While Television News Focuses On Trivia, Vladimir Putin Tries To Get Trump Elected

All day Sunday, and it didn’t matter what cable news channel you watched, the talkers were all excited that they had themselves a “no unity” angle with which to cover the Democratic National Convention this week.

Sadly, that is part of why there is a real possibility that Donald Trump can ruin the world.

One would think Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the DNC, was some kind of household name. Hardly. She is known mostly to people who follow politics closely, which is not most people. Her resignation, though, has been treated like it was the worst day in the history of the Democratic Party. And the whole email nonsense associated with her resignation has been treated like the worst thing to happen to the country since the JFK assassination.

Meanwhile, there is this from Defense One:

How Putin Weaponized Wikileaks to Influence the Election of an American President

The lede:

Close your eyes and imagine that a hacking group backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin broke into the email system of a major U.S. political party. The group stole thousands of sensitive messages and then published them through an obliging third party in a way that was strategically timed to influence the United States presidential election. Now open your eyes because that’s what just happened.

Why would Putin want to see Trump elected? Come on. You know why. The Russian despot wants an ignorant buffoon in the White House so he can be even more aggressive in Europe. Period.

But most of the television news time the past 24 hours—with lots and lots more to come—has been focused on Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is obviously the most dangerous person in the world.


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  1. Putin is playing with fire. Depending on which side of the bed Trump gets up on that morning, he just might nuke him.


  2. ansonburlingame

     /  July 25, 2016

    Russia, Trump, Sanders, who knows might have hacked the DNC emails. I am confident the FBI can figure it out however and will await the results of yet another investigation.

    To be balanced, the GOP establishment did not want Trump nor did the Democratic establishment want Sanders. One “establishment” won and the other was unsuccessful. But, both Trump and Hillary won their respective primaries without packing any ballot boxes. Now we the people must live with such results. I hope they pass out nose clips in general election polling booths!. I am rather confident a majority of Americans voters feel the same way, not liking either choice before us.



    • You are right about the political establishments, for sure. I’m curious, though, Anson. Your military email folks must be alarmed at Trump’s embrace of Putin and his NATO comments, not to mention what he has said about nukes in Asia, etc. Or do they hate Dems so much that they don’t see it or don’t care? Also, you must realize that anything but a vote for Hillary Clinton is a de facto vote for Trump, who is perhaps the most dangerous presidential candidate in our history, right? I’d be interested in hearing just what you plan on doing in November. (We can get into budget issues later, by the way. There is no way, based on what I know of your past concern about the deficit, that you could possibly consider Trump’s economic policies–which change every time he talks about them–anything but a joke.)



  3. ansonburlingame

     /  July 26, 2016


    American political choices today resemble, to me, a dumbbell, large mass on Right and Left and not much in between. Trump’s almost exclusive hold on non-college grad white men and the Dem hold on ……. (everything else?) leaves me no choice. By marking a ballot in favor of Clinton or Trump is just a revolting thought. However if Pence and Kane were on each ticket, well I could honestly vote in favor of something and still be able to live with myself, not matter which man won.

    What is happening today reminds me of 1972 given the choice of McGovern or Nixon, at least to a degree. There is no doubt in my mind that Hillary will sweep the presidential election. I am reading your blog now to see if I can find a way to vote in her favor. But the more she is forced to placate the Left in her campaign, the harder it becomes.

    On the other hand, with Trump as Commander in Chief I believe the world will be much closer to the use of nuclear weapons in some form. He doesn’t even understand the Triad, much less the meaning of the word deterrence. Just consider putting yourself in the place of a CO of a submarine at sea and totally remote from the details of world events. A “shoot something” order is received. With Trump in charge I seriously doubt I would pull the trigger. Thus my thoughts of resigning my commission if he won.

    On the other hand consider the Lt. Col in command of a battalion of Marines in ??? With Hillary in charge the Rules of Engagement (ROE) would be so tangled up that many of his men could easily DIE.

    As for my college classmates (military buddies) web site, we have become too old now. Most of the posts relate to prostate cancer concerns or Navy football. I have essentially stopped reading it.



    • Anson,

      I wish you still had some informative connection with those right-wing veterans you use to talk about. I would like to know what they are thinking about Trump.

      In any case, you’re worried about ROE and Hillary Clinton. Funny thing, but she gets attacked for being so much more hawkish than Obama, and so much more admired by the military because of it. I don’t think you have to worry on that account. If you want to worry about people dying, you are right to suggest that with Trump “the world will be much closer to the use of nuclear weapons.” That is death on a scale we shudder to contemplate.

      I don’t really understand why you are worried about how far Hillary has to go left to keep her base intact. There is virtually no chance that anything the left wants done will get done until there is a substantial majority of liberal Democrats in the Senate, not to mention the House. You are safe on that account for as far as the eye can see. In fact, her economic policies are fairly conservative, in the sense that they are “paid for,” albeit by tax increases on the wealthy. And Trump’s policies, as any number of economists will tell you, are utterly nuts.

      So, again, let’s face it. You are left with the reality that not voting for Hillary Clinton is in fact a vote for Trump. It is a vote she won’t get. That’s what I tell everyone I see who either doesn’t like her personally or doesn’t like her policy positions. The alternative is unthinkable, both in terms of domestic policy and, to a much greater extent because of the danger involved, foreign policy.

      This is just one of those elections, maybe the first one ever for all I know, where men and women who love this country have to put aside ideological or partisan considerations and look at the obvious truth that Trump is a disturbed and disturbing know-nothing who, quite possibly, could (at the least) destabilize the West and (at the most) lead us into a nuclear holocaust.


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