Saturday, July 21, 2018

NATO’s purpose ended with fall of Soviet Union. Instead of gracefully retiring, NATO expanded and failed to include Russia. This was a tragic mistake, unnecessarily provocative, and ruined West’s chances of bringing Russia into the fold-George Kennan, 1998

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7/18/18, “The Day “Strategic Ambiguity” Died,” macromon.wordpress.com 

NATO Expansion Was A Mistake” 

“Before going further let us state for the record, we believe the expansion of NATO without including Russia was a big mistake, unnecessarily provocative, and ruined the West chances of bringing Russia “in.” 

With the fall of the Soviet Union and the sudden shift in the military balance in Europe in the early 1990’s, NATO faced an existential crisis.  Rather than winding down, the conventional wisdom was that NATO must goout of area or out of business.” Bureaucracies don’t die easily. 

The Russian backlash to NATO’s expansion was devastating. In 1991, 80 percent of the Russian public had a favorable opinion of the United States.  After the expansion of the alliance and bombing of Serbia in 1999 without UN Security Council authorization,  Russians had a negative view of America.  In 2000, Vladimir Putin was elected president of the Russian Federation. 

George Kennan 

Listen to George Kennan in 1998, the architect of America’s successful containment of the Soviet Union and one of America’s great statesmen of the 20th century, who was “present at the creation” of NATO, and authored the anonymous 1947 Foreign Affairs article, signed ”X,” defining America’s cold-war policy for 40 years, 

”I think it is the beginning of a new cold war,” said Mr. Kennan from his Princeton home. ”I think the Russians will gradually react quite adversely and it will affect their policies. I think it is a tragic mistake. There was no reason for this whatsoever. No one was threatening anybody else. This expansion would make the Founding Fathers of this country turn over in their graves. We have signed up to protect a whole series of countries, even though we have neither the resources nor the intention to do so in any serious way. [NATO expansion] was simply a light-hearted action by a Senate that has no real interest in foreign affairs.” – NY Times, 1998 

So, to some extent, we agree on many of the philosophical tenets that we think what President Trump believes. The problem lies in implementation and execution. 

Just as, we believe, trade disagreements should be settled in a rules-based multilateral framework, such at the WTO. 

We  also agree with another American president about being suspicious and trying to avoid  “foreign entanglements. The web of foreign entanglements among European nations led to World War I, a war that nobody wanted. 

The nation which indulges toward another an habitual hatred or an habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest. Antipathy in one nation against another disposes each more readily to offer insult and injury, to lay hold of slight causes of umbrage, and to be haughty and intractable when accidental or trifling occasions of dispute occur. – George Washington””
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Added: More on George Kennan, for those interested: An interview with George Kennan 

“This is a transcript of the interview Kennan gave to CNN for the Cold War’ series in May and June of 1996.” 

“George F. Kennan was the chief architect of the policy of containment and one of the most influential figures of the Cold War. Trained as a diplomat, Kennan began his career in Moscow in 1933. He served there off and on for the next three decades. In Moscow in 1946, he drafted his famous “Long Telegram,” a document that sounded the alarm over Soviet expansionism and became a prescient warning about the coming Cold War.”... 

On why the United States viewed the Soviet Union as an enemy after World War II:” 

“We had accustomed ourselves, through our wartime experience, to having a great enemy before us who had to be considered capable and desirous of doing everything that was evil and bad for us. And as our attention shifted then from Hitler’s Germany to what was now the other greatest military power in Europe, we began to attach these sort of extremist views to Russia, too. 

We like to have our enemies in the singular, our friends, if you will, multiple. But the enemy must always be a center, he must be totally evil, he must wish all the terrible things that could happen to uswhether [that] made sense from his standpoint or not. … Carrying wartime extremisms into a period which was nominally one of peace … is one of the great fundamental causes of the Cold War…. 

On whether he feels satisfied in the success of the policy of containment, of which he was one of the principal architects: 

Yes, I do, because if the alternative was to have a great military conflagration, I could see no good coming out of this. Regardless of who considered himself to be the victor. 

You must remember my view of warfare: that everybody is a defeated power with modern warfare, with modern weapons. I don’t know any more to say about that. My thoughts about containment were of course distorted by the people who understood it and pursued it exclusively as a military concept; and I think that that, as much as any other cause, led to [the] 40 years of unnecessary, fearfully expensive and disoriented process of the Cold War.””
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Added: From Kennan NY Times obituary, 3/18/2005: 

Mr. Kennan was the man to whom the White House and the Pentagon turned when they sought to understand the Soviet Union after World War II. He conceived the cold-war policy of containment, the idea that the United States should stop the global spread of Communism by diplomacy, politics, and covert action — by any means short of war. 

