Yes Trump Trip Was a *Huge* Success-for Russia
A picture says a thousand words and this one is one for the ages.
Did Trump get marching orders for his overseas trip from Lavrov and Kislyak in the Oval before he left? His trip WAS a success–for RUSSIA. pic.twitter.com/Cxh1yBR1sD
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) May 28, 2017
It puts in visual form that fact that the highest levels of the US government may have been compromised by a hostile foreign power-Russia-and its intelligence agency-the FSB.
The Daily Kos had a very good new piece over the weekend for those who continue to try to be skeptical about Trump Russia collusion.
“We are frankly far, far past the point of no return. This story of Russia is simply not going away, people who are resistant need to get used to that fact because almost everyday we learn more incriminating facts about how various members of the Trump administration have behaved in relation to Russia.”
“But, still there are those who claim that in and of itself nothing has “proven” that the Trump administration has done anything illegal, in exchange, in collusion or in coordination with Russia.”
“As I will discuss, there may not yet be the definitive “smoking gun” — but there is so much smoke that almost any other possibility has been virtually obliterated.”
Yes. The main thing skeptics-a la Glenn Greenwald-come up with is there is no absolute direct evidence yet. But that’s putting the cart before the horse.
Is their probable cause? There is and in spades.
Evidence is a legal term. Not to sound like a German idealist philosopher, but Absence of Evidence is not Evidence of Absence.
Besides evidence there is also intelligence. And besides direct evidence there is circumstantial evidence-and there just way too much circumstantial evidence to deny probable cause by now.
In addition, Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee-has intimated that he has seen some direct evidence.
But again-cart before the horse. When you are in the early stages of an investigatoin and a trial you don’t expect there to be smoking gun evidence-‘Yes I did it. SignedDonald Trump’–though he often does say things that amount to this. Criminals don’t normally leave the murder weapon where it is immediately visible to everyone.
Then you have the Comey firing which even if there were nothing here at all is arguably obstruction of justice and grounds for impeachment. Nixon said It’s not the crime, it’s the coverup, but why do a coverup if there’s no crime?
There are a few different dimensions to Trump Russia:
1. There are the actual cyberattacks on the Democrats-the leaked emails timed to cause maximum political damage-particularly Debbie Wasserman-Schutlz being fired the night of the start of the DNC or the Podesta emails starting to be released the night that the public access video.
Did any individuals affailiated with the Trump team coordinate with this cyberattack? The answer already appears quite possibly yes-Roger Stone, Florida GOP operative Adam Nevins, and quite possibly Jared Kushner himself-his data operation may have received hacked Dem voter files, etc.
The FBI is investigating.
2. The incestious relationships of Trump and his campaign with Russian officials, Russian intelligence officials, Russian bankers, Russian mobsters, etc.
Also-follow the Russian money. How much Russian money through loans has Trump really taken in? This probably explains why he won’t release either his tax returns nor does his lawyer want him to sign his finacial disclosure forms(!)
3. But finally there is the question of what has Russia gotten out of this? There were some Trump apologists on the Left and Right who were quick to pronounce Russiagate dead after Trump fired a few cruise missles into Syria.
But looking at the big picture, it’s clear Russia has been paid back in full many times over. We have Rex Tillerson who as Maxine Waters always warns us is there for one reason-to remove Russian sanctions.
Actually Tillerson has done something else for the Russians-he’s overseen the dismantling of the State Department root and branch.
Then you had Trump’s visit last week to NATO. Some in the media still want to grade him by the gentlest of curves-he didn’t wet his pants so it was a ‘win.’
But what he said to NATO shows just how much Russia has already won. He wouldn’t commit to Russian sanctions. He wouldn’t even commit to the pledge we and our allies have made since 1945 that ‘An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.’
New French President Macron showed us what he’s made us by refusing to allow Trump to bully him in his usual over the top handshake.
Remember, Trump wouldn’t even shake Merkel’s hand in the US. Trump has declared the meeting a ‘success’ as supposedly the Europeans are going to ‘start paying their fair share now.’
This-of course-is all a bunch of nonsense and totally misses what NATO is and has meant for us the last 72 years: it’s not a protection racket.
In any case, Angela Merkel now doubts are loyalty and for good reason
“German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday declared a new chapter in U.S.-European relations after contentious meetings with President Trump last week, saying that Europe “really must take our fate into our own hands.”
“It was the toughest review yet of Trump’s trip to Europe, which inflamed tensions rather than healed them after the U.S. president sparred with the leaders of Washington’s closest and oldest allies on trade, defense and climate change.”
“Merkel, Europe’s de facto leader, told a packed beer hall rally in Munich that the days when her continent could rely on others was “over to a certain extent. This is what I have experienced in the last few days.”
“The comments came as Europe watches Britain preparing to leave the European Union and faces antagonism from Washington.”
“Merkel said that Europe’s move toward self-reliance should be carried out “of course in friendship with the United States of America, in friendship with Great Britain and as good neighbors wherever that works.”
What’s even more telling: Merkel was making a campaign speech.
“The German leader received a minute-long ovation for her comments, which came as she seeks to whip up voter support ahead of September elections. Although her message was partly aimed at her electorate, it was a measure of how badly relations have deteriorated with Trump’s United States that hitting Washington might win votes, while working with it could be perilous.”
So being anti Trump is a vote getter in Germany-and most of Europe. Meanwhile, here’s more signs of how successful Russian interference has been:
@AnnCoulter For those who don't think Putin got anything in return-open your eyes
— mike sax (@evilsax) May 29, 2017
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