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“This is just a truly astonishing moment coming from the White House podium,” tweeted MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt. Like the rest of the media pack-animals she hunts with, Ms. Hunt had been fuming over President Trump’s telephone call to Vladimir Putin, congratulating him on winning another term as president.

Reliably opposed to a truce were party heavies on both sides. Sen. John McCain joined the chorus: “An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections,” he intoned.

Another Republican, Sen. Chuck Grassley, told a reporter testily that he “wouldn’t have a conversation with a criminal. I think Putin’s a criminal. What he did in” Iraq, what he did in Libya … Wait a sec? Remind me; was it Putin or our guys who wrecked those countries? So many evil-doers on the world-stage, it’s hard for me to keep track.

“When I look at a Russian election, what I see is a lack of credibility in tallying the results,” sermonized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “I’m always reminded of the elections they have in almost every communist country.”

Actually, what the International Election Observation Mission found in Russia’s presidential election of March 18 was far more nuanced. Why, in some ways the Russian elections were very American: In the difficulty dissident candidates have in getting on the ballot, for example.

Ask Ron Paul or all those anonymous, aspiring, independent, third-party candidates about the US’s “restrictive ballot access laws and the other barriers erected” by the duopoly to protect their “de facto monopoly in America,” to paraphrase Forbes.com.

As for jailing journalists, frequently for life: Not Russia, but an American ally, Turkey, is the world’s biggest offender. But hold on. Isn’t Trump turning on the Kurds to pacify the Turks? Maybe it’s something the Saudi’s said. Go figure.

What doesn’t change is the interchangeability—with respect to any peaceful overtures made by President Trump toward Russia—of the Stupid Party (Republicans) and the Evil Party (Democrats). And yet, the same self-interested individuals protest, periodically, that Trump’s recklessness risks plunging the country into war.

The president wants to cooperate with the Russians. International confrontation being their stock-in-trade, the UniParty won’t countenance it. Politicians in both parties have not stopped egging Mr. Trump on, rejecting the détente he seeks with Russia, and urging American aggression against a potential partner. Yet, incongruously, in October of 2017, a Republican Senator, Bob Corker, saw fit to complain that the president was “reckless enough to stumble [sic] the country into a nuclear war.”

To please and curry favor with an establishment that detests him and is vested in the geopolitical status quo—POTUS even signed sanctions into law against Russia.

Cui bono, pray tell? Who benefits from this standoff?

General Barry R. McCaffrey has The Answer. The Trump congratulatory courtesy call to Mr. Putin shows the president’s refusal to protect US interests, tweeted the general.

“US interests” or your interests, sir? Who benefits here? Ordinary Americans, or the media-military-industrial-complex; the swamp organism Dwight Eisenhower warned about in his farewell address: “The total influence – economic, political, even spiritual – … felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government … [of] an immense military establishment and a large arms industry.”

Not to mention the attendant barnacles who suction onto the ship of state: professional TV talkers, think tank sorts, self-anointed intellectuals (who’re not very intelligent). All are vested in an American-led order, so long as they get to dictate what that (martial) order looks like.

The same political flotsam “argues” against President Trump’s desired détente with Russia using the following logic: If the “master of the political insult,” Donald Trump, “declines to chide Putin,” to quote NBC and CNN standard issue “analysts”—something is off. Ergo, Trump is beholden to Putin and to Russia. The Russians have something on him.

Such a line of “reasoning” fails basic logic, simply because it’s inexhaustive. In other words, there are other, highly plausible explanations as to why the president is not warring with Russia, not least that diplomacy is a good thing; that POTUS ran on a promise of peace with Putin; that he had articulated, as a campaigner, an idea entertained by most Deplorables. Namely that Russians are at odds with Islam and ISIS; that Putin is a Russia First, nationalist, whereas our Anglo-Europeans “allies” are Islam-friendly globalists.

Had POTUS kept pressing the perfectly proper positions he ran on, he might have retarded the Russia political wildfire, now raging out of control. Philosophical consistency would’ve served him well as an antidote to the political opportunism around him.

Instead, President Trump has surrounded himself with appointees who deliver a message discordant to his. What comes out of the White House is an ideological cacophony.

Hiring different perspectives in business could well be a strength. But it’s a weakness when politics and policy are in play. Needed to advance a political agenda is a team that shares the political philosophy underlying the agenda.

