Quid pro Quo: Trump’s ‘Gullibility’ Abt Putin Shows He’s the Manchurian President
Reuters has a piece about how former intelligence officials worry Trump has been manipulated by Putin:
“Former CIA Director John Brennan and ex-National Intelligence Director James Clapper both said Trump was mishandling Moscow ties even as a special counsel investigates possible collusion between Trump’s campaign team and Russia.”
“I think Mr. Trump is, for whatever reason, either intimidated by Mr. Putin, afraid of what he could do, or what might come out as a result of these investigations… It’s either naiveté, ignorance or fear in terms of what Mr. Trump is doing vis-à-vis the Russians,” Brennan said in an appearance with Clapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“Clapper added that foreign leaders who roll out the red carpet for Trump are able to manipulate Trump.”
No doubt Trump is easy to play in some ways. Just suck up to him and he can be easily led. But is this mishandling of ties with Moscow a case of him being suckered or is it Quid pro Quo?
“Russia rigged the election for him and Trump as per the agreement worked out by Carter Page in Moscow in July, 2016 Trump gives Russia lots of policy concessions? Contrary to one meme that’s out there Putin is hardly ‘failing’ with the Trump. Which is not to say he isn’t very concerned with the level of political heat Trump has ended up in.”
But US policy is now largely being administered on Russian lines-ie, Trump is the Manchurian President.
We see this with Trump’s refusal to execute the new sanctions passed by Congress in August, in the the way Assad is back in power in Syria, in the way that the State Department under the control of Putin’s favorite American, Rex Tillerson-has been dismantled root by branch.
Indeed, Trump is still trying to make the case for removing Russian sanctions:
President Trump on Sunday said Russia has been “heavily” sanctioned and he would rather have the country “in a friendly posture.”
“What I believe is that we have to get to work. And I think everybody understood this that heard the answer. We have to get to work to solve Syria, to solve North Korea, to solve Ukraine, to solve terrorism,” Trump said in Vietnam.
I mean it would be a good thing to ‘solve’ Ukraine and Syria in the abstract but not if this means simply giving Russia a blank check. What Trump says here glosses over the fact that Russia’s interests in Ukraine and Syria are quite different than ours.
Then you have Trump’s bizarre talk about how if we don’t stop the Russia investigation ‘people are going to die.’
“While speaking with reporters on Air Force One this weekend, Trump made this remark about the heightening investigation into his Russia scandal: “This artificial Democratic hit job gets in the way and that’s a shame. Because people will die because of it. And it’s a pure hit job.” (link) The next day, Trump tried to walk it back, claiming that he was referring to potential deaths in North Korea and Syria – but no one’s buying the notion that that’s what he meant. Some have taken it to mean that Trump is threatening to kill people if the investigation into his scandal continues. But the more realistic interpretation may be that Trump fears Vladimir Putin will kill people if the investigation continues.”
“That raises the question of just who Putin would kill. He has a long history of murdering journalists, and even his own intelligence officers who have gotten in the way. A startling number of prominent Russians have died since the Trump-Russia scandal began, some of them with clear connections to the scandal, some without. But up to now, Putin is only known to have murdered Russian people, or in a few alleged instances, Ukrainian people, to try to make the scandal go away. However, Trump’s own words suggest that we may be on the cusp of new territory.”
Or maybe Trump is just trying to engage in scare tactics to convince us to stop investigating which won’t work.
Still Peter Smith’s suicide was rather odd in a number of ways. The suicide note that said ‘There was no foul play’ as well as the timing. Smith had just given the WSJ interview a few weeks ago that revealed his efforts to work with Russian hackers to get Hillary’s emails on her server.
There had been no sign that he was suicidal and the motive is totally mysterious.
But the big picture is that if Trump is running US policy in a Russia friendly direction this is no accident: it’s the Quid pro Quo at work.
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