As the State Department’s first policy planning chief in the late 1940’s, serving Secretary of State George C. Marshall, Mr. Kennan was an intellectual architect of the Marshall Plan, which sent billions of dollars of American aid to nations devastated by World War II. At the same time, he conceived a secret “political warfare” unit that aimed to roll back Communism, not merely contain it.”…
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Added: US oligarchy has become the Mafia: “In the years following the end of the Soviet Union, the idea that Russia was “ours to lose” gained wide currency in American foreign policy circles. The idea that Russia is an enemy culture in addition to a geopolitical adversary has since gained wide purchase among American media and political elites. As one prominent commentator put it: “Russia has been targeting the American right.”” 

May 2018, “The Cold War Culture War,” James Carden, American Affairs Journal (“Carden served as an advisor to the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission at the State Department in 2011–12”)
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Added: Believing themselves entitled, US oligarchs plundered Russia: Bill Clinton Harvard cronies, George Soros, and Harvard Institute for International Development destroyed Russia’s wealth and its middle class. Hundreds of millions of US tax dollars were also lost through lavish USAID grants-May 14, 1998, “The Harvard Boys Do Russia, The Nation, Janine R. Wedel



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7 country clubs in Country Club Republican John Boehner's Ohio district have closed since 2012. GM plant closing left district bereft of execs who could afford the dues. Mercifully, Boehner retired in 2015-Wall St. Journal, 7/19/18

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In 1992, the [Ohio 8th] district was represented by Republican John Boehner, the former House speaker. He voted for the North American Free Trade Agreement, and helped pave the way for the Trans-Pacific Partnership….Seven area golf courses, long establishment Republican strongholds, have closed since 2012. Without the GM plant, “there is no middle-level management that can afford the dues structure.””… 

7/19/18, “America’s Factory Towns, Once Solidly Blue, Are Now a GOP Haven, Wall St. Journal, Bob Davis and Dante Chinni (print ed., 7/20) 

“A generation ago, Democrats represented much of the country’s manufacturing base. Now, it’s in GOP hands, a swing remaking both parties 

The Republican Party has become the party of blue-collar America. 

After the 1992 election, 15 of the 20 most manufacturing-intensive Congressional districts in America were represented by Democrats. Today, all 20 are held by Republicans.... 

These changes are evident in Ohio’s Eighth Congressional district, long a Republican bastion in the Cincinnati suburbs. 

In 1992, the district was represented by Republican John Boehner, the former House speaker. He voted for the North American Free Trade Agreement, and helped pave the way for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal among the U.S. and 11 Pacific-Rim nations that Mr. Trump pulled out of on his first workday in office.

From 1990, when Mr. Boehner was elected, to 2015, the percentage of the workforce employed in manufacturing in his district declined from 30% to 21%. It moved up in the ranking of manufacturing intensive districts, from No. 27 to No. 12, because the country’s concentration of manufacturing workers declined even more. General Motors Co. closed a nearby factory in 2008 that employed 2,400 people. NCR Corp. moved its headquarters out of the area in 2009. 

Seven area golf courses, long establishment Republican strongholds, have closed since 2012. Without the GM plant, “there is no middle-level management that can afford the dues structure anymore,” said Steve Jurick, executive director of the Miami Valley Golf Association. 

Mr. Boehner retired in 2015, as the growing power of populist conservatives in the House made his caucus more difficult to manage. His successor is Republican Warren Davidson, a member of the Freedom Caucus that bedeviled Mr. Boehner.

Though he has criticized across-the-board tariffs, he has supported Mr. Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods. Like Mr. Trump, Mr. Davidson faults the WTO for failing to rein in China, whose imports have battered the district’s many small metal fabrication plants.

At a meeting with local business leaders in May, he likened trade to a basketball game. “They are not calling fouls and no one is taking free throws,” he told the group. “I’m glad President Trump is making them call fouls.”

The message goes over well with factory owners and workers in the district.

A lot of our workers voted for Trump,” says Neil Douglas, a Democrat who is president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Middletown, Ohio.The Democrats around here—sometimes we do feel like the party left us.”"

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Added: That Putin is amazing!!!

18 Ohio democrat precinct captains flipped and crossed party lines to vote in a March 2016 Republican primary for Trump. This was 4 months before a single email had been released!:

4/5/2017, "Democrats still ignoring the people who could have helped them defeat Trump, Ohio party leaders say," Washington Post, William Wan

"In Mahoning County - a Democratic stronghold decimated by the manufacturing industry's decline - [County Democrat Party Chair David] Betras was seeing GOP yard signs suddenly popping up. During the primaries [March 15, 2016], he learned that 18 of his own Democratic precinct captains had crossed party lines to vote for Trump. Some areas had to print extra Republican primary ballots just to keep up with the demand.

