Accuracy in Media

David Horowitz has decided to throw in the towel in the presidential contest. The former New Leftist turned conservative activist and deep thinker has apparently concluded that Donald J. Trump will be the GOP nominee and that conservatives have to rally behind him. But one strange omission in Trump’s “reassuring” speech continues to cause controversy and reverberations around the world. Trump failed to even mention Russian aggression in Ukraine.

How could Trump not mention the one country in Europe, Ukraine, which has been recently invaded by Russian forces and a part of which is under foreign occupation? Even if you are so callous as not to care about the freedom of the people of Ukraine, what about the fact that this is the country in which pro-Russian forces fired a missile that brought down a civilian airliner, Malaysian flight MH17, killing all 283 passengers on board? The blood on Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s hands was apparent when his nation vetoed a United Nations proposal to prosecute the perpetrators.

No wonder Trump boasted that Putin has called him a genius. The New York businessman can sound tough while articulating a policy of pandering to, and appeasement of, Russia. And some conservatives are buying it. This is not genius but deliberate deception.

Commenting on Trump’s “reassuring” foreign policy speech, the usually astute Horowitz said it was “a step towards satisfying his conservative critics…” He said Trump had rejected “the neo-conservative dream of democratizing the world” and had instead emphasized an “old-fashioned conservatism” based on “limited foreign policy goals and stability, as the framework of peace.”

Under Obama’s similar limited foreign policy goals, Russia is making major gains, threatening the peace of Europe. Its allies Syria and Iran are on the march in the Middle East. The “old-fashioned conservatism” of someone like Ronald Reagan would never have glossed over the gains made by our enemies. But Trump did.

Horowitz added, “Can’t wait for those Trump-Hillary debates,” a signal from his perspective that the race is over on both the Republican and Democratic sides.

From this perspective, it looks like a debate between two security risks who have no real understanding of the major threats to America and our allies.

Horowitz wrote, “If Mitt Romney had given the speech that Donald Trump did today, and if he had followed its strategy during the third presidential debate with Obama on foreign policy, he would have won the 2012 election.” Romney at least recognized Russia as a geopolitical threat. Trump sounds like Obama or Hillary Clinton, who engineered a disastrous reset with Russia.

In retrospect, Romney looks like a statesman, ahead of his time and aware of the dangers we face. Trump has learned no lessons from the recent history of Russian aggression.

A separate article on the FrontPageMag site by Matthew Vadum was also complimentary toward Trump, calling his speech “important” and “muscular.”

But there was no muscle-flexing toward Russia. It was as if for Trump the Russian invasion of Ukraine, following the Russian invasion of the former Soviet republic of Georgia in 2008, had never taken place. Yet, any good reporter had to mention it. It stood out like orange skin and hair.

Frederik Pleitgen, the CNN international correspondent, reported the euphoria in Russia over Trump, in part because the speech “did not mention Ukraine at all…” But since Trump didn’t take any questions, he wasn’t confronted about this curious omission.

By comparison to Obama, some conservatives are saying that Trump looks pretty good.

Vadum’s article notes that our “Radical-in-Chief now occupying the Oval Office,” Barack Obama, has or had sidekicks and mentors like Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Rashid Khalidi, Valerie Jarrett, and Frank Marshall Davis. But Trump has Paul Manafort, who worked for the communists in Ukraine, and Carter Page, an adviser to a Russian gas company. Plus, Trump himself has been doing business in Russia and the old Soviet Union. One of his sons has been involved in looking at Russian real estate deals.

The failure by the liberal media to vet Obama should not cause the conservative media to excuse Trump’s curious associations and omissions.

Those pro-Russian connections explain what we are witnessing in Trump. It was as if Trump during his address was promising “Peace in our time” with Russia. The parallels were frightening, and they went far beyond the echoes of the “America First” mentality that sought to keep America from fighting fascism in Europe before World War II.

How well did ignoring aggression work with Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler?

