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Have little doubt that there is a PDB given to Trump about Russian bounties in Afghanistan

But bounty or not, Russian bounties do not appear to have had any impact.

Isn't this (financial support to proxies) business as usual and something the USA does as well?

That said I do not dismiss Trump ignoring intelligence and sniffing Putin's anus.

But the fatality facts are:

U.S. fatalities by month in only Afghanistan according to iCasualties.org
Year J F M A M J J A S O N D Total
2001 2 2 3 7
2002 10 1 9 4 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 30
2003 4 1 8 2 1 2 1 4 1 3 6 0 33
2004 9 2 3 1 8 4 2 3 4 5 7 1 49
2005 2 1 5 18 4 26 2 15 11 4 2 3 93
2006 1 7 7 1 11 18 9 10 6 10 7 1 88
2007 0 12 3 8 11 12 13 18 8 9 11 6 111
2008 7 1 7 5 16 28 20 22 27 16 1 3 153
2009 14 15 13 6 12 24 44 51 37 59 17 18 310
2010 30 31 24 19 34 60 65 55 42 60 53 33 496
2011 24 18 29 46 35 47 37 70 42 31 18 15 412
2012 26 10 18 34 39 29 41 39 19 17 16 13 301
2013 3 1 15 13 19 17 11 11 8 9 3 10 120
2014 7 6 0 4 4 13 3 5 5 2 3 3 54
2015 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 3 1 8 0 6 22
2016 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 4 1 14
2017 0 0 1 3 0 3 1 3 2 1 2 1 17
2018 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 2 1 5 2 15
2019 2 0 2 3 2 2 3 3 2 0 2 1 22
2020 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_casualties_in_the_War_in_Afghanistan

What I suggest is permanently for everyone.

We have moved into a post-full employment economy.

The distribution of income and wealth has become so skewed that our capitalism has become unjust and unstable.

Don't think many international trips are in the plans of most Americans in the immediate future.

Maybe if too much income you should pay more taxes?

One would think a functional thriving society able to withstand down periods is a worthy national goal.

At a time when 'full employment" is no longer necessary or even workable,

establishing a permanent livable guaranteed federal income is a good thing and there is no time like the present.

In the cases of catastrophe (war, pandemic, et al), there would not be the economic disruption we now endure (and that will get worse).

Such payments would not be socialism but rather can be phrased as well-regulated and stabilized capitalism.

What if the GOP dumps Trump (and Pence) at the GOP convention?

The GOP convention is scheduled for 8/24 to 8/27/20.

Some halfway normal candidate without perceived huge Trump ties or bull goose loony craziness is selected say Nikki Haley?

Who else could be a replacement GOP candidate?

Then the Lincoln Project (who we should not trust) pivots to the new GOP candidate and the GOP takes credit for removing Trump.

Trump steps down and is pardoned by Pence who serves out the end of the Trump POTUS but also removes himself from the 2020 ticket.

Trump is blamed for mismanaging the pandemic. The Democratic Party is blamed for everything else.

I think we should be prepared for something like a replacement for Trump happening, a fresh face to most voters.

Also these never Trump GOP ala the Lincoln Project are not pals of the Democratic Party but GOP looking to position themselves for opportunity and political survival.
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