"That's when I knew something was wrong," he said.

He warned Clinton that she had lost all credibility with working-class voters by waffling on trade and offering tepid solutions."...
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Friday, July 20, 2018

FBI Director Christopher Wray says Russians have made no effort to target US election infrastructure-Aspen Institute interview, July 18, 2018

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The Aspen Institute, Streamed live on Jul 18, 2018″ 

“FBI Director [Christopher Wray] describes the Bureau’s role in national security generally and cyberterrorism and counterintelligence specifically. Christopher Wray, Director, FBI. Moderator: Lester Holt, Anchor, NBC Nightly News,” Join at 8 min., 54 seconds: 

Wray:The intelligence community’s assessment has not changed, my view has not changed, which is that Russia attempted to interfere in the last election. And that it continues to engage in malign influence operations to this day.”

Lester Holt: Aimed at our political system?

Wray: Aimed at sowing discord and divisiveness in this country. We haven’t yet seen an effort to target specific election infrastructure at this time.”…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoFqNFxBECU 


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Local US governments have long invited foreign interference in their elections. Illegal aliens have been invited to vote in school board elections in NY City and Chicago. Some Maryland towns welcome illegal alien voting in local elections-Election Law Society

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7/20/18, “Posted by u/XR29005 11 hours ago 

“Tucker: “Why are the people mad about foreign influence in Americans elections (Russians) encouraging foreign influence in American elections (illegals given right to vote in San Francisco)“.”

7/19/18, “Non-citizens, illegal immigrants now may register to vote in San Francisco school board elections,” Fox News, Lukas Mikelionis 

“The city of San Francisco this week began allowing non-citizens, including illegal immigrants, to register to vote in the November election for the city school board. 

The effort follows the city’s passage of a 2016 ballot measure that gave the right to vote in school board elections to non-U.S. citizens over age 18 who live in San Francisco and have children under age 19, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The measure was approved by a majority of San Francisco’s eligible voters, but after the first two attempts failed…. 

A similar initiative of giving limited voting rights has also reportedly been approved in Chicago and multiple cities in Maryland and Massachusetts.”… 
 
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Added: Illegal alien voting in the US has been in place for many years in New York City, Chicago, and some Maryland towns. NY City illegal aliens were allowed to vote in school board elections until 2002 when school boards were dissolved:

2/5/18, Back to School: Noncitizen Parents in San Francisco Able to Vote in School Board Elections,” William and Mary Law School, Joseph Montgomery 

Legislation allowing noncitizens to vote in limited circumstances has existed in the United States for some time.  Chicago grants all parents the right to vote in local school council elections, and several towns in Maryland allow noncitizens to take part in local voting. New York City allowed noncitizens to vote in local school board elections until their school boards were dissolved in 2002.”…  
 
 
 
 
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As to the so-called “intelligence community,” Trump has been set up, framed and relentlessly persecuted by this “community” that features at least one admitted illegal hacker (Brennan), and two admitted liars (Brennan and Clapper)-Sidney Powell, Former Federal Prosecutor, 7/19/18

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7/19/18, Trump Has Been Set Up, Framed And Relentlessly Persecuted By The American Intelligence Community,” Daily Caller, Sidney Powell, Former Federal Prosecutor 

“The frenzied furor and fomented outrage over President Donald Trump’s reluctance to express blind trust for our “intelligence community” defy reason and reality. In their choreographed cries of contempt for Mr. Trump, the “left’s” increasingly shrill proclamations of political apocalypse make “Chicken Little” look rational. At least we’ve moved on from the impending annihilation from the nuclear war with North Korea. 

Power is the only thing leftists worship, and they are unraveling in front of our eyes without it. They can’t control Mr. Trump. That alone drives them insane. They have no policies that work. Cities and states they control are criminal sanctuaries and bankrupt cesspools. Check out San Francisco, Portland and Chicago. 

Each of the president’s remarkable accomplishments — from unprecedented high employment, our booming economy and the tax cuts to his historic summit with Kim Jong-un"...

[Ed. note: Also, passing both House and Senate, Trump rolled back draconian rules imposed on small and commmunity banks by Dodd-Frank:: May 22, 2018, Congress Approves First Big Dodd-Frank Rollback,  NY Times, Alan Rappeport, Emily Flitter: “Congress agreed on Tuesday to free thousands of small and medium-sized banks from strict rules that had been enacted as part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law to prevent another meltdown. In a rare demonstration of bipartisanship, the House voted 258-159 to approve a regulatory rollback that passed the Senate this year, handing a significant victory to President Trump, who has promised to “do a big number on Dodd-Frank.”"] 

