Friday, December 6, 2019
QOTD: Call To Arms
"I very reluctantly compare Trump’s continued dalliance with Putin to an imagined scenario after 9/11 in which then-President George W. Bush would have somehow forgiven Osama bin Laden for the deaths of more than 3,000 Americans on 9/11. That scenario is frankly impossible to comprehend knowing President Bush’s zeal to punish and destroy al- Qaeda, but it is in fact quite similar to what Trump has done with Putin. One may recall a May 2017 Oval Office meeting in which according to press accounts and the Mueller Report, Trump mocked former FBI Director James Comey and the Russia investigation in his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and former Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. To say this was inappropriate is an understatement. This was just the first of several high-level engagements, some with Putin himself, in which Trump’s coziness with the Russian leadership was on full display." -- retired CIA officer Marc Polymeropolous, writing at Just Security.org about the national security danger represented by Trump's affinity for Putin and Russia, and his rejection of intelligence that's critical of Russia. The whole piece is well worth a read, and lays out how the monster in the Oval Office is actively doing Moscow's work.