“Trump Derangement Syndrome” is a loaded term, but darn it, it’s accurate.
We just posted an excellent bit of analysis from a contact who reportedly has worked in various presidential administrations on Russia policy for decades and yet some people will not accept basic, verifiable facts. They absolutely refuse.
They likely know, or at least a good number know, that they have been played by Clinton/Obama and company, but they hate Trump and so don’t mind being played. They WANT TO BELIEVE that Trump is the devil. (He certainly is no saint let’s make that totally clear.) Ignorance soothes a certain mentality. That is just human nature and it is more pronounced in some than in others.
Trump has been harder on Russia than pretty much any recent president in many respects while also keeping a hand of peace open. That is reality. That has happened.
But guess what? There are a whole bunch of people in official Washington who want conflict. They need a foil in Putin to further their agendas. (And to sell their weapons systems.) It is funny to see the super lefties falling over themselves to defend the FBI and CIA. Is that all it takes for the intel agencies to work you up? Man, I guess the lefties really have forgotten all the lessons of the 1960s and 1970s.
That Trump is basically reasonable, and in many respects more reasonable and more moderate than Obama or Bush, conflicts with the official line coming from people like former CIA director and former Communist Party USA voter (For real, in 1976 he vote commie for president. Carter wasn’t lefty enough I guess.) John Brennan has been pimping out from CNN for big bucks. But it is true. You can say that it isn’t. But you’d be wrong. Hell, you can BELIEVE that it isn’t. But you would still be incorrect.
A big part of what we see with the whole “Russia” thing is that some folks like Brennan and Clapper and Comey all thought they were untouchable and that perhaps some actions they may have taken under a different president might now see light of day. Indeed light is stretching farther and farther across the Washington political landscape toward these folks. As such, some in official Washington are trying to rally whatever true believers are left to save themselves. They are in kitchen sink mode. They likely have no other option. And as long as a certain group of true believes hangs on, as long as the #oldmedia keeps letting them pimp out their stuff, they might survive.
That’s not the whole story, but it’s a big part of it. It’s called a hostile takeover and old official swampy Washington doesn’t want to be unceremoniously kicked out of their swamp.
I think Trump is different, and he’s willing to meet with foreign leaders and, actually, I think you may get a breakthrough because of the meetings. And I think, if this were anybody else, if there weren’t such acute hatred for Trump, such Trump Derangement Syndrome on the left, I think, if this were President Obama—and it could have actually been President Obama early in the first term, when they were trying to reset our relations with Russia, that could have easily had a meeting like this—and the left and the media would have had a lovefest over President Obama.
Rand Paul is dead on correct.