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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.

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by Anonymousreply 154Last Tuesday at 1:56 PM

My favorite line:

The Trump administration has been deliberating for months about what to do about a stunning intelligence assessment.

MONTHS

by Anonymousreply 1Last Friday at 3:46 PM

Fast forward to Trump calling this fake news and sucking Putin’s sweaty dick on camera in the Oval Office.

by Anonymousreply 2Last Friday at 3:46 PM

Wtf?! This should be a huge scandal. Trump did absolutely nothing!!

by Anonymousreply 3Last Friday at 3:47 PM

Holy fuck

by Anonymousreply 4Last Friday at 3:48 PM

Once Trump is gone, BOMB RUSSIA. Pull a Dresden on them

by Anonymousreply 5Last Friday at 3:48 PM

R3, I held up a BIBLE in front of a CHURCH! Do you call that NOTHING?

by Anonymousreply 6Last Friday at 3:49 PM

Amazing what a peepee tape will do

by Anonymousreply 7Last Friday at 3:51 PM

He’s totally fine with American soldiers being killed to a fee.

Can you imagine if Obama had done this? He’d have been tarred and feathered

by Anonymousreply 8Last Friday at 3:53 PM

Trump should be drawn and quartered.

by Anonymousreply 9Last Friday at 4:00 PM

CIA wants Biden for President

by Anonymousreply 10Last Friday at 4:25 PM

R10 so does every sane person who wants our country to be functioning.

by Anonymousreply 11Last Friday at 4:28 PM

The US has been doing this to others for over a century. The US has been interfering in other country's elections for over a century. But somehow it's an outrage when someone returns the favor.

by Anonymousreply 12Last Friday at 4:31 PM

[quote] Keep in mind that AFTER being briefed on this intelligence, Trump once again pushed to have Russia readmitted into the G8.

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by Anonymousreply 13Last Friday at 4:46 PM

Boris: *crickets*

by Anonymousreply 14Last Friday at 5:28 PM

^ Oh wait I didn’t see R12 - good one, Boris!

by Anonymousreply 15Last Friday at 5:29 PM

Vlad, how will you and the other bots spin this?

by Anonymousreply 16Last Friday at 5:32 PM

What did Bitch McConnell say? Let's guess, he hasn't seen the reports?

by Anonymousreply 17Last Friday at 5:36 PM

Benghazi!!!

Burisma!!!

Bill Clinton’s Penis!!!

by Anonymousreply 18Last Friday at 5:50 PM

R18, you forgot “Comet Pizza” operates a child trafficking business from the basement and they’re stingy with their cheese!

by Anonymousreply 19Last Friday at 6:16 PM

"It's taken months because I have been negotiating through Erik Prince to have Whitewater kill US troops at a better price.

"MAKING A DEAL!!!!!"

by Anonymousreply 20Last Friday at 6:28 PM

We didn't hear about this. We didn't have time to read all the tweets about it.

by Anonymousreply 21Last Friday at 7:34 PM

bump

by Anonymousreply 22Last Saturday at 8:31 AM

Putin denied it very very strongly and I have no reason not to believe him.

by Anonymousreply 23Last Saturday at 8:41 AM

Bump.

by Anonymousreply 24Last Saturday at 8:44 AM

Did they fund ISIS?

by Anonymousreply 25Last Saturday at 8:44 AM
by Anonymousreply 26Last Saturday at 9:17 AM

Original bump

by Anonymousreply 27Last Saturday at 9:56 AM

Update

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by Anonymousreply 28Last Saturday at 10:01 AM

Why doesn’t this thread keep getting intentionally buried?

by Anonymousreply 29Last Saturday at 10:06 AM
by Anonymousreply 30Last Saturday at 10:08 AM

This should be the number one trending topic.

by Anonymousreply 31Last Saturday at 10:14 AM

What are the Trumpublicans saying? They were so "outraged" by Benghazi!

by Anonymousreply 32Last Saturday at 10:16 AM

Trump should be imprisoned and then executed for treason. He's a real American traitor.

by Anonymousreply 33Last Saturday at 10:18 AM

R33 The Republicans in the senate have to be removed before that can happen.

by Anonymousreply 34Last Saturday at 10:21 AM

Russia is a hoax, he said. The orange idiot needs to be impeached again over this.

by Anonymousreply 35Last Saturday at 10:33 AM

Do we have the names of the soldiers who were killed by they paid bounty killers?