In addition to an invasion producing thousands of deaths in Ukraine, there’s the Russian record of crimes against humanity in Syria. The Atlantic Council reports, “Putin cynically claimed that the purpose of the mission [in Syria] was to fight ISIS. Nothing could be further from the truth. Russia rarely targeted ISIS in Syria…” Instead, it says Russia’s role was to bolster the regime of Bashar al-Assad, undermine the American-supported Syrian opposition, and prolong the conflict.

The report’s title, “Distract, Deceive, Destroy,” sums up the Putin strategy. Equally significant, the Atlantic Council notes that in prolonging the war, Russia has succeeded in sending “more waves of refugees flooding into Turkey and Europe.”

This is an area in which Trump has practiced his own version of distract and deceive. Opposition to Muslim immigration is his signature issue. He warns that the U.S. should not have to suffer the same fate as Europe. Yet Russia is a significant factor behind the Muslim invasion of Europe. Air Force General Philip M. Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, and commander of U.S. European Command, has publicly said, “Russia and the Assad regime are deliberately weaponizing migration from Syria in an attempt to overwhelm European structures and break European resolve.”

Trump did not hold Moscow responsible for any of these Muslim refugee problems. He did not attack Moscow for intervening in Syria in such a way as to leave ISIS virtually untouched. Instead, he attacked the United States. Trump said, “Our actions in Iraq, Libya and Syria have helped unleash ISIS, and we’re in a war against radical Islam, but President Obama won’t even name the enemy, and unless you name the enemy, you will never ever solve the problem.”

Our top generals have named the enemy that Trump won’t. And that enemy is Russia. Russia has “chosen to be an adversary and poses a long-term existential threat” to the United States and U.S. allies and partners in Europe, Breedlove said.

Our generals understand that radical Islam and Russia have to be recognized as our enemies. Trump focuses on the former but not the latter. He pretends that the U.S. can work with Russia against radical Islam, when the Russian intervention in Syria proves the exact opposite. Russia is making the Muslim refugee crisis much worse.

We saw news on Friday about how the Syrian air force—backed by Russia—had bombed more civilians and anti-Assad groups in Aleppo. A hospital was hit, killing dozens, including patients, children, and medical staffers. Obama’s Secretary of State John Kerry said he was outraged. He released a statement saying:

“We are outraged by yesterday’s airstrikes in Aleppo on the al Quds hospital supported by both Doctors Without Borders and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which killed dozens of people, including children, patients and medical personnel. It appears to have been a deliberate strike on a known medical facility and follows the Assad regime’s appalling record of striking such facilities and first responders. These strikes have killed hundreds of innocent Syrians.”

In a pathetic plea, Kerry said Russia “has an urgent responsibility to press the regime to fulfill its commitments under UNSCR 2254, including in particular to stop attacking civilians, medical facilities, and first responders, and to abide fully by the cessation of hostilities.”

U.N. resolution 2254 is supposed to be the peace plan for Syria.

Will Trump at least tweet a few words of concern about the actions of Russia and its client state?

On top of this threat, as we noted in an earlier review of the Trump speech, the GOP frontrunner sounds tough on Iran while ignoring Russian sponsorship of the Iranian regime. It’s a nonsensical position. You can’t punish Iran without putting the squeeze on Russia.

Trump’s strange deference to Russia is alarming. It’s no wonder that the Russian ambassador to the United States was invited to sit in the front row as Trump delivered his foreign policy address.

We don’t know if he was applauding wildly, but it’s clear he had to be very satisfied with what he heard from the Republican candidate. The mystery is why Horowitz would find the extremely flawed and even shocking Trump speech so satisfying.

If Trump were to win the nomination and the presidency, we could anticipate our top generals desperately trying to counter the pro-Russian advisers who now surround him. Eventually, they might have to threaten to resign in disgust and dismay. The stakes are that high in Europe and the Middle East.

