Nearly six months ago, I wrote an article called The Truth about Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, in which I postulated that the reason President Trump was so unwilling to savage Vladimir Putin publicly was that he wanted a true Russian reset so that we could work together on issues such as terrorism and trade. In the six months since, we’ve seen a continuation of the processes I outlined, with the two men being reasonably conciliatory toward one another, at least in public. The process that began during the 2016 presidential campaign culminated this past week at the Summit in Helsinki, Finland. Yet again, President Trump refused to take on a hostile tone with Putin, and this time it unleashed a torrent of criticism from both sides, including absurd references to “Pearl Harbor,” “treason,” “blackmail,” and all manner of volcanic tirades.
What is not happening amidst the furor is any kind of serious analysis, most notably even from the pro-Trump side. No one seems to be able to explain in any coherent manner why the President of the United States is so kind to Vladimir Putin, even appearing to take his side on the hacking issue. For the left, this is clear evidence that Putin has blackmail information on the President, even though they can’t prove or explain what that might be. Even in my previous article, I only gave a cursory examination of what President Trump and America stood to gain in a relationship with Russia. I and a few others have mentioned nuclear proliferation, North Korea, world peace, and Syria, but I have come to believe there is another, more profound level strategy being executed by the President:
Halting Chinese domination.
Every serious economic analyst on the planet projects that China will surpass the United States as the world’s largest economy by 2030, and by some metrics (PPP) has already flown by us. In addition, we have seen China get away with far worse cyber and trade activity than even Russia. Let’s look at the malign activity China has been engaged in for the past few years:
1. Stealing Nuclear and ICBM missile technology.
2. Stealing 34 major company’s intellectual property.
3. Espionage on American media outlets.
4. Killed or arrested 18-20 CIA operatives.
5. Stealing military information such as the F-35, Submarines, Patriot and THAAD batteries.
6. Currency manipulation.
7. Overwrought tariffs at a 27% average.
8. Numerous WTO trade violations.
9. President Xi becoming essentially a dictator.
10. Massive state news and company censorship policies.
By any standard, these are egregious violations that must be addressed, and some would even consider an act of war. For some reason, no one seems to talk about any of these activities, as our narrative is all about Russia, non-stop. Russia clearly needs to be dealt with, yet China is the far more substantial threat by a colossal margin. Mitt Romney famously said that Russia was the number one geopolitical foe, and Barack Obama crushed him for it while taking the stance that terrorists were a more significant problem. Both of them had valid points, but they were both wrong. China, long-term, is a far more substantial threat than any other country on the planet. China has been this brazen, and they don’t even have a bigger economy or military, yet. As it stands right now, we still have significant leverage over China due to the size of both our military and economy. We control essential levers in the world banking system and trade that we can use to damage China if we were so inclined. However, the clock is ticking. By 2030, our leverage will have mostly evaporated, and by 2050, it will be gone entirely. In other words, we need to act, and we need to do it now to reign in China before they get to a point where we can no longer stop them.
How then does Vladimir Putin factor into this? Let me ask you a question: Which other world leader is President Donald Trump overly conciliatory with in public? Who is another world leader that gets away with incredible violations, that Trump is excessively nice to?
President Xi, of China.
Here is what I believe is happening, none of which can be said on television by the President, incidentally, as it would ruin the gambit. My theory is that all countries are playing one massive game of geopolitical chess at the moment, but the most significant and highest stakes game is occurring between the United States and China, with two countries right in the middle:
Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Why did President Trump make such an effort to befriend the Russians and Saudis? After all, his first overseas venture was to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, bending over backward to get along with them. Also, striking up a friendship with Putin is, by far, the worst thing he could have done politically, so why take the risk of being called a traitor and stoking the RussiaGate narrative? My theory is that President Trump is playing a pincer game of geopolitics with China. Take a wild guess what is one of China’s major imports? Spoiler alert, it is oil and natural resources. Now let’s try again, guess who the two largest exporters of natural resources to China are?
Russia and Saudi Arabia.
