I am unsure if it is blatant ignorance or willful idiocy, but the support for Russia amongst the Trumptonians is stupefying.
- Why do neocons hate Russia so much?
- Why is the focus on Russia and not the houses of Islam; they seem to be the real enemy.
- I hear disturbing rumors that Russia supported the candidate who didn’t want war with Russia.
- Putin is an ally against Islamist terror.
Wait for it…Mr Trump is unapologetic. “Why not get along with Russia?” he asked Time. The Russians are “effective” and “can help us fight ISIS.”
Only three GOP senators have come out and strongly denounced this budding Russian romance: Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and Rand Paul.
Russia is trying to break the backs of democracies – and democratic movements – all over the world.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 10, 2016
Putin and the Kremlin support Syria and President Assad, who has destroyed the Syrian state. Russia claims it is fighting over there as friends of Assad, a brutal dictator the US would prefer to see removed from power. However, the opposition Syrian National Council denounced them, saying Russia, like Assad, “targeted civilians, not ISIS.”
Putin’s entire argument was summed up (note not a direct quote) by the Post as:
“I may not be a democrat and the economy may be sinking, but Russia is regaining its place in the world — and besides, the alternative to authoritarianism is not democracy but chaos.”
Russia is considered one of the most corrupt countries in the world by Transparency International.
Putin occupied and annexed Ukraine’s Crimea by force. “By annexing a neighboring country’s territory by force, Putin overturned in a single stroke the assumptions on which the post–Cold War European order had rested.” (Foreign Affairs)
Russia is not a friendly place. Putin’s agents are torturing activist Ildar Dadin to death, for the crime of criticizing the government.
One year ago, Ildar Dadin, a well-known Moscow activist (and my husband), was sent to prison: the court sentenced him to three years for carrying out solitary pickets. After a lengthy imprisonment in a Moscow investigation prison, Ildar was transferred to a prison colony — and disappeared. His family wasn’t told where he’d been sent. A month and a half later, Ildar was found in Karelia, in Prison Colony No.7 in the town of Segezha, where he told his lawyer how prison officers were torturing and beating prisoners. This story caused a scandal both in Russia and abroad.
In 2005, Russian agents tortured whistleblower auditor Magnitsky to death in prison, then refused to investigate his death. The investigators were the same people Magnitsky accused. The global community responded with outrage and sanctions. (BBC)
The Russians hacked the RNC as well, but they chose not to release anything. Could they be using what they gained as blackmail? Or are the GOP leaders really this willfully blind simply for power?
In a twist of irony that defies explanation, suddenly Republicans want irrefutable proof before they will even consider this a possibility.
Mr Nunes, a prominent Trump supporter during the election, calls that “innuendo” based on “lots of circumstantial evidence, that’s it.” Other Republicans are taking the view that it is all very complicated and murky. “All this ‘news’ of Russian hacking: it has been going on for years,” Senator John Cornyn of Texas, a member of Republican leadership, tweeted: “Serious, but hardly news.”
During a bipartisan briefing last week, “some Republican members agreed that Russia was a hostile actor, but then argued that logically that meant the government in Moscow would be more likely to want Mr Trump defeated, because he has promised to build up the American armed forces.” (Economist)
These are only a few examples. At the core, Putin is a dangerous man, running a corrupt government. We should never be complacent when outsiders meddle with our business, especially not our elections…in any way.
This absolutely should be investigated, and we must demand everything possible be done to prevent it from ever happening again.