Former CIA director John Brennan thinks President Trump’s meeting with Russian president Putin is “treasonous” and he – disturbingly – warns him to “stop it.” Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) actually calls for the military to move against its commander in chief, who he claims is “in the hands of our enemy.” Others have called the Trump-Putin meeting “another Pearl Harbor.” The mainstream media churns out exactly the same headline: Trump threw the intelligence community under the bus” by meeting with Putin and expressing skepticism over claims that the Russians hacked the 2016 US presidential election. What’s behind the hysteria? Tune in to today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:
Media Advisory for July 18—Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Walter Jones (NC-03), along with retired U.S. Marine Captain Matthew Hoh, constitutional lawyer Bruce Fein, Veterans for Peace, and Peace Action, will hold a press conference on Wednesday announcing their introduction of a bipartisan resolution to reclaim Congress’s constitutional right to declare war. H.Res. 922 would define presidential wars not declared by Congress as impeachable “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Presidents Trump and Putin have just concluded a press conference where although there remained some serious points of contention — specifically, Iran – both leaders agreed that their summit was a great start to restoring good relations between the US and Russia. The neocons – on both the Left and Right – are furious. Former CIA chief John Brennan called the meeting “treason.” What are we to make of the meeting? Tune in to today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:
Throughout the day before the summit in Helsinki, the lead story on the New York Times home page stayed the same: “Just by Meeting With Trump, Putin Comes Out Ahead.” The Sunday headline was in harmony with the tone of U.S. news coverage overall. As for media commentary, the Washington Post was in the dominant groove as it editorialized that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is “an implacably hostile foreign adversary.”
Contempt for diplomacy with Russia is now extreme. Mainline US journalists and top Democrats often bait President Trump in zero-sum terms. No doubt Hillary Clinton thought she was sending out an applause line in her tweet Sunday night: “Question for President Trump as he meets Putin: Do you know which team you play for?”
A bellicose stance toward Russia has become so routine and widespread that we might not give it a second thought – and that makes it all the more hazardous. After President George W. Bush declared “You’re either with us or against us,” many Americans gradually realized what was wrong with a Manichean view of the world. Such an outlook is even more dangerous today.
Silence. That’s the overriding theme of this episode. Silence, as in Martin Luther King’s admonition that “our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Does that not perfectly frame Nixon’s so-called “brilliant” maneuver of celebrating the amoral, even cowardly, silence of the majority of Americans in the face of this war’s immorality and in response to the righteous anger of young and old who raged against it? Nixon’s infamous “silent majority” speech kicks off this episode. To counter this political maneuver, one activist seared our TV screen last night with this placard: “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men – Abraham Lincoln.”
And then there is the silence of the filmmakers themselves, when it comes to the incredibly important GI resistance movement that rose up as Nixon tried to wind down the war. Where is that story? Passing references to disgruntled veterans voicing their anger, as important as those voices are, does not do it justice. We needed more. In an 18-hour series, one could expect time to adequately examine the courageous resistance waged by active-duty GIs to an unjust war they were ordered to fight and die for.