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The Russians are coming!

December 12, 2016

In fact, according to the latest forms of Democrat hysteria, they have already been. I’m not even sure I know what the Russians have been accused of doing. Here’s a version of the story that mirrors my own scepticism: Trump on Russia meddling in US election: ‘I don’t believe it’.

US intelligence has previously linked Russia to leaks of damaging email from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign but saw it as a broad bid to undermine confidence in the US political process.

On Friday, however, the Washington Post reported that the CIA has since concluded that the aim of the cyber intrusions was to help Trump win the election.

The New York Times quoted a senior administration officials as saying there was “high confidence” that the Russians hacked both the Democratic and Republican National Committees, but leaked only documents damaging to Clinton through WikiLeaks.

There is no doubting that WikiLeaks made a difference, and it would be interesting if it turned out that the Russians thought of Hillary as the less reliable partner. There is, of course, Obama with his ‘the 1980s Are Calling, They Want Their Foreign Policy Back’ which he said after Romney had stated that Russia was the largest geopolitical threat during the debates in 2012. But more amusing was when Donald Trump Called on Russia to Find Hillary Clinton’s Missing Emails. This is from The NYT on July 27.

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Mr. Trump said during a news conference here in an apparent reference to Mrs. Clinton’s deleted emails. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

Since they have no sense of humour on the left, and specially no appreciation of irony, I will point out that it was meant as a joke. As the story concludes:

Mr. Trump’s apparent willingness to avoid condemning Mr. Putin’s government is a remarkable departure from United States policy and Republican Party orthodoxy, and has fueled the questions about Russian meddling in the campaign. Mr. Trump has denied that, saying at the news conference that he has never met Mr. Putin, and has no investments in Russia.

“I would treat Vladimir Putin firmly, but there’s nothing I can think of that I’d rather do than have Russia friendly as opposed to the way they are right now,” he said, “so that we can go and knock out ISIS together.”

I would like to have Russia friendly as well. We are no longer in the middle of the cold war, and there is this business about ISIS.

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