Putin, Hacking, Trump, and Democratic Priorities

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on December 15, 2016


Illustration: Latuff. Here just because it is. We seem to have forgotten about Palestine.

One of the more unfortunate results of this election, along with the alledged Russian “hacks,” (perhaps “Leaks” would be a more precise word), is that one informed and sane “Liberals” and even “Progressives” feel free now to lash out not at the DNC and the way it ran the last election, but to instead turn their ire towards Assad and Putin. Moreover, they can feel nice and patriotic about it at the same time.

Facts are is short supply concerning the recent events in Aleppo, but we were first told that it was Al-Nusra that had held Aleppo, evil terrorists. Now, all of a sudden, it is bold and brave “Rebels,” a term that conjures thoughts of our war of independence for England in the 18th century. Now, poor helpless rebels, or innocent civilians (we invaded Libya to save “innocent civilians, remember?) are being tortured to death. Oops, now they gave up and are being evacuated by international groups.

Palmyra just fell to ISIS, again. How? Well, they gave up on Mosul in Iraq and went there. We could have knocked them out, but decided not to.

We have already discussed the Russians, the culturally and ethnically Russian citizens in Crimea who were, really, liberated and allowed to join the Russian Federation. Anyone who felt out of place was allowed to leave with everything intact. About 10 to 20% did.

We have been though all of this, endlessly, before. (See back issues of the past few years about it.) The major point is that now that the idiot Trump is President Elect, Democrats feel free to attack Putin since, if you believe them, Putin got Trump elected!

Trump has now gone on to appoint all sorts to vile characters to his cabinet. The only good thing about all of this is that, just as the Republicans rebuilt their party along more sane policies, the Democrats have the same possibility. If they listen to Sanders, Ellison, Warren, and a few others, the have a chance to become once again a Democratic party, not a semi-Republican one as it is now. They need to look to themselves and let Trump and his gang worry about Putin. Also, they need to present a united force against any attacks against social programs, “entitlements,” which are actually necessities and, if the people are not entitled to them, why call them that? There is where the party needs to focus.

With the aid of Russian airstrikes, Syria has taken near full control of the city of Aleppo in a major defeat for forces hoping to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Before fighting began in 2012, Aleppo was Syria’s largest city with a population of over 2 million. Some of the first major peaceful protests against Assad’s rule broke out in Aleppo in March 2011. But today the city is in shambles after four years of fighting between Syria and rebel groups. A turning point in the battle of Aleppo occurred in September 2015, when Russia began carrying out airstrikes to aid the Syrian government. Russia described the fall of Aleppo as a victory against terrorists and jihadists. But the United States has decried the Russian-backed offensive. We host a debate between Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, and Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University and Princeton University.


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