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How Huge Was Helsinki?

By David Stockman  |  July 30, 2018

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.

– Thomas Jefferson, Letter to William Stephens Smith, November 13, 1787


“The Donald and Vladimir Show” is brilliant and breathtaking.

It’s a beautiful thing to behold.

Trump and Putin have left the Warfare State’s nattering nabobs of neocon nonsense shrieking like monkeys.

They’ve made fools of newly-minted liberal and progressive warmongers in Imperial Washington.

And they’ve flummoxed the so-called journalists who fill 90% of the Mainstream Media with the American Empire’s propaganda.

It’s the single greatest blow to the State since it turned Washington into an imperial menace bent on global hegemony after the Soviet Union slithered into history in 1991.

The Warfare State has demonized Putin because it desperately needs an enemy to justify its $800 billion annual mugging of America’s taxpayers.

The spontaneous midsummer chorus of détente, dialogue, and diplomacy puts the kibosh on that Big Lie.

It’ll do more for world peace than 100 Ted Talks or a year’s worth of op-eds in The Washington Post.

Meanwhile, Main Street America has no trouble seeing the good of the Helsinki Summit.

Trump and Putin killed it on all topics where the Warfare State wants to drive wedges.

That means cooperation on Syria, arms control, terrorism, North Korea, and Ukraine.

It includes free and fair competition in Europe’s natural gas market.

And there’s even room for comparing notes on the 2016 election.

Indeed, the debunking of the false narrative about Russia’s intentions was complete.

It was so complete that Deep State apparatchiks, including former CIA director John Brennan, were reduced to hysterical-tweetness:

Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???

If you actually read the transcript of the joint press conference, you’ll find familiar words.

Even the phrases will remind you of famous leaders.

And certainly the tone will suggest similar efforts of our Cold War yesteryear.

It all harkens back to the courageous efforts of liberals like George McGovern, Frank Church, and even Jimmy Carter.

They all promoted diplomacy and détente.

And that was at the height of a confrontation when each side had 9,000 nuclear warheads on hair-trigger alert.

Just for kicks, what exactly was John Brennan doing in 1976…

Why, he voted for the Communist Party USA candidate for president, Gus Hall. Brennan thought Jimmy Carter was too much of a Cold Warrior.

Well, his career in the CIA began in 1980. And, now, he’s a partisan hack.

He sold his soul to the Warfare State for position, power, and pelf.

But, during that press conference, the Donald threw down the gauntlet to the Deep State.

He was explicit and unequivocal.

And there’s no turning back.

Either he’ll rally the Establishment GOP to join his base in support of rapprochement with Russia as well as the end of Imperial Washington’s arrogant, violent hegemony.

Or, the Deep State will go “Dick Nixon” all over his ass.

I’ve got 50 years in, studying Washington. And, still, I’m at a loss; I can’t say which way it’ll go.

I’m absolutely sure, though, the Deep State and its people inside and outside the Imperial City will escalate their war against the Donald.

I never thought I’d use the word “lyrical” to describe anything to come from Donald Trump’s mouth.

Yet, here we are.

And shame on Imperial Washington for its shrill attacks on a president who is seeking peace.

Said the Donald, “I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace,” said the Donald, “than risk peace in pursuit of politics.”

Words truer to the Founders’ vision of America – an Empire of Liberty – were never spoken.


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David Stockman

David Stockman is the ultimate Washington insider turned iconoclast. He began his career in Washington as a young man and quickly rose through the ranks of the Republican Party to become the Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan. After leaving the White House, Stockman had a 20-year career on Wall Street.MORE FROM AUTHOR