Scott Ritter has a great piece over at Truthdig about Putin's speech, especially the part about the Russian government's repeated efforts to engage the United States in negotiations over nuclear weapons agreements since we withdrew from the ABM Treaty. Ritter likens the efforts to Verizon's commercials in which a caller asks repeatedly, "Can you hear me now?"
A friend recently recommended that I take a look at an article by Molly McKew, "an expert on information warfare" entitled The Gerasimov Doctrine that was published by Politico last fall. The ominous subtitle of the piece is "It's Russia's new chaos theory of political warfare and it's probably being used on you." In the first paragraph McKew writes:
"Purple haze all in my eyes
Don't know if it's day or night
You got me blowin', blowin' my mind
Is it tomorrow, or just the end of time?"
"Two top former U.S. intelligence officials said Sunday that President Trump is being “played” by President Vladimir Putin on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and accused him of being susceptible to foreign leaders who stroke his ego."
The Saker has a very good article on the upcoming G20 conference at which Trump and Putin are scheduled for talks on the sidelines. In it he outlines the extremely low possibility that there will be meaningful discussions, mostly due to the intransigence of those that have taken complete control of the Executive Branch of the US government.
As we struggle with the dissonance of our war policy in Syria, I think this 2016 article by Seymour Hersh is clarifying. He states that in 2013 the Joint Chiefs shared intelligence with Germany and Russia with the direct purpose of assisting Assad's government to destroy extremist opposition and ISIS. Hersh clarifies the CIA arming of jihadists, the DIA efforts to speak truth to power, the role of Russia, and he quotes Michael Flynn and Tulsi Gabbard.
I wasn't going to get into this, but this is another thing that makes me extremely unlikely to trust the establishment story.
For six months now, the top news story in the country has been how one man, Putin, managed to infiltrate the internets, take almost complete control of the US electoral system and put a puppet of a foreign nation into the country's highest position of power. What kind of superpowers does this man have to create such turmoil in all three branches of the federal government, the Executive, the Legislative and even the Judicial without so much as firing a single bullet or dropping one bomb?
/s (edited out remark that might be misunderstood - snark on snark - if you will)
I offer some videos for your edification on this Sunday afternoon.
The Russian President announced that Russia will officially turn to the UN in the Hague for an investigation of the chemical weapons' use in Idlib. Moscow has dismissed suggestions that the Syrian government that it backs could be behind the attack in Idlib province.
For the past year, instead of attacking Trump for real, concrete reasons of his horribleness, Democrats have gone off the deep end of crazy, irrational, konspiracy theories about Russia. Just visit any Democratic blog like DKos and witness the demands of faith in the unproven that is so absolute that voicing doubts can get you denounced for heresy and banned.
If you want to experience a disagreement with your fellow progressive that has enough nitroglycerin in it to explode in your face, have a discussion about education.
A substantial number of diarists and commenters here believe, if I am not mistaken, that Trump's outreach to President Putin is a good thing, as improved Russia-US relations can only improve the prospects for peace. I hope I'm not distorting anyone's views when I say this.
Hi all. I took the time to read the "Unclassified version of intelligence report on Russian hacking during the 2016 election", so I'll give you my little report report. Let's begin.
Democrats have lost their minds.
Well, Democratic voters have lost their minds.
The Democratic Party leadership, OTOH, knows exactly what it's doing.
The hysterical Russophobia rhetoric has only partly to do with Russia. It's real target is Trump.