I have made many comments regarding the Neocon driven policy of containment in Russia, and that there are Neocons that actually are pushing for war against Russia. I also have made many comments that are NOT supportive of Assad, but recognize that the US has engaged in arming either indirectly of ISIS and Al Qaeda spin-offs in Syria as a means of Neocon driven policy of regime change in Syria. I have stated how dangerous a proposition it was when Clinton proposed no fly zones in Syria, given Russia's support of the Regime with its Air Force active in the region.
All of that said, this tired rationale, and I mean tired rationale that has been pushed by "thinkers" on the Alt-Left like John Pilger who muted most criticism of Trump for months in exchange for this ONE rationale. That Trump EVER actually represented a true shift in that policy, and that he has a peace seeking bone in his body.
It is damn obvious (and not I'm not parroting the Russia Election Fraud theory here) that Trump has shady ongoing business dealings in Russia, and THAT is the ONLY motivation WHATSOEVER for any cooperation he is willing to give Russia.
He took on James Woolsey as foreign policy advisor back in September, who as you probably know is a supreme Neocon completely aligned with the same Neocons who drove the US coup in Ukraine. The Trump Administration has indeed echoed such Neocon propaganda about returning Crimea to Russia, etc.
Trump has not called off the buildup of tanks and troops on Russia's borders, or the scheduled war games. The Trump Administration HAS gone ahead and deployed the offensive capable ICBM defensive systems in South Korea obviously aimed at that Neocon driven containment policy against Russia and China.
Trump has engaged in Twitter Nuclear War sabber rattling with his false pronouncements which of course were echoed in MSM about how US warships were heading to North Korea, and in fact had arrived 400 km off the coast when no such ships were there, adding to the paranoia of NK.
And those cruise missiles he launched against Syria were what exactly.
Oh yes, the alt-left will say that it is because Ivanka made him do it, or because the Neocons made him do it. The same Neocons that he himself appointed as Generals to his Administration. THOSE Neocons.
And then there is the usual Neocon rhetoric which Trump parroted for months and months against Iran, and in support of the State of Israel's oppression of Palestinians.
This alt-left notion, pushed by Pilger and others that Trump has EVER represented ANY bulwark against such Neocon policies of containment/regime change against Iran, Syria, Russia, China is just so much bunk.
I mean Trump, prior to his dinner in his Florida White House with his fellow CEO of China where apparently he was impressed, had taken an aggressive military posture regarding the South China Sea. Much more aggressive than the Obama Administration pronouncements. Of course, that was the moment, over chocolate cake that he bragged about having just fired missiles in Syria, and how he had war ships moving toward NK and that if China wasn't going to solve the NK problem that HE would.
Back to Russia. Again, I don't subscribe to the election coordination with Russia, HOWEVER it is DAMN EVIDENT that Trump has had shady dealings with Russian business interests, and that it is very likely a lot of these business interests have been in violation of US sanctions (that I'm not in support of) and worse.
It is quite apparent, with his firings of Comey, Yates, and the other person whose name escapes me - all involved in investigation into Flynn and other Trump associates - that Trump wanted to STOP any such investigation. His tweets, his statements, and the statements by his Administration have been all over the place which is indicative of a man who desperately wants to hide something.
We are dealing with Trump after all, and there should be a solid assumption that any posture toward Russia is NOT because the jerk is aligned toward peace.
That and all of the other facts I mention, in addition to the fact that he ran on a big military buildup, a big crackdown on "law and order" at home, build the wall, conceal carry in 50 states, an attack on regulatory agencies to the benefit of corporations, a huge corporate tax cut, a healthcare system "market based" and the rest.
This whole notion that Trump was EVER some outsider, some anti-Establishment candidate, some bulwark against US hegemony, is JUST SO MUCH NONSENSE.