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From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJun-29 6:43 AM 
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Multiple news organizations confirm Russian cash-for-corpses bounties for murders of American soldiers

On the last day of February, the United States signed a preliminary agreement with the Taliban that was intended to bring to an end to two decades of conflict and U. S. military occupation in Afghanistan. However, despite an extended round of chest-thumping by Donald Trump,  it took only two days for that agreement to prove the weakest of weak tea, as violence resumed and the Taliban ordered its fighters right back into the fray. Since then, there has been attempts to negotiate a series of interim agreements that would build toward an actual working agreement, but the negotiations haven’t even seriously begun. Officially, the blame for that failure has been on COVID-19 and the pandemic that’s spread around the globe. But on Friday, The New York Times reported another reason why things might not be settling down: Russia paid bounties for militants to attack American forces.

Now The Washington Post has confirmed that story and provided additional details. That includes how Moscow’s bounties on American troops are intended to “muddy the negotiations on Afghanistan” and keep the United States involved in this long, costly, and distracting effort. Which leaves Russia free to attack Ukraine, romp through the Middle East, and generally have its way around the world—all while Donald Trump defends their actions and makes regular phone calls to Vladimir Putin.

As the earlier story made clear, Trump has known about Russia’s contract killing of American soldiers since at least March. That hasn’t prevented Trump from launching into an argument that Russia deserves to be re-admitted to the G7 and that Putin should be invited to the next meeting of the economic organization. Trump was on the phone with the Russian autocrat earlier this month to renew that invitation over the objections of both Canada and the U. K.

As has become all too typical, the White House provided no details on the call. However, the Kremlin did provide a readout to say that: Trump initiated the call, they talked about COVID-19 and some ventilators sent to Russia from the U. S., they talked about the oil market and their mutual desire to see higher prices, and they talked about Russia continuing to act as source of flights for the U. S. space program. What’s notably not on that list is any mention of Russia paying for the death of U. S. forces, or any warnings of retaliation, or even a request to stop.

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From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJun-29 6:49 AM 
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I keep thinking that Trump's latest blunder will be the one that gets rid of him, but as long as the GOP Senators who CAN do anything about it stand back and watch our country burn, nothing will happen and we just have to outvote his gullible followers in November.  In Trump's mind, he is THE greatest President ever, so his ego will never allow him to consider resigning.

I feel like we're back in the Watergate days when we kept hearing the question "what did he know and when did he know it?"

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From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJun-29 6:52 AM 
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‘He would have been briefed instantaneously’: WH veteran slams Trump’s comical BountyGate denials

David Gergen, who you probably know as an analyst for CNN, also served as an adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. So he knows how a (functional, anyway) administration operates.

And he’s calling extreeeeeeme bullshit on the Trump administration’s new claim that Donald Trump and Mike Pence were never briefed about the bounties Russia reportedly placed on our soldiers in Afghanistan:

CNN’s ANA CABRERA: “The White House is now denying the president was briefed on this, but if the New York Times‘ reporting is accurate, this would mean the president was briefed on this in late March. In early May he announced the U.S. had a great friendship with Russia. And later that same month, he reiterated his desire to invite Russia into the G-7. David, you have worked in four White Houses. Why wouldn’t a president have been briefed on intelligence like this?”


GERGEN: “He would have been — in every single White House that I’ve ever worked in, and every single White House I know anything about. This is very, very important information. It does affect the relationship with Russia. He would have been briefed instantaneously. It would have been in the materials sent in to him, and it would have been discussed with him. And I think Vice President Biden makes a very good point, what is raising so many objections on Capitol Hill is that this was in the same timeframe the president has extended an olive branch to Putin, inviting him to this G-7 meeting over the objections of Chancellor Merkel and others who do not want that to happen. The president stood up for him. So all of that suggests that this is a much more complicated story. What we’re possibly facing is that … the president was briefed but that he had reasons relating to his reelection and his relationship with Russia that he’s being very dovish about this.”

Wait, would the actual president of the United States stand idly by while our troops get slaughtered just so he can continue to get Vladimir Putin’s help in his reelection campaign? How could our president sacrifice the lives of our own citizens just to boost his electability?

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From: Brad (boresox)Jul-22 6:38 AM 
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Mark my words...Putin HAS got something on Trump!  I don't know if there is dirty dealings involving lots of cash, or if it's a porn video of Trump with Russian prostitutes, (maybe both!) but there has got to be a reason why Trump is licking Putin's blood stained boots.



From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJul-22 6:42 AM 
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I think that has been obvious for quite some time.  Another question - what does Trump have on the GOP Senators who are protecting him?

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  • Edited July 22, 2020 6:42 am  by  YWN666

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