warmonger’s delight

25 Times Trump Has Been Dangerously Hawkish On Russia
Caitlin Johnstone, Nov 18 2019

CNN has published a fascinatingly manipulative and falsehood-laden article titled “25 times Trump was soft on Russia” in which a lot of strained effort is poured into building the case that the Pindo president is suspiciously loyal to the nation against which he has spent his administration escalating dangerous new cold war aggressions. The items within the CNN article consist mostly of times in which Trump said some words or failed to say other words; “Trump has repeatedly praised Putin,” “Trump refused to say Putin is a killer,” “Trump denied that Russia interfered in 2016,” “Trump made light of Russian hacking” etc. It also includes the completely false but oft-repeated narrative that “Trump’s team softened the GOP platform on Ukraine,” as well as the utterly ridiculous and thoroughly invalidated claim:

Since intervening in Syria in 2015, the Russian military has focused its airstrikes on anti-government rebels, not Daesh.

CNN’s 25 items are made up almost entirely of narrative and words; Trump said a nice thing about Putin, Trump said offending things to NATO allies, Trump thought about visiting Putin in Russia, etc. In contrast, the 25 items which I am about to list do not consist of narrative at all, but rather the actual movement of actual concrete objects which can easily lead to an altercation from which there may be no re-emerging. These items show that when you ignore the words and narrative spin and look at what this administration has actually been doing, it’s clear to anyone with a shred of intellectual honesty that, far from being “soft” on Russia, Trump has actually been consistently reckless in the one area where a Pindo president must absolutely always maintain a steady hand. And he’s been doing so with zero resistance from either party. It would be understandable if you were unaware that Trump has been escalating tensions with Moscow more than any other president since the fall of the Berlin Wall; it’s a fact that neither of Pindostan’s two mainstream political factions care about, so it tends to get lost in the shuffle. Trump’s opposition is interested in painting him as a sycophantic Kremlin crony, and his supporters are interested in painting him as an antiwar hero of the people, but he is neither. Observe:

1. Implementing a Nuclear Posture Review with a more aggressive stance toward Russia.

Last year Trump’s DoD rolled out a Nuclear Posture Review which CNN itself called “its toughest line yet against Russia’s resurgent nuclear forces.” CNN reported last year:

In its newly released Nuclear Posture Review, the DoD has focused much of its multi-billion nuclear effort on an updated nuclear deterrence focused on Russia.

This revision of nuclear policy includes the new implementation of so-called “low-yield” nuclear weapons which, because they are designed to be more “usable” than conventional nuclear ordinances, have been called “the most dangerous weapon ever” by critics of this insane policy. These weapons, which can remove some of the inhibitions that mutually assured destruction would normally give military commanders, have already been rolled off the assembly line.

2. Arming Ukraine

Lost in the gibberish about Trump temporarily withholding military aide to supposedly pressure a Ukrainian government who was never even aware of being pressured is the fact that arming Ukraine against Russia is an entirely new policy that was introduced by the Trump administration in the first place. Even the Obama administration, which was plenty hawkish toward Russia in its own right, refused to implement this extremely provocative escalation against Moscow. It was not until Obama was replaced with the worst Putin puppet of all time Uthat this policy was put in place.

3. Bombing Syria

Another escalation Trump took against Russia which Obama wasn’t hawkish enough to also do was bombing the Syrian government, a longtime ally of Moscow. These airstrikes in Apr 2017 and Apr 2018 were perpetrated in retaliation for chemical weapons use allegations that there is no legitimate reason to trust at this point.

4. Staging coup attempts in Venezuela

Venezuela, another Russian ally, has been the subject of relentless coup attempts from the Trump administration which persist unsuccessfully to this very day. Trump’s attempts to topple the Venezuelan government have been so violent and aggressive that the starvation sanctions which he has implemented are believed to have killed tens of thousands of Venezuelan civilians. Trump has reportedly spoken frequently of a Pindo military invasion to oust Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, provoking a forceful rebuke from Moscow. the Russian Foreign Ministry said:

Signals coming from certain capitals indicating the possibility of external military interference look particularly disquieting. We warn against such reckless actions, which threaten catastrophic consequences.

5. Withdrawing from the INF treaty

For a president who’s “soft” on Russia, Trump has sure been eager to keep postures between the two nations extremely aggressive in nature. This administration has withdrawn from the 1987 INF Treaty, prompting UN Sec-Gen Antonio Guterres to declare that “the world lost an invaluable brake on nuclear war.” It appears entirely possible that Trump will continue to adhere to the John Bolton school of nuclear weapons treaties until they all lie in tatters, with the administration strongly criticizing the crucial New START Treaty which expires in early 2021. Some particularly demented Russiagaters try to argue that Trump withdrawing from these treaties benefits Russia in some way. These people either (A) believe that treaties only go one way, (B) believe that a nation with an economy the size of South Korea can compete with Pindostan in an arms race, (C) believe that Russians are immune to nuclear radiation, or (D) all of the above. Withdrawing from these treaties benefits no one but the military-industrial complex.

