The Constitutional Convention of 1787 was held in strict secrecy. Consequently, anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall when the proceedings ended in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. The answer was provided immediately. A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, "A republic, if you can keep it." ~ BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 1787
Trump says Polls don't want the RUSSIAN SANCTIONS ...
Sanctions forced Russia to become more self-sustainable, especially in agriculture. Keep the sanctions, and Russia will soon be an agriculture and manufacturing powerhouse.
THE TAKE-AWAY: TOUGH LOVE ... UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES ... IMPACT LOUDER THAN WORDS!
RUSSIA AND PUTIN'S REACTION IS THAT BEING SELF SUFFICIENT IN CORE AGRICULTURE AND MANUFACTURING INFRASTRUCTURE IS A GOOD THING.
“The sanctions are not designed to push Russia over the edge, economically speaking, even though there’s some folks on the Hill [the Congress in Washington] who are in favour of that. They’re designed to slowly give the government pause for thought."
Russia’s oil and gas wealth, as with Iran, make it resilient to outside pressure.
"Russia is too big to isolate completely...and partial isolation is likely to have unintended consequences that contradict U.S. and European intent in imposing sanctions."
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister and longtime criminal Yulia Tymoshenko claims that Trump personally reassured her on the sidelines of the National Prayer Breakfast that sanctions against Russia would remain intact.
What on earth is Tymoshenko doing at the National Prayer Breakfast, and did Politico dabble in dry humor when describing her as "a member of parliament who is positioning herself for a presidential campaign against the beleaguered incumbent president Petro Poroshenko"? (Answers: "begging for money";"we hope so".)
There's absolutely no reason to believe anything relayed by Tymoshenko, but for the sake of argument, let's assume she's being straight with us: Trump will keep sanctions against Russia in place.
Since the first day of sanctions, western political analysts have written lenghty tomes about how western sanctions will crush Russia; about how the Russian economy will collapse; about how Russians will starve in the unswept streets; about how Putin is months — maybe days! — away from being deposed by an angry mob of hungry Russians, desperate for the sweet taste of Monsanto corn and color revolution.
What an absolute pleasure it has been to read, and laugh at.
The truth is that sanctions (and counter sanctions) might have saved the Russian economy. Struggling with rock bottom oil prices, Russia found salvation in its manufacting and agricultural industries, which were underdeveloped but highly competitive do to the devaled ruble. The tired cliche about Russia being "a giant gas station" (hat tip to John McCain) was always a childish exaggeration. But before the sanctions (and counter sanctions), Russia really was underperforming in terms of agricultural and manufacting output.
The sanctions essentially forced innovation and investment in these industries.