Category Archives: Foreign Policy

Tucker & Stephen Cohen On The Anti-Russia Porn Parading As News Analysis

America, Donald Trump, Foreign Policy, Russia

Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies, history, and politics at New York University and Princeton University, to Tucker Carlson:

“I want my president to do what every other president has done. Meet with the head of the Kremlin to avoid an existential crisis—war—between the two nuclear superpowers. Sit with the other side and walk back the conflict. The Trump hunters, however, prefer trying to impeach Trump to averting nuclear disaster.

AND:

“Why the hostility to Russia AFTER the collapse of the Soviet Union?”

Why do Deep Staters dislike Putin, “president of post-Communist Russia, more than they disliked the leaders of communist Russia?”

I can partially answer that, Prof. Cohen: These people are so stupid and ignorant that they prefer to think of Russia as a socialist state, when it is politically nationalist and economically mixed. (See the Russian Journal of Economics, Volume 3, Issue 2, June 2017, Pages 109-128: “Lessons in stabilization and prospects for growth: Russia’s economic policy in 2016.”)

The rest of the answer owed—why the establishment hates Russia today, while it loved Russia of yesteryear—that’s more complicated.

MORE: “Summitgate and the Campaign vs. ‘Peace’”

UPDATED II (7/15): Lindsey Grahamnesty Lies About Putin, Syria & The Alawite Alliance

Foreign Policy, Islam, Middle East, Neoconservatism

NEW COLUMN IS “Lindsey Grahamnesty Lies About Putin, Syria & The Alawite Alliance.” It’s now on WND.com and the Unz Review.

An excerpt:

On just about every issue, in 2016, candidate Trump ran in opposition to Sen. Lindsey Graham. Donald Trump won the presidency; Lindsey Graham quit the race with a near-zero popularity, as reflected in the polls.

The People certainly loathe the senator from South Carolina. A poll conducted subsequently found that Graham was among least popular senators.

No wonder. Graham is reliably wrong about most things.

But being both misguided and despised have done nothing to diminish Sen. Graham’s popularity with Big Media, left and right. Thus were his pronouncements accorded the customary reverence, during a July 10 segment, on Fox News’ “The Story.”

Which is when he told anchor Martha MacCallum that, “Putin is not doing anything good in Syria.”

Then again, Lindsey is being consistent. The revival of “one of the world’s oldest Christian communities,” in Syria, is not something the senator we’ve come to know and loathe would celebrate.

It’s true. “A new Syria is emerging from the rubble of war,” reports The Economist, a magazine which is every bit as liberal and Russophobic as Graham and his political soul mate, John McCain, but whose correspondents on the ground—in Aleppo, Damascus and Homs—have a far greater fidelity to the truth than the terrible two.

“In Homs, … the Christian quarter is reviving. Churches have been lavishly restored; a large crucifix hangs over the main street.” ‘Groom of Heaven,’ proclaims a billboard featuring a photo of a Christian soldier killed in the seven-year conflict. And, in their sermons, Orthodox patriarchs praise Mr. Assad for saving … the Christian communities.”

Don’t tell the ailing McCain. It’ll only make him miserable, but thanks to Putin, Assad “now controls Syria’s spine, from Aleppo in the north to Damascus in the south—what French colonists once called la Syrie utile (useful Syria). The rebels are confined to pockets along the southern and northern borders.”

“Homs, like all of the cities recaptured by the government, now belongs mostly to Syria’s victorious minorities: Christians, Shias and Alawites (an esoteric offshoot of Shia Islam from which Mr. Assad hails). These groups banded together against the rebels, who are nearly all Sunni, and chased them out of the cities.” (“How a victorious Bashar al-Assad is changing Syria,” The Economist, June 28, 2018.)

A Christian teacher in Homs rejoices, for she no longer must live alongside neighbors “who overnight called you a kafir (infidel).”

