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Jun 26 2019

This Is The Land Of Confusion

There is no evidence that Iran is seeking a nuclear weapon. They are signatories of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty and has been in compliance with the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action from which accused rapist Donald Trump as withdrawn the US. Meanwhile, the accused rapist refuses to admit that Russia hacked and disrupted the 2016 elections and continues to do so. So what does this fraud who sits in the Oval Office do? He tightens sanctions on Iran and threatens a military attack.

Confused? So are our closest allies and many members of the usurper’s crime regime. His claims that he has been tougher on Russia are outright lies, just ask aluminum oligarch Oleg Deripaska. The accused rapist will be meeting with his Russian puppet master at the G-20 in Osaka, Japan this week and no one has a clue about what they will discuss. One thing we do know, it certainly won’t be Russian interference in our upcoming elections.

Former National Security Council advisor on Russia for presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Andrew S Weiss writes in Poltico about the babbling baboon’s erratic Russian foreign policy.

[..] Three senior voices with experience of dealing with Russia, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford, the NSC’s in-house Russia expert Fiona Hill, and, reportedly, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, are all on their way out.

These developments are not linked, but they tell us a lot about how Russia policy actually works in the Trump administration.

The conventional wisdom has long held that Trump’s bizarre brand of Russian policy (which he invariably describes as “getting along with Russia”) doesn’t matter all that much because the rest of the U.S. government is taking a tougher line on the Kremlin’s misbehavior. When it comes to sanctions, military cooperation with Ukraine, or cyber operations against Russian critical infrastructure, this argument goes, largely sensible day-to-day decisions are being made.

Experienced professionals like Ambassador Huntsman, General Dunford, and Hill have focused on reestablishing reliable lines of communication with Russian counterparts that can be used to manage discrete pieces of business. In Dunford’s case, a secure hotline with Russian General Staff chief Valeriy Gerasimov has helped reduce (but not eliminate) the risk of unintentional military clashes in Syria’s crowded battlespace. All three have tried, with remarkable patience and firmness, to channel their boss’s undiminished desire to strike a grand bargain with Putin in a more realistic direction and to focus his energies on contending with a Kremlin that keeps ratcheting up the pressure rather than seeking a new modus vivendi.

Yet none of this obscures the fact that there is still no overarching Russia strategy in place, let alone the discipline to implement it. The Administration’s actual day to day policy on Russia is mostly reactive, bordering on incoherent. Sure, there’s lots of attention on the appearance of countering the Kremlin’s malign activities, but little sustained focus on how best to manage an adversarial relationship with Moscow over the long haul. Tough talk on issues like Venezuela or U.S. election meddling has hardly changed the Kremlin’s risk calculus. With different parts of the president’s team marching off in different directions, the result is a mishmash of competing approaches that don’t add up to an effective policy.

John Oliver, host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” looks at the confused mess the accused rapist has created.