Why does hawkish Trump object to sanctions?

President Donald Trump is resisting congressional mandates to punish Russian individuals through economic sanctions.

At the same time he is going along with sending advanced weapons to the Ukrainian government to use against Russia, and with keeping American troops in Syria where they may come in conflict with Russian troops.

And he acts as if he was getting ready for war with North Korea and Iran.

So why is he digging in his heels over this one thing?

I don’t see any fundamental conflicts of interest between Russia and the United states, except maybe in the Arctic, and none that are worth the risk of nuclear war.

Vladimir Putin is authoritarian and ruthless, but no more so than many other world leaders, including Boris Yeltsin, with whom the U.S. government got along and gets along with just fine.

The problem with economic sanctions directed against whole countries is that they harm the common people of a country without touching the leaders.  If American leaders want to use U.S. economic power to reward and punish, economic sanctions aimed at individuals are probably the least harmful and most effective of doing it.

But overuse of economic sanctions of all kinds will be harmful to the United States in the long run because foreign countries will protect themselves by disconnecting from U.S. banks and the U.S. dollar.

Again, why has Trump decided to take his stand on this particular issue?

I have no way of knowing, but here are some possibilities—

  • Trump cares more about his relationship with certain Russian individuals than he does with the overall U.S. relationship with Russia.
  • Trump is only able to focus on a few issues at a time, and he chooses to focus on individual Russia sanctions instead of other issues.

His motive doesn’t really matter.  What matters is that the United States government is risking war for no good reason, including war with Russia, the one country that has the power to obliterate the United States.   The sanctions question is a small part of a big picture.


Trump’s Stance on Russia Sanctions Angers Both Moscow and Washington by Neil MacFarquhar and Peter Baker.

New Defense Strategy: War With Great Nations & Arms Race by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers for Popular Resistance.


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2 Responses to “Why does hawkish Trump object to sanctions?”

  1. Edward Says:

    The sanctions are considered a joke in Russia. They hurt the pro-American, anti-Putin oligarchs more then anyone because they have assets in the West. Putin has been trying to persuade them to return their assets to Russia…


  2. Edward Says:

    There is a basic problem here with the propagandistic Western reporting about Russia and other “enemies”. Americans often don’t have a clue because the press misinform them.


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