Pyatt: Trump's enormous moral dilemma with Russia

A person like President Donald Trump only comes along once in a life time. He has re-boosted the careers of several actors and pushed "Saturday Night Live" to record highs. CNN news is now a well-watched 24/7 event.

His accomplishments to date include the official endorsement of the use of "alternative facts" and "fake news" for the large majority of print media and news journalism.


Frankly, I haven't always liked the way CNN often over-hypes events, but I wouldn't consider it politically biased. On the other hand, it is well known that Fox News is ultra-conservative and favors Republican candidates.

To say that the first few weeks of the Trump administration is a disaster is analogous to saying World War II in the Pacific got off to a bad start.

The Obama administration spent many years working hand in hand with our wide-ranging national security structure. Much of this information is classified, but the consensus is that things were in reasonably good shape. Military folks who shape this are allegedly nonpartisan.

This plan backed up with intelligence clearly distrusted Russian aggressive political and economic objectives and eventually concluded after considerable research that Russia swayed the election in Trump's favor.

Believing the U.S. and Vladimir Putin can work together and relax sanctions with a wink and a handshake is a huge blunder. Trump, based on a New York Times article, has a 30-year business relationship with Russia and presumably on Putin's watch. These projects in the pipeline are presumably worth billions of dollars and are awaiting Putin's OK.

There is nothing especially unusual about these negotiations, usually conducted over decades, save for the fact that Trump is suddenly the U.S. president and is caught in an enormous moral dilemma. Few humans can negotiate this dilemma. I rate Trump's chances between slim and none.

Putin is a terrorist, a willful murderer of anybody who gets in his way, and hasn't economically helped the average Russian citizen.

Trump is somewhat akin in that he only recognizes strength. He has extraordinary vision, more energy at age 70 than a dozen teenagers, and fantastic organizational and communication skills. He also has a fantastic list of contacts. Probably at heart he isn't a bad guy and probably doesn't or can't see his sizable flaws.

What concerns me is that most politicos — with the notable exception of Sen. John McCain — are too timid and cozy up to voters to get elected and can't seem to fix big problems, i.e. the federal deficit, and just keep shuffling along hoping nobody notices. Their solution is usually tax cuts to quiet the crowd.

Lately CNN's mantra is "Who's going to stop him?" Congress is too busy doing other things, and the judicial system is being attacked.

There are two explanations I can come up with to explain Trump's obsessive and reckless behavior toward Russia. The first one is the obvious one of self-enrichment. The second motive is even more sinister — to create a world crisis by colluding with Russia to shake up the world order during his administration and somehow become the "savior."

I don't think many people will disagree. It's how you wish to confront it. I'm also coming to realize how much Obama was hated just for what he was and how the 35 percent of die-hard supporters of Trump are willing to go to tear down his steady but important contributions.

Trump's financial empire once collapsed in the 1990s. If it happens again — and I believe there's an unacceptable chance it will — much of the world could go down with it. But we'll all have a blast, I suppose

Dave Pyatt writes from Mount Airy.