Trump, candidate for peace?

Trump, candidate for peace?

by Rainer Rupp

The Anti-Trump campaign can hardly become still more hysterical. Cartoons bring him close to Hitler, in an ill-concealed way a General is threatening with a coup. Reasonable voices argue against, for example the well-known US-Russia expert Stephen F. Cohen, member of the influential US Council on Foreign Relations, who considers Trump a beacon of hope who wants to end the new Cold War in a highly dangerous situation. At the same time public support for the US wars is crumbling.
Donald Trump “is inappropriate for being President”, President Obama declared on Tuesday this week at a press conference in the White House after a meeting with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. He asked the Republicans in Congress to disavow their presidential candidate: “They [the Republicans] have to ask themselves why they still continue to support him, when they repeatedly must explain in very strong words that, what he [Trump] said, is unacceptable. What does that reveal about your party, when Trump is your standard bearer?”
In fact, the malicious campaign against Trump is assuming increasingly hysterical proportions. The Anti-Trump-media campaign has reached a point that even in Cartoon clips like “The Simpsons” propaganda is made for Hillary and Trump is demonised. For example, Trump is shown with a book as bedtime reading entitled “Great speeches by A. Hitler”. Meanwhile the richest man in the world and king of cliquish capitalism promised Hillary to do everything in his power for her by November to drive the voters to the polls.
Also stunning is the long list of the warmongers of the Republican Party’s establishment including many leading neoconservatives, who meanwhile are publicly against the candidate of their party, Donald Trump, stating that they prefer to give their voice to Hillary Clinton.
At the same time, US Marines’ ex-General John Allen, former top commander in Afghanistan, threatened with catastrophic conditions for the internal US stability in case Trump would be elected for president.
General Allen, whose promotion to NATO Europe Commander in Chief (SACEUR), has been spoiled at the last minute only by a scandal, declared last Sunday to the US news channel ABC that Trump’s choice for President would trigger “an unprecedented civil-military crisis for the country”.
But what does this warning of passionate Hillary-supporter Allen really mean, when he says that Trump as president would lead to the breakdown in relations between civil and military leadership? Meanwhile, even the US financial portal “Zero Hedge” asked the legitimate question on the Internet, whether the US General did not threaten here with a military coup?
Fortunately, there are not only warmongers among the geo-strategic US experts and among Republican Party’s politicians. For example, a former Republican presidential candidate, the libertarian Patrick Buchanan, praised Trump as a candidate of peace in an article released on the internet last Tuesday, because of his fresh approach to the role of NATO, being free from ideological ideas of the Cold War.
Also Stephen Cohen, who is highly regarded as an expert on Russia in both the US and internationally, called Trump a guarantor of peace with Russia and in Europe. Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies at the NY University and Princeton and a member of the influential US Council on Foreign Relations, last Saturday spoke with Smerconish of CNN about Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and the new Cold War.
According to Cohen, the media do the American people a vast disservice by simply ignoring the substance of Trump’s arguments about NATO and Russia and instead spread the simplistic Clinton smear campaign that Trump is “a Russian agent”. This would have “absolutely to stop”, says Cohen. “We are approaching a point at all levels comparable to the Cuban missile crisis and its nuclear confrontation with Russia. There is absolutely no discussion, no debate about that in the American media.”
“Then unexpectedly Donald Trump shows up”, Cohen continues. “He says he wants to end the new Cold War and cooperate with Russia in various fields and, to the general amazement the media are full of accusations that can still only be described as neo-McCarthyism, that he is a Russian agent, that he is a Manchurian candidate, and that he is a business client of Putin. […] At present we are in a year of presidential election, where a debate has to take place. But the media do not offer us this today.”
With regard to the alleged “Russian threat” in Eastern Europe and Russia wanting to end the independence of the Baltic States, Cohen said: “This is without any proof. None, by all means.” He continues: “Let’s go back to what Trump has said about NATO. From the very beginning, he said, he wanted to know what mission NATO still has, over 65 years after its foundation. Hundreds of policy experts have asked the same question in Washington since the end of the Soviet Union 25 years ago. Is NATO an organisation in search of a mission?”
“That’s a justified question. However, we do not discuss it. We do not ask. We just say, oh, Trump wants to leave NATO,” according to Professor Cohen.
Nevertheless, how have the voters, the so-called “Central America”, reacted to the accusations of the warmongers in both parties that Trump had undermined the security architecture, which had kept peace in the last 65 years? Central America did not react at all. Voters are neither appalled nor shocked. What does this mean? The public support has collapsed, which means the foundation on which Washington gave a war guarantee to dozens of countries in Europe, in the Middle East and in Asia since 1949.     •

Source: <link https: meinung>  from 5 August 2016

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