Monthly Archives: December 2016

Operation American Greatness: Russiagate Links 12 Dec 2016

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Fred Kaplan: How will Trump react to reports that Russia was trying to get him elected? – Slate

Obama is famously resistant (some have said he’s “allergic”) to escalating conflicts, especially if the conflict doesn’t threaten vital U.S. interests. But the United States has few interests more vital than assuring that a foreign power doesn’t tilt a presidential

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Jonathan Chait: Trump, McConnell, and the Triumph of the Will to Power – New York

Perhaps the most amazing revelation in the Post’s report is, “Some of the Republicans in the briefing also seemed opposed to the idea of going public with such explosive allegations in the final stages of an election.” Almost immediately afterward,

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@PGourevich: “the immense scale and scope of the nation’s considered & informed dread of the Trump regime” – Twitter

2: Trump's lack of cross-over appeal to those in opposing party to START his presidency it what differentiates him from recent history: — Nick Gourevitch (@nickgourevitch) December 8, 2016 … 10: That's it for now. As usual, @pewresearch does

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Paul R. Pillar: Ideology is Supplanting Intelligence – The National Interest Blog

President-elect Trump already has shown his inclination to reject intelligence analysis when it does not suit his political needs, with his slapping aside of the intelligence community’s judgment about Russian responsibility for hacking of email in the United States.  Here

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Spencer Ackerman: Intelligence figures fear Trump reprisals over assessment of Russia election role – The Guardian

Carle, the retired CIA officer, said Trump’s temperament had played into Russia’s hands and put the president-elect on a collision course with the CIA. He said: “Look, in my professional assessment as an intelligence officer, Trump has a reflexive, defensive,

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The alarming response to Russian meddling in American democracy – The Economist

Talk of Russian hacking puts Republicans in one last bind. Many senior figures on Capitol Hill distrust Mr Putin. But they know that grassroots conservatives see much to like in a Russian-style approach to fighting Islamic terrorism, if that means

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David Frum: Five Questions About Russia’s Election Hacking – The Atlantic

Was there coordination? Was information shared in any way, or did anyone directly or indirectly connected to the Trump campaign offer any advice to any foreign entity about where and how to hack—beyond the president-elect’s own public encouragement? What compromising

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John Schindler: Trump Declares War on the Intelligence Community – Observer

Trump, being new to Washington, doesn’t know that when you declare war on the spies, the spies always win in the end. The IC cares little if anything for partisan politics, but they will protect their turf and their reputation

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Thesis on the Great Trumpian Victory (OAG #6)

… that the great victory of the Trumpists would be in the destruction of faith in the American system, now approaching the consensus position.

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