(continuing): "— highlights their abject failures and serves to prick their narcissistic egos. The country is doing better without them every day. Even worse, they are desperate to keep their countless crimes and abuses covered up. 

We know that there are many honorable, dedicated and legitimate members of our multiple intelligence and law enforcement agencies who strive to protect us the right way every day. So, why might any of us not just declare blind trust for our “intelligence community” writ large? Let me count the ways. 

Aside from the fact that former CIA Director John Brennan does not even attempt to conceal his loathing of Trump, it was none other than Brennan who had the CIA spying on members of Congress—indeed the entire Senate Intelligence Committee. Surely, there were others in the Agency who helped him. [Yes-5 others] How many like Brennan are still there?”… 

[Ed. note: Five [CIA] agency employees–two lawyers and three computer specialists-surreptitiously searched Senate Intelligence Committee files and reviewed some committee staff members’ e-mail on computers that were supposed to be exclusively for congressional investigators, according to a summary of the CIA inspector general’s report.”…7/31/2014, Obama should fire John Brennan,Washington Post, James Downie, Digital Opinions Editor…And: 7/31/2014, The C.I.A.’s Reckless Breach of Trust,” NY Times Editorial Board:   “The Central Intelligence Agency admitted that it did, indeed, use a fake online identity to break into the Senate’s computers….The C.I.A. needs far more than a few quiet personnel changes, however. Its very core, and basic culture, needs a thorough overhaul.”] 

(continuing): “Ironically, while Brennan is coming apart at the seams over Trump’s progress in a diplomatic relationship with Putin, it is Brennan who supported a communist—voting for Gus Hall as none-other than president of the United States. 

Then there’s Director of National Intelligence [DNI] James Clapper—the second Trump-loather only recently departed from the top of the “IC.” Mr. Clapper is the guy who had the NSA collecting all possible data on all Americans and then lied to Congress about it. 

Even more important, according to Mr. Comey’s own memos leaked to the New York Times, combined with Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s “note to self” within minutes of Trump’s inauguration, we know that Brennan, Clapper, Obama, Comey, Rice, counter-terrorism advisor Lisa Monaco, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and Vice President Biden, met in the Oval Office just before Comey went to brief the president-elect. 

Not only did they decide to limit information about Russia to be shared with the incoming team, they dispatched Comey to set up Mr. Trump for the media explosion of the entire false narrative and Steele dossier. 

On January 6, 2017, on instructions from Clapper, Comey met one-on-one with Mr. Trump in Trump Tower. Comey “executed the session just as [he] had planned.” He dropped the bombshell of only the “salacious” details of the Steele dossier.

He ran to his car to write down the details of the conversation, then he reported to Clapper and possibly Brennan, one of whom leaked it to CNN. Comey’s briefing provided the very “news hook” they all knew the media wanted to run with the existence of the unverified, Clinton-bought-and-paid-for dossier. 

That remarkable setup, by the highest members of our “intelligence community” and Obama himself, sparked the media firestorm of the Trump-Russia-collusion lie that has besieged the Trump presidency to this day. Indeed, that was its purpose—if not impeachment. 

Don’t forget Peter Strzok — the FBI’s lead investigator for the “intelligence community”— hardly the epitome of trustworthiness. Strzok is the self-avowed despiser of Trump and any possible Trump supporter. Strzok is the epicenter of the Clinton email “investigation,” the Russia narrative, and the Mueller team until last July. Discoveries of his innumerable venomous expressions of hatred for the president “clouded” the Clinton email investigation and compelled his removal from the Special counsel team. Even more egregious conduct compelled his physical removal form the FBI. 

I almost forgot. Comey, McCabe, Strzok, and Yates, aided by others in the “intelligence community” more recently including Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, obtained multiple FISA warrants to spy on members of the Trump team. All those applications were based primarily on the Clinton-bought-and-paid-for Steele dossier of lies. 

We wouldn’t want to omit Susan Rice, Obama’s national security advisor, who tripled the unmaskings of Americans during 2016 — grossly abusing the government’s surveillance apparatus to target the political opposition. 

Sally Yates, of course, used those unmaskings to set up General Michael Flynn who was simply doing his job. She got him fired from his new position as President Trump’s national security advisor, had FBI Agent Strzok ambush Flynn in an interview, and McCabe may have helped tee him up with false allegations for Special Counsel Robert Mueller. 

And there’s more. As the chief judge of the super-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court found in an opinion heavily redacted but unclassified last year, the Obama/Comey/FBI’s rank abuses of raw surveillance data of Americans extend back to 2015 (when Trump announced—if not further).