To put it simply, President Trump is trying to build a coalition strong enough to exert real pressure on the Chinese using their two biggest importers, plus our massive economy as leverage. Of late, the Chinese have not been acting in good faith; we caught them fueling North Korea, and brazenly violating sanctions. Keep in mind one enormous fact: He cannot say any of this on television, this all has to be done behind the scenes, so as not to alert President Xi of the danger building until it’s too late. Remember what the President said he talked to Putin about in that closed door stealth meeting? He rattled off a list of items, and briefly, right in the middle, said “we talked about China,” and proceeded on. My theory is that he has been nice to Putin to try to use him as leverage on China. I know the prevailing response on the left will be, “Oh stop justifying it, look how hard you are working to cover for him!”
Well to that I say, hey, I understand if you can’t handle the complexity of geopolitical chess. I understand that you want to play Candyland while the rest of the world plays Risk. The truth about this situation is that while everyone believes Putin is using Trump, I think it’s the other way around, Trump is using Putin and the Saudis to get China, and by extension, North Korea in line. Let me clear: Putin is a horrendous individual, and Russia did meddle with us at some level. However, we can still use him to exert leverage where we need it applied. Remember one incontrovertible fact: during World War 2 we literally allied with one of the most reprehensible individuals to ever walk the earth, Joseph Stalin. Why? Because Hitler was viewed as an existential threat, so sometimes you have to do what’s necessary to handle the more significant risk.
This is geopolitical chess; is Donald Trump the grandmaster?
Only time will tell.
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People on the left, for the better part of a year, have been touting with absolute certainty the connection between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Like some sort of advanced calculus equation, they diagram out these fantastical connections that they are so sure exist between the two men. For the past year and a half, the media and Democrats have fervently reported that Trump must be in league with Putin, because they interfered in the election, coupled with Trump’s unwillingness to trash Putin in the media prior to the election. Their explanation for this is that clearly Putin has blackmail information, such as reported in the Steele Dossier, or at the very least there’s some sort of vague collusion to sell the United States out and advance Russian interests. Possibly that Trump is such an egomaniac that he’d do anything to win, or that he is covering up various murky business interests. We have witnessed hearing after hearing, and watched our elected officials rant for hours about the “subversion of our democracy” by Putin.
What has Trump, the supposed colluder, actually done?
So far, by all accounts, Trump has been tougher on Russia than President Obama. From arming Ukraine, fueling Poland, Syrian opposition, and sanctions, Trump is undermining Russian interests at every turn. We have seen no evidence of being “soft” on Russia through removal of sanctions, the Magnitsky Act, or any other geopolitical maneuvers that would further Russian interests either directly or even indirectly. What then, is the root of Trump’s admiration and even praise for Putin going back to early in the election?
He thought we could work together to advance our interests.
It really is that simple. For Trump, a successful businessman, he actually really believed he could make it work. Russian resets for years have failed because we never approached it as a business transaction. Maybe it’s because we never had a successful billionaire negotiator that understood the importance of relationships. Our leaders always talked about a “Russian reset” but somehow could never pull it off. Maybe it’s because we were more than happy to trash Putin in a very public manner, then expect that he would play ball with us whenever we felt like it. Imagine that I come over to your place of business to talk with you about a deal, then immediately upon entering I hear you talking over the intercom about what an abhorrent person I am. How likely would I be to make a deal with you in good faith? Trump fundamentally understood the relationship component, and didn’t want to torch the potential of a deal before he was even elected. The media and democrats wanted you to believe that Trump wouldn’t trash Putin because he was in league with him, when in reality Trump was playing “How to Win Friends and Influence People” 101 right in our faces and a lot of people didn’t recognize it as what it was: Smart business tactics.
The reality centers around something far less nefarious. I believe this is really just a failure of imagination on the part of the opposition. They are still triggered from a devastating loss, so they need to invent reasons Trump won, to absolve themselves of the cognitive dissonance they are experiencing. The reality of all of this is that Donald Trump legitimately just didn’t want to trash a potential deal before even sitting at the table. If you’ve ever worked in the private sector, you’d understand the necessity of maintaining relationships. You don’t torpedo a potential deal by running your mouth in public before you’ve even met someone. This is why he was so averse to publicly trashing Putin. He knew he might have to make a deal at some point in the interests of the US, so why immediately start out by trashing the guy just to look tough on TV?
