John Peeler: Even though Trump is operating in a country with a far deeper democratic political culture, he seems to aspire to Putin’s domination through manipulation and intimidation.
Murray Polner: Can we please stop demonizing Vladimir Putin 24/7, and blaming him for all the world’s ills? He is not the latest version of Josef Stalin.
Jaime O’Neill: The party that purports to be about “free enterprise” provides socialism for corporations, welfare subsidies for the rich, all while preaching that the poor and the middle class should just ramp up their work ethic and pull themselves up by their bootstraps.
In 2016, it was Donald Trump who came under fire for being too much of a Putin admirer. Now there are the FBI and congressional investigations into possible Russian connections with the Trump campaign.
Donald Trump won a startling victory in his run for the presidency, employing attacks on Mexican migrants, Islamophobia, and promises to “make America great again.” The Republican Party, moving rightward for years, has embraced this agenda.
William Blum: Where does the United States get the nerve to moralize about Russia? Same place they get the nerve to label Putin a “killer” … a “butcher” … a “thug”.
John Marciano: Why do liberals accept the daily demonization of Putin and his regime? Where is the unequivocal evidence to substantiate these accusations?
Ted Vaill: Over the past decade or so, Trump was drawn into the web of the Russian financial network, and is now in so deep that he has no way to get out. If the Russian oligarchs who have loaned Trump money pull their plug on Trump’s debt, his empire will collapse.
Berry Craig: Trump, who has spent months fawning over Putin, had done nothing to ally suspicions from Democrats, and even a few Republicans, that Putin indeed helped him win on November 8.
Murray Polner: Nowadays, Washington’s gung-ho cold warriors, few of whom have ever worn a military uniform, and our obsequious mass media, have convinced far too many Americans to dutifully accept the Grand Illusion that, America’s role is to right the wrongs of the world.
Mel Gurtov: The Russians hope not merely to embarrass the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign by leaking tens of thousands of private emails, but also to elevate the candidacy of their new friend in the Trump Tower.
Murray Polner: the dangerous game goes on between the three powers until someone either devises a diplomatic solution with people they may not like or we slip mindlessly into a nuclear war.
Walter Moss: Is a macho leader really what we need? Or is such a desire too simplistic, a primitive throwback, perhaps appropriate in pre-modern times, but not today?