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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Trump's reverse Nixon on China

Many readers are puzzled to see the left so upset with President Trump for seeking normal diplomatic relations with Russua

Communist John Brennan, who headed America's spies under Barack Obama, called it treason. In his eyes, it is because President Trump is using Russia as a counterweight to Red China, just as Richard Nixon used Red China as a counterweight to the Soviet Union.

President Nixon's trip to Red China drove a wedge between Red China and the Soviet Union. While Americans at the time saw the Soviets and Red China as allies in the communist movement, by 1972 they were rivals.

Nixon knew this thanks to double agent Morris Childs, a high-placed Communist Party USA official who secretly worked for the FBI. The Soviets funded the party. And Childs visited Moscow 52 times.

Childs informed Hoover of the rift between the Soviets and Chairman Mao, information Hoover trusted with Nixon, which led to his 1972 trip.

19 years later, the Soviet Union collapsed and the American left had no home office to instruct it. Beijing filed that void. Under Clinton, we caught Red China conducting industrial and military espionage but we did nothing because the Red Chinese were able to buy off our politicians.

And it is Red China. The nation remains communist. It plans world domination by replacing America as the industrial and military leader in the world. Bush 43 and Obama were duped and accommodated this.

Russia, the small remnant of the Soviet Empire, is a rival that we can team up in our trade war -- or cold war, if you prefer -- with China.

In that light, the meeting with Putin was bigger than I thought. Certainly, President Trump brought Putin up to date -- and on board -- with the formal end to the Korean War.

But Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem Post saw something more.

"In his opening remarks, Putin put an official end to the debate over his intentions. 'The Cold War is a thing of the past,' he declared. 'The era of acute ideological confrontation of the two countries is a thing of the remote past – it’s a vestige of the past,'" she wrote.

His was a reminder to the world that the Cold War ended when the Soviet Union formally collapsed on December 25, 1991. A Christmas gift to the West although the Orthodox Christmas is January 7.

"If Putin’s statement of his intentions and his outlook were the only thing to have come out of the summit, it would have more than justified the meeting. But that was only the beginning," Glick wrote.

"Two critical issues, Iran’s presence in Syria and North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, were the subject of a significant amount of attention from Trump and Putin during the press conference. Their remarks on both subjects made clear just how critical the meeting was for U.S. national security interests and for global stability in the short and long-term."

Adding Russia to the anti-Iran team of Israel, Saudi Arabia, and other Gulf states as well as Egypt, is a diplomatic achievement that is without precedence in my lifetime.

President Trump is not alone in this endeavor and he is not necessarily the leader. However, this is the untold story that I am now convinced the American press deliberately misrepresents. When it comes to reporters, they are not sending their best.

But it is not just tamping down Iran's influence that makes this relationship vital. Glick wrote that Putin "is willing to attenuate Russian ties with China in favor of stronger relations with the U.S. if he believes that his interests are better served by Washington than Beijing."

Ha Ha!

In this drama, Putin is Chairman Mao.

What flipped him?

"Obama joined with Russia in enabling Iran to become a nuclear-armed state by concluding the nuclear deal with Iran in July 2015. The fact that Trump was able to convince Putin to support Israel’s efforts against Iran in Syria after abandoning the nuclear deal in May, despite Putin’s continued support for the nuclear deal, was a major achievement," Glick wrote.

Never underestimate the power of testosterone. President Trump has it in excess as witnessed by the women he attracts.

"The second area where Trump achieved a major breakthrough in Helsinki is North Korea. It is far from clear that Trump’s effort to cut a deal with North Korea can survive Pyongyang’s latest anti-American diatribes and the evidence of its continued nuclear operations. But what is clear is that none of North Korea’s efforts could continue without Chinese support. Nuclear armed North Korea is China’s most powerful – and dangerous – proxy," Glick wrote.

Who sides with China? Obama, Bill Kristol, and every person who protests putting America First in the perpetual trade war that all nations wage.

In another column, Glick explained President Trump's skills in international diplomacy.

"Trump is being condemned for adopting a conciliatory tone towards Putin while employing a combative tone towards the Europeans and particularly Germany at the NATO summit. This criticism ignores how Trump operates in the international arena," Glick wrote.

"Trump views his exchanges with foreign leaders as separate engagements. He has goals he wishes to advance with China; with North Korea; with Russia; with Canada; with Mexico; with Europe; with Britain; with US Arab allies. In each separate engagement, Trump employs a combination of carrots and sticks. In each engagement he adopts a distinct manner that he believes advances his goals."

He is negotiating on behalf of the United States.

His critics hate it.

