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TRUMP FOREIGN POLICY ADVISOR CARTER PAGE IN RUSSIA FOR TALKS WITH ...

It would appear that the incoming Administration of Donald Trump is already making "unofficial" overtures to Russia, according to this important article appearing on RT, and shared by Mr. P.K.:

Trump’s ex-adviser Carter Page in Moscow for talks with businessmen, ‘thought leaders’

There a few things to notice here, not the least of which is that this trip was indeed undertaken by Carter Page, one of President-elect Trump's foreign policy advisors during the previous election campaign. While the article is short, and with this in mind, what Mr. Page apparently stated during his visit to Russia and talks with Russian businessmen possibly heralds a dramatic sea-change in the making in Russo-American relations, for Mr. Page drops some real bombshells according to the RT article, citing remarks he made to the Russian English language news outlet Sputnik:

Speaking to Sputnik in October, Page said that “many of America’s core national interests overlap significantly with the strategic priorities of Russia. But unfortunately, an arrogant foreign policy in Washington has quite often failed to consider America’s own fundamental priorities.”

“Russia without question could have significantly contributed to better outcomes if a genuine relationship based on mutual respect had been effectively forged,” Page said, noting that Russia and the US could join forces in fighting Islamic extremism, de-escalating the situation in Ukraine, and working inside potential conflict zones in Asia. (Emphasis in the original).

Clearly, Mr. Page has zeroed in on the radical unipolar agenda driving American foreign policy since 9/11, and by mentioning the Ukraine in this context, he is taking direct aim at a feature of American foreign policy that is quite disturbing, for it will be recalled that the overturning of the government in Kiev and the installation of the current government was driving by neocon forces not only within the US Department of State, but also by the active participation of so-called "non-Governmental organizations" or NGOs, private foundations and corporations behind which this agenda often hides.

So what is the high octane speculation here? If one looks carefully at some of Mr. Trump's putative appointments, it is clear that he has selected a few "national security hardliners", for want of a better expression. So one should not expect from the incoming Trump administration a complete 180 degree reversal of prior decisions respecting Russia. But by emphasizing contacts with Russian businessmen, mentioning the Ukraine, and mentioning Islamic terrorism, seems to suggest that we might expect the incoming Trump administration to review and reverse at least some of the economic sanctions against Russia, perhaps even doing so unilaterally prior to any negotiation with the Russian government on other issues, and seeking to increase bilateral trade between the two countries. This might pave the way for more extended talks on a staged reversal of remaining sanctions, discussions of security matters where American and Russian interests overlap and how to coordinate efforts.

The geopolitical fallout here could be far-reaching if indeed any of Page's "signals" do issue in actual policy, for a lessening of the sanctions regime, and coordination on security matters, the Ukraine, and so on, will place major European governments - particularly that of Chancellorin Merkel - that have more or less been lap poodles and sock puppets for Washington in the previous years, especially with respect to the Ukraine, Islamic terrorism (and the ongoing European refugee problem), and economic sanctions against Russia, in a very difficult position. In effect, such policy reversals will weaken their hand tremendously, and fuel the oppositions to Frau Merkel and M. Hollande. We've already seen this weakening effect as M. Hollande has bowed out of seeking a return to the Elysee Palace, and former French President Nicholas Sarkozy's short-lived attempt to return to power has already been crushed.

Regardless of how one speculates about the outcome of this visit, however, it does seem clear that Mr. Page's visit does represent an unofficial testing of the waters in Russia, but much more importantly, it represents a return to a saner view of Russia than we've seen for several years as the anti-Putin anti-Russia hysteria was notched up by previous administrations. It was Hillary Clinton, of course, who brought a "reset button" to Russia shortly after taking office. But her rhetoric was anything but about "resetting" the relationship. It appears, at least so far, that Mr. Trump might be the one to press that reset button. And it's about time, for neither Russia nor the United States can afford a return to Cold War practice and mentalities.

