In Handing Bill to Angela Merkel Trump Carries Putin’s Water
In the last post we looked at Trump’s shameful targeting of civilians-last week he killed 200 Iraqi civilians. The problem is he seems to think avoiding civilian casualties is ‘politically correct’ or something. Then there was his disastrous mission in Yemen.
Both Yemen and Iraq pretty much deserve their own Congressional hearings.
But we don’t even know how much our foreign policy under Trump is serving our national interests anymore. In Syria, Trump is also targeting civilians. But is he doing this to please Putin? Hillary never lived under the illusion that we should fight under the same flag as Putin in Syria. Putin is there just to prop up Assad who might not be in power if not for Putin’s intervention on his behalf.
As for what Russia got for subverting this election for Trump, it’s pretty clear. We have the change in the RNC platform last July. We have that mysterious purchase of Rosnet in November. We know that Michael Flynn and Michael Cohen-who’s never been to Prague, except he has-were trying to get rid of the sanctions.
Carter Page had talked to the Russian oligarch Igor Sechin about removing the sanctions back in July.
As Rachel Maddow points out, under Trump and Rex Tillersion-Putin’s favorite American-the State Department has disappeared. No doubt part of why Putin hated Hillary Clinton is her role as leader of the State Department.
Trump has also come out hard against NATO, focusing on them paying their dues as if this is a protection racket.
Recently he was unwilling to even shake Merkel’s hand. Now he’s insultingly giving her a paper bill.
NATO was never a protection racket. It was about ensuring there is never another European world war. Is Germany not paying it’s ‘fair share?’ Well, that’s better than them leaving NATO and arming themselves. Maybe Trump feels differently. He would probably have shook Hitler’s hand.
“Trump handed Merkel ‘outrageous’ NATO bill: report.”
“The German chancellor was reportedly not impressed.”
“U.S. President Donald Trump handed German Chancellor Angela Merkel a bill for money supposedly owed to NATO when they met last weekend in Washington DC, the Sunday Times reported.”
“The gesture was “outrageous,” the paper quoted an unnamed German minister as saying. “The concept behind putting out such demands is to intimidate the other side, but the chancellor took it calmly and will not respond to such provocations,” the minister is further cited as saying.”
“Each NATO member is meant to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product annually on defense. Germany is increasing military spending, but its contribution is still seen falling well short of the 2-percent goal this year.”
Again, considering history, do we really want Germany to increase military spending manifold?
Meanwhile, the Dems calls the Russian subversion an act of war.
— Alex (@aroseblush) March 26, 2017
Democratic lawmakers are publicly calling out Russia for engaging in war by meddling in the U.S. presidential election.
“The Democrats have been particularly bullish in the wake of FBI Director James Comey’s disclosure that the bureau is investigating whether there was coordination between President Trump’s associates and Russia in the influence campaign, which involved leaking hacked personal emails from Democratic operatives to damage candidate Hillary Clinton.”
“The warfare accusations fit into a larger narrative pushed by Democrats that casts President Trump as weak on Russia and plays up the damage done by Moscow through the electoral interference.”
“The rhetoric also puts Republicans — who often characterize themselves as more hawkish on Russia and defense — in a bind as they try to defend to the new administration’s strategy on Russia.”
“Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) most recently accused Russia of engaging in warfare.”
“I think this attack that we’ve experienced is a form of war, a form of war on our fundamental democratic principles,” Coleman said during a hearing this week at the House Homeland Security Committee.
“She lambasted Trump for his praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin, asking a panel of experts and former officials what message Trump’s “borderline dismissive attitude” toward Moscow’s cyberattack sends to the Kremlin and other nations.”
Indeed. It was an act of war-what is more sacrosanct than our electoral process? Trump is totally carrying Putin’s water. His insulting Merkel-the real leader of the Free World now-and attacking NATO is everything Putin could wish for.
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