Russia

Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House

Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House:

These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history.“

Both of these statements are false.

The CIA didn’t say Saddam had WMD. That was the Bush 43 White house.

And his EC victory was the weakest since Bush 43 in 2000. It wasn’t a landslide.

Americans keep looking away from the election’s most alarming story

Americans keep looking away from the election’s most alarming story:

U.S. intelligence agencies determined that the Russian government actively interfered in our elections. Russian state propaganda gave little doubt that this was done to support Republican nominee Trump, who repeatedly praised Vladimir Putin and excused the Russian president’s foreign aggression and domestic repression. Most significantly, U.S. intelligence agencies have affirmed that the Russian government directed the illegal hacking of private email accounts of the Democratic National Committee and prominent individuals. The emails were then released by WikiLeaks, which has benefited financially from a Russian state propaganda arm, used Russian operatives for security and made clear an intent to harm the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.

This is so much worse than any of the Clinton email or Clinton Foundation stories. It should be investigated.

Americans keep looking away from the election’s most alarming story

Americans keep looking away from the election’s most alarming story:

Part of the Russian operation’s success is that we cannot measure the effect. Did the DNC emails depress the Sanders vote for Clinton? Did the Podesta emails turn off independents? Would voters have responded differently if major media had reported the email releases not as legitimate news but as an intelligence operation by a hostile foreign power aimed at undermining the integrity of U.S. elections? There are no clear answers. But there are certainties: The email operation increased negative stories about Clinton, fueled an immense propaganda attack and diminished coverage of actual issues. The large polling lead Clinton gained after the debates slipped significantly under this barrage of negativity — even before FBI Director James B. Comey’s bombshell.

Putin to Suspend Pact With NATO

The announcement, made in Mr. Putin’ s annual address to Parliament, underscored the Kremlin’ s anger at the United States for proposing a new missile defense system in Europe, which the Bush administration insists is meant to counter potential threats from North Korea and Iran.
Mr. Putin suggested that Russia would use its future compliance with the treaty as a bargaining point in that disagreement with the United States.
From Putin to Suspend Pact With NATO - New York Times

Then there is the kicker from Russia expert and SecState Rice.

These are treaty obligations, and everyone is expected to live up to treaty obligations.

Umm…like the anti-ballistic missile treaty we withdrew from so we could place the missile system there in the first place?