Horowitz is correct when he talks about how Obama’s agenda has been “American weakness.” But Obama at least gives lip service to the people of Ukraine and Syria. Trump is clearly on the other side—Russia’s side. He doesn’t even give lip service to people struggling for freedom and democracy.

Trump does give lip service to Israel. But how reassuring can those words be when Trump is promising to collaborate in a Russian takeover of Europe and the Middle East?

Peace in our time? Ask the Syrians. Ask the Ukrainians.

What’s been lacking in the Republican presidential contest is a Winston Churchill who will call Trump’s bluff and identify all of America’s enemies, including Russia, by name. Romney did it back in 2012, before events proved him right. Who will do it now before Trump takes the nomination in Cleveland and makes the Republican Party into a presidential vehicle for Vladimir Putin’s favorite foreign politician?




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Comments

  • RMThoughts

    As the US neocons push heavy armaments to the borders of Russia in their quest for global Babylon, there will be the start of WWIII. At some point Russia will have zero options.This, it seems, is is exactly what Obama, the Neocons, the Banksters and their NATO proxies want – to escalate to a general war.

    Neoconservatives and their useful idiot “patriots” cynically dismiss Russia lead by Putin as a Soviet retrograde and Tom Clancy villain, while, the Kremlin implements not even vaguely communist policies neither at home, nor abroad.

    On the other hand, Russian Orthodoxy has returned slowly but surely as a central part of Russian life, and Russian patriotism has no need for Marxist rhetoric about workers’ revolutions or the dictatorship of the proletariat. Meanwhile, conservative and MSM in the US feed us tired, CIA-fueled Cold War narratives that covers for Western liberal imperialism,

    Cliff Kincaid defines Russophrenia–that is a condition where the sufferer believes Russia is both about to collapse, and take over the world. Since 2013, instances of this ailment have reached epidemic-like proportions in certain parts of Washington, London and Brussels.

  • MexicanPOV

    @RMThoughts…I was about to express a different view on Russia and it’s most popular leader… When I read your view I realized; ‘I am not alone, others get it too.’ Thanks for expressing it so well. It just goes to show how a writer–Cliff Kincaid–in this case can see things so different from–the real picture–reality…Go figure.

  • Erudite Mavin

    KGB Putin also played a major role in East Germany under the Soviets.

    Having been in East Germany in the 1980s, this was the Communism

    and control Putin is again working for.

    Putin has already brought back the Soviet national anthem and Soviet-style military parades, and critics accuse him of using Soviet tactics to stifle dissent, although he denies this.

    “Stalinism is linked to the cult of personality, massive legal violations, repressions and labour camps,” he told his annual question-and-answer session, broadcast live last week across the country of about 142 million.

    Putin dusted off another communist relic by restoring a labor medal introduced under Josef Stalin.

    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin dedicated the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi to brutal Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

    Putin admitted that he still keeps his party card and sympathetic to communism.

    The rehabilitation of Stalin: Putin rewrites history to convince almost half of all Russians that megalomaniac dictator was just a man with ‘good intentions’

    Change is ‘engineered by leaders who want USSR to be superpower again’

  • Erudite Mavin

    Cliff, Well Said

    DH and his site has been a TrumpBot site right along.

    Anyone who takes Trump as a serious adult is part of the problem.

    Also the usual PaulBot Libertarian Isolationists who reply here

    get their love for Putin from Ron Paul’s site with the RT Propaganda.

