I received my copy of Putin’s Praetorians: Confessions of the Top Kremlin Trolls. It contains the previously cited chapter by The Saker and lots of people I’ve known about.
“Sometimes it is necessary to be lonely in order to prove you are right.” – Vladimir Putin
From Moon of Alabama On Michael Flynn:
The “collusion” here is between the Israeli government and the Trump campaign. The “influence” is two part. A successful Israeli attempt to influence the incoming Trump administration and an unsuccessful attempt by Trump people to influence the Russian UNSC vote. The issue has absolutely zero to do with the U.S. election.
From Robert Parry:
National Security Adviser Flynn was pushed into a perjury trap by Obama administration holdovers at the Justice Department who concocted an unorthodox legal rationale for subjecting Flynn to an FBI interrogation four days after he took office, testing Flynn’s recollection of the conversations while the FBI agents had transcripts of the calls intercepted by the National Security Agency…
[T]he criminal charge against Flynn has nothing to do with election “collusion” but rather President-elect Trump’s aides weighing in on foreign policy controversies during the transition. And, the first initiative was undertaken at the request of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, not Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Kushner Is “Senior Official” Who Ordered Flynn To Contact Russia
From Andrew McCarthy:
Trading a plea on minor charges for cooperation is a foolish gambit that badly damages the prosecutor’s case. It suggests that the cooperator must not have disclosed details about the major scheme. Otherwise the prosecutor would have charged him with it. It implies that the prosecutor is so desperate to make a case on a major target that he gave bad actors a pass on serious charges — something experienced prosecutors know that juries hate. It is even worse to plead accomplices out on false-statements counts. This establishes that the main thing the jury should know about the accomplice is that he is not to be trusted.
WSJ Editorial Board Calls On “Too Conflicted” Mueller To Step Down
Russian Olympic Committee banned from 2018 Winter Games, athletes allowed to compete as neutrals
“Declaration Of War”: Trump Jerusalem Decision Sparks Outrage, Warning Of “A Fire With No End In Sight”
He is declaring war in the Middle East, he is declaring war against 1.5 billion Muslims, hundreds of millions of Christians that are not going to accept the holy shrines to be totally under the hegemony of Israel.
Giving the opposition rope to hang themselves is consistent with his actions regarding the FBI/CIA/GOP.
Sometimes a man must take drastic measures to rid himself of a son-in-law.
Never forget that Trump mocks Pence for being a Christofascist.
[W]hen people met with Trump after stopping by Pence’s office, Trump would ask them, “Did Mike make you pray?”
From Moon of Alabama:
The Arab public, which gets little coverage in the “western” press, is seething.
From the comments:
Well, if it were my wish for Israel to stop existing, then THIS would have been my move.
From Patrick Cockburn:
There are 200,000 Israeli settlers and 370,000 Palestinians in East Jerusalem…
It might have been a good idea from the point of view of Israel and the White House to let the issue lie.
Not if your goal is to put an end to Zionism.