Trump compliments Putin following Obama retaliation

Trump compliments Putin following Obama retaliation
“Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!” President-elect Donald Trump tweetedFriday afternoon, responding to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement that he would not immediately react to retaliatory sanctions on Russia which President Obama debuted as punishment for election interference attempts. The Russian embassy in America retweeted the post. Several hours later, Trump reiteratedhis praise, tweeting that Russians are playing CNN and NBC — but not Fox — for fools.
Source: The Hill, Reuters
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Just assume everything that comes out of Trump is a lie and you can’t go wrong…

Just assume everything that comes out of Trump is a lie and you can't go wrong...
Good advice
Just assume everything that comes out of Trump is a lie and you can't go wrong...
In an odd way though, this is actually a good strategy. A version of the madman theory applied by Nixon in 1968. Not saying I support Trump, but just stating the obvious. If a person lies so much, and so often, people basically give up on trying to understand what you'll do next. And then you've got them right where you want them. Unfortunately I don't think Trump is smart enough to be applying this principle on purpose, and in reality is just bumbling his way forward.
Just assume everything that comes out of Trump is a lie and you can't go wrong...
In an odd way though, this is actually a good strategy. A version of the madman theory applied by Nixon in 1968. Not saying I support Trump, but just stating the obvious. If a person lies so much, and so often, people basically give up on trying to understand what you'll do next. And then you've got them right where you want them. Unfortunately I don't think Trump is smart enough to be applying this principle on purpose, and in reality is just bumbling his way forward. It's only good in the short term, just ask the Nazi elite most of who died or killed themselves because of how "successful" they were at lying their way into power. At some point the truth becomes obvious, for some of us it was obvious a long time ago what a complete sociopath Donald Trump is. The only good thing that will come out of a Trump presidency is how obvious it is the US political system has become the captive of the 1%, as if that wasn't obvious enough already. Trump's Big Lie is that he's an outsider who wants to restore democracy and equality in America. In reality he's a complete takeover of the executive branch of the US by the forces that have been working so hard to destroy democratic representation and economic equality in the US for decades. He's like Loki from the Avengers movie, if allowed Trump will free Americans from the burden of freedom.
Intelligence Report on Russian Hacking The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released on Friday a report that detailed what it called a Russian campaign to influence the election. The report is the unclassified summary of a highly sensitive assessment from American intelligence and law enforcement agencies. JAN. 6, 2017 RELATED ARTICLE http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/06/us/politics/document-russia-hacking-report-intelligence-agencies.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/06/us/politics/russia-hack-report.html WASHINGTON — American intelligence officials have concluded that the president of Russia, Vladimir V. Putin, personally “ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election," and turned from seeking to “denigrate" Hillary Clinton to developing “a clear preference for President-elect Trump." The conclusions were part of a declassified intelligence report, ordered by President Obama, that was released on Friday. Its main determinations were described to Mr. Trump by the nation’s top intelligence officials earlier in the day, and he responded by acknowledging, for the first time, that Russia had sought to hack into the Democratic National Committee’s computer systems. But he insisted that the effort had no effect on the election, and he said nothing about the conclusion that Mr. Putin, at some point last year, decided to aid his candidacy. The report, a damning and surprisingly detailed account of Russia’s efforts to undermine the American electoral system and Mrs. Clinton in particular, went on to assess that Mr. Putin had “aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him."

Oh, but there’s so much more.
Too much to keep up with.

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/06/us/politics/russia-hack-report.html Russians Ridicule U.S. Charge That Kremlin Meddled to Help Trump JAN 7 Trump Finds That Attack-Dog Strategy Has Its Limits JAN 6 Russian Intervention in American Election Was No One-Off JAN 6 What Intelligence Agencies Concluded About the Russian Attack on the U.S. Election JAN 6 Intelligence Chief Criticizes ‘Disparagement’ of Findings on Russian Hacking JAN 5

It’s uglier than you think.

