In the present entry, I am going to discuss President Trump's recent declaration to Bill O'Reilly of the Fox News that, in relation to Vladimir Putin, America is not so innocent itself, a declaration that led to a fiery condemnation from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. For once, President Trump is telling the truth.
The alt right race realist manosphere worship Putin so, lest I be lumped in with them, some clarifications are in order. I am NOT a fan of Russia's recent legislation allowing men to beat women in private property, which is far too similar to to the manosphere's proposed US legislation to legalise rape on private property. I despise the manosphere for trying to divert Jordan Owen's film The Sarkeesian Effect, so am not going to sit idly by when Vladimir Putin apes them. As well, Vladimir Putin's homophobic policies are counterproductive. He has 143 million people. America has 300 million people and the European Union has 500 million people. In such a situation Putin simply cannot afford to erect ridiculous, ideologically-driven manpower constraints on himself and deny his army the use of homosexual and bisexual military manpower of the calibre of Ernst Röhm, Eoin O'Duffy and Scotty Bowers. And, as much as I realise that he was pushed into it by Victoria Nuland, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Sheldon Adelson, Stephen Harper and John Baird, I am not at all a fan of Putin's alliance with Communist China, which is aggressively expanding into the Pacific.
That being said, Putin is not without his merits. In his book, which is far more substantive than anything President Trump ever wrote and shows a depth of analysis and consideration closer to that of Navy Cross-winning former SECNAV and 2016 Democratic primary candidate Jim Webb than to that of Trump, he says that he thinks prostitution should remain illegal, but also goes on to say that, for prostitution to remain illegal, alternatives (such as support services and jobs) need to be made available to women. Furthermore, I am a big fan of realpolitik, which means that I recognise that Putin's Russia is a power and that I prefer to have a balance of power than to have a power vacuum or a unipolar world.
There is also a personal issue involved. Over at ProblematicPeople.com (the website run by Wooly--a superb artist in her own right--and Mr. Bumblebee who are also currently promoting this rad new site AkkadianTimes.com), I have noted that, where I live there are a lot of Ostlegionen, people who are properly called "Caucasians of the former USSR" but who I cannot refer to as such because, in North America, the descriptor "caucasian" means "white" in the most broadly and annoyingly generic sense. As I noted in this entry over at ProblematicPeople.com, the Ostlegionen I have the grave misfortune to have to deal with far more frequently than I like are vile, repugnant misogynists who treat even elderly women in contempt, lecturing them about "how hard" these Ostlegionen have had it in the country that gives them refuge and a chance for a new life. Their open misogyny is but one thing that makes the Ostlegionen thoroughly repulsive. They speak neither French nor English with any degree of coherence, much less competence, but this does not in any way impede them from flapping their pieholes for eternities on end about how great and knowledgeable they are, commenting excessively on matters in which they are not qualified,certified experts, yammering about anything and everything--except the very job I am paying them to do! The Ostlegionen are impressed by their own divinity and want to actively recruit you into their cults of self-worship, to make you a part of their lives when your icy demeanour makes it clear to everyone except an Ostlegione that the only reason you are interacting with them at all is for a highly specific, precisely time-limited service for which you are paying them. During the first decade of this century, the Ostlegionen in their home counties fired artillery onto Russian soil, prompting a swift response from Putin and the Russian military. Putin, in contrast to these Ostlegionen, is not a verbose man. He is a disciplined man who speaks with a purpose, so, yes, out of our mutual disgust at the Ostlegionen, I do sense a certain personal affinity with Putin.
That out of the way, yes, President Trump was absolutely correct to say that America is not so innocent. History proves him right and proves Senator McConnell to be the amateur hagiographer.
- During the Colonial Era, American colonists did not fight French colonists or Native Americans in a manner which can in any way be described as adhering to the Geneva Conventions.
- The Continental Army in New York and Connecticut during the Revolution engaged in betrayal and sacrificing many civilians to British reprisals in the name of an ultimate victory, while, in South Carolina, neighbour slaughtered neighbour for disagreeing on the merits of independence.
- Before and during the Civil War in Missouri, Federal/Union irregulars regularly massacred pro-Confederate landowners. One of the most bloodthirsty of these irregulars, Kansas Republican Senator James Henry Lane, was a personal bodyguard of Abraham Lincoln. Read up on Federal/Union General Thomas Ewing's Order 11 and ask yourself if Trump was wrong to say "we are not that innocent."
- In the East, Lane and Ewing were outdone by William Tecumseh Sherman, on who scorn is heaped today for doing onto the Sioux exactly as he did onto the Confederacy.
- During the Mexican Revolution, President Wilson ordered US troops to evacuate Mexico, but leave their guns behind in the hopes that the warring Mexican factions would get a hold of these guns and use them to wipe each other out.
- FDR openly declared he had a problem with dictatorships in Europe, yet collaborated with dictators in Cuba (Batista), Nicaragua (Somoza) and Brazil (Vargas) because the latter three dictators also opposed the dictators in Europe.
- FDR's Secretary of State Cordell Hull refused Jews fleeing Hitler entry into the United States.
- One refugee fleeing Hitler who succeeded in entering America, Henry Kissinger, later gained fame for collaborating with Chile's Augusto Pinochet, who was not exactly an icon of human rights and other democratic values
I do not know if President Trump is aware of this history. It is evident, however, that either Senator McConnell is unaware of this history, or that he is indeed aware of it and chooses to ignore it.
And let me again return to a personal note. One of the accusations currently levied at Putin is that his support for Assad in Syria is wrong because it denies civilians medical assistance that these civilians desperately need. In this respect, Putin does not differ significantly from Québec doctors who are holding the population hostage and who are retaliating against civilians for the fact that the current Provincial government dares to question the divinity of these doctors. I see a lot of Québec doctors of all backgrounds--the latter three words being irrelevant, I suppose, since, according to Doctor Erika Schwartz, any medical student who survives the constant six-plus years of hazing that constitutes medical training ceases to be an empathetic caring human being and becomes a god in his/her/own-mind. Thanks to my love of applying the sterile cockpit rule in all official interactions, I generally do not have problems with Québec doctors. Some have personalities, but, after a few seconds of seeing their inane pleasantries having zero effect on my icy (aka professional) demeanour, they give up and move to the technical reasons I am there to begin with. This is not the case with how the bulk of them have treated elderly patients with dementia in my presence, which is to say that Québec doctors routinely harangue and launch lengthy ad hominem attacks and sermons on the glories of socialism on patients with dementia who are there because they are in pain.
In this respect, the only way Putin really differs from Québec doctors is that he is generally well-mannered and respectful in his personal interactions.