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Would Donald Trump Give Fmr. US Diplomat To Putin? That Diplomat Reacts | The 11th Hour | MSNBC
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The White House would not rule out the possibility of letting Russian officials question Americans, including fmr. U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul. That led to widespread condemnation from diplomats and politicians. Amb. McFaul joins to react.
 

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State Department Denounces Russia's Demand to Interrogate Americans, Trump Does Not
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The U.S. State Department denounced Russia's request to question several U.S. citizens in exchange for allowing a U.S. investigator to interrogate 12 Russians indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for their efforts to derail the 2016 presidential election. Among the Americans the Kremlin wants to interrogate is a former U.S. ambassador to Russia. The White House said Wednesday the president has not ruled out allowing Russian officials to question Americans. VOA'S Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Trump rants that the 'fake news media' wants a confrontation with Russia at the risk of war after he is roiled by crisis over his Putin press conference and even his FBI boss hints at quitting

  • President Trump began his Thursday with a twitter rant against the media
  • It comes as the White House continues to deal with the fallout from his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday
  • Trump charged the media with wanting war with Russia
  • He claims the 'fake news media' writes stories that are 'total fiction'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ke-news-media-wants-confrontation-Russia.html
 

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Time magazine morphs Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin into one for 'creepy' new cover

  • The leaders' faces were merged to create one eerie Trump-Putin love child on the magazine's July 30 print edition
  • Time also tweeted a GIF which shows Trump slowing morphing into Putin, then back to Trump before ending on the combination photo
  • Magazine's cover was released just days after Trump sparked outrage by siding with Putin over his own intelligence agencies over Russian interference
  • On Twitter, people branded the image 'creepy' and 'nightmarish'
  • Time's July 30 issue is the sixth time Trump has appeared on its cover this year
  • The magazine faced its own backlash after it featured the president looking down at a crying two-year-old Honduran girl with the text 'Welcome to America'
  • It later turned out that the girl, a symbol of separated migrant families, had never been separated from her mother
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...rump-Vladimir-Putin-one-creepy-new-cover.html
 

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'Say that again?': Intelligence chief Dan Coats is BLINDSIDED when interviewer reveals Trump has invited Putin to the White House and says he wishes the president 'hadn't made' Helsinki statement

  • Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats spoke Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado
  • Surprised by breaking news that the White House invited Putin for another hearing in the fall
  • Trump brought up Coats at his Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin, then sided with Putin's claim that he didn't interfere in the elections
  • Coats then issued a statement defending the Intelligence Community's assessment
  • 'Obviously I wished he had made a different statement,' Coats said
  • He said it was important to 'take a stand' on behalf of the IC
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...hief-Dan-Coats-goes-Russian-interference.html
 

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Jeff Flake takes to Senate floor to suggest Trump committed TREASON by giving 'aid and comfort' to 'enemy' Russia

  • President Trump's controversial summit with Vladimir Putin is sparking new further divisions in Congress
  • GOP Sen. Jeff Flake and Democratic Delaware Sen. Chris Coons offered an amendment calling for notes from summit, praising Justice Department
  • Flake delivered a blistering speech accusing Trump of providing 'aid and comfort' to Russia
  • Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn blocked the resolution
  • Senate Leader Mitch McConnell asks two panels to consider sanctions
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...loor-saying-Trump-gave-aid-comfort-enemy.html
 

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Senate Decided In 3 Mins To Rebuke President Donald Trump | Last Word | MSNBC
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House GOP members rebuffed Reps. Swalwell and Schiff’s attempt to subpoena the Trump/Putin interpreter but the Senate unanimously rebuked Trump for considering letting Russia interrogate U.S. Citizens. Rep. Swalwell and Amb. Nick Burns join Lawrence.
 

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Rep. McCaul: Russian President Putin is an ‘Enemy of the United States’
By: John Grady
July 18, 2018 2:11 PM


The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee compared Russian President Vladimir Putin to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in his attempt to take back Ukraine, cow and subvert the Baltic NATO members and — for the first time since the late 1970s — re-assert the Kremlin’s military presence in the Mediterranean.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), speaking at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, said in backing the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with Russian advisers, air power, sea-launched cruise missiles and equipment, Putin has also beefed up Moscow’s submarine presence and operations in the eastern Mediterranean operating from two bases.

The 2014 takeover of Crimea, a part of Ukraine where Russia had been allowed to maintain a military presence following the break-up of the Soviet Union, provided a first step to its build-up in the Middle East, McCaul said in a wide-ranging talk.

Especially important militarily in Putin’s escalation of pressure on Crimea then was to retain Moscow’s control of Sevastopol, the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet with its access to the Mediterranean. Moscow had also established a base in Syria in the Cold War, but it has largely fallen into disuse until Putin took office.

Now, “we have detected [Russian submarines] off the coast of the United States” for the first time since the early 1990s — coming from bases in the Baltic as well. “These are the missile-carrying” subs, McCaul, who also serves as a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, added.

“Putin is an adversary, an enemy of the United States.” McCaul said the Russian leader “is paranoid over NATO” despite the “mixed messaging” from the administration of U.S. commitment to the alliance. The danger in that crossed signals is the same as it was with earlier administrations, he said. The risk is,”Our allies no longer trust us; our adversaries no longer fear us.”

He noted, “one positive” from the recently completed Brussels NATO meeting is that the Europeans “are finally stepping up to the plate” to honor their commitment to raise their security spending to 2 percent of their gross domestic products.

The biggest reason for the new vigor in the alliance comes from Moscow’s aggressiveness, as it has for the last four years especially along its western borders — from the Baltic to the Black seas.

In Ukraine, Putin is ratcheting up kinetic and cyber pressure to have Kiev “come back to the mothership.”

The Russians “are throwing everything into it that they can” in terms of cyber warfare to do just that — disinformation on current events and the political situation in the country, anti-Western propaganda, disruption of public utility service and international financial transactions. “We’re learning a lot” from what Moscow is doing in “these really disruptive attacks” as well as what is attempting to do in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

In his role as chairman of the Homeland Security panel, McCaul said there was no question Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. elections, as it has done in voting in Europe. “They’re going to do the same things” in the coming mid-term congressional vote this November. He added, “I think they’re targeting specific members of Congress” this time.

McCaul said, “I don’t understand the reluctance [of President Donald Trump] when he almost sided with Putin” in saying there was no interference by the Russian state in the presidential vote. “I was briefed on this threat in October 2016” and the attribution from American law enforcement and intelligence agencies led back to Russian military intelligence. He added that he told President Barack Obama then and Trump as he was taking office “to call out Russia and condemn it.”

China uses cyber differently than Russia, he said. “They have a plan to dominate economically and militarily by 2025.” He expects Beijing to “probably be our largest economic competitor” by then, and that’s where it is testing America most frequently. Its use of cyber has been for espionage, stealing 20 million national security clearances and similar numbers of private health records “with no consequences” for their thefts.

“They’re very aggressive” but “under the radar” of what may constitute warfare in this domain.

