American service members are assassinated in Afghanistan as part of Russian bounty program. Trump responds by inviting Putin to the White House, and fighting for his reinstatement into the G-7.

Earlier today, the President of the United States tweeted out a video in which one of his supporters, driving a golf cart decked out with “Trump 2020” and “America First” signs, yells out “white power” when confronted by protesters. Donald Trump has since removed the video in question, but not before referring to his supporters in the video as “great people.” Six years ago, this would have been an enormous scandal. Today, though, it didn’t even really make a blip on the radar. I’m temped to say that it’s because we’ve just grown numb to the racism. Maybe, however, it has something to do with the fact that we’re also processing the fact that our president might very well be a traitor.

As I suspect you know, news broke on Friday that U.S intelligence officials had concluded some time ago that a Russian military intelligence unit had offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for the killing of American soldiers in Afghanistan. Well, it came out today that the program had not only resulted in the deaths of American troops, but that, according to at least one U.S. official, the existence of this program had been included in the President’s Daily Brief, meaning that Donald Trump had known about it and yet had chosen to do nothing. Donald Trump, as you might expect, denies having been briefed. Interestingly, however, there’s also news today that a National Security Council interagency meeting had been held in March to discuss — in the words of the New York Times — “the intelligence assessment… and the White House’s inaction.” So, it would appear as though the President had been told, and had chosen to do nothing about it, alarming those on the National Security Council.

If it turns out to be true that the President of the United States knew that the Russians had been offering bounties on American soldiers in Afghanistan early this year, it would certainly call into question his decision to lobby on Putin’s behalf in June for reinstatement into the G7. How could the President of the United States invite Putin to the United States, and demand that Russia be allowed back into the G7 (making it the G8 again), knowing that they were paying Taliban affiliated fighters in Afghanistan to kill Americans and their allies? But, is it rlly all that surprising? After all, we know that, after our intelligence officials unanimously confirmed that Russia had sought to influence our 2016 election by hacking the emails of Democratic Party leaders, Donald Trump continued to refer to the whole thing as a “hoax.”

Why is it, as Marcy Wheeler pointed out earlier today, that, when an Iranian-backed militia killed a single U.S. contractor, Donald Trump decided to retaliate by assassinating Iranian General Qassim Soleimani, but, in this instance, we saw no response at all when U.S. military personnel were assassinated? It does make one wonder. As Nancy Pelosi said today, “With him all roads lead to Putin. I don’t know what the Russians have on the President.” Clearly, however, they have something.

Oh, it’s probably also worth not in that, absent any evidence, Donald Trump accusing Barack Obama of treason a few days ago. #Projection

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30 Comments

  1. Wobblie
    Posted June 28, 2020 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    Aloha, the Leader is valiantly attempting to follow through on his promise to surrender/ withdraw from Afganistan. I think Juan Coles analysis is closer to the facts then the story from The NY Times stenographers. As Schumer famously said, you don’t want to pick a fight with the CIA they have a thousand ways to get back at you.
    This is way 896.

    https://www.juancole.com/

  2. John Brown
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    The troops in Afghanistan are socio-economic conscripts and should not be treated as chaff in a psychopaths treasonous game. They are not that different from our local wage slaves forced to risk catching and spreading covid in retail and restaurants. He should be hanged for treason, again.

  3. site admin
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    The direct link to the piece by Juan Cole.

    https://www.juancole.com/2020/06/afghanistan-russians-targeted.html

  4. Donald Trump weighs in
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    “Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP. Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News @nytimesbooks, wanting to make Republicans look bad!!!”

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1277431695248183298?s=20

  5. Josh
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    Re: Donald Trump’s tweet:

    So which is it: did he not know about it, and thus doesn’t know what’s going on under his own nose, or did he not believe what the troops said and sent up the chain of command to him?

    I’m not sure which one’s worse…..

  6. Wobblie
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    Aloha JB , maybe you and your CIA buddies will carry out a citizens arrest for murder

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/06/iran-issues-arrest-warrant-trump-asks-interpol-200629104710662.html?fbclid=IwAR2-njZuSm-UOQZDJZL1G7PasNo0oqYxFMXw7J3p_XujTuJGr2eZssY1LNA

  7. John Brown
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Wobbly,. Would you prefer the military be endeared to agent orange or hostile to him? Keep it simple, stupid. And Mr Cole could have done that same thing and pared his column down to the single line; “…the entire scenario is baffling.”. The rest is extraneous noise to the central purpose of purging the ruskie stooge.

  8. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    You have yet to show contrition over that giant trash heap you helped make called “Russian collusion”. How can you stand to push lies 100% of the time in life?

  9. Frosted Flakes
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Note: Jbro delineates the noise from the non-noise relative to HIS central purpose. Haha.

    #solidbro

  10. Anonymous
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    That giant trash heap you helped make called “Russian collusion”.

    1. There is no question that the Russians hacked the DNC and released the emails though Wikileaks to change the course of the election. There is no disagreement in the intelligence community. Zero.

    2. During the Russia investigation, Donald Trump and members of his administration, on several occasions, sought to either stop or discredit the inquiry. These instances of obstruction are outlined in detail in the Mueller report.