10 most damning findings from report on Russian election interference By Eugene Scott, CNN. - Sat, January 7, 2017 http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/07/politics/intelligence-report-russian-interference/?iid=ob_lockedrail_bottomlist (CNN)The US intelligence community concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an "influence campaign" to harm Hillary Clinton's chances of winning the 2016 election. The declassified reported, released Friday, determined with "high confidence" that Russia's interference -- consisting of hacking Democratic groups and individuals and releasing that information via third-party websites, including WikiLeaks -- helped President-elect Donald Trump win the election. Here are some of the highlights from the report. 1. Goal was to undermine US faith in democratic process “… Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. .…" 2. Effort was ordered by Putin "We assess that influence campaigns are approved at the highest levels of the Russian government - particularly those that would be politically sensitive." 3. Putin's grudge "Putin most likely wanted to discredit Secretary Clinton because he has publicly blamed her since 2011 for inciting mass protests against his regime in late 2011 and early 2012, and because he holds a grudge for comments he almost certainly saw as disparaging him." 4. A 'significant escalation' “… , but these activities demonstrated a significant escalation in directness, level of activity, and scope of effort compared to previous operations." 5. Paid social media trolls “… overt efforts by Russian government agencies, state-funded media, third-party intermediaries and paid social media users or 'trolls.'" 6. #DemocracyRIP “… ProKremlin bloggers had prepared a Twitter campaign, #DemocracyRIP, on election night in anticipation ." 7. Russian media involvement "Russian media hailed President-elect Trump's victory as a vindication of Putin's advocacy of global populist movements - the theme of Putin's annual conference for Western academics in October 2016 -- and the latest example of Western liberalism's collapse." 8. Beyond the US "Moscow will apply lessons learned from its Putin-ordered campaign aimed at the US presidential election to future influence efforts worldwide, including against US allies and their election processes." 9. Other US targets "We assess Russian intelligence services will continue to develop capabilities to provide Putin with options to use against the United States, judging from past practice and current efforts. Immediately after Election Day, we assess Russian intelligence began a spearphishing campaign targeting US government employees and individuals associated with US think tanks and NGOs in national security, defense, and foreign policy fields." 10. Putin and WikiLeaks "In early September, Putin said publicly it was important the DNC data was exposed to Wikileaks, calling the search for the source of the leaks a distraction and denying Russian 'state-level' involvement."

But you can’t prove that people voted based on a lie, or that they voted against their interest. People are saying we should have better relations with Russia. They think Obama started the war in Syria, and have no concept of what a Crimea is. We shouldn’t be calling it “hacking our election”. Keep the “hacking” term in relation to electric grids and election offices and stress RNC when you mention DNC. But talk about issues when you talk about why people voted. And if they say they voted because of a Podesta email, then mention that was from Putin

Why is hacking into DNC computers among others not supposed to be referred to as hacking?
Election interference is what I keep hearing when discussing the election itself,
but that interference was based on hacking into computers among other dirty tricks

Why did people vote for Trump - How about fear and vengeance and that idiotic ability, if not need to believe big promises no matter how transparent and unrealistic*.
But in a way all that is beside the point - when I consider that most all of Trump’s campaign was build on a card house of lies*
and slander and pretty near zero substantive facts based issues. How is someone that disconnect for the reality that others are living going be anything but a disaster?
I’d love be wrong - but to date nothing has given me the slightest reason for hope.
I fear we are entering a period of true nightmares.
First the political and economic fantasy, remove as many rights won by Americans over past couple centuries, then hand over as much of our public lands to
the oligarchs who can afford to buy in, remove as many environmental and consumer protections as possible.
And then while few are paying attention the real monster of global warming climate change,
that would be weather patterns changing radically (see California for some of the details on that) and sea levels rising, will start hitting home,
which will provide us with yet more opportunities for scapegoating people with more rage and fear at “the others.”
As they say, hang on, it’s going to be a rough ride.
* Someone please do correct me, if you think my assessment of Trump’s dependence on, fantasy, hate-mongering, and lies is an inaccurate characterization of the man’s campaign.

But you can't prove that people voted based on a lie, or that they voted against their interest.
And you can't prove that the sun is going to rise tomorrow morning.