McCaul and others try to add a definition of what constituted “cyber warfare” to the defense authorization bill, but failed. He said the department, Homeland Security, his committee oversees is charged with protecting the United States’ domestically including a broadly defined infrastructure — from banks to power plants. The Pentagon is to defend the government’s security network and defeat and deter potential attackers.

China is expanding its economic influence well beyond Asia, especially in Africa and South America, in seeking dominance quickly. By using “payday loans,” low payments at first then large balloon ones as the term ends, the infrastructure appeals to developing countries, but future consequences can be great if they cannot meet the payments, he said. China then controls what it has built or is operating for them as it has done in Sri Lanka with a port.

McCaul said Beijing views Pyongyang as “a buffer against the United States” near its borders, but “China can help us” in negotiations over its nuclear and missile programs — if it chooses to do so. North Korea “is not a threat to China,” as it is to South Korea, Japan and the United States.

But he stressed the United States must remember that in any talks with Pyongyang that Kim Jong-un has a very different definition of denuclearization from Washington. “To North Korea its means the U.S. going to pull out of the peninsula” and also pull back its nuclear umbrella over Seoul if it were attacked.

The North Koreans “have never negotiated in good faith” and he retains “a healthy skepticism” that they will now. As desperate as North Korea is for hard currency and goods as more sanctions have been imposed on it for the continued weapons testing, they also have a history of undercover arms sales that needs to be monitored.

By having a nuclear arsenal, “that put them on the world stage” in the same was as it did Pakistan in the 1990s. Pakistan, at the time was engaged also in clandestine nuclear technology sales to North Korea and Iran, retains its nuclear weapons and is not a signatory to the non-proliferation treaty. McCaul warned North Korea could follow a similar track in selling that technology.

https://news.usni.org/2018/07/18/rep-mccaul-russian-president-putin-enemy-united-states
 

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Trump just had to come out and say “ listen people, Putin kicked the shit out if ISIS to protect the eastern orthodox christians of Syria that nobody else gave a fuck about. (((CIA))) was helping ISIS that is why those scumbags are pissed at Putin.”
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The treason is uncontrolled and no longer in doubt in DC now. If Trump has done nothing else he's exposed these treasonous bastards (politicians and the MSM) for the world to see. The shooting part of the civil war can't begin fast enough for me
 

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Trump just had to come out and say “ listen people, Putin kicked the shit out if ISIS to protect the eastern orthodox christians of Syria that nobody else gave a fuck about. (((CIA))) was helping ISIS that is why those scumbags are pissed at Putin.”
End of story
What an evil man that Putin guy is. Anyone recall how the war started? Anyone? Bueller?
 

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Jeff Flake takes to Senate floor to suggest Trump committed TREASON by giving 'aid and comfort' to 'enemy' Russia

  • President Trump's controversial summit with Vladimir Putin is sparking new further divisions in Congress
  • GOP Sen. Jeff Flake and Democratic Delaware Sen. Chris Coons offered an amendment calling for notes from summit, praising Justice Department
  • Flake delivered a blistering speech accusing Trump of providing 'aid and comfort' to Russia
  • Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn blocked the resolution
  • Senate Leader Mitch McConnell asks two panels to consider sanctions
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...loor-saying-Trump-gave-aid-comfort-enemy.html

Jeff Flake LOL ! I would consider the source.
 

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Don't really agree with this but thought it was worth a read. Take it fwiw and dyodd.

America's Derangement Syndrome A Danger To World Peace


by Tyler Durden
Sat, 07/21/2018 - 22:30


Via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

It is significant that Presidents Putin and Trump have both spoken out against “haters” among America’s political establishment who would rather see conflict between Russia and the United States instead of a normalization of bilateral relations.



Following their landmark, successful summit this week in Helsinki, Putin and Trump separately made public comments deploring the hostile hysterical reaction emanating from broad sections of the US political establishment and its dutiful, controlled news media.

Speaking in Moscow to his diplomatic corps, President Putin warned that there were “powerful forces” within the US which are ready to sacrifice the interests of their country and indeed the interests of world peace in order to pursue selfish ambitions.

For his part, Trump also slammed opponents in the US who “hated” to see him having a good meeting with Putin. “They would rather see a major confrontation with Russia, even if that could lead to war,” said the American president.

That’s it in a nutshell. Rather than welcoming the opening of a cordial dialogue between the US and Russia, the American political establishment seems to desire the deepening of already dangerous tensions between the world’s two nuclear superpowers. If that’s not deranged, then what is?

Significantly, the hostile reaction was overwhelmingly on the American side. Russians, by and large, welcomed the long-overdue summit between Trump and Putin, and the potential beginning of a new spirit of dialogue and partnership on a range of urgent global problems.

Problems including arms control, nuclear proliferation, and working out political settlement to conflicts in the Middle East, Ukraine and the Korea Peninsula.

Few people would believe that these problems can be resolved easily. But the main thing is that the leaders of the US and Russia are at least attempting to open a dialogue for understanding and political progress. That in itself is a breakthrough from the impasse in bilateral relations which have frozen into a new Cold War since the previous US administration.

We dare say that most citizens of the world would also endorse this effort by Trump and Putin at improving the relations between the US and Russia.

Significantly too, according to recent polls, most ordinary Americans seem to be agreeable or neutral about Trump’s diplomatic engagement with Russia. According to a Gallup poll out this week, the vast majority of US citizens are far more concerned by economic woes than they are by anything untoward in American-Russian relations.

Thus, what we are seeing in the explosion of hostility towards the Trump-Putin summit is twofold. It is an American phenomenon, and secondly, it is an angst that animates only the political class in Washington and the news media corporations. This constituency, it is fair to say, is an elite faction within the US, albeit extremely powerful, made up of Washington politicos, the state intelligence apparatus, the corporate media and think tanks, and the deep state establishment of imperial planners and strategists. In short, this constituency is what some observers call the “War Party” that transcends the US ruling class.

Any reasonable person would have to welcome the friendly rapport engendered between Trump and Putin, and at least their initial commitment to working together on major matters of global security. The dangerous impasse of recent years in which dialogue was absent must be overcome for the sake of world peace.

Nevertheless, what has become crystal clear this week following the Helsinki summit is the “War Party” within the US is more determined than ever to sabotage any rapprochement with Russia.

No sooner had Trump returned to the US, he was assailed with a tidal wave of vilification for having met Putin in a mutual, agreeable manner.

The most disturbing aspect was the recurring slander denigrating Trump as a “traitor”. The hysterical name-calling was conveyed by all the major news media, citing former intelligence officials and politicians from both Democrat and Republican parties.

Which again shows that in the US there is really only one party, the War Party.

President Trump was evidently forced into making an embarrassing U-turn over his views expressed in Helsinki. He made an unconvincing disavowal of statements made alongside Putin. Trump had been pilloried for appearing to dismiss allegations of Russian interference in the US elections while he was in Helsinki. Within 24 hours, he was forced into making a retraction, saying that he did – kind of – believe that Russia had meddled in US democracy.

What Trump was subjected to by the US establishment was akin to the worst years of McCarthyite Red-Baiting as seen during the Cold War in the 1950s and 60s, when Americans were mercilessly humiliated and ostracized for being “Communist sympathizers”. Today, official American paranoia is back with a vengeance. In truth, it never went away.

