In a radio interview this week with host Hugh Hewitt, President Trump sent a clear signal that he is moving towards negotiating a new nuclear arms pact with Russia. Despite the endless slanders and smears asserting that he is beholden to President Putin, due to alleged Russian intervention on his behalf in the 2016 election—a charge intended to deter him from working with Putin—Trump stated, "We're dealing with Russia right now on a nuclear pact....They want to do it. They want to do it badly. And it's a great thing. This is the biggest problem in the world today. We're dealing with Russia right now on that."
It is significant that Trump identified the danger of a renewed nuclear arms race as the "biggest problem" confronting humanity, given the confluence of multiple crises building in the world today. These comments came in the days after the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the two nuclear strikes against Japan, which provided an opportunity to reflect on the recklessness of statements regarding pursuit of a strategy to "win" a nuclear war, coming from elements of what can be identified as the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) in the U.S. The Schiller Institute's founder Helga Zepp LaRouche commented that she found "this remark by President Trump extremely important", given the accelerating level of "actual strategic tensions in the world right now." She added that it places even greater importance on the need to convene a summit of great powers as soon as possible, referring to President Putin's initiative for the Permanent Five members of the United Nations' Security Council to meet and deliberate, as the best immediate option. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov confirmed that though a date for a summit has not been set, preparations for it are underway.
This renewed push by Trump to fulfill one of his most important campaign pledges from 2016, to establish a friendly collaborative relationship between the U.S. and Russia, comes as there is no longer any doubt that the narrative of Russian interference in the election was a fabrication, hoisted upon the world by collusion between imperial geopolitical forces in London, their Five Eyes partners, and their counterparts in the outgoing Obama intelligence team. These forces are desperate to maintain geopolitical tensions, between the U.S. and both Russia and China, to protect the global looting mechanisms they have imposed to prop up their bankrupt system, which is in the midst of a systemic collapse. Trump has held at least six phone conversations with Putin since the end of March, fueling the panic of the war mongers.
MORE "RUSSIA, RUSSIA" NONSENSE
Evidence of their hysteria can be seen in two parallel developments. First, despite the importance of Trump's statement, there has been virtually no coverage of it in the mainstream media, nor comment from leading figures engaged in what passes for strategic foreign policy discussions. Secondly, in spite of the massive evidence that the narrative of Russian meddling in the 2016 election was a fraudulent, psychological warfare operation designed to tie Trump's hands, or remove him from office, the lies about "Russian interference" continue to be spread!
For example, Susan Rice, a war hawk who served as President Obama's National Security Adviser, is a leading promoter of regime change coups, and a possible choice for Secretary of State should Biden win the election, accused Trump of giving the Russians a green light to meddle in the upcoming election. On August 13, she said Russia is stepping up "efforts to interfere in our elections with, it seems, the blessing of Donald Trump", who she said "has refused to call out Russia on any number of things, least of all its involvement in the 2020 election." Needless to say, neither Rice nor the others parroting this allegation have any evidence to back it, other than citing anonymous sources in the intelligence community, thereby repeating the fakery of the last four years.
Not to be outdone, the leading war hawk inside the administration, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, revisited another slander produced by "anonymous intelligence sources" and placed in the New York Times, alleging that Russia is paying bounties to Taliban militants to kill American military forces in Afghanistan. Pompeo reported that he had threatened Lavrov that, "If the Russians are offering money to kill Americans...there will be an enormous price to pay." President Trump has repeatedly dismissed the story as "Fake News." It was published precisely as the administration is planning to remove U.S. troops from Afghanistan, to end a military involvement which has continued for two decades. Clearly, Pompeo's rants are at odds with the President's intentions. (1.)
THE REAL SCANDAL OF THE HELSINKI SUMMIT
A summit between Trump and Putin in Helsinki on July 16, 2018 represented the worst nightmare for the forces behind the strategy of keeping the U.S. trapped in "endless wars" and geopolitical confrontation. Prior to the meeting, Trump said "Our relationship with Russia has never been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity [referring to the policies of his predecessors G.W. Bush and Obama] and now, the rigged Witch Hunt." His reference to Russiagate was particularly poignant, as three days before the summit, Robert Mueller brought indictments against twelve GRU members for their role in electoral interference— an obvious ploy aimed at undermining the summit, as Mueller knew he had no evidence which would stand up against them in court, and he would likely never even have to face them in a courtroom.
The summit meeting lasted more than two hours, with the two leaders discussing the most serious issues confronting them, including reducing spending on arms. In the press conference following the meeting, Trump emphasized the importance of putting an end to the arms buildup and ongoing wars, saying it is "crazy" that his government is spending nearly $750 billion on defense. He said that Putin expressed his concern that the dynamic of a new arms race threatens the security of both nations.
