Democrats and the fake news media would have everyday Americans believe Russia wants to roll tanks through Europe and take over the world. The only thing supposedly stopping President Vladimir Putin is the United States. That leftover narrative from the Cold War proves increasing tired as American presidents repeatedly tried to normalize relations.
Former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama even tasked Hillary Clinton with the ridiculous “Russian Reset.” At the tail-end of Obama’s term, he expelled Russian diplomats and scuttled any possibility of fruitful trade and strategic alliances.
When former President Donald Trump announced on the 2016 campaign trail he would broker deals with Russia, Democrats and the fake news media went bonkers. They took that dusty old Russian Boogeyman narrative out of their media archives and supported the Russian Collusion hoax. But if we look at the facts, it seems the United States remains one of the few nations not trading and playing nice with Russia. Why is that?
For one thing, European countries have been pickpocketing American taxpayers since the end of World War II to pay for their national defense. When the NATO alliance was formed to protect European nations from the Russian Boogeyman, each country pledged to pay 2 percent of its GDP. In 2021, few ever met their obligation, and Americans footed the lion’s share until Mr. Trump embarrassed deadbeat EU leaders.
“Since I came to office, it’s a rocket ship up. We’ve picked up over $140 billion in additional money, and we look like we’re going to have at least another $100 billion in spending by the nations…by 2020,” Mr. Trump reportedly said.
Democrats pushed back mightily over EU countries paying for their defense against Russia, which seems counterintuitive. And when Mr. Trump floated the idea of winding the outdated alliance down, the fake news media streamed hot-button headlines such as: “Allies and Former U.S. Officials Fear Trump Could Seek NATO Exit in a Second Term,” and “Trump re-election could sound death knell for NATO, allies fear,” among others. Ironically, Mr. Trump was targeted for recognizing NATO does not necessarily serve a cost-effective national interest. That’s largely because EU countries peacefully trade and cozy up to Putin as if he was their best friend.
Russia and Germany brokered a deal to build the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would transport gas directly from the Boogeyman to the hapless NATO member. On Russia’s eastern border, its dealings with China continue to expand even though Putin sought to position his country with the U.S. first. The other superpowers are now working together to build a Moon Base, and China increasingly joins Russia in alliances with traditional U.S. enemies such as Iran. America continues to be the odd country out, and failing to work with Russia against the true enemy — China — isolates the U.S.
But rather than bridge the divide with Russian strongman, Joe Biden was far less than presidential. During his first 100 days, Sleepy Joe created more animosity between the nations than we’ve experienced since the Cold War. Publicly calling Putin a “killer,” Biden buttressed the fake news narrative that the Russian president had a rival politician poisoned. Although no credible evidence links the man getting sick to Putin, none existed that Mr. Trump was in league with him either.
When Democrats and fake news outlets push this scary bedtime story, keep in mind that Russia would prefer to trade and align its interest with the U.S. In the absence of that relationship, they work with American rivals such as Iran, China, and, frankly, Germany.