To be fair to Trump he has not completely capitulated to the American derangement syndrome. He has since said that he is looking forward to holding a second meeting with his Russian counterpart and continuing their promises of partnership as announced in Helsinki.

However, it is instructive that the American president is, in effect, being held hostage by powerful elements in the US ruling class who view any kind of detente with Moscow as an unforgivable betrayal.

Trump’s instincts are correct that the whole so-called Russia-gate mania is a phony contrivance. That has been orchestrated by the US establishment based on its refusal to accept Trump’s democratic mandate, as well as being based on an abiding hostility towards Russia as an independent world power.

The object lesson here is that the scope for improving US-Russia relations is limited, in spite of Trump’s favorable personal inclinations.

An entrenched animosity towards Russia remains among the American War Party, and the current president has evidently little room for implementing his avowed policy of normalizing relations.

Russia therefore cannot place too much faith in making progress towards peaceful relations, because all-too apparently President Trump has actually very little freedom to exercise his democratic mandate. That is a damning indictment on the charade of American formal democracy.

A president is elected partly on the basis of peaceful engagement, but the unelected powers-that-be have another agenda of conflict which they are pursuing come hell or high water.

What’s more, the American derangement syndrome is becoming even more virulent, as can be adjudged from this week’s hysterical backlash over the successful Helsinki summit.

Trump’s willingness for dialogue with Russia is a welcome development. But the far more disturbing development is the full-tilt belligerence and derangement on display among the American political class. This American political schizophrenia is a clear and present danger to world peace. American citizens are as much a victim of the madness as are Russians and the rest of the world.

One positive aspect of the new phase of Cold War is that before it was largely concealed, and deceived, as a simplistic bifurcated confrontation of Americans versus Russians. Today it is evidently a situation of an American deranged elite versus the rest of the world, with the latter including ordinary American citizens who have much more to gain from standing in solidarity with Russian citizens.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-21/americas-derangement-syndrome-danger-world-peace
 

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As Trump Struggles With Helsinki’s Fallout, Congress Faces a New Charge: Complicity

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By NICHOLAS FANDOS and SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
1 hr ago

WASHINGTON — In the nearly two years since Russia attacked the American democratic process, congressional Republicans have played conflicting roles in the drama: Some have pressed to impose sanctions on Russia and quietly pursue investigations, but they have been outshouted by Republicans who have obfuscated and undercut efforts to uncover the Kremlin’s plot.

Now, as they grapple with the political and foreign policy fallout from President Trump’s disastrous summit meeting in Helsinki, Finland, with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, all Republicans, regardless of their stance so far, are facing a charge that goes beyond the White House: complicity.

“We have indulged myths and fabrications, pretended it wasn’t so bad, and our indulgence got us the capitulation in Helsinki,” Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, said in an impassioned speech on Thursday on the Senate floor, just before a fellow Republican shot down a bipartisan resolution to put the chamber on record as backing the intelligence agencies.

“We in the Senate who have been elected to represent our constituents cannot be enablers of falsehoods,” Mr. Flake said.

The Helsinki meeting forced the collision of two conflicting impulses that have guided Republicans on Capitol Hill through the Russia episode — and even before Mr. Trump was elected. The party’s deeply held skepticism of Mr. Putin and commitment to national security have clashed with a desire in some quarters to support the president at almost any cost, even as he cozies up to Mr. Putin.

That battle will be put to the test again this week, when senators have their first chance to grill Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the meeting and lawmakers begin to formally weigh enacting additional sanctions on Russia.

All this is playing out against the backdrop of midterm elections, where lawmakers will face Republican voters who are still wildly enthusiastic about Mr. Trump and have, in many cases, adopted his skepticism about the Russian interference. Attacks by Mr. Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill and Fox News against those investigating him have not only fired up the president’s base but, polls show, substantially eroded trust in the impartiality of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and the F.B.I. itself.

Some Republicans have concluded that keeping their heads down without uttering much more than general statements about Russian hostility is the only safe course.

“There’s nothing you can do to stop a president, let alone this president, from saying what he thinks or what he wants to say,” said Representative Ryan Costello, Republican of Pennsylvania, who broke with party leaders to endorse proposed legislation protecting Mr. Mueller’s job. “I think a lot of Republicans feel it’s not worth engaging because all you do is upset a lot of Republican voters.”

Democrats view Russia’s election interference as nothing short of an existential threat to American democracy, and have repeatedly pushed Republican leaders to take a tougher line toward Mr. Trump and stop the attacks on investigators.

“The road to the Helsinki disaster was paved by Republican inaction every time Trump overstepped,” said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader. “Their silence, their acquiescence to things they know are wrong have given Trump the extra jolt he needed.”

Even before Mr. Trump was elected, Democrats and Republicans grappled with how to respond as Russians were hacking and leaking Democratic emails, flooding social media with pro-Trump and anti-Hillary Clinton messages, and even organizing pro-Trump rallies. In September 2016, President Barack Obama summoned congressional leaders to the Oval Office to ask them to issue a strongly-worded bipartisan letter to state and local officials raising alarms about the Russian threat.

Democrats say Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, dragged his feet and watered down the letter’s language. Harry Reid, the former Democratic leader, said Mr. McConnell “set a tone of weakness and complicity,” while Denis R. McDonough, Mr. Obama’s former chief of staff, accused Mr. McConnell of “a stunning lack of urgency.”

Aides to Mr. McConnell strongly disputed that account and said Democrats were shifting blame for the Obama administration’s failure to prevent the interference. “They made a lot of mistakes; they should not compound them now by trying to shift their failures onto others,” said Don Stewart, Mr. McConnell’s deputy chief of staff.

After the election, as the full scope of the Russian campaign was coming into focus, Republican leaders empowered their intelligence committees to begin full-scale investigations into their new president and his campaign, over Mr. Trump’s objections.

Six months later, Republicans again angered the White House by passing, nearly unanimously, legislation imposing tough new sanctions on Russia as punishment for their interference. Wary of Mr. Trump’s friendly posture toward Russia, the lawmakers limited his authority to lift them and dared him to issue a veto. Republicans say they also appropriated hundreds of millions of dollars in new grants to states for election security and issued detailed reports on hardening election security.

And a smaller group of senators have chided Mr. Trump for second-guessing his intelligence agencies and attacking law enforcement agencies.

“I’ve said it over and over again, I’ve said it to the president,” said Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “If we have problems, let’s fix them, but when you start trying to cause Americans purposefully to distrust the Department of Justice or the F.B.I., you’re doing tremendous damage to our nation.”

But in the House, Trump loyalists have taken the opposite tack. They have wielded the considerable oversight powers of Congress to initiate a damaging investigation of the Russia investigators, publicly sowing doubts about the conclusions of America’s intelligence agencies and the work of the F.B.I. and the Justice Department. Often drowning out the more temperate voices in their party, they have provided a forceful lift to Mr. Trump’s frontal assault on the special counsel investigation and potentially emboldened him on the world stage.

