Inspector Gregory: “Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”
Holmes: “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time”.
Gregory: “The dog did nothing in the night-time”
Holmes: “That was the curious incident,” remarked Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock Holmes, in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s, Silver Blaze
Forgiving the cliché in using this wonderful portion of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Donald J. Trump’s position vis-à-vis Russia and Vladimir Putin is so much the same as the dog in the stable in that famous detective case Holmesians the world over adore in the Canon. The famous dog in the nighttime knew the person who stole the horse known as Silver Blaze. It was a key clue to the case.
While the President is so busy creating so much news centered on him, he has no ability to bark at all, to warn the nation of Russian penetration into the highest levels of our government. Nor can he adopt any sort of proper attitude or foreign policy dealing with Russia as the adversary power she is, relative to NATO, and the United States, and much of the world. Any U.S. President who wants to protect our interests and provide leadership and defend the nation has to see the reality of the U.S.-Russian relationship. Any other President, and I mean any other, would be barking loud and vociferously warning the nation of the grave injury done to our democracy.
Trump has been totally AWOL in providing leadership on the greatest assault on this nation made since 9/11. Supervising the continued intelligence gathering that could help us learn even more about how Russia did it, and how they interfered in our last election campaign are simply things Trump should have as a priority at least as grave as ISIS and North Korea. And defending against the cyber-attack, and related interference has to be on any current president’s resume.
Presidents are by oath required to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. He has not. He has attacked the Constitution at all points. He has tired and continues to try to humiliate and hamper a free press, attacked the concept of an independent judiciary, and is trying to gather all the threads of power and hurling it at our system of checks and balances.
The nation’s well over two hundred years of commitment to a strong democracy contained within a republican form of government is as old as when the nation proclaimed its independence from Great Britain in 1776. Much of the United States’ influence on our world as a force for good is tied up in this. Our essential struggle for right, and good, and liberty via democracy is what made our nation great. Trumpism has made it mean, small, and contained within the narcissistic, crippled, and authoritarian mind of Donald J. Trump.
The most notable feature of the Trump Presidency, nay the entire appearance of Trump from announcing his candidacy for president of the United States until this very hour, is his complete lack of saying anything at all concerning Russia and the dangers it poses, and the means we should use to confront them and their schemes wherever they may be.
Amidst Trump’s professed love for Putin, our President has been asleep, or is it that he views Russia as something he knows well. He brought Russian diplomats to the Oval Office, and they had a very warm series of talks the other day. So much so that they told their nation that the two big men will get together to settle the two nation’s outstanding differences. Trump-Putin talks begin early this summer.
Look for some arrangement by which the sanctions against Russia for invading the Ukraine and supporting Assad in Syria will end. That would place us in very grave danger as the Russian penetration of our government continues at this very hour. And our Allies would see NATO undermined.
Our Presidential dog is toothless and supine; easily manipulated by Putin and Russia. We know nothing about the coming arrangement that might give Exxon the right to begin drilling again in the Russian arctic, a deal which is in the trillion dollar range and MORE. Rex Tillerson, our Secretary of State, made that deal with Putin before the sanctions stopped the drilling. Tillerson stands to make hundreds of millions on it. Trump too, may have an interest. We don’t know how the President’s business interests with Russia are crippling his ability to provide the essential critique of the re-emerging Russian threat, but he is a crippled president in this respect.
Just where is Trump in defending this nation against Russian aggression of all kinds? The old fat Orange anti-democrat buffoon watches TV much of the day and night to see how he is portrayed. When not everybody worships him he is enraged.
He is nowhere to be found on any aspect of the Russia question. This bald and very salient fact alone is grounds for his impeachment by the House of Representatives, and potential removal as our President by our Senate.
The total lack of any articulated policy on Russia by this administration smacks of treason against the United States.
We are all so tied-up with Trump’s legitimately scary behavior in so many areas at once, that we as a people have failed to notice the silence. Oh the silence, as a great bear comes into our stable– and our dog does nothing!
Our elected dog has not barked at all. This is the curious incident of the Trump in the nighttime, or at any time during his first 110 plus days.