Trump is "Putin's puppet," "his useful fool," "his idiot and stooge" read the above pre-election headlines by Trump haters and concerned critics. But if what was negatively said of candidate Trump (based on his pro-Russian rhetoric and lack of criticism about neo-imperialist Vladimir Putin's sins) turns out to be true of President Trump what then? History tells us that he will join a club of useful idiot president stooges who were naïve about and dangerously soft on Russia, and paid a steep price for their blind trust and folly. These presidents are as follows:
First there was the gullible, butt kissing liberal Democrat appeaser Franklin Roosevelt who called implacable, mass murdering Russian strongman Joseph Stalin (allied to Hitler for several years) "Uncle Joe" to humanize him. FDR's weakness and naivety with good old "Uncle Joe" at Yalter (where Stalin had him bugged) emboldened the autocrat to dominate the war ravaged nations of eastern Europe and half of Germany after the war causing decades of misery and oppression to millions. This started the very dangerous 45 year-long Cold War that led to costly wars for us in Korea and Vietnam (which killed 100,000 US troops combined) and nearly went nuclear in 1962 over the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Then 66 years later came the weak, butt kissing, ultra appeasing liberal Democrat Jimmy Carter. Ridiculously declaring that we had "overcome our inordinate fear of Communism" (as the Soviet Union was expanding its power and influence across the world) Carter made concession after concession to implacable Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and paid the price when the Red Army brutally invaded Afghanistan - this gave birth to al-Qaida, 9/11 and the war on terror that we are still fighting today.
Then 32 years later came another clueless, butt kissing, liberal Democrat Barack Obama. Obama having learned nothing from the Russian invasion of Georgia declared ominously in Munich (city of war causing weakness) an appeasement policy for "resetting U.S./Russian relations." Obama, stupidly believing that "Reset" was a historic success, and he'd won over the heart, mind, friendship and trust of Vladimir Putin with his bowing, scraping and concessions, assured us during a debate with Mitt Romney that "Russia was not our enemy or a geostrategic threat." Obama (the third and fourth terms of Jimmy Carter) was made to look like history's biggest fool since Neville Chamberlain when Russia invaded Ukraine, annexed Crimea then assisted Syria's Bashir "the Butcher" Assad in horrific genocide.
The big question now is this: three American presidents have been the useful gullible idiot stooges of Russian imperialism. But will there now be a fourth? Will Donald Trump who was a liberal Democrat (and the seventh president from New York after FDR) be the Republican Shemp of American politics and repeat the mistakes of FDR, Carter and Obama? Will we see this?
Unless Putin does a 180 and becomes a real friend and ally of the U.S. (which is unlikely) I hope not.
BUT PERHAPS THE FOLLOWING ARE SIGNS THAT THIS ABASEMENT OF AMERICA UNDER TRUMP (HARD TO IMAGINE) WON'T HAPPEN