What the Fuck is Happening With Tucker Carlson?

I don’t care about Tucker Carlson. He’s a prick that says prick-y things. Who cares. But this narrative he’s frantically pushing about the NSA spying on him, is over the top, even for Tucker. And the guy literally looks scared. For reals and true. Look at this Maria Bartiromo video clip in this Mediaite article from earlier this morning. Dude is scared. Also, what the fuck happened to Maria? She enunciates like Judge Jeannine now. Remember when she used to be the hot business chick on CNBC?

What we do know is: Tucker is the writer, director, and actor in this entire narrative. He is the creator. All we can do is measure Tucker’s story to itself. As it stands, there is no one we can condemn, and no actions to demand, because this is completely nothing. To Tucker, it’s really super-duper important, but it’s nothing. Nothing until outside forces enter the scene. It’s only a story right now and that’s totally fine.

Let’s examine his story’s narrative.

He says he was at a funeral in DC last week, and accidently ran into someone who said, “I have a message for you,” and then “the person” repeated back to him details from Carlson’s emails and texts. Also, the NSA has this information “…and that was proven by the person repeating back the details of the texts and emails.” So the person saying it, proves the NSA has the information? So the “person” works for the NSA, or someone in the DoD? That’s kinda what he’s implying, isn’t it. Could be true or not, but he is certainly implying it.

Carlson then says he learned yesterday, that the NSA has leaked this information to other journalists (plural), and the information will come out soon. Carlson got a call from a journalist whom he knows and likes, who said as much. So that’s not the person who is going to be leaking it. We now have three to four or even more different people aware of the story.

This is starting to sound pretty sloppy for the NSA isn’t it? Like the NSA is shopping this story all over the place? Nah, come on Tucker.

Tucker says, the reason the NSA is leaking this, apparently all over the place, is because they want to discredit him. They want to threaten opposition journalists. Meh.

He says the NSA never denied it. Although they had.

Carlson goes on to say he talked to NSA officials (plural), and this was confirmed. He had a “shouting match with NSA officials.” Who used artful terms, that he is not a target of an investigation. This fits nicely with the above NSA rebuttal. He wasn’t targeted, and the NSA does in fact spy on foreign officials. Those aren’t statements in conflict.

So he has had communications with someone about something…and that person was a target of the NSA. In the course of investigating their target, they came across Tucker Carlson communications. Right? This is what Tucker Carlson is really, clearly implying. We can all see that.

Interesting to note, with Maria, Tucker says, that it’s known that the NSA gives information to the Justice Dept., in order for them to charge American citizens with crimes. He doesn’t Blame Biden, he says the NSA is a free operator. So whatever has happened, started during the Trump Admin, right? He both says, it’s a political operation for “opposition journalists” and the Biden Admin isn’t the one directing it, which are two statements in conflict. So if it is in fact the NSA, they or the DOJ didn’t act on it under Trump. Right? He’s very much stuck on the idea that the DOJ is going to use this information.

Is this hinting that he is going to be charged with something, or that something uncomfortable is going to be leaked by other journalists. It’s hard to figure where Tucker is going with this. These two things don’t coexist well. Unless it is going to be leaked *and* he is going to be charged nearly simultaneously. Really, really doubt that.

Tucker is bemoaning the fact that “the press” isn’t protecting him on the behalf of journalism. No one has any fucking idea what the fuck you’re talking about Tucker, how can others protect you from what is not clear, based on the sounds coming out of your mouth? When whatever documents there are come out, maybe then. No clue.

Now tonight’s video of Tucker on his own show:

Again Tucker is blaming everyone else for not protecting him. Now he seems more of the mind to blame the Biden administration, something he didn’t do earlier with Maria.

Sources in the intel community told at least one reporter in Washington about Tucker’s emails. So this is yet another named person(s) who have the information.

  1. Someone he implies is in the NSA or DoD.

2. A journalist friend.

3. Some unknown “journalists” plural.

4. NSA officials he shouted at.

5. A source in the Intel community (and by extension that reporter who might be one of the above or not)

-A lot of people.

Now it’s starting to get interesting. Tucker’s going to tie it up for us and make it a little clearer.

Tucker goes on to describe how he contacted “some people” about an interview with Putin. He lets slips, “Emailing with people who know Putin, are you?” as he mocks what he pretends is the NSA’s position.

