Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, Bon Voy­age to Paris

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - By Ed­ward Lozan­sky www.Rus­si­

As Pres­i­dent Trump is leav­ing for Paris to cel­e­brate the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of WWI when U.S. and Rus­sia were al­lies here are a few ad­di­tional mile­stones for the his­tory of U.S. – Rus­sia re­la­tions. Rus­sia took the po­si­tion of friendly neu­tral­ity dur­ing the 1775-1783 Amer­i­can War of In­de­pen­dence, the 1812-1815 Bri­tish- Amer­i­can War as well as dur­ing the 1861-1865 Civil War in the U.S.

In 1775 Rus­sian Em­press Cather­ine the Great has re­jected the re­quest of King Ge­orge to send Rus­sian troops to Amer­ica to sup­port Great Bri­tain. Later in 1781, Bri­tain at­tempted to bribe Rus­sia to gain its as­sis­tance by of­fer­ing the is­land of Mi­norca in ex­change of con­vinc­ing France to exit the war and force the Amer­i­can rebels to fight alone. Cather­ine not only de­clined this of­fer but pub­li­cized Bri­tain’s at­tempts at bribery to the French and Span­ish.

Like­wise, the United States sup­ported Rus­sia dur­ing the 1853-1856 Crimean War with Turkey and Bri­tain. A large group of Amer­i­can doc­tors joined the Rus­sian army dur­ing the Crimean War and saved the lives of many Rus­sian sol­diers.

June 22, 1941 - “Op­er­a­tion Bar­barossa”-a full-scale in­va­sion of the Soviet Union. The United States En­ters World War II by declar­ing war on Ja­pan af­ter the Ja­panese at­tack on Pearl Har­bor on De­cem­ber 7, 1941. On De­cem­ber 11, Adolph Hitler hon­ored his treaty agree­ments with Ja­pan and de­clared war on the United States. The United States and the Soviet Union thereby be­came al­lies in the war.

Rus­sians and Amer­i­cans may as­sess the key events of World War II dif­fer­ently but the vic­tory of 1945 was and re­mains shared. The sym­bol of the Soviet-Amer­i­can al­liance as part of the anti-Hitler coali­tion be­came and re­mains the April 25, 1945 his­toric link-up be­tween Soviet and Amer­i­can sol­diers at the Elbe river in the Ger­man city of Tor­gau. Un­for­tu­nately, this al­liance did not last long and it was fol­lowed by a long pe­riod of what is known as the Cold War which lasted un­til 1991 when Soviet Union col­lapsed. This col­lapse of­fered a unique op­por­tu­nity for the restora­tion of U.S. – Rus­sia al­liance as Rus­sia aban­doned its com­mu­nist ide­ol­ogy and started a process of build­ing new so­ci­ety based on the prin­ci­ples of democ­racy and free mar­ket econ­omy.

Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H. W. Bush then de­clared the ar­rival of a new era based on the “se­cu­rity arch from Van­cou­ver to Vladi­vos­tok.”

How­ever, Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton un­der­mined this noble vi­sion by start­ing the process of NATO ex­pan­sion to­ward the East which con­tin­ued un­der Ge­orge W. Bush and Barack Obama. As the re­sult NATO which had only 12 mem­bers to con­tain a pow­er­ful Soviet Union has now 29 mem­bers to con­tain a much weaker coun­try which lost a third of its ter­ri­tory and more than half of its pop­u­la­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Ge­orge Ken­nan, one of the most dis­tin­guished Amer­i­can diplo­mats and US Am­bas­sador to Moscow “The ex­pan­sion of NATO was the be­gin­ning of a new cold war…I think it is a tragic mis­take. There was no rea­son for this what­so­ever. No one was threat­en­ing any­body else. This ex­pan­sion would make the Found­ing Fa­thers of this coun­try turn over in their graves.”

“We’ll be back on a hair-trig­ger,” said Sen­a­tor Daniel Patrick Moyni­han warn­ing that en­large­ment not only is the be­gin­ning of a new cold war but “we’re talk­ing about nu­clear war.”

All to­gether 19 U.S. Se­na­tors who agreed with Ge­orge Ken­nan voted against the bill per­mit­ting the ex­pan­sion of NATO.

Our farewell mes­sage to Pres­i­dents Don­ald Trump and Vladimir Putin is to find some time dur­ing this trip to Paris to be­gin the process of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and find the way out of the cri­sis en­dan­ger­ing both our na­tions and the world.

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