The families should be notified.

by Anonymousreply 36Last Saturday at 10:37 AM

US fighter jets intercept four more Russian aircraft

by Anonymousreply 37Last Saturday at 10:37 AM

And Trump supported Russia rejoining the G7 after he knew this?

Corrupt scumbag.

by Anonymousreply 38Last Saturday at 10:38 AM

(CNN) — US F-22 fighter jets intercepted four Russian Tu-142 reconnaissance aircraft Saturday entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), NORAD said in a statement.

Saturday’s intercept follows similar encounters earlier this month in which US F-22 jets intercepted Russian nuclear-capable bombers near Alaska on three separate occasions. The last previous one was Wednesday when US F-22 fighter jets intercepted two Russian IL-38 maritime patrol aircraft entering the Alaskan Zone late Wednesday.

NORAD also said the Russian aircraft came within 65 nautical miles south of the Alaskan Aleutian island chain and loitered in the ADIZ for nearly eight hours. It added the Russians remained in international airspace and at no time entered US or Canadian sovereign airspace.

by Anonymousreply 39Last Saturday at 10:38 AM

It seems to be escalating.

by Anonymousreply 40Last Saturday at 10:40 AM

Oh, and Cheatolini is SOOOO pro-military! Just like every fucking corrupt, lying repug....

by Anonymousreply 41Last Saturday at 10:41 AM

So Trump's spies knew this was story was going to break, so they quickly announced some lame-o sanctions against- not Russia!- but against Putin's buddy Assad.

Tuff on Terror!

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by Anonymousreply 42Last Saturday at 10:41 AM

Twitter is blowing up:

Natasha Bertrand @NatashaBertrand Holy cow. “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...the White House has yet to authorize any” response.

by Anonymousreply 43Last Saturday at 10:44 AM

I can't wait for the Lincoln Project commercial on this bombshell.

by Anonymousreply 44Last Saturday at 10:54 AM

Do we have the names of the soldiers? Do the families know?

by Anonymousreply 45Last Saturday at 10:59 AM

Hang this story like an albatross around Trump's neck.

by Anonymousreply 46Last Saturday at 11:09 AM

Security bump.

by Anonymousreply 47Last Saturday at 11:12 AM

Why does this keep getting buried?

by Anonymousreply 48Last Saturday at 11:39 AM
by Anonymousreply 49Last Saturday at 11:43 AM

No doubt short fingers got a commission for each body.

by Anonymousreply 50Last Saturday at 11:51 AM

This intelligence absolutely dwarfs Benghazi and I don't think we'll ever hear from Benghazi ever again, unless of course, they want to be reminded of Trump's treason and his constant push to have Russia join the G8. Zing!

by Anonymousreply 51Last Saturday at 11:53 AM

Waiting for Trump to say he was never briefed or that his own intelligence agency is making it up. I actually can’t find words to describe the awfulness of the man.

by Anonymousreply 52Last Saturday at 11:59 AM

What about active duty military soldiers? Have they responded?

by Anonymousreply 53Last Saturday at 12:02 PM

Impeach the mother fucker!!,,,,,!

by Anonymousreply 54Last Saturday at 12:09 PM

Hillary wouldn’t have tolerated this senseless murder.

by Anonymousreply 55Last Saturday at 12:12 PM

Trump is busy killing US citizens, he can't be bothered with Russia putting bounties on US Troops. If anyone asks him about this I already know his answer, it is the same one he gave when asked about Putin killing journalists. He answer is "The US kills a lot of people too" in Trump's eyes Putin does no wrong.

by Anonymousreply 56Last Saturday at 12:17 PM

What does the military think?

by Anonymousreply 57Last Saturday at 12:18 PM

Paging Barbera Starr

by Anonymousreply 58Last Saturday at 12:19 PM

Bump for our men and women in uniform!