He says Putin does evil things, so of course any American journalist who might want to interview Putin would be painted as evil as well, and that’s how the NSA plans on discrediting Tucker Carlson. Because he’s evil enough to talk to an evil man.

This is just incredible bullshit. That he felt the need to contact Putin through special connections other than the vast resources he has at his fingertips at Fox? Special connections, which he admitted are people who personally know Putin.

Interviewing Putin happens to be a big fucking deal that Americans love to see, because it’s rare and we WANT an American journalist asking Putin the tough questions. We know that’s effing true because the NBC interview of Putin, 3 weeks ago, was hyped for days and people were psyched to see it. That wasn’t a mark of shame, it was an effing gold star. So the entire “evil by association is the NSA’s whole plan” is nonsens

Tucker’s chief concern throughout all of this, is the DOJ is going to charge him with something. What is clear to me is that the Putin-interview narrative is not the actual epicenter of this story.

We, as of yet, have no reason to believe anything about the NSA or DOJ, unless these documents are marked, and even then, it’s not a sure thing either of those leaked the documents. If they are clean, Tucker is trying to get out in front of what he fears would be a investigation, by acting like the government was behind it the whole time. This could also be true if they are marked.

UPDATE. My entire understanding was from watching these 2 vids. I have zero information aside from those. Emptywheel on twitter (a great guy for legal stuff) has this whole complex theory that the intermediaries Tucker spoke to, are in custody with prolly the FBI, and this whole thing is a self-leak to run the Putin-interview story as cover up. i don’t get how that all works, but he knows a lot more stuff than me.

Then I went over to a Trumpublican thread and read what they had to say…they pretty much are only worried about Tucker being “unmasked”. Once that word enters the story, it’s game over. Nothing else will matter. Go figure. No intellectual curiosity whatsoever.

Extra updated: After reading some twitter threads today from both sides of the aisle, what has emerged to me is this:

Focusing on “who” leaked the information might be a complete waste of time. For all we know, it may very well be Tucker himself. An important thing to focus on right now, and later, is that Tucker is completely in control of the narrative. It’s all his to do with as he pleases. What pleases him is to highlight “unmasked” because that is an absolute trigger for those on the right. It literally doesn’t matter what happens after this because the magic word has been spoken. No matter what comes out, it will all be a “process crime” of the left, even if there are no crimes. It’s finished. Over.

What is also crystal clear, is this is just a firestorm of utter bullshit. With idiot conspiracy theories all over the place that are based on nothing. No-thing. There is nothing.

Finally, what is clear, is that there shall be a different topic, the actual thing that happened. it isn’t the Putin interview. It’s the other thing that Tucker did, whatever the fuck it is. This entire charade is created to excuse that other thing.

How Ukraine Came to Mistrust Candidate Trump

This post, although fine to read by itself, is a reference point for my complete deconstruction of the GOP narrative (in progress. including this and this.) about Ukraine interference in the 2016 US election.

Listed here are the public statements of candidate Donald Trump that would lead some Ukrainian leaders to disapprove of a Trump presidency. This is how Ukraine came to mistrust Donald Trump. Their opinions weren’t created in a vacuum. They did not conspire with the Clinton campaign, they didn’t even conspire with each other. Individuals voiced their dislike of Donald Trump, in the same fashion people did the world over, including, most vehemently, in the US.

These quotes and references begin from his early candidacy up to the GOP convention when he was the GOP nominee. I have inserted some opinion pieces that Ukrainians may have read to form their opinions. Be aware, as the months went by, a groundswell of disapproval for Trump becomes more and more apparent. With a consensus that Trump would be a dreadful president in general, awful for Ukraine, and excellent for Russia in particular.

Taking these points in totality, it is clear, Donald Trump had little to no interest in Ukraine at best. At worst, he signaled Russia should not be held to account for invading Ukraine, the US should not be in the business of protecting Ukraine, and Russia had a strong, greatly admired leader that never did anything wrong.

July 13, 2015: Maria Butina. Trump would get along great with Putin, and the sanctions resulting from the invasion of Ukraine aren’t necessary.

July 31, 2015: Ukraine is Europe’s problem.

