‘Russophobia runs amok’ in US, puts it on edge of war with Russia – Stephen Cohen

'Russophobia runs amok' in US, puts it on edge of war with Russia – Stephen Cohen

 Protesters against US President Donald Trump’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr. in front of the White House in Washington © Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Russian demonization and Russophobia have gripped the US, where politicians would rather impeach Trump than avert a nuclear war with Russia, professor emeritus at both Princeton and New York Universities Stephen Cohen believes.

While US media and establishment still cannot settle nerves after Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, Cohen, who is also contributing editor at The Nation, and Chicago University professor John Mearsheimer, bashed the Russian bogeyman approach in an interview to Vice news.

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Cohen has been labelled as Russian president’s apologist, with “tsunami” of attacks on him. However, the scientist says that those people are just uniformed, with Mearsheimer adding many refuse to engage in fair dialogue with both of them merely because they would “lose the debate.”

“We’ve demonized Putin and we’ve putinized Russia, so we’ve demonized Russia. Russophobia is running amok in this country.” Cohen said. “I’ve seen these things from the inside. I’ve re-thought and re-thought how we got to the edge of war with Russia, where we haven’t been since Cuba in 1962. And I have concluded it is 95 percent our own doing.” 

Cooperation with Moscow praised by Trump during the Helsinki meeting, but seen by some in Washington even treasonous, is actually vital, according to Cohen. Despite the US president is “wrong on a lot of things” this particular part is not among them.

“If he means what he said he was right – it would be great to cooperate with Russia. I would go father – it’s imperative,”the professor said.

However, this approach does not fit the tune of US establishment, despite Trump is trying to do and stuck to what “we have demanded of every president – keep us out of war with Russia.”

The hostility towards the two leaders’ meeting and its results is “largely driven by the fact that people want to undermine Trump,” according to Mearsheimer. And the aim to get rid of Trump apparently prevails the world’s peace, his fellow scholar noted.

“These people would prefer trying to impeach Trump to averting nuclear war or war with Russia. If it’s come to that, Trump is no longer to blame, we are ourselves,” Cohen said.

US & its allies are to blame for Ukrainian crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin was among those who dared to push his own agenda against American one, Mearsheimer said, stressing the Ukrainian crisis was one of the “main manifestation of that.”

“The evidence is clear that the United State and its West European allies [are principally responsible for the crisis],” he argued.

Going further on the topic, Cohen stressed that the idea to bring Ukraine to the West militarily and economically was “deeply rooted”in Washington to make Russia “nothing more than what [former US President Barack] Obama called ‘a weak regional power.'”

The US would never tolerate the situation similar to Ukraine’s ambitions to join NATO on its own doorstep, Mearsheimer stressed. The professors argued that if the Soviet Union or China had formed a military alliance with Mexico or Canada, everybody would have demanded the US leadership to react and this would be deemed not aggression, but defense.

“Any fool could have told you that by bringing in countries on Russia’s borders with historical grievances against Russia, we’re going to diminish everybody’s national security,” Cohen said.

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Swamp Creature John McCain Rips Trump-Putin Presser: ‘Pathetic,’ ‘Disgraceful,’ ‘Erratic,’ ‘Painful’

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands ahead a meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

By Joshua Caplan

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) lambasted President Donald Trump’s joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir in Helsinki, Finland on Monday.

The Arizona senator released a statement describing President Trump’s remarks during the press conference as “pathetic,” disgraceful,” and “painful” to observe — “a recent low point in the history of the American Presidency.”

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“Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake,” Sen. McCain’s statement begins. “President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin. He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world.”

It is tempting to describe the press conference as a pathetic rout – as an illustration of the perils of under-preparation and inexperience. But these were not the errant tweets of a novice politician. These were the deliberate choices of a president who seems determined to realize his delusions of a warm relationship with Putin’s regime without any regard for the true nature of his rule, his violent disregard for the sovereignty of his neighbors, his complicity in the slaughter of the Syrian people, his violation of international treaties, and his assault on democratic institutions throughout the world.

McCain highlighted the coziness between President Trump and his Russian counterpoint in contrast to his tough talk towards the United States’ European allies. Last Wednesday, President Trump scolded Germany during a breakfast with NATO officials in Brussel over Berlin’s support of a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal with the Kremlin, describing Europe’s largest economy as a “captive of Russians.” In an interview with British tabloid The Sun, President  Trump predicted the British government’s proposed watered down Brexit strategy “will probably kill” hopes of a bilateral trade agreement with the United States. Ahead of his high-stakes meeting with Putin, President Trump branded the European Union a “foe” in respect to trade.