  • terry1956

    I kept reading and listening to points about the speech from various sources such as Chattanooga Times Free Press, NPR and CNN with various spins that I thought it best to watch and listen to the whole speech to get at the truth.
    All in all the above sources had one or more in accurate points and the Trump talk is better than I have heard from Cruz or his chosen running mate with of course it goes without saying better than Hillary or Sanders which of course Cruz is far better than as well.
    Does Trump as a whole get it right? No he does not, neither does Cruz, Clinton or Sanders and to tell you the truth neither does even the Constitution Party nominee for President Darrel Castle although maybe the VP nominee of the Constitution Party does I don’t know yet.
    I suspect going by their past choices that the LP nominee will not get it right on Foreign policy either and of course the Green Party nominees never have.
    First off Trump almost got it right promoting an America and American first foreign policy but then he added to much others.
    Second Foreign policy really belongs to congress not the president which none of the above appear to get, with the exception of some treaty power that the US Senate advices the president to do and consents to it with a two thirds vote, if the US House is willing to fund it.
    If Trump means what he said about Russia and China then he is as silly and nieve as Ron Paul but so are the others if they actually mean what they say on the two nations except maybe Darrel Castle, maybe I’m saying right now because I can not recall all he said or wrote that I have heard or read so far but going by what I remember now I suspect that even Mr.Castle does not really get the serious security risk that Russia, China and entangled foreign alliances are to the US.
    I do remember Mr. Castle saying NATO has long out lived it’s usefulness but the fact is it never was of any use to the US nor was our membership in it or any other membership in a foreign entanglement ever legal although NATO might be of us to Canada and its European members without of course Turkey.
    Combined the EU would be the largest economy in the world by GDP and without Britain which hopefully has the good sense to vote to leave the EU then the EU would be second to only the USA.

  • terry1956

    Putin and China are very much security risk to the US which neither Trump or Mr. Kincaid or Cruz gets but so is the EU and NATO although not near as much as Red China and Russia.
    So is most of congress, Obama, most of the US Supreme Court judges, Hillary, and Sanders, Trump,Cruz and Kasich should be watched as well since all 3 or their spouse have, had some sort of close relationship to our two largest enemies Red China and Russia or the un American Council on Foreign Relations
    All of the above governing leaders wants to rule the world and make feet voting illegal they are just in a deadly fight with each other to get there.
    I think that both Kincaid and you RM are loyal American Patriots but neither of you should be fooled by our two largest enemies Russia and Red China nor fooled by Trump or Cruz either who may very well have good intent ( far more than Billry who has none or Sanders) but neither Trump,Cruz or Kasich are anywhere near publicly understanding Americanism and it’s main enemy Globalism.

  • terry1956

    What is DH suppose to do?
    I think Cruz would be better than Trump ( except on trade) also Trump would still be far better than Hillary.
    Trump still might not get enough delegates to get the GOP nomination but that is getting more and more doubtful each week.
    Enough states assemblies could in enough time pick the electors directly but most don’t have enough sense and guts to do that.
    I agree with many of your points which is why I gave an up vote but I’m still wondering what You and Mr. Kincaid thinks Americans should do if Trump gets the nomination which he likely will.

  • terry1956

    While Trump did make some good points and in my view a better foreign policy talk of anyone running for the presidency except Darrel Castle the Constitution party nominee the world peace comment was silly and naïve with serious lack of understanding of the proper constitutional role of the US president.
    Castle also has things to learn but I think he would make the best president we have had since Coolidge who was the best in the past 100 years but no way is Castle going to win in November but as I have said before if the GOP nominee is polling at or above 20% here in Tennessee in the general against Clinton then I will be voting for Castle, less than 20% then I will vote for the GOP nominee who I hope will be Cruz but like DH I think likely will be Trump.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    The collapse of the Soveit Union was part of a long term Soviet deception according to the testimony of KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn. Moscow was the administrator of world communism, when it fell, all communist countries should have fallen with her. Instead, communism has actually strengthened in places like South America.

    https://onceuponatimeinthewest1.wordpress.com/

  • jug

    Obama is “getting off the hook”, and Putin is getting “a new bitch”!

    And we are getting NO chance to vote for a true republican or conservative during the National Election, thanks to Bill Clinton convincing Trump, (the NY liberal democrat), to run on the republican ticket!

