Wanting Improved Ties with Russia Considered Heresy
by Stephen Lendman
Anti-Russia sentiment in Washington matches McCarthy era witch-hunt hysteria.
It’s more dangerous because of bipartisan hawks infesting Congress and the administration in key defense, national security and intelligence positions.
Instead of Dwight Eisenhower warning of the dangers of the military/industrial complex in his farewell address, chicken hawks Bill and Hillary Clinton, Bush/Cheney, Obama, and now Trump consider muscular militarism a good thing, enormous risks ignored.
Trump is in trouble anyway. Deep state Hillary supporters want him delegitimized, undermined and removed from office - aiming at key officials in his administration, perhaps prelude to replacing him with a more easily controlled figurehead like Pence.
Trump disgracefully fired National Security Advisor Michael Flynn over nothing, bowing to opposition forces wanting him out - solely for being soft on Russia, wanting improved relations.
So does AG Jeff Sessions, why he’s targeted for removal, not for speaking to Russia’s ambassador to Washington when a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Undemocratic Democrats and screaming headlines call for his head, wanting no change in hardline policy toward Moscow, virtually certain to get it, one of many broken Trump campaign pledges, more to come while he claims otherwise.
On Thursday, Sessions shamefully recused himself from federal investigations into the 2016 presidential campaign, related to (nonexistent) Russia election hacking - groundless claims with evidence.
FBI investigations so far found nothing, including about allegations of Trump financial ties to Russian pubic or private figures.
Witch-hunt investigations continue, checking phony allegations of relations between Trump aides and Moscow.
In a Thursday statement, Sessions said he “met with the relevant senior career (Justice) Department officials to discuss whether (to) recuse (himself) from any matters arising from the campaigns for President of the United States.”
“Having concluded those meetings today, I have decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States,” he said.
“I have taken no actions regarding any such matters, to the extent they exist.”
In a statement on Facebook, Trump said “Jeff Sessions is an honest man. He did not say anything wrong. He could have stated his response more accurately, but it was clearly not intentional.”
“This whole narrative is a way of saving face for Democrats losing an election that everyone thought they were supposed to win.”
“The Democrats are overplaying their hand. They lost the election and now, they have lost their grip on reality. The real story is all of the illegal leaks of classified and other information. It is a total witch hunt!”
Sessions remains AG, for how long remains to be seen. Pro-Hillary deep state long knives aren’t through with him. Other administration officials close to Trump are vulnerable.
Will he stick by his people responsibly or throw them to the wolves one-by-one - undermining himself in the process?
What’s going on is clear - an aggressive deep state, media supported, orchestrated campaign to delegitimize Trump, weaken him irreparably, perhaps ahead of removing him from office by impeachment and conviction, resignation or something more sinister.
At the same time, it aims to maintain hostility toward Russia and Vladimir Putin, risking direct confrontation - unthinkable possible nuclear war, madness if launched, threatening humanity’s survival.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.
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