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I am not sure exactly why Trump has decided that this country or the world for that matter, will be better off under the control of the Russians although I have a few ideas or theories that, at least in my mind, make sense. The first among the theories is that Trump has a case of “I want what he has”. Putin has an iron-fisted control over not just his country and people but also over his region of the world.
If there has been one goal in Putin’s mind in the last decade it has been to reestablish the glory days of the Soviet Union when Russia, by virtue of its control of the U.S.S.R. controlled all of the countries in what became known as the Eastern Bloc. The advantage here was, and will again become, the access to the manpower and resources of that collection of countries. With that comes the absolute power to Putin to manipulate, steal, or murder in those countries as he sees fit.
In effect, the world is coming full circle back to post WWII days with one great big exception. China. Through the 1950’s and 1960’s, we sat on pins and needles worrying about the Soviet war machine. While it is true that we do not have the Soviets sitting in Germany now they are in an even stronger position than before by controlling gas an oil going into Europe. Additionally, while the West, and the U.S. in particular, has fiddled around the Russians have worked at building up the cyber capabilities in Europe and America.
This new position is not anything new in the sense that we have been aware of their capabilities for some time. What is new is the aggression of the Russians and their boldness. I think President Obama made a mistake by not bitch slapping Putin during the run-up to the elections although I can understand his reasoning for not doing so. Donald Trump’s failure and unwillingness to protect America, though, is far more troubling.
Several of our highest military commanders and intelligence analyst have said that President Putin is essentially running a state-controlled, criminal enterprise in Russia. I think some parallels can be drawn to his operations with regard to other countries and the operations of the old mafia in this country. Just as Al Capone wiped out his competition in Chicago, Putin sees other countries as competitors and will treat them as Capone treated “Bugsy” Moran’s people on Valentine’s Day in 1929.
All one has to do is to look at Trump’s history to see how he is playing this whole thing. Trump has never been a successful businessman. Every real business he has tried to run has failed. He has survived by doing three things:
1. He leverages his father’s name and money to get into businesses over his head and with no shame at all simply walked away from them leaving banks and creditors holding an empty bag. His response to them was simple, “Screw you, sue me”. At which time his shyster attorneys would keep them in court until they went broke.At one point he was said to have been the defendant in more than for thousand lawsuits at one time.
2. He managed to keep his personal wealth from his father out of his business enterprises so they could not be touched. Having money and continuing to tell everyone how great he was kept him among the rich and famous in New York.
3. He bullied everyone with threats of lawsuits so no one really pushed him.
All of these things stacked up against what Putin has in Russia makes him envious. Putin does not have to tolerate anything even similar to the criticism Trump has gotten even before he was president. At the same time, financially, Trump is small potatoes compared to Putin and his oligarchs. Giving him the benefit of the doubt Trump may be worth $10 billion while best estimates put Putin at more the $80 billion. Most of the friends of Putin are worth more than three times what Trump is worth. So that is Trumps kind of people.
Trump has made it clear that he does not want to anger Putin. Any actions against Russia have levied by others in the U.S. Government: Congressional action for one. He even told his staff that the actions regarding the assassinations in England were not to be attributed to the White House. He has recently said that he plans to pull out of Syria soon (so much for telling the enemy what you are going to do). China, regardless of what Trump says, will be the big dog in the North Korea negotiations. In Fact, Trump seems to be our ally, South Korea, hostage to the success of those negotiations by holding back on an approved trade package with them.
While Trump is conceding the Northern part of the Middle East to Russia and the Korean peninsula to China he is crawling into bed and cozying up to the Saudis. A large part of this may be about his own financial concerns as well as those of Russia’s. The agreeing with Saudi Arabia on cracking down on Qatar makes little sense because of our ally status with them. That is about a disagreement between those two oil-rich nations only one of which is allowing us to have a base there with roughly 12,000 American troops on their territory. It has been suggested that this came about because Qatar refuses to lend Kushner’s family a half billion dollars for their New York real estate holdings.
So as we sit here and hope that the special counsel saves us from complete ruin Donald Trump is slowly giving away our influence in the world. According to a report by Richard Engel of NBC News, the pulling out of Syria will be turning our back on the only reliable allies that we have had in the war against ISIS. It was the Kurds who became the heroes and fought with us side by side in wiping out ISIS in Syria. When we pull out they will be left to the mercy of the combined forces of the Turks, The Russians, and the Syrian forces and without the support of the American air power they will be crushed.
So much for American loyalty to those who fight with us to stop the most dangerous threat to the Middle East in this millennium. And our so-called ally, the Turks are attacking the Kurds while they are fighting with us. So count America as a rudderless ship just waiting for anyone who chooses to take it over.