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. should only step in on Crimea if European countries ask for help and, until then, it remains “Europe’s problem.””Let me explain first of all — this is Europe’s problem much more than ours, OK?” Trump told CNN during a trip to Scotland.

Aug. 16, 2015: Trump doesn’t care if Ukraine joins NATO…or not.

In the same “Meet the Press” interview with Todd, Trump expressed ambivalence about allowing Ukraine into NATO.

“I would not care that much to be honest with you. Whether it goes in or doesn’t go in, I wouldn’t care. If it goes in, great. If it doesn’t go in, great. Look, I would support NATO,” Trump said. “Why isn’t Germany, Chuck, leading this charge? Why is the United States? I mean, we’re like the policemen of the world. And why are we leading the charge in Ukraine?”

Many might agree with Trump’s general point, but it very much matters whether Ukraine is a member of NATO: One of the organization’s founding principles, codified in Article 5 of the treaty, specifies that member countries must take “such action as it deems necessary,” as “an armed attack on one … shall be considered an armed attack on all.” Russia’s 2014 invasion of Crimea and subsequent meddling in eastern Ukraine could have obligated the United States to come to Ukraine’s defense, were the country a NATO member.

Sept. 9, 2015: CLINTON takes opposite views of Russia/Ukraine

Hillary Clinton, the former U.S. secretary of state who is now a leading contender to be the next president, has called for a stronger response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine and Syria, saying Moscow’s objectives were “to stymie, to confront, and to undermine American power whenever and wherever.”

In thinly veiled criticism of President Barack Obama’s administration and its current approach to Russia, Clinton said that Washington should be doing more in response to Russia’s interference in Ukraine.

“I have been, I remain convinced that we need a concerted effort to really up the costs on Russia and in particular on Putin. I think we have not done enough,” she said following a speech on September 9 at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.

“I am in the category of people who wanted us to do more in response to the annexation of Crimea and the continuing destabilization of Ukraine.”

Sept. 20, 2015: Trump would love meeting with Putin.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump could meet with Vladimir Putin next week — and if it was arranged, Trump says he’d “enjoy doing it.”

“Well, I had heard that he wanted to meet with me,” Trump told NBC News on Saturday. “And certainly I am open to it. I would love to do that if he wants to do that.”

Sept. 30, 2015: Trump says Putin gets an “A” for leadership.

The GOP contender gave the Russian leader a high grade on his skill as a leader, contrasting it to what he considers President Obama’s poor performance.

“I will tell you in terms of leadership he is getting an ‘A,’ and our president is not doing so well,” Trump said. “They did not look good together.”

Oct. 8, 2015: “Russia Today”, the Kremlin’s media arm reports- Russian placed mayor in Yalta, invites Trump to come to the new Russian Crimea, because Trump is an extraordinary person.

We are following the elections process in your country with great interest,” Yalta Mayor Andrey Rostenko wrote in an open letter to Trump published on the city’s website. “We like your election program and we like you as an extraordinary person.”

The mayor added: “After your victory in the election you plan to establish friendly relations with President Putin – and this is an excellent decision.”

Oct.13, 2015: Trump wonders why the US has to deal with the Ukrainian situation

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump believes European countries like Germany – an “economic behemoth” that is selling the United States “a Mercedes Benz a second” – should lead the pushback against Russian aggression in Ukraine. “I think Ukraine’s a wonderful place. I’ve been there and I think it’s great,” Trump told “Face the Nation” in a recent interview. “But Germany and all these countries should be doing something. Why is it always us? What do we have to do with Ukraine? It’s wonderful. We have NATO, we’re going to work with them.”

Oct. 15, 2015: Trump says he doesn’t believe there’s any proof Russia shot down airliner over Ukraine

Donald Trump doesn’t believe there is enough evidence to blame pro-Russian separatists for last year’s downing of a commercial airliner over Ukraine — despite the fact that the U.S. intelligence community believes “with confidence” that pro-Russian separatists shot it down.”That’s a horrible thing that happened,” he said. “It’s disgusting and disgraceful but Putin and Russia say they didn’t do it, the other side said they did, no one really knows who did it, probably Putin knows who did it. Possibly it was Russia but they are totally denying it.”