MSNBC’s Miss Hunt and her political clones were particularly galled by Sarah Sanders. The White House press secretary was asked whether the Russian election was free and fair. She replied: “We don’t get to dictate how other countries operate.”

What’s outraging our neoconservative-Jacobin establishment is that the White House is practicing, if only fleetingly, what another American president counseled in a bygone Independence-Day speech: detachment and diplomacy in foreign policy.

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“[America] goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will recommend the general cause, by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself, beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force. The frontlet upon her brows would no longer beam with the ineffable splendor of freedom and independence; but in its stead would soon be substituted an imperial diadem, flashing in false and tarnished lustre the murky radiance of dominion and power. She might become the dictatress of the world: she would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit.”

The man who’d be casting pearls before swine today was John Quincy Adams. The sixth president of the United States (1825-1829), son of John Adams, spoke truths eternal on that July 4, 1821.

Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian column since 1999. She is the author of “Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) & “The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed (June, 2016). She’s on Twitter, Facebook,Gab & YouTube

 
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  1. Rich says:

    Too bad we didn’t follow President Quincy Adams advice. And now, with the selection of John Bolton as National Security Adviser, we’ll be at war within a year.

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    John Bolton as National Security Adviser
     

    "We've spent $4 trillion trying to topple various people that, frankly, if they were there and if we could have spent that $4 trillion in the United States to fix our roads, our bridges, and all of the other problems — our airports and all the other problems we have — we would have been a lot better off, I can tell you that right now.

    We have done a tremendous disservice not only to the Middle East — we've done a tremendous disservice to humanity. The people that have been killed, the people that have been wiped away — and for what? It's not like we had victory. It's a mess. The Middle East is totally destabilized, a total and complete mess. I wish we had the 4 trillion dollars or 5 trillion dollars. I wish it were spent right here in the United States on schools, hospitals, roads, airports, and everything else that are all falling apart!"

    https://www.vox.com/2015/12/16/10296032/donald-trump-gop-debate-iraq-war
     


    John Bolton as National Security Adviser
     
    I daresay it's all over now. Bring on Chesty Daniels and the rest of them and boot this charlatan clown out of office. We had low expectations for him to begin with, yet he gets worse every week.
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  2. anon[260] • Disclaimer says:

    Well done, Ilana.
    Don’t worry about Trump – he can handle the discordant opinions within his administration, take the best from each and come up with right decisions.

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  3. Trump’s replacement of McMaster with the ferocious Zionist-stooge warmonger Bolton is a sure sign of a proximate ZOG attack on Iran.

    the only question is what kind of bloody false flag Trumpenthal will run up to set it off.

    on the plus side, lost wars are how (((empires)))

    and failed presidencies

    collapse.

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  4. The Scalpel says: • Website
    @anon
    Well done, Ilana.
    Don't worry about Trump - he can handle the discordant opinions within his administration, take the best from each and come up with right decisions.

    Bolton

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  5. Mishra says:
    @Rich
    Too bad we didn't follow President Quincy Adams advice. And now, with the selection of John Bolton as National Security Adviser, we'll be at war within a year.

    John Bolton as National Security Adviser

    “We’ve spent $4 trillion trying to topple various people that, frankly, if they were there and if we could have spent that $4 trillion in the United States to fix our roads, our bridges, and all of the other problems — our airports and all the other problems we have — we would have been a lot better off, I can tell you that right now.

    We have done a tremendous disservice not only to the Middle East — we’ve done a tremendous disservice to humanity. The people that have been killed, the people that have been wiped away — and for what? It’s not like we had victory. It’s a mess. The Middle East is totally destabilized, a total and complete mess. I wish we had the 4 trillion dollars or 5 trillion dollars. I wish it were spent right here in the United States on schools, hospitals, roads, airports, and everything else that are all falling apart!”

    https://www.vox.com/2015/12/16/10296032/donald-trump-gop-debate-iraq-war

    John Bolton as National Security Adviser

    I daresay it’s all over now. Bring on Chesty Daniels and the rest of them and boot this charlatan clown out of office. We had low expectations for him to begin with, yet he gets worse every week.

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  6. Realist says:

    Trump is a feckless, baseless ass clown. His abject stupidity will be a major reason for Western downfall. His buffoonery is peerless.
    Trump’s credo : When faced with decisions….pick the fucking stupidest one.

