Trump/Putin – no rematch of JFK/Khrushchev

Trump/Putin meeting was a summit in search of a crisis. If the Dems can't find a war, they'll make one up.

Jack Engelhard

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There is no hot war between us. No cold war. No Cuban Missile Crisis. No Berlin Wall. No Bay of Pigs. Russia has no empire. Communism, as we knew it, is dead.

This was a summit in search of a crisis. Except for any crisis that by hook or by crook will tag President Trump as too chummy with President Putin.

The Democrats are the Party of war, all of a sudden, and if they can’t find one, they’ll make one up. They chose Russia for old times’ sake.

So it’s difficult to understand why this summit took place at all, or why it was even called a summit when there really isn’t that much going on between our two countries.

It comes down, amazingly, to Israel, how both Trump and Putin support a strong and secure Jewish State.
Why the hoopla when most of it could have been done by phone or over a cup of coffee.

After the Helsinki meetings between the two on Monday, it comes down, amazingly, to Israel, how both Trump and Putin support a strong and secure Jewish State.

Amen to that!

Plus, how to stop the slaughter in Syria. But any solution to that was left for another day. The other headline, prompting all the wild buzz, would be about collusion and voter meddling.

On that, Trump cited Peter Strzok’s smirking testimony as to why his own intelligence community may be no more reliable than Putin’s.  

Right, Trump declined a chance to endorse his own intelligence agencies. Who can blame him when top-level agents investigating him were caught drubbing him.

That’s enough to make any man doubt everyone around him, and to this day, Trump gets no fair shake, only snobbery by so many who want him done in.

Yes, he likes Putin. It’s a “Godfather” thing. A man who is “strong for his family.” Trump told Hannity – “That’s why Putin likes Bibi.”

His enemies figure to snag Trump through his soft spot for Putin…and they move straight to the baloney of Collusion.  

But in reality, Putin is just another leader, and Russia is just another country, which poses no real threat to the United States. Russia isn’t part of our game. Nor even in our league.

Yes, they can match us missile for missile, but nobody’s in the mood for that business all over again.

The Soviet Union is gone – since 1991, when Gorbachev resigned, some four years after President Reagan told him to “tear down this [Berlin] wall.”  

So what’s up with talking about Russia as if it still controls nearly half the world?

Once upon a time it was different, and we tell it all here, how a generation ago we were drilled to hide under our desks in case the bombs start falling.

Loud enough for every American to hear, Nikita Khrushchev declared “We will bury you.” We took him at his word.

Putin may be everything they say he is, but even if he dreams that, he wouldn’t dare – not with Trump…Trump leading from strength.

Back then, throughout the 1960s, we were a nation on edge, up to and including President Kennedy, who met with Khrushchev in Vienna and returned stricken with fear.

“He beat the hell out of me,” JFK confided to New York Times reporter James Reston. “It was the worst thing in my life. He savaged me.”

Soviet Russia was then a superpower. Not nearly so today.

As Putin himself blurted out to Megyn Kelly because, without a doubt, he had a crush on America’s “News Anchor Sweetheart.”

Alongside Elvis, Hefner, Bob Dylan, the rise of a counterculture, the 1960s were about “stopping the threat of Communism.” That is exactly what we did.

So why do today’s Democrats still have us hiding under our desks when in fact we buried Khrushchev…and Stalin…the entire Soviet enterprise?

Because it suits them to keep us in a state of confusion and panic… lessons they learned from the Communists.  

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva.

He is the author of the international book-to-movie bestseller “Indecent Proposal” and most recently the two inside journalism thrillers “The Bathsheba Deadline” and “News Anchor Sweetheart, Hollywood Edition.” Engelhard is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: