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    US Asking Russia to Return Crimea is Like Moscow Asking US to Return California

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    Speaking to Radio Sputnik, political commentator and The Duran contributor Adam Garrie pointed out just how absurd White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's statement that Russia must 'return Crimea' really sounds. The journalist also explained the reasons for the 'civil war' that's going on in Washington over its policy on Russia.

    On Tuesday, Spicer said that the Trump administration expected Russia to "deescalate violence in the Ukraine and return Crimea" to Kiev. Shortly thereafter, Russian officials responded, emphasizing that Russia does not 'return' its territories, and reaffirming that the Crimea issue is permanently closed.

    Asked to comment on this apparent flip-flop by Trump, who had earlier hinted that he would "take a look" at recognizing Crimea as part of Russia, and said that the Crimean people "would rather be with Russia," The Duran political author Adam Garrie explained why Spicer's comment didn't just border on the absurd, but completely crossed that boundary.

    "Crimea was of course part of Russia ever since 1783. Before that it was part of the Crimean Khanate of the Ottoman Empire; so I don't know who they want to 'return' it to," Garrie said, speaking to Radio Sputnik.

    "The whole situation is absurd," the journalist noted, particularly given the US's positioning itself as a country that promotes democratic values, and the fact that an overwhelming majority of Crimeans "voted to return home to their historical mother country of Russia. They should be praising it! It was done without a shot being fired, it was done smoothly and peacefully."

    In March 2014, a majority of over 95% of Crimeans voted to break off from post-Maidan Ukraine and to rejoin Russia, in a snap referendum organized by the peninsula's government.

    Effectively, Garrie suggested that the US position on Crimea is just as absurd as it would be for Kremlin Spokesman Dmitri Peskov to come out and say that the US's western states including California should be 'returned' to Mexico, with Moscow now not recognizing the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo for some reason. 

    If that were to happen, the political writer noted, "you could imagine any American president going absolutely bonkers, let alone Donald Trump, whose views on Mexico are very widely known."

    "So the whole thing about 'we want to get on with you and want to have good relations, but please give up your territory that's been historically part of Russia, and just voted democratically in overwhelming numbers to rejoin' is a bit like saying 'I want to be your best friend, but can we please cut off your left arm to make things a bit easier'," Garrie emphasized. "It just doesn't follow any logic."

    The journalist noted that he "expected more of the Trump administration." Unfortunately, he said, "there's a war going on inside the administration, and at least in terms of rhetoric, policies of reconciliation toward Russia seem to be an early victim in this Trump civil war."

    Flynn's resignation is connected to this 'civil war' Garrie added. "Flynn was sort of an interesting character; on the one hand, he was one of the leaders of the pro-Russian reconciliation party in the deeply divided White House. At the same time, his policies toward China were a bit strange, even though prior to his resignation, Trump said that he would accept the One China policy, meaning that perhaps Flynn's anti-Chinese statements didn't carry the weight some might have expected."

    "When it comes to Iran, all I'll say is that I don't know how to say 'pass the popcorn' in Farsi, but if I were in Tehran at this very moment, I'm sure I'd learn that quite soon," the journalist quipped.

    As far as America's Russia policy is concerned, Garrie pointed out that "there's a big part of the US deep state, – the Democratic Party as a whole and the neocon faction of the Republican Party, led by John McCain and Lindsey Graham, that will do anything to preserve the anti-Russian attitudes coming out of Washington. Some stand to gain materially by it – we all know about the military-industrial complex…and some are just ideologically dogmatic to the point of being, frankly, stupid," he noted.

    Retired Gen. Michael Flynn and  Donald Trump (File)
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    Retired Gen. Michael Flynn and Donald Trump (File)

    Ultimately, the journalist said that Flynn was a casualty of these powers that be. "The mainstream media, the political opponents of reconciliation between the US and Russia wanted blood, and it was sort of a night of the long knives. The first person to fall on his own sword was Flynn. I don't think he should have resigned; he did nothing illegal or untoward."

    Garrie noted, for instance, that if it was the German ambassador whom Flynn called, it would have been a non-story. "But because Russia was involved, the people who hate Russia, and hate the idea of a Trump administration having good relations with Russia, they pounced, and as a result, Flynn is out." 

    As for Russia's alleged violation of the Treaty on Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, reported on by the New York Times earlier this week, the political writer noted that this too was just another example of the US mainstream media's anti-Russian slant. 

    "They are trying to accuse Russia of everything under the sun," Garrie stressed. The NYT allegations are just "one example of the at times bizarre things that Russia is accused of…They will stop at nothing to say that Russia's done everything from invade countries it hasn't, to rig elections it hasn't, to somehow being able to manipulate opinion, all in an age of an open, free media. It's the age of the internet, but I don't know if the people at CNN have noticed it…This weird, neo-McCarthyist rhetoric that somehow someone in Moscow is pulling the strings and controlling public opinion is nonsense."

    Warning of the power of what he calls this "media-industrial complex," Garie explained that "all you need to do is demonize a foreign leader, or a foreign power, and gradually it will allow the politicians to make the march to war. You saw it in Iraq, where a dispute over debt relief and oil theft turned into a kind of moral crusade which ended in sanctions, the decapitation of Iraqi power, and of course set up the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which unleashed terrorism where there was none, created ISIS, and we all know how that ended…"

    As for Russia, the journalist suggested that he believes that its demonization is more difficult to sustain, particularly in the US. "I'm sure in the holier than thou neoliberal circles of places like New York and San Francisco, it sells quite well. But to the rest of America, I'm not sure," he noted. "The rest of America is quite conservative. They voted for Trump. They voted for a Republican Party which they want to be more conservative if anything. Russia is not the Islamic Republic of Iran; Russia is not Communist, atheist China."