Due to his reluctance to savaging a world leader in public, the other side invented the narrative that they were either buddies or Putin had blackmail information on him. After a year and a half, we haven’t seen one single piece of evidence that Donald Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin. After all this time, the most that the opposition has been able to muster is a vague obstruction argument, and they’ve virtually abandoned the central collusion argument. So now, here we sit, unable to make a mutually beneficial deal regarding ISIS, trade, or North Korea, all because a bunch of triggered liberals invented an excuse for losing an election. Imagine the pressure we could exert on North Korea or Iran if we worked with Russia and China, who incidentally has done arguably worse to us than Russia. No one thinks Putin is a great guy, we all think he’s a dictator who works to undermine the United States. However it is possible for two things to be true:
1. Vladimir Putin is a reprehensible individual.
2. We can advance our geopolitical interests with him.
Then of course you have the “strongman” leader theory. The idea is that Donald Trump envies Putin and wants the same level of dictatorial power Putin wields. Again, this comes down to failure of imagination. In this instance as well it is possible for two things to be true:
1. I respect the power of this individual.
2. I understand he would love to see us compromised.
So much of this narrative just boils down to imagination. Democrats just can’t imagine a scenario that Trump would praise Putin, other than that they colluded with one another. They can’t envision that the man they’ve been calling a moron for 2 years might actually have some decent strategy up his sleeve.
Think of this: We have left a tremendous amount of strategy on the table, simply because Trump cannot be seen to do anything even remotely positive with Putin. So in essence, the Democrats have actually hurt the country due to their fake investigation that’s produced exactly zero evidence after a year and a half. It is politically impossible for Trump to do a single thing that could be seen as even slightly friendly with Putin. He would be excoriated instantly, even if it were to combat ISIS or leverage North Korea or Iran. It’s highly possible that people have even died, just simply because we are unable to partner with one of the foremost powers in the world to combat terrorism. No one thinks Putin is a noble player, but we could have used him in a variety of ways all over the globe. Instead we are stuck in an idiotic game where Trump can’t even breathe the wrong way around Russia without a new hearing being launched and Cold War 2 being declared.
The truth about Trump and Putin is that there is no Trump and Putin, and there never was. Unfortunately for the rest of the world, there likely never will be.
“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”
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“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”
As amazing as it is, there are still people out there who are totally sold on any number of Russia/Trump based conspiracy theories. So it falls to me to illustrate a few of the multitude of reasons we Trump supporters scoff and get a good laugh almost daily over the latest “RussiaGate” nonsense. It’s almost amazing the degree to which we do not take any of this seriously, and actually laugh at how over the top the hysteria has been. Let me enumerate just a few of the reasons we view the Russia “meddling” investigation as a large scale witch hunt.
5. We meddle in elections all the time. I find it moderately funny the level of hysteria over this supposed “Russia meddling”. Why is that you ask? Why would I be so flippant over a foreign power’s attempted subversion of our democracy? Because it’s literally what every country has been doing to each other, forever. We’ve done it most recently in both Israel and Britain. Obama literally went over to Britain and tried to talk them out of Brexit. Think of it, that would be the equivalent of Putin coming into the country to give a stump speech for Trump. This is one of a multitude of reasons Democrats have zero credibility on “election meddling”. Dov Levin cites 117 cases that we “meddled” in other country’s elections, and that’s not even the full amount since his research stops at 2000. We’ve installed and removed leaders all over the world, and attempted meddling operations everywhere, and now Democrats want to act like this is somehow unique?
4. I still haven’t seen proof of the DNC or Podesta hack. Everyone talks about this like it’s a foregone conclusion, but I haven’t seen even one shred of credible evidence this actually happened. First of all, before you get all riled up about me not trusting our vaunted “intelligence community”, are we talking the same community that did everything possible to convince us Iraq had WMDs? The same that had top FBI agents showing extreme bias and intent to subvert Trump? You’ll forgive me if I don’t immediately take their word for it. Do yourself a favor. Go back and watch those hearings during the lead up to the Iraq war. It’s eerie how much confirmation bias and lack of facts you hear. Second, Podesta literally emailed his password out, so calling his a hack is really pushing it. Even Julian Assange has said multiple times it isn’t Russia, but a whistleblower. These are important points that are completely overlooked, because if they didn’t hack anything, then this entire thing falls apart. Now, if they did hack the emails, and that is 100% provable, then I’m all about punishing the hell out of them. What I don’t want to hear is a distinct lack of facts and bias fueled arguments, which leads me to number 3.