Just as the House Intelligence Committee began the chamber’s Russia investigation, the committee’s chairman, Representative Devin Nunes of California, moved immediately to undercut the inquiry with a bizarre late-night dash to the White House. There, he received classified intelligence that, he suggested, at least partly justified Mr. Trump’s unsupported claim that Mr. Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower.

The unusual episode quickly became the subject of an ethics investigation in the House, and Mr. Nunes temporarily removed himself from his committee’s Russia inquiry. Rather than take a back seat, he began collecting documents and evidence that Republican allies of Mr. Trump have used against the Mueller investigation.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan has not participated in those attacks and has defended Mr. Mueller. But he has also given Mr. Nunes and his allies wide latitude, and has defended him. “He’s focusing on keeping our country safe, focused on national security,” Mr. Ryan told reporters in February, rejecting demands from Democrats that Mr. Nunes be stripped of his chairmanship.

Along the way, Mr. Trump and his allies have benefited from the missteps by the F.B.I. and the Justice Department. After the department released damning anti-Trump texts from two top F.B.I. officials, congressional Republicans put them center stage — especially in the conservative news media — by accusing them of cooking up a politically-motivated investigation of the president.

“The public trust in this whole thing is gone,” Representative Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio, said in December, demanding that the Mueller investigation be called off.

The attacks have not let up. There were charges that the F.B.I. and Justice Department abused their power to spy on a former Trump campaign aide; charges by Mr. Trump and some Republicans that the F.B.I. had planted spies inside the Trump campaign itself (“Spygate,” the president called it); repeated threats to impeach Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general overseeing the inquiry, who recently announced the indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers.

And when the House Intelligence Committee closed its Russia investigation, declaring no evidence of collusion, it raised doubts about the intelligence agencies’ conclusion that Mr. Trump had wanted Mr. Putin to win, before backtracking. (In Helsinki last week, Mr. Putin confirmed that he had indeed wanted Mr. Trump to win. “Yes, I did. Yes, I did,” he told reporters.)

“What’s been allowed to happen on the House Intelligence Committee is shameful, disgraceful, absolutely disgraceful,” said Mark Salter, a longtime adviser to Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona.

Mr. McConnell and Mr. Ryan have repeatedly said Mr. Mueller should be allowed to finish his job.

But even now, the threats continue. On the same day that Mr. Rosenstein announced the last round of special counsel indictments, Representative Mark Meadows, Republican of North Carolina and the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, was spotted on the House floor carrying the deputy attorney general’s impeachment papers.

A day earlier, House Republicans convened a raucous hearing featuring Peter Strzok, one of the F.B.I. agents who sent the anti-Trump texts, as the sole witness. Over nearly 10 hours and countless shouting matches, they grilled Mr. Stzrok on everything from the early days of the Russia investigation he helped start to his love life, prompting him at one point to declare that the hearing was “another victory notch in Putin’s belt.”

Mr. Meadows and others say they are not out to protect Mr. Trump but to conduct legitimate oversight. Congress has a right to know, they say, particularly if investigators have made mistakes. They insist they take no issue with examining Russia’s cybercampaign, but view the investigation into whether the Trump campaign cooperated with Russia as a partisan attack on Mr. Trump.

“I think he sees it as a push to delegitimize his presidency, and I would not necessarily disagree,” Mr. Meadows said. “There are a lot of people who are using this narrative to delegitimize the election results from November.”

The Helsinki meeting, where Mr. Trump stood shoulder to shoulder with Mr. Putin and signaled he accepted the Russian president’s denials, might have been a turning point for the party. But in the days that have followed, it seems only to have reinforced the competing positions.

“No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant,” Mr. McCain said in the wake of the summit meeting.

But a day later, at a regular forum hosted by the Freedom Caucus, lawmakers close to Mr. Trump declared the meeting a success, pinning blame not on his performance but on the reporters who had the audacity to ask the two leaders about the attacks.

“They ask about election collusion or election meddling,” Representative Andy Harris of Maryland said. “That’s the problem.”

Follow Nicholas Fandos and Sheryl Gay Stolberg on Twitter: @npfandos and @sherylnyt .

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'It is all a big hoax': Trump reverses his stance on Russia's meddling AGAIN and contradicts American intelligence findings, just days after claiming he misspoke during the summit with Putin

  • Trump lashed out at Russian meddling narrative again in tweet on Sunday
  • Questioned why Obama 'didn't do something about it' if he knew of foul-play
  • Follows release of top secret FISA warrant applications to surveil Carter Page
  • Uproar over President's meeting with Putin continues as Trump doubles down
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5980751/Trump-calls-claims-Russia-hoax-blames-Obama.html
 

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Debate audience LAUGHS at Republican Senate candidate Corey Stewart after he tried to defend Trump by saying the President 'is standing up' to Russia

  • Corey Stewart debated incumbent Democrat Tim Kaine on Saturday in Virginia
  • Stewart attacked Kaine for inaction on Russian aggression under Obama admin
  • But Kaine and some of the audience laughed when Stewart stuck up for Trump
  • Kaine was Hillary Clinton's running mate and leads the polls against Stewart
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The Black Belt Strategist


by Tyler Durden
Sun, 07/22/2018 - 21:30


Authored by Robert Gore via StraightLineLogic.com,

Putin has made many of his critics look like fools, thus the rage and hysteria...



Vladimir Putin is a black belt in judo, the only Russian and one of the few people in the world to be awarded the rank of eighth dan. He also practices karate.

A fundamental principle of martial arts is using an opponent’s size and momentum against him. This is Putin’s strategic approach. Westerners demonize Putin, but few try to understand him. Trying to understand someone else is regarded as a pointless in narcissistic America, selfie-land. Perhaps 90 percent of the populace is incapable of grasping anything more subtle than a political cartoon.

That’s a pity, because Putin has accomplished a geopolitical triumph worthy of study. He’s catalyzing the downfall of the American empire, and it has nothing to do with subverting elections or suborning Trump.

Putin became acting prime minister in 1999, then president in 2000. The Soviet Union’s 1991 collapse devastated Russia. The economy shrunk and life expectancies fell. A group of rapacious oligarchs, many with Western backing, acquired Soviet industrial and commercial assets at fire sale prices.

Putin coopted the most important oligarchs, letting them hold on to their loot and power in exchange for their allegiance. This bargain has been a bulwark of both his continuing political support and his reportedly immense personal fortune. He quelled a long-running insurrection in Chechnya and stabilized the situation there, exchanging a measure of autonomy for a declaration in the Chechen constitution that it was part of Russia. During his first two terms, from 2000-2008, the economy began recovering from the 1990s. Projecting a law and order image while stifling critics, he solidified what has become his unwavering support, winning 72 percent of the vote in the 2004 presidential election.

A coterie of highly placed idiots in the US and Europe insist that Putin’s ultimate goal is to reconstitute the former Soviet Union on his way to global domination. Russia’s GDP, after 18 years of recovery, is $1.4 trillion, compared to almost $20 trillion for the US and over $17 trillion for the European Union. Russia’s military budget is $61 billion, versus $250 billion for NATO nations (excluding the US) and over $700 billion for the US. The scaremongering screeds never say where Russia will get the money to invade and conquer former Soviet provinces, much less conquer the world. Putin, unlike America’s high and mighty, realizes from Soviet experience that empires drain rather than augment an empire’s resources.