Oct, 17, 2015: Kremlin states preference for Trump presidency

Kremlin mouthpiece Konstantin Rykov said Wednesday in a Twitter post that Trump won the first Democratic presidential debate, held Tuesday in Las Vegas. In that tweet, Rykov linked to a Russian language, pro-Trump website with a Russian domain, www.Trump2016.ru, that he is likely behind. Until a few weeks ago, Rykov’s Twitter home page featured Trump and his 2016 campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

November 11, 2015: GOP candidate debate. Question to Trump: Russia has invaded Ukraine, what will you do when you’re president. Answer: avoid answering, Yay for Russia!

Q: Now, Russia has invaded Ukraine, and has put troops in Syria. You have said you will have a good relationship with Mr. Putin. So, what does President Trump do in response to Russia’s aggression?

TRUMP:

Well, first of all, it’s not only Russia. We have problems with North Korea where they actually have nuclear weapons. You know, nobody talks about it, we talk about Iran, and that’s one of the worst deals ever made…. yada yada yada. Word salad…

But, as far as the Ukraine is concerned, and you could Syria — as far as Syria, I like — if Putin wants to go in, and I got to know him very well because we were both on 60 Minutes, we were stablemates, and we did very well that night.

But, you know that.

But, if Putin wants to go and knocked the hell out of ISIS, I am all for it, 100%, and I can’t understand how anybody would be against it…

Read this part of his word-salad answer, he turns concern for the airliner downed over Ukraine by Russia, into a Russian plane shot down by Ukraine-

TRUMP:

…They blew up a Russian airplane. He cannot be in love with these people. He’s going in, and we can go in, and everybody should go in. As far as the Ukraine is concerned, we have a group of people, and a group of countries, including Germany — tremendous economic behemoth — why are we always doing the work?

We are — I’m all for protecting Ukraine and working — but, we have countries that are surrounding the Ukraine that aren’t doing anything. They say, “Keep going, keep going, you dummies, keep going. Protect us…”

Dec.18, 2015: “The Federalist” reports (When the Federalist used to admit what Trump is) that Putin has in effect, endorsed Trump.

Vladimir Putin just weighed in on the U.S. election and basically endorsed Trump, calling him “a really brilliant and talented person, without any doubt.” But what is really disturbing is that Trump endorsed Putin right back: “It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond.” And Trump went way beyond endorsing Putin. He continued: “I have always felt that Russia and the United States should be able to work well with each other towards defeating terrorism and restoring world peace, not to mention trade and all of the other benefits derived from mutual respect.”

Dec. 18, 2015: MSNBC, Trump’s response to the fact that Putin invaded Ukraine and kills journalists- “He’s running his country and at least he’s a leader, unlike what we have in this country.”

Dec. 22, 2015: “National Review” report of Trump-Putin bromance, and Trump’s statement- no proof Putin had any journalists killed.

When it comes to Russian politics, Donald Trump is a useful idiot.

There is powerful evidence that Vladimir Putin is guilty of the murder of journalists, but it is impossible to “prove” his guilt because there is no police force in Russia that will investigate him and no court where he can be held to account.

Under these circumstances, Donald Trump’s statement (to critics who took exception to the mutual praise between the two men) that there is no proof that Putin is guilty of murder is an absurdity. Proof presumes the existence of a state based on law.

Jan. 26, 2016: Trump defends Putin yet again, against charges he had someone assassinated, former KGB agent this time.

“Have they found him guilty? I don’t think they’ve found him guilty,” Trump said in a Tuesday interview with Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo. “They say a lot of things about me that are untrue, too.

“If he did it, fine. But I don’t know that he did it,” Trump said. “You know, people are saying they think it was him, it might have been him, it could have been him. But Maria, in all fairness to Putin — and I’m not saying this because he says, ‘Trump is brilliant and leading everybody’ — the fact is that he hasn’t been convicted of anything.”

“Some people say he absolutely didn’t do it,” Trump added. “First of all, he says he didn’t do it. But many people say it wasn’t him. So who knows who did it?”

Feb 12, 2016: The European Council on Foreign Relations report on what a Trump presidency would mean. Entire document is prophetic and 100% accurate.

March 21,2016: Trump says, the US spends too much money on NATO, and Ukraine is more of a EU issue than a US issue.