“Coming close on the heels of President Trump’s bombastic and erratic conduct towards our closest friends and allies in Brussels and Britain, today’s press conference marks a recent low point in the history of the American Presidency,” the statement continues.” That the president was attended in Helsinki by a team of competent and patriotic advisors makes his blunders and capitulations all the more painful and inexplicable.”

McCain concluded his blistering statement by accusing Trump of failing to uphold American values abroad, something he claims the president has failed to do since winning the White House.

“No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant. Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are—a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and abroad. American presidents must be the champions of that cause if it is to succeed,” McCain said. “Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility. One can only hope they are not waiting totally in vain.”

Presidents Trump and Putin vowed a fresh start to troubled relations between the world’s greatest nuclear powers at their summit, as the American leader rejected a chance to condemn Moscow’s alleged manipulation of U.S. elections. Standing alongside Putin at a joint news conference, President Trump said he had “spent a great deal of time talking about” election meddling, without going into detail or explicitly condemning any interference after 12 Russian agents were indicted in the United States.

When pressed about alleged meddling, President Trump stressed that Putin had delivered a “powerful” denial of any Russian vote meddling and said the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller had been a “disaster” for the United States. President Trump again denied any collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin, while Putin insisted: “The Russian state has never interfered and is not planning to interfere in the USA’s internal affairs.”

The Agence France-Presse contributed to this report. 

TRUMP BASHER MARK SANFORD OUSTED IN KEY SOUTH CAROLINA PRIMARY

Trump Basher Mark Sanford Ousted In Key South Carolina Primary

New GOP emerging as #NeverTrumpers driven out

Fox News – JUNE 13, 2018

Incumbent Republican South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, a frequent Trump critic who the president lambasted earlier in the day as “nothing but trouble” and “very unhelpful,” was ousted in Tuesday night’s primary by state Rep. Katie Arrington.

On a key primary night with elections also held in Maine, Virginia, Nevada and North Dakota, the results in South Carolina were an unmistakably positive referendum on President Trump’s tenure.

Arrington’s shock win was also a dramatic rebuke of Sanford’s heated “Never Trump”-style rhetoric and scandal-pocked career. It signaled that the president’s base in the state remains solidly behind him ahead of November’s midterm elections, despite withering criticism from both inside and outside the Republican party.

State Rep. Katie Arrington, a relative political newcomer who secured Trump’s backing, repeatedly bashed Sanford for deriding the president and even ran advertisements featuring video clips of Sanford’s Trump criticisms.

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Earlier Tuesday, as the ballots were being counted, Sanford acknowledged in an interview that his criticisms of Trump had hurt him in the primary.

“Well I think it has probably hurt me in this race,” he said. “But again, there are no free lunches in life.  I think there are times I have had to oppose the president because of stands I have had for a long time.”

The coastal 1st Congressional District is Republican-leaning, but contains sizable liberal pockets such as Charleston County, which went for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Sanford has warned that Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs will be “disastrous,” called the president intolerant and untrustworthy, and even appeared to blame him for the shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice last year.

“I would argue that the president has unleashed — it’s partially, again, not in any way totally — but partially to blame for demons that have been unleashed,” Sanford said, after gunfire from a disaffected progressive loner nearly took the life of Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.

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As voters headed to the polls Tuesday, Trump reminded them of Sanford’s rhetoric, as well as the affair.

TRUMP MOCKS ‘VERY UNHELPFUL’ SANFORD, SAYS HE’S ‘BETTER OFF IN ARGENTINA’

“I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a state I love,” tweeted Trump, who was traveling aboard Air Force One on the way back from his historic one-on-one meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes. VOTE Katie!”

By contrast, Trump said that Sanford “has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to [Make America Great Again]. He is MIA and nothing but trouble. He is better off in Argentina.”

Other key races in NV, VA, and SC

Voters in Virginia also handed a big win Tuesday to pro-Trump Senate candidate Corey Stewart, the firebrand who has vowed to wage a “vicious” and “ruthless” fight against incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine.

Stewart said he plans to campaign like Trump and appeal to blue collar voters.

Chants of “lock her up” rang out at Stewart’s victory speech Tuesday night.

TRUMP-BACKED CANDIDATE WINS IN NEVADA GUBERNATORIAL PRIMARY

Also in Virginia, voters decided that state Sen. Jennifer Wexton will take on vulnerable Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock in November in the northern Virginia congressional district. Wexton, who won a six-way primary, routed her well-funded competition in a race called early in the evening.

