So President Donald Trump mixed up his ‘would’ and his ‘wouldn’t’? Apparently it happened in the press conference after his summit meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
No collusion, but hacking
According to the BBC, Mr Trump insisted there was ‘no collusion at all’ between his campaign and Russia. Mr Putin laughed at the suggestion. The American press has been full of charges of this alleged ‘collusion’. However, US Special Counsel Robert Mueller has not yet alleged any.
The more serious charge is that of ‘election meddling’. That appears to mean attempts, successful or not, to hack into Democratic Party emails. That’s assuming the emails were not leaked by an insider.
The BBC reports twelve Russian nationals have been indicted by Mueller. The DNC leak showed that top Democrats preferred Mrs Clinton for the presidential nomination. In fact, they constantly worked against her left-wing challenger, Senator Bernie Sanders.
Wikileaks published the emails with ‘eighteen revelations’. Julian Assange has denied any Russians were behind what he described as leaks. But such is the feverish level of anti-Russian hysteria in US corridors, his denial simply would not do.
A reporter asked Mr Trump after the summit to condemn Russia and Mr Putin on election meddling. It was not even ‘alleged’, it was taken as fact. In reply, Mr Trump said his intelligence officials – including Director of Intelligence Dan Coats – have told him ‘they think it’s Russia’. Mr Putin, he continued, just told him it was not Russia.
‘I don’t see any reason why it would be,’ Mr Trump concluded, leaning toward the Russian professions of innocence over the apparent conclusions of his own officials.
All hell broke loose
As Mr Trump was flying home from Helsinki, all hell was breaking loose among the US elite.
Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called it a ‘shameful performance’ that was ‘thoughtless, dangerous and weak’. John Brennan, director of the CIA under Barack Obama, not given to understatement, said Mr Trump was guilty of treason.
On the Republican side, political consultant and Jeb Bush advisor Mike Murphy called it a ‘dark day’, after tweeting a string of invective. Former 2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain said it was ‘one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory’.
‘The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naivete, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate,’ said the Arizona Republican senator. ‘But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake.’
Who are the critics?
Why are Mr Trump’s critics so quick to condemn Russia and President Putin? Why do they not want peace and some measure of tranquility which would allow normal people to trade and do business? Well, Senator McCain is chair of the Armed Services Committee. Senator Schumer, 66, has never had a job outside politics. The Intercept reports he raises millions of dollars for the Democrats from the finance industry. Moreover, that sector is heavily involved in armaments companies.
Mr Schumer voted for the Iraq war, taking at face value the tissue of lies about Saddam Hussein having weapons of mass destruction which were peddled by the same ‘Intelligence Community’ that now accuses Russia of election meddling. He warned of Iraq’s imaginary yet ‘vigorous pursuit of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons’. Like John McCain, he is a member of the US Council on Foreign Relations. Russia is a thorn in the side of the CFR’s globalism. And its president also opposes the advance of sodomy, a liberal sacred cow. That’s unforgivable to someone like Schumer.
Armaments companies’ funding
OpenSecrets.org reveals another Trump critic, Republican Congressman Michael Turner, received $161,000 from defense companies for his 2016 re-election campaign. He also serves on the Arms Services Committee and the Intelligence Committee.
On top of that, he is the liaison to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and has served as its president. ‘Russia absolutely meddled in our election,’ said the prominent warmonger.
Newt Gingrich is another top Republican who sits on the CFR. He called Mr Trump’s statements on intelligence agencies ‘the most serious mistake of his presidency’. Mr Gingrich is also a member of the secretive Bilderberg Group and the disreputable occultist Bohemian Grove.
In the media, the Drudge Report had a headline blaring that ‘Putin dominates’ the summit. Such an approach assumes a zero-sum game where there must be a ‘winner’ and a ‘loser’. On Fox News cable networks, normally pro-Trump, Neil Cavuto called the president’s performance ‘disgraceful’ and said it ‘sets us back a lot’. Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts opined ‘There is a growing consensus across the land tonight … that the president threw the United States under the bus.’
Barrage of criticism
In the face of this barrage of criticism, Mr Trump could easily have stood firm, remembered the intelligence community’s past failings and observed that they haven’t come up with anything stronger than alleged attempts to discredit Mrs Clinton. He could have said she herself did the best job in that direction.
