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Beginning his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, President Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia have “never been worse.”

He then added pointedly, that just changed “about four hours ago.”

It certainly did. With his remarks in Helsinki and at the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump has signaled a historic shift in U.S. foreign policy that may determine the future of this nation and the fate of his presidency.

He has rejected the fundamental premises of American foreign policy since the end of the Cold War and blamed our wretched relations with Russia, not on Vladimir Putin, but squarely on the U.S. establishment.

In a tweet prior to the meeting, Trump indicted the elites of both parties: “Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!”

Trump thereby repudiated the records and agendas of the neocons and their liberal interventionist allies, as well as the archipelago of War Party think tanks beavering away inside the Beltway.

Looking back over the week, from Brussels to Britain to Helsinki, Trump’s message has been clear, consistent and startling.

NATO is obsolete. European allies have freeloaded off U.S. defense while rolling up huge trade surpluses at our expense. Those days are over. Europeans are going to stop stealing our markets and start paying for their own defense.

And there will be no Cold War II.

We are not going to let Putin’s annexation of Crimea or aid to pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine prevent us from working on a rapprochement and a partnership with him, Trump is saying. We are going to negotiate arms treaties and talk out our differences as Ronald Reagan did with Mikhail Gorbachev.

Helsinki showed that Trump meant what he said when he declared repeatedly, “Peace with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing.”

On Syria, Trump indicated that he and Putin are working with Bibi Netanyahu, who wants all Iranian forces and Iran-backed militias kept far from the Golan Heights. As for U.S. troops in Syria, says Trump, they will be coming out after ISIS is crushed, and we are 98 percent there.

That is another underlying message here: America is coming home from foreign wars and will be shedding foreign commitments.

Both before and after the Trump-Putin meeting, the cable news coverage was as hostile and hateful toward the president as any this writer has ever seen. The media may not be the “enemy of the people” Trump says they are, but many are implacable enemies of this president.

Some wanted Trump to emulate Nikita Khrushchev, who blew up the Paris summit in May 1960 over a failed U.S. intelligence operation — the U-2 spy plane shot down over the Urals just weeks earlier.

Khrushchev had demanded that Ike apologize. Ike refused, and Khrushchev exploded. Some media seemed to be hoping for just such a confrontation.

When Trump spoke of the “foolishness and stupidity” of the U.S. foreign policy establishment that contributed to this era of animosity in U.S.-Russia relations, what might he have had in mind?

Was it the U.S. provocatively moving NATO into Russia’s front yard after the collapse of the USSR?

Was it the U.S. invasion of Iraq to strip Saddam Hussein of weapons of mass destruction he did not have that plunged us into endless wars of the Middle East?

Was it U.S. support of Syrian rebels determined to oust Bashar Assad, leading to ISIS intervention and a seven-year civil war with half a million dead, a war which Putin eventually entered to save his Syrian ally?

Was it George W. Bush’s abrogation of Richard Nixon’s ABM treaty and drive for a missile defense that caused Putin to break out of the Reagan INF treaty and start deploying cruise missiles to counter it?

Was it U.S. complicity in the Kiev coup that ousted the elected pro-Russian regime that caused Putin to seize Crimea to hold onto Russia’s Black Sea naval base at Sevastopol?

Many Putin actions we condemn were reactions to what we did.

Russia annexed Crimea bloodlessly. But did not the U.S. bomb Serbia for 78 days to force Belgrade to surrender her cradle province of Kosovo?

How was that more moral than what Putin did in Crimea?

If Russian military intelligence hacked into the emails of the DNC, exposing how they stuck it to Bernie Sanders, Trump says he did not collude in it. Is there, after two years, any proof that he did?

Trump insists Russian meddling had no effect on the outcome in 2016 and he is not going to allow media obsession with Russiagate to interfere with establishing better relations.

Former CIA Director John Brennan rages that, “Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki … was … treasonous. … He is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???”

Well, as Patrick Henry said long ago, “If this be treason, make the most of it!”

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

Copyright 2018

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  1. Rational says:


    Mr. Buchanan, you worked with Ronald Reagan, who was pretty good, and you wrote his speeches. You have been attacked repeatedly by the left, but have stood firm on your principles, so I admire you greatly for that.

    But today, after reading about his meeting with Putin, and his courage in meeting with Putin, I believe that Mr. Trump is probably the greatest President ever. He has been attacked by the loonies on the left even more than Reagan was, but has stood firm on most issues.

