24 June 2017

Another Bombshell

The Washington Post broke another Friday bombshell story yesterday (link here) with the exclusive revelation directly tying the 2016 American election hacking to none other than Vladamir Putin himself.

For anyone already paying attention, this was not a surprising revelation. The whole ongoing scandal had all the signs of classic Putin tradecraft but his fingerprints were lacking. No more. The only real surprise was that he wasn't able to completely cover his tracks.

This leaves us with the question of why. Part of the reason is because Putin is well documented for loathing and fearing Hillary Clinton. If he could tilt the scale to Donald Trump, he could settle an old score with Clinton for what he perceived as slights.

He also clearly thought Trump in the White House would be better for Russia. Trump has always spoke of the Russian near-dictator with fond and almost loving admiration, refusing to criticize him in any manner publicly.

This suggests Putin thought Trump would be weaker than Clinton and much more easily manipulated. The first disastrous five months of the Trump presidency have proven him correct, if that was his goal.

And last, but not by any means least, Putin saw it as a way to destabilize American democracy for the benefit of Russia. This is classic Putin style and he's done it before with other countries. The weaker the US becomes, the better for Putin.

Now Trumpers will tell you nothing is wrong with Russia, that it deserves to be our close ally. That, of course, is rubbish.

Putin is almost but not quite a dictator. Give him time. He openly persecutes LGBT citizens and others. Russia is not a free country. Critics are silenced or murdered. It's a kleptocracy and a thugocracy, not a democracy.

The way the Russian government is run is an anathema to the American government. Every single American, no matter your political beliefs, should be outraged that a near dictatorship wants to weaken this country.


  1. Anonymous04:16

    Esperamos ver pronto las consecuencias de todo esto.Amigo venezolano,Cucuta

  2. No surprise here: wasn't Putin at the head of the KGB in the past years..

    KGB means spying on USA and other democracies.

    For Putin being a dictator, he is ruling Russia as it. He get rid of his opponents in all ways: lately, he did arrest his main opponent for the presidency and put him to trial.

    For LGBT rights, well there are NO such rights in Russia: three years ago, I saw a TV reportage on how gay bashing in Russia is valued and those bullies are like heroes to the people.

    If you're gay in Russia, you must hide and be careful in public because of those bully squads that are chasing you.

    Is this the model of society that Trumpty Dumpty wants for USA today?

    Looking to his manner of lying to American people and hiding truth not easy to conclude that USA is under real danger for its democratic system.

    PS. Yesterday, I saw on TV a reportage of Nixon's Watergate story: Must admit that history is coming back in Washington BUT, Nixon had the decency to QUIT before the empeachement procedures had gone too far.
    Not sure Trumpty Dumpty is such intelligent to do it.. LOL!


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