Trump fixing what Bush, Obama broke -or- Putin has a poodle problem

July 29, 2018
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June 2001: President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in northern Slovenia.

“I looked the man in the eye. I found him very straightforward and trustworthy – I was able to get a sense of his soul.”

According to Condoleezza Rice’s memoir, Putin warned the Bush delegation about Saudi Arabians funding Muslim extremists and the relationship between the Taliban, al Qaeda and the Pakistani army recalling that “it was only a matter of time until it resulted in a major catastrophe”.

Less than three months later came September 11, 2001 and the murder of almost 3,000 Americans in the name of Allah.

March 2003: The United States invades Iraq.

October 2003, Steven Lee Myers writes in the New York Times: “President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia says the United States now faces in Iraq the possibility of a prolonged, violent and ultimately futile war like the one that mired the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. In an expansive interview on Saturday evening, Mr. Putin warned that Iraq could ”become a new center, a new magnet for all destructive elements.” He added, without naming them, that ”a great number of members of different terrorist organizations” have been drawn into the country since the fall of Saddam Hussein.”

Barely six months after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Putin saw what Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and crew refused to admit.

March 29, 2004 the nations of Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the former Soviet states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia join NATO. A move that the same Steven Lee Myers writes on April 3rd : “To Russia, at least, the meaning is clear: the alliance still views it as a potential enemy rather than a partner.”

To this day the West has failed to realize its own role in antagonizing post USSR Russia into acting the way it does today.

August 2008: Russia sends troops into Georgia over long standing tensions over South Ossetia. French President Nicolas Sarkozy brokers a cease-fire, U.S. President George W. Bush releases a statement condemning Russia for recognizing South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states stating that “The territorial integrity and borders of Georgia must be respected, just as those of Russia or any other country.”

March 2009: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presents a red plastic “reset” button to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that she thinks translates to “reset”. Instead, the “smartest administration in history” had translated the word “overcharged”.

March 2012: an open mic picks up President Barack Obama in Seoul, South Korea whispering to then Russian President Dmitri Medvedev to relay to Vladimir Putin that “This is my last election….After my election I have more flexibility”.

“Flexibility” that would carry into the Presidential debates when he mocked Mitt Romney for saying Russia was America’s number one Geo-political threat with “The 1980’s called and they want their foreign policy back”. An attitude of arrogance and ignorance that is still reverberating today.

October 22, 2015: the late Charles Krauthammer in a column on Syria’s Bashar al-Assad traveling to Moscow, asked in his Washington Post column: “Does the bewildered Obama administration finally understand what Russia is up to?” and then nailed it:

“Putin’s larger strategy is also obvious. He is not reconstructing the old Soviet empire. That’s too large a task. But he is rebuilding and reasserting Russia’s ability to project power beyond its borders. Annexing Crimea restores to the motherland full control of the warm-water Black Sea port that Russia has coveted since Peter the Great. Shoring up a rump Alawite state secures Russia’s naval and air bases in the eastern Mediterranean. Add to that Russia’s launching of advanced cruise missiles from warships in the Caspian Sea to strike Syrian rebels 900 miles away and you have the most impressive display of Russian military reach since the Cold War.”

November 9, 2016: The Clinton campaign hatches the Trump/Russia collusion scheme to distract from Hillary’s devastating loss and cast a shadow over the incoming Trump Presidency. The plan works brilliantly as Democrats, “never Trump” Republicans and a hostile media happily spread the narrative. Obsession over President Trump’s lack of mean words for Vladimir Putin in public blacking out coverage of Trump’s definitely not collusionary policies.

Trump’s actions to date include: Poland getting Patriot missiles that Obama denied, reversing the Obama policy of not give lethal military aid to Ukraine, forcing Russian Television (RT) to register as a foreign agent, expanded the Magnitsky list and sanctions against dozens more Russian officials, closed two additional consulates and expelled their “diplomats”, and loosened the rules of engagement in the fight against ISIS that left untold numbers of Russian mercenaries and even Russian troops killed or wounded.

If President Trump is “Putin’s poodle” as some have said, than Vladimir did a lousy job house training his new pet. Because “poodle” Trump is crapping all over Putin’s new carpet.

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