The NYT Blasts Trump for Not Vilifying Vladimir Putin

Israel’s Radical Right
August 12, 2017

The NYT Blasts Trump for Not Vilifying Vladimir Putin

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

He’s arguably the world’s preeminent leader, Western ones not approaching his stature, a peace champion, an anti-imperialist, a defender of Russia’s sovereignty – why The Times, other media scoundrels and neocons in Washington hate him.

The Times: “Ever since Mr. Trump jumped into political life, Washington has scratched its collective head over his curious affinity for the strongman of the Kremlin.”

Fact: Unlike police state America, Russia is governed democratically. Putin is overwhelmingly popular, his approval rating over 80%, his electoral victories judged open, free and fair by independent international observers.

The Times: “Mr. Trump has long expressed admiration for Mr. Putin even as American politicians of both parties have denounced the Russian leader for fomenting a separatist war in Ukraine, trying to destabilize the West, bolstering President Bashar al-Assad in Syria and collaborating with Iran.”

Fact: US-installed putschists launched naked aggression against Donbass freedom fighters rejecting fascist rule.

Fact: Putin and Sergey Lavrov lead conflict resolution efforts, unsuccessful so far because Washington wants endless war, not peace.

Fact: Syria is Obama’s war Trump inherited. Russia responsibly intervened in September 2015 to combat the scourge of terrorism Washington created and supports.

The Times: “(S)anctions were passed to punish Russia for interfering in last year’s American presidential election and seizing its neighbor’s territory by annexing Crimea.”

Fact: No Russian interference in America’s presidential election occurred. Claiming otherwise stemmed from a CIA plot concocted under John Brennan – to vilify Moscow unjustly, along with challenging Trump’s legitimacy, wanting him removed from office and replaced.

Fact: By national referendum, Crimeans overwhelmingly voted to rejoin Russia, wanting a historic mistake corrected. Putin accommodated them. No annexation occurred.

The Times: “Mr. Putin’s response to the sanctions was to seize two American diplomatic properties and order the United States to cut 755 positions from its embassy and consulates by Sept. 1.”

Fact: Putin responded to Obama unjustifiably expelling 35 Russian diplomats last December, along with seizing its diplomatic properties in New York and Maryland – compounded by newly imposed illegal sanctions.

He should have acted sooner and more harshly. Believing improved relations with America is possible is foolhardy thinking – not as long as bipartisan neocons infest Washington.

His ordered expulsion of US diplomats reduces their numbers to Russia’s diplomatic representation in America – a tit-for-tat retaliation.

The Times is an imperial mouthpiece, spreading malicious propaganda and fake news – vilifying Trump for the wrong reasons, bashing Russia for its sovereign independence and opposition to US imperial wars.

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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.