6. Ending the Open Skies Treaty

The WSJ reported last month:

The Trump administration has taken steps toward leaving a nearly three-decade-old agreement designed to reduce the risk of war between Russia and the West by allowing both sides to conduct reconnaissance flights over one another’s territories. The administration has alleged that Russia has interfered with Pindo monitoring flights while using its missions to gather intelligence in Pindostan.

Again, if you subscribe to the bizarre belief that withdrawing from this treaty benefits Russia, please think harder. Or ask the Russians themselves how they feel about it. Sputnik reports thaty Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said:

Pindostan plans to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty lower the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons and multiply the risks for the whole world, All this negatively affects the predictability of the military-strategic situation and lowers the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons, which drastically increases the risks for the whole humanity. In general, it is becoming apparent that Washington intends to use its technological leadership in order to maintain strategic dominance in the information space by actually pursuing a policy of imposing its conditions on states that are lagging behind in digital development

7. Selling Patriot missiles to Poland

Reuters reported last year:

Poland signed the largest arms procurement deal in its history on Wednesday, agreeing with Pindostan to buy Raytheon’s Patriot missile defense system for $4.75b in a major step to modernize its forces against a bolder Russia.

8. Occupying Syrian oilfields

The Trump administration has been open about the fact that it is not only maintaining a military presence in Syria to control the nation’s oil, but that it is doing so in order to deprive the nation’s government of that financial resource. Russia strongly opposes this, accusing the Trump administration of nothing short of “international state banditry.” Reuters reported last month:

In a statement, Russia’s defense ministry said Faschingstein had no mandate under international or its own law to increase its military presence in Syria and said its plan was not motivated by genuine security concerns in the region. Therefore Faschingstein’s current actions, capturing and maintaining military control over oil fields in eastern Syria, is simply put international state banditry.

9. Killing Russians in Syria

Reports have placed Russian casualties anywhere between a handful and hundreds, but whatever the exact number the Pindo military is known to have killed Russian citizens as part of the Trump administration’s ongoing Syria occupation in an altercation last year.

10. Tanks in Estonia

Within weeks of taking office, Trump was already sending Abrams battle tanks, Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and other military hardware right up to Russia’s border as part of a NATO operation. The DoD said in a statement:

Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of continued Pindo commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO vassals of Pindostan’s dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine.

11. Warships in the Black Sea

12. Sanctions

Trump approved new sanctions against Russia on August 2017. CNN reports the following. CNN reported at the time:

Trump approved fresh sanctions on Russia Wednesday after Congress showed overwhelming bipartisan support for the new measures. Congress passed the bill last week in response to Russia’s interference in the 2016 Pindo election, as well as its human rights violations, annexation of Crimea and military operations in eastern Ukraine. The bill’s passage drew ire from Moscow, which responded by stripping 755 staff members and two properties from Pindo missions in the country, all but crushing any hope for the reset in Pindo-Russian relations that Trump and Putin had called for.

Russian PM Medvedev said in response:

A full-fledged trade war has been declared on Russia.

13. More sanctions

The NYT reported in Dec 2017:

Pindostan imposed sanctions on five Russian individuals on Wednesday, including the leader of the Republic of Chechnya, for alleged human rights abuses and involvement in criminal conspiracies, a sign that the Trump administration is ratcheting up pressure on Russia.

14. Still more sanctions

A Vice.com headline from April of last year reads:

Trump just hit Russian oligarchs with the most aggressive sanctions yet. The sanctions target seven oligarchs and 12 companies under their ownership or control, 17 senior Russian government officials, and a state-owned Russian weapons trading company and its subsidiary, a Russian bank. While the move is aimed, in part, at Russia’s role in the Pindo 2016 election, senior Pindo govt boxtops also stressed that the new measures seek to penalize Russia’s recent bout of international troublemaking more broadly, including its support for Pres Assad and military activity in eastern Ukraine.

15. Even more sanctions

The Trump administration hit Russia with more sanctions for the alleged Skripal poisoning in August of last year, then hit them with another round of sanctions for the same reason again in August of this year.

16. Guess what? MORE sanctions

The Hill reported in November of last year:

The Trump administration on Thursday imposed new sanctions on a dozen individuals and entities in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. The group includes a company linked to Bank Rossiya and Russian businessman Yuri Kovalchuk and others accused of operating in Crimea, which Pindostan says Russia seized illegally in 2014.

