Deep State’s Latest Trump Hit Also Dishonors Veterans

The Deep State and its lapdogs of mainstream media have done it again — colluded to take another potshot at President Trump.

Except this time, they’ve really missed the mark… managing to disparage actual American heroes in an otherwise feeble attempt to bring the “Orange Man” down.

Even more infuriating, it has absolutely nothing to do with Trump’s coronavirus press conferences… or his plans to kick the country back into gear as the national shut-down abates.

No.

The virus is out there. People are still getting sick and dying. And the only ideas for stopping it are to take the country down a dark path, as I’ve discussed before.

Yet the Deep State — the cabal of people who comprise the long-term ruling and policy-making class of this nation — don’t care about the virus or economic crisis.

Instead, they continue to pursue their pet grievances… and their desire to get Trump out of office any way possible.

So the Deep State has found something new to whine about to the press, even managing to get some ink in a usually respectable newspaper.

How far are those Deep State guys (and gals) willing to sink just to dump on Trump?

By now you’re wondering…

Let’s take a look…

A recent headline gives it all away: “Trump, Putin Statement Stirs Concern Among Some.”

Stirs Concern.” It’s subtle, but definitely a dig at Trump.

And not surprisingly, it’s rooted in the Russia-Russia-Russia thing.

What is surprising is where this story appeared…

Not, it’s not the viscerally anti-Trump New York Times or Washington Post. Indeed, I expect undiluted, anti-Trump vitriol from the NYT and WaPo… It’s why I subscribe — to stay abreast of their sulfuric viewpoints.

But this latest effort is in The Wall Street Journal, of all places, an old-line, business-oriented newspaper. Republican even, after a fashion. And it’s telling that the Deep State’s latest Trump critique was published there.

Of course, the WSJ isn’t by any means a “rah-rah” Trump cheerleader. For example, it didn’t editorially support Trump in the 2016 election. The newspaper has opposed Trump on policy matters like immigration, open borders, tariffs (especially regarding China) and disengaging from endless wars in the Middle East.

Basically, the WSJ has a big-bank, big-business, “free-trade forever” world view. For all its Main Street folksiness and alleged right-wing bent, the WSJ has never been much of a Trump-friendly outlet. When pressed, WSJ defaults to Deep State. Such as now…

To be fair, Trump draws critics with many of the things he says and how he says them. Sometimes he truly calls in artillery on his own head.

But this isn’t the case with the WSJ story. Instead, Trump did something that he “ought” to do as President, and now he’s subject to a hit-piece masquerading as news.

The central point is to allege “concern” about a recent action involving Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

So what is this possible latest betrayal of U.S. interests?

Trump and Putin issued a “symbolic joint statement,” according to the WSJ, “intended to commemorate the 75th anniversary of a meeting between American and Soviet troops at the Elbe River on April 25, 1945.”

Well, well… If this is not a “Putin’s Puppet” moment, then I don’t know what is!

Stated another way, celebrating a major World War II event – especially if it involves Trump – is now paramount to treason…

When I was on the staff of Chief of Naval Operations, and later at the Naval War College, I learned that high level commemorations of key wartime events are (or ought to be) a matter of routine international diplomacy.

It’s like laying a wreath at another country’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It’s a sign of basic respect for history and heritage.

Yet per the WSJ article, it’s now somehow suspect when the President of the United States honors an important piece of history.

Judge for yourself, here’s what happened in 1945.

According to Mark Scott, military historian and author of the 1988 book Yanks Meet Reds, April 25, 1945 was a foggy morning near the ancient town of Torgau, Germany, 75 miles south of Berlin. U.S. First Army was positioned to the southwest. Elements of the Soviet Red Army (5th Guards) were advancing from the east.

U.S. forces had recently captured the city of Leipzig. They advanced to the Mulde River, dug in and set up a line of control. To the northeast, the Red Army was busy surrounding Berlin.

U.S. troops were tasked to “hold position” at the Mulde. Everyone on the U.S. side knew that Russians were to the east. And Russians knew that the Americans were to the west. No one wanted any “accidents,” like a stray artillery round or misdirected bomb run.

In accordance with doctrine, American field commanders sent small numbers of troops east, across the Mulde, to conduct reconnaissance patrols. After all, this region of Germany was an active battlefront. U.S. troops were looking for German army activity, and/or Russian troops.

At 11:30 a.m. on April 25, U.S. troops encountered a lone Red Army cavalryman on a road west of the Elbe River, a natural water barrier. The cavalryman led the U.S. personnel back towards the Elbe, where the entourage stopped at 12:30. U.S. troops observed Red Army soldiers across the water, who in turn looked back at the Americans.

Curiosity prevailed. Troops from each army walked across a ruined bridge over the Elbe and met about halfway, at a break in the concrete. The rest is history…

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U.S. and Red Army soldiers meet at Elbe. Courtesy Deutsche Welle.

Official U.S. reports documented the first meeting of American and Soviet troops as occurring near the small town of Strehla. Remember, both armies had been independently pushing towards Berlin. Meeting up meant they had effectively — and literally — established a unified front.

Courtesy of the U.S. National Archives, here’s a copy of an Army map documenting U.S. “front line” positions and patrol routes.

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U.S. Army met Red Army at Elbe River, 25 April 1945. Image, National Archives.

At the Elbe, U.S. and Russian soldiers embraced each other. “Military protocol became one big party,” according to historian Scott.

According to the Los Angeles Times, “Russian Red Cross nurses danced with U.S. soldiers and decorated them with lilacs. Over cognac, vodka and grain alcohol, the Allies toasted to peace.”

The U.S.-Russian encounter at the Elbe instantly became global news. Imagery of American and Soviet soldiers shaking hands was proof to the world that Germany had been cut in half, and that German army combat power was broken. Germany was being squeezed into submission by advances on two fronts, between then-allies.

Within two weeks, Germany surrendered; May 9, 1945.

So the two armies meeting up was a big deal at the time… and certainly seems like the kind of thing we should celebrate today. Trump and Putin certainly think so

According to the recent joint statement by the U.S. and Russia, “This event heralded the decisive defeat of the Nazi regime.”

It continued, “The ‘Spirit of the Elbe’ is an example of how our countries can put aside differences, build trust and cooperate in pursuit of a greater cause.”

And the joint statement didn’t forget the men who took part in that historic meeting, saying, “As we work today to confront the most important challenges of the 21st century, we pay tribute to the valor and courage of all those who fought together to defeat fascism. Their heroic feat will never be forgotten.”

In both the U.S. and Russia, veterans of World War II have long been respected, if not idolized. Indeed, the Soviet Union lost about 27 million dead during the war, with much of western Russia entirely devastated. Memory runs deep. Sad to say, the passage of time has taken almost all the old soldiers from both sides out to the Great Beyond…

Still, one might think that a 75th-year commemoration of the “Spirit of the Elbe” is a routine, non-controversial matter between nations, certainly between Russia and the U.S. After all, both countries were principal actors during World War II.

However, it’s worth noting that the last joint statement about the Elbe River meet-up was issued in 2010, when the Obama administration sought improved relations with Moscow. Nothing since…

According to the WSJ, “the move [note the dismissive term, BWK] comes as the Pentagon and State Department have complained about Russia’s behavior, and many officials remain deeply wary of Moscow’s intentions.”

Ordinarily a story like this would be a puff piece… but evidently, “many officials” are displeased. Indeed, whenever Russia comes up the Deep State isn’t far behind to raise a stink.

Among other critics, the WSJ cited Congressman Eliot Engel (D, N.Y.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who tweeted, “Everyone knows that Trump has a bizarre infatuation with Russia’s autocratic leader and that Trump constantly plays into Putin’s hands.”

Yes, of course. Russia-Russia-Russia.

Here’s the takeaway. Forget the virus. Viruses come and go. Forget the national shutdown. This too shall pass. The Deep State is forever. And it’s dangerous to the country.

I can only imagine the “concern,” behind that WSJ headline. It’s Deep State angst at the very thought of U.S. and Russian troops shaking hands and hugging each other. Even if it was 75 years ago. It must drive some people crazy. They know who they are.

With the Deep State, we’re dealing with people who revel in baiting Russia. They insult Russia’s leadership and dismiss Russia’s role in the world.

Even worse anymore, it’s not just the “Cold War 2.0” crowd. It’s their virtue-signaling, progressive partners – who don’t know the Elbe from their elbow – who favor anything and everything contra Trump.

All in all, we’re seeing on display a dangerous, ill-informed, Russo-phobic worldview… And it’s just plain ignorant. For example, you’ll often hear Deep State denizens say dumb things like, “Russia is just a nuclear-armed gas station.” To which I reply… Yeah, you wish.

Russia is a large, resource-rich, technically sophisticated nation. (I’ve been there.) Its universities crank out more people with PhDs in math, physics and chemistry than all the schools in the U.S. combined. (I’ve met more than a few.)

Meanwhile, do you want to see technical sophistication? U.S. astronauts have spent a decade riding into space on Russian rockets. And even U.S. admirals say publicly that Russian submarines are… “very good.”

At the level of basic economics, Russia has defeated U.S. and Western sanctions at just about every front. It’s self-sufficient in nearly everything from shoes and socks to computer chips. Food is plentiful there. In fact, Russia is the world’s largest exporter of wheat.

All this while Russia has the highest ratio of gold to GDP of any nation in the world. And yes, Russia can balance its books even while selling its “Urals blend” of oil at $20 per barrel.

All in all, the Deep State has a distorted, downright pig-headed view of Russia. It’s not how nuclear-armed superpowers should behave towards each other.

This recent bellyaching over Trump commemorating the Elbe River meeting is a national disgrace. With these kinds of fools making policy, it’s clear that U.S. has more problems than a global pandemic that has wrecked the economy.

On that note, I rest my case.

That’s all for now… Thank you for subscribing and reading.

Best wishes,

Byron King

Byron King
Managing Editor, Whiskey & Gunpowder
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