The court found egregious Fourth Amendment violations by the FBI and that it had given private contractors (probably Fusion GPS—Steele dossier creators—and Clinton-connected CrowdStrike) wrongful unlimited and unsupervised access to that data. The court so distrusted the FBI itself that it took access away from it, and NSA Director Admiral Rogers proceeded to eliminate the use of “about queries” completely. 

What was it Senator Schumer said? Cross our intelligence community and they have six ways from Sunday to pay you back? That’s not an endorsement of trust, but rather of fear. Now we know how the-man-behind-the-curtain keeps Schumer in line. 

Trump must be close to pulling back that curtain and exposing the “petty men” who “peep about to find [themselves] dishonorable graves.” 

At that moment in Helsinki, for Mr. Trump, the question of choosing between Vladimir Putin (ex-KGB despot) and Mr. Trump’s own experience of being set up, framed and relentlessly persecuted by the American “intelligence community” to this day, must have felt like the choice between Scylla and Charybdis. Either would destroy him, and no matter what he said, the Left would shriek the sky is falling yet again. 

Indeed, one must wonder if our president really feels there is anyone he can trust.”
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Among comments at Free Republic
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“We know that there are many honorable, dedicated and legitimate members of our multiple intelligence and law enforcement agencies" 

Do we really know this? I’m not seeing much evidence to back up this worn out trope. The only person to blow the whistle on the IC shenanigans is Bill Binney. That’s it, one person. If these “honorable” Fedzilla workers were truly that, they would not allow themselves to be sucked into the Deep State BS. I think their only concern is their pensions – they could care less about this country. 

11 posted on 7/19/2018, 10:19:10 PM by Major Matt Mason (The U.S. Senate – where American freedom goes to die.)”
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And the leadership of those agencies are his appointees. And he can’t say he supports the rank and file as they are the people bringing the information to his political appointees. 

9 posted on 7/19/2018, 10:05:04 PM by joesbucks”
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“Sidney Powell is the best writing force on the scene today. Her book “Licensed to Lie” is the rallying cry against the existence and depredations of the Deep State. Pay the 7 bucks, get the book, sharpen the pitchfork and marvel how she gives chapter and verse to the sheer evil and viciousness of Muellers prosecutors.

They lie to federal judges, they withhold evidence, the torture witnesses in solitary confinement and then suborn perjury.

They threaten witnesses and threaten their families. After the book, it is amazing how Weissmann and the Mueller crew are not imprisoned. You will hate the government because it is evil. They are worse than the criminals. 

Judge Emmett Sullivan is a hero of the book and was on the Senator Ted Stevens case. The Deep State was able to get Ted Stevens out of office, a Democrat was put in and the Obamacare plan was passed. While the travesty of justice was happening, FBI agent Chad Joy, probably one of the bravest men in Christendom, stood up and said, Your Honor, the government is lying to you, and here is the evidence. It was one man with a conscience that changed the outcome. Emmett Sullivan dressed the government down for hours, and was furious about their unethical if not illegal behavior. He has now been on the Flynn case and he takes huge precautions when dealing with US attorneys, he does not trust them, I don’t think he ever will. 

Sidney Powell is the appellate lawyer and she is the champion. A strong mind and a stern pen makes you glad that she is fighting on our side. 

12 posted on 7/19/2018, 10:23:46 PM by Titus-Maximus”
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“Do we really know this?”

We know this because they constantly tell anyone within the range of their voices that they are great patriots and strive to do their work with honor. 

It was probably too late to do anything about the alphabet agencies 50+ years ago. FBI alone has 35,000 employees and a budget of almost 9 billion they deign to tell us about. NSA’s open budget is around 10 billion. Snowden said it was around 50 billion off the books per year for surveillance and data collection in 2012, if I recall. They can’t even tell us how many work for the NSA, it is estimated between 30,000 and 40,000. The NSA is the largest employer in Maryland. 

Freegards 

13 posted on 7/19/2018, 10:27:37 PM by Ransomed”
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“Great article, but sad. Pray for president Trump, his family, and everyone trying to bring light to the darkness in our government.As for what is really going on, I have a question: Who are our overlords? I originally thought the unelected Supreme court ruled us, but now it looks like the unelected Intelligence agencies have ultimate control?

And as a final side note about all the “Russia, Russia, Russia,” BS: They just finished hosting the World Cup of Soccer. While it is not as popular here, it was widely viewed around the world, and they ‘Russians/Putin’ do not look like the scary people the hysterical left is trying to make them out to be. But of course this won’t stop them from trying. 