March 24, 2016: “Russia Today” tags bizarre US conspiracies against Trump, while promoting him for President.

Although it is a delicious sight watching America’s movers and shakers tremble at the mere mention of Trump’s name, it nevertheless speaks volumes about the condition of US democracy that Americans had to wait for a rich, charismatic real estate developer to come along and save them from the cold-hearted wretchedness of the dual-party, borderline-fascist system.

March 27, 2016: Trump says, NATO is obsolete, terrorism is the real problem, not Russia.

In an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Donald Trump says that the Cold War-era alliance headquartered in Brussels has been revealed as “obsolete” following devastating terrorist attacks in that city this week.

“NATO doesn’t discuss terrorism,” Trump said. “NATO’s not meant for terrorism. NATO doesn’t have the right countries in it for terrorism. NATO was done at a time you had the Soviet Union, which was obviously larger — much larger than Russia is today. I’m not saying Russia is not a threat,” Trump explained. “But we have other threats. We have the threat of terrorism.”

April 6,2016: Europe to US, Ignore Trump, we need NATO

The idea that Europe is free-loading “is a mis-categorization,” Stavridis, who is now dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, said. He said Trump’s comments were “nonsensical,” and Obama’s criticism comes from a position of knowledge.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Trump’s views are akin to “turning our alliance into a protection racket, [and] would reverse decades of bipartisan American leadership.”

April 16, 2016: Why Everyone Should Fear Trump’s Foreign Policy

Trump focuses on the economic costs of the U.S.’s role as the world’s only remaining superpower, with little regard to the benefits of the country’s willingness to assume international leadership (not to be confused with being the world’s policeman), or the potential costs of the U.S. retreating from that role. This narrow-minded economic perspective is particularly evident in his recent statements on NATO. He questions whether NATO serves a useful purpose in a post-Cold War world and suggests that the U.S. is spending too much money stationing American troops in Europe while propping up European countries, who should bear a greater share of the military costs of their own defense.

While the U.S. should pressure the Europeans to spend more for their own defense, to question the utility of NATO when Russian imperialism is on the rise and Vladimir Putin has taken over the Crimea, effectively seized other parts of Ukraine, and established a military base in Syria, demonstrates a stunning lack of political awareness.

April 19, 2016: New York Book Review- With the insertion of Carter Page as foreign policy advisor, a Trump presidency’s EU interests will be guided with Russia in mind.

More extraordinary still, Trump has indicated, in his selection last month of Carter Page as a foreign policy adviser, that American policy to Europe will be guided by Russian interests. Page, heretofore known as an adviser to Russia’s state gas company, has been among the prominent Americans spreading Russian propaganda about Ukraine’s revolution in 2014 and the Russian invasion that followed. In his writings he has questioned Ukraine’s status as an independent state, which is precisely the line that Moscow took to justify its invasion. He maintains—preposterously—that Ukraine is like Quebec inside a Russia that is like Canada. Quebec is a province and Ukraine is a country. He has referred to Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, a signal violation of international law, as the “so-called annexation.”

Finally, and most importantly:

July 21, 2016: GOP nominee Trump removes the inclusion of US providing “lethal defense weapons” to Ukraine from the GOP platform.

The End is Nigh

This morning I was certain the House impeachment inquiry would plod on, only to be dismantled by the machinations of ol’ Mitch McConnell. I’ve changed my mind.

I believe after the events of today, McConnell’s calculations have shifted. With the Syrian debacle, which I believe was crafted during the 2018 Helsinki meeting with Putin, and wrote as much at that time, and this mornings off-the-rails joint press conference with the Italian President doing nothing to quell the world’s unease, added to the unstoppable impeachment inquiry, I believe the time has come.

*I’d like to point out, one of the presumptions I made about the Helsinki meeting with Putin which hasn’t yet fully come to pass, was that we would see an increase in Russian sanctioned assassinations. I believe that time is also upon us. It’s now or never to go after the big fish.*

Also today, Trump held a bipartisan meeting to discuss the situation in Syria and had yet another serious meltdown because he couldn’t take the pressure. A meeting from which the Democrats up and left in the face of his incoherence. Added to this, a truly bizarre letter written by Donny himself that is undoubtedly post dated to 10/9 but certainly more recent, if not today, written to Erdogan:

The time has come. Not that Donny hasn’t been crazy before, but because the real consequences are inevitable now. It’s really happening. We all knew this would happen; everyone knew. The GOP was just willing to pretend it wouldn’t, or willing to believe they could forestall the consequences until the end of Donny’s term, but it’s really happening. Immediate undeniable, world-altering consequences right now are unfolding in tandem with the beginning of Donny’s final breakdown.

