What lies behind the fantasies about Putin

Several councilors campaign trump had business ties with Russia, and it is certainly not fair, right?

However, before the introduction of the Crimean sanctions in 2014, the development of American business in Russia was the policy of the United States, and since 1991. The fact that a handful of advisers did business in Russia, the only surprising because of their scarcity. During his visit to Moscow in July 2009, President Obama brought with him a great many high-ranking high-ranking American businessmen. A few months — partly in order to promote the business, Moscow was visited by Joe Biden.

Go back and read the press. In 1995, al Gore, as Chairman of the Commission “Mountains-Tchernomyrdin” has helped to launch the international project “Sakhalin” American company ExxonMobil. Sixteen years later the White house under the leadership of Obama helped her to start developing the Arctic fields of Russia. These two transactions almost fully determine the track record of Rex Tillerson in Russia.

But wasn’t the trump adviser during the election campaign by Paul Manafort also an adviser to Viktor Yanukovych, the favorite of Vladimir Putin during the presidential elections 2010 in Ukraine? At that time, Yanukovych promoted the development of economic ties with the European Union that was clearly on US. Mr. Manafort may not be working on the “favorite” of the Ukrainian policy of the Obama administration, but walking in the footsteps of previous American political assistants, including those sent by bill Clinton to save the process of the re-election of Boris Yeltsin in 1996 (which allowed the latter in the end to transfer power to Putin and save has in his inner circle riches).

However, the events in which the Democrats are so eager to see the illegal scheme began after Putin “pulled Yanukovych for the leash.”

What about ties trump with the “gray” banker Carter Paige? Published on the website Politico. com fun and volume article page called quirky conceited man, who held a minor position in the Moscow office of Merrill Lynch.

But Roger stone, a pretended “secret of the shaman” of American politics? Mr. stone wants you to believe that he’s affiliated with the KGB.

In this tedious list associated with the narrative of “trump-mole”, the biggest surprise is the absence of references to Goldman Sachs. After all, Gary Cohn and Steve Mnuchin both worked there when on the eve of the 1998 default in Russia, the company appeared to be very organized way to sell bonds to help the Yeltsin government to survive temporary financial difficulties. The other comes from Goldman Sachs, Robert Rubin, who headed the Ministry of Finance under Clinton, helped with the delivery of Russia of the International monetary Fund.

We come to the disappointing conclusion that a huge amount of invested in Russia with the hope the money only financed the emergence of the Putin kleptocracy. During three administrations, when the US goal was to promote business relations with Russia, trump was distinguished mainly by his inability to find a place in this train. Its Russian real estate transactions and branding has failed. In 2013, he managed to hold a competition “Miss universe” in Moscow. However, in contrast to Formula 1, he has since not returned. At least, as all the leading real estate developers in new York, it is impossible to fail in the sale of Russian immigrants unreasonably expensive apartments.

“The rhetoric and actions of Mr. trump as President have more than a superficial resemblance to the first years of consolidation of power by Putin in Russia, wrote last week foreign correspondent Susan B. Glasser in the author column The New York Times. — Similarities so striking that they simply cannot be ignored.”

Russia was plunged into chaos. Its President was a drunkard looking for a successor to protect his daughter and friends from the investigations of corruption crimes. Mr. Putin, a former KGB agent and head of the secret police, headed one of the few still working in Russia structures, though hand-in-hand with organized crime.

Climbing trump fundamentally different from this. He is the star of the reality show and brand Manager. What is more surprising, he is the President, who is not even party. Meanwhile, the courts, bureaucracy, media and political parties continue to operate normally.

To investigate the propaganda efforts of Russia to influence the U.S. elections, but not without reason to delude ourselves that there was something new and unprecedented. As for trump, even in the deplorable situation of the Russian intelligence services, until recently it just wouldn’t be interesting. And now he somehow got the presidency — if you can figure out how to use it (which is doubtful).

His decision to increase military spending and support for energy in the United States, ironically, mean the emergence of more stringent than those Obama imposed sanctions against Russia. The irony also is that the rise of trump is led to desire half of the political establishment — all Democrats and a handful to opposing Republicans — to denounce Putin’s regime.

The ability to think clearly against Russia may finally be coming into fashion in Washington. This, however, will not happen if the only goal is the transformation of Putin’s party weapon against the administration of the trump.

Holman Jenkins, Jr. is a journalist and commentator, author and editorial member of the editorial Board of The Wall Street Journal. Received a master’s degree in journalism from northwestern University. Jenkins joined The Wall Street Journal in may 1992 as the author of the editorial pages. In late 1993, became the editor of the Asian edition of The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong. Returned to the United States in 1995 as a member of the editorial Board of the newspaper. In addition to working in The Wall Street Journal he wrote for Policy Review and National Review.