Max Boot Is Alleging That President Trump Wants To Finlandize the USA/ Appease Russia

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For over a year, I have been alleging in my posts that the republican President Donald Trump walks, talks and acts like a Russian asset.

As per a 12/19/17 Business Insider report by Sonam Sheth:

  • “Former US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said that Russian President Vladimir Putin was handling President Donald Trump as an intelligence “asset.”
  • “Trump has frequently praised the Russian leader and expressed the desire to foster closer ties with Russia. The two also share similar views on numerous topics, like the media and the ongoing Russia investigation.”
  • “Clapper said Putin appeared to be using his past experience and training as a KGB officer in “managing a pretty important account,” referring to Trump.”
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“In his sharpest critique yet, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper characterized President Donald Trump as an “asset” to Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.”

“Clapper appeared on CNN after Trump announced his new national security strategy, which categorizes China and Russia as rivals whose interests are “antithetical” to the US.’ The White House additionally accused Russia of “using information tools in an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of democracies.”

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“During the press conference, Trump also brought up the phone call he had with Putin over the weekend, during which the Russian leader called Trump to thank him for sharing critical CIA intelligence that thwarted a planned terrorist attack in St. Petersburg.”

“Yesterday I received a call from President Putin of Russia thanking our country for the intelligence that our CIA was able to provide them concerning a major terrorist attack,” Trump said. “That’s a great thing, and the way it’s supposed to work. That is the way it’s supposed to work.”

Link: James Clapper: Putin is handling Trump like a Russian ‘asset/ Business Insider 

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Here’s the rest of the story…

On June 30, 2018, Max Boot for the Washington Post penned the following op-ed piece, “Trump wants to Finlandize the United States”

Excerpts:

“Finlandization. Noun. The process whereby a country is induced to favor, or refrain from opposing, the interests of a more powerful country, despite not being politically allied to it.”

“It is entirely fitting that the Trump-Putin summit will occur in Helsinki. Plucky Finland, which had fought the Red Army to a draw in 1940, thereafter accepted a quasi-vassal role. It remained a free-market democracy, but it entered into a “treaty of friendship” with the Soviet Union, compromising its principles and even its sovereignty so as not to provoke the bear next door.”

President Trump, for reasons we can only guess at, seems bent on the Finlandization of Europe — and even the United States. It is an unlikely development because, whereas Finland was much weaker than Russia, the United States is much stronger. Yet Trump — who was elected with Russian help and continues to question the consensus judgment of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia interfered in the election — appears determined to subordinate U.S. foreign policy to the Kremlin’s imperatives.”

“His animosity toward U.S. allies was barely veiled during his first year in office, when he was restrained by the “Axis of Adults.” But now secretary of state Rex Tillerson, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and economic adviser Gary Cohn are gone, Chief of Staff John F. Kelly is on the way out, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is marginalized. There are no longer real restraints on the president’s Trumpiness.”

“At a rally in North Dakota last Wednesday, he summed up his worldview in a sentence: “Sometimes our worst enemies are our so-called friends and allies.” Not quite. In the real world, our worst enemies are . . . our enemies. But Trump is acting in accordance with an inverse logic of his own where good is bad and up is down.”

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“At June’s Group of Seven summit in Canada, Trump seethed, “We’re like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing. And that ends.” This was his justification for a trade war with our allies — a trade war with a cost to U.S. companies that grows by the day. Only Trump can square this assertion with his oft-repeated boast that the U.S. economy is now “the greatest economy in the history of America .” If we are being robbed blind, how can we be richer than ever? Luckily Trump’s intellect is capacious enough not to be encumbered by the foolish consistency that is the hobgoblin of little minds.”

“Convinced that America is being ripped off, Trump, according to Axios, told the other G-7 leaders that “NATO is as bad as NAFTA.” This is true but not in the way that he means, given that both NAFTA and NATO are great boons to the US. According to Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer, the situation became so tense that Trump tossed 2 Starbursts on a table and then told German Chancellor Angela Merkel, “Here Angela. Don’t say I never give you anything.”

