Today to a rousing military band salute the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, stepped down from the plane just landed at Andrews AFB, and shook the hand of Donald Trump, President of the United States. Putin, AKA “my buddy Vlad” by Trump, was all smiles. A previous President of the United States, George W. Bush, said he had looked into Putin’s soul—apparently liking what he saw. Trump looked at Putin and liked what he saw: a friend, or maybe someone who has something on him.
Trump thought it a good thing to invite Vlad to Washington D.C., admiring him as a “Strong Leader”. This despite the following stuff Vlad has done to wit: Meddling in the 2016 election, and ongoing meddling; invading Ukraine and accessing Crimea; collaborating with Iran; helping Assad in Syria continue to butcher his own people; assassinating former spies and journalists; and, wanting to re-establish the former USSR, to name a few.
Despite warnings from his own security leaders, members of his administration, and even Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (“Russia is not our friend”), Trump, who calls himself a “stable genius”, goes his own way anyway. At the earlier summit in Helsinki where Trump turned into Putin’s poodle, he asserted that Vlad strongly asserted that his hands were clean, and said he didn’t see why the election meddling would be Russia. He later said he should have said that he didn’t see why it wouldn’t be Russia. You know, a double negative. So does he or doesn’t he think it was Russia? Maybe we would or wouldn’t know.
Trump also initially thought it would be a good idea to turn over a couple of Americans to Putin in exchange for quizzing the twelve Russians named in the meddling indictment. Then the Senate passed a 98-0 resolution against turning over any Americans to Russia. Trump changed his mind—the mind of a stable genius.
Today as the red carpet rolls out for Putin there will be a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, a parade that Trump has long yearned for after witnessing one in Paris. There will be a 21- gun salute followed by a visit to Arlington National Cemetery where Putin will lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and he will commemorate the alliance between the U.S. and the Soviet Union during WWII.
Tonight there will be a state dinner at the White House where Trump and Republican leaders of Congress, despite past stated reservations, will toast our new friendship with Russia. Disparaging remarks will be made about NATO, and the groundwork will be laid for a new alliance with Russia called the Russian American Protection Engagement or RAPE. All this while the talking heads of the mainstream media (“fake news”) lose their minds, and the timid Democrats rail about treason and impeachment. In the meantime Robert Mueller, the Witch Hunter, will continue to drag out his investigation.
All this plays well with Fox and Friends (“fair and balanced”), although some of them are trying to get their heads around this new world order. Sometimes our presidents need to be contrarians. After all, didn’t Nixon go to China? We all know what happened to him.