I'm not old enough to remember the Cold War, but I've read enough about it to know that Democrats were consistently pushing for a detente with the Soviet Union. And you know what? They were right to do so. But I guess that was back when Russia was communist and now that they're not, it's time for war. From the mainstream and supposedly prestigious Politico:
"Act accordingly?" What in the Hell does that mean? Does this guy know that we declared war on Japan after Pearl Harbor?
By the way, 2400 Americans were killed and another 1200 wounded in the attack on Pearl Harbor. How many people died when Russia hacked the DNC? And given the bogus intelligence about Iraq, the mistakes regarding the rise of ISIS, the inability to see the Soviet Union was about to collapse and the general difficulty in attribution when it comes to hacking along with the fact that the DNC refused to turn over their servers to the FBI, I would say there is still grounds for skepticism regarding Russia's culpability.
But let's say Russia was responsible, which they very likely are. According to one study , the United States has interfered in 81 different elections. (The Soviet Union meddled in 36.) And that doesn't include invasions (such as Iraq or Libya) or coups (such as Iran or the Ukraine). Remember when Hillary Clinton was caught on tape proposing the United States rig the Palestinian election? And if meeting with Putin cordially is such a great crime, what do we have to say about this guy:
Or this guy, who looked into Putin's soul by the way?
Or maybe it's just when you collude with Russia. (Still waiting on the evidence for that regarding Trump, but it's only been, what, two years?) Wait... what's this?
OK, but this outrage is about Trump siding with (or more accurately, being indecisvie) about whether to side with Putin or our intelligence agencies. But given their many failures noted above, the lies of people like James Clapper, the obvious politizied nature of these investigations, as highlighted by Peter Strzok and the piss dossier, and the embarrassing antics of the torture-loving, warmongering, illegally-spying, perjuring, former communist and probably current communist John Brennan... can you really blame him?
Everyone hacks and everyone interferes. China hacked the OPS and Hell, according to TMZ, the multinational corporation with no inherent loyalty to the United States, NBC intentionally leaked the infamous Trump tape. (Which under California law, was probably illegal.) Interference much?
This is not to say that Putin is a nice guy or that Russia is an ally. Nor is it to say that if Russia did the hack that that was somehow OK. But let's have some perspective. Their goals are pretty obviously regional. They want NATO off their doorstep and they want influence in Eastern Europe and the Caucuses (which is exactly what the United States and EU want). They have an economy smaller than Italy and a population that is a fraction of China. They are also less authoritarian than China. Basically, as far as international relations go, Putin is not "literally Hitler" or some new boogieman. And Russia is not Nazi Germany. Russia is China Lite. And that's how we should see them.
Other than the fact that they have a ton of nuclear weapons and it's probably a good idea to have a detente. Funny how none of these neocon and Democratic warmongers thought to throw a hissy fit over Trump's meeting and massive arms sales to the theocratic oil company of Saudi Arabia (which has spent over $100 billion funding Wahhabism all over the world). Perhaps Trump just needs to sell billions of dollars of weapons to Putin. Then the hysteria will end.
But let's talk about foreign interference again real quick. Here's who Politico agreed to have pen an article about why the United States should presumably declare war on a country with enough nuclear warheads to end the world several times over.
"Molly K. McKew (@MollyMcKew) advises governments and political parties on foreign policy and strategic communications. She is a registered agent for Georgian President Saakachvili’s government, which she advised from 2009-2013, and for former Moldovan Prime Minister Filat, who has been in prison since 2015."
And of course, they note that the agent of a foreign government and antagonist of Russia wrote this agitprop at the end, not the beginning of the article.
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