Russia paid a bounty on American soldiers, Trump did nothing (but he did reward Putin)

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Donald Trump is a classic textbook example of psychological projection. When Donald Trump accuses someone of something, you should understand that it is a subconscious expression of his own guilty conscience.

Donald Trump recklessly accuses his political opponents and critics of “treason” all the time. The president who cries ‘treason’: According to a Washington Post analysis, Trump has accused no fewer than 12 people and entities of treason over the past three years.

Trump has floated treason allegations against:

Trump doesn’t seem to understand what ‘treason’ means: “It doesn’t mean being disloyal to the president. And it certainly would not apply to any actions against a private citizen, which Donald Trump was as a candidate for president.”

This is psychological projection of his own subconscious guilt of having colluded with a hostile foreign power, Putin’s Russian, to win the 2016 election. As The Moscow Project documents:

A total of 272 contacts between Trump’s team and Russia-linked operatives have been identified, including at least 38 meetings. And we know that at least 33 high-ranking campaign officials and Trump advisers were aware of contacts with Russia-linked operatives during the campaign and transition, including Trump himself. None of these contacts were ever reported to the proper authorities. Instead, the Trump team tried to cover up every single one of them.

Beyond the many lies the Trump team told to the American people, Mueller himself repeatedly remarked on how far the Trump team was willing to go to hide their Russian contacts, stating, “the investigation established that several individuals affiliated with the Trump Campaign lied to the Office, and to Congress, about their interactions with Russian-affiliated individuals and related matters. Those lies materially impaired the investigation of Russian election interference.”

What Russia and the Trump campaign waged against the United States was a cyber war, but this has not yet been recognized as an act of “war” per se for which one can commit treason by siding with a hostile foreign power under the Constitution. Under outdated court precedents, it requires a declared war.

Even before being elected president, Donald Trump has regularly and consistently shown subservience to Vladimir Putin. He cannot bring himself to say a harsh word about Vladimir Putin, and he has sided with Putin in his denials of interfering in the 2016 election to aid his campaign over the unanimous conclusion of the U.S. Intelligence Community and the investigations of both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.

Trump’s obeisance to Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki Summit in 2018 in which he contradicted his own intelligence agencies and sided with Vladimir Putin – “President Putin says it’s not Russia. I don’t see any reason why it would be” – raised serious doubts about his loyalties. Trump sides with Russia against FBI at Helsinki summit. Trump’s fervent defense of Russia’s military and cyber aggression around the world, and its violation of international law in Ukraine, at the G-7 Summit in Biarritz, France in 2019 should have removed any remaining doubt. US spies say Trump’s G7 performance suggests he’s either a ‘Russian asset’ or a ‘useful idiot’ for Putin.

Now the New York Times today reports, Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops, Intelligence Says:

American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops — amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there, according to officials briefed on the matter.

The United States concluded months ago that the Russian unit, which has been linked to assassination attempts and other covert operations in Europe intended to destabilize the West or take revenge on turncoats, had covertly offered rewards for successful attacks last year.

Islamist militants, or armed criminal elements closely associated with them, are believed to have collected some bounty money, the officials said. Twenty Americans were killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2019, but it was not clear which killings were under suspicion.

The intelligence finding was briefed to President Trump, and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in late March, the officials said. Officials developed a menu of potential options — starting with making a diplomatic complaint to Moscow and a demand that it stop, along with an escalating series of sanctions and other possible responses, but the White House has yet to authorize any step, the officials said.

What Trump did do on June 1st, in a call first read out by the Kremlin, was to invite Vladimir to the G-7 Summit the U.S. was to host this year in yet another bid to get the G-7 to readmit Russia after being kicked out in 2014 for its hostile annexation of Crimea and invasion of Ukraine. Trump and Putin Discuss Russia’s Attendance at G7, but Allies Are Wary:

President Trump and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia spoke by telephone on Monday, two days after Mr. Trump said he would invite Mr. Putin to attend a Group of 7 summit in the United States in September, the latest instance of a renewed round of personal diplomacy between the two leaders this year.

Hours after the Kremlin first described the call on its website, the White House released a statement saying that the men had discussed “the latest efforts to defeat the coronavirus pandemic and reopen global economies” and “progress toward convening the G7.” A largely similar Kremlin readout said Mr. Trump had initiated the call, and a senior White House official said Mr. Trump had extended a personal invitation to Mr. Putin to attend the gathering, which the president will host.

Any involvement with the Taliban that resulted in the deaths of American troops would also be a huge escalation of Russia’s so-called hybrid war against the United States, a strategy of destabilizing adversaries through a combination of such tactics as cyberattacks, the spread of fake news and covert and deniable military operations.

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The officials familiar with the intelligence did not explain the White House delay in deciding how to respond to the intelligence about Russia.

While some of his closest advisers, like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have counseled more hawkish policies toward Russia, Mr. Trump has adopted an accommodating stance toward Moscow.

At a summit in 2018 in Helsinki, Finland, Mr. Trump strongly suggested that he believed Mr. Putin’s denial that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 presidential election, despite broad agreement within the American intelligence establishment that it did. Mr. Trump criticized a bill imposing sanctions on Russia when he signed it into law after Congress passed it by veto-proof majorities. And he has repeatedly made statements that undermined the NATO alliance as a bulwark against Russian aggression in Europe.

