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Monday, July 16, 2018

Trump-Putin Summit - Dems go Nuts & Long History of US Meddling in Foreign Elections

For many people, liberal and sadly some conservative, they see CNN as their personal most trusted source of objective, unbiased, straight-forward news

We know..  They really do..

Presidents Trump and Putin just finished up a summit earlier today in Helsinki and based on the press conference afterward, it seems like it went very well

And perhaps from this a far better relationship between the two nations then had been the past decade or so under establishment Republican W Bush and worthless Democrat Obama's administrations.
Liberals are pissed over this..  Seems they rather have nuclear holocaust then give Trump even the slightest political victory.. 

That's how mentally sick these God damn people are

CNN's homosexual anchor Anderson Cooper said this on-air immediately after the press conference was over:

“You've been watching perhaps one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president at a summit in front of a Russian leader, certainly that I’ve ever seen. An extraordinary press conference."
Well that doesn't seem too objective and non-biased does it?

But he did say 'one of..' so I guess he was being fair in a subtle way since the meeting between the black pretzel stick and Putin was genuinely the Worst with both he and Putin at the time doing everything possible to hide their hate for one another

Of course we know Cooper did not mean it that way - never expect a gay liberal to have anything positive to say about a political party that rightly condemns the way he and others express 'love' in their bedrooms
The left are so unhinged, many including Obama's former CIA director are calling the press conference treasonous and demanding impeachment now

Lordy..

They really do believe Putin meddled in the 2016 election and taken this moral posture of superiority as if we the US would never stoop to such an anti-democratic act

Ha!

The very-liberal LA Times on Dec 13, 2016 actually states otherwise:
"The U.S. has a long history of attempting to influence presidential elections in other countries – it's done so as many as 81 times between 1946 and 2000, according to a database amassed by political scientist Dov Levin of Carnegie Mellon University.

That number doesn't include military coups and regime change efforts following the election of candidates the U.S. didn't like, notably those in Iran, Guatemala and Chile. 

Nor does it include general assistance with the electoral process, such as election monitoring..
Italy's 1948 general election is an early example of a race where U.S. actions probably influenced the outcome.

"We threw everything, including the kitchen sink" at helping the Christian Democrats beat the Communists in Italy, said Levin, including covertly delivering "bags of money"  to cover campaign expenses, sending experts to help run the campaign, subsidizing "pork" projects like land reclamation, and threatening publicly to end U.S. aid to Italy if the Communists were elected.

Levin said that U.S. intervention probably played an important role in preventing a Communist Party victory, not just in 1948, but in seven subsequent Italian elections.
Throughout the Cold War, U.S. involvement in foreign elections was mainly motivated by the goal of containing communism, said Thomas Carothers, a foreign policy expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 

"The U.S. didn't want to see left-wing governments elected, and so it did engage fairly often in trying to influence elections in other countries," Carothers said.

This approach carried over into the immediate post-Soviet period...
The U.S. also attempted to sway Russian elections. 

In 1996, with the presidency of Boris Yeltsin and the Russian economy flailing, President Clinton endorsed a $10.2-billion loan from the International Monetary Fund linked to privatization, trade liberalization and other measures that would move Russia toward a capitalist economy. 

Yeltsin used the loan to bolster his popular support, telling voters that only he had the reformist credentials to secure such loans, according to media reports at the time. 

He used the money, in part, for social spending before the election, including payment of back wages and pensions. 
In the Middle East, the U.S. has aimed to bolster candidates who could further the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. 

In 1996, seeking to fulfill the legacy of assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the peace accords the U.S. brokered, Clinton openly supported Shimon Peres, convening a peace summit in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheik to boost his popular support and inviting him to a meeting at the White House a month before the election.

“We were persuaded that if [Likud candidate Benjamin] Netanyahu were elected, the peace process would be closed for the season,” said Aaron David Miller, who worked at the State Department at the time"
This was certainly not the first nor last time the US sought to influence democratic elections of our supposed friend and ally Israel..

From Washington Times, July 12, 2016:

"The State Department paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayers grants to an Israeli group that used the money to build a campaign to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in last year’s Israeli parliamentary elections, a congressional investigation concluded Tuesday.

Some $350,000 was sent to OneVoice, ostensibly to support the group’s efforts to back Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement negotiations. 
But OneVoice used the money to build a voter database, train activists and hire a political consulting firm with ties to President Obama’s campaign — all of which set the stage for an anti-Netanyahu campaign, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations said in a bipartisan staff report.

In one stunning finding, the subcommittee said OneVoice even told the State Department’s top diplomat in Jerusalem of its plans in an email, but the official, Consul General Michael Ratney, claims never to have seen them.
He said he regularly deleted emails with large attachments — a striking violation of open-records laws for a department already reeling from former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s handling of official government records.

Mr. Netanyahu survived the election, and the U.S. spending was not deemed illegal because the State Department never put any conditions on the money. Investigators also said OneVoice didn’t turn explicitly political until days after the grant period ended."

Because that's how a fucker like Obama rolls...
And yet what effrontery n' horror if Putin did try to meddle

Just seems par for the course when dealing with powerful nations and global politics..  We try to manipulate their outcomes and they try to manipulate ours

We sincerely hope today's meeting is the start of something positive & productive where we get back to some semblance of good feelings the two nations had for each other after the Soviet break up

If so, Trump like in everything else will deserve 100% of the credit

And Democrats, the party of the donkey will once again show what complete assholes they are