3. This all leads back to liberals that think they know better than us. After seeing these text messages about Strzok, Ohr, McCabe and seeing leakers all throughout the last year one thing is clear: the left is willing to say and do anything to overturn the election that they lost. You see, it’s not a problem that some FBI agents hated Trump. People are allowed opinions. The problem is that there’s clear intent to do something about it. Liberals were so triggered by the election that they went into full deep state mode, and are quite willing to do anything to subvert Trump. Look at Reality Winner. That girl threw her life away to leak something insignificant that she thought would hurt the Trump admin. At the end of the day, the Left feels they are morally justified to do anything to stop Trump, since the Clinton campaign did everything possible to convince them that he’s Hitler, and apparently it worked as leftists are literally willing to go to jail to try to stop Trump.
2. The Democrats needed an excuse. They spent in excess of a billion dollars and lost against a brash billionaire with a reality tv show. It couldn’t possibly be that a lot of people rejected Obama’s presidency, or that Hillary was a terrible candidate. Nope, they needed a reason to alleviate the cognitive dissonance that smacked them in the face when Trump was elected. Let’s get real here, not one Democrat believed for a second Trump would win. The arrogance was palpable. And yet here we are. They needed a reason and an excuse, and they found one, in a geopolitical foe they couldn’t have cared less about an hour before.
1. Talking to Russians isn’t illegal. I hate to break it to “the resistance”, but none of these meetings, not one, have been illegal. Meeting with Russians is not a crime. This is why the only allegations against Flynn and a lot of these campaign operatives is lying. No one is even trying to argue that the actual meetings are illegal, they are arguing that someone forgot a meeting date and the participants, out of literally hundreds of meetings. No one in the entire country thought these meetings were controversial a year and a half ago. So, they are trying to catch people who sat in hundreds of meetings with hundreds of people in a mental trap. Could you name every participant in every single meeting you sat in for over a year? I know I couldn’t. That’s why in these cases “lying to the FBI” is a laughable charge because it can be anything. Oh, you said the meeting was 7 pm and it was 7:30? That’s lying. You said there were 10 people but there was really 11? Lying. Sorry, but I don’t expect people that had hundreds of meetings to recall every detail on demand.
That’s just a few reasons, out of a multitude, that the Russia investigation, is, and has been from the get-go, a farce. At the end of the day, this entire thing is predicated on one thing: Democrats explaining away the massive gut punch of cognitive dissonance they got hammered with during the election. This is why Trump won’t fire Mueller: he doesn’t need to because there’s nothing for him to find other than process errors by peripheral players. If the best Mueller has after millions of dollars and nearly a year is a couple of guys on insignificant charges and an old pre-election Manafort deal, then Trump has exactly zero to worry about. There’s no reason to take the optics hit when you know good and well he’s got nothing. It’s also why we are hearing less and less about collusion, and more about obstruction of justice, which is even more absurd. At the end of the day, this is all about Democrats being so sure they had the country in the bag, that they were perfectly willing to unmask, show overt bias, and then when that didn’t work, invent an enemy to blame it on. I’m sure Russia is terrible. I don’t have any doubt that they aren’t on our side. But I’m sorry, running 100k worth of Facebook ads isn’t exactly convincing me that they are an existential threat. As far as I’m concerned, unless they hacked actual voting machines and changed votes, I’m not interested.
At the end of the year, it’s time for Democrats to get over it. He’s going nowhere, and he is your President.
And likely for the next 7 years at the rate he’s going.
PS: Arming Ukraine is the worst Russian collusion of all time.
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Or so I’m told regularly by left wingers on Twitter. I thought I was just a semi-normal guy hanging out in the woods and periscoping and tweeting every day, but apparently I fluctuate weekly between a Nazi and a Russian Bot. In addition of being accused of being a pro-Putin bot account, my profile as actually been run through a machine learning algorithm. It then determined that I have a 10/10 score, or the highest possible likelihood of being a Fake Russian Bot account. Here’s a picture of my score some left winger sent me.