    God bless Trump! We love you, dear Trump!!

    • Replies: @Echoes of History
  2. President Trump is entirely right to lay the blame for the bad relationship between the US and Russian on the political establishment in Washington. The obsession with communism was transformed into Russian bashing after Putin came to power and stopped the plundering of Russia by the US that started under Clinton and the boozer Yeltsin.

    Trump policy and message is against the war-party inside the Beltway, which consists of Reps and Dems alike. Trump plays a dangerous game against the Deep State that controls the US government. They have a lot to lose. That’s why they do everything till one drop. The ongoing witch hunt concerning so-called collusion and Russian meddling by the Mueller probe in conjunction with the media despite zero convincing evidence so far.

    Pat Buchanan listed quite a few political decisions by former US governments to which Putin just reacted and the media and the political class blew out of proportions. Trump for the first time acknowledged US yearlong wrongdoing. If Trump can keep the upper hand against the Deep State, there might be something happening like the cases of JFK and his brother Bob shows.

    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @Paw
  3. Realist says:

    Former CIA Director John Brennan rages that, “Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki … was … treasonous. … He is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???”

    Brennan is a very dangerous prick and needs to be dealt with.

    Russia annexed Crimea bloodlessly.

    Get it correct the Crimeans voted to be part of Russia as an added bonus thousands of minority Muslim Crimean Tatars have fled the peninsula, many to the Ukrainian cities of Kiev and Lviv.

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
  4. Hail says: • Website

    Former CIA Director John Brennan rages that, “Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki … was … treasonous. … He is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???”

    Well, as Patrick Henry said long ago, “If this be treason, make the most of it!”

    If John Brennan is calling for a coup d’etat, which he may be doing in this and other comments, isn’t that textbook treason?

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
    , @Paw
  5. KenH says:

    As for U.S. troops in Syria, says Trump, they will be coming out after ISIS is crushed, and we are 98 percent there.

    We’re never leaving Syria and Trump not being honest, IMO. Bibi will never allow it and he’s wearing the pants in this relationship, not Trump. Syrian forces could easily handle the remaining 2 percent of ISIS forces and don’t need our puny force of 2000 troops who some allege, probably correctly, are actually aiding and training Al Qaeda aligned groups bent on overthrowing Assad.

    Kudos to Trump for bucking his neo-con and Russophobic advisers and getting back on track an American first foreign policy which entails some semblance of peace with Russia. But I’m cynical and believe American Jewry will do all they can to sabotage peace efforts and Israel will do what it can to drive a wedge between the USA and Russia.

    • Agree: jacques sheete
    • Replies: @RVBlake
  6. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ludwig Watzal

    “Pat Buchanan listed quite a few political decisions by former US governments to which Putin just reacted and the media and the political class blew out of proportions.”

    Yes. And a good edit.

    Cf., Mr. Buchanan’s “Many Putin actions we condemn were reactions to what we did.” He’s been a part of the puppet show for so long that he believes his own pronoun propaganda.

  7. @Hail

    It is an incitement to overthrow the President. It’s illegal to overthrow the government of the United States. It’s almost a call to assassination. Brennan is true, connected Deep State. He’s the guy that pushed buttons and killed people. These are the folks whose interests (big defense dollars) that Trump is messing with here.

    Last two that pulled the anti-war stunt was Jack and Bob Kennedy.

  8. Anon[420] • Disclaimer says:

    Great Article, Pat. I especially love the quote at the end. I saw the Piers Morgan interview on Air Force One the other day and I was struck by the palpable sense of authority Trump radiated when installed in the head table of the situation room on the 747, which seems to be essentially the American throne. I’d never gotten that sensation of power from viewing a president before (I’ve seen them back to Clinton). It struck me as really remarkable.

  9. @Rational

    I agree, Reagan was good, Trump is great. 🙂 I’m not yet tired of winning!

    And to Pat, great article, I know you can’t name the Jew all the time. My Cohencidence Detector has identified (((the neocohens))).

  10. With the enemies of Civilisation firmly esconced in Washington DC and New York, Trump may not have the power to call off the Cold War.

  11. Truth says:

    Pat, you guys are confusing me now. Having read (so-called) right-wing news sites for a few years now, I was convinced that it was the left wing of the party that wanted a weak, obsequious, simpering beez-nich for a president. Would you just leave the damn goal posts where they are?!

