Watch the Trump/Russian story carefully. The Trump cover-up is beginning to unravel. Just as a tiny hole in a dam gets larger and larger, the leaks and the story will soon change from drips to a gusher.
What we know for sure. U.S. intelligence agencies say there is no doubt that Russia interfered with the recent U.S. Presidential election and that certain Trump campaign officials were talking with Russian officials. They also say that in the Russian system under Putin almost all officials have some connection to Russian intelligence. Those two points, despite Trump administration efforts to deny their importance, are pretty well established.
The story, though, goes beyond Mike Flynn’s conversations with Russian operatives and Paul Manafort’s arrangement with the Russia Friendly government of the neighboring Ukraine. It goes directly to the President of the United States and his unusual if not unexplainable defense of Vladimir Putin and his refusal to condemn Russian aggression. Not only does he refuse to condemn the Russians and their illegal military interventions, he has suggested that the United States is no better.
Mr. Trump twists the truth so many ways one’s head feels as though it will explode. He announced yesterday that Mike Flynn was asked to resign because he couldn’t trust him anymore, in other words, Flynn was fired. Today he said Flynn was treated unfairly by the media. If it was unfair media treatment why did Trump fire him? The fact is that Michael Flynn is a loose cannon who has made a habit out of getting fired by a President. President Obama fired Flynn as the head of the Defense Intelligence agency in 2014 for insubordination. It is apparent that the former three-star General just can’t control his mouth or, as my second-grade teacher would say, “He doesn’t play well with the other children.”
With those few facts in mind, you can be assured that the major news organizations in the United States and the world are making every effort to get to the truth. This story could likely be one of historic proportions perhaps rising to the level of treasonous activity by some.
The Republican Congress should appoint a special prosecutor, but Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have already put a damper on that move, they don’t even think an investigation of any kind is necessary. So, a special prosecutor is out of the question for now, but that doesn’t mean the story is ended. To the contrary, it is just beginning.
Slowly but with increasing frequency, we will see more stories. History tells us that the more government hunkers down and covers up, the more determined the media become and the more we will see new and bigger leaks. Mr. Trump and his team seem to think the public will swallow his, “The media are to blame for everything,” strategy. The media did not make up the Mike Flynn story, they didn’t invent Paul Manafort’s relationship with the Ukraine and they certainly didn’t make up hundreds of Trump quotes supporting the Russian dictator. Here’s just a sampling of the President’s attitude toward Russia and Vladimir Putin. One could easily argue that there’s a definite pattern to Trump’s verbalized thoughts about Putin.
- During the campaign, America’s future President encouraged Russian hacking and interference in the election. “I will tell you this, Russia: If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” the Republican nominee said at a news conference in Florida. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
- He also refused to call on Putin to stay out of the election, “I’m not going to tell Putin what to do. Why would I tell him what to do?”
- “Look at Putin — what he’s doing with Russia — I mean, you know, what’s going on over there. I mean this guy has done — whether you like him or don’t like him — he’s doing a great job in rebuilding the image of Russia and also rebuilding Russia period.”
- “Putin has big plans for Russia. He wants to edge out its neighbors so that Russia can dominate oil supplies to all of Europe,” Trump said. “Hats off to the Russians.”
- “I think I’d get along very well with Vladimir Putin. I just think so,” Trump said
- Donald Trump issued a statement after Putin praised the real estate mogul as a “talented person” and “the absolute leader of the presidential race.” “It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond,” Trump said in a statement.
- Trump defends against allegations Putin has ordered the killing of journalists “He’s running his country and at least he’s a leader, unlike what we have in this country. I think our country does plenty of killing also.”
- “I have no relationship with him other than he called me a genius. He said Donald Trump is a genius and he is going to be the leader of the party and he’s going to be the leader of the world or something,” Trump said, embellishing Putin’s praise.
- “Why do I have to get tough on Putin? I don’t know anything other than that he doesn’t respect our country,” Trump said.
Because of Trump’s attitude toward Putin and Russia, some people are questioning whether Russia is really an enemy. Well, history is quite clear and the Russians are going to have to prove their friendly intentions if in fact they really have them. I won’t go into great detail but the next time a Trump supporter says Russia isn’t our enemy keep the following information nearby for reference.
Since the 1917 revolution that overthrew the Czars, Russia has been an enemy of the United States. While we wound up on the same side in World War ll it was for expedience sake on the part of the Russians. We tend to forget that Russia had a treaty with Hitler in opposition to the allies. We wound up on the same side when Hitler broke the treaty and invaded Russia. Other than defending itself, the Russians were not involved in any allied offensive operations during the entire war. The Russians were fighting to save Russia and might have failed had it not been for massive armaments aid from the United States. Japan surrendered on August 15, 1945. Russia joined the war in the Pacific on August 9th.
Following the war, Josef Stalin decided that Russia needed “Buffer states” to protect it from future invasions so slowly the Russians began to expand their sphere of influence, thus shielding mother Russia from ground invasions.
The Soviet union began a string of anti-American moves that were unprecedented in world history. It began with the expansionism of the buffer states. then Stalin sealed off Berlin, Germany which had been divided into four zones; Russian, French, English and American. Sealed off in June of 1948 the allies airlifted coal, food, and water to Berliners that were hemmed in by the Soviets. The flights ran around the clock every day, all day and all night until Stalin finally lifted the blockade in May of 1949.
On August 13 of 1961 the East German Government, a puppet of the Soviets, started construction of the Berlin wall. Sealing in Germans who were trying to leave the oppressive rule of the Soviets. The wall stood until November of 1989. In the meantime, the Soviets supported the forces of North Korea in the Korean war and of Hanoi and the Viet Cong during the Vietnam war.
The U.S. and Russia almost went to war in 1962 when the Russians placed ballistic missiles in Cuba aimed at American targets. The showdown between the two nations ended when President John Kennedy ordered the American Navy to stop, board and search Russian ships approaching Cuba. Russian Premier Nikita Kruschev finally realized the U.S. wasn’t going to back down and ordered the missiles removed from Cuba.
With all of this in mind, there is no wonder that a large number of people are very concerned about the Trump Administration involvement with Russia. The few things we know for sure are not comforting.
It could very well be that all of this is a lot of hullabaloo about nothing. Only a complete and thorough investigation will tell us for sure. In the meantime, remember this Watergate started with a botched burglary. Look at what resulted.
- President Nixon resigned
- 40 government officials were indicted or jailed
- H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman (White House staff), resigned 30 April 1973, subsequently jailed
- John Dean (White House legal counsel), sacked 30 April 1973, subsequently jailed
- John Mitchell, Attorney-General and Chairman of the Committee to Re-elect the President (CREEP), jailed
- Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy (ex-White House staff), planned the Watergate break-in, both jailed
- Charles Colson, special counsel to the President, jailed
- James McCord (Security Director of CREEP), jailed
Keep your eyes and ears open and stay tuned.