    Bill is still a BRILLIANT tactician for the democrat party and his own “wife”!
    And Trump is still a NY type, liberal, lying and smearing democrat who supports big govt, PP, same sex marriage, Target type bathroom policy, bail outs, higher taxes and thinks Putin is a “Great Leader”!

    He IS lying to you folks, he will do absolutely ANYTHING to get elected!
    Narcissism and ego drives him, just as with obama.

  • John Lock

    Here is how Trump justifies his lying . .

  • jug

    Three of Trumps best friends, Putin and the Clintons!

  • A_Cole

    if trump gets the nomination, for the good of the country he should decline and walk away. Cruz is the ONLY constitutional conservative running who will shrink the federal government down to its proper size and will set our nation back on its constitutional foundation. He will make mincemeat of hillary in the presidential debates – trump is too much of a coward to debate Cruz one-on-one – and he will put American citizens ahead of ‘making a deal’.

  • newsel

    “Trump is clearly on the other side—Russia’s side. He doesn’t even give lip service to people struggling for freedom and democracy.”
    Now how do you come to the “deference” and not mentioning Russia conclusion as written in the article based on the following comments?

    “Russia … has also seen the horror of Islamic terrorism. I believe an easing of tensions, and improved relations with Russia from a position of strength only, is possible, absolutely possible. Common sense says this cycle, this horrible cycle of hostility must end and ideally will end soon. Good for both countries.

    “Some say the Russians won’t be reasonable. I intend to find out. If we can’t make a deal under my administration, a deal that’s great — not good, great — for America, but also good for Russia, then we will quickly walk from the table. It’s as simple as that. We’re going to find out.”

    https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-releases/donald-j.-trump-foreign-policy-speech

  • KC

    You forget ,,, Trump does nothing for the good of the Country ,,,,, He has been supporting and funding these clowns for (40 years) keeping them in power for his own benefit at any cost to WE THE PEOPLE and OUR COUNTRIES BENEFIT ! I Agree CRUZ IS OUR LAST HOPE ! iIf Trump wins to be my nominee ,, I will wright in TED CRUZ ,,,, If my Country is going down ,, I want a democrat to get the credit !

  • Mister Rahool

    “But Trump has Paul Manafort, who worked for the communists in Ukraine”

    Manafort worked for the quasi-dictator Yanukovych, he did not work for the Communist Party. For a site called ‘Accuracy in Media,’ this is a huge error.

  • NERDWORLD PROBLEMS

    Everyone wants to ignore that China is also a brutal communist country that we have allowed corporations to freely do business with and give most of our manufacturing jobs away to, our government has increasing allowed them to purchase more and more businesses here in our borders and expect us to just bend over and take it whether we agree with it or not. It’s all part of their One World Order crap, this monstrous socialist lie that’s killing the whole planet. We are supposed to be all against Russia though because they won’t play ball with the rest of them and make nice? SURPRISE, China isn’t either, they are just getting everything set up the way they want before doing the same as Russia, communist business as usual.

  • hadit

    A vote for Hillary

  • hadit

    Agree, this is Trump’s constant, repetitive concern in his speeches. There’s a huge deficit in trade in China and other countries. Trump wants common sense trade. Many on the financial shows think we should stay the course. “It’s so cheap”. (I don’t even shop anymore ….the clothing looks like limp rags on hangers) They are living for the moment, and don’t realize China will own us as they slowly buy up everything in sight.

  • hadit

    If Trump failed to bring into his speech an aspect of global importance, I would give him a pass. When he walked to the mic to give his speech, 12 men walked out from the back ahead of him….his foreign policy consultants. The speech was probably a compilation of input from all these people, and it could very well be that it was intentionally avoided. It’s too early to pass judgment in my mind.

  • thanks horowitz, you just can’t resist like others b4, taking cheap shots at a president who will not defend himself. real low buddy. you know he was right. democracies don’t war against each other. what is wrong w/ spreading freedom around the world? most of our wars were doing just that! reagan too, did it. i’m sick of the hypocrisy coming from my side of the political aisle. very disappointed, esp since most are defending a man who was never a conservative to start with.