Conquering the world is one thing, throwing the American empire to the mat another. Putin must have smiled when George W. Bush invaded Afghanistan in pursuit of Osama bin Laden, purported mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. The US’s hubristic rage led it into what has been a quagmire at best, a graveyard at worst, for a string of invaders, including the Soviet Union.

Defenders fighting on their own turf have huge advantages over occupying forces, rendering conventional invasions virtually obsolete.

Relatively inexpensive grenades, mines, IEDs, and shoulder-launched missiles, often supplied from outside the country, take out expensive tanks, artillery, aircraft, and military personnel. The insurgents know the language and territory, they’re supported by the local populace, they can set off remote bombs and blend in with the civilians. They aren’t going anywhere and can wait out the invaders, sapping their morale and political support back home.

Eighteen years after the Afghanistan invasion, Putin is still smiling. With each military failure since, the US became more stupidly belligerent, bearing massive costs in blood and treasure. Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia: talk about letting the enemy defeat itself! And as the US plunged into one inextricable morass after another, it plunged ever deeper into debt.

Russia, meanwhile, has one of the developed world’s lowest debt ratios, stockpiles gold, and is divesting its US debt. It has teamed up with China on the Belt and Road Initiative. That series of projects, financed primarily by the Chinese, advances Russia’s and China’s interests and influence across Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. This approach seems to garner more support than US bullets and bombs.

Russia’s one military foray in the Middle East has been Syria. Obama’s hapless strategy (regime change? terrorist eradication?) left the US at cross-purposes with itself. Putin suffered no such confusion, helping Bashar al-Assad turn the tide against the insurgents. The US pretends to have done the same. Putin strengthened the Shiite axis—Iran, Iraq, Alawite Syria, and Hezbollah—about which Israel, Saudi Arabia, and US neoconservatives have fretted for years. The insurgents are on the run and all the US can do is shout: “And we helped!”

Putin scored a geopolitical coup. He effectively stood by his allies, in contrast to America’s ineptitude and ever-shifting alliances and objectives.

The conflict sent hundreds of thousands of refugees to Europe. Russian intervention reversed the flow. Saner souls in Europe have to be questioning European subservience to the US and NATO.

Putin has expressed his consternation at NATO’s expansion to Russia’s borders, especially the prospect that NATO could incorporate Ukraine. While that’s an understandable concern, the expansion hurts the US more than Russia. The US didn’t intervene when Russia got involved with Georgia, the Crimea, or Ukraine. Why? Somebody in Washington looked at a map and determined that with Russia’s decided geographical advantage, the game wasn’t worth the candle.

NATO leaves its members hostage to the likes of Lithuania, Montenegro, and Croatia. It’s always at the borders that empires first falter. The US is treaty-bound to go to war to defend tiny, far-flung states that are a stone’s throw from Russia. The US lays out the lion’s share of the money, stations soldiers, and maintains bases pretending that it would actually defend these geopolitical midgets. Putin must smile at the effort wasted on the nonexistent possibility that he’ll invade.

Often, he doesn’t even need to lift a finger to body slam the US. The Democratic party and neoconservatives, and their toadies in the media and intelligence community have rabidly peddled an evidence-free concoction that he and Trump colluded to deny Hillary Clinton her ordained presidency. It’s emblematic of America’s deranged politics.

“Masculine” is now a pejorative. Identity is everything, merit nothing. A military that hasn’t won anything in 73 years is widely honored. Men in dresses enter women’s restrooms. Confronted by intellectual challenge, college students retreat to safe spaces. People who illegally enter the country are given most of the privileges of citizenship, including state-provided benefits. Americans watch an average of five hours of TV a day. Over 60 percent are obese and an opioid epidemic kills tens of thousands. Even mainstream media pundits fret about an impending “civil war,” and for once they might be right. None of this is Putin’s doing, but he’s undoubtedly amused at all this decadence and division.

Trump is determined to pick America up off the mat. SLL has said repeatedly that his foes are most worried about their own criminality being exposed and prosecuted. That’s essential if the country is ever to regroup and recover. Trump’s summit with Putin and subsequent press conference performance left his foes foaming at the mouth, bandying terms like “disgraceful” and “treason.” That he braved the idiotic torrent before and after the summit, seemingly unperturbed except for a few acerbic tweets, suggests that he’s got something up his sleeve. Judging by their insane hysterics, the opposition knows it. As always, their tactics betray desperation and weakness, not strength.

That something up Trump’s sleeve may well be the initiation of criminal proceedings against a long list of suspects for everything from obstruction of justice to conspiracy and treason, just in time for the midterm elections. That’s more a hunch than a hypothesis. However, it won’t be a bolt out of the blue if it happens. If it doesn’t happen by the midterms, it most likely never will.

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'It is all a big hoax': Trump reverses his stance on Russia's meddling AGAIN and contradicts American intelligence findings, just days after claiming he misspoke during the summit with Putin

  • Trump lashed out at Russian meddling narrative again in tweet on Sunday
  • Questioned why Obama 'didn't do something about it' if he knew of foul-play
  • Follows release of top secret FISA warrant applications to surveil Carter Page
  • Uproar over President's meeting with Putin continues as Trump doubles down
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5980751/Trump-calls-claims-Russia-hoax-blames-Obama.html
The great thing about Trump being on both sides of this issue is that his supporters get to pick which version of his truth fits with their beliefs.
 

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'This is so extraordinary. The last thing you want in intelligence is partisanship': Nancy Pelosi savages Trump's 'revenge' plan to remove clearance for Obama's national security chiefs

  • Sarah Sanders announced at her press briefing President Trump is exploring ways to remove clearances of those former intelligence officials critical of him
  • Pelosi slammed the plan Monday night, and said it was a 'deflection' after Trump was heavily criticized following his comments at Helsinki summit last week
  • Introduced new resolution condemning Trump for failing to stand up to Putin
  • Said House Republicans were 'complicit in Trump's betrayal of our democracy'
  • Former CIA chief John Brennan, former FBI director James Comey, former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe among those on the White House hit list
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Is This The Putin Speech That Started The Anti-Russia Hysteria?


by Tyler Durden
Mon, 07/23/2018 - 21:15


Authored by Seraphim Hanisch via TheDuran.com,

The Russian President spoke about a Western assault on Christianity and traditional values in 2013 – just before anti-Russian troubles began...



Sometimes it is possible to lose clear sight of the reality of politics because of the optics and all the “noise” associated with differing points of view. For the average American partaker of mainstream network news (and lately this applies to cable news outlets as well), the viewing public still tends to absorb the tone and rhetoric of the day. These people, often without any personal critical thought, simply go and echo it to their friends and neighbors, and even back to the news media or polling agencies. This has certainly been the case regarding Russia.

Case in point: An opinion piece on the Fox News website, by Dan Gainor makes note of the absolute media carnage (not too strong a word in this case) concerning the reaction of the political establishment and almost ALL media outlets (including Fox) to President Trump’s conciliatory tone struck with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki Summit, one week ago today.

