The United States needs to hold Russia accountable for its aggression


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ed note–Again, at the risk of over-repeating it, Trump was put in there for many reasons, but the main one being to pull America away from that abyss known as a real live shooting war with Russia.

With this in mind, he is going to say anything/do anything, including ‘playing the game’ vis a vis whispering sweet nothings into the ears of organized Jewry. He will court Netanyahu. He will say nasty things about Iran. But in the end, all of this is going to be background scenery to the main course, which is to de-escalate tensions with a nuclear armed country before they cross that point of no return.

The fact that this op-ed was written by the top democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations committee should indicate the stakes that are involved in all of this. Trump will have his hands full, as there are 435 members of Congress whose allegiance is to Israel and to the organized Jewish interests who brought them to power and who are going to to be mobilized to move against Trump’s efforts every step of the way.


By US Sen. Ben Cardin, top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Any presidential administration’s top charge is to protect U.S. national security interests, and now more than ever, that important endeavor must start with addressing a resurgent Russia.

Over the course of President Vladi­mir Putin’s time in office, Russia has been the purveyor of an anti-democratic agenda, completely antithetical to values that we as Americans hold dear — the liberal democratic process, human rights, sovereignty and the rule of law. Russia has interfered in our election, endangered lives in Ukraine and Syria and sought to dismantle the rules-based international system which has provided stability since the end of World War II.

Those are indisputable facts. But you wouldn’t know it based on Donald Trump’s disturbing comments on the campaign trail. I do not know how he will deal with Russia once the weight of occupying the Oval Office sets in, but if the past is prologue, I am not hopeful despite my love for this country and what it stands for to so many around the world.

I therefore ask Trump to take seriously the assessments from our intelligence community and security professionals regarding Russia’s actions. I implore the Trump administration to see Russia for what it is — a global bully and adversary. And I encourage the incoming national security leadership to understand who our real friends and true allies are, and that they count on us to provide leadership against Moscow’s aggression.

The domestic consolidation of control by Putin is systematic and reminiscent of Russia’s darker days. A good measure for how a government will act internationally is how it treats its own people. And Russia today fails on that scale, as evidenced by the recent Duma elections, which restricted space for opposition parties, and the continued incarceration of civil society activists.

Russia’s destabilizing activities continue abroad with attacks on Ukrainian forces across the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea, a violation of Ukrainian sovereignty that cannot and will never be legitimized. Putin’s announcement Wednesday that he will withdraw Russia from the International Criminal Court because of a United Nations inquiry into his activities in Ukraine speaks for itself

In Syria, the wide-scale bombing of Aleppo by Russian forces is an unconscionable crime against humanity. We have said many times as an international community, “never again.” But it is happening. Today. Right now. Led by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Putin. The U.N. Human Rights Council’s recent action to remove Russia as a member was a welcome response by the international community, but we must not let up in our efforts to expose these illegal actions and hold the perpetrators accountable for such gross violations of human rights.

And as we all know, the Kremlin’s claws reached our own shores during the 2016 election. Russia’s attempt to disrupt such a seminal event as the democratic election of the American president was nothing short of astounding.

The United States therefore needs to formulate an immediate and comprehensive international response to Russian aggression.

First, we need to send a resolute message that Russia’s domestic tyranny and international belligerence have consequences. And we must make abundantly clear that there is a cost to attacking the United States, whether accomplished by a MiG or a mouse. We should consider expanded sectoral sanctions and targeted sanctions on individuals found to be complicit in crimes and atrocities, across a range of options to include the Russian energy sector and prohibiting U.S. participation in the purchase of Russian debt bonds.

Second, we need to be there for our friends. Our allies in Central and Eastern Europe have been on the front lines of Russian interference. The Obama administration rightly provided considerable security assistance to these countries through the European Reassurance Initiative. But in addition to that initiative, we need a comparably resourced European Democracy Initiative, which would bolster those democratic institutions vulnerable to Russian pressure.