  • KC

    OK, Sounds good . Let her take the blame !

  • Bertharina Rina

    SOWS IN TROUGH

    The warthog reminds us of the many political hogs waiting for the proper moment, to ambush the federal reserve, in looking out for the little piggies, awaiting a shot at honest tax payer’s monies. Yes, politicians are one hog on another. For the most, just plain liars, with no conscious. Collectively, nothing but loose hounds in raiding out houses, usually constructed nearest all public podiums, gluttonous mobs enjoy some relief from entitled hoodlums, gassing for the most, in the cause liberalism. Nothing but professional gobble DE gooks. Listening to one of these dirt bags is like hearing a nest of hogs slopping in their troughs.

    We need to put the warthog’s picture on a three dollar bill in demonstrating how far this country has been leveled from a pseudo Republican/Democratic system, into a grab all, for the social engineering experts, who have never did an honest day’s work in their worthless lives.

    The hard working class of people are fed up with packs of professional liberals from all walks of life, of whom love to sycophant among themselves, as a little more eaten up with Karl Marx’s works, with his fellow travelers lounging near their alter ego political assets, in lining the halls of Congress, looking for a hand out, We are promoting revolutionary activities, through numbers of alien religious philosophies, setting up house among questionable conditions.

    America is being subdued through the alien encroachment of professionally trained Communist infiltrators. Many have doctorates in theology. Tens of podiums are in the hands of these pro-LENIN/TROTSKY, being financed by the national tax payer.

    Reds in pulpits are some what a veneer to those who do not comprehend a STALINIST, in appealing to emotionally filled houses of hungry mobs. We call them drive-by pulpit pounders and congregational miscreants.

    For sure, there are millions of light posts strewn through out America. Light posts could possibly save tax payers much money, if a proper use is made for them rather than lighting. Political whoredom’s ties with the commie run influence through every thread of state must be quelled. Traitors should be dealt with swiftly.

    Absolutely, socialism is a masterful stroke for universal financiers moderate voters.

    American independence, through an artificially designed Republic. With out free speech, man is nothing. However, mobs become inarticulate, when spoon fed the new gospel of feeding, at the trough of a paternalistic government. When in office political whores see nothing, know nothing and hear nothing, then liberty has dwindled and the death of a state is lain to rest.

    We have some dirty sons of bitches in high offices. Their job is to internalize Marxian economic political socialism The Council on Foreign Relations, the State Dept., Supreme Court, being amplified with hundreds of REDS in the service of state and federal ruling elites. Our Republic Is hunkering down to a mysterious political and social aberration of Eastern Oriental religious fundamentalism. NATO & The United Nations is in the lap of universal Bolshevism. This is a mental disorder back to the ancient days of Esau, the Edomite.

    Our Republic is occupied by professional revolutionaries, well netted into all walks of social and political industry. We must take this country back—force meets force–we hang individually, or swing together! Thank God that Ted Cruz & George Romney crawls back to their Satanic inspiration and get decent jobs. Forced mongrelization is spiritual degradation, of which roots rests upon our Communist influenced pseudo Democracy! Bastardized humanity is Satan’s masterful weapon of deception.

    Apolitical swine lays in their own muck, while mongrels never enter our Lord’s Temple.

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    4h

  • Ron Kramer

    This article is deception and war mongering. The U.S. State Department spent Billions of our tax payer dollars creating the unrest that led to the overthrow of a democratically elected government in Ukraine (and other eastern European countries.
    I’m tired of my tax dollars going to fund endless war around the world.
    Trump is wise to see that Russia is not our enemy and NATO is nothing but a porkbarrel project for the military industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us about.

    “War is a racket”
    ~Major General Smedley Butler
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  • Michele Hriscko Cook

    Yet Romney was laughed at by Obama and accused of having a “cold war mentality”.