    None of this is in dispute. The Russians interfered in our election and Donald Trump sought to stop the investigation into what happened. These are facts. While it’s true that “collusion” was not proven, in that we don’t have a recording of Trump asking Putin to steal the emails, the investigation was not a “hoax.” A foreign government sought to influence an election, and the President of the United States, for whatever reason, sought to stymie that investigation. There may be a “giant trash heap”, but it’s not where you think that it is.

  11. Frosted Flakes
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Please tell us more about your preferences Jbrony. Your preferences are super duper important to us. Are pepperoni pizza hot pockets way better than 3 cheese? Which is the obvious best choice? Caprisun fruit punch or tropical punch?

  12. Frosted Flakes
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Anonymous!!!

    Comey
    Has
    A
    Posse

  13. Lynne
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Anyone who continues to show even the smallest amount of support for Trump is a shitty person. plain and simple.

  14. Frosted Flakes
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    According to AnonyMous sources MM was not a propagandist and conspiracy theorists for 3 years. Haha.

    #amazing
    #iloveyouguys

  15. Frosted Flakes
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Roseneft

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=O4mQqVqRB7I

  16. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    “There is no question that the Russians hacked the DNC and released the emails though Wikileaks to change the course of the election. There is no disagreement in the intelligence community. Zero.”

    https://twitter.com/aaronjmate/status/1258572139504054274

    Crowdstrike CEO Shaun Henry (any relation, Jean?): “We did not have concrete evidence data was exfiltrated from the DNC.”

    Now call that cherrypicking and point out they claim there were indicators the DNC was being set up for a hack. The point still stands they did not have evidence of a hack. They have no evidence but the public believes the bogus “ICA” that relied on…Crowdstrike! Incredible. How do you go so far in the wrong direction without thinking about this shit?

  17. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    “2. During the Russia investigation, Donald Trump and members of his administration, on several occasions, sought to either stop or discredit the inquiry. These instances of obstruction are outlined in detail in the Mueller report.”

    Only problem is even biased Mueller and team could not identify a case where those “instances” added up to shit. It was extremely biased for sure: they knew immediately the dossier was garbage but still dragged out the Trump-hampering exercise for years.

    The intel agencies knew it too. Didn’t you know there are all kinds of documents finally coming out about it now? Subpoenas are flying…Kinda looks like all the people I said were fucked are…fucked.

    Trump could have stopped it by firing Mueller at any time but didn’t. It went on and on and on with no interference by the administration even though they knew from the start the dirty dossier was garbage.

    I’d say if anything is indisputable it’s that Trump has been extraordinarily transparent. Millions of documents? How many hours of testimony? No interference, no obstruction. No anything they could nail him on and they would use anything they possibly could drum up it’s clear.

  18. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Correction: Crowdstrike President Shawn Henry

    Information comes fast and furious these days.

  19. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    I’m getting dizzy while we circle the drain

  20. Sad
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Ah -ha-ha

    That’s hilarious!

    You’d think could come up with a easier way to get out of the job than tanking the entire country.

  21. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    Are you on drugs? Another one of you got smoked with little to no effort on my part but now you want to talk gibberish.

  22. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Change the subject! Distract him with nonsense! Pretend no one got smoked! Again and again!

  23. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    Change the subject! Distract him with nonsense! Pretend no one got smoked! Again and again!

  24. Bob
    Posted June 30, 2020 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    It’s treason. Pure and simple. Hang the motherfucker.

  25. Wobblie
    Posted June 30, 2020 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Aloha, HW how about that tyrant in Arizona. Thank the Lord that our Leader prefers to spend his days playing golf. We have the best golf playing leader ever, better than Jerry Ford even. 30 miles of Wall, partial withdraw from Afganistan, huge tax giveaways to the Leaders best supporters 130000 Trumpvirus dead. 20% unemployment MAGA.

  26. Posted June 30, 2020 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Everybody loves my “Putin/Trump 2020” lawn signs.

  27. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted June 30, 2020 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Nothing but jeers.

  28. Hillary Clinton by proxy
    Posted June 30, 2020 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Either he knew and chose to do nothing, or he didn’t know because he couldn’t be bothered to do his job.

    https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton/status/1277968426019913728?s=20

  29. Bob
    Posted July 1, 2020 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Hey check out little Q hottie that beat an incumbent republican in Colorado! She’s adorable. Smart and a business owner. She even encourages her wait staff to carry guns while serving up burgers at her fine establishment. Evidently there are a number of Qballs who are unseating establishment Republicans and will likely turn over safe GOP seats to Democrats in the general. Thank-Q!

  30. wobblie
    Posted September 16, 2020 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    Putin would like me to put a nail in this agit-prop.

    Two months after top Pentagon officials vowed to get to the bottom of whether the Russian government bribed the Taliban to kill American service members, the commander of troops in the region says a detailed review of all available intelligence has not been able to corroborate the existence of such a program.
    “It just has not been proved to a level of certainty that satisfies me,” Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of the U.S. Central Command, told NBC News. McKenzie oversees U.S. troops in Afghanistan

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/u-s-commander-intel-still-hasn-t-established-russia-paid-n1240020?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

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