This cannot be allowed to go unanswered.

by Anonymousreply 59Last Saturday at 12:27 PM

Where’s the U.S. media on this, hmmmm? It ought to be “breaking” on every outlet. But nope.

by Anonymousreply 60Last Saturday at 12:44 PM

R56, is that Trump at R12?

by Anonymousreply 61Last Saturday at 12:46 PM

It's shocking to me that there is not more outrage from military and government leaders. All of the usual suspects are furious, but that feel so weak. As others have pointed out the chronology is mind-blowing:

TRUMP IS APPRISED OF THIS IN LATE MARCH

--March 16th: Justice Dept. abandons prosecution of Russian firm indicted in Mueller election interference probe

--May 30: Cadets return to West Point to quarantine for 14 days ahead of commencement.

--June 2: Trump asks for Russia to be readmitted to G7

--June 5: Trump orders a decrease of US troops in Germany

--June 13: Commencement address (and WaterGait scandal)

--June 26: Trump signs Executive Order to protect monuments

ALSO OF NOTE:

[quote] This the same group, Unit 29155 of Russia’s military intelligence agency, implicated in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in Britain and a coup attempt in Montenegro. It has never been publicly accused of involvement in attacks on Western soldiers --Michael Schwartz/The New York Times.

[quote] The Russian Foreign Ministry has rejected a @nytimes report claiming Moscow offered to pay jihadi militants to attack US soldiers in Afghanistan. It said such 'fake news' merely betrays the low skill levels of US spy agencies (which is quite a burn). --Bryan MacDonald

by Anonymousreply 62Last Saturday at 1:12 PM

R60, this story should be on the Sunday front page of every major paper here in the U.S. New York Times, Washington Post, etc.

by Anonymousreply 63Last Saturday at 1:13 PM

I think it’s gathering steam. News outlets need to do their own investigating on these things. Next week will be all about this.

Kayleigh McNinny has already put out a statement claiming that Trump and Pence never knew about this.

Uh huh.

by Anonymousreply 64Last Saturday at 1:21 PM

Fox News is reporting on it.

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by Anonymousreply 65Last Saturday at 1:23 PM

I’m running out of words for this kind of evil.

by Anonymousreply 66Last Saturday at 1:25 PM

I like Mayor Pete's succinct take on this story.

"He knew."

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by Anonymousreply 67Last Saturday at 1:37 PM

Pence too.

by Anonymousreply 68Last Saturday at 1:40 PM

What does Putin have on Trump?

by Anonymousreply 69Last Saturday at 1:42 PM

Why the hell is this not on the front page of WaPo?? And it’s buried down on the NYT front page.

We should be screaming this from the fucking rooftops

by Anonymousreply 70Last Saturday at 1:59 PM

[quote] The intelligence finding was briefed to President Trump...

...who asked, "So, what's the problem? Has Biden got COVID yet?"

by Anonymousreply 71Last Saturday at 1:59 PM

Has Lady G woken up from her fainting couch yet to address this? John McCain is spinning in his grave

by Anonymousreply 72Last Saturday at 2:04 PM

How's the media covering this?

by Anonymousreply 73Last Saturday at 2:11 PM

And this isn’t an enormous story on CNN because...?

by Anonymousreply 74Last Saturday at 2:42 PM

[quote] There is a suspicion that Boris Johnson and his predecessor, Theresa May, have been reluctant to publish an Intelligence and Security Committee report on Russia, finished last October, for fear of upsetting Trump.

