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At 5:15 AM on Tuesday, December 10th, Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted: “Trump, Lavrov, and Pompeo are meeting in private this afternoon. What conspiracy are they cooking up today?”

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These comments epitomize the moral decline of the Democratic Party, which has disgraced itself in the Trump era by promoting a toxic Russophobia and John Birch style conspiracy theories taken from the right-wing playbook of the 1950s.

Even in the heyday of the Cold War, American presidents were not attacked and accused of carrying out conspiracies when they met with their Russian counterparts.

Even in the heyday of the Cold War, American presidents were not attacked and accused of carrying out conspiracies when they met with their Russian counterparts.

In those days, meetings between the two countries contributed to an important spirit of dialogue and breakthroughs such as the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT), Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (IMF) and nuclear test ban treaties, as well as the Yalta agreements during the age of Roosevelt.

The latter, in a spirit of cooperation, offered a quid pro quo in which the United States recognized the Soviet Union’s right to a strategic buffer in Eastern Europe and return of the Sakhalin Island and naval base in Port Arthur in return for the fair division of Germany and a pledge that Russia would not intervene in Greece’s civil war.

While neither party complied with all the terms of the Yalta agreements, at least the two countries had been talking to one another.

Today’s Democratic Party is intent on hindering any efforts at diplomatic outreach with Russia as a new nuclear arms race breaks out.

They have based their impeachment efforts on Trump’s alleged efforts to obstruct “needed military assistance to Ukraine,” ignoring the fact that this aid has been used to brutally crush separatist forces in Eastern Ukraine.

In a prescient speech before the National Press Club five years ago, it was Chuck Schumer who warned of an impending political crisis that would introduce a new level of acrimony into the body politic if “middle-class decline” continued apace.

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The solution, he said, was simple. “We must convince Americans that government can be on their side and is not just a tool of special interests,” he argued. Democrats would have to make it clear “that we will make government the people’s champion, not captive to the powerful.”

By peddling conspiracy theories and trying to obstruct diplomacy with Russia, Schumer and his colleagues, are doing the exact opposite.

Their position is being driven by a desire to not only remove Trump from office but perpetuate a new Cold War with Russia – to the benefit of special interest groups and not the American people.

The Washington Post last week had an article detailing the lack of purpose and direction behind the war in Afghanistan, which the American people overwhelmingly want to end.

The War on Terror has lost its legitimacy, having been marred by endless contradictions, including the U.S. backing of jihadist forces in Libya, Syria, Pakistan and Yemen.

The demonization of Russia and support for war in Ukraine now presents the only opportunity to sustain gargantuan military budgets, which have diverted money away from the kind of social programs that a government which is actually on the side of the people would enact: robust funding for education, social welfare programs, public transportation, health care and environment protection.

Voting in favor of the 2003 Iraq War, Schumer has long been known as “Wall Street’s Man on Capitol Hill.”

According to opensecrets.com, his fourth largest campaign contributor between 2015 and 2020 has been the defense giant, Lockheed Martin, which has given him over $100,000.

What greater symbol of the moral corruption of the Democratic Party from the age of Roosevelt and betrayal of liberal values could there ever be then him?

jeremy kuzmarov

Jeremy Kuzmarov

Jeremy Kuzmarov is author of four books on U.S. foreign policy including Obama’s Unending Wars: Fronting the Foreign Policy of the Permanent Warfare State (Atlanta: Clarity Press, 2019) and The Russians are Coming, Again: the First Cold War as Tragedy, the Second as Farce, with John Marciano (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2018).