In 1963 a movie was released titled The Ugly American starring Marlon Brandon that dealt with American foreign policy, political machinations, and global perceptions of those policies.
Trump truly is the Ugly American and busily stacking his administration with more of the same.
In the midst of this degenerative administration what has amazed me the most is how easily the “god fearing patriots” who compose his base have surrendered a long standing core belief that communism and Russia are the enemy, the keystone of conservative ideology.
The red menace wanting only to devour your children, rape your wife, and crush democracy.
It’s an entirely different story now, the bromance between Putin and Trump is a good thing – Putin and communism will become instruments to assist in making America great again.
Had Russia pulled what they did during any other administration there would have been hell to pay, and the patriots would have been calling for blood.
Regardless of what explanations are forthcoming the Obama administrations response was feckless at best ultimately serving to lay the groundwork for private love fests in the White House attended only by the Russian press during which Putin stooge Trump boasts of firing the lead man investing Russia’s antics and tosses in some state secrets as a little icing on the cake.
For the patriots this is either all well and good or fake news along the path of their indoctrination.
With Putin and Trump at the helm nothing good can be expected – the singular greatest moment of opportunity in modern history to improve relations with Russia that arose was the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Russia’s economy – a time of civil unrest and attempts to democratize.
Had the U.S. immediately stepped in with something like the Marshall Plan to assist the Russian people and economy I truly believe Russia would be an ally today – but the god fearing patriots were too busy celebrating to even comprehend the long view and implications.
Nothing much as changed as they still don’t, they’ve opted instead to drop their pants and bend over as members of a cult of personality and refuse to be bothered by anything so trivial as facts or reality.
Establishing and maintaining a good relationship with other nations is a more than just a good thing, it is wisdom – but you don’t do so by talking tough on the one hand and then accommodating obvious offenses, by praising a corrupt leader authoring such offenses or encouraging them to continue.