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by Anonymousreply 75Last Saturday at 2:45 PM

And Obama did NOTHING to stop it. He had the chance to block Putin but he was WEAK. This is proof of Trump's intelligence. He was waiting until Putin came to the G8 and he was going to confront him during the salad course, (for obvious reasons). This has been confirmed by Russian media reporting from the microphone under Trump's desk. . Again, Obama and Bin Biden did NOTHING to stop this war crime and they should be held accountable for it. Lindsey Graham is calling for an immediate investigation in to Obama's obvious treasonous actions.

Top story on FOX news website at this second: Princeton drops Woodrow Wilson's name from school due to 'racist thinking'.

by Anonymousreply 76Last Saturday at 2:55 PM

[quote] Trump is a traitor. He is not worth the blood my son left in Afghanistan. #TraitorTrump I have a shirt with a bullet hole I’d like to show all his defenders. I don’t have a big account but if any of you do, please retweet.

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by Anonymousreply 77Last Saturday at 3:25 PM

Traitor Trump

by Anonymousreply 78Last Saturday at 3:55 PM

Trump accuses Obama of treason but does shit like this

by Anonymousreply 79Last Saturday at 4:02 PM

The WH is now claiming that it was never briefed about this. Sure, that must be it . . .

by Anonymousreply 80Last Saturday at 4:33 PM

Obama is a traitor because he was mean to me in 2011!

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by Anonymousreply 81Last Saturday at 4:36 PM

Joe Biden responds.

DAMN!

Can’t wait for the debates.

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by Anonymousreply 82Last Saturday at 4:39 PM

New ad from The Lincoln Project.

Under 24 hours. On a Saturday.

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by Anonymousreply 83Last Saturday at 4:40 PM

How many Americans have been convicted of treason against the U.S.? People keep calling Trump "45," but his real numerical nickname should be whatever number is next on that treason list.

by Anonymousreply 84Last Saturday at 5:10 PM

"i'M a PeRfEcT pErSoN"

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by Anonymousreply 85Last Saturday at 5:35 PM

You think this is the first time Russians are killing Americans ? The whole Korean War our pilots were fighting Russian MiG pilots and Harry Truman denied it the whole time. That was only admitted after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Russians also ran the North Vietnamese air defense to LBJ's denials.

Disappointed John Bolton is no longer in a position to push for a new war?

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by Anonymousreply 86Last Saturday at 5:46 PM

People need to stop directing their outrage at Trump - we should expect no less from a Russian asset like him. The real problem is and has continued to be the people who shielded him from removal - [bold]Senate Republicans[/bold]. Any 2020 election strategy that fails to try to remove them is going to make the next Dem president a lame duck., as Obama was made midway through his first term. I'd be willing to bet that Senate Republicans knew about the Russian bounties, too - they also receive intelligence reports.

(The claim that Trump wasn't briefed about this is a goddamned lie. He knew - it's just that he hoped the public would never know.)

Republicans need to be ousted from office wherever they're found, at all levels. They shouldn't even hold the position of city dogcatcher.

by Anonymousreply 87Last Saturday at 5:47 PM

I'll have you know, r87, that I am VERY concerned and am composing a statement expressing such right this minute.

by Anonymousreply 88Last Saturday at 5:51 PM

r87 is most impertinent! After reading that ill-mannered post, I collapsed onto my fainting couch.

by Anonymousreply 89Last Saturday at 5:57 PM

Intelligence is a word. It has a meaning. I tell you, you know, everyone knows the story. I never lived in Washington. Or Rusher. So when they come to me, these intelligence officers, and these are big guys. Big guys. Intelligence. In. Tell. Oh. Gents. And they tell me Putin is trying to kill Americans? What do you do? No one had any idea Putin would do something against America. No one had any idea. You know, I had an idea last night. I'm an idea man, they used to call me that: Trump, The Idea Man. And I used to say, say, look at that land and wouldn't it be great eith a building on it, because that's what I do. . .

by Anonymousreply 90Last Saturday at 6:52 PM

And for the record- the fat orange fuck went GOLFING today.

by Anonymousreply 91Last Saturday at 7:27 PM

Russia denies it. Of course. Will Trump believe US intelligence or Putin?

by Anonymousreply 92Last Saturday at 10:01 PM

Trump knew of Russian bounty on troops before late March: report

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by Anonymousreply 93Last Saturday at 10:21 PM

First they announced that his golf trip on Saturday would be cancelled, due to Trump working hard on the country's unrest (though it was probably because the optics weren't good after the Ruusia hit men thing). Then...he quietly slips out anyway.