Comstock fought off a challenge from Shak Hill, who attacked the two-term incumbent as insufficiently conservative and weak in her support of President Donald Trump.

FILE - Nov. 4, 2014: Then-Virginia Republican Congressional candidate, now Rep.-elect Barbara Comstock is seen at her election night party in Ashburn, Va.

Barbara Comstock is one of the GOP’s more vulnerable representatives in Congress; she will face state Sen. Jennifer Wexton in November.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Comstock’s district is considered a prime target for Democrats as they hope to retake the House in November.

Voters in Virginia also decided that former CIA officer Abigail Spanberger will face hard-right conservative Representative Dave Brat in November. Hillary Clinton carried Comstock’s district by nearly ten points in 2016, and Trump’s win in Brat’s district was relatively narrow.

Meanwhile, Archie Parnell has won the Democratic nomination in a South Carolina congressional district despite revelations from a divorce filing last month that he beat his wife more than 40 years ago.Parnell’s win sets up a rematch with U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman. Parnell lost by just 3 percentage points in a special election last year.

In Nevada, Trump-backed candidate Danny Tarkanian, the son of legendary UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, defeated Scott Hammond and television reporter Michelle Mortensen.

Tarkanian, a businessman, had been running in the primary against GOP Sen. Dean Heller, when Trump reached out and asked him to switch races so that Heller could run without intra-party opposition.

Elsewhere in Nevada, Sharron Angle, the conservative who once ominously threatened to “take out” then-Sen. Harry Reid, lost her race against Rep. Mark Amodei.

The Associated Press and Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

(JUST LIKE CHICAGO) – Shootings, stabbings & acid attack: London rocked by violence on holiday weekend

A spate of shootings and stabbings in London has prompted additional police patrols on the capital’s streets over the bank holiday weekend.

Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton, 17, was fatally shot on Warham Street, south London on Saturday. The attack took place in daylight, just after 6pm, and police are appealing for information.

The following day, a 15 year old was shot in the head with shotgun pellets in Wealdstone, north-west London, Harrow Police said. Another teenager, aged 13, was found with a wound to the head on the same street minutes later. He had been walking with his parents at the time of the attack, and has since been discharged from hospital. A man was arrested on Sunday in connection with the two Harrow attacks and has been released “under investigation.”

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“It would appear that the first victim was approached by two male suspects, one in possession of a shotgun – and shots were fired, injuring him and an entirely innocent member of the public,” Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Rose said.

Also on Sunday, a 22-year-old man was found with gunshot wounds in New Cross Road, south-east London. He was taken to hospital and his condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

Meanwhile, a 43-year-old man was stabbed in Perivale on Sunday, and two men in their 20s were injured in a suspected acid attack in Shacklewell Lane, Hackney.

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“The violence used has rightly caused concern and we are doing all we can to address this,” DCS Simon Messinger saidof the spate of attacks. “Over the Bank Holiday weekend, additional officers are on the streets across the capital, working hard to keep London safe. They are using highly visible local patrols supported by armed response, traffic motorcycles, dog units, and air support – alongside plain clothes intelligence-led operations.”

There have been more than 60 alleged murders in London so far this year, and homicides have jumped by 38 percent since 2014, the Sunday Times reports.

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“YOU’RE GOING TO GET LOCKED UP!” – Conservative Reporter Laura Loomer DESTROYS Comey at Book Signing (VIDEO)

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Independent journalist Laura Loomer blasted fired FBI Director James Comey Wednesday at a book signing at a Barnes & Noble in New York City.

By Cristina Laila

When the fired FBI Chief asked for questions Laura Loomer stood up and asked him why he lied under oath and hid information from President-elect Donald Trump that Hillary Clinton paid for the debunked Steele Fusion dossier.

“Why didn’t you disclose to President Trump that his opposition paid for the dossier?” Loomer asked Comey as people began to boo loudly.

“You are not an ethical leader!” Loomer exclaimed.

Even though Comey’s sycophants were trying to silence Laura Loomer, she continued to blast Comey.

“Eleven lawmakers today, Mr. Comey, filed a criminal referral against you!”

Loomer was referring to the letter Rep. Ron DeSantis and 10 other lawmakers sent to the DOJ Wednesday,criminally referring Comey, Hillary Clinton, McCabe and Loretta Lynch for their investigations into Trump.

Laura finished her questioning with, “You’re going to Jail!”

Security personnel quickly moved in and proceeded to escort Laura Loomer out of Barnes & Noble.

Comey got Loomered!

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Another angle of the video…look at Comey’s reaction!

Laura Loomer posted a picture of herself to her Twitter account smiling at Barnes & Noble:

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