Upon further research I discovered one of the tools being used to classify us as Russian Bots. It originated in a Medium blog post by a poster named conspirator0, and the address is makeadverbsgreatagain.us. You type in the twitter handle, and it will tell you the probability that you are a Russian bot. In looking at numerous twitter accounts, the biggest differentiator in a high score vs a low score is the use of the MAGA hashtag. If you use that hashtag your score skyrockets automatically. Use it in conjunction with USA or 1A, it’s a near max score. The article links to Melissa Ryan and her CTRL-ALT-RIGHT-DELETE newsletter on Medium. Going back through her post history, she’s been parroting these Russia-Trump talking points from the beginning. Go to the address and run your own profile to see if you too, could be a Russian Bot.
As the Left’s Russia narrative continues to evaporate, they continue to look for new and fantastical ways to explain the “Russian Connection”. They continually flounder at trying to prove any connection between Donald Trump and Russia. Trump’s “murky” connections as the Washington Post asserts, basically amounts to Trump running a pageant there, and selling a house to a Russian guy. So, they couldn’t prove direct collusion with Trump, so they started in on the fringe players like Roger Stone and Carter Page. As Roger Stone obliterated those ideas in his testimony and through media, they need to find another way to prove Russia helped Trump. The latest are the fact that Russia bought 100K in Facebook ads, and that the Pro-Trump messaging on Twitter is coming from Russian bots.
The Facebook ads are particularly hilarious, because 100K is nothing on Facebook. That’s so insignificant in terms of ad buys it barely rates a mention, to say nothing of the fact that the ads apparently weren’t explicitly pro-Trump. There was Black Lives Matter messaging among other divisive ads, which proves that maybe they had a small interest in sowing division. 100K is so insignificant, that barely rates a weekend getaway for Putin, so to act like that somehow swung an election is absurd. Then we come to the Russian Bot question on Twitter. No one disputes whether or not there are bots on Twitter. The question is are there bots specifically placed there by Russia to amplify pro-Trump messaging? So lets take a look at the “criteria” that’s used to by the left to determine what constitutes a Russian bot. Here’s a line from the New York Times with the headline:
So let’s take a look at that line. Russian “fingerprints”. What exactly constitutes a Russian fingerprint? That’s the question they hope you won’t look too closely at. Apparently I have them all over my account.
Use a particular hashtag too much i.e. #MAGA?
Possible Russian Bot.
Have an American Flag profile picture?
Possible Russian Bot.
Mention positive Trump messages too often?
Possible Russian Bot.
Talk about 1A and 2A a lot?
Possible Russian Bot.
Retweet and like a lot of pro-Trump messages?
Possible Russian Bot.
The criteria that’s being fed into these algorithms is faulty from the start. They try to throw around terms like “Machine learning” and “Algorithm” because they sound high tech and impartial. “Oh it’s an algorithm, it’s totally impartial” is the most ridiculous defense of all time. Someone has to feed the criteria into the algorithm, thus it is susceptible to manipulation. This is the same with a company like Google. They can rate sites in terms of perceived “legitimacy” thus causing the algorithm to place them higher in results. A YouTube staffer admitted to exactly this in the latest Project Veritas video, and a New York Times staffer did the same, admitting collusion between the Times and YouTube. In my article “The Real Collusion Scandal” I outlined how the media, tech companies, and liberal organizations work together to amplify their views, and suppress conservatives. Not only is it happening, it’s about to get worse. Twitter executives have routinely been meeting progressive activists and even partnering with the ADL, who classifies anything to the right of Marx as “hate speech”. One of the first steps they are taking is to flag “pro-Trump” accounts as being Russian bots.
Mark my words, the left may have lost the election, but they are working overtime behind the scenes to win the information war. They thought they had it all in the bag before November 8, and now they are re-energized. They are flooding the web with articles that bear striking similarities across multiple high profile sites. Check out this search result, near identical wording across multiple sites.
Apparently the Russians are really “honing” and “sharpening” attacks. What are the odds that all these sites would use the exact same wording like that in the title? You have to give the progressives one thing, they sure are good at message discipline and propagating information.
Today, I’m a Russian Bot, maybe tomorrow I’m a Nazi again. I might even get lucky and evolve into a Macedonian content farmer the day after.
Or maybe I’ll just be a regular American sitting in the woods tweeting about progressive nonsense.
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