    • Replies: @Rich
    , @Anonymous
    , @Thirdeye
  12. Anonymous [AKA "Pierre Simon"] says:

    Russia did not annex Crimea, 92% of the crimean people voted in a referendum to rejoin Russia, their rightful motherland that Nikita Khrushchev gave away to Ukraine while he was drunk.

    The Russian army, that was stationed there at the time protected the people while they were voting from the ukrainien thugs that overthrew the elected government with the help of the US government (MacCain and Nuland especially). There was not a single shot fired and no one was killed.

    What does it take to make you understand that. Crimean are Russians and their mother-tongue is Russian. Come on what’s wrong with you, Buchanan?

    These people will never go back to Ukraine. Russia has invested billions in infrastructure.

  13. anon[317] • Disclaimer says:

    Is this not something that needs more thought?

  14. @Realist

    “Brennan is a very dangerous prick and needs to be dealt with.”

    You got that right. John Brennan has allied himself with a very sinister Sunni network that is connected to the DC/NYC influence-blackmail-pedophile operation that the Russians exposed through the hack of John Podesta’s emails. Brennan is also a Trotskyite operative for the globalist project, fomenting chaos with the tools of identity politics. He’s a left-wing Dick Cheney.

  15. Rich says:

    It’s weird that you guys are going with this strange spin about the meeting in Helsinki. It’s like you all got together at a meeting and decided to try this “weak” thing out. It isn’t going to work in this modern era where anyone can go online and watch the actual event. Might have worked 20, 30 years ago, but that day is passed. You’re going to have to sell your actual ideas and candidates and convince people with facts. Stop with what are often called the “Alinsky” methods. Or keep it up, it’s good for my side.

    • Replies: @Truth
  16. Truth says:

    Well I mean, aligning himself with the $#@!%^& Commies(!) against the good ol’ Aye-Merican Intelligence community.

    Nah, you’re right, every US President has done that one.

    Ok, I get your point.

  17. Rurik says:

    the press conference was proof positive that Trump is and has been Hitler all along.

    making nice with Vlad Putin is the last straw!

    first he says those white guys protesting the destruction of Confederate monuments are not evil!

    and now this!!!

    I guess we all knew Munich redux was just a matter of time. Trump’s ancestry has German in it, so it isn’t like we didn’t all know.

    as one very savvy and astute journalist has put it, what we witnessed yesterday is the modern equivalent of Kristallnacht.

    Here, Rachel Maddow asks a question that harkens back to 1967:

    “No serving US president has ever before taken sides with a foreign government against our own,” Maddow continued. “Let alone a foreign government that has just attacked our country.”

    bombing and torpedoing and shelling with napalm and machine gun fire, murdering dozens and attempting to sink our ship with all hands…

    certainly can’t be construed as ‘an attack on our country’, but sitting there smiling while Hillary was beaten fair and square by Donald Trump, is worse than Pearl Harbor!

    Watching that press conference, and seeing those two giants on the world’s stage- mock the fake news ‘journalists, and rub their lies in their soy faces, while the rostrum upon which they stood, creaked under the massive enormity of Trump’s and Putin’s gargantuan balls.

    I suspect that’s what the soccer ball metaphor was really all about. A thinly veiled inside joke between Putin and Trump, congratulating each other on the enormity of their respective ball sacks.

    Kudos President Trump!

    God bless you and God keep you and God speed in your peacemaking and statesmanship!

    • Replies: @RVBlake
  18. Anonymous[157] • Disclaimer says:

    Assholes, members of 101st Chairborne, pig disgusting Michael Moores and people who play tough guys on TV.

    I always thought “demonic possession” leading to shocking obeisance to the symbols of State Power and self-degradation was actually not be a Real Thing. It have changed my view.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  19. El Dato says:

    Something about demonic possession?

    Lights go out at White House as Trump pledges loyalty to US intelligence

    “I have full faith and support… for America’s intelligence agencies,” Trump said on Tuesday afternoon, reading off a document prepared for him. At that point, the lights went out in the room.

    Yeah… weird.

    • Replies: @anon
  20. anon[228] • Disclaimer says:
    @El Dato

    But he has done the damages to the establishment and that’s all we need

  21. Not so fast. MIC profiteers need a credible enemy to “patriotically” justify looting the US Treasury. So, for them any normalization of the US-Russia relations is totally unacceptable. I do hope Trump succeeds in saving the US from its corrupt and shameless elites, but I won’t hold my breath.