There is a point when a critic becomes a traitor.

Nixon was able to abate the spread of the Soviet Union.

The left -- then clients of the Soviet Union -- brought Nixon down.

I doubt they will succeed with President Trump.

But vote anyway, just to make sure. A Republican House will guard against impeachment.

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13 comments:

  1. It looks like President Trump read the Riot Act to Putin. He'll get on board, willingly or not, or suffer the consequences. And China just said they'll buy oil from the Saudis instead of Iran. The mullahs' options are fast disappearing. - Elric

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  2. Negotiate tough in private. Praise in public. The art of the deal.

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    1. The Army says praise in public, criticize in private. It's the foundation of leadership.

      Reaming a guy in public, like Bucketmouth and Zippy liked to do, is lousy leadership.

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  3. CNBC:
    PRESIDENT TRUMP: "I mean, basically that’s what we discussed. We discussed lots of great things for both countries, frankly. But there are things that we can do for both countries that are very good. Now, we then go to a news conference. I mean I had these -- some of these fools from the media saying, “Why didn’t you stand there, look him in the face, walk over to him, and start shouting at him?” I said, “Are these people crazy? I want to make a deal.” I want to make a deal. You can’t do that. And we’ve been having a bad relationship with Russia for many years. And you know, that may be wrong. I -- it may be that you can’t do anything and -- that’s very possible. But I’m different than other presidents. I’m a dealmaker. I’ve made deals all my life. I do really well. I make great deals. You know it because you’ve covered them for a long time Joe. And I think if we can get along with Russia and other countries….

    KERNEN: Does it help with China to have Russia as almost as a -- to set them…

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: It doesn’t hurt, okay. It doesn’t hurt.

    KERNEN: And that was in your mind as well?

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: Maybe, in the computer. I mean maybe. It’s -- probably doesn’t hurt you know. But I’m not even looking at it that way. I’m just saying if we can do certain things on terrorism, as an example… we found out that in St. Petersburg a little more than a year a ago there was going to be a very major terrorist attack. St. Petersburg, Russia.

    KERNEN: Right.

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: We called them and let them know. They were able to nab this very vicious gang of terrorists. They got them. I assume they’re some place right now that maybe you don’t even want to know about. I don’t know what they did with them. Okay? And I don’t care.

    KERNEN: Look, I know…

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: -- But wait a minute…

    KERNEN: Yep.

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: They thanked us profusely. This was gonna be a major attack. We found out about it and we gave them that information. That's a good thing. And Putin, called me up. President Putin called me up and he said "I wanna thank you very much. That would've been a major attack in St. Petersburg." We informed them. I don't think anybody even knows about that. These are good things. They inform us. They can inform us. Getting along is a good thing, not a bad thing. The fake news they want to make it like where there's like a big confrontation. I don't want to play that game. I don't want to go into that game.

    KERNEN: Any timeline on the next meeting, Mr. President?

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: Let me just say this – With that being said, I have been far tougher on Russia than any president in many, many years. Maybe ever."

    Good analysis, Mr. Surber

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  4. The press was given a power in this country never enjoyed by any other entity in the history of man. Actually as a mistake by a great man. But What has it doesn't with this boone? Enrich itself from plying propaganda to usurp power for itself alone. Yeah we need info. But we don't need the press.

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  5. If the DNC had any sense and self-interest, they’d hog-tie their crazies with their screams of post-election impeachment and their promises of revenge against conservatives; because those crazies are going to incentivize a record number of the Sensible Center to turn out and vote for Trump.

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    1. The Democrat party has gotten consistently more anarchic in the last 50 years.

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  6. So playing the Russia card, like playing the China card 40 years ago, is now seen as treason. Whoda thunk?

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  7. When you’re not getting enough oxygen to the brain, you turn blue.

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  8. A great passage from Bob Tyrrell’s The Liberal Crack Up that could easily describe the LibCommie skills in foreign affairs:

    Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis performed by a chorus and orchestra of chimpanzees; Einstein interpreted by schoolchildren.

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  9. Trump's loudest critics on Russia, Iran, China, North Korea, etc. are the "experts" who have screwed everything up over the last 30 years. Their way didn't work, and now they are saying Trump is doing it wrong because he's not doing the same things he did.

    Not one of those critics can point to a successful diplomatic effort that they were involved with.

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    1. Rush and others said at the very beginning that The Donald is an existential threat to their gravy train. He gets elected without them. He administers without them. How are they going to get someone to pay them if they aren't involved in these good time solutions??? Answer, no one will. They are screwed and they know it. Karl Rove anyone??

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