late wrote:1) You fight or you don't. It's that simple. And you don't want to fight over the Russian attack. So why ignore Russian meddling, and go after the much less important attack by China??
There's more to the Russian meddling story that the Democrats don't want revealed. The smoking gun would be the server, but the Democrats hid it from criminal investigators, and the entire intelligence apparatus of the United States was directed to agree with whatever report CrowdStrike put together, and then the media was directed to parrot both CrowdStrike and "17 US intelligence agencies" when not one of them had done a single forensic investigation into the server. If you are claiming you were attacked, you generally do not hide the evidence unless a) it didn't happen; or, b) you have something to hide that you don't want discovered in a criminal investigation.
late wrote:2) Go proverb: "Rich men don't pick fights"
late wrote:3) Umm, no. It used to be MAD, mutual assured destruction.
For ICBMs. The US even did stupid shit like putting nuclear warheads on top of Nike missiles to use as anti-aircraft in the event of a fleet of Russian bombers. That was all tactical, not strategic.
late wrote:Putin is try to build a new generation of tactical nukes, and use them to intimidate Europe from acting to defend against the Russian conquests he is clearly planning.
So get prepared to fight a limited nuclear war. I think Putin's making a bold move. Most Western leaders are major pussies these days, so it makes sense to push in that direction.
late wrote:4) Quite the opposite of that..
Putin is easy to beat. His conventional forces are a shambles. However, we cannot be fighting two separate wars simultaneously clear on the other side of the planet and still have resources left over to fight Russia. We need a bigger military, or we need to stop starting wars all over the place. Or, the rest of fucking NATO need to stand up armies and put up some leaders with some balls. Who is seriously going to be afraid of Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, etc.? Try to see it from Putin's point of view instead of simply maligning him all the time. What would you do if you were Putin?
Drlee wrote:The democrats have fucked this up by the numbers. IF they wanted any political capital out of this at all they would stretch these hearings out for months. They would force the SCOTUS to rule on executive privilege. They would so weaken Trump that the republicans would have to primary him just to ensure that they had someone in the wings.
They also would not have called so many "disgruntled" witnesses who had never met Trump, never spoken with Trump, and had no direct evidence of any criminal wrongdoing. Schiff screwed the pooch even worse than Nadler at the Mueller hearing.
You are also forgetting something else: it will give Republicans an opportunity to call hostile witnesses--the very thing that was denied to them by Nadler and Schiff. They can even call New York Times and Politico reporters and editors and question them over the Biden stories they ran themselves and from which they are now trying to distance themselves; and, they are germane since Trump mentioned them in the call. Unlike the Nadler and Schiff hearings, which were a virtual bore, Trump gets ratings. People will probably be watching the Senate hearings. If the Democrats were smart, they would kill this off with a vote for censure and move on. I think they are too suicidal at this point.
Imagine if the Trump administration calls in every intelligence official that put out a report on Russian hacking the DNC server. "Did you investigate the DNC server?" "Uh no." "So how do you know that the Russians hacked the server" "Well, uh, uh, we got a report from CrowdStrike." "Isn't CrowdStrike owned by an anti-Russian Ukrainian" "Uh, well uh, yes sir." "So don't you think it would have been a good idea to conduct your own forensic analysis?" "Uh, well uh, yes sir but..." "But what?" "Well, uh, the DNC would not give us access to their server."
An impeachment trial will make the Schiff show look thoughtful and considered even though it went over badly. Trump could make an impeachment trial linger on to make the establishment look terrible. They aren't even considering this.
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