  22. Thirdeye says:

    …..and I thought the left was opposed to McCarthyism and political use of federal security agencies. This is all so confusing!!!

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  23. Paw says:
    @Ludwig Watzal

    If Mr.Putin who succeeded in whatever he touched so far, was considered and alleged the enemy No.1 , it was very stupid thing to reinforce his position by the increasing hostility, that caused the Russians keep him as the president…

  24. Paw says:

    Trump 1, neocons 0. /not the American people/.

  25. Reading the above, Pat seems to think that the US has been fighting ISIS in Syria, where on Earth did he get that idea from?

    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @anonymous
  26. El Dato says:

    CNN, where people named “Poppy Harlow” (is that a real name, sounds more like a sex worker) play “newsroom anchor”.

  27. Whore, journalist, they’re pretty much the same thing now. I can’t believe the outright lies being peddled by “News” outlets throughout the Anglosphere. Unless people wake up, reject and shun this evil rubbish, we will all be dragged into yet more crazy wars.

    Buchanan is dangerous because he IS intelligent and has built a following that trusts him but concealed within his writings, all too often, the bits of fake-news gets snuck in.

    • Agree: jacques sheete
  28. RVBlake says:

    Zackly. And “America is coming home from foreign wars and is shedding foreign commitments.” Really? Prove it by cutting off Saudi Arabia and its murderous assaults on Yemeni civilians.

  29. RVBlake says:

    I did not watch the press conference and cannot comment, but watching the reactions from our enemies is as instructive as always. It must’ve been a good one.

    • Replies: @Hail
    , @Rurik
  30. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    Just read Mr. Buchanan critically over time when the topic is international: he marches in, stage Right, as part of the puppet show. Putin is “authoritarian,” etc.

    “Mr. Paleoconservative” is condoned as a designated fringer in Establishia because he faithfully endorses the notions (i) that our country and the world should be subject to Washington and (ii) that “we” good Americans, whatever “our” differences, should always in the end root for Uncle Sam, who speaks and acts for “us.”

  31. Hail says: • Website

    watching the reactions from our enemies is as instructive

    Their hysterical reactions have almost certainly passed the Boy Cries Wolf phase for the average American. But their many in their own echo-chamber just keep getting angrier.

    For this gaggle of anti-American agitators and sore Deep Staters to maintain credibility after this latest hysterical fit, they will have to either try a military coup d’etat (looks bad, may fail), or — much more likely — an impeachment (pseudo-legal, soft coup d’etat).

    On impeachment — Can this clownish character Representative Steve Cohen, who called for a military coup against President Trump two days ago, be impeached? Perhaps a sedition trial is a step too far, for now, but surely calling for a coup is grounds for impeachment?

    • Replies: @RVBlake
  32. RVBlake says:

    My favorite defendant would be John Brennan, the Master of Drones.

  33. @Thirdeye

    …..and I thought the left was opposed to McCarthyism and political use of federal security agencies. This is all so confusing!!!

    What I find confusing is the common and continued use of obsolete terms and concepts such as the false dichotomy between left and right politically.

    It is obvious that something is very wrong with the old labels, with the categories of “left” and “right,” and with the ways in which we customarily apply these categories to American political life. My personal odyssey is unimportant; the important point is that if I can move from “extreme right” to “extreme left” merely by standing in one place, drastic though unrecognized changes must have taken place throughout the American political spectrum over the last generation.

    -Murray N. Rothbard, Confessions of a Right-Wing Liberal
    From Ramparts, VI, 4, June 15, 1968.

  34. Rurik says:

    It must’ve been a good one.

    the more they shriek and yank their hair out..

    the more we know Trump is the doing the right things

  35. Trump wants his domestic opposition to show their ass in public. In response to their wailing he invites Putin to the White House. He could host Putin and Kim at the same time. They could all have chocolate cake.

    Trump has shown that he has giant balls and is indeed a peace maker. And Bibi has discovered there are limits to what Putin will let him get away with. I like to believe that Trump understands that he can prosper in cooperation/competition with Russia and China or perish fighting them. I have been a deplorable from the start. Now I am becoming a Trump fan boy. And now I fear for his life.

    I cannot agree that “we” will always be in Syria. The Zempire is in steep decline and will soon give way to a multi polar world. It will be that or nuclear winter.

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