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Tue Jun 30, 2020, 08:32 PM

Susan Rice opinion piece in the NYT tonight: Why Does Trump Put Russia First?

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/30/opinion/trump-russia-afghanistan.html


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Contrary to the spin-masters in the White House today, I would not have waited until we had absolute certainty. I would have said, “Mr. President, I want to make sure you are aware that we have troubling reporting that Russia is paying the Taliban to kill our forces in Afghanistan. I will work with the intelligence community to ensure the information is solid. In the meantime, I will convene the national security team to get you some options for how to respond to this apparent major escalation in Russia’s hostile actions.”

If later the president decided, as Mr. Trump did, that he wanted to talk with President Vladimir Putin of Russia at least six times over the next several weeks and invite him to join the Group of 7 summit over the objections of our allies, I would have thrown a red flag: “Mr. President, I want to remind you that we believe the Russians are killing American soldiers. This is not the time to hand Putin an olive branch. It’s the time to punish him.”

This is what would have happened in any prior administration of either political party.

That it apparently did not is deeply troubling and raises myriad questions. If Mr. Trump was told about Russian actions, why did he not respond? If he was not told, why not? Are his top advisers utterly incompetent? Are they too scared to deliver bad news to Mr. Trump, particularly about Russia? Is Mr. Trump running a rogue foreign policy utterly divorced from U.S. national interests? If so, why?

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What must we conclude from all this? At best, our commander in chief is utterly derelict in his duties, presiding over a dangerously dysfunctional national security process that is putting our country and those who wear its uniform at great risk. At worst, the White House is being run by liars and wimps catering to a tyrannical president who is actively advancing our arch adversary’s nefarious interests.



Much more at the link. This is well worth reading in its entirety, and it should go viral.

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Reply Susan Rice opinion piece in the NYT tonight: Why Does Trump Put Russia First? (Original post)
highplainsdem Jun 2020 OP
dhill926 Jun 2020 #1
Arazi Jun 2020 #2
2naSalit Jun 2020 #3
tableturner Jun 2020 #4
Happyhippychick Jun 2020 #5
dalton99a Jun 2020 #6
Cha Jun 2020 #9
oasis Jun 2020 #7
Nevilledog Jun 2020 #8
Cha Jun 2020 #10
rusty fender Jul 2020 #11

Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 08:33 PM

1. seen her interviewed twice now...

very, very impressive...

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 08:36 PM

2. Big rec

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 08:42 PM

3. K&R

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 08:44 PM

4. The next VP of the USA.....eminently qualified.....

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 09:05 PM

5. Veep Rice

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 11:40 PM

6. Kick

A perilous pattern persists that underscores Mr. Trump’s strange propensity to serve Russian interests above America’s. Recall that, during his 2016 campaign, Mr. Trump publicly urged Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails and praised WikiLeaks for publishing stolen documents.

He denied and dismissed Russian interference in the 2016 election, then took Mr. Putin at his word at a Helsinki meeting while undercutting the U.S. intelligence community, and obstructed the Mueller investigation and distorted its findings. Mr. Trump recklessly removed U.S. troops from northern Syria and allowed Russian forces to take over American bases.

Next, Mr. Trump unilaterally invited Mr. Putin to attend the Group of 7 meeting, a move that apparently upended the organization’s annual summit. Subsequently, without any consultation, Mr. Trump announced his decision to remove nearly a third of U.S. troops from Germany — a sudden and inexplicable withdrawal that weakens the U.S.-German relationship and harms NATO, while benefiting Russia.

Most recently, we have learned that even Russian efforts to slaughter American troops in cold blood do not faze this president. Mr. Trump brushes off the information, evades responsibility and fails to take action — not even lodging a diplomatic protest. Now Mr. Putin knows he can kill Americans with impunity.

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 11:57 PM

9. Damn.. this should Go Viral!! TY dalton!

Most recently, we have learned that even Russian efforts to slaughter American troops in cold blood do not faze this president. Mr. Trump brushes off the information, evades responsibility and fails to take action — not even lodging a diplomatic protest. Now Mr. Putin knows he can kill Americans with impunity.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213680679#top

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 11:44 PM

7. "No Nonsense Susan" Rice would be solid pick for VP. nt

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 11:50 PM

8. Trump/Putin call summary since he was briefed on Russian Bounties

Posted this earlier, but it sank. Shows trump catering to Putin after being briefed

Great thread on events coinciding with trump calls to Putin

Thread unrolled

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1276871725578440707.htm

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 11:59 PM

10. TY, hpd.. Excellent from Susan Rice.. I bet Putin's

not liking all these Patriotic Americans speaking out against him.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 12:09 AM

11. I've read press accounts that national

security officials did draw up options for POTUS because he was briefed. So why is Rice buying into Trumpass’s narrative on this

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