We have excerpted from his piece, adding emphasis:

A raging epidemic of Trump Derangement Syndrome broke out among reporters covering the summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, as journalists gave the American president hellish reviews for his performance in Helsinki at a joint news conference.
No reporters knew what actually transpired in the main event of the day – the private meeting between the two presidents. So journalists put themselves in the position of critics, grading President Trump’s news conference performance…​
…USA Today reported in a front-page story: “Every nation has an infamous traitor. … And now, after a news conference Monday in Finland, the term is being used in relations to the 45th president of the United States. Donald Trump, master of the political insult, finds himself on the receiving end.”​
The New York Daily News screamed “OPEN TREASON” on its cover page with a cartoon showing Trump holding Putin’s hand and holding a gun in his other hand and shooting Uncle Sam in the head. Really.​



CNN host Fareed Zakaria wasn’t satisfied with “treason” as a descriptor. “I feel like treasonous is too weak a word, because the whole thing has taken on an air of such unreality,” he said.​
Zakaria had lots of company: CNN analyst Max Boot, MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, and, of course, former CIA Director John Brennan, who now works for NBC and MSNBC.
CNN presidential historian Douglas Brinkley said “the spirit of what Trump did is clearly treasonous,” and declared that the president “came off as being a puppet of Putin.”​

The list of network reactions in Mr. Gainor’s article is very long and deserves a careful read. But all of those reactions and more led to this point:

The hellish outrage over the Helsinki news conference had its desired effect … for now. Newsweek posted a story on an opinion poll thatdeclared: “According to a new Ipsos poll, 49 percent of Americans said Trump was “treasonous” during the summit and ensuing press conference, with only 27 percent disagreeing.”

In other words the viewing, listening and reading public did absorb this very unified tirade. One of the most unusual aspects of this which we have reported on here, is that the media’s unity included many conservative elements. In all but a few cases, most notably that of Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, even very respected conservative voices still bought into “Russian meddling” as though this were some sort of issue. It really isn’t, because as even some of these hosts acknowledged, “everyone does it.”

But as to why this is happening, the explanation really has to do with the establishment reaction to a speech that President Putin himself gave several years ago about the situation in the West. It is this speech that spurred most of the sanctions and actions taken against Russia. It is NOT the “invasion” of Crimea or the 25 invasions of Ukraine that were reported during the years 2014-2016. It is the alignment that the Russian President noted in the West, and Russia’s refusal to follow that same path.

Blackpilled offered this video clip and a translation of the speech in English. We offer that clip and the relevant part of the speech’s transcript here.

It is of tantamount importance to understand that this is the main factor in all the opposition against President Trump, because his presence threw a major monkey wrench into “the plan.”

Two things of note:

1. The narrator of the video here offers a translation that is slightly different than the one offered on the Kremlin’s own website. The link to the relevant page is included here.
2. The narrator of “BlackPilled is incorrect in attributing this speech as being given “shortly after Trump was elected.” The actual speech was given at the Valdai conference in 2013. If we consider this, and the timeline of events following – such as the Sochi Olympics and the concurrent list of “scandal after scandal” concerning Russia, then the pieces fall into place:​

From the site Kremlin.ru, emphasis added:

Another serious challenge to Russia’s identity is linked to events taking place in the world. Here there are both foreign policy and moral aspects. We can see how many of the Euro-Atlantic countries are actually rejecting their roots, including the Christian values that constitute the basis of Western civilisation. They are denying moral principles and all traditional identities: national, cultural, religious and even sexual. They are implementing policies that equate large families with same-sex partnerships, belief in God with the belief in Satan.
The excesses of political correctness have reached the point where people are seriously talking about registering political parties whose aim is to promote paedophilia. People in many European countries are embarrassed or afraid to talk about their religious affiliations.​
Holidays are abolished or even called something different; their essence is hidden away, as is their moral foundation. And people are aggressively trying to export this model all over the world. I am convinced that this opens a direct path to degradation and primitivism, resulting in a profound demographic and moral crisis.
What else but the loss of the ability to self-reproduce could act as the greatest testimony of the moral crisis facing a human society?​

Today almost all developed nations are no longer able to reproduce themselves, even with the help of migration. Without the values embedded in Christianity and other world religions, without the standards of morality that have taken shape over millennia, people will inevitably lose their human dignity. We consider it natural and right to defend these values . One must respect every minority’s right to be different, but the rights of the majority must not be put into question.​
At the same time we see attempts to somehow revive a standardised model of a unipolar world and to blur the institutions of international law and national sovereignty. Such a unipolar, standardised world does not require sovereign states; it requires [slaves].”

And... anyone that is against America's unipolar hegemon must be removed - as this year's new US military strategy proved, as Defense Secretary Mattis explained that fighting terror is now on the back burner, because "we face growing threats from revisionist powers as different as China and Russia, nations that seek to create a world consistent with their authoritarian models... great power competition — not terrorism — is now the primary focus of US national security."

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Escobar: Here's The Real Reason The US Must Talk To Russia


by Tyler Durden
Mon, 07/23/2018 - 18:35

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Asia Times,

Future historians may well identify Russian President Vladimir Putin’s landmark March 1 speech as the ultimate game-changer in the 21st-century New Great Game in Eurasia. The reason is minutely detailed in Losing Military Supremacy: The Myopia of American Strategic Planning, a new book by Russian military/naval analyst Andrei Martyanov.




Martyanov is uniquely equipped for the task. Born in Baku in the early 1960s, he was a naval officer in the USSR era up to 1990. He moved to the US in the mid-1990s and is now a lab director in an aerospace firm. He belongs to an extremely rarified group: top military/naval analysts specializing in US-Russia.

From quoting Alexis de Tocqueville and Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace to revisiting the balance of power during the Soviet era and beyond, Martyanov carefully tracks how the only nation on the planet “which can militarily defeat the United States conventionally” has reacted to a situation where any “meaningful dialogue between Russia and America’s politicians is virtually impossible.”

What is ultimately revealed is not only a case of disregarding basic Sun Tzu – “if you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles” – but most of all undiluted hubris, turbocharged, among a series of illusionistic positive feedback loops, by Desert Storm’s “turkey shoot” of Saddam Hussein’s heavily inflated, woefully trained army.

The United States’ industrial-military-intel-security complex profits from a compounded annual budget of roughly US$1 trillion. The only justification for such whopping expenditure is to manufacture a lethal external threat: Russia. That’s the key reason the complex will not allow US President Donald Trump even to try to normalize relations with Russia.

Yet now this is a whole new ball game as the US faces a formidable adversary that, as Martyanov carefully details, deploys five crucial capabilities.

  1. Command, control, communications, computers, intel, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities equal to or better than the US.
  2. Electronic warfare capabilities equal to or better than the US.
  3. New weapons systems equal to or better than the US.
  4. Air defense systems that are more than a match for US airpower.
  5. Long-range subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic cruise missiles that threaten the US Empire of Bases and even the entire US mainland.

So how did we get here?

Debunking American military mythology
Martyanov argues that Russia, all through the first decade of the millennium, spent enough time “defining herself in terms of enclosed technological cycles, localization and manufacturing.”

