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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

MORE IDLE SPECULATION

A great deal has been said about the fact that Trump had no aides with him during his two hour meeting with Putin in Helsinki.  Even more is being said about the fact that more than a week later, his Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and Director of National Intelligence seem not to have been briefed on the content of that meeting, including any agreements that Trump and Putin reached.  I have the very strong suspicion that this absence of briefing is a consequence of the fact that Trump cannot remember what he said or agreed to.  This is, of course, appalling, but it has an up side.  If Trump cannot recall what he said, then he cannot implement the agreements.  I do not think George Orwell foresaw the possibility of an incompetent authoritarian dictator.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Professor Wolff,

I do not think he is incompetent. I think he is compromised. I think he used his private time with North Korea's dictator to send/receive messages to Putin. Then he used his private time with Putin to setup some deal or set some path for Putin to continue this arrangement of Trump being president of the USA. I believe Trump will use his daughter as a Medvedev type figure to run for 2 terms president of the USA and then he will return for his 2nd term. I think he knows he knows he can't continue in another election.

I believe there is some behind the scenes tit for tat at play with Trump and Putin. Putin like Trump because he can deal with him on a personal basis vs national/regional interests.

I don't think Trump cares much for national interests because he is familiar with other elites and their complete disregard for the common good. Trump knows he can achieve a greater advantage but will want to somehow hold something over Putin. With his daughter as President, he will no longer be compromised and will have greater ability to reap the rewards Putin can deliver.

I hate to say it but some of the John Birch conspiracy ideas make sense now... Just replace the terms progressive leftists with "ardent racists" or "right wingers" and they start making sense.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_m-XsrH53E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRiCXdDhAMg

There are no under the radar Marxists in the USA... but plenty of the under the radar fascists/racists that have yet to discover what they really believe in.