Thursday, October 13, 2016

Putin's game with the November election: his patsy is Donald Trump ... by gimleteye

Vladimir Putin lives by the power of disinformation and misdirection. Putin stole billions. He is ruthless and unchallenged in Russia.

Donald Trump has the inclination of a dictator. His net worth is questionable. Trump has an eye for weakness but is clueless about diplomacy, history, and context. Putin has no respect for rule of law. Trump doesn't even understand the US Constitution. He would be, in a word, Putin's patsy.

Vladimir Putin can read the US polls. Why would he push so hard from Trump's corner with such a small chance of Trump winning in November? Already the international nervousness and turmoil the Trump camp created has served Russia's interests. For Russia today, stirring the pot is its own reward.

Since the end of World War II, the Soviet Union/ Russia has had a single objective: to erode US power wherever possible. With international turmoil, its possibilities increase. Trump -- with pledges to upset NATO and other signposts of international cooperation -- is Putin's way in.

As a historical matter Russia has never operated from the center of international power, because its aims are so clearly transparent and hostile to the Western world and industrialized nations. Trump threatens to upend the cardinal rule of post-war diplomacy: contain Russia.

The chip on Putin's shoulder is Russia's eternal grievance: that it always operates from the margins toward the center.

In the era of globalization and technology, Russia is still minor partner even compared to China, the behemoth at its border. Putin detests Obama exactly for this reason: a minority has more power and influence than he has. With Trump, Putin sees how the tables could turn. The volatile non-politician Trump, who lacks the character and stability to be a leader, would be an easy trophy.

Hillary, on the other hand, stands for diplomatic centeredness and cultural diversity that is an anathema to Putin.

Putin views Trump as his Trojan Horse. Putin has already taken clear advantage of US policy disasters in the Syria, where Russia can wage war on behalf of another dictator, Assad, without a single concern in the world.

American voters are right to worry there is something in Donald Trump's tax returns that show indebtedness to Russia. By withholding his tax returns, Trump wins. If he loses the election, with Russian businessmen and with Putin, he still wins.

As for Russia meddling in US elections, why wouldn't it if the means were available and its opportunity in Donald Trump so near at hand.


Anonymous said...

It's not Putin. The guys behind the SONY hack have all of the 33,000 emails. Really wasn't a hack. Cloud server storage.

Geniusofdespair said...


Americans should vote for Donald Trump as president next month or risk being dragged into a nuclear war, according to a Russian ultra-nationalist ally of President Vladimir Putin who likes to compare himself to the U.S. Republican candidate.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a flamboyant veteran lawmaker known for his fiery rhetoric, told Reuters in an interview that Trump was the only person able to de-escalate dangerous tensions between Moscow and Washington.

By contrast, Trump's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton could spark World War Three, said Zhirinovsky, who received a top state award from Putin after his pro-Kremlin Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) came third in Russia's parliamentary election last month.

Anonymous said...

Reuters has a poll with +17% democrats. Reuters, good one.

Anonymous said...

The sad thing is Trump is so gullible that he is easy prey for the Russians. We all caught it right away. In the contest of freedom vs dictatorship, Americans will always go for freedom.

Anonymous said...

The Russian strategy to destroy America and all of the values we hold dear, was to infiltrate redneck, alright groups, and find a leader who could make it happen. So they are making their play now. But all of our enimies need to understand, we are much stronger than it appears. Divide and conquer won't work with us. Trump will go down, and the American flag will continue to fly high and be a light to the world.

Anonymous said...

Gimleteye, all you say is correct, however, from the point of view of Russia, the US is not all lilly white. We do cooperate and at the same time plot against them. We have our Monroe doctrine and Putin has his own Monroe or Putin doctrine.
Case in point: Our own Cuba policy the last 55 Years, or various escapades in Central and South America. Not to mention our impositions around the world.

US Government may be well intended, but lots of politics gets crafted by business, which then employs the trust, or as the say: el poder del Gobernomiento.

All this us against them is quite silly, when one sees how the "two powers" get along, when it's about business. One just has to read the trusty international business press, to understand how business is comfortable engaging anywhere, with any body, if it meet's their interest's. Nationalism is for the foot soldiers, quite sad.

As a example, I had European friends query me, about a new Senate Aid setup, they where contemplating over there. When I told them, we had precisely this contemplated system, and its implications, their jaws dropped, and where furious the local press did not pic up on its obvious down falls. They said: sooner or later your shit is trying to make its way over here.

My point is, in politics not all players are well intention-ed, anywhere!
Add to that the crazy decisions voter some times make, out of pure ignorance. And by that I include voters in Country's that have a lot more say then in the US.