16 posted on 7/19/2018, 11:08:20 PM by Pajamajan”
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“Gen. Paul Nakasone – NSA director appointed by DJT and confirmed on May 4, 2018
Christopher Wray – FBI Director appointed by DJT and confirmed August 2, 2017
Gina Haspel – CIA director appointed by DJT and confirmed May 21, 2018
Dan Coats – Director of National Intelligence appointed by DJT and confirmed March 16, 2017 

What happened to picking good talent? 

18 posted on 7/19/2018, 11:28:58 PM by semimojo”
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“Excellent article and excellent response in the comment section:Doug Dannger Old Hickory • 8 hours ago– Interesting how the intel community won’t pledge loyalty to President Trump but everyone in the alphabet agencies demand the President bow in submission to them.

19 posted on 7/20/2018, 1:01:11 AM by CaptainK (“no collusion, no obstruction, he’s a leaker”)”
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

At 80% Republicans overwhelmingly back President Trump’s performance at Helsinki summit with Putin. Additionally, 91% of Republicans approve of Trump presidency so far-Axios Survey Monkey poll, July 16 and 17, 2018

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July 16-17, 2018, 2100 US adults, Axios SurveyMonkey online pollerror margin +/-3

7/19/18, Poll: Huge GOP majority backs Trump’s Putin performance,” Axios, Mike Allen

Axios SurveyMonkey Russia poll question:


Independents (no lean)-Total approve 34%

Democrats including lean-Total approve 8%

Total Approve: 40%, total disapprove: 56%

“Data: SurveyMonkey online poll conducted July 16-17, 2018 among a total sample of 2,100 adults living in the United States. Margin of error of ±3 percentage points; Poll methodology; Chart: Lazaro Gamio/Axios” 

Added from Axios poll on Trump Helsinki performance:

Republican-Conservatives: Total approve: 83% (48% strongly, 35% somewhat)

Republican-Moderate/Liberal: Total approve: 69% (28% strongly, 41% somewhat)
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Added: Washington Examiner article on above Axios poll with 80% Republican approved of Trump performance at Helsinki press conference with Putin. In addition, “in this Axios poll conducted July 16-17 and released Thursday, 91 percent of Republicans said they approved of Trump’s presidency so far.”
 
Axios Survey Monkey Russia Poll,” M-T, July 16 and 17, 2018

July 19, 2018, Republicans overwhelmingly back Trump’s performance at Putin summit: Poll,” Washington Examiner, Katelyn Caralle

“The vast majority of Republicans support the way President Trump handled his first summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, according to a new Axios poll.

The poll said 80 percent of Republicans approved of Trump’s performance, while only 8 percent of Democrats feel the same way….

In this Axios poll conducted July 16-17 and released Thursday, 91 percent of Republicans said they approved of Trump’s presidency so far, and 64 percent of Democrats say they disapprove of Trump….

The partisan split could be seen in other things the poll measured. For example, 85 percent of Republicans think the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections is “more of a distraction,” while on the other side, 85 percent of Democrats feel that the possibility of coordination between the two entities is a “serious issue.””…
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Added: Following was Mike Allen’s commentary on his Axios poll results. I wasn’t going to post it, but, for the record, in Mike’s world, the poll results “foreshadow national drama.” To me, these are just some poll results:

“Be smart: This poll foreshadows the coming national drama. Every piece of data, and virtually every public action of elected Republican officials, shows Trump will have overwhelming and probably unbreakable party support, regardless of what Robert Mueller finds with his Russia probe.”

Also, in two instances, poll numbers Mike includes in his narrative and graph (below) are slightly different (to his advantage) than those on the Axios poll to which he linked. The poll says 80% Republican support (43 +37), whereas Mike and his graph say 79%. On “Total disapprove,” the poll says 56%, Mike says 58%:






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Hamilton 68 neocon hate group funded in part by US taxpayers and NATO ostensibly seeks to violently remove Putin but it’s real purpose is to once and for all silence US taxpayers and render them slaves of the Endless Unwinnable War Industry. Hamilton 68 is part of German Marshall Fund of the US-zero hedge

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7/18/18, “CNN Uses Discredited “Hamilton 68” Website To Claim #WalkAway Campaign Hijacked By Russian Bots,” Zero Hedge, Durden 

“A viral movement featuring Democrats who have left their party under the hashtag #WalkAway was just relegated to Russian Bot status by CNN, which published op-ed by David A. Love on Tuesday uncritically citing propaganda website “Hamilton 88” as evidence that Russia – not an organic movement – is fueling the hashtag’s popularity.

