The Politex Report #1197



"The fact that, earlier this month, Putin — and Donald Trump — voiced support for nuclear proliferation does not simply point to the cynicism of Putin's earlier argument but to the way in which the Obama Administration appeared ill-prepared to counter it. If Obama appears to have been outmaneuvered by Putin, this only increases, not diminishes, the fear that Trump will be completely outclassed. Putin rightly calculates that he stands a much better chance of furthering his revanchist foreign policy goals in Ukraine under a Trump Administration than under its predecessor. For all his lauding of the Western international order in 2013, the punitive sanctions imposed by that order have crippled the Russian economy in recent years. In their left-handed praise of Obama's actions, McCain and Graham wrote that the new sanctions were "ultimately a small price for Russia to pay for its brazen attack on American democracy." If the Trump Administration proves to be as malleable, myopic, and minor-leagued as indications suggest, those sanctions will not only be a small price to pay for Putin's actions. They will simply be the cost of doing business."

--Obama's Sanctions and Putin's Skilled Propaganda - Cobb, NY


Having captured an American puppet, Putin won 2016, but Russia has its limits as a superpower​. WP

With Trump, Russia Goes From Foe of U.S. to Friday's Friend, But Putin's Plan Is Not To Make America Great Again NYT

In 2016, the enemy of your enemy is your friend - even if Putin is your enemy: Are Americans Trump's enemies?

How Putin and Netanyahu are exploiting the transition to Trump.


Vladimir Putin Won't Expel U.S. Diplomats as Russian Foreign Minister Urged. (Says he awaits his puppet.) NYT

Russia's official response to Obama's sanctions has been pretty damn sassy.


Key point by @davidfrum: "The Russian-hacked material did damage...only because Russia found a willing accomplice.."

How Donald Trump Made Russia's Hacking More Effective - The Atlantic


Trump praises 'very smart' Putin for delaying retaliation over US sanctions

'What a dangerous doofus': Internet slams Trump for love-tweeting Putin re hacks.

Chuck Todd: Trump has 'daddy issues' and never laughs, ever

Kremlin Names Trump Employee of the Month - Borowitz


Traitor or Patriot? Trump and Putin: A relationship where mutual admiration is headed toward reality. WP

Putin poses early test for Trump: Whose side are you on?

Trump's plan to warm relations with Russia is getting harder


Republican Senate moves to condemn U.N. over Israel, although UN is reflecting stated US policy.

WP Columnist slams the 'dangerous logic' the GOP uses to justify Russian hacks against US

Giuliani: Obama trying to create problems for Trump with 11th-hour US foreign policy moves. Yes.

Team Trump: We're the true target of Obama's sanctions. Both.

Heritage Foundation: Obama 'emboldened' Russia to meddle. (Reagan, too; he kicked out 80 diplomat/spies.)


Uninformed Trump still not sold on Russian link to hacking because "I know a lot about hacking." WP

Trump, the King of Broken Promises, Promises a Revelation on Hacking, But Not Now. NYT


Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility, showing risk to U.S. electrical grid security, officials say - WP


'I will send you some notes': CNN's Kate Bolduan schools Trump surrogate denying Russian hacks

CNN's Jim Scuitto goes off on Jeffrey Lord for dismissing Russian hacking

CNN's Jim Sciutto eviscerates former GOP Rep saying Russian hacking is no big deal

Kellyanne Conway can't decide if Russian sanctions are 'largely symbolic' or 'unprecedented'