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Trump Stays Defiant Amid a Foreign Policy Establishment Gone Mad

“Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

Under the Constitution, these are the offenses for which presidents can be impeached.

And to hear our elites, Donald Trump is guilty of them all.

Trump’s refusal to challenge Vladimir Putin’s claim at Helsinki that his GRU boys did not hack Hillary Clinton’s campaign has been called treason, a refusal to do his sworn duty to protect and defend the United States, by a former director of the CIA.

Famed journalists and former high officials of the U.S. government have called Russia’s hacking of the DNC “an act of war” comparable to Pearl Harbor.

The New York Times ran a story on the many now charging Trump with treason. Others suggest Putin is blackmailing Trump, or has him on his payroll, or compromised Trump a long time ago.

Wailed Congressman Steve Cohen: “Where is our military folks? The Commander in Chief is in the hands of our enemy!”

Apparently, some on the left believe we need a military coup to save our democracy.


Not since Robert Welch of the John Birch Society called Dwight Eisenhower a “conscious agent of the Communist conspiracy” have such charges been hurled at a president. But while the Birchers were a bit outside the mainstream, today it is the establishment itself bawling “Treason!”

What explains the hysteria?

The worst-case scenario would be that the establishment actually believes the nonsense it is spouting. But that is hard to credit. Like the boy who cried “Wolf!” they have cried “Fascist!” too many times to be taken seriously.

A month ago, the never-Trumpers were comparing the separation of immigrant kids from detained adults, who brought them to the U.S. illegally, to FDR’s concentration camps for Japanese Americans.

Other commentators equated the separations to what the Nazis did at Auschwitz.

If the establishment truly believed this nonsense, it would be an unacceptable security risk to let them near the levers of power ever again.

Using Occam’s razor, the real explanation for this behavior is the simplest one: America’s elites have been driven over the edge by Trump’s successes and their failures to block him.

Trump is deregulating the economy, cutting taxes, appointing record numbers of federal judges, reshaping the Supreme Court, and using tariffs to cut trade deficits and the bully pulpit to castigate freeloading allies.

Worst of all, Trump clearly intends to carry out his campaign pledge to improve relations with Russia and get along with Vladimir Putin.

“Over our dead bodies!” the Beltway elite seems to be shouting.

Hence the rhetorical WMDs hurled at Trump: liar, dictator, authoritarian, Putin’s poodle, fascist, demagogue, traitor, Nazi.

Such language approaches incitement to violence. One wonders whether the haters are considering the impact of the words they so casually use. Some of us yet recall how Dallas was charged with complicity in the death of JFK for slurs far less toxic than this.

The post-Helsinki hysteria reveals not merely the mindset of the president’s enemies, but the depth of their determination to destroy him.

They intend to break Trump and bring him down, to see him impeached, removed, indicted, and prosecuted, and the agenda on which he ran and was nominated and elected dumped onto the ash heap of history.

Thursday, Trump indicated that he knows exactly what is afoot, and threw down the gauntlet of defiance: “The Fake News Media wants so badly to see a major confrontation with Russia, even a confrontation that could lead to war,” he tweeted. “They are pushing so recklessly hard and hate the fact that I’ll probably have a good relationship with Putin.”

Spot on. Trump is saying: I am going to call off this Cold War II before it breaks out into the hot war that nine U.S. presidents avoided, despite Soviet provocations far graver than Putin’s pilfering of DNC emails showing how Debbie Wasserman Schultz stuck it to Bernie Sanders.

Then the White House suggested Vlad may be coming to dinner this fall.

Trump is edging toward the defining battle of his presidency: a reshaping of U.S. foreign policy to avoid clashes and conflicts with Russia and the shedding of Cold War commitments no longer rooted in the national interests of this country.

Yet should he attempt to carry out his agenda—to get out of Syria, pull troops from Germany, and take a second look at NATO’s Article 5 commitment to go to war for 29 nations, some of which, like Montenegro, most Americans have never heard of—he is headed for the most brutal battle of his presidency.

This Helsinki hysteria is but a taste.

By cheering Brexit, dissing the EU, suggesting NATO is obsolete, departing Syria, trying to get on with Putin, Trump is threatening the entire U.S. foreign policy establishment with what it fears most: irrelevance.

For if there is no war on, no war imminent, and no war wanted, what does a War Party do?

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever. To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com.

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64 Comments To "Trump Stays Defiant Amid a Foreign Policy Establishment Gone Mad"

#1 Comment By Jay On July 21, 2018 @ 3:44 am

This article is an example of the blind loyalty certain Republicans like Buchanan have to whoever their standard bearer is.

The old guard conservatives have lived in a Cold War mental bubble long after the wall fell yet once Trump wins, there is a sudden about face. So now improved relations with Russia is a Republican position?

Had this summit played out under Obama’s term this article, along with all the conservative media, would be tearing him apart for weakness and cowtowing to the Russians.

Finally, as far as the tax cuts go, the GOP controlled house has done nothing to reduce spending. Pardon my confusion once again, but isn’t big government the enemy? Without a reduction in spending, these cuts are just robbing from Peter to pay Paul, something someone else will have to deal with.

#2 Comment By Egypt Steve On July 21, 2018 @ 4:19 pm

I’m just glad Nixon is dead. I wouldn’t have wanted him to live to see his boy Pat go soft on the Ruskies. Of course, I was already glad Nixon was dead anyway.

#3 Comment By Aviel On July 21, 2018 @ 4:48 pm

“They intend to break Trump and bring him down, to see him impeached, removed, indicted, and prosecuted, and the agenda on which he ran and was nominated and elected dumped onto the ash heap of history.”
I’ll be surprised if they don’t break him, but hey I was surprised he became president so you never know.