Nothing is going to get better. We have always said things are going to get worse…and things are going to get worse than the awful they already are. Donny has truly lost his shit. There is nothing he won’t do now. Nothing. This is the final game, right now. He can get away with altering the world order via Syria. He can, because he just did. He is all powerful you see. He can do anything without consequence. people will cry, sure. They always do.

McConnell has reiterated again today that the Senate will take up the impeachment of Trump as constitutionally mandated (of course he lambasted the Democrats for this whole undertaking while saying this). I had presumed he would just rig it any way he likes, because he can: not call fact witnesses, truncate any questioning, and slam-bang it into a couple days of maddening avoidance of facts. But now, I think his perspective must have changed. Things will get worse and waiting until 2021 is simply too much to ask.

Hey, McConnell still gets to cram the courts full of unqualified ideologues, that’s all he cares about, and that’s all he’s doing anyway. So, if he just makes a deal with Pelosi and Schumer to allow them to present their most compelling evidence, if it’s iron clad, the Senate can be “resigned” to their duty, and he gets to keep the White House and keep his conveyor belt of judicial appointments. Everyone’s happy…or at least DC stays happy.

I don’t expect the House cult members to stop their goofy tirades and distractions, that’s their meal ticket with the cult whether it’s led by Donny or not; whether they remain in the House or employed by Fox News. That won’t change. What I do expect to change, is a suddenly more amenable Senate GOP to the ideas of “listening”or “hearing out the facts” or “doing our duty.”

The time has come, and we can only hope there isn’t any more irreparable damage done to our earth or geo-political stability, but I’m afraid more undesirable and unanticipated events are bound to happen as a part of the play, and they are as unstoppable as the impeachment inquiry.

UPDATE: After I completed this post I learned on the Rachel Maddow Show, that McConnell has told the GOP Senators to plan on spending 6 days a week during, or directly before the holidays on impeachment proceedings. This indicates:

1. He has consulted with Pelosi and Schumer on how they will proceed.

2. He plans on not gimping the trial entirely, but instead plans to take this seriously to some extent.

I believe my analysis is correct.

What’s Wrong Donny?

Oh does Donny have some ouchy, boo-boo faces while he’s stuck in France.  What’s a-matter Donny, huh?  Doesn’t anyone like you?

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Uh oh.  Not much Donny.  Not much.  No wonder you’re feeling kinda blue.

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This next photo just creeps me out.

 

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From a guy that rarely smiles; he’s so much more likely to sneer or clench his dentures in glee at something particularly awful he just said, but when he sees Putin…well look!  That’s a genuine smile.  The stark contrast to the faces of Merkel and Macron which are fucking sobering in their measured looks of disdain and distrust.

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It will be interesting to see if Fox News begins to shift from unbridled propaganda, to a slightly more balanced approach towards Trump.  Or perhaps we will see a little less Trump altogether on Fox News.  That would be an easier path to follow on Fox News, if…if they are in fact on the down low with Mitch McConnell as I outlined in my last post.

https://100percenttrue.wordpress.com/2018/11/11/the-storm-is-coming/

Any such change wouldn’t be particularly jarring on Hannity (he could revert to his profitable conspiracy theories shtick), or Tucker (he’s generally been about the grievance politics most enjoyed by old, white folks via segregationism and a woe-is me, reverse discrimination jedi mindfuck routine).  Nah, the most difficult place to pull off this trick would be on Fox and Friends in the morning.  Even though their messaging is consistently: Liberals, immigrants, minorities becoming the majority and in the driver’s seat of our culture is BAD; their chief vehicle to arrive at those story-lines has been posterboy Donald Trump.  It will be difficult to ween themselves from Donny’s man-teets.

 

We shall see.

