Shall we take a walk down memory lane and recall history? Does anyone remember Nixon meddling in foreign affairs by killing peace talks in Vietnam?
Or how Reagan probably struck a deal with Iran before he won against Jimmy Carter to delay release of the hostages?
It's a uniquely Republican thing, this notion of meddling in foreign affairs with no official role to play, solely for the purpose of undermining foreign policy in hot spots around the world. And of course it's Russia. This time, Donald "Uday" Trump, Jr. is the guy who went to France to have a "discussion" with Russian businessmen (aka oligarchs), diplomats and officials about a "Syrian solution."
The Wall Street Journal just dropped this bomb:
Donald Trump’s eldest son, emerging as a potential envoy for the president-elect, held private discussions with diplomats, businessmen and politicians in Paris last month that focused in part on finding a way to cooperate with Russia to end the war in Syria, according to people who took part in the meetings.
Thirty people, including Donald Trump Jr., attended the Oct. 11 event at the Ritz Paris, which was hosted by a French think tank. The founder of the think tank, Fabien Baussart,and his wife, Randa Kassis, have worked closely with Russia to try to end the conflict.
Ms. Kassis, who was born in Syria, is a leader of a Syrian opposition group endorsed by the Kremlin. The group wants a political transition in Syria—but in cooperation with President Bashar al-Assad, Moscow’s close ally.
It's crystal-clear that the Russians meddled in our elections with their DNC hack and subsequent leak to Wikileaks of mundane campaign emails to distract the press from actual real news, like a stealth trip out of the country by Uday Trump.
Look at how Sputnik, Russia's state mouthpiece to the USA, reacted to Trump's victory on Election Night:
The victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential elections will have a positive impact on cooperation between Moscow and Washington on Syria, Randa Kassis, the chair from the Syrian opposition Movement of the Pluralistic Society, told Sputnik on Friday.
On Tuesday, Trump secured at least 290 Electoral College votes, which is more than 270 required to win the presidency.
"[Syria's] opposition got hope that political process will move forward and Russia and the United States will reach accord on the issue of the Syrian crisis, because of Trump's victory. Such hope and belief is the result of my personal meeting with Donald Trump junior in Paris in October… I succeeded to pass Trump, through the talks with his son, the idea of how we can cooperate together to reach the agreement between Russia and the United States on Syria," Kassis said.
She added that there was an understanding that Trump's team had realized that it was impossible to reach an agreement between Moscow and Washington, if to consider Russia an enemy and there was only political solution to the ongoing crisis in the Middle Eastern nation.
The lies flowed out of the Trump camp, courtesy of Hope Hicks, but now we know better.
Meddling in foreign policy by sending Junior Trump to talk about Syria with Russia after the Obama administration terminated talks with them? That's not just subversion. It's something more. Something darker. Something almost predictable, given past history.
Did Russia scuttle talks with Secretary of State John Kerry because they were speaking to Trump, while assisting him in his election bid? It seems so.
Just as Nixon did in 1968.
Just as Reagan likely did in 1980.
None dare call it treason. Or do we?