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Collusion – You Keep Using That Word

Today we’re going to ask you to set aside any partisan politics and think a bit, then discuss this “collusion” intelligently (whether you agree or not; that’s the whole point of a discussion). Mad Duo

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Collusion – You Keep Using That Word

by Swingin’ Dick and Slim

“Former Obama CIA chief John Brennan, in testimony this week, offered no evidence of Trump campaign cooperation with Russian intelligence. Instead he spoke of CIA fears that Russia would try to recruit/blackmail/trick Trump colleagues into being witting or unwitting agents of influence.

This is a realistic fear of any incoming administration. It’s especially realistic in the case of an ‘outsider’ campaign full of naive, inexperienced and unvetted individuals. But it’s quite different from ‘collusion.’”

That’s from a recent Wall Street Journal article called The Trump-Russia Story Starts Making Sense, by Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., and it’s as troubling as it is insightful.

Especially if you’re willing to use a little thing we call critical thinking, even if you despise President Trump.

So we were chewing that article, debating the so-called “Russia-Trump connection” (you know, the way savvy action figures do), but weren’t exactly sure how to articulate our opinion of it. Then along comes our friend Eric Graves from Soldier Systems Daily and sums it upper perfectly.

“I am of very like mind with the author of this piece. We have leakers and a complicit press who are doing much to undermine our nation’s place on the international scene. There has been zero vetting of information. It’s just consumed and shared at face value, consequences be damned.”

We would actually go a set further and say that many people prefer to take it at face value. It’s hard work to verify, and besides — what if you flip the switch on your objectivity, do some research, and find something that doesn’t support what you want to believe?

“It’s times like this we are reminded how personally stupid are many people who make up the media.” Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.

Just as the author says, it sure seems like the Kremlin bet big on the willingness of U.S. intelligence agencies to leak — and on the American public’s willingness to swallow whatever is fed them (and not the good way, like Delilah Strong, either).

“Plenty of people in Washington could also afford to rethink how their partisan idiocy makes them soft touches for such Russian disruption efforts. That includes Rep. Adam Schiff, top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. It includes Mr. Trump too. Overdue is an inquiry into a possible Russian role in flogging the birther conspiracy and the 9/11 truther miasma. Mr. Trump, who loves a conspiracy theory, might consider how he and his ilk showed Russia a vulnerability in American political discourse that it could exploit.” (Jenkins)

Interestingly, just two days ago, in an interview with Megan Kelly, Putin made a point the following statement. Not surprisingly, it sounds disingenuous, but it’s certainly interesting.

Said Putin,

“Presidents come and go, and even the parties in power change, but the main political direction does not change…It wouldn’t make sense for us to interfere.”

You can read the WSJ article in its entirety right here. Share it around. See how many people are actually ready to read it before decrying the contents.

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5 Comments

  1. ahh yes the inevitable comments about Clinton and Obama and lets not forget Benghazi! Seriously let it go already and accept that just because someone is dead set against trump, that it is because they are pissed that Hillary lost. I am pissed she lost because we have been left with someone who is not up to the job in any form. Consider for a moment what trump says, does and how irrational he is overall. There was plenty of articles about Obama and mistakes etc but the comments here make it sound like nothing was investigated for the 8 years of his presidency (do some research if you dare and not breitbart). I voted for Obama and there were many many things I did not like or agree with but he was a sane rational man trying to do his best. The issues with trump and his lack of stability should be of utmost concern regardless of how you voted. Look at the facts as they are and not how you would like them to be. I voted for Hillary only because I had not other option because trump was not even a credible candidate.

    The fact remains that you should be upset about Russian hacks regardless of party and yes i read the article and I understand the point being made above and they are credible as are opinions in the NYT article. Unfortunatly the article above is a bit light on critical analysis but it raises some valid points that need to be explored. We do jump on these things too quickly perhaps and we could have been played by the Russians but has happened by all the leaks is to show the inability of the president to actually deal with things and show leadership not some pissy 5 year old attitude about how “they are being mean to me or it is fake news”.

    I do not expect the commenters above to immediately change and become trump critics but for God sake please do some research and make a rational fact based argument and provide a nuanced opinion. Let go of the “she covered up Benghazi and he was really Muslim and not even born here”. Please think things through.

    I suspect this will get deleted like other comments that I have made here that are critical of trump but if you do comment please do not embarrass yourself and just say “well well well Obama was bad also and you are just a unpatriotic shit head”. lol If you attempt to insult me at least put some effort into it. Seriously No Pain No Gain! lol I can take it and I love a spirited discussion, based on facts of course.

  2. Collusion? Between Russians and Americans? Best look at the Obama Admin, SecState Hillary Clinton, SecState John Kerry and the Obama Admin’s DeptJustice/DeptEnergy/DeptInterior. Two words, children. Uranium. One.

    Let Benghazi go, MSM does not give a shit about Obama’s collusion with muslim terrorists. Show the ties between Barri and a white man and they will give a fuck.

  3. As usual, it probably won’t be the initial actions taken, but rather the attempted cover up that’ll get you in trouble.

    1. You are correct! The cover up initiated by Barrack Hussein Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton and James Comey and Loretta Lynch is the trouble.

  4. I think there is another way to sum this up. Donald Trump was never supposed to win the Presidnecy. Hillary was just supposed to assume her rightful spot. Trump winning upset the establishments OODALOOP. The political establishment had no plan for him taking office. So now they are forced to fall back, re-assess, and re-attack. And that is something they had no plan for. They are trying everything possible to undermine him, until they come up with a strategy to re-elect one of their own. It seems as though the Russian story is the only one that’s sticking, so they’re running with it, despite no real evidence.