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2153, 31 Oct 16

FBI: No Link Between Russia and Trump

Frankly, if Russia were trying to push Trump, I think they would be better at it.

FBI officials said their investigations have yet to find a connection between the GOP presidential nominee and Russia.

The bureau has been investigating the Russian government’s role in the U.S. presidential election. But the FBI believes that the country was likely trying to disrupt the overall race, and not trying boost Trump’s chance of getting elected.

The problem with many folks is that they think in a very limited scope. Putin doesn’t really care who the U.S. president is – especially in this case where both major candidates are likely to be friendly and incompetent in dealing with him. But disrupting the campaign as a whole makes a lot of sense for Russia.

First, it undermines the notion that a representative government is a legitimate government. For a man who has been consolidating power into his own hands for years, this helps with his opponents within Russia.

Second, Putin is a Cold Warrior. He wants to see Russia’s power increase in terms of being able to influence or outright control other countries. He has seen Russia’s power grow under a tepid and incompetent Obama (and Clinton) foreign policy. When other countries perceive America to be divided, chaotic, and weak, they are more likely to turn to Russia for support and protection.

I have no doubt that Russia has been instigating chaos in America for years. Such disruption has been a reliable and effective tool of the Communists for years. Why would they stop now?


2153, 31 October 2016


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