Friday, July 29, 2016

EDITORIAL >> VIP invite for Putin

The big surprise at this week’s Democratic convention was seeing several Republicans endorse Hillary Clinton. Retired four-star Marine Gen. John Allen, who commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan and is the former deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, spoke just before Clinton’s acceptance speech.

“This has been a very personal decision for me,” Allen said. “I have stayed out of the political arena my entire adult life, but given the complexities of issues facing our country today and its longtime allies, I felt compelled to speak up and be heard.

“I have no doubt that she is the leader we need at this time to keep our country safe, and I trust her with that most sacred responsibility of commander-in-chief.”

Retired U.S. Navy Admiral John Hutson told the Democratic convention Wednesday night, “Donald, you are not fit to polish John McCain’s boots.”

Republican foreign-policy experts say Trump’s asking Vladimir Putin to locate Hillary’s 30,000 emails verges on treason. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 thousand emails that are missing,” he told a press conference this week.

“He’s a strong leader,” Trump said earlier of Putin.

“Undoubtedly a very colorful, talented person,” Putin said, returning the compliment.

Not since Henry Wallace, who was President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s vice president during the Second World War, have we had a high-profile American as pro-Russian as Trump. Wallace, who was dropped from the Democratic ticket in 1944 in favor of Harry Truman, later apologized for his pro-Soviet stance.

Trump says he doesn’t need to apologize for being pro-Putin. If Trump wins, Putin will expect a VIP invitation to the inaugural in Washington.