17. Oh hey, more sanctions

A statement by Pompeo from September of this year reads:

Today, Pindostan continues to take action in response to Russian attempts to influence Pindo democratic processes by imposing sanctions on four entities and seven individuals associated with the Internet Research Agency and its financier, Yevgeniy Prigozhin. This action increases pressure on Prigozhin by targeting his luxury assets, including three aircraft and a vessel.

18. Secondary sanctions

Secondary sanctions are economic sanctions in which a third party is punished for breaching the primary sanctions of the sanctioning body. Pindostan has leveled sanctions against both China and Turkey for purchasing Russian S-400 air defense missiles, and it is threatening to do so to India as well.

19. Forcing Russian media to register as foreign agents

Both RT and Sputnik have been forced to register as “foreign agents” by the Trump administration. This classification forced the outlets to post a disclaimer on content, to report their activities and funding sources to the Department of Justice twice a year, and could arguably place an unrealistic burden on all their social media activities as it submits to DoJ micromanagement.

20. Throwing out Russian diplomats

The Trump administration joined some 20 other nations in casting out scores of Russian diplomats as an immediate response to the Skripal poisoning incident in the UK.

21. Training Polish and Latvian fighters “to resist Russian aggression”

Army Times reported this past July:

Pindo armny SOF completed the first irregular and unconventional warfare training iteration for members of the Polish Territorial Defense Forces and Latvian Zemmessardze as a part of the Ridge Runner program in West Virginia, according to service officials. Pindo SOF have been training more with vassals from the Baltic states and other Eastern European nations in the wake of the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in 2014. A low-level conflict continues to simmer in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region between Russian-backed separatists and government forces to this day. The conflict spurred the Baltics into action, as Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia embraced the concepts of total defense and unconventional warfare, combining active-duty, national guard and reserve-styled forces to each take on different missions to resist Russian aggression and even occupation.

22. Refusal to recognize Crimea as part of the Russian Federation

… even while acknowledging Israel’s illegal annexation of the Golan Heights as perfectly legal and legitimate.

23. Sending 1,000 troops to Poland

From the September article “1000 Pindo Troops Are Headed to Poland” by National Interest:

Key point: Trump agreed to send more forces to Poland to defend it against Russia. What Happened: Trump agreed to deploy approximately 1,000 additional Pindo troops to Poland during a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda on the sidelines of the UNGA in NYC, Reuters reported Sep 23. Why It Matters: The deal, which formalizes Pindostan’s commitment to protecting Poland from Russia, provides a diplomatic victory to Duda and his governing Law and Justice ahead of November elections. The additional Pindo troops will likely prompt a reactive military buildup from Moscow in places like neighboring Kaliningrad and, potentially, Belarus.

24. Withdrawing from the Iran deal

Russia has been consistently opposed to Trump’s destruction of the JCPOA. In a statement after Trump killed the deal, the Russian Foreign Ministry said it was “deeply disappointed by the decision of Pres Trump to unilaterally refuse to carry out commitments under the JCPoA,” adding that this administration’s actions were “trampling on the norms of international law.”

25. Attacking Russian gas interests

Trump has been threatening Germany with sanctions and troop withdrawal if it continues to support a gas pipeline from Russia called Nord Stream 2. Bloomberg reports:

Echoing previous threats about German support for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Trump said he’s looking at sanctions to block the project he’s warned would leave Berlin ‘captive’ to Moscow. Pindostan also hopes to export its own LNG to Germany. Trump told the press: “We’re protecting Germany from Russia, and Russia is getting billions and billions of dollars in money from Germany.”

I could have kept going, but that’s my 25. The only reason anyone still believes Trump is anything other than insanely hawkish toward Russia is because it doesn’t benefit anyone’s partisanship or profit margins to call it like it really is. The facts are right here as plain as can be, but there’s a difference between facts and narrative. If they wanted to, the political/media class could very easily use the facts I just laid out to weave the narrative that this president is imperiling us all with dangerous new cold war provocations, but that’s how different narrative is from fact; there’s almost no connection. Instead they use a light sprinkling of fact to weave a narrative that has very little to do with reality. And meanwhile the insane escalations continue. In a cold war, it only takes one miscommunication or one defective piece of equipment to set off a chain of events that can obliterate all life on earth. The more things escalate, the greater the probability of that happening. We’re rolling the dice on armageddon every single day, and with every escalation the number we need to beat gets a bit harder. We should not be rolling the dice on this. This is very, very wrong, and Pindostan and Russia should stop and establish detente immediately. The fact that outlets like CNN would rather diddle made-up Russiagate narratives than point to this obvious fact with truthful reporting is in and of itself sufficient to discredit them all forever.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.