#4 Comment By John McKay On July 21, 2018 @ 9:08 pm

The canary in the coal mine here is whether Trump OK’s the early return to Russia of Maria Butina, recently arrested in D.C. as an agent of the Putin regime. If that happens, the canary is dead, the mine is about to explode, and Trump will then fire Mueller before the mid-terms. These 2 actions will be Trump’s desperate roll of the dice. Democracy will be truly tested. Keep an eye on the whereabouts of Ms Butina !

#5 Comment By Cassander On July 21, 2018 @ 9:42 pm

I largely agree with Mr. Buchanan. Based on recent events, I think the level of rancor expressed in the national dialog between now and November will reach heights not recently experienced…maybe not since Vietnam and Watergate tore the country apart. The Left can smell blood and if they can score a majority in the House, they’ll try to impeach Trump for sure. Accordingly, I expect them to double down and double down again on the anti-Trump rhetoric, regardless of what he says or does. To paraphrase Mrs Obama, “Forget high. Now I’ll show you really low.”

#6 Comment By General Manager On July 22, 2018 @ 8:33 am

The blogs sure dump on Pat. Trump has a blind eye for Israel. That will restrict his effectiveness in the Mid East. Bailing on the Iran deal was a mistake. China is definitely flexing its military muscles and scaring its neighbors. The tariffs are better than bullets. He is probably gambling that slowing down their export multiplier he will slow down their economy, which is the foundation for their militarism. Other countries probably interfere in the US more than Russia – three come to mind Saudi Arabia, Israel, and China. Pat – thanks a clear-headed and balanced review. Keep it up. PS I read CNN and their “objective” reporting is more like “How can I hate Trump more?”

#7 Comment By VJ On July 22, 2018 @ 10:04 am

The enemies of President Trump are the enemies of the American People who elected him. They must be removed. May the gods destroy them utterly.

#8 Comment By EliteCommInc. On July 22, 2018 @ 10:54 am

I beg to differ. President Trump caved and agrees with intel report.

Defiance would read the report mad note that it lacks evidence and rejected it. Instead he ha embraced it as such, he must now act accordingly which means no going forward toward friendlier relations until the indictments are dealt with and President Putin is heal to account for attacking the US.

The president has just mage the work of his opponents easier.

Unfortnately, he spat in the eye of so many supporters such as myself, repeatedly abandoning positions, in very short order there will be nothing left to defend.

Even something as trite as an affair may overwhelm him. Geez, i would that he would stop tweeting about everything. He just makes defending him a very tough slog.

#9 Comment By An American veteran On July 22, 2018 @ 11:45 am

American confidence in their government is at an all-time low due to a multiplicity of conspicuous failures and monumental lies pushed over the last several decades. Has Session’s and Rosenstein’s failures to prosecute the DNC, The Clinton’s and their henchmen have anything to do with that? Will confidence continue to erode as even the thickest Americans come to realize that our criminal justice system is a two-tiered one (none for political/financial elites, and one for the rest of us)? Absolutely. No justice, no resurrection.

#10 Comment By Mulika Pesa On July 22, 2018 @ 12:21 pm

BO: The brilliant final undisputed leader of the free world #LLOFW

#11 Comment By morganB On July 22, 2018 @ 3:30 pm

Astoundingly dangerous. I just want Mueller to produce a report quickly that takes Trump out before he goes completely mad. Bipolar dysfunction? I have a son with this condition and he is hard to handle.

#12 Comment By Professor Smartass On July 22, 2018 @ 4:48 pm


I agree with a lot of this, but as a progressive, I take issue with those calling for a new Cold War “the left.”

Those Democrats are about as far left as the lobbyists they will become when they leave office, mostly because they are already working for those corporate and banking interests (though they are free to “vote their conscience” on issues like gays, abortion, and the metric system.

#13 Comment By Dr. Diprospan On July 23, 2018 @ 1:20 pm

I noticed that some readers commenting on Mr. Buchanan’s articles call him a “comrade”. The word “comrade” was popular in the world at the peak of building
a Communist International 80 – 90 years ago. In Russia, people stopped using the word “comrade” in communication more than
25 years ago. Now citizens prefer
to address each other using the words:
a man, a woman, a girl, a young man, the last name of a person, a name (which means comradely treatment with each other), a name and patronymic (the equivalent of a polite and formal attitude), just the word – you
and you in the sense: hey, you, which in Russian sounds like “tea”.
In Russia, people do not say you are a scunk, but they say you (“tea”) is a scunk.
In recent interviews, President Putin several times called the US President – Donald, which implies that President Trump most likely refers to President Putin – Vladimir.
If people refer to each other by name, then they become, if not friends, then comrades.
In Russia people know and appreciate Mr. Buchanan as a writer, a philosopher and a hundred percent American Christian conservative who does not get tired of proving that traditional Christian values are more alive than dead.
Thus, if Mr. Buchanan becomes a comrade of the Russian and American presidents, it seems that we are beginning to move towards the formation of the Conservative International.

#14 Comment By Josep On July 24, 2018 @ 2:26 pm

(Apologies if this is off-topic or irrelevant)
@Dr. Diprosan
Russian has two second-person singular pronouns: ты (ty ,pronounced as “tea” as you mentioned) and вы (vy, pronounced “vee”). If I’m not mistaken, the former is used when addressing younger people (e.g. adults to children), family members, or close friends, while the latter is used elsewhere. Similar to the difference between tú and usted in Spanish, du and Sie in German, and tu and vous in French.