Russia Nexus in Election 2016

Remember yesterday, when I left a few thoughts on the Trump campaign and the GOP’s relationship with Russia?

I have written before that the GOP candidate for president has been kissing Putin’s assthrough the primary season. Indeed, they have much in common, and Putin has publicly admired Trump.

The primary season culminated with the Trump campaign ensuring that the GOP platform didn’t include weapons aid to Ukraine against continued Russian aggression, while Trump publicly threatened NATO with gutting the Article 5 collective security guarantee. (Let’s remember why NATO was created in the first place, eh?)

And finally, Paul Manafort. Trump’s campaign manager used to work as a lobbyist for Putin crony and ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. This guy is ass deep in dodgy Russian money!

The New York Times did an interesting piece this morning on this very issue that makes some very salient points.

dwsAs many of you know, WikiLeaks has released thousands of DNC emails obtained by hackers, showing the Democratic Party’s efforts to subvert the Sanders campaign in favor of Hillary Clinton. These stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers, have embarrassed Democratic leaders and caused party chairhag Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to resign (only to be rehired by the Clinton campaign – how’s THAT for corruption?)

The release also has intensified discussion of the role of Russian intelligence agencies in disrupting the 2016 campaign.

Proving the source of a cyberattack is notoriously difficult. But researchers have concluded that the national committee was breached by two Russian intelligence agencies, which were the same attackers behind previous Russian cyberoperations at the White House, the State Department and the Joint Chiefs of Staff last year. And metadata from the released emails suggests that the documents passed through Russian computers. Though a hacker claimed responsibility for giving the emails to WikiLeaks, the same agencies are the prime suspects. Whether the thefts were ordered by Mr. Putin, or just carried out by apparatchiks who thought they might please him, is anyone’s guess.

On Sunday morning, the issue erupted, as Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, argued on ABC’s “This Week” that the emails were leaked “by the Russians for the purpose of helping Donald Trump” citing “experts” but offering no other evidence. Mr. Mook also suggested that the Russians might have good reason to support Mr. Trump: The Republican nominee indicated in an interview with The New York Times last week that he might not back NATO nations if they came under attack from Russia — unless he was first convinced that the countries had made sufficient contributions to the Atlantic alliance.

Now, whether the emails were stolen by the Russians, or not is irrelevant when it comes to the issue of corruption within the Democratic Party that was revealed in those emails. That’s just a red herring by Mook to draw attention away from the fact that the DNC apparently actively tried to sabotage Bernie Sanders and subvert the democratic process.

As corrupt and disgusting as the DNC is, this is a separate issue from the one I discussed briefly yesterday, which is the interesting, and (I assess) dangerous relationship between the Trump campaign and Russia.

This is a revelation that, if true, will have serious repercussions on our foreign policy and our national security interests abroad, especially when coupled with the ass loads of Russian money Paul Manafort has been sucking up from his Putin crony buddies, the Trump/Putin mutual admiration society, and Trump’s promise to gut the Article 5 collective security guarantee.

That scares me.

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  1. RetMSgt in Pa.

    The real kick in the gut would be the Russians, or whomever, dumping some classified e-mails from Cankles’ server.

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  2. I wonder what the RNC email servers contain.

    I am also fascinated by the sudden ‘concern’ Republicans have about how “badly” Bernie was treated by the DNC. As if there isn’t major indigestion going on with the Trumpster fire they have to deal with.

    I’m old enough to remember when presidential nominees were NOT picked by primary voters, but in the “smoke-filled backrooms” of each political party. The voter had very little do do with it.

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    1. I know, right?

      Bernie challenged the establishment and gets screwed by the DNC: Poor, poor Bernie!

      Cruz challenges the establishment: PRIMARY HIM! END HIS POLITICAL CAREER! TRAITOR!

      Hypocrisy much?

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      1. The Democratic Party: We’re a kinder, gentler, form of screwing.

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    2. This is one area where I wish Cruz would explain his actions, rather than let Trump paint him as corrupt. Granted, Cruz might have, and we just didn’t hear it in the news cycle, but that explanation was sorely needed.

      When Cruz was trying to get delegates elected in his favor (as was done directly in Colorado, for the first votes, and for delegates in Georgia (among other places, if I recall correctly) for second votes), Trump decried this as “corruption of the system”, when in reality, this is THE WAY an outsider is supposed to bypass the establishment to get the nomination. You make an appeal directly to the people, and to the representatives they select.

      I’m sick and tired of people saying we should support Trump because he was the one selected by the Will of the People, and we need to bow down to the Will of the People, as though (1) elections can perfectly capture the Will of the People, (2) the Will of the People can do no wrong, nor does my own (contrary) Will contribute to the total Will of the People, and (3) nothing horrible (certainly not the entirety of the French Revolution, and all that innocent blood spent in war and terror) has EVER been justified by the Will of the People.

      Due to the chaos of this election, I have given a lot of thought to caucuses, delegates, and the electoral college. I *really* need to write those thoughts down. (My conclusions are (1) The Founders feared power from ALL sources, INCLUDING the Will of the People; (2) it’s good to have conventions to challenge the primary results, because sometimes voters are wrong, and (3) it’s good to have conventions to challenge primary results, because it’s *mathematically impossible* to create a voting system that will *always* produce an outcome that represents the Will of the People.

      In any case, I don’t know how the outcome would have changed had the Republican Convention actually allowed the delegates to vote their conscience, and argue over whether Trump should be the nominee, but it’s a crying shame that Trump and his fellow establishment-types completely cut off debate through the abuse of parliamentary procedures.

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  3. Ghost Rider 6

    CNN: “The FBI is investigating a cyber intrusion involving the DNC and are working to determine the nature and scope of the matter,” the agency said in a statement. “A compromise of this nature is something we take very seriously, and the FBI will continue to investigate and hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace.”

    Right.

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  4. So Debbie ” I Know Nothing” Schultz is now on the Hillary Clinton payroll. And this means that she will be paid by check instead of cash? Or will her firstborn have the hit taken off their head? Either way, why is none of this really surprising. The only surprise would be if something like this DIDN’T happen during an election season.
    But I agree that all of these things do not bode well for the coming few years. Which ever one of the 2 candidates are elected, if we are so lucky to get one of these two gems, I can only imagine that the world stage is going to host both a comedy and a tragedy.

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  5. What’s fascinating to me is how PootiePoo is now using US media “tricks” against the same media and its Dem sponsors. Wasn’t Wikileaks promoted as a liberal friend of the Dems? Who would believe that they’re sponsored by those pesky Ruskies that Romney was ridiculed over? And isn’t Putin’s message really “See these DNC messages? Just a reminder I own Hillary’s private ones too”. You have to admire Putin. He’s playing chess as the West competes expertly at Candy Crush. And I’ve no doubt he’d rather not deal with a woman, but go man-to-man with someone who has backbone.

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