I don’t expect that the president-elect will follow exactly our approach, but my hope is he does not simply take a realpolitik approach and suggest that, you know, if we just cut some deals with Russia, even if it hurts people or even if it violates international norms or even if it leaves smaller countries vulnerable, or creates long-term problems in regions like Syria, that we just do whatever’s convenient at the time.
For those who have not been comatose for the last several years, this is insanity. This was precisely Obama’s policy in Syria. Obama drew a red line – he said there would be consequences if Syrian dictator Bashar Assad used weapons of mass destruction. Assad did. Obama then geared up to do a “pinprick” attack on Syria, and when Vladimir Putin stepped in, Obama took a realpolitik approach and cut a deal with Russia that hurt people and violated international norms and left smaller countries vulnerable and created a long-term problem because it was convenient.
This is the most blatant case of gaslighting in modern political history.
Also, just because I’m curious. What is it with liberals and Russia? Everyone has been outraged about Trump making nice with Putin. Why? If it prevents a war with Russia, why is that such a bad thing? Do you want to go to war with Russia? We know Hillary did. Personally, if Trump can avoid a war with Russia – or anyone else, for that matter – I’d be willing to give it a chance as long as it isn’t completely insane. I think we’re all done with war for a while, and personally I don’t want to send anymore troops anywhere for a while.