Trump is Pro-Russian? The Left’s Rhetoric is Dangerous and Ignores President Obama’s Own Legacy With Russia.
Was President Obama pro-Russian?
We don’t think so but he certainly made some accommodating moves toward the Putin regime.
He promised “flexibility” into a “hot mic” as he was running for re-election. He refused to provide arms when the Ukraine was invaded by Russia. After his “Red Lines” fiasco he welcomed the Russians back into the Middle East reversing Nixonian diplomacy of the early 1970s. When Mitt Romney warned about Russia in 2012, Mr. Obama countered with this hilarity, much enjoyed by his acolytes: “(T)he 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back. Because the Cold War has been over for 20 years.”
Our conclusion then and now: We don’t think that Mr. Obama was pro-Russian, just shallow in his assessment of Vladimir Putin.
Mr. Trump, on the other hand, has often been portrayed in the media as a shill for a Russia and this has translated into a significant amount of anti-Russian sentiment among liberals and many journalists in this country.
In our view, this is dangerous and misguided.
As leftist Glenn Greenwald has said: “The importance of this journalistic malfeasance when it comes to Russia, a nuclear-armed power, cannot be overstated. This is the story that has dominated U.S. politics for more than a year. Ratcheting up tensions between these two historically hostile powers is incredibly inflammatory and dangerous.”
It is misguided because, in addition to Mr. Obama’s accomodationist policies, the Russian people can counter claims that they interfered in our 2016 election by citing our open admission that we interfered in their 1996 election which kept Boris Yeltsin the drunk in office. As Bill Clinton said at the time, “I want that guy to win so badly that it hurts.”
“Mr. Trump, on the other hand, has often been portrayed in the media as a shill for a Russia and this has translated into a significant amount of anti-Russian sentiment among liberals and many journalists in this country.”
Moreover, lets recall two anti-Russian moves in Mr. Trump’s first year in office:
• In April, Mr. Trump ordered a missile attack on Russian client Bashir Assad, claiming that Mr. Assad had used poison gas.
• Last month, the Trump administration announced plans to send antitank missiles to the Kiev government in the Ukraine.
This at least complicates the Trump-is-a-Russian-flunky charge.
We are not in support of sending weapons to the Ukraine. We are not knowledgeable about military matters but it occurs to us that if these weapons are effective, the result won’t be a Russian defeat or draw down, but an escalation.
Then what do we do?