Blogs: Paul Pillar

The Persistence of Falsehoods About the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Sanctions as Feckless Disapproval

Implications of a Siberian Candidate

Paul Pillar

The usefulness of the public spotlight over the longer term gets back to how Moscow already has reaped most of what it could have wanted by helping to elect Trump: that is, putting into the White House someone who by his nature is doing so much to weaken the United States as a competitor for global influence.  Even if there are no quid pro quos yet to be exercised, stemming from secret relationships yet to be revealed, the main damage already was done last November.  Even if the investigations uncover no active collusion beyond Donald Junior’s meeting with the Russians in Trump Tower, the mere fact of Russian interference should be abhorrent to all Americans.  It is a blow to the integrity of American democracy.  It also, notwithstanding all the other factors that contributed to the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, helped to elect someone whose destructive tendencies are affecting many things, foreign and domestic, that go beyond what even the Russians might have hoped for (except insofar as Moscow welcomes anything that weakens and divides the United States).  A goal should be to prevent anything like that from happening again.

Image: Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, DC. Flickr / Gage Skidmore

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Iran and the Collision between Trump and Reality

Paul Pillar

The usefulness of the public spotlight over the longer term gets back to how Moscow already has reaped most of what it could have wanted by helping to elect Trump: that is, putting into the White House someone who by his nature is doing so much to weaken the United States as a competitor for global influence.  Even if there are no quid pro quos yet to be exercised, stemming from secret relationships yet to be revealed, the main damage already was done last November.  Even if the investigations uncover no active collusion beyond Donald Junior’s meeting with the Russians in Trump Tower, the mere fact of Russian interference should be abhorrent to all Americans.  It is a blow to the integrity of American democracy.  It also, notwithstanding all the other factors that contributed to the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, helped to elect someone whose destructive tendencies are affecting many things, foreign and domestic, that go beyond what even the Russians might have hoped for (except insofar as Moscow welcomes anything that weakens and divides the United States).  A goal should be to prevent anything like that from happening again.

Image: Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, DC. Flickr / Gage Skidmore

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Why Religious Policies in Israel Matter to U.S. Gentiles

Paul Pillar

The usefulness of the public spotlight over the longer term gets back to how Moscow already has reaped most of what it could have wanted by helping to elect Trump: that is, putting into the White House someone who by his nature is doing so much to weaken the United States as a competitor for global influence.  Even if there are no quid pro quos yet to be exercised, stemming from secret relationships yet to be revealed, the main damage already was done last November.  Even if the investigations uncover no active collusion beyond Donald Junior’s meeting with the Russians in Trump Tower, the mere fact of Russian interference should be abhorrent to all Americans.  It is a blow to the integrity of American democracy.  It also, notwithstanding all the other factors that contributed to the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, helped to elect someone whose destructive tendencies are affecting many things, foreign and domestic, that go beyond what even the Russians might have hoped for (except insofar as Moscow welcomes anything that weakens and divides the United States).  A goal should be to prevent anything like that from happening again.

Image: Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, DC. Flickr / Gage Skidmore

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