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  1. It is said by the DC ‘pundits’ and those who just want Trump to stay out of Washington, that he is too inexperienced to be president. I’m not sure what that means because I have no knowledge concerning any educational courses in being president of the United States, since he has much experience in being a successful leader, at least as it appears to me. So I have to ‘assume’ that it means no experience in politics in general.

    I happen to think that may not be a bad thing, since the political establishment only gets worse with, well, those more settled into the DC scene. The people don’t seem to make the place, rather, the place makes, or unmakes, the people, although Mr. Trump, at 70, is likely quite settled in his ways. Could it be that the DC establishment sees him as perhaps getting in THEIR way of how ‘they’ want things, and that they are quite content with DC and the USA status quo?

  2. Trump is “Crazy like a Fox”. On the one-hand he stocks many of the so-called important positions with ‘right-wingers’, whilst he constantly insults the ‘lunatic leftist’ at every oppotunity.

    He has those two opposing factions spinning around in circles shouting at each other so he can go merrily on his way to make DEALS via ‘backdoor’ business channels.

    Finally, some really great theater is going on these days.

  3. The ‘future’ of Trump is interesting. He talks a good game, but stocks his cabinet and advisor positions with ‘national security hardliner’ and bankster types. Beneficial change for the 99%, or worsening feudalism?

    The same with Trump’s VP pick. (Assuming that it was Trump’s pick. Reagan hated Bush the Elder. Reagan ‘picked’ Shrub Senior after being leaned-on in a smokey backroom.) Trump’s VP is a hard-right neocon. Not a good sign…

    On Russia, the same ‘vagueness’ reigns. Is it a genuine rapprochement, or the neocons attempting to split Russia away from China? Or even, in a business sense, trying to get Russia to open up its mineral-rich East to American businesses rather than just Chinese and Japanese businesses?

    Interesting times…

  4. So what’s wrong with Russia I say, well nothing, they have at every turn shown that the Russian people not only want peace, but to trade with the world like any other country. But oh no, the great US of A says they are the bad guy and basically that you cant trust these sneaky Russians. Unfortunately now, the world has shown D.C., the Pentagon and very main stream US media THE DOOR. The damage has been done, and now nobody even watches CNN, ABC or what I call puke media.
    If Trump is RALLY smart, he’ll have Putin for dinner and a state reception and media conference on the White House lawn, imagine the White House CNN journalist attending that little gig.

      1. Considering the past and continued treatment he has received from the corporate/intelligence propagandists, aka the MSM, can you blame him for this?

      2. Robert Barricklow

        …and once he’s in power he should champion a public news organization that rivals corporate-fake news by financing public information[in the multi-billions] as a public utility.

        1. I agree, Robert. Though FOX has a few people who have come to their senses recently, the majority of the MSM remains intellectual concrete–thoroughly mixed and permanently set. He really needs an objective voice. Quite frankly, ALL past prezidents have needed this for a long time.

    1. I think Trump and Putin should have George Soros for dinner the moment he steps into office. I think this would send the appropriate message. I would make the hit look extremely cartoonish— start with a freak snowstorm, then let his limo get sucked into a man-made tornado or pull it into the sky with a tractor beam, make it spin madly in the air for a few minutes then drop it back to Earth. Follow this with a lightning strike then a meteor landing on his car. This would be the cue for the midget actors to pour not the street and start dancing and singing. The other option would be to follow their playbook and do something extremely preposterous (to have one over on the gullible tv viewing audience) like Soros dying while extreme snowboarding in the Swiss Alps. You could show the cringe worthy video of him cartwheeeling down a cliff face as he bounces off the rocks over and over on the cable news channels. Or, just keep it simple and have a good old fashioned piano land on his head while he is walking down the street. If you want to be really macabre, you could have him really served as dinner at a spirit cooking ritual put on by the Podestas for the Clintons and cronies.

    2. Yes, Russia is a wonderful place to live with life expectancy at 53, an autocrat running the country and suppression of media, society and police mafia on every corner. Dont have such rose tinted spectacles. Its got serious issues.

