A Slow Train Wreck

‘The president’s three-country European tour has been NATO’s worst nightmare, weakening the alliance and empowering Russia.  ‘This meeting confirmed that Trump barely knows the politics, if even the geography, of Europe,’ one foreign diplomat said, ‘Diplomacy has become a sadly hilarious affair with him.’    Vanity Fair

‘This was a very Trumpian summit.  I have been to every summit since 1999-never have I seen something like this….He turned this NATO summit into a reality-TV show, Damon Wilson, the executive vice president of the Atlantic Council who was in attendance, told me.  ‘He helped to sort of elevate and, to some degree, fabricate a sense of crisis.  He created a sense of friction between characters and used it to create a situation in which he could basically solve the problem, come in, and declare victory.’    Vanity Fair

President Trump accused our fellow NATO members of not paying their share…when in fact…. most of them are on schedule for their payments to the organization, that ends in a 2% commitment by each member nation by 2024.

He then declared that the new financial commitment for each NATO nation should be 4% of GDP…or in other words…he will never be happy or satisfied.

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A grand jury has returned indictments for 12 Russian intelligence officers in the Muller investigation.  These individuals were members of Russia’s intelligence department the GRU.  The investigation shows that the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computers began on the the same day the republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, called for Wikileaks to find Hillary Clinton’s lost emails.

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President Trump was briefed by Assistant Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein,  regrading the 12 GRU operatives who were about to be indicted before he left the United States for the NATO meeting and yet, while in England and after the indictments,…refereed to the Muller investigation as a witch hunt and proceeded with his plan to meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin on Monday in a closed door meeting with no witnesses.

‘Reporter: Why are you so comfortable calling Kim Jong Un ‘very talented?’

‘President Trump: ‘Well, he is very talented.  Anybody that takes over a situation like he did at 26 years of age and is able to run it and run it tough.’    CBS News

 

‘President Trump heaped praise on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, calling him ‘a very worthy negotiator,’ and vowing to meet with him ‘many times.’    The Hill

 

President Trump, after leaving the NATO meeting in tatters preceded to the United Kingdom and subsequently gave an interview to the Sun newspaper, a Rupert Murdoch publication, where he ruminated that the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, had not taken his advice on how to negotiate Brexit and that he felt Boris Johnson, a rival of May’s, would be an excellent Prime Minister.

Ignoring many calls for the president to not proceed in his, private, summit, with Putin, Trump continues to curry the Russian President’s favor and refuses to say anything bad or critical regarding him.

All 17 of our intelligence agencies agree that Russia hacked our presidential election and that their purpose was to diminish Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the presidency and enhance Donald Trumps possibilities of winning.

President Trump won by 70,000 votes in three key democratic states.

Facebook was a key target of the Russian hackers fake news about Clinton…designed to influence votes for Trump.

In less than four months we will have our mid-term elections…nothing has been done to secure the integrity of our election from the Russians.

Fox News correspondent, John Roberts, who was a correspondent, at one time for both CBS News and CNN responded to president Trump, when he called on him immediately after, once again, labeling, CNN as fake news and then telling MSNBC correspondent, Kristen Welker that MSNBC is probably worse than CNN in the fake news arena…that. ‘CNN and MSNBC  were not fake news.’

Mr. Roberts went on to say, later in an interview, that he was a friend of Ms. Welker and that he knew that she would never mis-represent the news and that he had been an employee of CNN and that they were not fake news.

It is, now, commonly believed that Russia worked to influence the United Kingdom’s Brexit vote.

I have known more than one person that trafficked in lies.  In fact, if you did not listen closely…it was extremely difficult to ascertain when they were lying and when they were telling the truth.

I have many acquaintances that are excellent at talking.  If you did not take the time to analytically examine what they were saying you would come away from being with them and sitting at their feet and feeling that you were in the presence of greatness!

‘We will bury you,’ said Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev while  addressing Western ambassadors at a reception at the Polish embassy in Moscow on November 18, 1956.’

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‘A lie told often enough becomes the truth.’    Vladimir Lenin

‘I am the wealthiest man, not just in Europe, but in the whole world.  I collect emotions.’    Vladimir Putin

After 9/11 our NATO allies rushed to our aid to fight terrorism in Afghanistan.

Do we really want to go it alone….or rely on the tender mercies of Russian and North Korea?

 

 

 

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