Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin sat down for a private meeting, and the world has lost its collective mind. Let’s start with this jewel from former CIA director John Brennan (the known commie). Let’s talk for a minute about this. The Russians are not our friends. They are a strategic geopolitical foe, their interests do not always align with those of the United States, and they engage in espionage against us. On the other hand, you can say that about our allies in France, Germany, and the UK, and let’s not even try to get into Chinese spying and meddling. Every foreign government on the face of the earth is guilty of spying, infiltrating, and meddling in American elections and interests. So, we need to keep that in perspective. The Russians are not our friends, but they don’t have to be our enemies.
In regards to Trump meeting with Putin, there is a very simple question we have to answer: Are We Willing To Go To War With A Nuclear Power Over Hillary Clinton And The DNC’s Failure To Utilize Basic And Simple Computer Network Security Safeguards?
I submit to you that the answer is a resounding NO.
The DNC completely failed to secure their networks, and once they knew a foreign power had infiltrated their networks, they refused to permit the FBI to have access to their servers. They did not care then. And to the best of my knowledge, the US Intelligence Agencies still have not been granted access to those servers. So, the Democrats did not care then, and they do not care now.
Because Hillary Clinton does not care about basic computer security, she violated rules for secure areas at the State Department, she improperly destroyed government owned electronics, she intermingled personal and government devices, and she sent classified information over an unclassified server she hosted at her house. Then, when running for President, the DNC under her also failed to enable basic security safeguards on their computer networks. This is more of a damning indictment of Hillary Clinton’s leadership, and also of Barack Obama’s leadership. I have absolutely no doubt that when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State that the NSA informed Obama of Hillary’s poor security practices. It was Obama’s sworn duty to do something about it. He did not. Between Obama, Hillary, and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the DNC was hacked. Once is an accident. Twice is a trend.
So, the question of the hour is, are we willing to go to war with Russia over this? Are we willing to enter into another cold war with Russia over this? No. We are not. That is absolutely insane. It’s completely and totally insane to even contemplate going to war given the Democrats’ lack of placing any sort of importance on the Democrats actions until they lost an election.
So, if we aren’t willing to go to war, or even engage in a cold war with Russia over it, what are our options? We have only one. Talk to the Russians and attempt to settle things diplomatically. That’s what Trump is doing, and it’s the only way forward that doesn’t involve shooting.
And now, we have Republicans running to “correct” Trump. We get this statement from Paul Ryan (Archive.is):
“There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world. That is not just the finding of the American intelligence community but also the House Committee on Intelligence. The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally. There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals. The United States must be focused on holding Russia accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy.”
This conveniently leaves out the fact that in any election year, there are any number of bad actors trying to meddle in the election. This freak out doesn’t inspire confidence in the United States, and it doesn’t help to resolve the issue. You know what would help to resolve the issue? If we could actually get some real answers rather than the current shriek-fest and runaround. And Speaker Ryan could probably get those answers if he wanted to.
But here’s an important thing to remember: being polite with Vladimir Putin at a press conference isn’t capitulation, and it isn’t collusion. It is diplomacy. And we want to resolve these differences with diplomacy and not with bullets. The freak out of the establishment is getting tiresome. It’s time for some evidence that Trump and/or his campaign actually colluded with the Russians, or we need to go ahead and move on and start dealing with the problems that we have without trying to make new ones.