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Do You Believe Russia Paid Bounty to Taliban To Kill US Soldiers?   The Serious You: Politics

Started Jun-27 by BWArtist; 535 views.
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BWArtist

From: BWArtist 

Jun-27

MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad 

Jun-27

Very high degree of probability.

An operation to incentivize the killing of American and other NATO troops would be a significant and provocative escalation of what American and Afghan officials have said is Russian support for the Taliban, and it would be the first time the Russian spy unit was known to have orchestrated attacks on Western troops.

Any involvement with the Taliban that resulted in the deaths of American troops would also be a huge escalation of Russia’s so-called hybrid war against the United States, a strategy of destabilizing adversaries through a combination of such tactics as cyberattacks, the spread of fake news and covert and deniable military operations.

Officials developed a menu of potential options — starting with making a diplomatic complaint to Moscow and a demand that it stop, along with an escalating series of sanctions and other possible responses, but the White House has yet to authorize any step, the officials said.

Moreover, as Mr. Trump seeks re-election in November, he wants to strike a peace deal with the Taliban to end the Afghanistan war.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/26/us/politics/russia-afghanistan-bounties.html

Jeri (azpaints)

From: Jeri (azpaints) 

Jun-27

I haven't followed this story yet.

MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad 

Jun-29

Have you seen the newest development9 June 29)?

American officials provided a written briefing in late February to President Trump [bolding mine --MD] laying out their conclusion that a Russian military intelligence unit offered and paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan, two officials familiar with the matter said.

The investigation into the suspected Russian covert operation to incentivize such killings has focused in part on an April 2019 car bombing that killed three Marines as one such potential attack, according to multiple officials familiar with the matter.

The new information emerged as the White House tried on Monday to play down the intelligence assessment that Russia sought to encourage and reward killings — including reiterating a claim that Mr. Trump was never briefed about the matter  [bolding mine --MD] and portraying the conclusion as disputed and dubious. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/29/us/politics/russian-bounty-trump.html?auth=login-email&login=email

BWArtist

From: BWArtist 

Jun-30

We are about to witness  how our branches of government are going to deal with what's next. Are they going to work together or work to protect politics first?

Trump's taxes will explain a lot. Today we need to keep an eye on the Supreme Court.

MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad 

Jun-30

The Supreme Court is supposedly independent of the other branches of government; however, since it has been packed with ideologues, I would expect it to put politics first and the law a feeble second.  I speculate that we will never know Trump's tax records.

Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk 

Jun-30

Roberts votes with the liberals.

MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad 

Jun-30

Far too infrequently to be reliable.  He was appointed by George W. Bush and is still the ideologue in the majority of his decisions.  I should think this would be a unanimous decision to make the records public, but let's at least hope that Roberts votes to do so.

BWArtist

From: BWArtist 

Jul-1

If they vote to conceal those tax records it will be the death of my country's democracy. As good enough reason  to leave for my family's safety. Yet Trump has made it hard to leave . His inaction with the virus has messed that up too!

MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad 

Jul-1

I think this country's democracy has already been seriously damaged by the current administration's embrace of authoritarianism.  I think concealing the tax records would be just one more brick in that authoritarian wall, but not the last.  I'm concerned about his willingness to leave the White House after Biden wins.  What happens if he proposes to become a dictator in total defiance of our democratic voting process, claiming that the election was a fraud?  He's already set up conditions under which he can make that claim, and there might actually be some who believe him.  Let's hope it's one of the largest landslides in our nation's history and that Biden doesn't have to request the military physically remove him from office. 

He's definitely made it harder to leave the country, and he has at this point said nothing about the EU's decision.  I don't think we're anywhere near the peak of this pandemic.  Governors and mayors are going to have to take charge and do it soon, or, as Fauci suggests, we might hit 100,000 new cases a day with a soaring death rate.  Too many governors are shilly shallying around, waiting for leadership.

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