Russia, Helsinki and the Media’s ‘Kangaroo Court’

Former CIA Director John Brennan (who was also “once” a communist sympathizer and supporter) went so far as to call President Trump’s press conference with Putin, ‘treasonous.’

The media uproar over President Trump’s meeting in Helsinki, Finland with Russian leader Vladimir Putin has been nothing short of incoherent. Former CIA Director John Brennan (who was also “once” a communist sympathizer and supporter) went so far as to call President Trump’s press conference with Putin, ‘treasonous.’ Other media talking heads used similar language, comparing the event to 9/11, Pearl Harbor, and even… Kristallnacht. (Seriously, it’s unhinged.)

The coverage has been obscene in its ridiculousness, leading on expert on Russia to call the media’s response a ‘kangaroo court.’

Here’s what the distinguished Stephen Cohen had to say to Tucker Carlson on Fox News:

The reaction by most of the media, by the Democrats, by the anti-Trump people is like mob violence. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.

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This is the president of the United States, doing what every other president before him, since FDR in 1943 with Stalin, meeting with the head of the Kremlin. And something that every American president since Eisenhower, a Republican by the way, has met with the leader of the Kremlin for one existential purpose: To avoid war between the nuclear superpowers.

Today, in my considered and scholarly long time judgment, relations between the U.S. and Russia are more dangerous than they have ever been. Let me repeat: Every been, including the Cuban missile crisis.

I want my president to do –I didn’t vote for this president– but I want my president to do what every other president has done. Sit with the head of the other nuclear superpower and walk back the conflicts that could lead to war, whether they be in Syria, Ukraine, the Baltic nations, these accusations of cyber attacks.

Every president has been encouraged to do that an applauded by both parties. Not Trump.

Look what they did to him today. They had a kangaroo court. They found him guilty. And then you had the former head of the U.S. CIA, who himself ought to be put under oath and asked about his role in inventing Russiagate, calling the President of the United States treasonous. What have we come to in this country? And what is going to happen in the future?

Why is it that Russia seems to be our wicked witch of the East? When Russia has more in common with the U.S. — it is a Christian county, it is a big country, it was a frontier country. We were allies during World War Two.

This will upset people, but historically, Russia defeated Nazi Germany in Europe, and the U.S. defeated Japan in the Pacific. We were great allies. After that, things went bad. Who is to blame? Historians have written lots of books, but after the end of the Soviet Union, there is no communism.

Let me ask you a question, you know D.C., why do these people dislike Putin, the president of post-communist Russia more than they ever seemed to dislike the communist leaders? it is more about us than it is about them.

CARLSON: I think it is no defense of Putin to ask that question. I’ll repeat it for the viewers in case they missed it: Why do so many people in charge now dislike the current leader of Russia more than they disliked the communists?

Over on Vice News Professor Cohen and other distinguished experts argue that Russia is no real threat to the USA. In fact, the expert argue that Russophobia is actually a bigger potential problem than Russia itself.

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