This is the title of yet another hyperventilating piece in WaPo, where POTUS' "national security advisers" told him not to congratulate Putin and bring up an obvious false flag Skripal affair in conversation. Well, DJT showed that he is smarter than that.
President Trump did not follow specific warnings from his national security advisers Tuesday when he congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his reelection — including a section in his briefing materials in all-capital letters stating “DO NOT CONGRATULATE,” according to officials familiar with the call.
Trump also chose not to heed talking points from aides instructing him to condemn the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain with a powerful nerve agent, a case that both the British and U.S. governments have blamed on Moscow.
The president’s conversation with Putin, which Trump described as a “very good call,” prompted fresh criticism of his muted tone toward one of the United States’ biggest geopolitical rivals amid the special counsel investigation into Russia’s election interference and the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russian officials.
I think it is as good time as any to start speaking in broadsides and basically give a final diagnosis to US "national security advisory" cabal an appropriate definition--it is incompetent and it is in a whole lot of an intolerable butt-hurt. A lot comes into this butt-hurt, such as General McMaster being nothing more than a peep-squeak when compared with people who are his counterparts in Russia. He is simply not in the same league as Gerasimov militarily or Patrushev intelligence wise. Nor "tough-talking" Mattis can impress anyone in Russia, not to mention that nobody in US military knows what it means to defend own country and what goes into this. The United States is in no danger of being invaded by treacherous barbaric Canadian troops or be bombed into the stone age by the mighty Mexico. Plus, obvious barely hidden complex of inferiority. Hence childish behavior.
Just an example, McMaster knows that none of his family, close and remote, are in any danger of being attacked by Russia, unless, of course, this Ph.D advises to attack Russia first and succeeds in his plans. It is really a simple reality, Russians do not want to kill Americans, but US establishment wants to kill Russians and the more the better. Should it come to it, they will have no problems with bombing the shit out of Moscow, St. Petersburg or Vladivostok. One of those psychopaths, Ralph Peters "resigned" from Fox today because poor fellow can not handle an actual (for once coming from Fox) attempt on telling some semblance of truth. Should, say, McMaster or whoever is in his "advisory" board ever had some of their relatives killed or maimed, or had their property blown to smithereens, or go hungry or cold for months as a direct result of a war and then suffer from crippling chronic illnesses--they may have changed their childish butt-hurt posture. But nobody among them has those experiences, all of them without exception are good ol' boys and girls, some of whom saw some brutality of war inflicted on others, but that is about it. Mattis may have flattened Fallujah but does he understand what it means to have one's own city flattened? They come from prosperity and century and a half long (in reality more) peaceful United States where the only reminder of a violence are criminal chronicles on TV and newspaper from communities from which no future officers or national security advisers emerge. Hence they always have non-stop urges to compensate for the lack of history, skills, often culture and this inferiority is not a good guide in making adult decisions. Paradoxically, DJT's undeniable narcissism and spontaneous nature may have been a good counter-balance to the advise of his so called "somebody's national security" advisory team and made him do a sensible and, in general, right thing to do.
Today the US so called "national security" apparatus is the same as US "diplomacy"--a simulacra, a non existent phenomenon. A "national INsecurity" complex and a Deep State are more appropriate descriptions. Moreover, it is a cabal of incompetents who are good only for palace intrigues and demonstrating their hurt feelings and who absolutely have no grasp of the world outside--it is a catastrophe. The "academe" and "expertdom" which supports this "national security" is mostly a sewer which is absolutely not qualified to pass any judgement or give advise on serious geopolitical, military, economic, technological issues among many. The worst--they do not know history. They do not know American history, they sure as hell have no clue about 20th century military history and a real history of Russia is beyond their grasp. So what's left for them? Sabotage. They sabotage a crucial line of communications between Presidents of Russia and USA which has a strategic global significance in preventing the world from sliding down towards a WW III, which will see hundreds of millions of people dead and more maimed and their lives destroyed. They sabotage the POTUS, who for all his personal failures, sincerely spoke many words of truth and wisdom during his campaign. In the end, they sabotage America herself--all those, however, slight attempts at finding some model which may work. This is the face of today's American "National Security" and those who serve it. They sure as hell do not serve America.
As James Petras concisely observed today and described (itemized) a record of utter failure of Pax Americana:Russia’s historic recovery under President Putin and its gradual international influence shattered US pretense to rule over unipolar world. Russia’s recovery and control of its economic resources lessened US dominance, especially of its oil and gas fields.
As Russia consolidated its sovereignty and advanced economically, socially, politically and militarily, the West increased its hostility in an effort to roll-back Russia to the Dark Ages of the 1990’s.
The US launched numerous coups and military intervention and fraudulent elections to surround and isolate Russia . The Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Russian allies in Central Asia were targeted. NATO military bases proliferated.
Russia’s economy was targeted : sanctions were directed at its imports and exports. President Putin was subject to a virulent Western media propaganda campaign. US NGO’s funded opposition parties and politicians.
The US-EU rollback campaign failed.
The encirclement campaign failed.
The Ukraine fragmented – Russia allies took control of the East; Crimean voted for unification with Russia. Syria joined with Russia to defeat armed US vassals. Russia turned to China’s multi-lateral trade, transport and financial networks.
As the entire US unipolar fantasy dissolved it provoked deep resentment, animosity and a systematic counter-attack. The US’s costly and failed war on terror became a dress rehearsal for the economic and ideological war against the Kremlin ..Russia’s historical recovery and defeat of Western rollback intensified the ideological and economic war.
The UK poison plot was concocted to heighten economic tensions and prepare the western public for heightened military confrontations.
Russia is not a threat to the West: it is recovering its sovereignty in order to further a multi-polar world. President Putin is not an “aggressor” but he refuses to allow Russia to return to vassalage.
President Putin is immensely popular in Russia and hated by the US precisely because he is the opposite of Yeltsin – he has created a flourishing economy; he resists sanctions and defends Russia’s borders and allies.
Hysteria and being butt-hurt are first signs of weakness but this ageless wisdom seems to pass over those who in today's America pretend to know it all, while having no clue.