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“Trump is being modest, for he does give Merkel and the other European leaders something on a regular basis: the back of his hand. Trump says the European Union “was set up to take advantage of the United States,” and, according to my Post colleague Josh Rogin, he even tried to entice Emmanuel Macron into pulling France out of the E.U. As history and strategy, this is bonkers. The United States encouraged European integration from the start; its origins lie in the Organization for European Economic Cooperation created in 1948 to disperse Marshall Plan aid. U.S. presidents for decades have seen “a Europe united and strong” (to borrow John F. Kennedy’s 1963 phrase) as a bulwark against Russian power.”

“But then Trump prefers to appease rather than confront Russia. He won’t rule out  recognizing Vladi­mir Putin’s illegal annexation of Crimea; he reportedly told the G-7 that “Crimea probably should belong to Russia because everyone there speaks Russian.” The Baltic states, with substantial Russian-speaking minorities, better watch out.”

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“Trump is said to be interested in reaching a deal over Syria in which Russia would promise to curb Iranian power in return for a pullout of U.S. troops — even though the Russian-backed Assad regime is now attacking rebels within the “deconfliction zones” in southwestern Syria that Trump and Putin announced last year. Pulling U.S. troops out of Syria would hand the entire country over to Russia and Iran.”

“That is only the beginning of the concessions to his friend Vlad that Trump is contemplating. The Post reports that Trump has ordered the Pentagon to study the removal of U.S. troops from Germany — a country that Trump views as an enemy because it sells cars that Americans love to buy. The U.S. troop presence in Germany has signaled since 1945 our commitment to protecting Europe from Russia. A pullout now would open the door to Finlandization. If you want to see what that could look like, watch the Norwegian TV series “Occupied.

“I have never believed that Trump is a Manchurian candidate — a Russian mole — but it’s hard to know how he would be acting differently if he were.”

14 comments

  1. That is a big accusation.
    If taken to its final parallel the President of the USA would ask Russia if it approved of the Senior Officials at State and Defence.
    Who would have thought this sort of accusation could ever surface in the USA’s main media outlets

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    • The only reason I don’t think Trump is a Russian mole/spy is b/c he is so overtly blatant about it. No Manchurian operative is that transparent in word and deed. More than likely he’s just not that bright, and President Putin is simply taking advantage of an easy dupe.

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      • Dear 1EarthUnited,

        I agree with your thinking.

        I don’t classify President Trump as a spy/ mole as he would be terrible in both roles. I describe him more as a useful fool or a Russian asset.

        President Putin has the goods on President Trump to where he would do anything within his power to please the Russian leader.

        President Trump makes for a useful idiot.

        Hugs, Gronda

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    • Dear Roger,

      If President Trump could get away with that, he would. It would be one way to uncover those who are more loyal to Russia.

      Yes, he is a Russian asset. If the Eu countries wanted to under cut him, they would make sure that there is a recording of any discussion between Presidents Trump and Putin.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Gronda, we both of used the term “asset” to define what Trump is to Putin. To me, it dates back to his 6th corporate bankruptcy where no US banks would lend him money. So, he got it from the a Russians who liked to launder money in US real estate,

    It may be as simple as this. He feels like he owes them. But, it appears to be much more. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      President Trump is compromising the US national security interests for the likes President Putin. The GOP in the US Congress are abetting a Russian asset and they know it and they don’t care.

      How sick is that?

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • Gronda, I am at a loss to how to convince the GOP leadership to not allow this man to destroy our global leadership. His toadies are beyond hope to do anything, but there needs to be far more standing up to this man. Keith

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    • Dear Rob,

      I can’t believe that the GOP in the US Congress have continued to support and cover for this man who is a chronic liar, a Russian asset, vulgar, a racist, a misogynist, a xenophobe, a narcissist who is compromising US national security interests.

      This is our reality show nightmare.

      Hugs, Gronda

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