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Trump Faces Divergent Views on Russia

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 8:39
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BY  "http://www.strategic-culture.org/authors/michael-averko.html">MICHAEL
AVERKO
  /  STRATEGIC-CULTURE.ORG

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">During his contentious
press conference of last week, US President Donald Trump at one
point noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin, might very well
contend that his American counterpart faces too many
obstacles to pursue improved relations with the
Kremlin. CNN‘s chief foreign policy wonk Fareed
Zakaria, mischievously wonders why Trump has continued to be
“soft” on Russia unlike other countries? Along with some others,
Zakaria suggests that the US president is somehow conflicted with
unknown ties to Russia. Zakaria et al do not address their
biases against Russia, which are considerable.

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Trump is not the only
American who has not bashed Russia in the preferred establishment
manner. Are any or all of these non-conformist Americans (Pat
Buchanan and Stephen Cohen included) somehow compromised by the
Kremlin? The sentiment for Russia includes agreement with the
North-South clash of civilizations impression of the world, that
sees Russia as a prospective US ally. In addition, there are folks
not beholden to that North-South belief, while opposing the faulty
actions and comments against Russia.

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">At the just completed
Munich Security Conference (MSC), the US government made clear its
preference for seeing all NATO member countries financially
contribute to that military alliance in accordance to the stated
specifications. As evident in a February 18 Eric Shaun hosted Fox
News segment, the anti-Russian slant believes (at least a segment
of it) that a better funded/stronger NATO, will more likely
compel Russia to do 
« "font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">the right
thing
» "font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif"> (as in being more
agreeable with Western neolibs and neocons).

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">There are some other
aspects concerning NATO. As noted in  "nofollow" href=
"https://sputniknews.com/europe/201702181050828050-four-nato-countries-russia/"
target="_blank" title=
"https://sputniknews.com/europe/201702181050828050-four-nato-countries-russia/">Sputnik
 and  href=
"https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-02-17/melania-trump-s-slovenia-would-pick-russian-over-u-s-protection"
target="_blank" title=
"https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-02-17/melania-trump-s-slovenia-would-pick-russian-over-u-s-protection">Bloomberg
 pieces,
a recent WIN-Gallup poll finds four NATO countries (Bulgaria,
Turkey, Greece and Slovenia) preferring Russia as a power defending
them. (With that in mind, it is understandable why the Russian
government has indicated support for an initial  "nofollow" href=
"http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/02/16/slovenia-offers-host-russia-us-summit.html"
target="_blank">Trump-Putin meeting in Slovenia
 - the
birthplace of Trump’s wife.) Some other NATO nations (like
France, Germany and Hungary) have noticeable elements, which second
guess the negative neocon and neolib view towards
Russia.

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">At the end of the Cold
War, NATO kind of reinvented itself by pursuing activity outside
Europe, that isn’t necessarily directed against Russia.
Simultaneously, there remains a Cold War byproduct of anti-Russian
influence within that military alliance. At play, is an ongoing
divergence, involving the underrepresented
pro-Russian/anti-Communist observers and anti-Russian/anti-Soviet
advocates. (There are others in the mix, who don’t neatly fit into
either of these two categories.)

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">At the 2017 MSC, Russian
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, pointedly noted the past history of
US-Russian cooperation, in conjunction with the hope to get away
from the confrontational Cold War mindset. With regret, he said
that a prevailing anti-Russian lean has thwarted the effort to
improve US-Russian relations.

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">The  href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjYlHxd4Tuc" target="_blank"
title="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjYlHxd4Tuc">February 15 Fox
News Sean Hannity-Sebastian Gorka exchange
, prompted yours
truly to forward the below correspondence to Gorka, who is
currently serving as a deputy assistant
to Trump. I have had some limited prior exchanges with
him. So, it’s not like he doesn’t receive my
comments. Gorka has not (at least so far) replied to the
following:

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">«Hello Dr.
Gorka,

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">President Trump has
expressed the desire for improved US-Russian relations – something
that the Kremlin seeks.

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">With that preference in
mind, it’s especially inappropriate to flippantly use the term
‘Russian aggression’, regarding the former Ukrainian SSR and some
other matters. Feel free to pass this correspondence to Sean
Hannity.

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">If anything, Crimea has a
better case for its reunification with Russia than the separation
of Kosovo from Serbia and the ongoing Turkish presence in northern
Cyprus.

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Humanitarian intervention
was applied in Crimea, as evidenced by the virtually bloodless
territorial change undertaken there, in accordance with the well
over 2/3 pro-Russian majority in that area. As quoted in RFE/RL,
the Crimean Tatar activist Mustafa Dzhemilev, is on record for
supporting the ethnic cleansing of Russians from Crimea. In
contrast, Russian president Vladimir Putin, has condemned the
Soviet WW II era collective internment of the Crimean Tatars, while
supporting a multi-cultural/multi-lingual Crimea.

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">I personally know people
of Russian, Ukrainian, Jewish (and any combo of the aforementioned
three), backgrounds with ties to the rebel held Donbas area. They
state the otherwise obvious concerning the Kiev regime’s wanton
destruction of civilian life. Rather interestingly, the Kiev
regime’s Nadiya Savchenko has acknowledged this aspect, despite her
strident anti-Russian slant.

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">The overwhelming majority
of the Donbas rebels are from the territory of the former Ukrainian
SSR. Russian support for the rebels takes into consideration what
some Kiev regime sources have openly advocated.
Specifically, their support for an Operation Storm like
attack – referencing the 1995 ethnic cleansing of Krajina
Serbs.

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">With that in mind,
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson should acknowledge that the Kiev
regime should live up to the Minsk agreement that it signed
onto.

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">What follows is
"http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/02/12/bashing-trump-over-russia-related-comments.html"
target="_blank" title=
"http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/02/12/bashing-trump-over-russia-related-comments.html">thorough
debunking
 of Joe Scarborough’s recent WaPo
piece.

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Sincerely,

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif"> "http://www.eurasiareview.com/author/michael-averko/" target=
"_blank" title=
"http://www.eurasiareview.com/author/michael-averko/">Michael
Averko
».

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">* * *

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">As a follow-up, many if
not most conflicts, are far more nuanced than the heavy bad
guy versus virtual innocent. US mass media and body
politic have a selective sensitivity factor when assessing
some disputes abroad.

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">The term «Russian
aggression» is akin to the 1990s utilized «Serb
aggression». As applied relative to other situations over the past
fifty or so years, these terms come across as being culturally
biased, if not bigoted. In US mass media and body
politic, «Turkish aggression», «Israeli
aggression» and “US aggression” are not used. Russians and
Serbs have limited lobbying clout in the West. As a European
looking group, disparaging things can be said of them that would
otherwise get more scorn when directed against some
others.

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">The PC selective
sensitivity brings to
mind MSNBC and CNN repeatedly
highlighting how Trump seemed like he might not have
been aware that the abbreviated CBC (as brought up
by a journalist in his last press conference) was
referring to the Congressional Black Caucus. No one seems to
second guess that he knew about that organization (by its full
name) beforehand. CBC is also the abbreviated shorthand
for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which has been around
longer than the Congressional Black Caucasus. In news reports
spanning many years, I do not (offhand) ever recall the latter
organization being mentioned by the abbreviated
CBC.

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Meantime, CNN and MSNBC have
been quite mum on California Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ gaffe in
her saying that Russia invaded Korea. Ditto when the now
former US President Barack Obama, erroneously said (on more
than once occasion) that Putin was the former head of the
KGB.

"font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">What attracted voters to
Trump is the idea of challenging questionable establishment takes.
My advocacy is is line with that spirit.

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