At last! All is revealed!

This is from Mother Jones today:

The other side—the accurate perspective—isn’t that complicated. In 2016, Vladimir Putin’s regime mounted information warfare against the United States, in part to help Trump become president. While this attack was underway, the Trump crew tried to collude covertly with Moscow, sought to set up a secret communications channel with Putin’s office, and repeatedly denied in public that this assault was happening, providing cover to the Russian operation. Trump and his lieutenants aligned themselves with and assisted a foreign adversary, as it was attacking the United States. The evidence is rock-solid: They committed a profound act of betrayal. That is the scandal.

 

It reads well until you parse it:

  • Vladimir Putin’s regime mounted information warfare against the United States, in part to help Trump become president

I assume this is true; Putin is a troublemaker. So far he has made huge gains in distrust among US political actors for a trivial investment of resources.

  • While this attack was underway, the Trump crew tried to collude covertly with Moscow,

As if the Trump team knew in relevant time about some Russian hackers buying ads on Facebook, and as if it mattered in the billion dollar ad campaign that Hillary and her allies waged.

  • sought to set up a secret communications channel with Putin’s office

All diplomatic communications are meant to be secret, especially when one is in power. Setting up communications channels with important foreign powers is standard operating procedure in a US presidential campaign. A giant “so what?”.

  • repeatedly denied in public that this assault was happening, providing cover to the Russian operation

What assault? Money spent by Russian hackers on advertizing on Facebook?  Or the theft of the Democratic emails? How was Trump’s team supposed to know specifics, let alone generalities? Assumes facts not in evidence.

  • Trump and his lieutenants aligned themselves with and assisted a foreign adversary, as it was attacking the United States.

Seeking to establish more normal relations with Putin is no more “aligning” than Obama’s coming to a deal with Iran on nukes was an alignment with radical Shia Islam. Agreements and attempts to reach them might be mistaken, but it is not treasonous in any  sense of the word to seek channels of communications with allies and enemies. It is the business of international relations.

The author of the piece, David Corn,  bemoans the lack of senior Democratic representatives engaging with the Republicans on this issue in its full seriousness. It is likely that senior Democratic politicians understand that the whole issue is piffle but are willing to use it to spread uncertainty and doubt, but even they are coming to see it is futile

Corn is the Mother Jones  Washington Bureau Chief and a correspondent for MSNBC.

old white guy

anyone with even a tiny mind understands what is happening. the democrats made up a fake dossier and there is more than adequate proof of this, the rest is kabuki.

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