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by Anonymousreply 94Last Saturday at 10:31 PM

They have some very fine people in Russia.

by Anonymousreply 95Last Saturday at 10:34 PM

Obama: The '80s called, they want their foreign policy back

Obama zings Romney for calling Russia America's biggest geopolitical threat

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by Anonymousreply 96Last Sunday at 1:33 AM

Trump and all Senate Republicans need to be jailed for treason. Seriously.

by Anonymousreply 97Last Sunday at 4:23 AM

Do you honestly think that's going to happen, R97? Seriously?

by Anonymousreply 98Last Sunday at 4:44 AM

Oh of course not, R98. I’d actually like to see them all hanged for treason, but I figured that was a bridge too far.

by Anonymousreply 99Last Sunday at 4:48 AM

So Trump was ignoring Russian-paid bounties on American soldiers in the same month he was ignoring COVD-19 within our borders? Sounds about right.

by Anonymousreply 100Last Sunday at 4:50 AM

Yep. And insisting that Putin joins the G7 and turn it into a G8.

by Anonymousreply 101Last Sunday at 5:32 AM

R87, I take deep offense at you telling a lifelong conservative, tax paying, republican, that we should be excluded from government.

I worked as a dog catcher, and I was so good at it, I started catching all sorts of critters.

by Anonymousreply 102Last Sunday at 6:57 AM
by Anonymousreply 103Last Sunday at 7:02 AM

[quote] I have been negotiating through Erik Prince to have Whitewater

It was Blackwater.

Now Prince calls it Academi. Spelled wrong, in honor of his dipshit sister.

by Anonymousreply 104Last Sunday at 7:27 AM

Eh? For nearly 20 years, ever since the start of the Afghanistan War in 2001, the Taliban's sole goal in life has been to shoot, kill and blow up 'invading infidel' US troops. The reason for their anger: the Islamist Taliban doesn't generally like foreigners invading their country, bombing the Taliban's strongholds and killing Taliban fighters. And now ... suddenly they'll only do anything if there's a "bounty" from the Russians? What?

This doesn't make any logical sense.

The CIA's claims appear to be based on claims made by Taliban-linked militants and Afghan criminals. So the CIA puts its faith in the Taliban now? The NYT says that the "motives" are "unclear".

And why would the Russians do this in the year before the election? Do they want Trump to lose the military vote at home? Do they prefer Biden to win? None of this adds up.

by Anonymousreply 105Last Sunday at 7:35 AM

No one has challenged the underlying intelligence analysis, R105. Certainly no one is suggesting that the Taliban will "only" do something if bribed by the Russians. There has also been no suggestion that the Russians did this with the intention of it becoming public. To the contrary, we know that they could count on Trump to do and say nothing.

by Anonymousreply 106Last Sunday at 10:06 AM

R105 is off defending Russia and eastern europe with all her heart and soul in the "Eastern European cesspool" thread. Obvious troll with an agenda.

by Anonymousreply 107Last Sunday at 10:30 AM

[Quote] Obama zings Romney for calling Russia America's biggest geopolitical threat

Obama was right

by Anonymousreply 108Last Sunday at 10:56 AM

The trolls are so long-winded anymore.

by Anonymousreply 109Last Sunday at 11:28 AM

Most people in this world do things for money above all else. Not race, religion etc.

MONEY.

by Anonymousreply 110Last Sunday at 2:00 PM

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that the Russian bounties did, in fact, lead to American deaths.

