After the Helsinki Summit, Trump Threatens Iran in ALL CAPS tweet

After the Helsinki Summit, Trump Threatens Iran in ALL CAPS tweet

A week has passed since the Trump-Putin summit, and a RogueMoney reader asked me for my thoughts on the outcome. Rather than give the stock answer of ‘it’s too soon to say’, I thought I’d do what analysts do and emphasize the knowns, then contrast those with the greater part that remain ‘known unknowns’ in the ongoing negotiations to defuse Cold War II (or more accurately, to revive the USA’s geoeconomic fortunes because Kissingerian realists in Washington realized by 2016 fighting Russia, China and Iran all at once while dominating the EU, Japan and the Koreas was no longer feasible). The problem with this traditional analytical framework including labels like ‘realism’ vs. neo-conservativism, is that Trump defies easy characterization.

On the one hand, Trump appears to sincerely want to improve U.S.-Russia relations because he has taken more heat for this than any other aspect of his platform, culminating in this week’s insane allegations that he has committed ‘treason’ by questioning the ‘intelligence community’ finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections in support of his candidacy. On the other hand, on Sunday night Trump escalated his anti-Iran rhetoric, hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) delivered a speech in southern California calling for a 1980s Reaganesque policy of rollback against the Islamic Republic.

Screen shot from: Russia’s Vesti News/First Channel

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Trump Derangement Syndrome in Full Meltdown After Helsinki Summit and Massive Tsarist Era Gold Shipwreck Reported in Far East

Trump Derangement Syndrome in Full Meltdown After Helsinki Summit and Massive Tsarist Era Gold Shipwreck Reported in Far East

The following is a roundup of the @FinanceExaminer Ken “the Shotgun Professor” Schortgen Jr’s posts about the hysteria surrounding the Trump-Putin summit and the intriguing discovery of a Russo-Japanese war era shipwreck reportedly containing over $100 billion in gold bars. Even if the estimate of what can be salvaged from the Far Eastern waters proves overly optimistic, the shipwreck underlines the massive mineral wealth the Russian treasury possessed on the eve of World War I that Moscow’s historic enemies in the City of London coveted, and eventually plundered while using the mass murdering Bolsheviks as their agents. — JWS

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Sen. Rand Paul Praises President, Says ‘Trump Is Right To Meet Putin’

Sen. Rand Paul Praises President, Says ‘Trump Is Right To Meet Putin’

Kentucky Senator and ophthalmologist Paul may not be his libertarian legend father Dr. Ron Paul, but he is emerging as a staunch defender of President Trump’s sincere desire for detente with Russia. For challenging the bipartisan hysteria over Trump’s #HelsinkiSummit press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he has received hatred from #TheResistance and its likely paid trolls online, who tweet congratulations to Paul’s former neighbor Rene Boucher, now awaiting federal sentencing for battering a member of Congress.

Together with Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, who rhetorically asked why his son should have to die for newly admitted NATO member state Montenegro (notably omitting Russia, as opposed to irredentist greater Albania nationalists, as the likely aggressor), Paul is one of the leading defenders of dialogue with Moscow. Paul made very clear in a pre-summit interview with CNN’s Russiagate pusher Jake Tapper that he does not excuse or apologize for all of Russia’s foreign policy actions, but that Washington needed to admit it reneged on a promise not to expand NATO eastward given to the Russians as Germany reunified in 1990.

In an interview with Fox News that followed the mostly Trump friendly network’s hosts criticizing the President for being too soft on Putin and the Robert Mueller indictments-alleged ‘election hacking’ of the Democratic National Committee, Paul referred to ex-CIA director John Brennan as ‘unhinged’. He also reminded the audience that John Brennan who is today shrieking about Trump being a Russian agent cast a vote for the Communist Party presidential candidate as a ‘protest vote’ during the 1970s, at a time when the U.S. and USSR were locked in the last Cold War.

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