NATO or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization traces its history to April 4th, 1949 when the North Atlantic Treaty was signed in Washington, D.C. by ten Western European countries, Canada and the United States. Since the original signing, NATO has been joined by an additional sixteen countries from most of Western Europe, some ex-Soviet Bloc Central Europe countries and Turkey considered part of the Eurasia-Southern Europe region.
Today NATO’s twenty-eight country coalition is the one single bloc standing in the way of any expansionistic desires Russia’s Putin might be harboring. Vladimir Putin, the ex-KGB agent, current president of Russia and a superb geopolitical strategist understands this fully. No one on the face of the earth should for one second doubt that Putin, if given the opportunity would not invade countries like Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, plus a handful of other countries once under the control of the Soviet Union. In fact, Putin himself once said “‘The breakup of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century.”
Perhaps it was the biggest geopolitical tragedy for Communism and the many communist apparatchiks that for more than 70 years murdered tens of millions of people and subjugated hundreds of millions with the most ruthless iron fist imaginable. But for the people of the many countries that were able to break the yoke of Communism, it was the greatest event they could have hoped for.
However, let there be no mistake about Putin’s intentions. He aims to take back as much of what the old Soviet Union lost as he can. The West is dealing with a highly intelligent, mentally twisted, despotic, power hungry megalomaniac, who will do his best to destabilize NATO, his single biggest obstruction to the restoration of absolute hegemony over lost subservient states.
The United States of America along with the rest of all other NATO’s members have been stalwart opponents of Russia’s expansionism during or after the breakup of the Soviet Union. However, it is shocking that the Republican Party made up of the same people who in the past have advocated for a strong stance against Putin’s annexation of the Crimea, invasion of Georgia and the Ukraine, are now backing a candidate who would allow the dissolution of NATO. Trump’s adulation of Putin and his comments about NATO are an expression of his incredible geopolitical naïveté, his moneymaking ambitions, and his twisted overblown ego. Bottom line; Putin can consider Trump a tool that he can use to further his aims in Europe.
Unfortunately, Trump does not have the savoir faire to discern the danger of his standpoint and view of a region that is crucial for the security of the U.S.
The adage “tell me what company you keep and I’ll tell you what you are” cannot be more appropriate than in the case of Donald Trump’s top adviser Paul Manafort who has ties to pro-Russian politicians in the Ukraine. In fact, Franklin Foer in an article dated July 21, 2016 said: “As I have reported, Manafort didn’t just represent oligarchs tight with the Kremlin. He became business partners with them. He ran a private equity fund in which the aluminum magnate (and Putin pal) Oleg Deripaska invested millions.”
The fact is that Donald Trump has had a love affair with Russia for a while. In fact, Trump has attempted to do business in Russia since before the break-up of the Soviet Union. Some of these attempts at business in Russia include the reconstruction of the Moskva and Rossiya Hotels as well as the building of a skyscraper and other hotel development projects in Moscow. As per what one of Trump’s son said during a real estate conference in 2008: “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.” “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”
From a policy perspective, Trump has declared positions that are closer to Moscow than any other U.S. politician. He has called for the U.S. to leave Syria and to allow Russia alone to do the fighting. He believes the U.S. should not be involved, not even in a humanitarian fashion, in helping Ukraine fight Russian intervention. He has even expressed doubt that there isn’t enough evidence to prove Russia is to blame for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. These and other comments point to Trump not only being a Putin stablemate, but also a Putin and Russian aggression apologist.
While others in government make decisions based on advisors, think tanks and international diplomatic conferences, it is obvious that Donald Trump’s world view is driven in great part by his business ambitions. Trump’s charm offensive toward Putin is mostly driven by commercial benefits that he could extract now and in the future rather than geopolitical realities that could affect the future of Europe, maybe even the world.
As the Political Insider said: “Putin would love someone whose mouth is bigger than their brain and not as intelligent”
Putin on the other hand has been returning Trump’s favor. The recent hacking into the emails of the Democratic National Committee by Russia is proof that Putin wants Trump to reach the U.S. presidency. The Daily Beast in a July 25th article reported:
“The FBI suspects that Russian government hackers breached the networks of the Democratic National Committee and stole emails that were posted to the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks on Friday.”
“It’s an operation that several U.S. officials now suspect was a deliberate attempt to influence the presidential election in favor of Donald Trump, according to five individuals familiar with the investigation of the breach.”
For those that want further proof of Putin’s support of Donald Trump, all they need to do is visit one of Putin’s propaganda outlets, the Russia Insider. Go to their website http://russia-insider.com/en and read the many articles that openly promote Donald Trump. Or visit one of the various Russian Donald Trump websites that report on Trump news and offer his books and other products for sale. Or visit the Trump 2016 Russian language mock campaign site.
In reality all that has been described above is minute in comparison to the one tangible risk that the U.S., and perhaps even the world faces by a Donald Trump presidency. What he told The New York Times is quite telling; that if elected, he would not automatically come to the aid of NATO allies in the Baltics if they came under Russian attack. This is an enormously dangerous position to take.
On the face of weakness, Putin will push forward with his agenda of reconquering those countries once under the rule of the Soviet Union, which are now free and part of NATO. It is a known fact that Putin has privately threaten that if given the opportunity he would invade Poland, Romania and the Baltic states. These countries are not only NATO members but also part of the E.U. To put it mildly this would be a catastrophic development that could signal the beginning of World War III.
This fact alone should be something the mainstream media should be reporting on a daily basis. Trump should be asked to clarify his position, and if he continues with this policy advocacy he should be disqualified to become president of the United States of America.