Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Trump Is a Stooge of Putin

 

The Left has been calling Trump a traitor since his summit with Putin. It’s surprising they haven’t cited the abundance of evidence for this:

1. Energy: Putin depends heavily on energy exports. Trump has encouraged fracking, pipelines, and offshore drilling. These actions are increasing oil and gas production, which hurts Russia.

2. Iran: The nation is a de facto ally of Russia. Trump has withdrawn from Obama’s Iran agreement, reinstituted sanctions, and forced European companies to follow them. This hurts Russia’s ally and is further evidence that he’s Putin’s poodle.

3. Ukraine: Trump has begun shipping weapons to them whereas Obama generously shipped blankets. This support for the country attacked by Putin decisively proves that Trump is in league with Putin.

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  1. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    and encouraging NATO to double their military spending.

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    • July 23, 2018, at 6:10 PM PDT
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  2. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
    Douglas Pratt Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Worst. Stooge. Ever.

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    • July 23, 2018, at 6:12 PM PDT
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  3. Franco Member
    Franco Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    But he said after the next election he’ll have more flexibility…

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    • July 23, 2018, at 6:33 PM PDT
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  4. The Reticulator Member

    Who says the left doesn’t have legitimate concerns? Consider this, from Mary Anastasia O’Grady in today’s WSJ:

    When it comes to Russian expansionism in the Western Hemisphere and the Kremlin’s abysmal human-rights record, the American left mostly looks the other way.

    Democratic ballyhooing over Mr. Putin’s habit of jailing and sometimes killing his political and media opponents is especially rich. Russia’s longstanding ally Cuba has an even worse civil-liberties record. Yet when President Obama unconditionally reshaped U.S. policy to please Cuban dictator Raúl Castro, his party cheered. Mr. Obama even trotted off to a baseball game in Havana with the Cuban mob boss. Democrats cheered some more.

    Advocates of the Obama Cuba policy argue that Havana poses no threat to U.S. interests. But if regional security, stability and economic growth matter, that is demonstrably false. Sixty years after Castro came to power, Cuba, with strong backing from the Kremlin, still underwrites tyranny in Central and South America….

    Outside help for intelligence-gathering, paramilitary training and weaponry also comes from beyond Latin America. Clearly, some of it comes directly or indirectly from Moscow. Around 2005, Mr. Putin began rekindling Russia’s warm economic and military relations with Cuba. He also has re-engaged with Nicaragua.

    As I noted in a July 8 column, the Interior Ministry of Russia recently completed a multistory “Police Training” center in Managua. Mr. Ortega says it is for counternarcotics work. That’s laughable given Russia’s closeness with narco-states such as Venezuela. A more likely purpose is repressing dissidents so Mr. Ortega can retain power.

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    • July 23, 2018, at 7:04 PM PDT
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  5. JoelB Member

    @thereticulator Russia does not seem to have nearly as strong a presence in the civilian affairs of Cuba as in the days of the Soviet Union. If there is strong Russian support and underwriting of mischief in Latin America, it is invisible in Cuba. It certainly gives the appearance that Cuba is no threat. If there are significant clandestine operations going on through Cuba I hope that U.S. Intelligence is aware of them, but recent events have left me wondering whether the “intelligence community” in the U.S. is so politicized as to be nearly useless.

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    • July 23, 2018, at 7:32 PM PDT
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  6. Profile Photo Member

    The Reticulator (View Comment):
    Advocates of the Obama Cuba policy argue that Havana poses no threat to U.S. interests. But if regional security, stability and economic growth matter, that is demonstrably false.

    Cuba has provided the muscle that keeps Maduro, and kept Chavez, in power in Venezuela. They were the staging area for Nicaragua and the Sandanistas. Democrats opposed Reagan’s attempts to oppose Ortega. Chris Dodd and many of his fellow Democrats tried to block Reagan and forced him into subterfuges that ended up with “Iran-Contra.”

    The Russia hysteria is a complete fraud. The Russians did not provide the DNC emails to Wikileaks. It was an inside job. That is what Trump tried to say in that press conference that has the left in hysterics and which the public is ignoring in spite of them,

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    • July 23, 2018, at 7:41 PM PDT
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  7. Profile Photo Member

    JoelB (View Comment):
    ecent events have left me wondering whether the “intelligence community” in the U.S. is so politicized as to be nearly useless.

    I think that is true and we should go back to something like the Church Committee.

    https://nsarchive2.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB522-Church-Committee-Faced-White-House-Attempts-to-Curb-CIA-Probe/

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    • July 23, 2018, at 7:43 PM PDT
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  8. The Reticulator Member

    JoelB (View Comment):

    @thereticulator Russia does not seem to have nearly as strong a presence in the civilian affairs of Cuba as in the days of the Soviet Union. If there is strong Russian support and underwriting of mischief in Latin America, it is invisible in Cuba. It certainly gives the appearance that Cuba is no threat. If there are significant clandestine operations going on through Cuba I hope that U.S. Intelligence is aware of them, but recent events have left me wondering whether the “intelligence community” in the U.S. is so politicized as to be nearly useless.