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by Anonymousreply 111Last Sunday at 4:55 PM

Psycho right had so much to say about Benghazi, but nothing about this? Shocking!

by Anonymousreply 112Last Sunday at 6:24 PM

Did Jared know? He must know what hold Putin has over his father in law. I wonder if he's seen the pee tape.

by Anonymousreply 113Last Monday at 5:34 AM

...For Clinton, politics trumped the truth and honoring the memories of the lives lost in Benghazi. That alone disqualifies her from ever being commander-in-chief.

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, serves on the Benghazi Select Committee and is chairman of the House Freedom Caucus. He wrote this for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Why can't someone put their knee on this guys neck for 8 minutes, you know, just to subdue him?

by Anonymousreply 114Last Monday at 6:47 AM

[quote]Did Jared know? He must know what hold Putin has over his father in law. I wonder if he's seen the pee tape.

I wonder if he got a hardon while watching the tape?

by Anonymousreply 115Last Monday at 7:24 AM

[quote]Did Jared know? He must know what hold Putin has over his father in law. I wonder if he's seen the pee tape.

Even if he did know and Putin had nothing on Trump, why would a privileged shit with corruption in his DNA who puts Israel and his own bank account first, give a shit about American soldiers?

You know, it really is amazing to me how many naive people are so convinced that Trump would give a shit about anything involving the US' standing in any way even if all of this wasn't about the fact that he's just a deadbeat who owes lots of money that he has attained in questionable ways.

He has said and done EVERYTHING to show his lack of patriotism. He serves himself and that's it. Some fool of vet gave him a purple heart and Trump had no reaction.

Get it through your heads: These people serve no one but themselves. They couldn't give less of a shit if you served and died for this country because Donny looks at that as being a "loser" because you could clearly never make it in finance and that's why you pathetically went to go join the military.

by Anonymousreply 116Last Monday at 8:50 AM

Donald Trump made it in finance? News to us.

by Anonymousreply 117Last Monday at 8:52 AM

R117, I wasn't say he himself was a success, but that's who he admires and looks up to/

by Anonymousreply 118Last Monday at 8:55 AM

Forgot to add: He deludes himself into believing that he was successful in finance via real estate and that he's self-made. He shits on Bloomberg because that's precisely who wishes he was or at least friends with him.

by Anonymousreply 119Last Monday at 9:00 AM

I understand that we are trying to turn the tables on the republicans with this & turn it into our own Benghazi, but keep in mind Benghazi didn’t result in anyone’s imprisonments or impeachment. It was just years worth of wasted time.

I can definitely see we have the Lincoln project republicans on our side. This is definitely the exact same thing republicans did to the Clintons. Throw anything against the wall to see if it sticks. If nothing sticks, the sheer magnitude if things thrown at the wall may result in permanently damaging the wall.

It’s really weird to see the people who worked to destroy the Clintons now on our side, doing the same to their former party. What do they want? It can’t be war, because Hillary was a hawk & would’ve given them any war they wanted, yet they destroyed her. That was really dumb of them. People like Steve Schmidt & Rick Wilson lobbed bombs at Hillary for years to destroy her & prevent her from getting the Oval Office. Well, they succeeded. But look what they gave themselves instead.

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by Anonymousreply 120Last Monday at 9:42 AM

This isn’t “our Benghazi,” R120. This is important.

by Anonymousreply 121Last Monday at 10:08 AM

I was about to say that, R121.

The state dept actually asked for funds for embassy security and were rejected by the very assholes who now scream "Benghazi!"

We have a leader who was briefed on a bounty on the heads of Americans and even if he didn't pay attention at the time, he fucking knows NOW. If this were Iran, he'd immediately declare war and pretend he actually gave a shit about soldiers. What's the excuse for not doing anything to Russia now?