Yet the press barely mentioned this subject, focusing instead on whether Trump challenged Putin on "Russian meddling in the U.S. election." When a reporter reminded him that the intelligence community had "high confidence" that Russia interfered, Trump's forceful response provoked a freak-out: "I have great confidence in my intelligence people," he said, "but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today." For his part, Putin stated, "Russia has never interfered in and is not going to interfere in U.S. internal affairs." He added that if there is evidence to the contrary, "we are ready to review it together."
Trump summarized the problem they faced by saying that Russia and the U.S. are both responsible for the breakdown in relations, but that it has been the special counsel's investigation, and not "Russian meddling", which "has kept us apart." Later he tweeted that, "as the world's two largest nuclear powers, we must get along."
WAR PARTY ESCALATES ITS WAR VERSUS TRUMP
The reaction to this was an immediate reassertion of the lies behind the coup attempt against Trump coming from all sides. Trump's Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats made an impromptu statement, in which he reiterated the intelligence community's findings on Russian interference, adding that "warning lights are blinking red again", referring to charges that Russia is still engaging in electoral interference.
The Republican Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, expressed his disagreement with Trump's statements, saying there is "no question that Russia interfered," adding "Russia is not our ally." Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Trump's response "made us look like a pushover [to Putin]." Both Ryan and Corker repeatedly opposed Trump on economic policy as well as foreign policy, and both retired after the 2018 midterm elections.
Many Democratic members of Congress attacked Trump, including minority leaders Pelosi in the House and Schumer in the Senate, with Schumer accusing him of turning a blind eye to "attacks which undermine our democracy." Pelosi bleated that, "With Trump, all roads lead to Putin," which she continues to insist to the present day.
The most over-the-top response came from former CIA Director John Brennan, who had played the leading hands-on role in pushing the Russiagate fraud, beginning in early 2016, when he worked with Obama's DNI James Clapper and the FBI's James Comey, using material provided by Britain's GCHQ and MI6, to create the "Get Trump" task force. Brennan growled that Trump's press conference "rises and exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes and misdemeanors.' It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin." The words "high crimes and misdemeanors" define the standard for impeachment, while treason is punishable by death!
The media also was filled with outrageous comments. One of these came from Michael McFaul, who was Obama's Ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, and whose interventions into Russia's internal affairs degraded the relationship between the two nations. In an op ed in the Washington Post, McFaul wrote that the Trump-Putin summit "will be remembered as the most appalling display of capitulation by a U.S. president to a Kremin leader ever."
What is of paramount importance is the following simple fact: as evidence now shows, Trump and Putin were the ones telling the truth, while everyone else peddled the lies of the coup plotters! Trump's response to the furor generated by the summit was to calmly state, "We should have had this dialogue a long time ago."
It is essential that this dialogue not be postponed any longer. Trump's opponent in the presidential race, Joe Biden is a charter member of the War Hawks in the Democratic Party, going back to his full-throated support for the Bush-Cheney lies which led to U.S. escalation in the "endless wars" in southwest Asia. He played a leading role in worsening U.S.-Russian relations with his work as Obama's point man in pulling off the regime change coup in Ukraine, and his defense of Obama's intelligence community's support for "moderate rebels" in Syria, which served as a pass-through for U.S. weapons to ISIS and Al Qaeda.
Further, evidence has now emerged which shows that he was directly involved in the fraudulent case made by the FBI against Trump's National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn. It was Flynn who was tasked by Trump to overhaul the intelligence community, to end the "weaponization" of intelligence, which included such practices as spying on a presidential campaign, and the collection of data on all Americans, through building a "surveillance state."
Thus, to overcome the damage done by Russiagate, and to realize the promise of a peaceful, collaborative relationship between the world's nuclear superpowers—which was one of the main reasons why Trump was elected over Hillary Clinton—Americans must rally now to support his commitment to negotiate a new nuclear arms agreement with Russia, and mobilize to insure that the U.S. participates in the proposed P5 summit.
1.) We have reported that Pompeo met with former NSA Technical Director Bill Binney, on October 24, 2017, at Trump's urging, to hear the evidence compiled by Binney which proves definitively that there was no Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee and Podesta computers. Had Pompeo, who was CIA Director at the time, studied the forensic evidence presented by Binney, and done a proper investigation of the role played by his agency in pushing the lies of Russiagate, it could have shut down the attempted coup at that time, and spared the President, and the nation, from being subjected to the disruption of government which occurred for the next two-plus years—including the role of Russiagate in worsening U.S.-Russian relations.