President Trump Threatens US Interests Because Peace with Russia Threatens US Interests
by John Lawrence, July 17, 2018
The US better get off its high horse about Russian meddling in our elections. The fact that Russia spies on the US and the US spies on Russia and every other nation it wants to is nothing new. The USA has not only meddled in other countries' elections, it has meddled in the results of those election by overthrowing democratically elected leaders. The US establishment is terribly threatened if peace breaks out because the military-industrial complex has invested heavily in creating enemies in order to protect its investments and its investments are the huge defense and national intelligence budgets. If there is peace with Russia, it follows that peace with China and Iran, Russia's allies, can't be too far behind that. And that wouldn't sit well with Saudi Arabia, Iran's arch enemy and provider of 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers. But the authorities weren't too worried about that. It provided the rationales for ever increased defense, intelligence and Homeland Security budgets. As it turned out, Osama bin Laden did the military-industrial complex a huge favor.
The US accuses Russia of meddling in our elections by using social media like Facebook and Instagram to denigrate Hillary Clinton. Seriously? Seriously? Whatever damage Russia could have done, far, far more damage was done to Hillary by the hate talkers like Rush Limbaugh and Alex Jones. Right wing and alt-right media has accused Hillary of everything from killing Vincent Foster to killing our diplomats in Bengazi. They go on and on making up dirt on Hillary and publishing it with impunity. Is that because of their right to free speech? Really? Really? These guys and think tanks and groups fueled by right wing billionaire money don't need any help from Russia. They have been vilifying and demonizing Hillary Clinton for years. Is it that these hate talkers and right wingers have freedom of speech but Russia does not? Give me a break. If they want to set up a Facebook account saying "Lock her up" for all her imagined sins and transgressions, they are doing no damage compared to what Americans have already done to the Clintons. Yet our media and politicians are outraged that Russia would parrot the same stuff on social media. After all they don't have the right of free speech because they are not American citizens.
These same politicians and media types think that the US needs to talk down to everyone in the world like Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un. If they don't bully other leaders, they are not acting in US interests. That's because peace is not in US interests. Trump at least is challenging that narrative. He's challenging the whole idea that the US needs to be the dominant superpower in the world and bully all the other countries as underlings. They want to delay the day that the chickens come home to roost over the US national debt. They want to cash in on the money they can make from defense lobbyists and defense contractors now.
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky was one of the few politicians who were not outraged by Trump's comments at the summit. Business Insider reported:
"I think engagement with our adversaries, conversations with our adversaries, is a good idea," Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said during an interview with CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer. "Even in the height of the Cold War, I think it was a good thing that [President John F. Kennedy] had a direct line to [Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev]."
Paul then went beyond backing Trump's comments and blamed partisan leanings for the ongoing outrage.
"I think there is a bit of Trump-derangement syndrome," Paul said. "I think there are people who hate the president so much that this could've easily been President Obama early in his first administration setting the reset button and trying to have better relations with Russia."
Paul added that Russia was a valuable intelligence asset and could be helpful in establishing diplomatic relations with other adversaries, such as North Korea.
"All those things are good," Paul said. "But because people hate Trump so much, all of that's being lost."
Paul's interview with Blitzer became testy at times, as the CNN anchor interjected with a few follow-up questions.
Yes, it seems like quite an overreaction that the US mainstream media and political establishment are so outraged over Russians, Russians mind you, setting up Facebook accounts to parrot "Lock her up" campaign slogans about Hillary Clinton. Maybe if these guys got as upset over right wing hate talk and TV media, they'd be onto something. Oh, but that's protected free speech. Who do these Russians think they are engaging in free speech as if they were American citizens?