That drip you hear is not the roof leaking
Well. This can't be what Russian stooge Donald Trump was hoping to wake up to today. BBC News reports that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort—who, remember, played a "very minor role" in the campaign, according to paragon of truth Sean Spicer—offered to help Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Paul Manafort is said to have proposed a strategy to nullify anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics a decade ago.
AP says documents and interviews support its claims about Mr Manafort.
Mr Manafort has insisted that he never worked for Russian interests.
Yes, Mr. Manafort offered his services to Putin in crushing anti-Russian opposition in former republics to maintain its position in its "near abroad".
After the fall of the Soviet Union and Boris Yeltsin's assumption of power, I had high hopes that Russia and the US would become strategic allies. However, both sides of the equation missed golden opportunities: the US by insisting on shock therapy to Russia's sclerotic economy, which ushered in a lost generation; and Russia by living down to its history of autocracy and suspicion, culminating in the reign of the new tsar Vladimir. Russia is not an ally. It's not a partner. It's not a friend. It's an adversary. And by working for it, you are working for Russia's interests and against America's. Sometimes the two coincide; most often they do not.
Of course, not wishing ill on the man, but there's now a very real chance that Mr. Manafort will go the way of many of those who are inconvenient to President Putin. Will it be polonium? Will he be thrown through a window? If I were him, I'd head to the nearest FBI field office and offer to sing like a canary in heat in return for protection. The life he knew is over. US and allied intelligence agencies have him in their sights. It's time to cut a deal and blow up the whole rotting hulk. He certainly owes no loyalty to the man who was his employer last spring and summer, who has already thrown him under the bus.
That's the thing about Trump: a man with no morals attracts only those who likewise have no morals. And being amoral leads to pretty passes like the one we're in.
We haven't even hit one hundred days yet.
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