It will also be interesting to see how extra-unhinged Donny is when he gets back to his comfy-space.  Is he going to sign a regal-proclamation/executive order to withdraw funding from California in retaliation for their fire fiasco/unplanned deaths that are clogging up Donny’s airtime and messing with his vibes?  Maybe write up a hit-list of which stupid reporters he wants ejected next?

What fucked up thing will he do next, in order to keep the distraction and calamity-caravan that is his reality-tv-presidency, rolling along.  What?

The Secret Trump-Putin Agreements

We cannot know for certain what Trump and Putin agreed upon in their private, unrecorded meeting in Finland.  That they did agree on something, is clear:

“The Russian Defense Ministry is ready for practical implementation of the agreements in the sphere of international security reached by Russian and U.S. presidents, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump,” said Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jul/17/moscow-press-us-cooperation-syria-says-russian-mil/

If we observe Putin’s public comments at the summit, it is possible to deduce some of the topics that were likely discussed and in the case of certain geo-political topics, we can assume what some of their agreements probably were; particularly if we cross-reference Putin’s comments with stated Trump administration positions/ proposals.

Trump’s comments after their private meeting were garbage per usual- teleprompter Trump with some word-salad tossed in.  But Putin…I think this was quite purposefully organized not only to bring the presumption of weight and depth to what it was that had been discussed, but also to signal what is about to happen.

What I read from Putin’s statements, I see an agreement similar (but not nearly as huge and complex) to the Sykes-Picot agreement between France and England of 1916, which has directly lead to much of the continual conflict in the Middle East in it’s boneheaded lack of understanding of the region.  And like that agreement, the Kurds will once again be caught in no man’s land and the result will be similarly catastrophic.

Syria and Israel:

“We have to look for points of contact and interact closer in a variety of international fora. Clearly, we mentioned the regional crisis, for instance Syria. As far as Syria is concerned, the task of establishing peace and reconciliation in this country could be the first showcase example of this successful joint work.

Russia and the United States apparently can act proactively and take – assume the leadership on this issue and organize the interaction to overcome humanitarian crisis and help Syrian refugees to go back to their homes. In order to accomplish this level of successful cooperation in Syria, we have all the required components.

Let me remind you that both Russian and American military acquired a useful experience of coordination of their actions, established the operational channels of communication, which permit it to avoid dangerous incidents and unintentional collisions in the air and in the ground.

Also crushing terrorists in the south west of Syria – the south of Syria – should be brought to the full compliance with the Treaty of 1974 about the separation of forces, about separation of forces of Israel and Syria.

This will bring peace to Golan Heights and bring a more peaceful relationship between Syria and Israel and also to provide security of the state of Israel.”

Although not clear to Trump, it is certainly clear to his advisors the hypocrisy of perpetually bashing immigrants, yet standing idly by while a humanitarian crisis continues day after day in Syria.  So, Trump is informed he must tell Putin to get this shit over with.  I seriously doubt it ever occurred to Putin to ask for US forces to assist in the rapid conclusion of Assad’s hostility against his own people, but he must have told Trump that Syria/Russia/Iran needed some time to get this in order.  So their “useful experience of coordination,” is the US staying out of the way and not making a big stink about the forthcoming extermination.

I am supposing the agreement was- get the killing done fast and don’t let this bleed over into Israel.  That’s the deal.  Russia will speed up the crushing of all civilian resistance, Trump gets assurances that Russia will hold the leash on Iran whom are already encroaching on the Golan Heights.  We will know this is the agreement if we see Iran step down very soon.  It has to be soon, because it’s very close to open hostilities right now.

Collateral Damage:  They have absolutely no intention of assisting in the returning of Syrian refugees to Syria.  It doesn’t do Trump’s PR campaign of bashing the EU and immigrants any good; it doesn’t do Bashar al-Assad any good to have those people returned in any orderly fashion.

In this deal, Syria is Russia’s and Israel is the US, of course.  So what happens to the Kurds?  What do you think?  What do you think Trump would say if Putin brought up the Kurds?  he doesn’t give a fuck.  Go on.  Kill them all.  You’re going to have to sooner or later anyway.  Arrange it with Turkey.  The Kurds are between a rock and a hard place.  Kill them all.

Ukraine:

“While we discussed the internal Ukrainian crisis, we paid special attention to the bona fide implementation of Minsk Agreements by Kiev.

