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Rice writes: "If Mr. Putin were calling the shots, he would ensure that America's reliability is doubted, its commitments broken, its values debased and its image tarnished. He would advise the new president to take a series of steps to advance those aims."

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. (photo: Reuters)
Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. (photo: Reuters)

How Trump Helps Putin

By Susan E. Rice, The New York Times

12 June 18


raditionally, the departing president writes a personal letter to his successor, offering wisdom and best wishes. President Barack Obama duly left such a letter for President Trump, as President George W. Bush did eight years earlier.

Imagine if Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, had also written a letter to Mr. Trump, somehow inserting it in the top drawer of the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. What advice would Mr. Putin have offered his American counterpart, the man whom Mr. Putin tried to help elect, according to the American intelligence community?

Mr. Putin’s objectives are plain: to restore Russia to global greatness at the expense of the United States and to divide Europe by weakening NATO and the European Union. In Mr. Putin’s zero-sum calculus, when the United States and Europe founder, Russia benefits. The Russian leader knows that America’s global power rests not only on our military and economic might but also on our unrivaled network of alliances from Europe to Asia. For some seven decades, our alliances have ensured that America’s strength and influence are magnified. Accordingly, Mr. Putin seeks to drive wedges between the United States and its closest partners, to strain and ultimately rupture its alliances.

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0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-06-12 14:08
What this author does not understand is that the American uni-polar power in the world is crumbling on its own and has been crumbling since the 1990s. The dollar has been falling as the world reserve currency. The US is a dying empire. All empires die. The death of the US empire does not need Putin to push it into the grave and it does not need any letter from Putin to Trump to help it fall.

This article is just more Trump/Putin slander from the NYT. Most of it is simply factually wrong:

1. "to divide Europe by weakening NATO." Wrong. NATO is not weakening. It is gainging member states now in Latin America. But some European nations are tiring of paying into NATO.

2. "Mr. Putin seeks to drive wedges between the United States and its closest partners." Wrong. Europe resents fortress America even more than Russia does. It did not support Bush's wars. It was OK with Obama because he was weak and ignorant.

3. "withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership." Wrong. Who cares about what Putin thinks. Most Aericans wanted out of this fisaco. Even Hillary was against it.

Susan Rice and Obama are gone. We don't need to hear from them. They had 8 years to do something good in the world and they only spread wars all over the planet. They are the originators of the New Cold War and now Rice is still at it sowing false rumors about Russia and Trump.
+2 # harleysch 2018-06-12 14:32
What self-serving nonsense. One could actually make a counter-argumen t, were one so inclined. If Rice's concern is true, that Putin wishes to take advantage of western disunity, perhaps she should review the record of the administration she served, to see how it aided this alleged goal of Putin.

The U.S. role in Libya convinced Putin that the U.S. could not be trusted, as the U.S. argued before the U.N. that regime change was not the goal!

The support for regime change in Syria opened the door for Putin to come in as a hero. While the U.S. aid often ended up in the hands of the worse terrorists, the Russians gained by aiding in the defeat of the terrorists. As for Ukraine? Many in Europe have reluctantly stuck with the U.S. on Ukraine, even though they are uneasy that the Obama administration played a leading role in the coup, and provided aid to militias which have their origins in murderous World War II Ukrainian SS units.

With that being said, I believe her assessment of Putin's goals is bunk, coming from Cold Warriors and Deep State war mongers, who wish to keep the funds flowing to defense and civilian contractors, and needing an enemy image to justify it.
+4 # RWPrice 2018-06-12 15:56
While Trump is truly despicable, this article is an insult to the reader's (as in Readers Supported News) intelligence.
+6 # dandevries 2018-06-12 17:16
We are supposed to take seriously anything Susan Rice says? Please.
+2 # lfeuille 2018-06-12 23:36
The US is unreliable and doesn't keep it commitments. Anyone one looking at Iraq, Libya and Syria can see that. That Russia tries to spread the word is not at all surprising or underhanded. The US is constantly vilifying and trying to undermine Russia so we can't be surprised when someone fights back. This whole thing has just been spun into something much bigger than it really is. It's diplomatic tit for tat and nothing more. None of these hand wringer about Russian perfidy bother to enumerate all the provocations on our side. Nothing here adds up to justification for the new cold war which will just make matters worse.
0 # heraldmage 2018-06-13 00:59
While I don't pretend to know what Trump is thinking I'd like to suggest that he may have wished Putin was at the G8 instead of on a 3 day State visit to China signing a lot of agreement followed by the SCO meeting with nation that represent over 50% of the planets economies compared to ~30% for G7 nations.
US sanction on Russia have hurt our European allies worse than Russia, who just pivoted to the Asia. However it's almost time for the biannual Russian sanction renewal which requires an unanimous vote. The new Italian government has said it will vote against the sanctions.
Trump is a businessman not a politician. While you may be able to publicly insult business leaders, insulting a head of state also insults the nation and its people. No leader who wants to keep their job can let this action stand without taking action.

I read Susan Rice's article as satire. Yes, No, Maybe?
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-06-13 18:07
herald -- good post. good information.
+2 # RLF 2018-06-13 06:33
What amazed me was that when Trump said Russia should be let back into the g7 no mainstream press said that this is exactly what we would expect if Trump was a Russian agent and compromised. They are so intimidated by this administration that they won't make the most obvious of connections!
0 # Dale 2018-06-13 10:07
"If Mr. Putin were calling the shots, he would ensure that America's reliability is doubted, its commitments broken, its values debased and its image tarnished. He would advise the new president to take a series of steps to advance those aims." WELL, EVERY COUNTRY AND OUR OWN VOTERS SHOULD DOUBT AMERICA´S RELIABILITY TO DO ANY GOOD IN THE WORLD. YES COMMITMENTDS TO DEMOCRACY, PEACE, NON ITERVENTION ARE CONSISTENTLY BROKDER. THE IMAGE OF THE U.S. IS RIGHT TRNISHED AS A SUPER-ROGUE USING STATE-SPONSORED TERRORISM TO MAINTAIN ITS GLOBAL DDMAIN.

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