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Victory Day

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    Until this morning, I was not aware of the fact that Russia celebrated Victory Day one day after V-E- Day.

    Then I read that Vladimir Putin had invited Trump to attend the 75th anniversary celebration, and Trump is considering going. If it was anybody but Trump, I'd say that it would be a nice gesture for one of our leaders to attend, but this one smells too much like "ass kissing" to me.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to take his place with French President Emmanuel Macron, Brigitte Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Donald Trump, and first lady Melania Trump at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France on November 11, 2018.

    The look on Trump's face is markedly different from the looks that Angela Markel and Emmanuel Macron gave Trump.

    If you read the history of V-E Day, you'll realize that a separate celebration in Russia is actually warranted.

    Pockets of German-Soviet confrontation would continue into the next day. On May 9, the Soviets would lose 600 more soldiers in Silesia before the Germans finally surrendered. Consequently, V-E Day was not celebrated until the ninth in Moscow, with a radio broadcast salute from Stalin himself: “The age-long struggle of the Slav nations… has ended in victory. Your courage has defeated the Nazis. The war is over.”

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    When Putin issues an "invite" to Trump to attend the Victory Day celebration, I think it is more of a "summons" to attend rather than a true invite. Putin has leverage over Trump, most likely in "bad loans" that are never really called in monetarily but rather are "restructured" to include forced goodwill gestures that publicly put Putin's power on show to the world. Putin likes to yank Trump's strings. Eventually though Putin will demand the removal of sanctions before Trump leaves office.

    Putin seems to enjoy his power over Trump and the way Trump fawns over him. Look at Trump's awkward smile in the above photo. Is it genuine affection for Putin or a symbol of Trump's submissiveness to Putin?