In contrast, Germany, even with a large, developed economy, “cannot design and build from scratch a state-of-the-art fighter jet,” while Russia can. Germany “doesn’t have a space industry, and Russia does.”

As for those who pass in the US for Russian “experts,” they never saw these techno-breakthroughs coming; they “simply have no grasp of the enormous difference between the processes involved in a virtual monetized economy and those involved in manufacturing of the modern combat informational control system or of the cutting-edge fighter jet.”

Martyanov produces plenty of snapshots. For instance, “Russia …without any unnecessary fanfare, launched a complete upgrade of her naval nuclear deterrent with state of the art ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) of the Borey-class (Project 955 and 955A)…. This is the program which most Russia ‘analysts’ were laughing at ten years ago. They are not laughing any more.”

A central tenet of the book is to debunk American military mythology. That must include in-depth reappraisal of World War II and a re-examination of how the Soviet Navy was closing the technological gap with the US Navy already by the mid-1970s, even as it remained “a dedicated sea denial force designed strictly for deterrent.” The Soviet Navy, as the Russian Navy today, “was built largely for a single purpose: to prevent a NATO attack on the USSR from the sea.”

Moving to the post-USSR era, it’s inevitable that Russia had to come up with a concerted strategy to counteract the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s relentlessly moving east – a clear violation of the (verbal) agreement between George Bush Senior and Mikhail Gorbachev.

And that leads us to the holy of the holies concerning the favorite Beltway mantra, “Russian aggression.” Even as Russia “does have the capability to deal major damage to NATO,” as Martyanov reminds us, “why would Russia attack or damage European countries which are worth way more for Russia free and prosperous than they would be if damaged and, theoretically, subjugated?”

The caliber of Brzezinski’s nightmare
The book’s Chapter 7, titled “The Failure to Come to Grips with the Modern Geopolitical Realignment,” brings us back to another game-changing moment: the 2015 Victory Parade in Moscow, with Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping sitting next to each other, graphically exposing the worst Zbigniew “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski nightmare of the “two most powerful Eurasian nations declaring full independence from the American vision of the world.”

And then there was Russia’s campaign in Syria; on October 7, 2015, six 3M14 Kalibr cruise missiles were launched in intervals of five seconds from the Russian Navy’s small missile ships in the Caspian Sea, aimed at Daesh targets in Syria. The USS Theodore Roosevelt and its carrier battle group immediately understood the message – exiting the Persian Gulf in a flash.

Since then, the message has been amplified: the Eastern Mediterranean, the Black Sea, or “the Russian Navy’s Pacific zones of responsibility” are becoming “completely closed zones for any adversary.”

The lesson from the Kalibr-in-the-Caspian saga, writes Martyanov, is that “for the first time it was openly demonstrated, and the world took note, that the American monopoly on symbols of power was officially broken.”

As Martyanov shows how “in both Donbass and especially in Syria, Russia called the American geopolitical and military bluff,” there’s no question this Syria-Ukraine interconnection – which I analyzed here – is the foundation stone of the current “historically unprecedented anti-Russian hysteria in the US.”

So the ball – just like the one offered by Putin to Trump in Helsinki – is in the United States’ court. What Martyanov describes as “the deadly combination of contemporary American elites’ ignorance, hubris and desperation,” though, cannot be underestimated.

Already during his election campaign, Trump announced multiple times that he would contest the post-Cold War international (dis)order. Helsinki was a graphic demonstration that now Trump’s “drain the swamp” faces a massive immovable object, as the swamp will take no prisoners to preserve its trillion-dollar power.

In contrast, Russian diplomacy, as explicitly reaffirmed once again this week by Putin himself, is adamant that anything is permitted when it comes to avoiding Cold War 2.0.

But just in case, Russia’s new-generation weapons have now been formally unveiled by the Defense Ministry, and some of them are already operational.

‘Pearl Harbor meets Stalingrad’
It’s crystal clear that President Trump is applying Kissingerian divide-and-rule tactics, trying to reduce Russian political/economic connectivity with the two other Eurasian integration poles, China and Iran.

Still, the swamp cannot possibly contemplate The Big Picture – as this must-watch conversation between two of the very few Americans who actually know Russia in-depth attests. Professor Stephen Cohen and Professor John Mearsheimer go to the jugular: Nothing can be done when Russophobia is the law of the land.


Over and over again, we must go back to Putin’s March 1 speech, which presented the US with what can only be described, writes Martyanov, as “a military-technological Pearl Harbor-meets-Stalingrad.”

Martyanov goes all the way to explain how the latest Russian weapons systems present immense strategic – and historical – ramifications. The missile gap between the US and Russia is now “a technological abyss,” with ballistic missiles “capable of trajectories which render any kind of anti-ballistic defense useless.” Star Wars and its derivatives are now – to use a Trumpism – “obsolete.”

The Kinzhal, as described by Martyanov, is “a complete game-changer geopolitically, strategically, operationally, tactically and psychologically.” In a nutshell, “no modern or prospective air-defense system deployed today by NATO can intercept even a single missile with such characteristics.”

This means, among other things – and stressing it is never enough – that the whole Eastern Mediterranean can be closed off, not to mention the whole Persian Gulf. And all this goes way beyond asymmetry; it’s about “the final arrival of a completely new paradigm” in warfare and military technology.

Martyanov’s must-read book is the ultimate Weapon of Myth Destruction (WMD). And unlike the Saddam Hussein version, this one actually exists.


As Putin warned (at 7:10 in the video), “They did not listen to us then.” Are they listening now?

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-23/escobar-heres-real-reason-us-must-talk-russia
 

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Sorry Donald, we're not sure whether Putin can come to the White House, maybe see you at the G20: Kremlin goes coy on invitation Trump made after Helsinki love-in

  • Kremlin says 'there are other options' than the White House for a Putin-Trump meeting this fall
  • Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said that Washington and Moscow agreed there was a need for another meeting but Russia has made no preparations
  • 'Maybe there will be other international events which Trump and Putin will take part in,' Ushakov said
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Trump: Russia will push for Democrats in 2018
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President Donald Trump, a week after downplaying Russian interference in US elections, said Tuesday he is "very concerned" that Russia will look to impact the 2018 midterm elections and said he believes Moscow will look to boost Democrats this time.

Trump offered no evidence for his claim that Russia would look to help Democrats win in 2018 beyond claiming he has been tougher on Russia than his predecessors.
 

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Camerota: White House is changing reality of Trump-Putin meeting
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Published on Jul 25, 2018
CNN's Alisyn Camerota compares the White House's omission of Russian President Vladimir Putin's verbal support for President Trump in the 2016 election from the Helsinki summit transcript to something that could have happened in a George Orwell novel.
 

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Camerota: White House is changing reality of Trump-Putin meeting
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CNN's Alisyn Camerota compares the White House's omission of Russian President Vladimir Putin's verbal support for President Trump in the 2016 election from the Helsinki summit transcript to something that could have happened in a George Orwell novel.
Can't find the transcript on WH website.

