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The Real Saboteurs of a Trump Foreign Policy
Patrick Buchanan, Dec 20 2016

The never-Trumpers are never going to surrender the myth that Putin ordered the hacking of DNC + Podesta to defeat Hillary Clinton and elect Donald Trump. Their investment in the myth is just too huge. For Clinton and her campaign, it is the only way to explain how they booted away a presidential election even Trump thought he had lost in November. To the mainstream media, this is the smoking gun in their Acela Corridor conspiracy to delegitimize Trump’s presidency. Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sees Russian hacking as a way to put a cloud over the administration before it begins. But it is the uber-hawks hereabouts who are after the really big game. They seek to demonize Putin as the saboteur of democracy, someone who corrupted a Pindosi presidential election to bring about victory for a “useful idiot” whom Clinton called Putin’s “puppet.” If the War Party can convert this “fake story” into the real story of 2016, then they can scuttle any Trump effort to attain the rapprochement with Russia that Trump promised to try to achieve. If they can stigmatize Trump as “Putin’s president” and Putin as Pindostan’s implacable enemy, then the Russophobes are back in business. Nor is the War Party disguising its goal. Over the weekend, Walnuts McCain called for a congressional select committee to investigate Russian hacking into the Clinton campaign. His amigo Lindsey Graham chortled on Twitter:

The purpose of the investigations is to put on President Trump’s desk crippling sanctions against Russia. They need to pay a price.

“Crippling sanctions” would abort any modus vivendi, any deal with Russia, before Trump could negotiate one. Trump would have to refuse to impose them and face the firestorm to follow. The War Party is out to dynamite any detente with Russia before it begins. Among the reasons Trump won is that he promised to end Pindosi involvement in the costly, bloody and interminable wars in the Middle East that Bush 43 and Obama brought us and that the neocons relish, and to reach a new understanding with Russia and Putin. To some in Faschingstein, beating up on Russia is a conditioned reflex dating to the Cold War. For others in the media and the front groups called think-tanks, Russophobia is in their DNA. Though Julian Assange says WikiLeaks did not get the emails from Russia, this has to be investigated. Did Russia hack the DNC + Podesta? Did Putin direct that the emails be provided to WikiLeaks to disrupt democracy or defeat Clinton? If there is to be an investigation of clandestine interference in the politics and elections of foreign nations, let’s get it all out onto the table. The DCI and his deputies should be made to testify under oath, not only as to what they know about Russia’s role in the WikiLeaks email dumps, but also about who inside the agency is behind the leaks to the WaPo designed to put a cloud over the Trump presidency before it begins. Agents and operatives of the CIA should be subjected to lie detector tests to learn who is leaking to the anti-Trump press.

Before any congressional investigation, Trump should tell DCI Pompeo to dismiss for criminal misconduct any CIA officers leaking secrets to discredit his election. Putin, after all, is not a Pindostani. The CIA saboteurs of the Trump presidency are. Will the media investigate the leakers? Not likely, for they are the beneficiaries of the leaks and co-conspirators of the leakers. The top officials of the CIA should be called to testify under oath, along with president of the NED Carl Gershman. Were they behind anti-Putin demonstrations during the Russian elections of 2011? Did the CIA or NED have a role in the “color revolutions” to dump over pro-Russian governments in Moscow’s “near abroad”? If Russia did intrude in our election, was it payback for our intrusions to bring about regime change in its neighborhood? What role did the CIA, the NED and John McCain play in the overthrow of Yanukovich in 2014? McCain was seen cheering on the crowds in the Maidan. Trump has promised a more hopeful foreign policy than that of the GOP. No more wars where vital interests are not imperiled. No more Pindosi troops arriving as first responders for freeloading allies. The real saboteurs of his new foreign policy may not be inside the Moscow Ring Road, they may be inside the Faschingstein Beltway. A new Trump foreign policy could be hijacked or scuttled by anti-Trump Republicans, not only on Capitol Hill but inside the executive branch itself.

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