The good news is that they have moved on from blaming everything on “Hitler” and suggesting that anyone they disagree with in the slightest is THE new incarnation of Der Fuhrer. At last count, 8,974,307 Hilters had been identified, the original not included.
It got old. So they moved on to the Russians. The Ruskies are behind everything, behind every bush, lamp post, and mailbox. Better watch out!
The two top Republicans in Congress offered strong support for the intelligence community Monday, in sharp contrast to President-elect Donald Trump’s attack on the CIA after reports the agency found that the Russian government tried to help him win the presidency.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he had the “highest confidence” in the intelligence agencies, while House Speaker Paul Ryan praised them for “working diligently” to take on cyber threats from foreign governments. But both leaders also warned against using the issue for partisan gain or casting doubt on the outcome of the election.
McConnell singled out the Central Intelligence Agency for praise and said the Senate Intelligence and Armed Services panels will investigate findings by intelligence agencies that Russia hacked into e-mails and computers used in the presidential campaign.
“Any foreign breach of our cybersecurity measures is disturbing and I strongly condemn any such efforts,” McConnell told reporters. He added later, “The Russians are not our friends.”
The Washington Post reported on Friday that the CIA has told senators that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government was actively seeking to help Trump win the election — a step beyond an earlier finding that the goal was to undermine the credibility of the U.S. political process.
“Any intervention by Russia is especially problematic because, under President Putin, Russia has been an aggressor that consistently undermines American interests,” Ryan said in a statement Monday. “As we work to protect our democracy from foreign influence, we should not cast doubt on the clear and decisive outcome of this election.”
President Barack Obama explained his reasons for ordering a full review of the evidence of Russian hacking in an appearance to be aired Monday night on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.”
Russia has been the aggressor, got it. Russia invaded Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, and Sudan while supporting ISIS in Syria, playing puppet-master with Europe, Walling off Iran, and destabilizing half the rest of the planet. Got that. Russia also mandates Obamacare, collects your income taxes, allows the Fed to decimate the dollar, pollutes the Animas River, and decides the size of your toilet tank. Damn Ruskies… Thanks, Mitchy!
And Obama says his spoke on Comedy Central. At least he keeps the environment proper. Ryan and McConnell should have an SNL skit.
Look, governments spy on each other. I’m confident the Russians did at least pry into our election. We’ve been known to do that sort of thing too. And they may have had a vested interest. The other mainstream candidate is or was in league with the rest of the establishment to _____________ Russia (fill in the blank: anything from isolate to nuclear war).
Even if their not OUR friends, they are certainly not our enemies. The losers in D.C. always need an enemy in order to stay relevant. Russia might work out for them. That’s good for D.C. and terrible for us.
What has Russia ever done to you? I, personally, can’t think of a single thing Putin or his people have done to me. Last I recall hearing, Putin was praising the American people and expressing his desire for peace and friendship. I actually believe him. I’m not sure I entirely trust the man – a politician, you know – but I do trust him more than the local rodentia in Washington.
During a debate this fall Hillary claimed 17 U.S. intel agencies had information that Russia was attempting to influence the election. (Why do we need 17 intel agencies?!) Maybe they did. Where’s the proof? What does it prove? Who benefits?
Obviously Clinton might have gained, if not for the landslide defeat. She and Jill Stein have been busy trying to suggest voting fraud in their recount efforts. What little has been uncovered has almost universally been from (not against) Hillary’s camp.
Still, they try to find something. You can’t blame a gal for trying. Today from out the back, hidden room at the #PizzaGate place, even John Podesta piped up.
“Each day that month, our campaign decried the interference of Russia in our campaign and its evident goal of hurting our campaign to aid Donald Trump,” he said. “Despite our protestations, this matter did not receive the attention it deserved by the media in the campaign. We now know that the CIA has determined Russia’s interference in our elections was for the purpose of electing Donald Trump. This should distress every American.”
That sounds an awful lot like a conspiracy theory, there, Johnny. Better tone it down or Twitter might suspect fake news. Oh, wait. Yeah…
And is that the same CIA that reported Saddam with the yellow cake and Bin Laden’s 2001-2 kidney failure and death? The same that just almost, kinda, sorta missed 9/11? The people training the “rebels” in Aleppo? Huh? Again, why 17 of these agencies? Why even one?
So, that’s what we have now: fake news, wasted money, wasted lives, conspiracy theories, desperate idiots and warmongers, incompetence, and Comedy Central skits. If the Russians were doing anything, maybe they were trying inject a little sanity. Hardly the act of an enemy, that.