#WalkAway has also now been connected to Kremlin-linked Russian bots, and it is now the seventh most popular Russia-influenced hashtag as of this writing, according to the website Hamilton 68, which tracks Russian influence on Twitter –CNN
The Walk Away campaign was launched by New York hairstylist Brandon Straka in late May, who created a Facebook page and posted a video explaining what the movement is about.
It is my sincere hope that you will join me in this campaign and that we may start a movement in this country- which not only encourages others to walk away from the divisive leftbut also takes back the narrative from the liberal media about what it means to be a conservative in America. It is up to all of us to make our voices heard and reclaim the truth.
The Democratic Party has taken for granted that it owns racial, sexual, and religious minorities in America. It has encouraged groupthink, hypocrisy, division, stereotyping, resentment, and the acceptance of victimhood mentality. And all the while, they have discouraged minorities from having independent thought, open dialogue, measured and informed opinion, and a motivation to succeed….
“Walk Away” Video 

Hamilton 68... 

[“Hamilton 68” is run by The Alliance for Securing Democracy which is housed with a larger group promoting US influence in Eastern Europe funded in part by US taxpayers and NATO, “The German Marshall Fund of the United States”: “About us:” The Alliance for Securing Democracy is currently funded by a group of American private individuals and small family foundations from across the political spectrum and housed at The German Marshall Fund of the United States.This is the last sentence on “About us” page of “Alliance for Securing Democracy.” Recent changes at The German Marshall Fund of the US: “However, in the past 12 months, it’s taken a very strange turn. Following the election of US President Donald Trump (ironically a German-American), the lobby group launched the Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD) project. Its centerpiece is the ‘Hamilton 68 Dashboard’, which seems to classify social media users which reject the US liberal elite’s consensus as “Russian trolls.””] 

(continuing): “Hamilton 68, meanwhile, is run by The Alliance for Securing Democracy….[and is housed at The German Marshall Fund of the United States,” whose major donors include US taxpayers via NATO, USAID, the EU, George Soros (via Open Society), Facebook, Raytheon, and David Ignatius.] It claims to track Russian botshowever it’s impossible to verify their claims, as the group does not disclose their methodology – yet anti-Trump politicians and pundits alike repeat its claims uncritically. On their advisory council are NeverTrumpers Bill Kristol and David Kramer – the guy John McCain sent to London to meet with Christopher Steele and bring back the discredited Trump-Russia dossier. 

“US media outlets love to accuse other countries of being easily propagandized. They should look at who created “Hamilton68,” the full secrecy behind it, and how mindlessly US media treats its decrees as truth. It’s an amazing propaganda success https://t.co/iKjKyJc0Xy 

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 19, 2018″ 

As we concluded when we initially profiled the platform and the organization behind it, the online tool is lacking in any semblance of scientific data-driven analysis, and its conclusions are thus meaningless. It exists to give gullible audiences the illusion that a data analysis driven tech tool produced via a “bipartisan” think tank has meticulously and objectively proven the “there’s a Russia connection lurking behind every corner” conspiracy theory.

“Unless I am reading this wrong, it shows Russians bought ads to try and help Democrat causes?   pic.twitter.com/6f8TLzKaa7 

— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) September 27, 2017″ 

The dashboard more often targets hugely popular independent news sites like Robert Parry’s Consortium News, The Federalist, Breitbart, and WikiLeaks. As The New York Times noted in September [2017], “Of 80 news stories promoted last week by those accounts, more than 25 percent ‘had a primary theme of anti-Americanism'”. 

Of course, it’s impossible to know what, according to the site’s designers, “anti-Americanism” means, but it no doubt involves articles which are critical of US foreign policy. This means that if a Washington Post or Reuters article, for example, highlights “staggering” Iraqi civilian deaths under US coalition bombings, that article would likely register as “anti-American” by the platform and its creators. By such methods, the Washington Post, Reuters, and numerous independent sites are brought under suspicion alongside RT News and Sputnik. But “anti-American” could also simply mean any article produced by a site that Hamilton 68’s creators don’t like. Again, the data is meaningless. 

With virtually every recent controversial topic which has made headlines pitting conservatives against leftists, Hamilton 68 will claim – absent any evidence, that “Russia” is pushing the conservative side of the argument.

Earlier this year, Hamilton 68 was behind claims by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) that Russian bots were behind a campaign to release a memo created by the House Intel Committee GOP majority:

“On January 23, public interest in the memo from the majority of the intelligence committee had been high, as evidenced by the demand to #ReleaseTheMemo hashtag on Twitter and Facebook. When the hashtag went viral, Schiff had a theory that it wasn’t the American public that was interested in abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Nope, it was Russians! Secret Russian bots were trying to make it look like Americans were interested in FISA abuse against a Trump campaign affiliate. 

