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ElectionOracle / US Presidential Election 2016 Mar 29, 2016 - 12:03 PM GMT

By: Michael_T_Bucci

ElectionOracle

If you religiously devour world viewpoints you know that Russia loves Donald Trump, but might not know why it does.

Russia’s Fort Russ (fort-russ.com) thinks, “In the US they already noticed that the Kremlin is sympathetic towards Donald Trump: state media and members of the political leadership of Russia have given positive feedback of the eccentric scandalous billionaire and expressed hope that he will be the next President of the United States.“ [1]


It was only a parenthetical remark made by Vladimir Putin last December, but it shocked even some Western defenders. “He [Trump] is a bright and talented person without any doubt," Mr. Putin said, adding that Trump is "an outstanding and talented personality." [2] The Russian leader called Trump "the absolute leader of the presidential race." [3]

Followers of Russia Today (RT.com, John Kerry's favorite media demon) already know that critics of Washington policy, (e.g., Ron and Rand Paul) are often guests on RT interviews offset by other shows with center-to-left hosts.

It described Donald Trump as "idiosyncratic and raw," and suggested he represents the popular will of U.S. voters. "Can America's elections be truly called democratic if the political establishment aligns itself against the popular will?" lamented Peter Lavelle, the American host of RT's flagship "CrossTalk" show. [4]

As Americans were taught to admire Mikhail Gorbachev with scant knowledge of how Russian people viewed him, Russians are taught to admire Donald Trump with little knowledge of how American people view him.  Views are usually based on national self-interest and identity.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a canonized saint to Westerners because he was an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union as Mr. Trump today is an outspoken critic of the U.S. "establishment".

Donald Trump chose Carter Page for foreign policy advisor, which Fort Russ (March 28) found has “very exotic” views about the world, “by American standards.” He believes in conspiracy theories, agrees with Chinese TV’s criticisms of U.S. foreign policy, and “fiercely defends Russia from Western sanctions.” Insofar as Russian “affection” for Mr. Trump, the “views of Trump's adviser Carter Page help understand the reason for this affection.”

Who is Carter Page and what are his views?

Mr. Page worked with investments in the oil and gas industry as a consultant of the Russian state monopolist “Gazprom” before creating his own investment fund Global Energy Capital. In a February 2015 essay by Mr. Page for Global Policy (globalpolicyjournal.com), analysis is paid to U.S. “establishment” figures – leftovers from the George W. Bush administration – that contributed “to the unfair series of events in the Ukraine, Russia and other sovereign states… with misguided and provocative actions.” [5]

He singles out Bush-leftover and neocon Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland who, along with Republican war-hawk John McCain, engineered the February 22, 2014 Ukraine Maidan coup that violently overthrew the democratically elected government of President Viktor Yanukovych while convincing U.S. mainstream media – especially the CIA-Pentagon friendly Washington Post and New York Times – that the coup wasn’t really a coup but a victory for “democracy.”

Mrs. Nuland, wife of neocon Robert Kagan and former spokesperson for Sec. Hillary Clinton, used de facto Nazis, ultra-nationalists and neo-fascist militias from Western Ukraine while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry remained “detached”.

This fact, along with dozens more about U.S. conduct in the world, is indisputable though relatively unknown to Americans because of media silence. Preeminent American Russian scholar and liberal Stephen F. Cohen told conservative talk-show host John Batchelor (WABC-AM NYC, March 22) he would never vote for Mr. Trump but maybe the whole truth about why America started another Cold War with Russia will enter “public discourse” after years of media censorship. [6]

Trump’s challenge “might lead, if the mainstream media does its job, to the public debate over U.S. foreign policy that has been missing for twenty years and certainly during the 2016 presidential campaigns.” If it doesn’t, said Cohen, he'd question democracy.

In 2013, former President Jimmy Carter claimed, “America has no functioning democracy”. [7] Why would he choose Donald Trump over Ted Cruz today? Because “Trump has proven already that he's completely malleable. I don't think he has any fixed opinions that he would really go to the White House and fight for." [8]

He added, “Ted Cruz is not malleable. He has far right-wing policies, in my opinion, that would be pursued aggressively if and when he would become president."

From Russia’s perspective, it is beset with NATO hugging its borders and militarizing former Soviet states all the while Western media claims “Putin is the aggressor” who intends to invade Europe, who shot down MH-17, who ordered the murder of Alexander Litvinenko in London, who is a gangster and a thug.

U.S. inspired “Putin did it” propaganda has degenerated to such a bizarre point of incredulity that NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Philip Breedlove (a.k.a. Dr. Strangelove) accused Moscow of “weaponizing” refugee migration to Europe to destabilize the European Union. “Together, Russia and the Assad regime are deliberately weaponizing migration ... to break European resolve,” he told the Senate Armed Services Committee (Sen. John McCain, chairman) March 1. [9]

In truth, refugees aren’t entirely fleeing ISIS; they are tragically immigrating into the very NATO countries that ironically are bombing their homeland, only to face more violence from anti-immigrant far-right nationalists.

From Russia’s perspective, the U.S. and NATO have consistently violated international law by invading foreign countries in order to conduct regime change (through “color revolutions” or by military force). Insofar as Russian participation in Syria, it was by invitation from Bashar al-Assad to defend Syria against terrorists: both ISIS and so-called “moderate rebels” (a.k.a. US-NATO mercenaries culled from the ranks of al-Qaeda and other militant Islamist groups).

