Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic: It's Official: Hillary Clinton Is Running Against Vladimir Putin
Fulfilling what might be the Russian autocrat’s dearest wish, Trump has openly questioned whether the U.S. should keep its commitments to NATO.
The Republican nominee for president, Donald J. Trump, has chosen this week to unmask himself as a de facto agent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a KGB-trained dictator who seeks to rebuild the Soviet empire by undermining the free nations of Europe, marginalizing NATO, and ending America’s reign as the world’s sole superpower.
I am not suggesting that Donald Trump is employed by Putin—though his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was for many years on the payroll of the Putin-backed former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. I am arguing that Trump’s understanding of America’s role in the world aligns with Russia’s geostrategic interests; that his critique of American democracy is in accord with the Kremlin’s critique of American democracy; and that he shares numerous ideological and dispositional proclivities with Putin—for one thing, an obsession with the sort of “strength” often associated with dictators.
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WNU Editor: Do Putin and Trump see eye-to-eye on some issues .... probably. Are there differences on other issues .... definitely. But comparing Trump to Putin .... now that is a stretch. I am old enough to remember the stories that were circulating around in the 1980s that U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy was close to the Kremlin .... and those stories were roundly condemned by the mainstream media (even though it was learned that he was close to the Kremlin leadership). Flash forward to today .... same story but a different politician from the other side .... and what we are seeing is a feeding frenzy with claims that Donald Trump is a Nazi to (as Jeffrey Goldberg tries to explain) an ally of Putin.
Next week .... its a Democrat convention where (I predict) the narrative is going to be different.