Any military person who votes Republican is in fact an idiot with no dignity and even less brains. And clearly just full of so much hate that they could even ignore something this horrifying by the president of the United States

by Anonymousreply 122Last Monday at 10:20 AM

R121 agreed. Why do we insist on using GOP narrative tropes when not only when we don't need to but we're faced with the most egregious treason?

by Anonymousreply 123Last Monday at 12:12 PM

R121, it doesn’t matter what the truth is, the GOP is great at harping on one thing until everyone believes their side. All their TV reps say the exact same thing at every appearance.

Dems aren’t half as good as the GOP in that regard.

This Russia as killers story is a real one and watch the Dems just let it float away

by Anonymousreply 124Last Monday at 2:54 PM

I fully expected Trump to announce a peace deal in Afghanistan and pull out the troops as an October surprise, not sure if this makes that more or less likely.

by Anonymousreply 125Last Monday at 3:18 PM

For people using the word Treason you should know:

[quote] Treason by aiding the enemy can’t be committed during peacetime; there must be an actual enemy for the traitor to aid. The requisite enemy designation typically requires a formal declaration of war.

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by Anonymousreply 126Last Monday at 3:26 PM

R124, given Trump's approval ratings, I wouldn't say the GOP is good at getting people on their side

by Anonymousreply 127Last Monday at 3:56 PM

I would think this type of information would go to the President's desk immediately. Putin paying for American deaths. This would have zoomed straight to the top.

No excuses.

by Anonymousreply 128Last Monday at 4:24 PM

"Dems aren’t half as good as the GOP in that regard."

Not to worry, R124. We now have The Lincoln Project on our side, to do the job Democrats seem to be genetically incapable of doing. Unfortunately, after Trump is gone, they'll turn around and resume using their tactics on Democrats, but maybe, just maybe, Dems will grow a spine by then and learn to fight fire with fire by sitting at the feet of the masters.

by Anonymousreply 129Last Monday at 4:45 PM

I keep trying to share the CNN article from today about Trump’s disastrous phone calls with foreign leaders, but Datalounge keeps rejecting it. It’s really good (and LONG). Maybe someone else can manage to link it?

“ From pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump's phone calls alarm US officials”

by Anonymousreply 130Last Monday at 4:47 PM

CNN reported earlier that Trump did indeed get briefed on the subject. He knew.

by Anonymousreply 131Last Monday at 5:02 PM

The Democratic Party is passive, like a sub bottom. It never takes the lead.

by Anonymousreply 132Last Monday at 5:23 PM

Oh bitches, this is NOT going away

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by Anonymousreply 133Last Monday at 5:33 PM

R133 That’s my senator! Go Chris Murphy!

by Anonymousreply 134Last Monday at 6:38 PM

The AP is now reporting the WH was aware of the Russian/Taliban bounty in MARCH *2019*, a full year earlier than has been reported. John Bolton supposedly briefed him personally. Bolton has not commented on this story and does not mention the bounty in his book (it was likely scrubbed for security concerns before publication).

Reporting on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show now.

by Anonymousreply 135Last Monday at 6:55 PM

R135, apparently Bolton told several colleagues that he had verbally briefed Trump about the bounties.

And Trump thought he was going to use the Confederate statues to turn his campaign around,

by Anonymousreply 136Last Monday at 6:58 PM

Is this worse than Ukraine? Is this Trump’s “Benghazi, but real”?

How successful do we think Trump will be convincing his stupid supporters that this is all “fake news” and bad intel?

by Anonymousreply 137Last Monday at 7:00 PM

Bolton was hired to write a thinly-veiled Valentine to Trump. Yeah, there's a couple scandalous tidbits. But mostly the book is to portray a person who is walking and talking and wearing a suit and having meetings and making decisions and solving problems. Trying to make him not look like a totally confused, low-IQ, bitter sociopath who spends his day plotting revenge against his 'enemies'.

by Anonymousreply 138Last Monday at 7:03 PM

His followers know that everything alleged about him is true, R137. They're like Holocaust deniers. They know it happened, they just enjoy laughing about it.

by Anonymousreply 139Last Monday at 7:08 PM

This motherfucker needs to be in prison NOW. How in the hell do you call yourself an American and support someone like Trump who has NEVER shown any patriotism whatsoever? What a garbage human you must be to support such a low-life.

