Trump vs. Putin: The reality

Tom Woods:

The latest from the reality-optional caucus is that Vladimir Putin is sure to interfere in the 2020 election on behalf of Donald Trump.

I don’t think these people realize how delusional they sound to the rest of mankind.

Just one of the many reasons this idea is ridiculous: Trump’s Russia policy has been bellicose by any standard.

The blogger Moon of Alabama assembled some news items that appear to support this view.

Thus:

“Trump deploys TANKS to Estonia as NATO builds up HUGE army on Russian border” – Express, Feb 7 2017

“Trump launches attack on Syria with 59 Tomahawk missiles” – CNBC, Apr 6 2017

“U.S. Rejects Exxon Mobil Bid for Waiver on Russia Sanctions” – NYT, Apr 21 2017

“Trump to promote U.S. natgas exports in Russia’s backyard” – Reuters, Jul 3 2017

“Trump Urges East Europe to Loosen Russia’s Grip With U.S. Gas” – Bloomberg, Jul 6 2017

“Trump signs bill approving new sanctions against Russia” – CNN, Aug 3, 2017

“Justice Dept Asks Russia’s RT to Register as Foreign Agent” – Newsmax, Sep 13 2017

“US ‘to restrict Russian military flights over America'” – Independent, Sep 26 2017

“Trump signs into law U.S. government ban on Kaspersky Lab software” – Reuters, Dec 12 2017

“Trump gives green light to selling lethal arms to Ukraine” – The Hill, Dec 20 2017

“U.S. Punishes Chechen Leader in New Sanctions Against Russians” – NYT, Dec 20 2017

“Sputnik Partner ‘Required To Register’ Under U.S. Foreign-Agent Law” – RFERL, Jan 10 2018

“Trump says Russia is helping North Korea avoid sanctions” – CBSNews, Jan 17 2018

“Trump’s ‘energy dominance’ strategy is undercutting Russia’s influence and business in Europe” – Reuters, Feb 9 2018

“Trump looks to deter Russia, China with $686B ask for Pentagon” – The Hill, Feb 12 2018

“American General In Syria Confirms US Forces Killed Hundreds Of Russians In Massive Battle” – The Drive, Mar 16 2018

“Trump orders expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats, closure of Seattle consulate” – CBS, Mar 26 2018

“Trump vows periodical dispatch of US troops to Baltic states, step up air defense” – Lithuania Tribune, Apr 3 2018

“Trump opposes Nord Stream II, questions Germany” – AA, Apr 4 2018

“Trump just hit Russian oligarchs with the most aggressive sanctions yet” – Vice, Apr 6 2018

“Trump orders missile strike on Syria military targets” – CBSNews, Apr 9 2018

“Aluminum Stocks Jump As Trump Sanctions Target Putin Pal” – Investors, Apr 9 2018

“Russia ‘deeply disappointed’ at Trump’s withdrawal from Iran deal” – Times of Israel, May 9 2018

“Trump to NATO allies: Raise military spending to 4 percent of GDP” – AlJazeerah, Jul 12 2018

“Trump says U.S. ties to NATO ‘very strong’” – Politico, Jul 12 2018

“U.S. to sanction Turkey for receiving S-400 missiles” – Ahval, Jul 27 2018

“Trump administration to hit Russia with new sanctions for Skripal poisoning” – NBC News Aug 8 2018

“Space Force Is Trump’s Answer to New Russian and Chinese Weapons” – FP, Aug 10 2018

“US Sanctions Chinese Entity Over Purchase of Russian Fighters, S-400s” – Treasury – Sputnik, Sep 20 2018

“Trump hints at punitive action against India for buying S-400 from Russia” – India Today, Oct 11 2018

“Trump Agrees to Boost Pentagon’s Budget to $750 Bln in 2019 – Reports” – Sputnik, Oct 12 2018

“Trump says US will withdraw from nuclear arms treaty with Russia” – Guardian, Oct 21 2018

“Haley Condemns ‘Outrageous’ Russian Firing on Ukrainian Ships” – Bloomberg, Nov 26 2018

“2 Trump Moves Cost This Russian-American CEO $2.3B” – Forbes, Jan 14 2019

But “Trump is Putin’s puppet,” says every clueless idiot in the world. Well, not the world: the U.S. seems exclusively beset by this particular derangement.

The heroic Caitlin Johnstone further observes that none of this actual evidence will make any difference, because “Russia conspiracy theories have nothing to do with facts. We can expect to see fact-free allegations that Russia is planning to help Trump win in 2020 getting louder and louder as the election grows nearer. We can expect to see these fact-free allegations bolstered and amplified by western government agencies who need to manufacture support for further escalations against Russia, by the mass media who need ratings, and by the Democratic Party who need to keep their base fixated on insubstantial nonsense while they force an establishment loyalist through their fake primary.”

The bad news: the reality-optional caucus seems to be growing.

Trump follows …

 

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