To the editor: Whether he knows it or not, whether he wants it or not, Donald Trump is Vladimir Putin’s dream man.
Regardless of his motives, Trump continues to help Putin make his once “impossible dream” of restoring the Soviet Union a stark reality. To achieve this dream, Putin wants to divide Americans and displace the United States as the leader of the free world. And President Donald J. Trump of the United States is giving Putin “the cutest dream that he’s ever seen:” Here’s how:
America’s weakening of and threatened withdrawal from NATO. The elimination of sanctions on Putin’s inner circle of oligarch friends. The abandonment of our steadfast allies, the Kurds to the mercies of Turkey and of Syria and the Middle East to the control of Russia, Iran and Basher al-Assad. The weakening of our democracy through the initial dismissal and later belittling of Russia’s attempts to subvert our 2016 presidential election by hacking, stealing and disseminating emails on Trump’s behalf, and sowing disinformation about his opponent on social media.
To continue: the failure to mount an all-out defense of all the nation’s resources against this act of cyberwar on our elections and protection of our digitally vulnerable infrastructure. Trump’s attacks on our constitutional system by delegitimizing the judiciary branch, the separation of powers, the CIA, the FBI, the free press and the very rule of law. Trump’s support of Russia’s revision of history about Crimea, Montenegro and Afghanistan. Trump’s unplanned and pre-announced extraction of American forces from Syria. Little wonder, Putin struts around the world stage looking like the Cheshire Cat who swallowed the canary.
Before he entered office, Trump solemnly swore before the nation and the world to “faithfully execute the office of the president of the United States and to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Trump has unquestionably been supportive of Putin’s long-standing and destructive anti-American objectives. Americans argue about why. Does Trump actually believe what he is doing is in America’s interest? Is Trump acting innocently, but misguidedly, as an unwitting Russian asset? Is he just a useful idiot? Is he being blackmailed by Putin? Or beyond most people’s wildest imagination, could he be possibly working as an agent for Russia?
Whatever the reason, he is not living up to his oath of office. And if I am correct, may I be quaint and old fashioned and say that a president’s failure to live up to up to his oath of office is an impeachable offense … even if such an article of impeachment will never attract enough Republican votes in the Senate to convict. Talk about a dream coming true.
(Mannello is a Mount Carmel native.)