Will Putin hand the presidency to Trump?
by Don Hank
I was invited to participate in a conversation among a group of friends who are hoping that the Kremlin will turn over their cache of Hillary emails obtained via the Romanian hacker “Guccifer” just in time to smear her prior to the November election. Judge Napolitano has stated that the Kremlin is holding these emails and is not sure what to do with them. The group was hopeful that Putin would reveal the content of this cache just in time for Hillary to be indicted before elections. Here is my reply to the group:
Yes, this could be a big deal.
But remember that Putin has an iron-clad policy of never interfering in the internal affairs of what he calls “partner” countries.
Putin must stick to this policy to avoid hypocrisy because he has publicly opposed interference by the State Department in the color revolutions, the Arab Spring and the military interventions in Kosovo, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc, nations that have been utterly ruined by Washington’s intervention. Thus by failing so abjectly in every attempt at control, Washington has handed Russia a huge propaganda advantage and he will not fritter it away by imitating Washington’s interference in other countries’ politics … including US politics. It is his principle (part of what I have called the Putin Principle) to avoid such chicanery, thereby presenting a stark contrast with Washington “leaders” and in so doing – ie, by his studied refusal to interfere – letting the world beat a path to Moscow – as Netanyahu has done just this week, for example.
He must come across to existing and potential trade and military partners as squeaky clean in this regard and not be seen interfering in anyone’s business, except, for example, to be seen as protecting the lives of minorities in Syria, or of Russian speakers in E. Ukraine, who have, you will recall, been bombed from the air and subjected to murders and abuse by fascist thugs of the Right Sector who revere men like Stepan Bandera, a Nazi who aided Hitler in killing Ukrainian Poles back in the day (these openly fascist partisans march in parades with photos of these old “heroes”). Unfortunately, these lumpenproletariat are all seen as part of the US-backed Kiev government. We own them and that fact makes Putin look like a white knight by contrast. Dim-witted State Department and Pentagon officials, as well as professional Russophobes (whom I exposed recently for the phonies they are), whine that RT (Russia Today) is “Russian propaganda” and some have even suggested banning it or imposing a heavy tariff on its revenues in the US. But the reality is that US foreign policy has been Russia’s best propaganda.
You will recall that when asked what he thought of Trump, Putin’s answer was totally apolitical. He only made a vague reference to Trump’s intelligence, which was misinterpreted by Trump to mean Putin thought he was a “genius.” Not quite, but it was a nice gesture on Volodya’s part (the nickname is not “Vlad” in Russian BTW). He pointedly commented at the time “we do not interfere in anyone’s internal affairs,” a comment that went over most Western heads because most of us refuse to believe that no other governments could possibly abstain from Washington-type skullduggery. “They’re all doing it.”
Just remember: Putin’s argument is that it was interference on the part of USAID, “sandwich girl” Victoria Nuland, Geroge Soros (who admitted on national TV that he was involved in the Maidan coup — the subject of my report here: http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/hank/140530) and the top “leaders” of EU countries (like President Rutte of Holland, Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, etc), who personally blundered into the Maidan deceitfully presenting the EU as a potential savior — just as the EU had done in Greece), that turned Ukraine into a showcase of grandiose failure with an economy about on the level of Haiti’s). Thus Russia, which has never bankrupted another country, is holding all the propaganda cards thanks to the endless trail of failed states left behind by the West. Putin intends to hold on to these cards. He said in his autobiography that even in his youth, he never gambled. He won’t start now.
Thus Putin must and will be very careful not to look like another meddler because he has billed Russia as the anti-meddler and he will tend this image like a gardener tending a prize rose bud. So don’t expect him to openly threaten Hillary with blowing her whistle. He can’t afford to even appear to do this, as much as he would certainly like to.
Sure, he has some sympathy with Trump, but after all, Trump has waffled on his stance toward Putin and on Syria. None of us — including Vladimir Putin, is too sure what he would do as president.
That is another reason Putin must hold his cards close to his vest — something he is very good at.
So as much as he might want to help, and as much as my email group may yearn for it, Donald J. Trump will have to find his own way to the White House.. But after all, he is a “genius,” isn’t he?