Reprinted with permission from Creators.
Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side.
—James Russell Lowell, “The Present Crisis,” 1845
Donald Trump faced that moment Monday in Helsinki, meeting privately for more than two hours with Vladimir Putin and taking part in a news conference afterward. He made unmistakably clear which side he takes — and it’s not America’s.
It was a performance that was simultaneously predictable and astonishing. Anyone who has paid attention to Trump’s policies and attitude toward the Russian autocrat saw nothing more than the dismal culmination of his long pattern of accommodation and appeasement.…