American officials say the stakes for him are higher in 2024 than they were in 2016 or 2020. Get ready.
Ta, Evan. Slava Ukraini. 🌻🇺🇦💙💛
I can see them dumping a bunch of deep fakes just before the election, flooding the social media etc, when there's no time to mount a campaign to correct the misinformation. There are a lot of Americans who aren't sophisticated consumers of information & who could be swayed (see Swiftboating, and Comey announce investigation)
Well the first step of his nefarious plan was obviously to get Elon Musk onboard. And now Xitter is just a fountain of disinformation and Russian propaganda.
I can’t think of anyone I hate more than Putin
Biden and the American MIC better pony up and deal with this BS. I am in Slovakia right now and it's a gorgeous country. Be a shame if anything were to happen to it. Then who's next? Chechia? The Baltic States? All of Georgia?
My unfortunate representative in congress, "Mad Mary" Miller is against any aid to Ukraine and as a bonus also wants to shut down our government. Republicans are just anarchists now.
Not a cent for the country that literally got invaded just because its neighbor felt like taking it... but Bibi gets his $3.3 billion for illegal settlements and supply blockades and machine-gunning 11-year-old kids for throwing rocks.
Arsenal of democracy, my ass.
Can the shit stop getting weird already? Kinda tired of living in "interesting times".
It's not like the US doesn't have a history of interfering in elections in other countries as well... NED, that brags it does overtly what the CIA used to do covertly (including direct payments to fake opposition parties, and though state sponsored "NGOs". There is plenty of evidence that the NED, etc. were involved in the 2014 changes in Ukraine, and Zelensky's election, to take one example.
Not so much a "whataboutist" remark, but simply noting that countries always try to influence elections in other nations to reflect their interests. The US is a harder nut to crack, and I don't know that Russia has to work all that hard (given Trump's bizarre popularity for reasons that make no sense to me, but seem to for all too many people), but I'd be surprised if even countries like Mexico or Canada don't spend money and resources attempting to prop up various candidates who back whatever is in their own interests when it comes to US elections also.
Think how happy he is to have Elon's X as basically a propaganda pipeline. All those journalists and all those rubes in one place, and the guy at the helm will push his agitprop right to the top of everyone's feed.
I don't know when a significant number of Americans will realize that the United States has been at war with Russia since about 2008. It's a"gray zone" conflict, so it's not the kind of war Americans are familiar with, well-prepared for, and fantasize about -- the kind with massive air strikes and fleet actions and mechanized forces storming across battlefields. It's a war in which political manipulation, international crime, and all forms of terrorism and infiltration are every bit as important as aircraft carrier battle groups and hypersonic missiles.
The Wall came down in 1989 and the Soviet Union fell apart in 1991 and we thought, "Yippee! We won the war!" But we didn't. We won a respite, but it lasted only twenty years.
Putin may be a madman, though I'm not sure that matters. He has vowed to destroy the United States, its allies, and the concepts of representational democracy and the rule of law. He inherits these goals from the ideological indoctrination he received as a young Soviet. Over his lifetime he has never changed his spots. We thought we could do business with him, but we can't. He is not to be trusted, he is not to be tolerated, and there is no place in the world for him or his adherents.
I don't know if it will be possible to have peace in Eurasia. If the Russian Federation falls apart, there is likely to be long-lasting conflict over its carcass. If it holds together under its present leadership, or under any kind of leadership that the millennium-long history of Russia shows that nation to be capable of, there is likely to be persistent global conflict such as we saw from the late 1940s through the late 1980s. There is no good, simple resolution to this problem. Call me Cassandra and show me the door -- all I see in the future is horror and blood.
Half the republican caucus regularly daydreams of Putin blowing wet fascist raspberries on their bare bellies, does he really have to work all that hard to get them on board?
Jordan is wearing a coat.
that must mean something
I thought they tabled this shit...huh...
Putin will be around for awhile. Never underestimate the amount of suffering that Russians will bear. For one thing, they are living in Russia.
Gaetz has said yesterday and today that there are 100 people in the House who he thought could be Speaker, and also that there are (strangely) 100 people *in the country* who he thought could be Speaker. So he's leaving the door open for a non-Congresscritter to be Speaker.