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Focus on the Strategic Truth, Not the Chatter

July 14, 2017
Presidents Putin and Trump on the sidelines of the G20 Hamburg summit. July 7, 2017. (en.kremlin.ru)

A signed editorial yesterday in "Global Times," an English-language newspaper owned by China's "People's Daily," said, "Trump's team, despite a constant stream of negative news, is gradually consolidating its grip on power. Constant stories about his Russia connections are beginning to sound like background noise."

In fact, the arrogance, the brashness and the loudness of these British-steered Russia-gate stories are in inverse proportion—not only to their truthfulness, but to their plunging credibility among the American people.

Americans recognize the truth of what Russia expert Stephen Cohen told Tucker Carlson of Fox News on July 7, the day of the Trump-Putin summit. Carlson asked Cohen, "Professor, the first thing you notice is just how much the press is rooting for this meeting between our President and the Russian President to fail. Why would they want it to fail?"

Cohen answered, "It's a kind of pornography. Just as there is no love in pornography, there is no national interest in this bashing of Trump and Putin." He said that his caption for the summit would be, "Potentially New Historic Detente Anti-Cold War Partnership Begun by Trump and Putin, but Meanwhile Attempts to Sabotage it Escalate."

In an article in "The Nation" yesterday, Cohen wrote that the summit's four main achievements were: 1) formalizing and symbolizing the new detente partnership between the American and Russian Presidents; 2) agreement to cooperate in Syria against terrorist forces there, not only in the limited ways announced, but in more expansive ways, which meant agreeing with Moscow that Syrian President Assad must remain at least until ISIS is fully defeated; 3) creating a bilateral US-Russian channel for negotiating a settlement of the Ukrainian civil and proxy war, thereby bypassing, or reducing, the role played thus far by Germany and France, which has largely failed; and 4) agreeing to discuss ways to limit the dangers of cyber technology in international affairs.

Cohen has not always been right, but he's right about this. This was indeed "potentially historic."

Now will Americans submit to these Russia-gate scandals which aim to reverse what the summit achieved, and go back towards confrontation and war with Russia? Of course not. The point is emphasized by a university study reported today in "The Nation" by James Carden: "Communities Most Affected by War Turned to Trump in 2016." Recall that the U.S. has been continually at war for fifteen years, but "the vast majority of citizens have no direct connection to those soldiers fighting, dying and returning wounded from combat," in the Forever Wars in the Middle East. The study finds that "there is a significant and meaningful relationship between a community's rate of military sacrifice," like deaths and maimings, "and its support for Trump." Of course there is.

The British-sponsored journalists and "talking heads" are making the same fatal mistake they made in the November election. They're talking up a storm between themselves—and they all agree, so it must be true. They get louder and louder, and more and more extreme—and then they went to bed on Nov. 8, and when they woke up the next morning, they had all been completely wrong.

In discussing this today, Mike Steger of the LaRouchePAC Policy Committee wrote, "In our discussion here yesterday, we assessed that our language is far too limited and restricted by confining ourselves to the tactical events, and not focused towards capturing the epoch-level developments which are at issue for mankind."

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