Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Stirring with a foreign spoon

Newspapers appear to be having a fine time with “Democrats in Disarray!” as the Dem convention gets underway (not that I've personally seen a newspaper, American or not, in the last few days). But, according to the summary by Melissa McEwen of Shakesville, it is a tempest in a teacup, stuff that's familiar to those thick in politics.

But it is the stuff about Donald Trump that is truly scary. I don't know how much is fact and how much is speculation. I leave it to McEwen to provide the details and links. It appears Trump's business dealings were so bad American banks wouldn't lend to him anymore. One place he could get money was Russia, in particular pals of Putin. We don't know the extent of the debt, but it is enough that Trump is compromised. He'll be dealing with Russia not as a free-world leader, but as a debtor. Putin will use that position to keep America out of his way in such areas as Ukraine and the Baltics. Trump has already said he wants to change the terms of NATO, making Estonia cringe.

So this whole Dem mess is Putin stirring the pot trying to get Trump elected.

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