Some Puppet

Oh:

So how does this fit the Trump-is-a-Putin-puppet narrative? Or are we to believe the US Secretary of State says things like this in order to mask Trump’s pro-Russian policies like, erm, trying to get Germany off Russian gas and pay more for NATO?

Here’s my theory: Trump isn’t beholden to Putin.

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8 thoughts on “Some Puppet

  1. Even if Trump was, how could Putin control him. If you have a spy, you need Pence (2ic) not Trump.

    What power do they have over him? Even if it was billions in loans, he could simply organise a sanction regieme to nullify them. Then claim it was a blackop. What photos could they have paedo? That was tried during campaign but didn’t fly.

  2. Doesn’t seem like his meeting with Putin did much for Russia.

    As for Crimea, I’m terribly torn. I just don’t see it ever,going back to Ukraine. The seizure was an abomination, but what the hell do we do about it now?

  3. As for Crimea, I’m terribly torn. I just don’t see it ever,going back to Ukraine. The seizure was an abomination, but what the hell do we do about it now?

    I’m the same: it won’t ever go back to Ukraine, and the time to do something about it was when it happened (massive, crippling sanctions including isolating Russia financially, e.g. by kicking them out of the SWIFT system and, like with Iran, imposing massive financial penalties on any foreign company doing business there).

  4. Proof Russia can turn anything to shit. Even the Russians in Crimea are worse off than before the invasion.

  5. The most amazing thing is how the Democratic party & Co. were able to transform the disclosure of their cheating and maneuvering around the election into a case where this very disclosure is presented as an attack against “democracy itself”.
    I don’t think that any intelligent American politician seriously believe Trump colluded with Putin. It’s simply an egregious instance of brazen political cynicism, unthinkable without the full support of most media. It’s a whole social class who feels its status is at stake.

  6. Tis a pity a deal can’t be done over Crimea. Clearly the Russians won’t give up Sevastopol without a fight, and since the EU tried to get Ukraine into the western camp, rather than the theoretically neutral position it had after independence, that means Russia will fight for Crimea. And I doubt there is a possible successor to Putin who would be any different.
    Recognition of Crimea as Russian in return for Russia butting out of Ukraine would be an improvement on the present, but who knows, perhaps Trump can get an even better deal.

  7. Clearly the Russians won’t give up Sevastopol without a fight

    I have no idea why. From what I can tell, the Russian strategic requirement to maintain Sevastopol was based on their being too lazy or broke to move it elsewhere. I’m always surprised how many people, including Russians, seem unaware Russia has a long Black Sea coastline which includes a large port.

  8. Possibly for the same reason 95% of Britons would not give up the Falklands without a fight, and don’t even think about the Isle of Wight.

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