I mean the only fucking thing we've ever seen from this family is the first lady's tits. It's fucking ridiculous. Every Trump supporter needs to be thrown out of the country. You're enemies of the state. This isn't a mere "freedom of speech" issue. You literally support a cockroach who protects a foreign country that actively wants to kill Americans.

by Anonymousreply 140Last Monday at 7:08 PM

R138 ...huh? Bolton said Trump is incompetent and that he won’t be voting for him this year. And the book shows Trump to put his own personal political interests (i.e. re-election) over the national interests time and again.

Where are you getting this idea that he was “hired” to write a “Valentine” to Trump? Are you thinking of someone else?

by Anonymousreply 141Last Monday at 11:28 PM

Of course Trump found it not credible. Ge chose not to believe it. He only believes Putin.

by Anonymousreply 142Last Tuesday at 2:28 AM

Of course Trump found it not credible. Ge chose not to believe it. He only believes Putin.

by Anonymousreply 143Last Tuesday at 2:28 AM

I'm 100% rooting for Russia paying the Talibans to kill our troops and even having Putin as co-President of the USA as long as it allows us to own the Libs. That's what our life is for.

by Anonymousreply 144Last Tuesday at 4:49 AM

So far, top Republicans have been briefed. NATO has been briefed. The UK has been briefed. Top Democrats today will be briefed. But the president, allegedly, has not been briefed, nor are there plans to do so, according to the National Security Advisor.

Trump Advisor, O’Brien says Trump hasn’t been briefed “on the items,” while not saying what “the items” are. More importantly, a report from the Associated Press says former Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton has said he briefed Trump in March of 2019 on the intelligence showing Russia was offering bounties to the Taliban to kill American soldiers. And The New York Times reports Trump was briefed in writing back in April.

O’Brien goes on to say, “should the situation warrant action,” Trump will be briefed.

by Anonymousreply 145Last Tuesday at 6:15 AM

OF COURSE, Trump was briefed previously. Do you really think the President would ever be kept in the dark about something like this--particularly since it was considered important enoughto publish it in the briefing papers.

Trump is doing the only thing he knows--deny deny deny

by Anonymousreply 146Last Tuesday at 6:21 AM

Impeach him again, for treason.

by Anonymousreply 147Last Tuesday at 7:28 AM

I don't know why it would be Russia. =DJT

Democrats should re-take "Patriotism from the Repubcanlies once and for all. Led by veterans, We should camp out in front of Russian Embassies, Republican congresspeople until action he is gone. His own CURRENT administration says he is a threat to national security.

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by Anonymousreply 148Last Tuesday at 8:56 AM

[quote]Bolton said Trump is incompetent and that he won’t be voting for him this year. And the book shows Trump to put his own personal political interests (i.e. re-election) over the national interests time and again.

Sickening that Bolton got paid for saying something many of us fucking knew about Trump from the moment he was fucking born.

by Anonymousreply 149Last Tuesday at 9:01 AM

Meanwhile in Afghanistan today....

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by Anonymousreply 150Last Tuesday at 9:15 AM

r150, how many people are being murdered in the US as we speak?

by Anonymousreply 151Last Tuesday at 9:16 AM

How are veterans and military types feeling about this? I’m not being snotty; I don’t know.

by Anonymousreply 152Last Tuesday at 9:19 AM

Don’t forget about Treasonous Trump’s fans.

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by Anonymousreply 153Last Tuesday at 10:10 AM

Another thread, r151. In fact, many other threads. But I appreciate your adherence to our cause.

I'll play with your dick if you play with mine.

by Anonymousreply 154Last Tuesday at 1:56 PM
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