Seems I recall the same teams lined up against one another prior to WW2. On one side, the American people >80% against war, on the other, the so-called Neocons, the English and assorted strident American and Euro leaders working to undermine populism through fair methods and foul.

    And now, just as then, the saber-rattling, self-annointed Overlords’ contempt for their people justifies their unrelenting barrage of fake news the purpose of which is to baffle, bewilder, blinker and buffalo the restive population into a confrontation which they, sensibly, wish to avoid.

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  6. Renoman says:

    Every time this topic comes up I ask “what has Russia ever done to the United States” and every time I get no answer. Could it be that the answer is “Nothing”?
    Talk to them , do business, buy and sell, have a few drinks and while you’re at it talk to the Chinks!
    These God Damned diplomats act like children, they should all be taken out and shot.

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  7. The American left loves Russia. The Alt-Right has been getting played by Putin like the stooges they are. Trump is a traitor, it really is that simple.

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