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    Mainstream liberal media in America is having a fit over the prospect of diplomacy between the United States and Russia in the face of allegations that US President Donald Trump is a “puppet” of Russian President Vladimir Putin, with many concluding that the Helsinki Summit constitutes “treason” by the US leader.

    Trump was greeted Monday night by hordes of beltway demonstrators, who awaited his return to the White House with shouts of "traitor!" Protesters told the commander-in-chief to "Go back to Russia," after his high-level talks in Finland.

    The likes of CNN and MSNBC apparently decided more hysteria was needed to help Americans grapple with the wake of an event that has been called the "darkest hour in the history of the American presidency" (usurping the mass incarceration of America's Japanese-descended population by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by his successor Harry Truman in terms of the gravest sins committed by a US president, not to mention Andrew Jackson's Trail of Tears).

    The internment of Japanese-Americans followed Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, an event to which the Helsinki summit has actually been compared. American politicos responded in much the same vein now as then: with utter irrationality, if less violence.

    Distinguished Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks spoke to MSNBC, first about the alleged "hack" of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and then of the Helsinki summit. "It's just as serious to me as the Cuban Missile Crisis in terms of an attack, or the 9/11 attack," she said, apparently failing to remember that the Cuban Missile Crisis never resulted in any overt aggression, and that the attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent Americans.

    "The president is taking the side of the people who attacked us instead of trying to prevent a future attack. He has done nothing to make sure that the [midterm] elections four months away are going to be safe," Wine-Banks said.

    It is worth noting that during negotiations between the United States and Russia over a potential cyber security agreement in 2009, when Barack Obama was president, the two sides had notably different motives and never reached an agreement. While Russia sought an international treaty, the US said it was unnecessary. "We really believe it's defense, defense, defense," an anonymous State Department official told the New York Times. "They want to constrain offense. We needed to be able to criminalize these horrible 50,000 attacks we were getting a day." Again, in 2015, Putin pushed for such a treaty, but to no avail.

    Yet it is Trump, who was not in power during the alleged hack of the DNC, who is not keeping us safe, according to Wine-Banks. 

    "I would say that his performance today will live in infamy as much as the Pearl Harbor attack or Kristallnacht," Wine-Banks said. Kristallnacht, or "Night of the Broken Glass," was a two-day anti-Jewish pogrom marked by assassinations, arrests of Jewish men and mass destruction of Jewish-owned business, places of worship, or synagogues, and Jewish residences. Kristallnacht is seen in hindsight as a harbinger of the Holocaust

    There have been no reports of violence in Helsinki during the summit.

    It was, however, characterized not as a diplomatic event but one of acquiescence. Trump "sided" with Putin and the KGB, said MSNBC host Ari Melber in a segment as ahistoric as the interview with Wine-Banks.

    The KGB hasn't existed since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, a tidbit that seems also to be news to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Obama. Less than a month after the 2016 election, Obama told NPR in an interview about "Russian hacking" of the election that Putin was "the former head of the KGB." Putin was an officer with the KGB but he never headed the agency. He did, however, lead the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation.

    At press time, it remains unclear what the US is in more dire need of: a chill pill or a history lesson.

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