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American business and Russia.

April 12, 2017

Russia is now high on the list of countries that everyone seems to love to hate.

Well, except for some of our country’s business icons, of course.

Forbes ran an article on August 3, 2016 naming many iconic American  and international brands with much more than a passing acquaintance with the Russians.

Named in the article are such companies as Boeing, McDonalds, Pfizer, Morgan Stanley, General Motors and many others.

Another source, the Association of Accredited Public Policy Advocates to the European Union states that as of December 12, 2016 there were over 3,000 American companies operating in Russia, listing 123 on their website.

Nominally, their presence in Russia is a byproduct of the no-borders globalist philosophy. Plus, there are a lot of people there who want to buy American goods and Russian rubles spend just as well as American dollars.

It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to say that hundreds, maybe even thousands of people on both sides of the political aisle have had conversations with many Russian officials. Some of those officials are bound to be employed or at least monitored by Russian intelligence.

Against that backdrop, where do Carter Page and Paul Manafort, both of whom had business ties to Russia, fit in?

So far, neither has been charged by any Federal agency with a crime. Indeed, it’s a good bet that if they hadn’t been connected to the Trump campaign, none of us would have ever heard of them.

That’s not to say that charges won’t happen, and if it can be objectively and lawfully proven they were in the employ of Russian intelligence they should receive the appropriate punishment.

It’s also not wrong to keep tabs on the Russians.  That is, after all, why we have agencies tasked with that mission.

What is disturbing is that like almost everything that has hit the airwaves since July 20, 2015, all the coverage has been aimed at making President Trump look bad.

It seems to most of us that it is now impossible to say “Russian” without linking it to President Trump’s campaign staff with the word “collusion.”

A popular tactic to express political disapproval is the economic boycott, similar to what happened to North Carolina over the so-called bathroom bill, or United Airlines over the forcible removal of paying passengers in favor of United employees.

If that’s a tactic that appeals to you, perhaps you might want to think twice before buying a Big Mac or a  Black and Decker drill. You might be funding espionage.

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