      1. While the USA doesn’t ‘suppress’ the media, truth in broadcasting might be refreshing and the MSM could stop gagging itself of the more important ‘news.’ What they put out these days makes some of the rest of us want to ‘gag.’

  5. Robert Barricklow

    I too would like to see the tyranny of the present status quo shift to a more equitable and sane stance on policy issues. So far, I see the oligarchy solidly entrenched with one of their own at the helm. That this captain of industry… err., real estate magnet hasn’t yet set sail; the crew he is assembling may not know, as we, what course settings he will actually choose once they lift the sails[all this pre election hype].
    Authoritarianism with its dehumanized dependence on our money masters, or something new on the horizon of a new hope realized?

      1. Robert Barricklow

        Surprisingly the last few minutes of this episode[in part two], has Max Keiser speaking about Freedom of Press. What is surprising is it resembles something Vominto Blanco may have scripted. It’s that good.

  6. The problem that Trumps faces includes more than the Zionist also there is the shadow Norman aka British Empire. Since the late nineteenth century pre Great War entanglement lets hope Carter Page can help reverse the reincorporation of the USA into the Empire as it enforcer-muscle. Only time will tell whether Donald can begin the first steps in this much needed divorce.

  7. Trump is one man elected to an office which has been largely a sock puppet for the oligarchs for the last century. What he may intend to accomplish and what he may be “allowed” to accomplish may be entirely two different things. He has inherited a “government” which is totally corrupt, if the Clinton Foundation revelations are anywhere near true and may not be as innocent as some would like to believe. His background is in business, but anyone who has worked within any large corporation understands there is a great deal of “politics” involved within such organizations; so he is not totally unfamiliar with these concepts as his detractors would have you believe, either.
    He is now the CEO of FedGov Inc. and as such does have some power, however, no CEO has absolute power and is subject to the “board of directors” and the “shareholders’, with the “directors” having the bulk of the authority. In a republic, that would be we the people, but the USSA is no longer a republic, it is now what amounts to an oligarchy. We the people have lost interest in our responsibilities and have delegated them to our “representatives” who are corruptible men who seek office for their own benefit rather than the benefit of those they represent.
    The most we can do is hope for the best, attempt to hold his feet to the fire in hopes of some better representation, and wait an see just what comes from it. He will not be able to turn what has occurred over the last three decades around in just four short years. What he does in those four years will determine if he gets another four, if he survives them.
    One of the first things he will need to do is get a grip on all this nonsense coming from Soros and his crowd. One thing I do not see happening with a Trump presidency is a reduction of the Zionist influence over the USSA, something which really needs to occur.

          1. Robert Barricklow

            Finally!

            When you do something.
            Do it right the first time.
            Now I need to practice what I preach.

    1. Forgive my ignorance, if I’m a business person, and being one of the broad director, what am I actually like to accomplish? Will I dream of take over the broad and take over the world and claim the world domination so I can leave my mark on the history? Or I’m actually be more practical that I just want my profit share? What will I do if my so call “partners/leader” are not doing things which prosper my pocket instead of making policy committing all kind of finance suicide.

      A more easy scenario, there are 2 nut case fighting for the chairman seat, one offer nothing but finance suicide but claiming the world domination with more finance and political suicide method, Another one offer still world domination but more pocket prosper policy, and if I’m a practical business person, who should I side with?

  8. This is probably a stretch but could it be possible that Trump is putting a few influential hardliners in his government in order to control them, possibly even to humiliate them by forcing them to succumb to his alpha male status? Based on what we know about Trump’s personality, they will be taking orders from Trump and not vice a versa. If they don’t follow his orders they will be fired, that we know, and most of these guys are just babbling think-tank cable news windbags when they are not employed by the government and it is in government positions where they get a chance at real power and prestige. Trump might be playing to their weaknesses and in effect turning them into his lapdogs, maybe to humiliate and control them, but certainly to commandeer the neo-cons and possibly drive a wedge into their movement, forcing new loyalties. Keep your enemies close, as they say.

    1. I wonder if there is a certain amount of anxiety in Tel Aviv now in lieu of this changing relationship between the US and Russia? Two heads are better than one and as Trump and Putin begin to share strategies which best serve the interests of their countries and humanity at large, inevitably they will have to determine how to get out from under the thumb of the zionist entity and it’s banking tentacles. Publicly, both leaders will continue to ingratiate themselves with the Israelis, with Trump promising continued tribute, soldiers and weapons for the zionist empire, and Putin overlooking their evil subterfuge in his country and abroad, but behind the scenes both Trump and Putin know implicitly, that if a golden age for humanity is to unfold, this ugly remnant of the Kali Yuga must be contained if not squashed completely. How about a joint US/Russian effort to build a force field around the perimeter of Israel to initially keep missiles out and eventually keep people in?

    2. This might include the current potential nomination for Secretary of State, oil industry executive Tillerson. On the face of it, it looks like more American oil industry imperialism, but what if Trump’s plan is to turn him into the spokesmen for a new cleaner and more efficient energy industry that Trump wants to market to the rest of the world? Who better than an global energy industry executive to take on this initiative?

    3. I’m hoping this is the case, VB, but with every one of his too-big-to-fail picks, I grow increasingly doubtful that he understands the difference between his own exploitation of the law as written, including bankruptcy law, and the deep state’s systematic skirting of the rule of law itself. It’s heartening though that he’s filling his Cabinet with generals and all but stonewalling the current Administration’s intelligence briefings. Clearly he’s preparing to fight against any enemy, foreign or domestic. I watched Tillerson speak before the CFR on YouTube. He seemed like a decent guy but certainly not a free energy type.

      1. Daryl,

        I don’t think Tillerson is a free energy type, but could become a new energy type once he realizes it’s inevitability. Better to be part of it than cut out completely and become obsolete. His experience in the global energy industry would give him the experience and connections well as influence in his own oil industry to get things rolling

        . A speculation based on hope no doubt, like my hardliner speculation, but the cynic in me tells me we could be getting more of the same on steroids.

        1. VB, the fact that Trump now stands poised to take the oath and not Hillary provides reason for hope. His many generals may represent the vanguard of a looming battle between the Pentagon and the CIA. Or perhaps this battle is already won. Tillerson claimed before the CFR that resources in North America could last until the end of this century. But I’ve heard otherwise in terms of the energy returned on the extraction cost invested, a diminishing ratio that has rendered oil almost profitless. Therefore it may be that oil would sooner be nationalized than a cleaner energy adopted. But even this creates yet another two-sided coin, for even the seeming extreme of nationalization would facilitate a smoother transition to free energy, were the right generals in charge of it. Ideally then, Trump would appoint another general at Energy; but some reports suggest it might be Sen. Joe Manchin of coal-rich West Virginia, whose daughter at Mylan jacked up prices on the EpiPen. Hopefully that’s a fake news floater.

          1. Realizing that Hitlary indeed rigged the election in her own favor makes Trump’s triumph even more leaning toward a miracle. The internet news made it clear that Trump would have to win by a landslide in order to overcome the rigging, to win at all.

            Those in ‘control’ now, know of and where, free and replenishing energy can be obtained, totally free and naturally replenishing. The question is, will they share this with the new president, or does he already know (?) If I figured it out, it can’t be very difficult at all.

      2. The Democratic Party’s soft war against the American people and American values was a failure. Now the Republican Neo-Cons have been put in charge and what is the first thing they go for? Criminalizing free speech and the alternative press. If the Senate fast tracks this new legislation and Obama or Trump doesn’t veto it we will know what is instore for us, a hard war. Got to make peace with Russia with false promises as you round up political dissidents at home or your enemy might take advantage of the temporary chaos and strike. I hope Trump is for real and gelds the Neo-Cons and New World Evil but we will have to wait and see. Surprisingly more Democrats voted against this legislation than Republicans who seem determined to wipe out free speech which brought the Democrats down during their own upcoming brand of shenanigans.

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