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Trump Was Right to Seek Russia Rapprochement

Trump Was Right to Seek Russia Rapprochement
U.S. President Donald Trump (R) speaks during a meeting with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office of the White House on October 10, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

By Thursday, 01 February 2018 12:57 PM Current | Bio | Archive

President Donald Trump set himself two major goals: one, to revitalize the U.S. economy by modifying the foreign trade policy and by revamping the tax system. The second goal revolved around foreign policy by reaching out to Russia and to establish normal, if not friendly, relations.

He must have realized that the greatest economic and military threat comes not from Russia but from China. He also must have realized that to have two adversaries or potential enemies is the height of folly. During his campaign speeches, Mr. Trump made numerous references to his wish for better relations with Russia and he had several in-depth discussions with Henry Kissinger prior to his inauguration. He very likely also reached out feelers to the Russian leadership through intermediaries.

A rapprochement with Russia also makes a lot of economic sense. Russia is very rich in natural resources. It ranks sixth in oil reserves vs. USA being tenth, and has the second highest gas reserves of all countries. As far as labor is concerned, Russian skilled labor wages are now close to those of China. From a military point of view, Russia in the north, and our Navy and aircrafts in the south, would have been a great deterrent to China.

All this effort of rapprochement with Russia greatly upset the Washington establishment and they immediately surrounded Trump with a number of generals, who grew up during the Cold War era and who were deeply steeped in anti-Russian sentiment.

To make their opposition even more clear, the establishment instigated a trumped-up FBI investigation, special prosecutors, and congressional hearings, all without results so far. There are even suggestions of treason.

It is reasonable to assume that President Trump must have been a student of history, reflecting on the Nixon-Kissinger effort to open up China and to break up the then Russia-China alliance.

Former President Nixon was a better statesman than is publicly acknowledged. He too realized it is better to have only one enemy than two.

On February 21, 1972, when Nixon secretly flew to China to make an agreement with Mao Zedong, he shocked the overwhelmingly anti-China Washington establishment. But by then it was too late for them to do something about it. Nevertheless, they swore that something like this would never happen again.

The Nixon trip bore good fruit: First the Russia-China relationship started to cool and Russia from there on refused to supply China with advanced weapons. Mao openly criticized the Russian economy and in spite started to allow private enterprises to flourish. After 1978, and under successive Chinese leadership it has resulted in what we now call a rich state-capitalistic system.

By opening up to Russia, President Trump could have made world history; alas, he has been prevented from doing so. What Mr. Trump lacked during his campaign was a highly influential private intermediary between him and President Putin, such as the late David Rockefeller, the then-Head of the Tri-lateral Commission, did for Nixon in China.

Hans Baumann is a licensed engineer in four states and a member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. He is an adviser to the dean of the University of New Hampshire Business School. Dr. Baumann has published manuals on valves and was a contributor to many works including the "Instrument Engineers' Handbook" and the "Control Valves Handbook." He has also published several books on business management and German history, including "Hitler's Escape," which suggests that Adolf Hitler did not commit suicide and survived World War II. In his latest book, "Atomic Irony" he proves that the Hirshoma Atom Bomb contained captured German Uranium. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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A rapprochement with Russia also makes a lot of economic sense.
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