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While officials were said to be confident about the intelligence that Russian operatives offered and paid bounties to Afghan militants for killing Americans, they have greater uncertainty about how high in the Russian government the covert operation was authorized and what its aim may be.

Hint: Nothing like this happens without Vladimir Putin’s knowledge and prior approval.

Some officials have theorized that the Russians may be seeking revenge on NATO forces for a 2018 battle in Syria in which the American military killed several hundred pro-Syrian forces, including numerous Russian mercenaries, as they advanced on an American outpost. Officials have also suggested that the Russians may have been trying to derail peace talks to keep the United States bogged down in Afghanistan. But the motivation remains murky.

The officials briefed on the matter said the government had assessed the operation to be the handiwork of Unit 29155, an arm of Russia’s military intelligence agency, known widely as the G.R.U. The unit is linked to the March 2018 nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury, England, of Sergei Skripal, a former G.R.U. officer who had worked for British intelligence and then defected, and his daughter.

Western intelligence officials say the unit, which has operated for more than a decade, has been charged by the Kremlin with carrying out a campaign to destabilize the West through subversion, sabotage and assassination. In addition to the 2018 poisoning, the unit was behind an attempted coup in Montenegro in 2016 and the poisoning of an arms manufacturer in Bulgaria a year earlier.

American intelligence officials say the G.R.U. was at the center of Moscow’s covert efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. In the months before that election, American officials say, two G.R.U. cyberunits, known as 26165 and 74455, hacked into Democratic Party servers and then used WikiLeaks to publish embarrassing internal communications.

In part because those efforts were aimed at helping tilt the election in Mr. Trump’s favor, his handling of issues related to Russia and Mr. Putin has come under particular scrutiny. The special counsel investigation found that the Trump campaign welcomed Russia’s intervention and expected to benefit from it, but found insufficient evidence to establish that his associates had engaged in any criminal conspiracy with Moscow.

Operations involving Unit 29155 tend to be much more violent than those involving the cyberunits. Its officers are often decorated military veterans with years of service, in some cases dating to the Soviet Union’s failed war in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Never before has the unit been accused of orchestrating attacks on Western soldiers, but officials briefed on its operations say it has been active in Afghanistan for many years.

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The disclosure comes at a time when Mr. Trump has said he would invite Mr. Putin to an expanded meeting of the Group of 7 nations, but tensions between American and Russian militaries are running high.

In several recent episodes, in international territory and airspace from off the coast of Alaska to the Black and Mediterranean Seas, combat planes from each country have scrambled to intercept military aircraft from the other.

Review: Russia put a bounty on the heads of American soldiers in Afghanistan, and 20 American soldiers are now dead. Trump was briefed on this act of war months ago and has done nothing — except to reward Vladimir Putin with an invitation to the G-7 Summit in a bid to get Russia readmitted, and to reduce U.S. military commitments to NATO in Germany. Trump undermines NATO in gift to his puppet master Putin. We are in an undeclared war with Russia — cyber, hybrid, asymmetrical, call it whatever you want — and Donald Trump is giving aid and comfort to the enemy. This is treason, even if this is not a declared war (this is an outdated limitation on treason since the U.S. has not declared a war since World War II, yet we have engaged in multiple military conflicts).

UPDATE: Sources confirmed the Times story to The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and CNN.

Raw Story reports, #TraitorTrump and ‘TRE45ON’ trend nationwide as outrage grows: ‘The biggest scandal Trump has faced’:

President Donald Trump was greeted with outrage on Twitter after returning to the White House from a day of golfing.

The hashtags #TraitorTrump, #TrumpTreason and #TraitorInChief all trended nationwide on Twitter on Saturday. The phrase “TRE45ON” also trended, with the letters “a” and “s” replaced by the number 45, as Trump is America’s forty-fifth president.

Here’s some of the commentary on the bombshell New York Timesreport that Russia put bounties on US troops in Afghanistan — and Trump did nothing in response:

https://twitter.com/kelly2277/status/1276981342237003777?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1276981342237003777&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rawstory.com%2F2020%2F06%2Ftraitortrump-and-tre45on-trend-nationwide-as-outrage-grows-the-biggest-scandal-trump-has-faced%2F




3 COMMENTS

  1. Way to support our troops Benedict Donald! Will our “strong on national security” Republican Senators have anything to say about this or plead ignorance, say they’re heading to lunch or accuse the questioning journalist of being “just a liberal hack”?

    • Trump dragged West Point grads to his photo op and saluted them all while knowing there was a price on their heads by his boyfriend Putin.

      He wanted Putin back in the G7, knowing Putin was paying Taliban to kill American soldiers.

      Don’t let up on this one, no more of the Teflon Don BS, this exposes him to his base for who he really is.

      The White House is saying he and Pence didn’t know, okay, let’s see what Trump does now that he does know.

      • It never ceases to amaze that the press gets befuddled by a politicians “teflon” when they’re the ones who award it in the first place. Usually by consciously turning a blind eye towards said politicians improper behavior.

        Justice would best be served by Benedict Donald spending the rest of his life doing hard time in Leavenworth.

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