trump is on board with war against russia, i suppose :-(

British reporters asked to present negative stories ahead of FIFA World Cup in Russia
RT.com, Jan 12 2018

See this cached copy of David Huckabee’s Wikipedia page  – RB

British reporters have been instructed to churn out negative stories ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Russia, Foreign Ministry spox Maria Zakharova said on Friday. TASS quoted her as saying:

We learned that reporters from the UK, not just one media outlet but a number of them, received in the truest sense of the word a state order to launch a smear campaign against holding the World Cup in Russia. Stories, topics and approaches had been already conjured up. Among the stories that could emerge were Russia’s alleged lack of the necessary infrastructure and conditions to hold the championship, the aggressive behavior of Russian fans, a lack of professionalism among local law enforcement officials and the inability to guarantee foreign tourists’ safety.

7 times Trump critics called Russia a ‘shithole’ & worse and no-one cared
RT.com, Jan 13 2018

Donald Trump’s remarks on “shithole countries” roused a righteous high-mindedness in his detractors. But a perusal of their own past quotes suggest they are quite capable of similar words, when one particular state is involved.

Lindsey Graham on Trump:

Following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him yesterday. The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel. I’ve always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals.

On Russia:

A “one-man dictatorship” (2009) with “an economy the size of Italy” that is “playing a poker game with a pair of 2s” (2014).

Obama told the Economist in 2014:

Russia doesn’t make anything. Immigrants aren’t rushing to Moscow in search of opportunity. The life expectancy of the Russian male is around 60 years old. The population is shrinking.

Josh Marshall wrote on Trump:

It’s not just exclusion but a palpable dehumanizing contempt. The words only matter in as much as they illustrate the ugliness of what is currently happening and that is real and much more important than mere words.

Josh Barro, Business Insider Senior Editor, MSNBC contributor, wrote on Trump:

Our president is an extremely prejudiced man and also an extremely superficial one. The president’s prejudice causes him to make snap judgments about people, and his superficiality makes him incapable of processing information that might countermand his prejudices.

Trump’s comment encapsulates Pindostan’s perpetually racist foreign policy
Danielle Ryan, RT.com, Jan 12 2018

Critics of Pres Trump were quick to point out that his alleged use of the term “shithole countries” to describe Haiti and some African nations does not reflect what all Pindos think of the rest of the world. And they are correct. There are indeed millions of Pindos who feel genuinely disgusted that their president has characterized less fortunate nations in such a way. But Trump’s comment forces those Pindos to reckon with an uncomfortable reality: There are also millions of Pindos who do share the president’s sentiments. Fox News confirmed as much when, defending Trump, a host on the channel commented that this is just how Pindos “talk at the bar.” But let’s be honest. The “shithole” comment is actually the least offensive expression of this reality because in fact, Pindo foreign policy is built on what we might as well call the “shithole principle.” The idea that it’s perfectly reasonable to bomb, loot, destabilize and otherwise destroy any shithole country that’s inconveniently refusing to bow to Pindo demands, and that Pindostan has the singular right to act in such a manner. In polite company, this is known as Pindo exceptionalism, and Pindostan is referred to as “the indispensable nation.” This ideology, which by definition characterizes other countries as “dispensable” is supported by Pindos of all political stripes. Trump just doesn’t bother with the niceties or the facade, and the facade is a crucial part of maintaining the widespread acceptability of such an imperialist ideology. It’s a source of endless fascination and bafflement to many non-Pindos that interventionist foreign policy, which reduces other nations to rubble, is repeatedly one of the few sources of bipartisan agreement, while making a racist comment is considered a step too far.

If Trump’s critics in the Demagog Party and their supporters across the United States want to get angry about their government’s treatment of less fortunate nations, there’s no shortage of former presidents at which they could direct some of their ire. But that’s been rather difficult lately, because since Trump’s election, the media has been more than happy to wipe the Pindo foreign policy record clean in favor of a narrative that paints the current White House inhabitant as uniquely evil or abhorrent. This kind of Trumpwashing allows Trump’s opponents to live in a fantasy land where until Jan 2017, Pindostan’s leaders were benign peace-loving individuals who worked only for the good of humankind. Speaking of the media, it should be noted that while many high-profile figures in its ranks were quick to castigate Trump for his crude comment, their industry has been only too happy to promote the stereotype of African and Middle Eastern countries as wasteland shitholes for decades. As writer Karen Attiah put it in the WaPo, Western media has long used column inches to treat black and brown nations like nothing but backward shitholes. In the midst of the outrage over Trump’s comment, one Pindo journalist piped up to remind everyone that the “true shithole country” we should all be talking about is actually Russia.

Then there’s Josh Barro, the Business Insider editor who once opined on Russia as a “dystopic shithole since the dawn of history.”

Yet Barro has emerged as an oh-so-sincere critic of Trump’s for using the same word to describe other countries. These examples are further clarification, if any was needed, that racism and xenophobia are absolutely fine as long as Russians are the target. Recall also, former DNI Clapper commenting without any backlash that Russians are “genetically driven” to be dishonest. There is simply no way Clapper would have gotten away with such a comment had it been about any other nationality. If Pindos want to use the “shithole” scandal to have a conversation about how their government really treats other nations, they need to move beyond this kind of faux outrage and actually acknowledge a few home truths. Since Haiti is a hot topic right now, they might start with reading up on how Bill and Hillary Clinton, beloved of the liberal media, played a key role in keeping that country on its knees in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in 2010. Pro-intervention conservatives who find the idea of hosting even small numbers of MENA refugees unacceptable could perhaps do some light reading into their government’s role in invading or otherwise destabilizing a long list of countries in that region too. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen: there’s plenty of recent history to choose from. In response to Trump’s comment, El Salvador’s government sent Pindostan a formal letter of protest. The country’s foreign ministry wrote that the comments were “detrimental to the dignity of El Salvador and other countries.” Meanwhile, Jeremy Scahill tweeted a reminder of Pindostan’s arming, training and financing of murderous paramilitaries in El Salvador in the 1980s. That line cuts to the heart of this issue. Too many of Trump’s critics are wearing rose-tinted glasses about the good old days before big bad Trump came along and ruined everything. That’s why they so easily erupt into outrage over the word “shithole,” but fail to see decades of imperialist and racist foreign policy as problematic. Yes, Trump made a vulgar comment, but the real difference between him and the presidents who have come before him is that he is willing to rip off the mask of decency and reveal the truly ugly face of Pindo leadership that lies beneath it. If nothing else, the world should thank him for that.

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