As it stands, American sanctions against Russia have backfired bringing Russia and China into new economic and military alliances. EU member states are debating defying Washington by lifting sanctions in order to resume once-stable economic cooperation and co-dependency. Europe does not want war with Russia, or with China.

"Donald Trump is a brave pro-Putin political maverick who would end U.S. foreign wars and perhaps lift sanctions on Moscow," critiqued Reuters. "Hillary Clinton, however, is a warmonger beholden to the military-industrial complex." [10]

Dmitry Kiselyov is presenter of Russia's main weekly TV news show "Vesti Nedeli," "Trump doesn't suit the Republican party," Kiselyov told viewers. "They usually divide up the state budget (among themselves) by frightening people about Russia. But Trump is ready to find a common language with Putin. That's why they [Republicans and Democrats] don't need Trump and even regard him as dangerous."

Trump has received advice from Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, a former U.S. military intelligence chief who advocates better ties with Russia, and who shared a dinner table in Moscow with President Putin last December to celebrate RT's 10th anniversary. [11]

"For the last two years all we heard from Western newspapers and TV was very critical of Russia," Victoria Zhuravleva, a Moscow-based expert on U.S.-Russia relations, told Reuters.

"So when you hear something that is not so critical and even more friendly towards your country it's like: 'Thank God, There's one person we can talk to: Donald Trump'."

Postscript: After the bloody American engineered coup in Ukraine, Vice-President Biden's son Hunter Biden joined the board of directors of Ukraine's largest oil company at a time that the U.S. was urging Ukraine to develop energy independence from Russia and just days after the vice president visited Ukraine. [12]

"Good U.S.-Russian relations are potentially very lucrative for the Trump Organization," wrote Reuters. In 2013, Mr. Trump met with Russian partners to discuss building a replica of his SoHo residential development project in Moscow. “I have a great relationship with many Russians, and almost all of the oligarchs were in the room,” he told Real Estate Weekly. In 2013 he revealed plans to construct a skyscraper in Russia, similar to New York’s famous Trump Tower. "The candidate's foreign-policy positions are conveniently aligned with his long-standing business agenda," Reuters noted. "But what’s good for the Trump Organization isn’t necessarily good for America." [13]

Sources:

1. “Trump Hires Former Gazprom Consultant as Foreign Policy Adviser”. Kristina Kharlova (translator). Fort Russ. March 28, 2016.
http://www.fort-russ.com/2016/03/trump-hires-former-gazprom-consultant.html

2. “Putin praises 'bright and talented' Trump”. Jeremy Diamond and Greg Botelho. CNN. December 17, 2015.
http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/17/politics/russia-putin-trump/index.html

3. “Putin says he considers Donald Trump to be absolute leader of US presidential race”. Tass Russian News Agency. December 17, 2015.
http://tass.ru/en/politics/844947

4. "Trump's warpath". CrossTalk, RT. March 18, 2016.
https://www.rt.com/shows/crosstalk/336069-presidential-election-trump-america/

5. “New Slaves, Global Edition: Russia, Iran and the Segregation of the World Economy”. Carter Page. Global Policy. February 10, 2015
http://www.globalpolicyjournal.com/blog/10/02/2015/new-slaves-global-edition-russia-iran-and-segregation-world-economy

6. “NATO & Russia After The Brussels Attack.” John Batchelor and Stephen Cohen. The John Batchelor Show. March 22, 2016.
http://tunein.com/radio/The-John-Batchelor-Show-p138426/

7. “Jimmy Carter on NSA: 'America has no functioning democracy'”. Kristen Butler. UPI. July 18, 2013.
http://www.upi.com/blog/2013/07/18/Jimmy-Carter-on-NSA-America-has-no-functioning-democracy/6541374165224/

8. “Jimmy Carter: I would choose Donald Trump over Ted Cruz”. CBS News. Feb. 3, 2016.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/jimmy-carter-i-would-choose-donald-trump-over-ted-cruz/

9. “Russian Airstrikes In Syria Are Helping ISIS Terrorists Into Europe: US Air Force General”. Christopher Harress. IBT. March 1, 2016.
http://www.ibtimes.com/russian-airstrikes-syria-are-helping-isis-terrorists-europe-us-air-force-general-2328259

10. "From Russia with love: why the Kremlin backs Trump". Andrew Osborn. Reuters. March 24, 2016.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-trump-russia-idUSKCN0WQ1FA

11. "Trump being advised by ex-U.S. Lieutenant General who favors closer Russia ties". Mark Hosenball and Steve Holland. Reuters. February 26, 2016.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-trump-advisor-idUSMTZSAPEC2Q6G3JRH

12. "Biden's Son Gets Ukrainian Oil Company Gig". Jordyn Phelps. ABC News. May 13, 2014.
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/05/bidens-son-gets-ukrainian-oil-company-gig/

13. "Trump’s Long Romance With Russia". Josh Rogen. Bloomberg View. March 15, 2016.
http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2016-03-15/trump-s-long-romance-with-russia

(c) 2016 Michael T Bucci. All Rights reserved.

Michael T Bucci is a retired public relations executive currently living in New England. He has authored nine books on practical spirituality collectively titled The Cerithous Material.


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