(NationalSentinel) ForeignÂ Policy: That GOP candidate Donald J. Trump has spoken admiringly of his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, is a matter of record. So is his stated foreign policy objective ofÂ seriously improvingÂ ties between the U.S. and Russia.
But what should be equally obvious by now, given the whole “Russia hacked the election to help Trump”Â BS narrative and this latest effort to ensnare Attorney General Jeff Sessions as part of a ‘Trump-Russia conspiracy’Â to “steal” the election from Hillary Clinton, the Deep State and its defense-foreign policy-intelligence careerists, in conjunction with establishment types inÂ both major parties,Â doesn’t want a ‘reset’ with Russia. Because actually achieving one wouldÂ finally break the military-industrial-political power structure that has long ruled from the shadows.
What’s more, the Russians know this. Because you see, they are no strangers to psychological operations, and they can spot one when they see it. The goal of the deep state in the U.S. is to so poison the political atmosphere that any real attempt by the president and his foreign policy team to seriously improve relations with Moscow will be viewed with anger and suspicion by the bulk of the American electorate.
The intense attention being given to the new U.S. attorney general’s meetings with Russia’s ambassador could obstruct improved Washington-Moscow relations, the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.
The spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters he did not know about the meetings last year between Ambassador Sergei Kislyak and Jeff Sessions, who at that time was a U.S. senator. Sessions also was a policy adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign.
Peskov said it was normal for Russian diplomats to meet with U.S. lawmakers. Sessions’ office has said the meetings were in his capacity as a senator rather than as a Trump campaign adviser.
He characterized the reaction to the news of the Sessions meetings as “an emotional atmosphere (that) leads to resistance to the idea of some kind of U.S.-Russia dialogue.”
A spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, told The Associated Press that the Russian Embassy would not comment on meetings with American political figures, but she also said they were part of the embassy’s “everyday business.”
Zakharova echoed Peskov’s assessment in a briefing on Thursday, saying U.S. news media were overreacting to suggestions of improper contacts between Russia and Trump’s circle.
“What is happening now in the West, particularly in the U.S. media, it’s just the manifestation of some kind of media vandalism,” she said.
Trump has repeatedly said that he wants to improve relations between Moscow and Washington. But Moscow appears frustrated by the lack of visible progress, as well as by the support from Trump administration officials for continuing sanctions imposed on Russia for its interference in Ukraine.
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That Russia would seek to gain an advantage with a U.S. administration is understandable; doing so would allow Moscow to refocus resources and attention elsewhere. But a better U.S.-Russia relationship would also be in America’s best interests,Â yet Trump is getting the most resistance from the U.S. deep state. The question is, why?
The answer: Because better U.S.-Russia relationsÂ inevitably means a loss of power and influence among deep state operatives and careerists, many of whom still obviously are pining for a new Cold War and the budget and resources it would bring.
Trump has asked, rhetorically, why a better relationship with Moscow would be a bad thing. No one who can has given a good answer, which, in and of itself, is telling.
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