Instead, says the BBC, Mr Trump said he had reviewed the transcript and ‘realised’ he needed to clarify. ‘In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word “would” instead of “wouldn’t”,’ he said. ‘The sentence should have been: “I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t’ or why it wouldn’t be Russia”. Sort of a double negative.’
The US president added: ‘I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place. Could be other people also. A lot of people out there.’
Speaking of ‘a lot of people out there’, Mr Trump could also have observed that the US has a long history of interfering in other countries and their elections.
A Channel4 ‘factcheck’ says: ‘The west – and particularly the US – have a long history of rigging polls, supporting military coups, channeling funds and spreading political propaganda in other countries.’
Professor Dov Levin is from the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University. He reckons ‘60 different independent countries have been the targets’ of post-war US interventions.
Channel4 goes on: ‘According to Levin’s research, those countries where secret tactics have been deployed by the US include: Guatemala, Brazil, El Salvador, Haiti, Panama, Israel, Lebanon, Iran, Greece, Italy, Malta, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, South Vietnam and Japan.
‘For Russia, the list of covert interventions includes: France, Denmark, Italy, Greece, West Germany, Japan, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Congo, Venezuela, Chile, Costa Rica, and the US.’
US meddled in Kenya
This author had personal knowledge of US meddling in Kenya’s constitution referendum in 2010. Then Ambassador Michael Ranneberger worked with EU counterparts to secure a vote to adopt a South African-style constitution. In addition to its liberalism, it cemented the role of Sharia courts in the country. Even today, his two immediate predecessors, Mark Bellamy and Johnnie Carson, argue openly for more intervention by the US and ‘external partners’ in Kenya in particular and African nations in general.
On top of that, there is much recent history of Western governments providing funding for NGOs dedicated to overturning Christian morality in African nations. Legal access to abortion, the adoption of gay rights and feminist empowerment are the three favourites of Western governments. Naturally, they are assisted by a plethora of philanthropic -so to speak – western funders, led by George Soros and his Open Society Institute and OS Foundations.
The UK Foreign Office, one has to say, almost exists to interfere in the affairs of foreign nations.
The real election meddling story
Which leads us to the real meddling story hiding away behind all the anti-Russian rhetoric. From June 2016, a British ex-intelligence office, Christopher Steele, supplied the US Democratic Party with gossip on Donald Trump’s business dealings in Russia. Only when Donald Trump was elected in November of that year did the Democrats stop paying Steele’s firm, Orbis Business Intelligence, for information through the intermediary Fusion GPS.
But Christian Voice discovered that Steele linked up with MI6 officers during the time he was working on the dossier memos he drip-fed to the Democrats. Not only that, but his consultant at Orbis was MI6 man Pablo Miller. Miller was Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal’s handler in Salisbury. A US expert in Russia and its intelligence services has said there is no doubt the Trump dosser was not written by Steele but by a Russian intelligence officer. And with which Russian intelligence officer was Christopher Steele in touch through his MI6 pal Miller? Step forward Sergei Skripal.
The real US election interference story might not be the Russian FSB trying to discredit Hillary. It could be British intelligence trying to do the dirty on Mr Trump. No wonder Theresa May and two Home Secretaries have worked so hard to blame the Salisbury poisonings on Russia. Furthermore, by a D-notice blanking Pablo Miller and Orbis they have tried to deflect attention away from where we should be looking.
Clearly, President Trump is wary of vested interests at home. That explains his partial backtrack here and his earlier two half-hearted missile strikes against Syria. He had to be seen to be doing something, but he tried to keep it as inoffensive, particularly to the Russians, as possible. He cannot always rein in his State Department and the Pentagon. Nevertheless, moving the US embassy to Jerusalem and appointing at least one pro-life Supreme Court judge (the jury is out on the next one) have been matters of principle.
But his meeting with Kim Jong-Un, his advice to Mrs May on the EU – best not walk away – and his attempt at a reset with Russia all speak of a business man. For the Donald, above all, doing a deal is what motivates him. There are times like 1939 and over the Falklands when a nation has to stand up to an aggressor. But in ordinary times, doing deals, trading, living in peace, is better than daggers drawn. (Except to the armaments industry of course.)
As President Putin said at the news conference, the summit was the ‘first important step … we do have interests that are common. We are looking for points of contact’.
Later, Mr Trump tweeted: ‘So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki. Putin and I discussed many important subjects at our earlier meeting. We got along well which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match. Big results will come!’
He added: ‘Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russia. They would rather go to war than see this. It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome!’
Keep praying for peace.
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