    O’Grady’s article is more about Nicaragua than Cuba, but she does say this: “Around 2005, Mr. Putin began rekindling Russia’s warm economic and military relations with Cuba.” There are no more specifics than that, but then again, we have very little to go on when talking about the Russia-Trump connection, so the standards of evidence are pretty low.

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    • July 23, 2018, at 8:01 PM PDT
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  9. Doug Watt Moderator

    I don’t believe the Russian economy will support foreign aid projects. That doesn’t mean they cannot provide arms, or engage in military mischief. Russia has been supplying small arms to the Taliban in Afghanistan. Their Ukrainian invasion, and neutral observers consider it a war between the Russian Federation and Ukraine, has killed 10,300+ Ukrainians.

    The Russians have flown airstrikes in Syria that target schools, and have used bunker-buster type bombs to destroy hospitals in Syria. The Israelis are flying bombing missions against Iranian forces in Syria, and this will probably fracture the Russian- Iranian relationship in Syria. The Russian Air Force is no match for the Israeli Air Force. Netanyahu has told the Russians they may stay, but Iranian forces must leave. The Israeli Air Force flies over Syria with impunity to include bombing, and missile strikes in, and around Damascus.

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    • July 23, 2018, at 9:29 PM PDT
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  10. The Reticulator Member

    Doug Watt (View Comment):
    I don’t believe the Russian economy will support foreign aid projects.

    Maybe not big foreign aid projects. But O’Grady’s column article mentions this:

    As I noted in a July 8 column, the Interior Ministry of Russia recently completed a multistory “Police Training” center in Managua. Mr. Ortega says it is for counternarcotics work. That’s laughable given Russia’s closeness with narco-states such as Venezuela. A more likely purpose is repressing dissidents so Mr. Ortega can retain power.

     

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    • July 23, 2018, at 10:22 PM PDT
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  11. Doug Watt Moderator

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Doug Watt (View Comment):
    I don’t believe the Russian economy will support foreign aid projects.

    Maybe not big foreign aid projects. But O’Grady’s column article mentions this:

    As I noted in a July 8 column, the Interior Ministry of Russia recently completed a multistory “Police Training” center in Managua. Mr. Ortega says it is for counternarcotics work. That’s laughable given Russia’s closeness with narco-states such as Venezuela. A more likely purpose is repressing dissidents so Mr. Ortega can retain power.

    This is true, 300 dissidents have been killed by Ortega paramilitary supporters. One Catholic bishop that was detained at an Ortega paramilitary roadblock had to seek refuge in a house after he bailed out of his car as they started shooting-up his car.

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    • July 23, 2018, at 10:59 PM PDT
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  12. I Walton Member

    JoelB (View Comment):

    @thereticulator Russia does not seem to have nearly as strong a presence in the civilian affairs of Cuba as in the days of the Soviet Union. If there is strong Russian support and underwriting of mischief in Latin America, it is invisible in Cuba. It certainly gives the appearance that Cuba is no threat. If there are significant clandestine operations going on through Cuba I hope that U.S. Intelligence is aware of them, but recent events have left me wondering whether the “intelligence community” in the U.S. is so politicized as to be nearly useless.

    We’d have to look at Russian criminal gangs involved in Cuba’s drug trade with Venezuela and points north.

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    • July 24, 2018, at 4:02 AM PDT
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  13. Front Seat Cat Member

    I love it when he does all that, then says on camera very casually…I would like to be friends – it would be good to be friends – I don’t know if we’ll be friends – I don’t know the guy, but we’ll see….if we can be friends…..kind of like Mr. Rogers neighborhood, only the neighborhood is locked and loaded…

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    • July 24, 2018, at 6:54 AM PDT
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  14. Bob Thompson Member

    JoelB (View Comment):

    @thereticulator Russia does not seem to have nearly as strong a presence in the civilian affairs of Cuba as in the days of the Soviet Union. If there is strong Russian support and underwriting of mischief in Latin America, it is invisible in Cuba. It certainly gives the appearance that Cuba is no threat. If there are significant clandestine operations going on through Cuba I hope that U.S. Intelligence is aware of them, but recent events have left me wondering whether the “intelligence community” in the U.S. is so politicized as to be nearly useless.

    Attention should be directed to our failed ‘intelligence community’ instead of this misplaced emphasis on a weak Russian state. The Rand Paul initiative encouraging the POTUS to revoke the security clearances of the former Democrat political intelligence agency appointees may give this a boost. The recently renewed attention to the long-standing effort by those worried by the revealing of the truth by Julian Assange may also help. Remember how the truth about Hillary Clinton’s activities became public. The effort to uncover Deep State abuse within the intelligence community is one of the few endeavors that is nonpartisan today.

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    • July 24, 2018, at 7:07 AM PDT
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  15. Misthiocracy held his nose and Member
    Misthiocracy held his nose and Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Maybe the Russian officials and oligarchs that the Trump administration hit with sanctions in April were all enemies of Putin?

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/trump-hits-17-russian-officials-7-oligarchs-with-sanctions

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    • July 24, 2018, at 1:29 PM PDT
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