Remarking “cable news coverage was as hostile and hateful toward the president” as he had ever seen, Patrick J. Buchanan, a former GOP presidential candidate, said in Mr. Trump’s Monday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin when he said, “Peace with Russian is a good thing, not a bad thing,” he called off Cold War II.
With his remarks in Helsinki, Finland, and at the NATO summit in Brussels, Mr. Trump also signaled a historic shift in U.S. foreign policy “that may determine,” said Mr. Buchanan, “the future of this nation and the fate of his presidency” because he rejected “the fundamental premises of American foreign policy since the end of the Cold War and blamed our wretched relations with Russia, not on Putin, but squarely on the U.S. establishment.”
By “U.S. establishment” he means the Deep State that is after his hide.
Prior to the meeting, Mr. Trump tweeted, “Our relationship with Russian has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!”
What did he mean, asked Mr. Buchanan, by foolishness and stupidity of U.S. foreign policy establishment?
Was it the U.S. provocatively moving NATO into Russia’s front yard after the collapse of the USSR?
Was it the U.S. invasion of Iraq to strip Saddam Hussein of weapons of mass destruction he did not have that plunged us into endless wars of the Middle East?
Was it U.S. support of Syrian rebels determined to oust Bashar Assad, leading to ISIS intervention and a seven-year civil war with half a million dead, a war which Putin eventually entered to save his Syrian ally?
Was it George W. Bush’s abrogation of Richard Nixon’s ABM treaty and drive for a missile defense that caused Putin to break out of the Reagan INF treaty and start deploying cruise missiles to counter it?
Was it U.S. complicity in the Kiev coup that ousted the elected pro-Russian regime that caused Putin to seize Crimea to hold onto Russia’s Black Sea naval base at Sevastopol?
Many Putin actions we condemn were reactions to what we did.
Russia annexed Crimea bloodlessly. But did not the U.S. bomb Serbia for 78 days to force Belgrade to surrender her cradle province of Kosovo?
How was that more moral than what Putin did in Crimea?
Regarding the “rigged witch hunt,” Russian military intelligence hacked into the emails of the Democratic National Committee, despite the DNC saying it didn’t, and exposed how the DNC stuck it to Bernie Sanders so Hillary Clinton would have a clear path to the party nomination. Mr. Trump has said over and over again that he did not collude with Russia in the election — or with what it did to the DNC.
Is there any proof, after two years, that he did?
(The Russians also attempted to hack into the Republican servers, but failed.)
Mr. Trump insists Russian meddling had no effect on the election outcome in 2016 and he is not going to allow media obsession with Russiagate to interfere with establishing better relations, says Mr. Buchanan.
Despite what Mr. Putin has done, i.e., annexation of Crimea (President Obama did nothing), aiding pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine (again Mr. Obama did nothing), allegedly poisoning former Russian intelligence officers, and the list goes on, he commands a huge nuclear arsenal and army. We must deal with him. And Mr. Trump, who deals in instinct and impulse, is the man we elected to do it.
Hated by the Deep State, the intelligence agencies whose best interest is another cold war, and the elites of both parties — the bureaucratic establishment which Mr. Trump has panicked — are very, very upset. Which is wonderful.
In Brussels, Mr. Trump’s message was “clear, consistent and startling,” said Mr. Buchanan: “NATO is obsolete, European allies have freeloaded off U.S. defenses while rolling up huge trade surpluses at our expenses; those days are over; Europeans are going to stop stealing our markets and start paying for their own defense.
“And there will be no Cold War II.”
On Syria, Mr. Trump said he and Mr. Putin are working with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who wants all Iranian forces kept far from the Golan Heights. And Mr. Trump said after ISIS is obliterated, which is very near, U.S. troops in Syria will come home.
The underlying message says Mr. Buchanan is “America is coming home from foreign wars and will be shedding foreign commitments.”
At American Greatness, editor and publisher of The New Criterion Roger Kimball enunciated Winston Churchill in 1954: “Meeting jaw to jaw is better than war.”
He notes that Mr. Trump repeatedly said during the 2016 campaign that it would be a good thing, not a bad thing, to get along better with Russia.
Mr. Trump has been deadly more serious and tougher with Mr. Putin than Mr. Obama or Mrs. Clinton ever were. Remember her reset? There was no media outcry. How come? Oh, they liked her. And Mr. Obama. The media would do nothing to displease them.
Mr. Trump has imposed onerous sanctions on Russia, has withdrawn diplomats and has continued to have military maneuvers on Russia’s borders, to Mr. Putin’s displeasure.
He’s trying to dismantle the administrative state and restore international order or many fronts. And despite his critics, he’s succeeding.