"What you're seeing and what you're hearing is not happening." ~DJT

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Trump puts off meeting with Putin he touted after Helsinki summit and blames the Mueller 'witch hunt' for delay

  • White House announces next Putin meeting will be after the first of the year
  • Blamed special counsel Robert Mueller's probe for the delay
  • The statement announcing the delay indicates the White House thinks the Mueller investigation of Russia's role in 2016 will not be wrapped up this year
  • Trump had invited Putin to come to the White House this fall
  • Putin was coy in his response, suggesting the two could talk at the next G20 summit in Argentina at the end of November instead

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Midterms: Whether Republicans or Democrats lose, they already know who to blame...take a guess
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Published on Jul 26, 2018
Midterm elections are widely seen as a 'vote of confidence' in the sitting president and his party.

But as RT's Caleb Maupin explains, whether it's Republicans or Democrats, US politicians seem to know in advance who's to blame - if the results are under par.
 

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What Everyone Seemed To Ignore In Helsinki


by Tyler Durden
Thu, 07/26/2018 - 23:35


Authored by Jon Basil Utley via The American Conservative,

We continue careening towards more conflicts which can always lead to unintended consequences, ever closer to nuclear war.

Meanwhile efforts for a dialogue with Russia are thwarted by our internal politics and dysfunction in Washington.



Sifting through the cacophony of commentary from the Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki, here are four key points missed, ignored or glossed over by the Washington establishment and mainstream news coverage - and they require a good airing.

They are:

1) It’s clear now that Europeans will increase their contributions to NATO. But Big Media totally ignored the trillion dollar gorilla in room: Why does anyone have to spend so much on NATO in the first place?
Are we planning a ground attack on Russia because we really think the former Soviet Empire will invade Poland or the Baltic nations? Are we planning for a land war in Europe to intervene in the Ukraine? What for is the money? The Trump administration and Big Media, for all their noise, mainly argue that more spending is good. There is no debate about the reasons why. Meanwhile Russia is cutting its military spending.
Washington is so dominated by our military-industrial-congressional complex that spending money is a major intent. Remember when Washington first insisted that putting up an anti-missile system in Poland and Romania was supposed to protect Europe from an Iranian attack? Of course, it was really directed against Russia. Washington was so eager to spend the money that it didn’t even ask the Europeans to pay the cost even though it was supposedly for their defense. As of 2016 Washington had spent $800 millionon the site in Romania. Now it appears that Poland and Romania will pay billions to the Raytheon Corporation for the shield to comply with their commitment to increase military spending to 2 percent of gross national product.​
2) There was no focus on the real, growing threat of nuclear war, intentional or accidental. No one, including journalists at the joint press conference, spoke about the collapsing missile treaties (the only one who reportedly seemed keen to discuss it was ejected beforehand). Scott Ritter details these alarming risks here on TAC.​
The U.S. is now funding new cruise missiles with nukes which allow for a surprise attack on Russia with only a few minutes of warning, unlike the ICBMs which launch gives a half an hour or more. This was the reason Russia opposed the anti-missile system in Eastern Europe, because they could have little warning if cruise missiles were fired from the new bases. Americans may think that we don’t start wars, but the Russians don’t. The old shill argument that democracies don’t start wars is belied by American attacks on Serbia, Iraq, Libya, and Yemen.​
3) For all the Democratic and Big Media attacks on Trump for supposedly caving in to Putin, he gave Putin nothing. His administration is still maintaining an increasingly stringent economic attack on Russian trade and banking, announcing (just days after his meeting) $200 million of new aid to Ukraine’s military and threatening Europeans with sanctions if they go ahead with a new Baltic pipeline to import Russian natural gas. Consequently, some analysts believe that Putin has given up on wanting better relations with the U.S. and instead is just trying to weaken and discredit America’s overwhelming power in the world. In a similar vein Rand Paul writes how we never think about other nations’ interests.
4) The release of intelligence agency findings about Russians’ intervention in the last election just a day before the conference precisely shows the strength of the “Deep State” in dominating American foreign policy. An article by Bruce Fein in TAC argues we should “Forget Trump: The Military-Industrial Complex is Still Running the Show With Russia,” showing how Washington wants to keep Russia as an enemy because it’s good for business.​
Furthermore, releasing the accusations and indictments via a press already out for Trump’s blood is explained away by pointing out that the special prosecutor has separate authority to that of the president. But the timing, a day before the Helsinki meeting, obviously shows intent to cause disarray and to prevent meaningful dialogue with Russia. It’s interesting to note that TAC has been criticizing the “Deep State” since at least 2015.​
The casualness with which much of Washington regards conflict and starting wars is only comparable to the thoughtlessness of Europeans when they started World War I. Like now, that war followed nearly a century of relative peace and prosperity. Both sides thought a war would be “easy” and over quickly and were engulfed in it because of minor incidents instigated by their small nation allies. It was started with a single assassination in Serbia. The situation is similar now. America is hostage to the actions of a host of tiny countries possibly starting a war. Think of our NATO obligations and promises to Taiwan and Israel.

America has become inured to the risks of escalation and Congress has ceded its war powers to the president. The authority of war power was one of the most important tenets of our Constitution, designed to prevent our rulers from irresponsibly launching conflicts like the European kings. Witness now how casually Trump talks about starting a war with Iran, with no thought of possible consequences, including blowing up oil facilities in the Persian Gulf, oil and gas vital for the world economy.

For most Americans, war means sitting in front of their TVs watching the bombs fall on small nations unable to resist or respond to our power.

“We” kill thousands of “them” in easy battles and then worry if a single American soldier is harmed. We don’t viscerally understand the full threat of modern weapons because they’ve never been used against us. This is not unlike World War I, for which the countries engaged were wholly unprepared for a protracted siege war against the lethality of new modern artillery and chemical weapons. All had assumed the war would be over in weeks. I wrote about these issues after visiting the battlefields of the Crimean war. (See “Lessons in Empire”)

And so we continue careening towards more conflicts which can always lead to unintended consequences, ever closer to nuclear war. Meanwhile efforts for a dialogue with Russia are thwarted by our internal politics and dysfunction in Washington.

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Trump 'looks forward' to hosting Putin at the White House for second high-stakes summit after Russian president says he's 'ready to go to Washington' and invites him to MOSCOW

  • Putin made the statement Friday after the Kremlin had been cool to an immediate summit
  • The White House said President Trump is 'open' to a Moscow visit
  • A Washington visit for Putin would happen after the new year
  • Putin and Trump met last week in Helsinki
  • White House said this week they couldn't meet until the new year because of the 'witch hunt'
  • Comments come as Trump denied having advanced knowledge of a Trump Tower meeting between his son and Russians during the campaign
  • Trump meets his security team Friday on election security
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Mad Max gives her take on the situation...……………..

Rep. Maxine Waters: I Think President Donald Trump Is Vladimir Putin's Apprentice | AM Joy | MSNBC
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Published on Jul 23, 2018
Did Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin discuss the lifting of U.S. sanctions against Russia, and the upcoming elections? Rep. Maxine Waters joins Joy Reid on her predictions, and challenges Republicans to prevent Putin’s White House visit.