Trump Colluding and Chummy with Putin?

Trump Colluding and Chummy with Putin?

by Stephen Lendman ( – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Make no mistake. Trump disgraces the office he holds. So do the vast majority of Republicans and undemocratic Dems. 

US political profiles in courage are rare exceptions to the rule – practically none on both sides of the aisle today. The nation is run by and for its ruling class exclusively, mocking what democracy is supposed to be all about – not in America, not earlier, for sure not now.

The nation’s dismal state continues to worsen, not improve, over time. Americans are ill-governed and ill-served by one-party rule with two right wings at the federal, state and local levels – pols and bureaucrats betraying the constituents they’re sworn to serve.

They oppose peace, equity and justice, favor forever wars on humanity, wanting all nations subjugated as vassal states, ordinary people exploited and otherwise abused.

America’s major media function as a collective mouthpiece for the imperial state, Wall Street, and other corporate interests – journalism the way it should be long ago abandoned.

They and powerful interests they represent are the shame of the nation – an increasingly totalitarian plutocracy, oligarchy and kleptocracy, not a democracy.

A separate article discussed the farcical notion of Trump operating as a Russian spy, wittingly or unwittingly working for the Kremlin against his own country over private conversations with Vladimir Putin. 

Virtually all heads of state do the same thing with their counterparts in other countries, nothing sinister, improper or illegal about it.

Yet the self-styled newspaper of record NYT took the lead in promoting the falsified claim, followed by the neocon/CIA-connected Washington Post and other establishment media – absurdly suggesting Trump may be working for the Kremlin against US interests.

An implausible notion is top-featured in print and electronic media reports, more evidence of how low the nation’s dominant fourth estate has sunk, more proof of its worthlessness – to be shunned, not followed.

Times disinformation was discussed in a separate article. WaPo accused Trump of “conceal(ing) details of his face-to-face encounters with Putin,” adding:

He went to “extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials, current and former US officials said.”

At best, the above remarks are a gross exaggeration, at worst bald-faced lies, part of longstanding media collusion with undemocratic Dems and other anti-Trump dark forces to weaken and delegitimize him – attacking him for the wrong reasons, ignoring the most important right ones.

Russia is Washington’s enemy No. 1 for its sovereign independence, opposition to US imperial wars, supporting vitally needed multi-world polarity, aiding Syria defeat US-supported ISIS and other terrorists, preventing the imperial state from gaining another trophy, among other hostile reasons.

Longstanding US plans call for regime change in Russia, China, Iran, and all other sovereign independent countries, naked aggression the favored strategy of Republicans and Dems, demanded by America’s military, industrial, security, media complex.

Notably since WW II, the business of America is war, a national addiction, today with super-weapons able to end life on earth if used in enough numbers.

Eisenhower’s warning against military, industrial complex dangers went unheeded. “The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist,” he stressed.

US militarism and belligerence today represent a far greater threat than his warning nearly six decades ago.

Carte blanche executive and congressional warmaking authority makes world peace and stability unattainable.

So does empowering war-profiteers to gorge at the public trough, countless trillions of dollars spent for smashing one country after another, along with maintaining and increasing the Pentagon’s global empire of bases – used as platforms for warmaking.

Trump is no exception to the rule. All US presidents are hostage to dark forces running America, front men for their diabolical interests.

He’s a businessman. Throughout his private life, he focused on revenues and profit-making. As president, he’s co-opted by imperial interests.

Along with serving corporate America, US presidents, lawmakers, and the courts prioritize pursuing the nation’s imperial agenda, Trump like all his predecessors. 

No evidence suggests he’s secretly colluding with Russia or any other foreign power against US imperial interests. So-called bombshell NYT, WaPo, and other media reports laid an egg.

So did undemocratic Dem Senator Richard Durbin, shamefully accusing Trump of being “so chummy” with Putin, adding:

“This man who is a former KGB agent, has never been a friend of the United States, invaded our allies, threatens us around the world, and tries his damnedest to undermine our elections. Why is this President Trump’s best buddy? I don’t get it.”

Durbin is one of countless congressional Russophobic mudslingers, Big Lies, deception, and character assassination their modus operandi, supporting an agenda hostile to ordinary people everywhere, backing endless wars of aggression, serving the imperial state and monied interests.

Durbin, Schumer, and other undemocratic Dems called for Senate hearings into Trump’s so-called relationship with Putin, Schumer earlier saying:

“Our Republican colleagues need to join us in demanding testimony from the president’s national security team that was in Helsinki, and we need to do that immediately.” 

“We need hearings, as soon as possible, to assess what President Trump might have committed to President Putin in secret. The Senate needs to know what happened behind closed doors.”

Trump responded to accusations against him, saying “I’m not keeping anything under wraps. I couldn’t care less” about releasing details of his conversations with Putin.

“I had a conversation like every president does,” Trump said Saturday. “You sit with the president of various countries. I do it with all countries.”

Stuff being reported about his meetings with Putin is “so ridiculous…making up” things that didn’t happen. A White House statement slammed the accusations, calling them “inaccurate…insulting, (and) ridiculous.”

Most often Trump’s public remarks combine bombast, hyperbole, and gross exaggeration with turning truth on its head.

Not on the above accusations, fabricated as part of a diabolical plot to discredit, delegitimize, and remove him from office – either by impeachment for the wrong reasons or at the polls in 2020.

That’s what’s been going on relentlessly since his triumph over Hillary and inauguration. He won an election he was supposed to lose.

Hostile dark forces and most establishment media are unforgiving, going all-out against him. Falsely suggesting he’s a witting or unwitting Manchurian candidate, serving Russian interests against America is the latest fabricated broadside against him.

The next two years look certain to be some of the most politically tumultuous in US history – clearer evidence than already that American exceptionalism, moral superiority, and the indispensable state don’t exist. 

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My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”

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