April 2, 2017
Why would he appear on RT if he wasn’t a part of a Russian conspiracy?
Ted Malloch, Trump’s pick for ambassador to the EU, sat down with RT’s Afshin Rattansi, sharing with him how fake news in the Western media has become a reality determining political agendas, and warning the EU against being too harsh on the exiting UK.
February’s announcement of Malloch’s candidacy prompted strong disapproval from the European Parliament, which described him as a threat to the union.
However, Malloch believes that the media rhetoric is actually more dangerous. Asked about a recent ‘Donald Trump is a spy’ spoof, he pointed out an alarming tendency.
“One has to wonder,” the UK-based political scientist said, “if reality is actually copying some of these series on television. It would be very funny if it was a joke, but of course it’s not a joke, and now it’s impairing certain things that are happening in American politics. Some of us would wish it would just go away, [but] I’m afraid we’re going to have to live with it for the next period of time and combat it for what it is – largely fake news.”
TRUMP AMBASSADOR GOES ON RUSSIAN MEDIA AND ACCUSES JEWISH AMERICAN MEDIA OF BEING FAKE NEWS.
Being interviewed on Russian TV these days can be perilous, he added, but he is willing to risk it.
“I suspect I’m in deep trouble for even going on Russian TV. But I think this is really the wrong view, both of Russia and the world, so we really need to find ways to undo that and go back to a different place.”
“Let me make it clear, I had no Russian dressing at my club this afternoon,” he quipped, referring to a statement made earlier this week by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
One of Malloch’s positions that drew Brussels’ ire was his keen support of Brexit. As UK Prime Minister Theresa May invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on Wednesday, Malloch had nothing but kind words.
“It’s a great day for Great Britain. I think that finally there will be freedom again in Great Britain as a result of leaving the EU,” he said.
“It’s a democratic vote, a referendum to leave, and I actually think it will be a fairly clear break. It won’t be a soft break or a hard break but a clean break.”
OY VEY IT’S LIKE ANOTHER CRIMEA.
He also warned the EU against being spiteful to Britain and making the process of leaving too costly.
“You hear some people going to those negotiations saying that they’re going to be very harsh, very punitive, and ‘we’re going to teach Britain a lesson.’ Well, that really won’t be very constructive if that’s the case.”
“It will be a very short negotiation; I suspect it can be over in as few as six months. But if they take this ‘we’re going to teach Britain a lesson so nobody else does this’ attitude, I think it will end badly, particularly for the EU,” Malloch added.
TRUMP AMBASSADOR THREATENS EU ON RUSSIAN TELEVISION.
On the subject of NATO, Malloch backed US President Donald Trump’s position that America’s allies are not spending enough on their own defense.
“There’s always some excuse about why they can’t, or they’re doing something else, or they’ve got this problem or that problem, so I think Trump’s going to be a much, much tougher paymaster with our European allies on this question of NATO. They want NATO, they’re going to have to pay for NATO.”
TRUMP AMBASSADOR TELLS RUSSIAN TV THAT RUSSIA SHOULD JUST GO AHEAD AND ANNEX ESTONIA.
Malloch also referred to Trump’s harsh rhetoric against NATO during the presidential race, but said the president wants to communicate with the bloc and would like to see it function the way it’s supposed to.
“That’s not to say that he [Trump] believes that NATO is altogether something to be thrown in the ash heap of history. He did make strong statements in his campaign about it being obsolete, he’s now retracted some of those as a result of interaction with both NATO officials and his secretary of defense, and he used the term that NATO could be ‘re-engineered’ to do other things in the future and look at future threats, not fight the last war. But it’s all based on the premise that people pay to be a member of the club.”
This is a seriously good interview.
I wasn’t especially happy with the Tillerson NATO meeting yesterday. I mean, I assume there is some kind of “locked in here with me” angle, but I really hate these people.
This “America as protector of Europe” nonsense has to end. This has become what the AA cult calls “enabling.”
Enabling is a term often used in the context of a relationship with an addict. It might be a drug addict or alcoholic, a gambler, or a compulsive overeater. Enablers, rather than addicts, suffer the effects of the addict’s behavior.
Enabling is “removing the natural consequences to the addict of his or her behavior.” Professionals warn against enabling because evidence has shown that an addict experiencing the damaging consequences of his addiction on his life has the most powerful incentive to change. Often this is when the addict “hits bottom” – a term commonly referred to in Alcoholics Anonymous.
Codependents often feel compelled to solve other people’s problems. If they’re involved with addicts, particularly drug addicts, they usually end up taking on the irresponsible addict’s responsibilities.
Their behavior starts as a well-intentioned desire to help, but in later stages of addiction, they act out of desperation. The family dynamics become skewed, so that the sober partner increasingly over-functions and the addict increasingly under-functions.
“Why not just flood ourselves with millions of twenty-something Islamic men to please women? Why not provoke a war with Russia based on the conspiracy theory she’s planning to annex Poland? We’re not responsible for anything, the Americans are in charge and they’ll come save us if there is some consequence from this behavior.”
(The addiction in this metaphor is “kikery,” btw.)
Look, I understand America created this situation of co-dependency with Europe by killing Hitler for no reason. But. But. But. That was a long time ago.
Europe is a grown adult. Time to move out of mom’s basement and get a job.