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  7. Even though I live abroad, I sometimes find my way back to the US to cast my ballot in person, and the last five Presidential elections I have watched my ballot disappear into the Diebold and wondered who I actually voted for.

    If voting in America really mattered, we would be using paper ballots, filled in by pen, counted by hand, and we would require people to show ID that proved citizenship, and fingers would be dipped in purple ink after voting to reduce the potential for second voting.

    Short of that, the American electoral system is a joke, and the US has no firm ground upon which it can stand and comment on any elections elsewhere on earth. As evidence, I offer a few examples: Lyndon Johnson for Senate in 1950′s Texas, John Kennedy for President in 1960 (particularly Chicago), Al Franken for Senator in Minnesota, and even George W. Bush for President in Florida in 2000.

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  8. As for jailing journalists, frequently for life: Not Russia, but an American ally, Turkey, is the world’s biggest offender.

    No. Russia simply murders those journalists that report inconvenient facts reliably. Putin has also been making life hard for Christians that aren’t Russian Orthodox. The regime controls the ROC, and has for a very log time. The Bishops were KGB agents during Soviet Times.

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    What's new? unorthodox Christians have always had difficulties in Russia, except when the state persecuted all religions alike.In fact, in the "free West" (TM) where people can be fired for using crucifixes, and christian health professionals can be legally obliged to perform abortions or sell abortifacients.
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  9. imbroglio says:

    If only we had rhetoric like that today — and meant it!

    Politicians, on the whole, may be venal but they’re not intentionally suicidal. Who knows what deals are being hatched beneath the bluster.

    The world, if it so desired, could wreck the dollar and topple U.S. hegemony abroad, couldn’t it? “We can endure a Kondratiev winter better than you can” or some such warning.

    Rising interest rates may quell the swashbuckling. Peter Schiff, where are you now that we think we don’t need you again?

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  10. anon[241] • Disclaimer says:
    @Quartermaster

    As for jailing journalists, frequently for life: Not Russia, but an American ally, Turkey, is the world’s biggest offender.
     
    No. Russia simply murders those journalists that report inconvenient facts reliably. Putin has also been making life hard for Christians that aren't Russian Orthodox. The regime controls the ROC, and has for a very log time. The Bishops were KGB agents during Soviet Times.

    What’s new? unorthodox Christians have always had difficulties in Russia, except when the state persecuted all religions alike.In fact, in the “free West” (TM) where people can be fired for using crucifixes, and christian health professionals can be legally obliged to perform abortions or sell abortifacients.

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  11. Salaman says:

    America’s previous President was a Chicago politician. I used to joke about Obama bringing democracy-chicago-style to the rest of the world.

    Considering that the recent history of Hillary’s corruption derailing Bernie Sanders campaign in the last election, America has no right at all to lecture others on elections.

    In a state that only allows two candidates, there is no bigger form of meddling in the election than the corrupting and rigging of the choice of one of those candidates.

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  12. Anonymous[739] • Disclaimer says:

    I keep Speaker Adams’ speech bookmarked so I can refer to it often.

    Ms. Mercer used the most famous section, and it rings out with such truth. That as soon as American became the world’s policeman and started worrying about the state of the rest of the world, the freedom of Americans was lost.

    But there are other sections of that speech that are worth reading as well. Its one of those documents that if you start quoting from it then its hard to stop, and the quotes get longer and longer as you say ‘oh, and that’s good too.’

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  13. Caon says:

    America has thousands of troops on the ground in Syria in an illegal invasion aimed at ‘regime change’. America is spending hundreds of millions of dollars arming Jihadists who believe in Sharia law in order to effect ‘regime change’. America has a list of other nations as well where America says the government must change, not only the people but the entire system.

    America complaining about others meddling in internal American politics is a joke.

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  14. They are not going to stop. Nothing and i mean nothing that he does regardless of how benign that can be construed as some kind detente’ with Russia, Korea, Stria or anyone on the establishments hiot list is going to be treated in any other fashion than treasonous.

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  15. Gotta embrace permanent armed military neutrality, get Canada involved too, make it a continent wide thing. There’s so much money to be saved from switching the ‘military-industrial’ into the ‘industrial-military’ complex.

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