Of one contradiction about the new US sanctions against Russia


Let’s look at the bill on the new package of sanctions against Russia that has been practically unanimously approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate this week that also includes Iraq and North Korea in it, for some bizarre reason, and point out a contradiction about it that seems to have been missed by all the people who are supporting it.

The strange thing about this bill is that during his election campaign Donald Trump, then a presidential hopeful, had on numerous occasions stressed that he intended to improve relations with Russia and that he didn’t see any danger in doing so, only benefits for the US. In fact, he mentioned this so many times that it became an important part of his election campaign and voters had no doubt where he stood on this issue.

Are you starting to get my drift, ladies and gents? Are you getting a notion where my train of thought – love that phrase ‘train of thought’, by the way – is leading us? Good for you if you have figured it out already.

Anyway, Americans who had voted for Donald Trump on November 8th last year were voting, in part, for the improvement of relations with Russia. This is not to imply that Russia was the main issue that pushed them to vote for him, but it was there for everyone to see and dwell upon and discuss at home and at work and at other places. Which means that at least half of the country wanted Trump to get on well with Russian President Vladimir Putin? Which in turn means that the current hysteria surrounding the dangers that Russia supposedly poses for America – some even say that it is a bigger threat than ISIS – is actually an attempt to convince millions of Americans that it makes no sense to be friendly with the Russkies. Which, if we develop this idea further, means two fingers to all those people who voted for Trump. As in, we know better, so stay out of it, as the inhabitants of the swamp in Washington are saying, a habit they developed and perfected under President Obama.

Not to mention that all those opinion polls, conducted on request of the likes of New York Times and Washington Post and other media outlets with anti-Russian and anti-Trump agendas, that supposedly prove that Americans are horrified about the prospects of better relations with Russia are simply not correct, or at least involve respondents who didn’t really grasp what had been said and promised during the run up to November 8th.

It is an obvious contradiction when it comes to the way Russia is seen by a lot of people in Washington who seem to ignore what so many voters think. And no one in the mainstream media seems to have picked this up and mentioned it. And it is very strange because the same media outlets are very quick to pick up any small things that they see as relevant when they try to pin ‘collusion with Russia’ on President Trump and his team.

Go figure, eh?