    "Russia, Garie recalled, is a conservative country –frankly their version of conservatism is quite a bit more moderate than some of the fringe elements of the Republicans in the US. But it's a Christian country, and a lot of conservative voters in America are very worried that the Christian heritage of the US is being eroded by a kind of post-modern ultra-liberalism. These people look to Russia as an example. So when these people see these deep state figures, this media-industrial complex, going after a conservative Christian country which poses no tangible threat to the United States, I don't think they're going to buy the lie."

    "If Trump realizes this and is able to galvanize that conservative base on the Russian issue, the same way he galvanized them during the election, I think he can do a very good job of not only shutting these people up, but destroying their credibility – not only in Washington DC, but throughout the country," the political writer said.

    Garie emphasized that "increasingly, people throughout the world, including in the West, are looking to Russia as an example…in things like promoting stability, promoting a country with moderate conservative values, but one that's functional, modern, technologically moving forward every day, defending the interests of her people, and in the case of Syria, actually fighting the war against terrorism in a more meaningful way than any other power outside the Middle East." With this in mind, he noted, attempts to demonize Russia are extremely difficult to sustain.


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    • avatar
      Marques rouges
      Hawaii comes to mind, too. There was a local government in place, a Queen, a society older than the US itself who were taken over by the American settlers...
    • avatar
      You forgot Texas also, America wants to give lessons to the world, but they should look at themselvesin the miror, before talking about others. But unfotunatly they are dealing with a very BIG BEAR, who's name is Tsar,Majesty,King, PUTIN.
    • avatar
      Russia will do well to keep the the US at an arms length.
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      double bonus
      [On Tuesday, Spicer said that the Trump administration expected
      Russia to "deescalate violence in the Ukraine and return Crimea".]

      Yes, this is an absurd statement by the Trump Administration, and it shows
      they don't know what they are talking about, regarding Russia and Crimea.
      Trump just sacrificed Flynn over NOTHING. Just the media fishing for scandal,
      but Trump falls for it, and let's his one of his best officials go.

      There is no way out of this for Trump now, unless he reverses himself, hires Flynn back; and completely denounces this media interference and witch hunt.

      Trump is going to have to take a stand, and realize he made a mistake here. He has to reverse himself, completely defy the media; and hire Flynn back, to save face with his supporters. However bad or difficult that may sound, NOT doing it, means that everyone will eventually be forced out; and Trump will probably be impeached or forced to resign.

      How can Trump allow Hillary Clinton get away with so much wrongdoing; and then sacrifice his own people, over such miniscule issues. There is no equivalence between what Michael Flynn did, and what these Democrats are doing. Michael Flynn was doing his job, and did nothing wrong at all. At best, he simply made a small technical error. Clinton and the Democrats are deliberate criminals. There is no equating the two.

      Trump has to unite his own people and stand behind them, or he may not survive this assault from the media and the democrats. He still has a chance to redeem himself, but that cannot come at the expense of Russia. Putin gave Trump a major gift, and Trump is falling down on his face, caving in to the Democrats.

      Pres. Trump, why haven't you reversed the Russian Sanctions yet? If you want to get along with Russia, then stop caving in to the democrats and the media; and defiantly support Russia. The media lies are never going to stop, until you stand up to them, and fight back against them. If you cave in to the media on one thing, they will take everything else away from you too. Please don't appease your enemies, Mr. Trump. Stand with your own people, and please try to do what you were elected to do.
    • avatar
      the original comment regarding Crimea simply show how stupid some in washington are. They have no idea of the complexity of the world. It does seem that the 'stupid american tourist' known by many is an accurate reflection of the naive yet vicious rodent occupying the halls of dc.
    • Blackie
      Bring back Flynn as now it is dangerous.
    • avatar
      This was ALL Gorbachev , Yeltsin STUPIDITY and other ones.
      Crimea used the WILL OF THE PEOPLE cited on all COUPS of E.U against Russia.
      SO E.U will give back all territories to Russia?
    • avatar
      A good recap of situation, but Garie is incorrect about the overall conservative nature of the US public and the domestic policies it would prefer to see instead of the ongoing Culture Wars waged by the Deep State Borg to keep the public divided and their position of power preserved. Nor is "the Democratic Party as a whole" in league with the Borg.

      Trump is the target since he usurped what was supposed to be the triumph of the Bloody Criminal, grossly Immoral Hillary Clinton's victory and reign to continue the Borg's reign of Global Terror and attempt at gaining Full Spectrum Dominance--goals Trump sees as wrong and damaging to true American Interests.
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      Ha Ha Ha.... The dark or should I say the fair night in wolves clothing..
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      RussG553in reply todouble bonus(Show commentHide comment)
      double bonus, agreed 100%, hire Flynn back, and now!
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      Darrell R
      I have known for some time that a renewed anti Russian rhetoric was growing in Washington. When Crimea returned to Russia, I realized just how dangerously established this rhetoric and propaganda had gotten and this went from frustrating to downright alarming to me.

      I realize that many people in the US can't find Crimea on the map, much less know anything about its history, but they know what democracy is, yet nobody in the mainstream media will address the will of the people. They all treat it as if it was a hostile annexation.

      Then there was the election and the reaction to Trump with his position on Russia, along with the blame Russia for everything that keeps right on raising its ugly head.

      Surely people in the US are not as hateful as Senator McCain and his cronies. I will not support any politician or news outlets that promote such hatred.
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