At the same time, the United States could be more decisive and nudging the Ukrainian leadership and encourage it to work actively on this.”

Clearly this is an outline that Putin expects the US to exert pressure on Ukraine to resume cease-fire (which I guess means- don’t shoot back at the Russians?), and relent any claim to Crimea.  Putin no doubt asked Trump to see his way to removing sanctions and recognizing Crimea as wholly Russia’s.  Whether or not Putin suggested he would take all of Ukraine…well, we’re not going to know that until we see it, are we.

Trump already paid Ukraine in some armaments in exchange for dropping their investigation into Paul Manafort as well as ceasing cooperating with the Mueller investigation, so it’s a bit complicated to allow Russia to go further.

Joint effort to promote a synergistic US/Russian Oligarchy:

I’m not kidding.  Tax reform did exactly jack-shit to inspire US companies to expand within the US, what it did was give them some juicy liquidity and bumped stock prices to go out into the world and acquire. Nothing would make Trump happier than a full blown, Putin-style authoritarian oligarchy and this kind of shit is actually outlined by the Trump administration proposed massive reshaping of the Federal Government.

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See?  Instead of global social initiatives, why can’t we figure out a way to grease the wheels of unhindered, free-flowing (albeit corrupt) enterprise?  I am highly confident Trump floated such ideas to Putin and Putin was highly receptive.

Putin:

“The American delegation was one of the largest delegations in the St. Petersburg Economic Forum. It featured over 500 representatives from American businesses.

We agreed, me and President Trump, we agreed to create the high level working group that would bring together captains of Russian and American business. After all, entrepreneurs and businessmen know better how to articulate this successful business cooperation. We’ll let them think and make their proposals and their suggestions in this regard.”

Surveillance State:

I am certain that Trump and Putin talked about their mutual desire to create a high-tech surveillance state in the US possibly in connection with Russian assistance.  This topic has come up again and again in Trump’s actions.  The ill-fated “Election Integrity Commission,” His attempt to hire Brunell to oversee the Census Bureau, and most recently, again in the Trump administrations Proposed reshaping of the US Federal Government. From my review of that proposal:

Consolidate the Census Bureau with other governmental data analysis entities.  A truly dreadful idea.  There’s a reason why the Census Bureau has a firewall of rules and protective laws around it, to prevent the very thing that this administration would like to do with that data.  the justification, once again is “cost effectiveness,” and “synergies,” all while protecting us from the burdens.

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The census was created purely to count what is, nothing else.  It’s not data that should be federally combined and cross-referenced with anything else and data-mined for any governmental purpose.  Where that would lead to is some truly dark places.

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Also, from my “unhinged,” Hannity-esque Grand Conspiracy post back in February, I deduced that a desire to observe and control the US electorate is the one for-sure thing that Putin and Trump have in common.  It is one place where their individual desires absolutely overlap.  With some technical help from Theil’s company Palantir (the one of Snowden fame), it is a possibility.

This would be the easiest enterprise for the US government and citizenry to recognize and resist, so it is highly unlikely to happen, but I guarantee you they talked about it.

Putin:

“Any specific material, if such things arise, we are ready to analyze together. For instance, we can analyze them through the joint working group on cyber security, the establishment of which we discussed during our previous contacts.”

“And we have to engage experts on bilateral relationship, who know history and the background of our relationship. The idea is to create an expert council that would include political scientists, prominent diplomats and former military experts from both countries, who would look for points of contact between the two countries, that would look for ways on putting the relationship on the trajectory of growth”

Trump:

“He offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators, with respect to the 12 people. I think that’s an incredible offer. Ok? Thank you.”

Although this quote is specifically about the Mueller investigation, it is not hard to imagine they were discussing sharing resources and intelligence.

 

Finally, I believe they may have discussed Putin going after some more of his enemies via assassinations.  Or maybe some of Trump and Putin’s common enemies?  That just seems likely, doesn’t it?  In that light- I don’t feel that your life is any more secure than it has been, Bill Browder.  I hate to say, your days are numbered my friend.  I don’t doubt Putin asked Trump to extradite you the next time you’re in the US.  It probably won’t go down that way, but you’re enemy #1 Bill.

 

7/18 UPDATE:

For fucks sake.