When Schiff advanced his theory that it was Russian bots — not Americans — who cared about FISA abuse, he received typical friendly media coverage. But when Twitter and Facebook refuted the claim, media outlets either downplayed it or pretended it didn’t matter. 

Hamilton 68’s claim — later refuted by Twitter and Facebook — formed the entire basis of Schiff’s theory that it was Russian bots, not real Americans, who wanted to learn about FISA abuse by the FBI. Asked to respond to Hamilton 68’s claim, Twitter responded, “Because the Hamilton Dashboard’s account list is not available to the public, we are unable to offer any specific context on the accounts it includes.” They added, “We have offered to review the list of accounts contained in the Dashboard and this offer remains open.”” The Federalist 

Even BuzzFeed noted the link: The thing is, nearly every time you see a story blaming Russian bots for something, you can be pretty sure that the story can be traced back to a single source: the Hamilton 68 dashboard. 

“But even some of the people who popularized that metric now acknowledge it’s become totally overblown.
 

“I’m not convinced on this bot thing,” said Watts, the cofounder of a project that is widely cited as the main, if not only, source of information on Russian bots. He also called the narrative “overdone.”” 

Sorry disillusioned Democrats, your story is now part of a Russian meddling effort thanks to a highly cited and completely unverifiable propaganda website.

“Raise your hand if you’re #NotABot@usminority did you see this?#WalkAway https://t.co/YaECfN9j1o 

— ALX  (@TheALX) July 18, 2018″ 

“As long as Russia exists the Democrats will never have another political victory https://t.co/Bs6ZBV3QpF 

— GreekFire23 (@GreekFire23) July 18, 2018″
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More on “German Marshall Fund of the United States:” 

2/7/18, Your Guide To Top Anti-Russia Think Tanks In US and Who Funds Them, zero hedge Authored by Bryan Macdonald via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity,” 

Countering Russia has become a lucrative industry in Washington. In recent years, the think tank business has exploded. But who funds these organizations, who works for them and what are the real agendas at play? 








“Founded: 1972 

What is it? Don’t be fooled by the name, the German Marshall Fund (GMF) is a very American body these days with little input from Berlin. It was founded by a donation from Willy Brandt’s Bonn-government to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Marshall Plan. Ironically, Brandt is today best remembered as the father of “Ostpolitik,” which sought a rapprochement between Germany and Russia. 

What does it do? After the fall of the Soviet Union, the GMF transformed into a vehicle promoting US influence in Eastern Europe, with outreaches in Warsaw, Belgrade and Bucharest.

However, in the past 12 months, it’s taken a very strange turn. Following the election of US President Donald Trump (ironically a German-American), the lobby group launched the Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD) project. Its centerpiece is the ‘Hamilton 68 Dashboard’, which seems to classify social media users which reject the US liberal elite’s consensus as “Russian trolls.” The reaction has been highly critical, with even the secretly-funded Russian opposition website Meduza asking “how do you identify ‘pro-Russian amplifiers’ if…themes dovetail with alternative American political views?” 

Who are its people? The GMF, especially through its new ASD plaything, has a high-profile bunch of lobbyists.

They include Toomas Ilves, an American-raised son of Estonian emigrants who once headed the Estonian desk at erstwhile CIA cut-out Radio Free Europe and eventually became president of Estonia. Also on board is Bill Kristol, known as the ‘architect of the Iraq War’ and former CIA Director Michael Morrell. Former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, who recently announced he was partially abandoning his Russian scholarship and has “lost interest in maintaining my (sic) ability to speak/write Russian is another team member. 

After serving on Obama’s team, McFaul has re-invented himself as a network TV personality since 2016 with 280,000 Twitter followers, 106,000 of which are fake, according to Twitter audit. 

Who pays for it? USAID [US taxpayers] are big backers, throwing in a seven-figure annual sum. This, of course, raises some questions about US taxpayers essentially funding the Hamilton 68 dashboard, which may be smearing Americans who don’t agree with their government’s policies as Russian agents. The State Department [US taxpayers] also ponies up capital, as does NATO and Latvia’s Defense Ministry. Other interesting paymasters are George Soros, Airbus and Google. While Boeing and the ubiquitous Raytheon are also involved.”

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Among comments to zero hedge article: 

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“totally. completely. legit.” 

SafelyGraze powow Wed, 07/18/2018 – 22:11 Permalink
hamilton68 is totally legit

“Its daily operations are led by Laura Rosenberger”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alliance_for_Securing_Democracy

“Members include Michael Chertoff” 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Chertoff#Early_life 

and commentator William Kristol”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Kristol#Early_life_and_education 

totally. completely. legit. 

and “Susan Glasser praised the group for its bipartisan approach to tracking Russian propaganda” 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Glasser#Biography”



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