The teacher’s venom is directed at John McCain’s beloved “rebels.” Internet selfies abound of McCain mixing it up with leading Sunni “rebels,” against whom Putin and Bashar al-Assad were doing battle. Who knows? McCain may even have taken a pic with the infamous “rebel” who decapitated Syrian Franciscan monk Father Francois Murad.

Ignoramuses McCain and Graham had both urged the US to send weapons to the “rebels”—even as it transpired that the lovelies with whom McCain was cavorting on his sojourns in Syria liked to feast on … the lungs of their pro-Assad enemies. A devotee of multiculturalism, Lindsey could probably explain the idiosyncratic cultural symbolism of such savagery.

Infested as it is by globalist ideologues, the permanent establishment of American foreign policy refuses to consider regional, religious, local, even tribal, dynamics in the Middle East. In particular, that the “good” guys in Syria—a relative term—are not the Islamist “rebels,” with whom the senior Republican senator from Arizona was forever frolicking; but the secular Alawites.

You likely didn’t know that Alawites like al-Assad also “flinch at Shia evangelizing. ‘We don’t pray, don’t fast [during Ramadan] and drink alcohol,’ says one.” …

… READ THE REST. NEW COLUMNS, “Lindsey Grahamnesty Lies About Putin, Syria & The Alawite Alliance,” is now on WND.com and the Unz Review.

UPDATE (7/14): Some readers get it:

—–Original Message—–
From:  Don
Sent: Friday, July 13, 2018 9:22 AM
To: ilana@ilanamercer.com
Subject: Re: “Lindsey Grahamnesty Lies About Putin, Syria And The Alawite Alliance”

Ilana, I salute you.  Maybe the most important article you have written in some time.

Further, the obvious black op of chemical weapon use to frame Assad is so significant.  Sadly Trump fell for it.  While the ‘rebels’ (ISIS) were torturing and decapitating purging Christians Assad was protecting them.

Can’t have that now can we?  The ‘songbird of Hanoi’ may be one of the most evil men alive today.

Keep up your most excellent work.

Yours,

Don

UPDATE II (7/15):

Rich says:

Excellent column. It’s amazing that this information is blocked throughout the mainstream media. How, in Heaven’s name, did any Westerner, or American, think supporting these insane rebels was a good idea?

 

There’s No Russia Scandal; But There Are Improprieties Media Prefer To Ignore

Donald Trump, Ethics, Etiquette, Family, Foreign Policy, Russia

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt pulled political strings to help daughter McKenna Pruitt get into law school. Pruitt wanted to get her an internship at the White House, but it had already been taken by … Ivanka Trump.

Seriously, there’s no Russia scandal; but there are improprieties the media prefer to ignore, nepotism both in the case of the Pruitt daughter and in the case of the first daughter and her husband comfortably ensconced in the White House.

Filings show that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Earned More Than $80 Million Last Year.

AND, “Jared Kushner Backed Qatar Blockade a Month After Qataris Wouldn’t Finance His [failing] Property.”

UPDATED (6/9/018): POTUS Puts America First At The “Crooked” G-7 Summit. Go President Trump!

Donald Trump, Drug War, Europe, Foreign Policy, Media, Nationhood, Trade

“IT’S G6 versus one”:

“It’s never been seen before. This is not normal. Tariffs will kill Americans; they can’t live without Chinese trinkets. No American president has ever behaved like so. Russia? Why would Trump want peace with Russia? North Korea? How dare Trump pursue peace with that rogue regime?”

In a nutshell, this is the static, decontextualized theme of the malpracticing, moron media on their Trump Watch.

And now, in reporting on the G-7 summit, silly women with chipmunk voices dripping with contempt are appalled, but appalled, that POTUS is asserting American interests there, and not acting like the plaything of “our European allies.”

NEWS FLASH, FOOLS: That’s why we elected Donald J. Trump.

UPDATE (6/9/018): Let’s see decriminalization. Enough of Jeff Sessions state-enforced prohibition.