Third, we must support the embattled human rights defenders inside Russia who continue to face growing repression from the state. Ildar Dadin is one such example. His recent letter from prison, in which he describes physical and psychological torture at the hands of prison guards, reminds one of similar missives from Alexander Solzhenitsyn in the Soviet Union or Wei Jingsheng in China, who wrote “The Courage to Stand Alone.” Today’s activists are living through bleak circumstances, but it is our obligation to speak out on their behalf and pressure Russian human rights violators by using the Magnitsky Act to the fullest extent.

My policy positions on Russia are likely not in line with President-elect Trump’s vision at this time. But, I believe that these core values — speaking out against violations of international law, war crimes and human rights violations while standing up for democracy, accountability and freedom of speech — must be at the forefront of America’s foreign policy agenda, a view shared by many in the Senate on both sides of the aisle.

I hope the president-elect and his team will work with us in areas where we can find common ground, but I will not hesitate to conduct rigorous oversight if these values are compromised.

  1. #1 by huw jarse on 11/17/2016 - 8:09 am

    It is time that the American on the street, revolted against his country having been reduced to a Jewish fiefdom. And if he needs outside help, then I think there would be an army of volunteers to help that would make ISIS seem like a troop of schoolboy scouts. Nutenyahoo and the complete criminal cabal needs liquidating, and Trump is in a position to do it. Lets sit back and see if the secret services can get their respective houses in order and do the presidents bidding.

  2. #2 by Paul Bruce on 11/17/2016 - 10:27 am

    Total nonsenss it is the US/israeli terrorist organisation that needs to be held accountable, Russia has saved the world from the NWO, Trump was elected by the American people despite rigging attempts to keep the jew slave criminals in power.

  3. #3 by Paul Bruce on 11/17/2016 - 10:29 am

    What idiot wrote this crap anyway, writes like a hillary supporter.

  4. #4 by PJ London on 11/17/2016 - 11:58 am

    You truly could not make this stuff up.
    An American saying :
    “Russia for what it is — a global bully and adversary.”
    “Russia has interfered in our election, endangered lives in Ukraine and Syria and sought to dismantle the rules-based international system which has provided stability since the end of World War II.”
    “expose these illegal actions and hold the perpetrators accountable for such gross violations of human rights.”
    “Americans hold dear — the liberal democratic process, human rights, sovereignty and the rule of law.”
    “Russia’s domestic tyranny ”
    “Our allies in Central and Eastern Europe ”

    George Orwell
    “In a way, the world-view of the Party imposed itself most successfully on people incapable of understanding it. They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening.
    By lack of understanding they remained sane.
    They simply swallowed everything. . .” 1984

    Thomas Paine
    “It is necessary to the happiness of man, that he be mentally faithful to himself.
    Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.
    It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society.
    When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.”

  5. #5 by ray032 on 11/17/2016 - 1:58 pm

    This is projection by this blindly delusional American 1ster believing this world is America’s oyster.

    Over the course of President Vladi­mir Putin’s time in office, Russia has been the purveyor of an anti-democratic agenda, completely antithetical to values that we as Americans hold dear — the liberal democratic process, human rights, sovereignty and the rule of law. Russia has interfered in our election, endangered lives in Ukraine and Syria and sought to dismantle the rules-based international system which has provided stability since the end of World War II.

    This is what the US is doing in this world and the Russians have finally stepped in to stop it.

  6. #6 by Wikispooks on 11/17/2016 - 10:33 pm

    Can you provide a reference to the original please. In its totality it is an model exemplar of Orwellian inversion. Practically EVERY position and action ascribed to Putin/Russia is a precise description of the USA under Obama and the Bush/Clinton dynasties. Coming from the top Democratic (ie claimed ‘progressive’ – whatever that is supposed to mean) foreugn policy wonk, it is astonishing in its TOTAL inversion of reality.

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